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Eugene Weekly : Calendar : 12.24.09

.This Week's Calendar | Galleries | Music @ the Clubs

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If you love the popping bulbs of the paparazzi and all that goes along with it, you might want to jump head first into Valley River Inn’s New Year’s Eve “Funkabration,” which will find the Willamette Ballroom transformed (some might say metastasized) into a hot Hollywood nightclub, complete with red carpet, blazing lights, plasma TVs and danceable tunes provided by Eugene’s own Satin Love Orchestra. $40 adv., $45 door; buy tickets at http://wkly.ws/26

For your New Year’s Eve delectation, inebriation and ritual ringing in of 2010, Eugene’s beloved WOW Hall is setting a whole slew of entertainment on stage. Of course, Medium Troy, the self-proclaimed kings of Bohemian dub, will headline the festive affair, joined on stage by Sean Ponder and James Green of Reeble Jar. But you will also want to be on hand for Twinkle Thizz and the Big Dippers, The T Club featuring the hot hot hot SolaRay Fire Dancers, as well as the string-band goodness of Mossy Top (pictured). Enter the new decade rolling on the floor to this colorful collision of reggae, bluegrass, flame and fury, and all your resolutions, gratefully, will go up in smoke. $10 adv., $12 door; tickets at http://wkly.ws/25


thurs, december 24

Sunrise 7:46am | Sunset 4:39pm | Av High 45 | Av Low 33

Benefits Christmas Eve Smorgasbord Benefit, medical fundraiser for Mark Zolun, former owner of Iraila restaurant, 5:30-8:30pm, Belly, 291 E. Fifth Ave., RSVP to Info@Iraila.com, 683-5896. $55.

Gatherings Holiday Market, 10am-4pm, w/entertainment by Sharon Rogers, 10:30am; Eugene Recorder Ensemble, 11:30am; Jerry  Zybach, 12:30pm; The Fiannacats, 1:30pm; Americanistan, 3pm, Lane County Fairgrounds, 13th & Jefferson, www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

Veneta Holiday Market, 10am-6pm, West Lane Shopping Center, Veneta, 206-4498. FREE.

Kids/Families “Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp, icy crafts, games, field trips & more, grades K-5, 7:30am-noon today; 7:30am-6pm through Jan. 4; closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Rd. $24 a day; $194 full term.

Preschool Storytime, ages 3-6, picture books, fingerplays, rhyming songs, 11am, Sheldon Library, 1566 Coburg Rd., 682-8316. FREE.

On the Air “Merry Beatles: A Cool Yule w/the Fab Four” w/host David Gizara, jazz and other covers of Beatle’s tunes, 9pm-midnight, KLCC 89.7 FM, davidgizara@epud.net


fri, december 25

Sunrise 7:47am | Sunset 4:40pm | Av High 45 | Av Low 33 

Gatherings Senior Holiday Dinner, full turkey dinner, entertainment, door prizes, 1-3pm, Eugene Hilton, 66 E. 6th Ave., 520-2698. $5.

Dinner w/Santa, everyone welcome, 2pm, U.S. Basketball Academy, 54705 McKenzie Hwy, Blue River. FREE.

Music DJ Disston, country, all ages, noon, Wandering Goat, 268 Madison St. FREE.

On the Air Holiday Special: Paul Winter Consort Solstice Celebration from the New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Devine, noon-2pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

Outdoors/Recreation First Quarter Friday Star Party w/Eugene Astronomical Society, educational stargazing, public welcome, telescopes provided, 6pm, College Hill Reservoir, 24th Ave. & Lawrence St. FREE.


sat, december 26

Sunrise 7:47am | Sunset 4:40pm  | Av High 45 | Av Low 32

Farmers’ Markets Farmers’ Market, 9am-2pm, Hideaway Bakery, Hilyard & 30th. FREE.

Lorane Saturday Market, local produce & crafts, 10am-3pm, Common Area, Dew Drop Inn, 80301 Territorial Rd., Lorane. FREE.

Applegate Trail Community Market, crafts & produce, 2-7pm, Curtin, I-5 exit 163. 942-1222. FREE.

Film Movie Night: Celebrating Creative Music: Ode from Improvisers, live music documentary, all ages, 8pm, Wandering Goat, 268 Madison St. FREE.

Kids/Families Family Music Time w/Anahid Bertrand, sing & dance, 10:15am, Downtown Library. FREE.

“Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 24.

Music Front Porch Players, Americana, 2pm, Atrium Building, 10th & Olive. FREE.

Yeltsin, rock, 9:30pm, Sam Bond’s. $5.

Outdoors/Recreation GEARs Bike Ride: McKenzie View; add Sunderman for 7 more miles, 28 miles, bring food, 10am, Alton Baker Park, www.eugenegears.org FREE.

