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Email Newsletter for August 2010

Greetings from the West Cascade Peace Corps Association!

Upcoming Events In The Next Month

  • July 31: Japanese Obon Festival in Alton Baker Park
    The south end of Alton Baker Park turns into a joyous evening festival featuring Japanese dancing, taiko drumming, crafts, food and more on Saturday, July 31th. The Japanese American Association of Lane County and the City of Eugene present the 21th annual Obon and Taiko drumming festival from 5:00 to 9:00 pm in Alton Baker Park, Eugene. Under the swaying, colorful Japanese lanterns, visitors can participate in Japanese circle dances and feast on authentic foods. The event is free and visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

  • August 1: Summer WCPCA Potluck
    Our next membership gathering will be on the beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon of August 1st. Bob Watada and Rosa Sakanishi have ordered this special weather and offer us the bucolic setting of their alpaca farm in Pleasant Hill complete with a swimming pool, located at 85622 Jasper Park Road, Pleasant Hill. This is an especially family friendly setting. Please bring outside games or sports equipment, your bathing suits and towels, and towels, blankets, or lawn chairs to sit on. The overall time will be 3-6 pm, allowing ample time for fun and games. Bob will grill hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner. Others attendees, please bring a salad, veggie side dish or a dessert to share. Plates, cups for water, and cutlery will be provided. We plan to eat at 5 pm. (See below for directions)

  • August 6: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration
    Please join us Friday, August 6th for a community gathering commemorating the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at Alton Baker Park's small shelter, located near the park entrance and the duck pond. The event will start at 7:00 pm with a community potluck. At 8:00 pm there will be a program with Taiko drumming, traditional Japanese Obon dancing, music and a call to action. The event will close at 8:45 pm with the floating of candle lanterns on the Duck Pond while traditional Japanese music is played by Koto master Mitsuki Dazai. For more information contact Michael Carrigan of CALC at 485-1755.

  • August 12 - August 16: 20th Annual West Regional Peace Corps Campout
    To be held at Crane Prairie Campground in the Deschutes National Forest near Bend, Oregon. More information is available at: http://www.crpca.org/regional.html

  • August 16: WCPCA August Board Meeting

  • August 27 - August 29: Eugene Celebration
    Join us for the 28th Annual Eugene Celebration! WCPCA will have a booth and march in the parade. The community is very supportive, and the celebration is great fun!

From the Board

WCPCA Board Minutes

The full text of the minutes is available on the website.