Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another unsolicited plug

Salem has some amazing artists; here's one of them:

Caren Ann Jackson Photography
New images from around the world
Canvas, photography trivets, and greeting cards
Now showing at Salem Convention Center
Upcoming events
Westminster Presbyterian Fine Art Show
October 10 & 11
Salem Public Library
Month of October

Art Show & Sale Open House Market
Saturday November 8, 1:00-5:00
596 Salem Heights Ave S

Something great happening in Salem community resiliency & Saving Howard Hall

Some local pioneers are following their dreams to give Salem something wonderful, a skills-building program that at the same time addresses a real need for more quality, inexpensive bikes.

As the new normal continues its rollout, and as car-centric thinking and car-centered society is increasingly shown to be a dead-end leading only to wars and pollution, bikes are going to make a giant leap ahead. The trick will be helping the transition be smooth and comfortable, rather than one that makes people feel loss and impoverishment as the old gives way to the new.

We need places like NW Hub throughout Salem, in every neighborhood really.

Instead of squandering millions planning to waste many times more and on destroying Salem's past, a city that cared about the future would be figuring out how to put a combination community cycling center, library, food bank, extension service, tool bank, public health resource, and meeting hall in every neighborhood, in preparation for the much more local future we will inhabit.

The first one could be in Howard Hall.

Such centers are just another idea among the 

               Billion Better Ways to Budget a Billion Bucks for Salem

(Than a Giant Hunk of Sprawl Propellant called a "Third Bridge")

(Content below lifted from the invaluable "Salem Breakfast on Bikes" blog, a slightly dada name for one of the best Urban-focused blogs in Oregon.)

Northwest Hub

Hopefully the weather will hold, because later in the month there's a new ride in town!

Northwest Hub is working on a project for Salem similar to Portland's Community Cycling Center. The Hub at Evergreen Church and the YMCA/Hillcrest Second Chance Recyclery are joining up and building out.

This is a fund-raiser for them as they seek to secure a storefront and workshop space.

The ride's on Saturday, September 27th at 8am. (The starting point of 400 Capitol St NE looks like the "Red Lot.")

You can register for the ride here. Day of ride registration will also be available starting at 7:30am.

(Look for more as the date approaches!)

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today [feedly]

School as pre-prison, start damaging them early, and keep it up throughout K-12.
In the name of helping them be "competitive" in the global economy.

We need to apply the same tests to school that we do to any other form of experimentation or drug treatment for children: show us the evidence (not the assumption) that what you do and how you do what you propose to do is in the child's best interests.

Why so many kids can't sit still in school today
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"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."