Corvallis Parent: Southworth Statue, World Cup Viewing, BroccoliBot Meetup, TurkeyTrot & Gobbler Run, Michelle Obama on Parenting 

Louis Southworth Statue Unveiling: On Saturday, November 19, there will be unveiling a statue of one of the more prominently known Corvallisites in history – Louis Southworth. He was brought to Oregon at the age of 24, an enslaved man who eventually bought his freedom and lived a good, long life in our piece of the Willamette Valley.  

The sculpture was created by Peter Helzer for the city of Waldport, and is the “brainchild” of Jesse Dolin of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. The unveiling will be held at the Alsea Bay Bridge Visitor Center & Museum, located at 320 NW Hwy 101, Waldport, at 12:00 p.m.   

Helzer will be at the unveiling to speak about the work. Additionally, the Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers will be speaking. 

In time, Southworth will stand in a seven-acre open space with a playground, walking paths, and outdoor gathering spaces. 

World Cup Viewing at C-3: For all the soccer fans out there, the World Cup is coming, and the Corvallis Community Center will have viewing parties for all ages. 

Beginning November 21, come down to C-3, located at 2601 NW Tyler Ave., at 8:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to watch with a crowd of like-minded enthusiasts in the Maple Room. The game schedule will depend on who makes it into the final games. To register for a seat, please contact C-3 during their regular business hours at 541-766-6959.  

Come Meet the BroccoliBot: If you can’t get your kids to like broccoli, maybe you can get them over to Crescent Valley High School on Monday to celebrate the inventors of the BroccoliBot. November 21 at 5:30 p.m., CVHS will be celebrating the fact that their robotics team secured a patent for a robot that harvests those bumpy green stems of deliciousness.  

Some BroccoliBot history? Well, the year was 2016, and the robotics team was approached by a mentor about a new strain of broccoli which would be easier to harvest – and needed a better way to do that harvesting. They put their brains to it and came up with a bot specifically designed to take on the challenges these vegetables presented. Then, what impresses those of us at The Advocate so much, the students were able to patent their idea. 

On Monday, the community will have a chance to learn more about the invention, give a hearty applause to the inventors, and see a prototype BroccoliBot. The names on the patent are Crescent Valley graduates Duncan Freeman (2018), Lane Alvis (2020), Abraham Mes (2018), Micah Mes (2020), Benjamin Nelson (2018), Carter Precourt (2020), Genevieve Sauret (2019), and Danielle Scutero (2020).   

CVHS is located at 4444 NW Highland Dr. 

Turkeytrot & Little Gobblers Run: Next Thursday, November 24, it will be time for this 2022 run of fun – which also seconds as an appetite builder for the Thanksgiving feasts to come. Runners, walkers, kids in strollers, and dogs on leashes are all welcome to join in.  

The run begins at 8:05 a.m. and goes through Crystal Lake Sports Fields & Willamette Park in Corvallis. Find all of the details and registration information here. Don’t wait! Pre-registration ends November 22.  

A Parenting Book from Michelle Obama: Former First Lady Michelle Obama released a book about parenting this week titled The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times 

Geared around these troubling last few years with pandemic, inflation, education deficits, and the Black Lives Matter movement making such huge marks on the psyches of American families – particularly of BIPOC families, this book means to help families who saw an eight-year stretch when all things seemed possible and are now struggling to make it through one more day. 

Speaking to Parents, Obama said, “My father was a Black man raised in segregated Chicago with a severe limp. Anybody could look at my parents and say, “Well, what?” Or they could look at themselves and say, “What could I give my kids? What in these times?”  

So, Obama went on, her parents gave their children “indestructible values that have weathered generations.” 

“They saw my light. They were there for me. There was consistency. There was accountability. They taught me independence,” Obama said. “So if I’m talking to parents, I’d say don’t get so overwhelmed by all that is not there on the outside. So much of what kids need can come right from you. And you don’t have to have a lot, but you have to be there.” 

The Light We Carry is a publication of Crown Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House. 

By Sally K Lehman 

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