On Monday, October 5, Dr. Walidah Imarisha visits Bend as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, giving a presentation on the stories and struggles of African-American communities in Oregon. Imarisha has taught Black Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University and Oregon State University and frequently speaks on the history of race in Oregon. She is also the editor of Another World Is Possible: Conversations in a Time of Terror, and co-editor, with Adrienne Maree Brown, of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. Her talk is hosted by the Deschutes-Ochoco Civil Rights Committee and will be held from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Deschutes NF Supervisor's Office, Aspen/Ponderosa Rooms, 63095 Deschutes Market Rd.
Bend is growing, and the City wants residents' input on where exactly that growth should occur. To that end, it's hosting an online survey weighing various Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion scenarios currently being considered by the City. The survey uses the same type of interactive tool as a previous UGB survey that allowed Bendites to give complex feedback on their preferences for how and where the pending expansion occurs. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete and can be accessed at bendugb.metroquest.com. The City will also hold a public meeting about UGB expansion scenarios on Thursday, October 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Riverbend Community Room, 799 SW Columbia St.
The October League of Women Voters of Deschutes County First Thursday Luncheon takes on the thorny issue of accessibility with guest speaker Carol Fulkerson, a Central Oregon Coalition for Access (COCA) steering committee member. She'll talk about the organization's efforts to advocate for members of the disability community and opportunities to increase accessibility.
11 am-1 pm, Thursday, October 1
Black Bear Diner 1465 NE 3rd St.
Free and open to the public.