WLAIC to host Conversation Project
West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, in partnership with West Linn Public Library, will host an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project discussion on White Allyship in Close-Knit Communities at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the library, 1595 Burns St., West Linn. The conversation will be facilitated by Alexis James, a longtime educator and innovator.
Participants will discuss what it means to be a white ally, and what it means to have the support of white allies. What is needed from white people in our communities to move the conversation about racism — both statewide and nationally — forward in a productive and respectful way? Participants will have the chance to explore their identities, learn how to acknowledge different experiences without alienating friends and neighbors and move toward action in their communities.
The event is free and open to all.
WLAIC brings together a diverse, non-partisan group of West Linn neighbors working to ensure that all members of the community have equal opportunities to participate in the quality of life that the town offers; that all neighbors are safe from hate crimes, abuse and harassment; and that no person or group is subjected to discrimination, bigotry or prejudice.
Unity Center offers help to navigate new year
The Unity Center is offering "Aim Your Arrow," a workshop led by Rev. Kathleen McKern Verigin, which is a fun and meaningful workshop aimed at supporting participants through meditation, reflection and ceremony as they prepare for the coming year. The workshop runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12; cost is $33 per person. Participants are encouraged to bring pen or pencil and a dictionary.
Verigin will speak at the Unity Center's Sunday service at 11 a.m.
For more information visit worldhealing.org or anamcaraconnections.com.
The Unity Center is located at 20255 Willamette Drive, West Linn.
Hagen Road closed Jan. 13 through April 24
In order for utilities to be installed and the road to be widened, southeast Hagen Road will close between S.E. 172nd Avenue and SE 162nd Avenue in Happy Valley from 7 a.m. Jan. 13 to 5 p.m. April 24, 2020.
While the road will be closed to through traffic, there will be access for local traffic and emergency vehicles. Travelers are asked to slow down, follow the detour and use caution near the work zone.
Project updates will be posted online at bit.ly/roadClosures.
Food as Medicine symposium set
The seventh annual Food as Medicine Symposium, focusing on nutrition in practice and bringing people back into the kitchen, will be held Feb. 1 at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland. The symposium will bring together a diverse group of speakers to discuss how relationships with food affects our health and community. Speakers will present on topics ranging from finding joy in eating while on restrictive diets, understanding your food story and how to eat without sham, the energetics of food, homesteading, gut health in an over-sanitized world, and broadening our children's palates.
To learn more and register visit https://foodasmedicineinstitute.com. Register by Jan. 12 for the early bird price of $85; otherwise admission is $100.
NUNM is located at 049 S.W. Porter St. in Portland.
This one-day seminar is intended for the general public; additional programs will be offered for professionals on Feb. 2.
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