Upcoming Events in the Community
Here are some great events you won’t want to miss!
MAY 2017 – HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH (Days & times vary)
PEDALING THROUGH THE PAST: CELEBRATING THE HISTORY OF BICYCLES AND BREWING
Special tours and presentations all month long – Most events are free and open to the public, although some programs require reservations. See http://visitcorvallis.com/signature-events/historic-preservation-month-corvallis-oregon/
Contact: or Sponsor: Benton County & City of Corvallis Historic Resources Commissions & PreservationWORKS
SAT, MAY 6 – SUN, MAY 14
NATURAL AREAS CELEBRATION WEEK
Join us for the 8th annual celebration of the incredible natural resources in our community. Come for a guided nature hike, family-friendly bird or plant walk, lecture and other fun-filled activities. FMI: http://sustainablecorvallis.org/2017/04/natural-areas-celebration/
Sponsors: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and many of its partners
SAT, MAY 6 (9 am – 3 pm)
BENTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS PLANT SALE
An extensive selection of perennials, natives, tomatoes and other vegetables, herbs, shrubs and more. Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions.
At Benton County Fairgrounds, southwest corner, 53rd Street
Sponsor: Benton County Master Gardeners
SAT, MAY 6, 13, 20 & 27 (10:30 am – noon)
DIY BASIC BIKE REPAIR
The Corvallis Bicycle Collective is offering a free, four-part series of introductory bike repair and maintenance classes at their shop. Different topics each week, such as tires and tubes, cables and brakes, shifters and derailleurs and outfitting your bike for safety and commuting. Bring your bike.
At Corvallis Bicycle Collective, 707 NW 11th St.
Contact: , 541-224-6885
Sponsors: Corvallis Bicycle Collective and City of Corvallis
SAT, MAY 6 (7 – 9 pm)
READING BY ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE
Author and naturalist Robert Michael Pyle will read from his new poetry book, Chinook and Chanterelle and a new collection of essays, Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature. This event is part of Natural Areas Celebration Week.
At Corvallis Public Library, Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave.
Contact: Sponsors: Greenbelt Land Trust, the Spring Creek Project, Corvallis Friends of the Library, Grass Roots Books
SUN, MAY 7 (9 am – 4 pm)
30th ANNUAL CORVALLIS SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL
Free event for the whole family! Exhibits, demonstrations, and items for sale, including annuals, perennials, specialty plants, flower baskets, garden art, gifts, ceramics, seeds and herbs. Food, music, and more. Details at https://www.facebook.com/SpringGardenFest/
At The Arts Center Plaza, 7th and Madison, next to Central Park
Contact: Serena Kapuler,
Sponsors: Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Benton County Master Gardeners, City of Corvallis Parks & Recreation, The Arts Center
SUN, MAY 7 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)
HIKE TO THE SOURCE OF SEQUOIA CREEK – CORVALLIS’ FORGOTTEN CREEK
Hike from Wilson Elementary School to the source of Corvallis’ forgotten and partially buried creek that flows from Chip Ross Park all the way to the Willamette River behind the Children’s Farm Home. The 4-mile hike follows the creek uphill before it is piped underground as it flows through the rest of northwest Corvallis. You will see places you’ve never seen before in Corvallis, even if you live in the neighborhood.
Free, but pre-registration is required.
Contact: Mike Neeley-Brown at
Sponsor: Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club
MON, MAY 8 (7:30 pm)
RARE ENDEMICS & OTHER NATIVE SPECIES OF NORTH CENTRAL IDAHO & THEIR INCREASINGLY RARE POLLINATORS
Nan Vance will share photos of borage, Dasynotus daubenmirei, found at only two sites on the Clearwater National Forest, plus others that are somewhat disjunct from Western Oregon like the Pacific dogwood, Cornus nutallii. At Room 2087 Cordley Hall, 2701 SW Campus Way, OSU
Contact: ; ; 541-753-0012.
Sponsor: Native Plant Society of Oregon, Corvallis Chapter
TUES, MAY 9 (6:00 – 7:30 pm)
THE OSU/MARYS PEAK CONNECTION: 1870-2017
OSU archivists Michael Dicianna and Karl McCreary present forgotten research, educational programs, social events and official documents that have tied Oregon State University to the wonders of Mary Peak. The photos alone are worth the experience. Free – The audience is invited to purchase food and beverage from the deli, if so inclined. At Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis
Contact: Dave Eckert at Sponsor: Marys Peak Alliance of AFRANA
TUES, MAY 9 (7 pm)
STONE SOUP: HOW RECIPES CAN PRESERVE HISTORY & NOURISH COMMUNITY
A Conservation Project discussion led by Jennifer Roberts, writer and independent scholar from Josephine County. At Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.
Contact Sponsors: Slow Food Corvallis, Friends of the Library, Oregon Humanities
WED, MAY 10 (11 am – 8 pm)
CHIPOTLE AND BIKES PROMOTION
Get more bikes under more people when you eat at Chipotle. Tell cashier or show flyer. FMI: www.corvallisbikes.org
At Chipotle, 2501 NW Monroe Ave.
