Ah, the mighty Willamette, lifeblood of Oregon. Who can bike along its banks in the height of summer without thinking of its beauty, its majesty...how likely it is that a stray splash will cause a rash, or perhaps a more permanent skin condition
We have a vested interest in maintaining the welfare of this river. That's why the University of Portland's
Ecology Club, crew team, and others will be sponsoring the Willamette River Fest this Wednesday, April 15
. Despite the unoriginality of its name, the event will probably not be boring. It's free and open to the public, and will feature free food, giveaways, and music by the student band, Electric Opera Improv by Act UP.
For those of us who are not very shallow people, a representative from Willamette Riverkeeper will be there to answer questions about the state of the river and what we can do to keep it healthy
. There will also be others on hand to discuss the ecology of waterways, conservation efforts, political issues and the history of Willamette River pollution.
In this day and age, it's very sad that conservation groups have to bribe people into attending their events with tons of free entertainment and giveaways. That is, it's sad in principle, but in practice I wholly welcome the idea of a free part-tay while learning about the river that dominates our Portland landscape. Hang out. Learn something.
Willamette River Fest, University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Blvd. Wednesday, April 15. 3-7 pm. Free. For more info, call 943-7132.
Photo courtesy kirtby, Flickr.com