Civic Calendar: Feb. 23 – Mar. 2

Benton County Courthouse

Sunday, Feb. 23

Courthouse Anti-War Protest. 120 NW 4th St., Corvallis. 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free. In front of the courthouse on 4th Street, where this anti-war protest has congregated every day from 5 to 6 p.m. for the past 19 years, including weekends, holidays, and days with all manner of extreme weather conditions. In 2009, it was the subject of an article in the Los Angeles Times. Throughout the hour, many people show up, and clearly have settled into a routine—greeting the others by name, plucking a sign from the back of Ed’s van, and joining in. This is not a particular organization or group, just a daily gathering of anyone who wants to help spread a message of peace. Some are college students, many are retired folks, even some whole families come and join in together. People stop and chat as they’re out walking their dogs. Visit https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2018/17-years-courthouse-protests/ for more info.

Monday, Feb. 24

State of the City Lunch: 2020 Vision for Corvallis. Grace Lutheran Church, at the corner of Kings and Harrison, 435 NW 21st St., Corvallis. 12 p.m. Free. On Monday, February 24, area leaders will offer brief presentations and then field questions on all that is Corvallis. Attendance is free and open to the general public. Panelists include Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber, Corvallis Public Schools Superintendent Ryan Nos, and Economic Development Manager Kate Porsche. Visit https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2020/state-of-the-city-lunch/ for more info.

Chamber Workshop: Bookkeeping in Quickbooks: Setup and Basic Functions. Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, 420 NW 2nd St., Corvallis. 12 p.m. Bring your own lunch and join us for a workshop! This class will go through a basic business setup in Quickbooks and discuss some of the main functions that Quickbooks offers for the small business owner. They will start with a discussion of how Quickbooks helps you understand your business. Then we’ll talk about outsourcing your bookkeeping and why this is often a wise choice for small business owners. They will then get into Quickbooks basics. We will look at and discuss what information you need to start a Quickbooks account, the different levels of Quickbooks subscriptions, and how to know which level is right for you and your business. Next They’ll show how to set up a basic chart of accounts, products and services, inventory, vendors, customers, basic invoicing, and your bank feed and credit cards. Finally, they’ll wrap up with a brief description of the monthly bookkeeping cycle and a Q and A period. Don’t miss the second workshop to learn more about Quickbooks and bookkeeping for your business. Luke Purkey, of Purkey Bookkeeping, LLC, offers professional bookkeeping services for your small business or non-profit so that you can get back to your priorities! Let him take care of your bookkeeping so that you can focus on running your business and spending time doing what you love, not preparing for tax season! Visit https://www.corvallischamber.com for more info.

Courthouse Anti-War Protest. 120 NW 4th St., Corvallis. 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free. In front of the courthouse on 4th Street, where this anti-war protest has congregated every day from 5 to 6 p.m. for the past 19 years, including weekends, holidays, and days with all manner of extreme weather conditions. In 2009, it was the subject of an article in the Los Angeles Times. Throughout the hour, many people show up, and clearly have settled into a routine—greeting the others by name, plucking a sign from the back of Ed’s van, and joining in. This is not a particular organization or group, just a daily gathering of anyone who wants to help spread a message of peace. Some are college students, many are retired folks, even some whole families come and join in together. People stop and chat as they’re out walking their dogs. Visit https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2018/17-years-courthouse-protests/ for more info.

Imagine Corvallis Action Network. OSU Campus Operations Building, 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis. 5:15 p.m. Free. ICAN is charged with the development and management of the Imagine Corvallis 2040 Community Action Plan, which is the implementing document for the Imagine Corvallis 2040 Vision. In October 2018, ICAN launched ImagineCorvallis.org, a portal to gather information about ideas and initiatives from the Corvallis community. For more information about the initiative process, go to www.imaginecorvallis.org. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/bc-ican for more info.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Greeters: Acorn Dentistry for Kids. Acorn Dentistry for Kids, 1731 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis. 8:30 a.m. Free. Join in for an hour of networking with Acorn Dentistry for Kids! Visit https://www.corvallischamber.com for more info.

City Legislative Committee. City Hall, 501 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 4 p.m. Free. The City Legislative Committee discusses issues affecting City government, and makes recommendations to the City Council on City positions, which may then be forwarded to legislators, usually via a letter from the Mayor. Past Councils and have generally declined to support non-City related issues.  The Mayor serves as Chair. Meeting dates, times, and locations are posted on the City’s web calendar and meeting agendas and minutes are available through the Archives site.  If you would like to send a comment to the City Legislative Committee, you may do so through the Mayor. (Please note all communication is public record and emails sent to the Mayor will be posted on the City’s website.) Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/mc/page/city-legislative-committee for more info.

