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Powell’s on Hawthorne – Oregon Wildland Firefighting Feb 21

February 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Oregon Wildland Firefighting: A History

Over the past century, some of the world’s largest wildland fires have occurred in Oregon. Accidentally set by a disgruntled cook on an English ship, the Great Fire of 1845 displaced multiple tribes and boiled wildlife alive in the Columbia River. The Tillamook Burn started up every 6 years from 1933 to 1951 and incited one of the largest reseeding efforts in the world. The Long Draw Fire of 2012, the state’s largest in over 150 years, began as a small spark and raged into an ocean of flames thousands of acres wide. In Oregon Wildland Firefighting (History Press), veteran wildland firefighter Sean Davis shares harrowing firsthand accounts that illustrate what it takes to battle an inferno.

Thursday the 21st, 7:30pm  /  Powell’s on Hawthorne 


Speaking for the River: Confronting Pollution on the Willamette

Since the late 1960s, Oregon has been at the forefront of environmental protection in the United States. The state generally, and Portland in particular, continue to have strong “green” credentials well into the 21st century. Within this 40-year period of progress, however, the health of the Willamette River has been a consistent blot on the record. Willamette River water pollution has not gone away – the problem has, in fact, gotten much more complex. James Hillegas-Elting’s book, Speaking for the River (Oregon State University), provides a historical look at this dilemma.

Monday the 25th, 7:30pm  /  Powell’s on Hawthorne 


Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life

Tarot Elements (Llewellyn) shares five different readings to help you clarify your situation, unstick your life, and move forward to a better version of yourself – even if you feel like a complete mess. Melissa Cynova noticed that clients often turn up for readings with extremely complicated problems. She developed the five readings described in Tarot Elements as a program for hitting the reset button on life. Cynova’s book shows you how to do the five readings, so that you can focus on one aspect of a problem at a time and resolve the issues that are holding you back.

Thursday the 28th, 7:30pm  /  Powell’s on Hawthorne  


February 21, 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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