Sponsor: Corvallis Bicycle Collective
WED, MAY 10 (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
SPRING REPAIR FAIR
Bring broken items and learn how to fix them and attend demos to learn more DIY skills. FMI: http://tiny.cc/repair-fair
At the OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St.
Contact: , 541-737-5398
Sponsor: OSU Waste Watchers
THURS, MAY 11 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)
HOW TO LOSE 3,000 POUNDS IN A WEEK
Learn ways to get to work, school, or shopping by walking, cycling or transit. Topics include benefits, weather, hauling stuff, best bike routes, community resources and more. Free pizza and drawing for one-month Pedal Corvallis pass.
At Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.
Contact: sustainablecorvallis.org/action-teams/transportation; Sponsor: Sustainability Coalition Transportation Action Team
SAT & SUN, MAY 13 & 14 (10 am – 5 pm)
ART IN THE GARDEN
24th annual art festival including local artists, music, free herbal appetizers, food, beer and wine for purchase. FMI: www.thymegarden.com
At 20546 Alsea Hwy, Alsea
Contact: 541-487-8671, Sponsor: The Thyme Garden
SAT, MAY 13 & 27 (9am – noon)
BEERS MADE BY WALKING
Join Greenbelt Land Trust and local brewers, Sky High Brewing and Mazama Brewing Co., for the second year of the Beers Made by Walking series. At these two walks we’ll discuss the brewing process, plant identification and how brewers gain inspiration from the land. The first walk is part of Natural Areas Celebration Week. Please RSVP. At Lupine Meadows – May 13, Owens Farm – May 27
Contact: Sponsor: Greenbelt Land Trust
TUES, MAY 16 (6 – 7:30 pm)
STROKE AWARENESS SEMINAR
Learn how to prevent and recognize signs and symptoms of stroke, and what to do if you think a stroke is happening. Registration required, space is limited. Visit samhealth.org/BeHealthy or call 1-855-873-0647 to register. At Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, conference rooms B & C
Sponsor: Samaritan Health Services
THURS, MAY 18 (5 – 7 pm)
PEDAL CORVALLIS BIKE SHARE DROP-IN EVENT
Those ages 18 and over are invited to learn about Pedal Corvallis bike share, and are encouraged to sign up for a bike share membership before the event at www.ocwcog.org/pedal. Please RSVP by May 16 to .
At Lincoln Station, Lincoln Health Center, 121 SE Viewmont Ave.
Sponsor: Cascades West Rideshare
SAT, MAY 20 (9:30 am-Walk; 8:30 am – Registration)
CORVALLIS-GONDAR WALK FOR WATER
A 5 km walk to raise funds to construct water wells in Gondar, Ethiopia, Corvallis’ Sister City.
Details at http://sistercities.corvallis.or.us/gondar/ and https://www.facebook.com/corvallisgondar/
At Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St, Corvallis, OR
Contact: Sponsor: Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association
SUN, MAY 21 (10 am – 1 pm)
CORVALLIS SPRING ROLL
Our 7th annual bike and trike ride and cycle fair for kids 12 and younger. FMI: www.corvallisspringroll.com.
At Cloverland Park, 29th St. & Arthur Ave.
Contact: Sponsors: City of Corvallis, Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Samaritan Health Services
SUN, MAY 21 (2 – 3:30 pm)
MISSING MIDDLE HOUSING TOUR BY BICYCLE
Missing Middle is a term used to describe the wide range of residential building types between single-detached dwellings and large, multi-dwelling structures. By the late 20th Century, these types of housing were severely restricted or prohibited outright by many cities’ zoning codes and little has been built since. This tour will explore the historic context for these buildings in Corvallis’s older neighborhoods and the importance of housing choice.
Meet at Franklin Square Park, 16th & Taylor Ave.
Contact: 541-766-6575, email@example.com
Sponsors: City of Corvallis, Benton County, PreservationWORKS
WED, MAY 24 (9 am – noon)
TURTLE WALK AT LITTLE WILLAMETTE
Search for Oregon’s threatened turtles at the Little Willamette conservation area near the Willamette River. Join biologist Matt Blakeley-Smith as he shows us Greenbelt’s habitat restoration efforts to protect Western pond turtles and other wildlife. Please RSVP.
At Little Willamette
Contact: Sponsor: Greenbelt Land Trust
WED, MAY 24 (6 – 8 pm)
HELPING OUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES THRIVE
Special presentation by Jeff Milchen, Co-Director & Co-Founder of AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance). Find out what you can do to protect our downtown and create economic vitality. Refreshments provided by First Alternative Co-op, and tastings by Corvallis Brewing Supply and Tyee Winery
At Corvallis Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd Street
Contact: Steve George,
Sponsors: Community Independent Business Alliance & Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
SUN, MAY 28 (2 – 3:30 pm)
BICYCLE TOUR OF PUBLIC ART
Join city staff members for a free, one-mile ride around downtown Corvallis, stopping to discuss public art pieces.
Meet at the Corvallis Skate Park, the intersection of the Riverfront and Philomath Multiuse Paths.
Contact: Sponsors: City of Corvallis, Benton County, PreservationWORKS