CoastNet Announcements for September 22, 2011
[Ed. reminder: Even retired folks get to go on vacation! So the CoastNet Announcements will not go out the weeks of Sept. 28 or Oct. 5. JLC]
Oregon Single Payer Campaign news
The Oregon Single Payer Campaign is a coalition of Health Care for All Oregon, Portland Jobs with Justice, Mad As Hell Doctors and Physicians for a National Health Program.
OSPC is trying to build up the organization so it can eventually get the state to establish a universal, state-run, single-payer health insurance program.
If you would like to receive their monthly email newsletter, please send email to:
Ruth Duemler is circulating a petition to invite two people from Vermont who were involved in the actions resulting in the beginning of single payer HC in their state. Please send your name to add to the petition by sending your name to Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org and please type "Vermont SP" in the Subject line of your message to her and send by 9/29/11.
A word from our admirable international volunteer server:
In it for the long haul
Dear Riseup Users:
So, what happens if we don't meet our funding goals? What happens if
Riseup doesn’t get $5,000 a month in recurring donations, or $60,000 for
the coming year?
We're not going to disappear--at least not right away. We are much too
scrappy and tenacious for that. However, lots of you may remember a
couple years back when we stopped accepting new lists for what we hoped
would only be a couple of months, but that stretched into over a year?
And in that time we had way more outages and problems with both emails
and lists? Yeah, so that was a year when we didn't have enough money to
upgrade our machines or enough labor from collective members to spend
time on Riseup. We were getting pounded by spam and putting way too
much time and effort into failing machines. During that time we lost a
lot of users: they moved to corporate-maintained services like Facebook
and Gmail. Which means they switched to services that gather information
and practice surveillance against them.
We could probably survive another year like that, but two years, or
three years down the line, there would come a time when it would be
impossible to keep going. It would be hard on our hearts too, because
one of the ways we know we're movement-relevant is that our users fund
The good news is that lots of you have already donated! We're 30% on our
way to meeting our goal. Thanks to all of you who have decided to put
money toward building movement infrastructure and secure communication.
Thanks to all of you who believe that our social movements should be
organized and run with technologies made and maintained by activists.
The Riseup Birds
Give what you can -- https://riseup.net/donate
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts
September and October 2011 Exhibits at the Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, OR 97390 · 541-265-6569
Ulla de Larios, Woven Art
Handwoven installation by Ulla de Larios.
October 7 through October 30, 2011
Opening Reception–October 7, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Pictures And Words: Ekphrastic Poems and the Art”
Paintings by Robert Tomlinson, accompanied by poetry written by 13 Oregon poets.
October 7 through October 29, 2011
Opening Reception–October 7, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meet the artist and poets. Refreshments will be served.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
October OCCA Exhibition Coffee and Call for New Volunteers
The October OCCA Exhibition Coffee will meet at a new date and time on Thursday, October 13 at 11a.m. in Room 302 at the Newport Visual Arts Center. In October the topic will be “ekphrasis,” writing that comments upon another art form. We will also provide a glossary of weaving terms. The coffee is open to anyone who is interested in exploring volunteering opportunities at the VAC, all OCCA Docents, CAG members, and YAA members. Volunteer opportunities include two-and four-hour shifts (especially on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) welcoming visitors in the Upstairs Gallery, planning and hosting gallery receptions, OCCA activities and scheduled events, data entry, computer work and more. Do you have a skill that would help us celebrate, promote and develop community arts?
For more information, call Sally Houck, OCCA director of the Visual Arts Center at 265-6569 or email email@example.com.
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
The cast of Schoolhouse Rock Live! prepares for opening night, Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Additional performances will be on Saturday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
This Porthole Players production is based on the fun educational cartoons of the ‘70s and ‘80s, with favorite songs like "Just a Bill" and "Lolly, Lolly." Call 265-ARTS for tickets or more information.
Stacy Johns, producer, Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Public hearings scheduled for Yaquina Head management
The Bureau of Land Management is holding two public workshops to develop a long-term management plan for Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Many of us in the Newport area and beyond value Yaquina Head highly for its recreational, educational, and esthetic values. This is your chance to influence its future management!
The workshops will be held at the Yaquina Head visitor center on Thursday, September 22, from 6-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 27, from 9-11:30 a.m.
If Yaquina Head is important to you, please consider attending one of the workshops. And please forward this message to anyone you know who might be interested in
--Terry Morse firstname.lastname@example.org
Public hearing scheduled for rip-rap application
There will be a public hearing on an application to install rip-rap by the Surfrider Resort (next to Fogarty Creek State Park), 7 p.m., Oct. 4, Gleneden Beach Fire Hall, 6445 Gleneden Beach Loop. The public hearing is in response to a petition for a hearing circulated by CoastWatchers. The resort wants to construct a 135-foot-long, 30-foot-tall riprap structure.