Shift OSU: A Sustainable Campus Transportation Workshop. Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Free. Play a board game developed at OSU about transportation and parking and help inform strategies to reduce drive-alone trips to campus at this FREE community event. Light refreshments and appetizers provided. Please register in advance here: www.imaginecorvallis.org.

Waste Watchers Weekly Meetings. Student Experience Center (SEC), 2251 SW Jefferson Way, Room 206, Corvallis. 6:30-8 p.m.  Free. Fight the Scourge of Waste with the Waste Watchers! Join the league of the Waste Watchers – using their knowledge of recycling and sustainability they can educate others and fight the scourge of waste! This term they’re working on Repair Fairs, Beyond Earth Day booth, and giving Recycle Right presentations! This club is free and open to all. For more information on how you can become a hero, check out their website at http://tiny.cc/wastewatchers

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. Downtown Fire Station: Council Chambers, 400 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis. 4:30 p.m. Free. The Housing and Community Development Advisory Board (HCDAB) formulates and recommends policies on housing and community revitalization issues, with an emphasis on older, declining, or lower income neighborhoods. HCDAB meets once a month, for approximately one hour, with additional meetings scheduled as needed. Meetings typically begin at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month in the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave. (across from City Hall). If you would like to provide testimony in advance of the meeting you may send an email to housing@corvallisoregon.gov. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/bc-hcdab for more info.

Watershed Management Advisory Board. Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 5:15 p.m. Free. Regularly scheduled meeting of the Board which advises City Council on watershed management matters. The staff contact for the Board is the Utilities Division Manager, 541-766-6916. If you would like to provide testimony in advance of the meeting, you may send an email to public.works@corvallisoregon.gov. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/bc-wmab for more info.

Darkness to Light: Bystanders Protecting Children from Boundary Violations and Sexual Abuse. ABC House, 228 5th Ave. SW, Albany. 5:30 p.m. Free. This presentation educates and empowers parents, and other adults, to keep children safe in the digital age. Adults can feel overwhelmed and/or intimidated by children’s exposure to the internet including the potential for exposure to inappropriate content, helping children manage and navigate a “reasonable” amount of screen-time, and the potential for children’s safety and privacy to be compromised. Let ABC House help! The 90 minute training covers topics such as: how to proactively participate in children’s internet experience, how to utilize parental controls and additional protection measures, cyber bullying, screen time, adult content, online predators, safety measures for kids who use social media/gaming, as well as gaming and internet addictions. Visit  https://www.abchouse.org/resources/outreach-classes/ to register and for more info.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Coffee with a Cop. Starbucks, 2408 NW 9th St., Corvallis. 10 a.m.-noon. Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and community members together – over coffee – to discuss issues and learn more about each other. The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the community they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. For info on this event, email community.livability@corvallisoregon.gov or call 541.766.6924. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/police for more info.

THE OPEN STREETS CLASSROOM: A UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Participants will work together to identify ways to build inclusive, walkable, bikeable, and livable neighborhoods. Join us to create community-university collaborations in the context of Open Streets Corvallis. Spanish interpretation and lunch provided. Registration required. Contact projects@corvallisbikes.org for more info.

Climate Action Advisory Board. Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 5:00 p.m. Free. CAAB is charged with helping Corvallis meet the Greenhouse Gas Emissions target set forth in the Corvallis Climate Action Plan (CAP) through implementation of CAP Community Mitigation and Adaptation Actions. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/bc-caab for more info.

King Legacy Advisory Board. 1310 SW Avery Park Drive, Corvallis. 5:15 p.m. Free. The King Legacy Advisory Board was established in 1987 (initially named the Commission for Martin Luther King, Jr.) by Municipal Code Section 1.16.260. Its charge is to celebrate and promote the principles and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the goal of helping Corvallis to become a more inclusive and just community. The Board has changed to meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:15 pm. If you would like to provide testimony in advance of the meeting, you may send an email to Karen.Emery@corvallisoregon.gov. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/bc-klab for more info.

GREENBELT LAND TRUST ANNUAL MEETING. First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, Ninth St. and Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6 p.m. Free. Celebrate 31 years of conservation and community, reflect on the successes and challenges of 2019 and look ahead to 2020’s projects and programs. Contact jessica@greenbeltlandtrust.org for more info.

South Corvallis Area Plan Kick-Off Event. Lincoln School Gym, 110 SE Alexander Ave., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Free. The City of Corvallis is excited to announce a kick-off event for the South Corvallis Area Plan. You are invited to attend this open house event at the Lincoln Elementary School gymnasium. Food and drink, child care, and Spanish interpretation will be provided. This project is identified in the City’s Strategic Operational Plan as part of an effort to take a closer look at neighborhoods throughout the city and plan for the community’s future. The South Corvallis project is the first of these planning projects. These area plans will affect future decision-making regarding how services, employment, housing, and recreational opportunities are provided in neighborhoods throughout Corvallis. This first meeting we will be setting the stage for this outreach effort, beginning with what we’ve heard from neighbors about their needs and desires for South Corvallis, capturing new ideas and drilling deeper into the details of how these goals can be achieved. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/cd/page/south-corvallis-specific-area-plan for more info.

