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A Saturday event will cover sidewalks around the Phoenix Civic Center with chalk art to raise awareness of endangered species.

Chalk It Up, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 22, at the Civic Center, 220 N. Main St., Phoenix, is free and open to the public, according to the Rogue Valley of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and Pollinator Project.

The opening event follows National Endangered Species Day, which takes place on Friday, May 21st.

There are more than 125 sidewalk squares around the building. Attendees will be asked to log in upon arrival and then select a square that will be available based on availability, according to a press release. Participants are asked to bring their own chalk and an endangered animal or plant to draw.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a list of federally endangered and threatened species at

“(We) raise awareness and educate people about how many endangered species there are, but also how many there are here in Oregon,” said Kristina Lefever, president of the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley.

Then there’s the simpler secondary intent of the event: a community that gathers on a Saturday in the spring.

Event options include a children’s chalk zone, music, and food trucks. Donations are accepted for the placement of the Phoenix Rising mural in the Phoenix Grange Hall. Rogue Valley Sewer Services will lead a workgroup removing weeds in the natural rainwater swallow behind the Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday. Participants are happy to help.

Chalk artists have until Sunday, May 23, 11:59 p.m. to submit their art to the Endangered Species Coalition via Instagram for a nationwide competition. Participants must have a public Instagram account to participate. You must use the hashtag #EndangeredSpeciesChalkArt and the tag @endangeredspeciescoalition in the label. The grand prize is $ 250. Visit for more information.

A People’s Choice Award winner will also be selected at the event.

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Reach the Mail Tribune web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @ryanpfeil.

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