For more information about the riprap proposal, contact Tony Stein, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., (541) 265-9871, email@example.com
Nye Beach Writers' Series Proudly Presents...An Evening with John Amen
Saturday, October 15, 7 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, located at 777 NW Beach Drive (across from the Nye Beach Turnaround). General admission is $6 at the door; students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available
John Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009). In addition, his work has appeared in numerous publications nationally and internationally. He has released two folk/folk rock CDs: “All Iandrsquo;ll Never Need” (Cool Midget 2004) and “Ridiculous Empire” (2008). He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Further information is available on his website: www.johnamen.com.
Amen travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine (www.thepedestalmagazine.com).
The Writers’ Series open mic will take place following intermission. Audience members are encouraged to read, sing, or recite original work for up to five minutes. Open mic slots are available to the first 10 writers who sign up. No pre-registration required.
Banned Books Panel Discussion
In recognition of Banned Books Week, the Newport Public Library will host its 4th Annual Banned Books Panel Discussion on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. Six panelists will read from and discuss books that have been banned or challenged at some point in history.
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. It highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.
Readers for the panel discussion will be Nairne Dickey, creative director of Terra Firma Design and Consulting; Michele Longo Eder, attorney and author; Sandra Ellston, professor of English, EOU, and President of Writers on the Edge; Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner; Kiera Morgan, news director for Yaquina Bay Communications; and Bill Terry, owner of SeaTowne Books. Each person has selected a book that has been challenged or banned, and will read an excerpt from the book.
October classes at the Newport Library
The library subscribes to many databases, including Novelist, Consumer Reports, Learning Express, and the Gale magazine databases. Library Databases will be taught on Friday, October 7, to provide an overview of the many free databases available from home.
At 10 a.m., Beginning Word will be taught.
Job Opportunity with the Rural Development Initiative
Rural Development Initiatives, a non-profit organization that assists rural community leaders to revitalize their economies, enhance livability, and strengthen their communities, is looking for a Finance Director to join our team.
This position is responsible for maintaining and strategically improving the financial systems necessary to support the organization's overall operations. This position ensures timely financial performance information, preparation of GAAP financials for audit, and compliance with all regulatory authorities. This position maintains appropriate internal controls; analyzes and evaluates the organization's fiscal position; and conducts short/long term financial planning to align resources with strategic plan goals. This position may supervise support staff.
To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years accounting experience, including direct work experience in nonprofit organizations. Preference is given to those with a CPA, CMA, or related postgraduate studies. Please see full job description on our website for more information on duties, responsibilities, qualifications and skills for this position.
Position may be part-time (0.80 FTE) or full-time (1.0 FTE). Starting salary range is $50,000 to $70,000 with excellent benefits. The Finance Director will work out of our main office in Eugene.
The deadline to apply is September 27, 2011, 5 p.m.
[Learn more] about the Finance Director position
[Learn more] about Rural Development Initiatives
To apply, please send your resume with a cover letter by email, postal mail or overnight mail to Mary Truchot, Human Resource and Finance Manager, 2620 River Road, Suite 205, Eugene, OR 97404, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playing for Change
Connecting the world through music:
Democrats host talk on wave energy
A Scottish company, Aquamarine Power, was set up in 2005 to bring an
innovative wave energy technology, known as Oyster, to the commercial market. At 7 p.m. on Sept. 28, their Oregon Outreach Coordinator, Theresa Wisner, will give a
presentation on Oyster wave energy at the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln People's Utilities District office in Newport.
Central Lincoln PUD is located at 2129 North Coast Highway in Newport (across US 101 from Safeway.) Meetings of the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee are free and open to the public. For more information, call Chair Dan Beck at 541-994-4694, or go to the group’s website, www.lcdcc.org.
Behind the scenes at the Oregon Coast Aquarium:
The role of scientific diving and volunteer divers in the Aquarium and beyond.
The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences, supported by the Friends of the Yachats Commons Foundation, is proud to present Vallorie Hodges, Dive Safety Officer for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, for an inside look at how marine animals are captured and cared for at the Aquarium. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m., in the Yachats Commons, 4th St. and Hwy. 101, in Yachats.
There is no admission charge for this presentation, but a $5 donation will help offset publicity costs. Information is available at www.GoYachats.com or by calling 541-961-6695.
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.