There are several ways to have fun with BRING this month! On Wednesday, April 19, Oakshire Brewing will donate $1 to BRING from every pint sold. Stop by their Whiteaker neighborhood public house at 207 Madison Street in Eugene between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. for some great beer. Better yet, come between 5 and 7 p.m. to meet BRING staff and listen to some great music in a fun, kid-friendly environment. Thanks to Oakshire for supporting BRING during Earth Week.

And speaking of Earth Week – Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day! To celebrate, we’re hosting two events at the Planet Improvement Center. Volunteers from the Lane County Extension Service will present a composting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. Our staff will teach you how to build cedar planters and cold frames from salvaged materials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both classes are free; a suggested donation of $3 to $5 will help cover the cost of the planter and cold frame class.

Later that evening, we’ll announce the results of our inaugural Product Design Challenge at the Metamorphose fashion show. This annual event, sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul, showcases recycled duds made by local designers. MECCA will also share the winners of their Object Afterlife Art Challenge. The event is Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Watch for updates on the Product Design Challenge on our blog, Facebook and Twitter pages over the next few weeks.

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