On Saturday, June 15, I participated in the Relay for Life at Gouin Athletic Field in South Paris. These annual events across the country raise money for the American Cancer Society. Unlike some fundraisers, more than 80 percent of the money raised and sent to the American Cancer Society goes into education about cancer, research, and to help those suffering from cancer, not to administrative and staff expenses. The event in Norway raised more than $47,400. There were 305 people and 31 teams participating. My team, Charles’s Angeles, raised $2,210. We had five people who participated in the all-night event. Forty-eight cancer survivors attended the Survivor’s Dinner before the relay began and kicked off the event by walking two laps around the track.
International Music Day is June 21. This event started thirty years ago in Europe as a celebration of summer solstice, the first day of summer. The Paris-based Fete de la Musique encourages performers to fill the streets and parks with music to ring in the new season. Celebrations take place in cities internationally, including Paris, Berlin, London, New York, and Chicago. For the first time, this year Portland is participating in National Music Day on June 21. All events are free and will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in venues throughout the city. If you want to perform (everyone and every genre is welcome), or if you just want to enjoy the performances, information is available at www.makemusicportland.org.
Snapping turtles seem to be out in abundance along the roadways. Snapping turtles mate starting in April and in June and July the females are looking for places to lay their eggs. These turtles live in fresh and brackish water with lots of vegetation that helps conceal them, but they need to lay their eggs on dry land. Because of human development and destruction of the turtles’ native habitat, they sometimes have to travel long distances to find safe places to lay their eggs. That is why we see them cruising along the roadsides or attempting to cross the roads. Please watch out for them and let them find their way safely.
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