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Saturday, April 21, Earth Day Fair & Parade
When and Where: 11:00 a.m. assemble on Louisiana Ave, next to McMenamin’s
What: Join The Environmental Center for a fun and festive celebration of the natural world! The festivities kick off with a colorful, creative parade filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite plant or animal. You’ll get to meet three Earth Guardian puppets, each of which celebrates nature in its own beautiful way (Thanks to local artist, Teafly). And with B Side Brass Band to lead the way, you’ll love the energy at one of Bend’s best parades! No motorized vehicles or written words allowed in the parade. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed. Make your own costume for the parade! We encourage you to organize a costume-making workshop with your school, club, church, etc. Check out these upcoming costume workshops: Earth Day Mask Workshop w/ Debra Fisher – April 7, Earth Day Costume Workshop w/ Teafly – April 14 (Register in advance). Following the parade, enjoy live music from Broken Down Guitars and a street fair featuring local businesses, nonprofits and food carts. Head over to Troy Field for the Kid’s Zone with interactive games for all ages. Our garden will be buzzing with activities, a Free Little Library, and more. Plus, The Energy Challenge is organizing an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive in the parking lot!
Sunday, April 22, Meet State District 53 Candidates Eileen Kiely and Bill Trumble
When: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave, Redmond
What: Meet the two Democratic candidates for Oregon District 53. District 53 - includes-Redmond, Tumalo, Pronghorn, Aubrey Glen, part of Aubrey Butte, parts of northern Bend, part of east Bend, Deschutes River Woods, Widgi Creek, Three Rivers, Sunriver and Crosswater.
Monday, April 23, Local Women Running for Office First Run Panel
When: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Bend Library
What: Local women will come to share their experiences and answer questions about their first experience running for office. First 1/2 hr will be General Meeting business.
Monday, April 23, Central Oregon Labor Chapter Monthly Meeting
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Central Oregon Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving, Bend
What: Monthly meeting of a coalition of labor, worker's rights groups, and community groups. Faith groups and others welcome.
Tuesday, April 24, Informative Fracking Movie and What You Can Do to Stop the Jordan Cove Pipeline
When: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: COCC, Pioneer Hall Hitchcock Auditorium, 2600 NW College Way, Bend
What: We stopped it twice, lets go for three times. This unnecessary pipeline will cross 400 bodies of water, endangering drinking water, sacred lands, and wildlife.
Wednesday, April 25, Jefferson County Democrats Central Committee Meeting
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Madras Library Annex, upstairs. Annex is on E Street between 7th & 8th Streets in Madras
Contact: Fran Davis, 541-923-7403
Thursday, April 26, The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County and Deschutes Public Library Candidate Forum
When: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Where: East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Rd
What: The forum is free and the public is invited. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. League members will gather written questions from the audience before and during the forum. Refreshments will be provided. Candidates are running in the May 2018 Primary Election for Oregon House District 53.
Saturday, April 28, Sisters, Saints, Sinners, Shamans, and Samurais: Interfaith Stories, Poetry, and Music, with Rabbi David Zaslow & Maggidah Devorah Zaslow
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St, Bend
What: Presented by Temple Beth Tikvah and the Jewish Community of Central Oregon. The Zaslows will weave stories from Jewish, Christian, Hawaiian, Muslim and Buddhist traditions with true tales of interfaith adventures. People from all walks of life are invited to laugh, cry and be inspired! Rabbi David says, “Through music, poetry, and stories we’ll celebrate both the unique differences and commonalities between many faith traditions.” Rabbi David’s book, Jesus: First-Century Rabbi, was awarded the 2015 Book of the Year by the Church-Synagogue Library Association. His newest interfaith book is called Reimagining Exodus: A Freedom Story. Debra Zaslow is an acclaimed storyteller and author who travels nationwide as a performer and workshop leader. She is known for her unique blend of traditional stories with personal narrative. She is the author of Bringing Bubbe Home, A Memoir of Letting Go Through Love and Death.
Cost: $10 per person (suggested donation)
Saturday, April 28, Gala de Oro – Latino Community Association Annual Fundraiser
When: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Cena de Oro, 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. for Baila de Oro
Where: Boys & Girls Club, Bend
What: Hola! provides the food for the Cena de Oro (Dinner) and we have several local chefs providing heavy small-plate delicacies for the Baile de Oro (Dance Party). There will be local cultural performances, a special guest speaker (Latina Congressional Representative), client stories of triumph, MARGARITAS (also from HOLA), and a 12-piece live band from Portland you can't help but dance to. Lots of fun and we'd love to see as many friends there with us as possible.
Wednesday, May 2, The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County Candidate Forum
When: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Deschutes County Services, County/State Building, 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend
What: The forum is free and the public is invited. League members will gather written questions from the audience before and during the forum. Refreshments will be provided. Candidates are for the May 15, 2018 Primary Election, and include: Deschutes County Commissioner, Positions 1 and 3. Republican Ballot Candidates filed for Position #1 are: Tony DeBone and Ed Barbeau. Candidates filed for Position #2 are: Tammy Baney and Patti Adair.
Thursday, May 3, INCO Speaker Series – Quaker Worship: Seeking the Light Within Getting to know the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, Brooks Hall, 469 NW Wall St, Bend
What: About our speakers: Susan Mitchell has been a Member of the Religious Society of Friends for about 30 years. She has been attending Quaker Worship locally with the Central Oregon Worship Group for 4 years. Kellie Schlussel-Edens has been affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends for about 20 years and is a Member of Yardley Friends Meeting. She has been attending Quaker Worship locally after finding the Central Oregon Worship Group in 2016 when she moved from the East Coast.
Contact: interfaithnetworkco.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 389-1035
Thursday, May 3, League of Women Voters of Deschutes County First Thursday Luncheon
When: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Black Bear Diner, 1465 NE 3rd Street, Bend
What: Different speaker each month on issues important to our community. Each First Thursday, the League of Women Voters brings a different topic!
Contact: Geri Hauser, email@example.com, 541 382-2660
Who We Are
The Central Oregon Social Justice Center houses community and social justice groups, labor unions and justice-seeking law firms in a welcoming, common office space near downtown Bend, Oregon. With other local groups, we are working to build a broad coalition of diverse social justice allies into a unified movement for justice, democracy and human dignity in Central Oregon.
What We Do
We offer shared infrastructure and meeting spaces to our office partners and make these resources available to local social justice, faith, and community groups doing great work in our community but lacking the resources of unions and larger groups.
Our hosting group is Central Oregon Jobs with Justice. A broad array of faith, community, justice, union, equality, law and environmental groups share our space or participate in our local coalition.