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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 8:00am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 8:30am
Local Food Connection

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:00am
Oregon Small Farms Conference

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 8:00am
Cesar Chavez Day of Service


Sandy downtown readies to spark the season

Everything is nearly set for Sandy Main Street’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony — lights are on the tree, arrangements are made and wintry weather has blown in. All that’s left is to wait for Dec. 5 to roll around. At 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, community members are invited to bundle up and bring their families to Sandy’s Centennial Plaza, at the corner of Pioneer Boulevard and Hoffman Avenue to see Sandy’s biggest Christmas tree light up downtown. D.J. Anderson will emcee the event, and Mayor Bill King will lead the countdown to lighting the tree.

Main Street continues to move through Reedsport

REEDSPORT — Reedsport’s participation in the Main Street Program is gathering steam and is helped with the hiring of Emesha Jackson as the city’s program coordinator. Jackson is a temporary employee who came to the city as a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) participant. But, she said, it’s not just her. “It’s a community-driven program,” she said. “The Main Street Program doesn’t function without the support and participation of community members, whether it be an event, an idea or a weekend project.”

Curbing urban runoff in Gold Hill

GOLD HILL — Molly Bradley is trying to save the Rogue River one rain garden at a time, and she's got one year to do it. Bradley is Gold Hill's new water-quality improvement coordinator charged with reducing the city's stormwater runoff and all the petroleum, nitrogen and other pollutants that find their way into the Rogue from the city's impervious surfaces such as roads and rooftops.

'Small Business Saturday' planned in St. Helens

Every year, in a time-honored holiday tradition, millions of Americans come together to jostle and jockey for marked-down merchandise at big-box retailers — or watch the inevitable video footage of their fellow Americans stampeding through superstores on Facebook, YouTube and the nightly news — on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. Businesses in St. Helens are jumping on the bandwagon of an alternative to the Black Friday mayhem: “Small Business Saturday,” a nationwide initiative to encourage people to do their holiday shopping at local businesses on the following day.

Community readies for new food bank in Grand Ronde

The local food bank, operated by the Grand Ronde Community Resource Center out of a building near Uxyat Powwow Grounds, is a nonprofit funded by the Tribe and government grants, with in-kind contributions from Marion-Polk Food Share. The facility is moving to a new building with new management closer to Tribal housing. Food Share, partnering with the Tribe, will operate the facility that opens on Monday, Dec. 1.


2014-15 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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