Off the Record Open Mic: Reflections & Meditations. Imagine Coffee, 5460 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 7 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. We all have different ways of meditating, whether it’s pausing our bodies for an extensive unfolding into our minds, or just simply relaxing in the bath, or while cleaning the house. For our February Off the Record Open Mic night, we are asking for stories from the community to the theme “Meditations and Reflections.” Sign-up starts at 6:45 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. Contact editor@corvallisadvocate to pre-register. Proceeds benefit independent journalists at Corvallis’ only locally-owned newspaper, The Corvallis Advocate. Visit https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2020/off-the-record-open-mic-reflections-meditations/ for more info.  

Friday, Feb. 28

The Data Privacy Dilemma. Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 12 p.m. Free. A student-led data privacy symposium. Presented by the ASOSU Office of Advocacy, OSU Libraries & Press, and School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. All are welcome. Free admission. No registration. 12pm Free Lunch from Café Yumm! 12:30 Keynote Address, The Consequences of Surveillance. Matthew Guariglia, Ph.D., will speak on The Consequences of Surveillance: Past, Present, and Future. Stop helping to build the surveillance state! Public and private surveillance have a long history, but digital tools make it more omnipresent in our lives than ever. Visit https://asosu.oregonstate.edu/advocacy/data-privacy-dilemma for more info.

Race War & Apocalypse. Learning Innovation Center (LINC), 128, 165 SW Sackett Place, OSU. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free. “The White Power Movement Imagines the Future” – Lecture by Dr. Kathleen Belew. The white power movement in America wants a revolution. Returning to a country ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win, a small group of Vietnam veterans and disgruntled civilians who shared their virulent anti-communism and potent sense of betrayal concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. Based on a decade of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews, this talk explores the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right. Dr. Belew is Assistant Professor of  History at the University of Chicago and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. She specializes in the recent history of the United States, examining the long aftermath of warfare. Visit https://events.oregonstate.edu/event/race_war_apocalypse_the_white_power_movement_imagines_the_future#.XlKQnUp7mUk for more info.

Saturday, Feb. 29

Emergency Preparedness for Neighborhoods Workshop 2020. CrossRoads Christian Fellowship, 2555 NW Highland Blvd., Corvallis. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. During times of an emergency or disaster, neighbors are often the first available and most critical resource for one another. The annual Emergency Preparedness for Neighborhoods Workshop focuses on what neighbors can do together to protect themselves and their neighborhood in a disaster. Learn more about the event and RSVP here.

GUIDING MORE GOOD: NONPROFIT CONFERENCE. CH2M Hill Alumni Center,725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $99-$165. This day-long event for nonprofit boards, staff and volunteers provides informative talks and interactive workshops alongside opportunities for networking. Our sixteen sessions cover a wide range of topics such as fund development, financial accountability, organizational and board development. Visit http://bit.ly/GMG2020-Info for more info.

Sunday, Mar. 1

Courthouse Anti-War Protest. 120 NW 4th St., Corvallis. 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Free. In front of the courthouse on 4th Street, where this anti-war protest has congregated every day from 5 to 6 p.m. for the past 19 years, including weekends, holidays, and days with all manner of extreme weather conditions. In 2009, it was the subject of an article in the Los Angeles Times. Throughout the hour, many people show up, and clearly have settled into a routine—greeting the others by name, plucking a sign from the back of Ed’s van, and joining in. This is not a particular organization or group, just a daily gathering of anyone who wants to help spread a message of peace. Some are college students, many are retired folks, even some whole families come and join in together. People stop and chat as they’re out walking their dogs. Visit https://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2018/17-years-courthouse-protests/ for more info.

Monday, Mar. 2

City Council. Downtown Fire Station: Council Chambers, 400 NW Harrison Blvd., Corvallis. 4 p.m. Free. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend City Council meetings. Members of the community wishing to offer comment in advance on topics appearing on any City Council agenda are encouraged to use the public input form at www.corvallisoregon.gov/publicinput. Visit https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/mc for info.

Darkness to Light: Bystanders Protecting Children from Boundary Violations and Sexual Abuse. ABC House, 228 5th Ave. SW, Albany. 5:30 p.m. Free. This training teaches adults how to be an active bystander in child sexual abuse prevention and response. Examples of boundary violations (warning signs of potential perpetrators of abuse) and inappropriate behaviors are shared, and the training highlights how to make spontaneous and planned interventions that reinforce boundaries and protect children. During the training, you will learn simple and practical actions you can take to protect children. The training combines videos and group discussions. Visit  https://www.abchouse.org/resources/outreach-classes/ to register and for more info.