A celebration of life for Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, an Ashland graduate who was fatally stabbed on a Portland MAX train while trying to help two teenage girls under verbal attack, is planned Wednesday starting in Lithia Park, his mother, Asha Deliverance, announced.

The event will begin with a picnic from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lithia Park Band Shell, followed by music and memorial offerings by friends and family, Deliverance said.

"Bring blankets, food and lots of love (no alcohol please), and share your fondest memories of Taliesin amongst each other against a gentle backdrop of angelic piano music," she said in her announcement.

Medicine women will be on hand to smudge in sacred ceremony, she said.

From 8 to 11 p.m., the memorial will move to Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 N., Ashland, for a slideshow set to original music by Meche, followed by a no-host dinner provided by Wellsprings and musical performances by some of the family's favorite musicians, she said.

Meche, 23, an Ashland High School graduate, graduated last year in economics from Reed College in Portland and was working for Cadmus Group, a consulting firm in Portland.

Meche was one of two men killed May 26 while coming to the aid of two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a Muslim head covering, after a passenger on a MAX train went into a racist rant. The other victim was Ricky Best, 53, of Happy Valley. A third passenger, Micah Fletcher, 21, was stabbed but survived.

Jeremy Christian, 35, has been charged with aggravated murder and pleaded not guilty May 30 in Multnomah County Circuit Court.