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Cascade Region event status due to COVID-19 concerns

17 November 2020

The new Coronavirus restrictions for Oregon that take effect tomorrow have caused us to cancel events for the rest of 2020. The rules state that social gatherings – both indoor or out – be limited to no more than 6 people from no more than 2 households. In addition, restaurants are again limited to take-out and delivery, no indoor dining.

These rules obviously prohibit the normal 4th Saturday Cars & Coffee in the Southern Chapter this month. And while Central Chapter’s 1st Saturday gathering falls a few days after the announced 2 week freeze, there is a good possibility that the restrictions will be extended beyond 2 weeks in Lane County, based on the current and projected positivity rate here. So it doesn’t seem prudent to plan and schedule an event like that so soon after the earliest date the rules might be eased.

This past year has been difficult for all of us, and I’m not just thinking about the club. Pandemic, wildfires and more have stressed us all over the past year. I know that many of us have looked to the limited club events that we have had as a release from it all, so cancelling the remaining events this year is not something that we undertook lightly. But it is probably the right thing to do.

There are some indications that 2021 might be better, with the recent encouraging news on possible vaccines. And so while we probably won’t be able to have traditional in-person planning meetings next year, we encourage all of you to start sending event suggestions to the chapter representatives to consider for next year. Even better than just suggestions would be if members help out by actually planning, organizing and leading events. The chapter reps will be happy to advise you on this. Here are email links for the two chapters:

• Central Chapter – centralchapter@cascade-pca.org
• Southern Chapter – southernchapter@cascade-pca.org

Next year is our club’s 60th anniversary year. While I suspect the first half of the year may still be slow due to the virus restrictions, let’s all hope that we can have some fun together in the second half of the year.

– Arne Berglund
Cascade Region President


This calendar shows 4 different event categories. They are:

  • Cascade Region, Central Chapter
  • Cascade Region, Southern Chapter
  • Events in nearby PCA regions
  • Non-PCA events of possible interest
Sep
5
Sat
1st Saturday Coffee Stop (Central Chapter) @ Shopko
Sep 5 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Join us for our usual 1st Saturday Coffee Stop on Saturday, September 5, at 10 AM at our temporary location, the old Shopko at Coburg Rd and Chad Drive in Eugene. There is a Human Bean for coffee and a restroom in the Petco. Please leave a blank space between cars and observe responsible social distancing. Face masks are strongly recommended.

Sep
19
Sat
CANCELLED – Drive to Dorena Lake for Picnic
Sep 19 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
CANCELLED – Drive! / Picnic (Central Chapter) @ Dorena Lake, Oregon
Sep 19 @ 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Meet at Lowe’s on West 11th in Eugene at 9:30 AM and enjoy a brief, but spirited drive to Dorena Lake east of Cottage Grove. Bring a picnic lunch, along with lawn chairs or an old blanket, and we’ll take advantage of the picnic tables and lawn areas to spread out and safely enjoy one another’s company and this hidden gem. Face masks are strongly recommended, except when you’re eating, of course. RSVPs are essential. Please drop a note to centralchapter@cascade-pca.org.

Oct
3
Sat
1st Saturday Coffee Stop (Central Chapter) @ Shopko
Oct 3 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Join us for our usual 1st Saturday Coffee Stop on Saturday, October 3, at 10 AM at our temporary location, the old Shopko at Coburg Rd and Chad Drive in Eugene. There is a Human Bean for coffee and a restroom in the Petco. Please leave a blank space between cars and observe responsible social distancing. Face masks are strongly recommended.

Oct
24
Sat
Lunch in Alsea (Central Chapter) @ Deb's Cafe
Oct 24 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Join us for a social opportunity (with good food!) at Deb’s Cafe in Alsea. Deb is reserving her back room for our group. RSVPs are essential so that Deb can plan to accommodate us. Note that this is a social gathering and not part of an organized PCA drive.

Please observe Oregon restaurant rules… Wear a mask when entering and moving about the restaurant. Stay 6′ apart.

Nov
7
Sat
1st Saturday Coffee Stop (Central Chapter) @ Hult Center Garage
Nov 7 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Join us for an unconventional 1st Saturday Coffee Stop at the Hult Center Garage in downtown Eugene. The city has been kind enough to give us permission to gather in the garage, so we know we’ll be out of the weather. If it works, it may be our temporary home until we can go back to Market of Choice. Bring your own coffee and fresh stories to swap!

Please follow our current “cars and coffee” protocol… Leave a blank space between cars. Wear a mask. Stay 6′ apart.