Arts in November; Recreational Marijuana Effort; Sheriff Town Hall

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28 October 2013

November Shaping Up to Be an Artistic Month

Two art venues in Florence will provide a pair of different ways for artists to show off their works next month.

The lineup for the Florence Events Center’s Celebrate Arts show has been set.  Artists submitted digital photos of their work earlier this month for evaluation.  The pieces that have been accepted for the annual juried art show will be open for public viewing Tuesday, November 12th.  That will follow the artist’s reception the evening before, when jury results will be announced.

Once again, this year, there will be a “Salon des Refuse’s” in which work that was not selected for the juried competition will be on display and for sale.

The other show next month will be an “all-comers” show at the Siuslaw Public Library… the 21st annual “Hang It All”.  Two and three dimensional work will be accepted this Friday at the library in Florence between ten AM and four PM.  Work there will be on display through the end of November.

There are specific requirements for the artwork, organizers urge artists to check with the library this week for details.

Sheriff Seeks Feedback

Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner will continue his series of community outreach sessions Wednesday when he comes to Florence.

The Sheriff will be talking to residents about how his agency has been using the first year of a five-year $75-million special tax levy to fund jail operations.

Turner says he also wants to hear about how people feel about public safety in Lane County at the same time.

He has already held sessions in Eugene, Creswell, Junction City and Veneta.  He’s scheduled to be at Siuslaw Valley Fire Wednesday from six to eight pm.

Turner will hold additional meetings next month in Marcola, Springfield and Eugene with a final Town Hall December 11th in Cottage Grove.

Recreational Pot?

Voters in Oregon could be asked to approve the use of recreational marijuana if a recently formed group is successful in their efforts.

The pro-marijuana group New Approach Oregon first wants to push for lawmakers to refer a legalization measure to voters on the November 2014 ballot.

If that doesn’t happen, Anthony Johnson of New Approach says his group has the resources to collect the 87-thousand signatures needed to force the vote.

New Approach filed their initiative petition with the Secretary of State’s office Friday afternoon.  If approved by voters it would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana and four plants.  Sales would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.