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Upcoming Sierra Club events

September is awesome!

Here in the Inland Northwest we are treated to mostly sunshine, relative warmth, and a bit of crispness to the air that always makes it feel fresh and clean.  Of course this year we have also been lucky that a great group of people have worked so hard to organize Sustainable September Spokane.  And just when we thought it couldn't get any better, an email from our local Sierra Club chapter reminded us that there is a seemingly infinite number of opportunites to participate in the process of making Spokane and the Inland Northwest a better place to live.  Check out these four opportunities after the jump


1)  Neighborhood house party to learn more about Proposition 4 (the Community Bill of Rights, endorsed by Sierra Club UCR). 

- when:  August 9 (Wednesday) - 5:30 - 7:30
- location:  John & Mary Ralston Historic House, 2421 W. Mission Ave (corner of Mission and Cochran in West Central Neighborhood).
- Co-hosts:  Gunnar Holmquist, Shallan Dawson, John & Rachael Osborn, Bea Lackaff, Sam Mace

- RSVP to John Osborn   509.328-1087
and for more information about how to support YES for Proposition 4, check out

2)  Tour of Spokane Falls:  An Industrial and Natural History of the Spokane Waterfalls

Water has returned to Spokane Falls!  In the wake of Sierra Club's historic settlement with Avista, public-interest water lawyer Rachael Paschal Osborn will lead a tour of Spokane Falls.  Topics will include economic and cultural values of the falls for all people, and ongoing efforts to restore the bed of the waterfalls channel.

- when:  August 12 (Saturday) 1 p.m.
- where:  meet at the Clock Tower, Riverfront Park
- No RSVP necessary -- we'll see you there!

3)  Environmental History Tour

Forces of "Manifest Destiny" converged on the Spokane River.  In the 200 years since the Lewis & Clark and David Thompson explorations, profound damage has occurred.  Understanding history is the first step to diagnosis and treatment for the Spokane River and Aquifer.   $50 suggested donation to support our Spokane River work.

- when:  August 12 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- RSVP to John Osborn  509.328-1087

4)  Potluck and meet Washington State volunteer leaders with Sierra Club

Our local group (Upper Columbia River Group) will host the statewide meeting of Club leaders on August 19-20.   Please join us for a potluck dinner (main course provided)

when:  August 19 (Saturday), gather at 6:30, dinner around 7:30
where:  John & Mary Ralston Historic House, 2421 W. Mission Ave (corner of Mission and Cochran in West Central Neighborhood).
- RSVP to John Osborn   509.328-1087

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