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Events Happenings and Heads Up
80 UCR Students Pledged For Neighborhood Clean Up
A major spring cleaning is slated for the neighborhood, Saturday, May 17 th. Here’s how you can help:
- Reply with an area in need of some attention.
- Contribute to the foodie fund – cash or dish
- Tell your neighbors.
So far we’ve had a graffiti rock on Coyote Hill, illegal dumping along the trail starting at the Hyatt parking lot, Islander Park, Watkins Driver along Coyote Hill from Piccacho to the freeway ramp. What else?
Honoring Earth Day
Gathering data may not only be good for the planet, it could become a source of neighborhood bragging rights. Sign up and find out more.
The City of Riverside wants your help! Our community has a chance to become California’s Coolest City by participating in the CoolCalifornia City Challenge. Now through August 31, sign up and commit to reducing your carbon footprint to help Riverside earn points and compete against other California cities. The more points Riverside earns, the closer we get to becoming California’s Coolest City.
And, there’s even prize money – $100,000 will be distributed to participating cities!
Signing up is easy:
1. Click here to sign up .
2. Take the CoolCalifornia City Challenge survey (each survey is worth 500 points!)
3. Spread the word – Tell other Riverside residents about the CoolCalifornia City Challenge and encourage them to sign up!
Learn more by visiting CoolCalifornia.org , or call 951-826-5817.
Want to help save water, too? Then check out the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and sign the pledge.
Join the East Side and Develop a Healthy Eating Plan for your Neighborhood
15th Annual Primavera in the Gardens and the Gardens 50th Anniversary
Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser, May 18th, 2014, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Grape Extract May Eliminate Mosquito Born Diseases
Discovery opens door to better insect repellents
UCR Herbarium Founder, Plant Expert Dies
Oscar Clarke, a self-taught botanist, author and founder of The Herbarium at UC Riverside, died Saturday. He was 93
Mr. Clarke’s friends and colleagues described him as a “walking encyclopedia of local natural history,” said his friend, Elizabeth J. Lawlor, in an email. He started the university’s herbarium in 1966 and was its curator until 1979.
After his retirement, Mr. Clarke traipsed along Inland waterways, collecting specimens to document in his 2007 book, “The Flora of the Santa Ana River and Environs.”
Even as late as February, Mr. Clarke still occasionally volunteered at the herbarium, a resource for researchers, farmers and private biological consulting firms, Lawlor said. “Oscar was known as a larger-than-life character and a mentor to many botanists and ethnobotanists,” she said.
Mr. Clarke also was active in education and conservation groups, including the California Native Plant Society, Audubon Society, Sierra Club and Tri-County Conservation League.
” Mr. Clarke was born in Colton in 1919 and grew up collecting bird eggs for ornithologist Wilson Hanna. In 1941, he began work at UCR when it was known as the Citrus Experiment Station. After a stint in the Army during World War II, he returned to the Citrus Experiment Station and worked in nematology and plant pathology before starting the herbarium.
“Oscar was an amazing natural historian and enthusiastic teacher. He was brimming with ideas and information and was very generous with his time. He touched our hearts and our minds,” said Arlee Montalvo, Mr. Clarke’s co-author and a plant restoration ecologist at the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District.
Mr. Clarke had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was in hospice care at home for the last month, she said.
He is survived by his wife, Marsia Alexander-Clarke, and children Taffy, Ken and Diane and their families.
A memorial for Mr. Clarke will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the UCR Botanic Gardens off Big Springs Road and North Campus Drive.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Clarke’s family asked that donations to be directed to The Herbarium at UCR, in care of professor Giles Waines, UCR Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92512.