Power of Florence Saturday; No Fires in State Parks; Friends of Florence Van Fans Ice Cream Social

Power of Florence Saturday

Power of Florence hits the streets tomorrow.  The event is a youth driven event that encourages all ages to get out and volunteer in the community.  And it is also an opportunity to gather.  The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the United Methodist Church on 333 Kingwood followed by a power walk that begins at the Florence Christian Church at 9 am.  Police Chief Tom Turner and Mayor Joe Henry will participate and Mayor Henry will also have a short presentation.  Volunteers will gather in the Grocery Outlet Parking lot from 11 til 2pm and volunteer groups will have booths and be raising money for various charitable foundations in the city including the Oregon Coast Humane society as well as service projects at the Oregon Coast Military Museum and Siuslaw High School.  Live music and food will also be part of the event and there will be a carnival put on by Florence Regency.

The event also coincides with the monthly yard debris cleanup for the city which will be accepting tree trimmings, yard clippings and grass cuttings on 27th street and Kingwood.  No scotch broom is allowed.  Yard debris will be accepted from 9 am til 2 pm.

No Fires in State Parks

Campers that will be enjoying our local State Parks this weekend will have to do it without a campfire.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has banned all campfires and open flame cooking.  The only devices that are allowed for cooking will be devices that can be turned off with a valve.  Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide wildfire emergency this week banning all fires.  The ban will be for one week but could be extended.  The fire season has hit hard in Oregon and even earlier than expected as several large fires continue to burn across the state including a massive fire northeast of Portland that is affecting wheat fields and caused the evacuations of Moro and Grass Valley and a fire on the California/Oregon border.  There are currently 19 active fires across the state.

Friends of Florence Van Fans Ice Cream Social

The annual Friends of Florence Van Fans Ice Cream Social will be happening tomorrow at the Florence Event Center.  The event will be from 1-3 and will raise money to support transportation to and from Eugene for cancer patients.  The Van makes daily runs between Florence and Eugene to take patients that require radiation treatments.  The Van has been in operation for 30 years and has transported tens of thousands of patients for care.  People will have the opportunity to purchase Bj’s Ice cream and Pie to help support the Van.