This Saturday, Nov. 9, cyclists, families and community members are invited to celebrate the lives of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson and help raise money for a lasting tribute to the sisters, who were killed last month.
The 4K Cycle of Life bike ride kicks off across the street from the girls' home, at 10 a.m. at the Forest Grove School District's central administration offices, the site of the former Central School, at 18th Avenue and Main Street, .
Following the ride, participants are invited to a free "soup and buns" lunch and the chance to donate toward the effort to upgrade playground equipment. While the school is no longer used for classes, the playground is open to neighborhood children like Anna and Abby, who spent hours there.
The big project wed like to do is the park. Thats where we played, said Susan Dieter-Robinson, the girls' mother. We would daydream with the girls about swings why are there no swings? Anna loved to swing.
Maggie Pike, owner of Maggies Buns in Forest Grove, is organizing the celebration and hoping to draw serious cyclists from around the region who will use the event to kick off longer rides and promote a safety theme.
There will be art activities, a bike safety clinic, helmet fittings, face painting and live music.
Pike is asking community members to help spread the word by telling others and through social media.
Visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/233535966805717.
Those who want to make a donation to the Dieter-Robinson fund before or after the event can do so at any Columbia Community Bank branch. As of last week, the fund had received more than $34,000 in donations.
Were committed to not using that money for anything other than to memorialize the girls, Dieter-Robinson said. "We are committed to 'love it forward.'"