February 16th, 2010 | by NATALIE BAKER News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Schools

Words events: a night of history, a night of activism

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[We had two Words events reach our mailbox after Wednesday's newspaper had already trundled off to the printing press. So, instead, enjoy a heads up on them via the magic of the interweb.]

Food, beer, and history—essentially the high school class you always wanted—await the attendees of tonight's Oregon Encyclopedia (OE) History Night debut. The new monthly series will kick off with a talk by author David Oates on his exploration of Portland's Urban Growth Boundary, more generally referred to as that government-designated dividing line that limits urban sprawl and increases your downtown rent rate.

Each OE History Night will feature special guests and an investigation of our state's influential individuals and events. Next week's discussion will be led by Joe Uris on "Portland, Politics, Scandal and Vice in the 1950s."

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 4045 NW Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro, 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 15. Free. All ages.

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Portland State University's Student Animal Liberation Coalition will be shedding light on the Pacific Northwest's history of animal activism this Saturday, Feb, 20. The presentation will feature long-time activists discussing personal experiences and sharing stories of fighting for animal rights. Whether it's to show your support or learn more on the subject, the talk ought to be interesting. Five bucks to the poor soul willing to wear a leather jacket into that room.

“HISTORY OF ANIMAL RIGHTS IN THE PACIFIC NW" takes place at Portland State University, Smith Building, Cascade Room 236, 1825 SW Broadway 7-9 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. Free.
 
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