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Co-Opportunities Portland is an initiative to help create connection and cooperation around issues of community, sustainability and sustainable community development. The purpose of Co-opportunities Portland is to bring together a variety of organizations, activists and stakeholders to dialogue about working cooperatively to promote community building, local sustainability and sustainable community development. It is part of a larger regional effort called Co-opportunities North West.

Co-opportunities’ focus is on community & sustainability. The Portland group hopes to attract a large variety of people and a wide range of interests. Categories include: transportation issues, alternative and affordable housing, intentional community, environmentalism, neighborhood groups, voluntary simplicity circles, watershed issues, conservation, local and regional sustainability, and more…

Their first big project is planning a weekend of dialogue, learning and networking on April 28th & 29th, 2001. Individuals and representatives from groups around the city are invited to help to create a fun and educational networking event that will connect people and organizations with similar or compatible interests and philosophies that may not yet know each other. On the 29th there is will be open houses at co-housing communities in the area, and a half-day workshop about co-housing.

For more information about Co-opportunities Portland, or to express interest in becoming a partner, call committee chair, Kelly Caldwell at 232-0010 ext.17. Email:


“Earth Day 2001: A Celebration of Localization” is a project to encourage local action for sustainability through an Earth Day program of neighborhood-based citizen SERVICE PROJECTS and a city CELEBRATION in Laurelhurst Park. An organizing committee led by The City Repair Project has laid a local-focus foundation for this project -- all interested organizations and individuals in the Portland metro area are invited to become part of an ORGANIZING COALITION to make this a project OF our community and FOR our community.

If you want to help Portland really "Act Locally" for this year's Earth Day, come to this meeting and spread the word! Contact us at or 503-235-8946 for more information, or visit and click on the "Earth Day" link.


The Star Dance is a Prayer Ceremony about gratitude, renewal, healing, and atonement. Gratitude to the Star People for the gifts of the past year; renewal of the mind, body, emotions, and spirit; healing of the mind, body, emotions, and spirit; and atonement for any pain and wrongs one may have done to another.

All races are welcome to participate, whether as a dancer, a supporter, a helper, or a singer. To dance, one must be prepared as this dance is an ordeal physically, mentally, and emotionally. To be a supporter, one must be willing to focus your prayers to support the dancers and practice quietness. There are several ways of helping. One can help with cutting wood and maintaining the fire, one can help in the kitchen, one can help the security team, and one can generally just pitch in and “make a hand”. One can also help by singing or giving the singers a hand. The Star Dance is scheduled for the third week in July. There will be a Vision Quest camp the three weeks preceding the Star Dance.

Contact: Patrick Pinson at Cedar Mountain Drums, 503-235-6345,; or Leon Stiff Arm, 503-292-1326,


On Wednesday, March 28, Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will lecture at Portland State University, Room 327-9 in the Smith Memorial Center. Dr. Barnard is an outstanding speaker and motivator who will be featuring his latest book, "Turning Off The Fat Genes." PCRM is based in Washington, DC, and has effectively lobbied the US Congress and federal agencies on food safety issues. PCRM is highly critical of the undue influence on elected officials by food industry giants, and the meat and dairy industries.

Dr. Barnard’s appearance is sponsored by the local chapter of EarthSave International and OSPIRG (Oregon State Public Interest Research Group). For more information, call (503) 224-7380 or email


Dr. Steven Masley, M.D., will present a free lecture entitled, Revitalize Your Life With Nutrition — The Miracle of Antioxidants. A physician and chef, Masley also will discuss his books, “The 28-Day Antioxidant Diet Program” and “Vegetarian Holiday Feasts.” Masley is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida and recipient of the Patient Care Award For Excellence.

Dr. Masley will address how antioxidants neutralize and control free radicals that occur due to toxins in our bodies. He will talk about simple activities that help slow the aging process and promote vitality. Dr. Masley's passion is to empower people to make healthy lifestyle changes that improve their well-being. More information is available at

The lecture will take place at the First Unitarian Church,12th Ave. and Main in downtown Portland, on March 23 at 7 pm. Masley’s appearance is sponsored by the local chapter of EarthSave International and First Unitarian. For more information, call Earle Harris at 503-674-2270 or email


Paul Nison was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis many years ago and was offered no other choice but surgery. Paul decided to stop eating all cooked foods, and today his body has healed itself 100% from this so-called incurable disease. Paul, now a raw food chef and author, will be speaking in Portland on Controlling weight, Increasing your available energy, Why medical doctors are wrong about health, How to succeed at maintaining a 100% raw food diet, The best foods for the human body, those that will help you thrive, Which foods cause disease, How and when to eat for best digestion and How to get over food addictions.

Hear him on Sunday, 4/1/01, 3- 5pm at the Common Ground Wellness Center, 926 NE Flanders St., Portland. For information about Paul's book, The Raw Life: Becoming Natural in an Unnatural World, visit Paul's web site, or contact him at 917-506-1124 or