Social Dance Girls Aloud Dance Party & Social, open to everyone, 8pm-midnight, Cozmic Pizza, www.euglove.blogspot.com $7, $5 w/two food items for FFLC.


sun, december 27

Sunrise 7:47am | Sunset 4:41pm

Av High 45 | Av Low 32

Benefits “Turn Your White Elephant Green” Party, bring wrapped re-gift for White Elephant exchange, fundraiser to support Oregon League of Conservation Voters, last chance to make tax-deductible donation, snack, music w/Paul Biondi & friends, 2-5pm, DIVA, 110 W. Broadway, http://wkly.ws/1v

Farmers’ Markets McKenzie Sunday Market, 11am-4pm, Walterville Grade School, 10 miles east of Spfd. FREE.

Kids/Families Dance-Along Nutcracker w/members of Eugene Community Orchestra, costumes encouraged, all ages, 6pm, Cozmic Pizza. $3-$5 sug. don.

“Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 24.

Music Community Celebration: Handel’s Messiah Sing-Through, feat. Andrew Nelson on organ/piano & choral director Lucy Strandlien, join the chorus or just listen, reception to follow, child care provided, 3pm, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St. FREE, bring canned food don. for Friends in Service to Humanity.

Annual John Prine Sing-Along, everyone welcome, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. $3.

Outdoors/Recreation GEARs Bike Ride: Franklin via River Loop 1, Beacon, Prairie Rd. Meadow View, rtn. Kirk, 40 miles, bring food, 10am, Alton Baker Park, www.eugenegears.org. FREE.

Spiritual Inspiration Hour w/Rev. Marcia Pearce, everyone welcome, 10:30am, Center for Spiritual Living, 390 Vernal, 485-0053. FREE.

Volunteer Audubon’s Oakridge/Westfir Christmas Bird Count, community bird count of mountain quail & other birds, 6:30am, Greenwaters Park, 48362 Hwy 58, Oakridge. $5 sug. don.


mon, december 28

Sunrise 7:47am | Sunset 4:42pm | Av High 45 | Av Low 32

Film Teen Movie Night: Labyrinth, rated PG, free pizza & refreshments, 4-6pm, Springfield Library, 225 Fifth St. FREE.

Army of Dorkness, sci-fi film night, all ages, 8pm, Wandering Goat, 268 Madison St. FREE.

Gatherings Teen Anime Movie Night, 4-6pm, Springfield Library 225 Fifth St., www.wheremindsgrow.org, 726-3766. FREE.

Kids/Families “Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 24.

Music Brothers & Sisters Family Concert w/the Rosen Sisters, The Marks-Fife Brothers, variety, families welcome, 6:30-8:30pm, Allann Bros. 5th St. Beanery, 125 W. Fifth Ave.

Spiritual Open Heart Meditation, 5:30-6:30pm, 310 Fulvue, 914-0431. FREE.


tues, december 29

Sunrise 7:48am | Sunset 4:43pm | Av High 45 | Av Low 32

Benefits Sip, Savor & Support CARE Animal Group, 5-7pm, WineStyles, 2846 Willamette, 434-9463. $10.

End of the Year Musical Recital & Fancy Dessert Party, all-gay program feat. recital by pianist Kenn E. Glenn, medical benefit for Mark Zolun, all welcome, limited seating, 8pm, South Hills home, RSVP and details at info@iraila.com $100 sug. don.

Farmers’ Markets Gateway Farmers’ & Artists’ Market, 4-8pm, Gateway Mall. 747-6294. FREE.

Gatherings Teen Yoga, stress-reducing practice, wear loose clothes & bring towel or yoga mat, 1-3:30pm, Downtown Library, pre-reg. at 682-5450. FREE.

OPAL Meeting, roundtable discussion of 2010 plans for mental health advocacy, public welcome, refreshments, seating limited, 2-4pm, Eugene Library, 345-9106. FREE.

Kids/Families Tiny Tots Storytime, reading aloud for 1 year olds, singing, playtime; Toddler Storytime, aged 2, 10:15am & 11am, Downtown Library. FREE.

Mad Science Magnetism Discovery Station, experiment w/levitating tops & magnetic liquids, build “mighty magnets” & more, grades 1-6, 11am-noon, Bethel Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Rd.; 2-3:30pm, Sheldon Branch, 1566 Coburg Rd., 682-5450. FREE.

The Reptile Man w/herpetologist Richard Ritchie, variety of reptiles up-close & personal, interactive & educational program, all ages, 1pm & 3pm, Springfield Library, 225 Fifth St. FREE.

Teen Gaming w/gamer Chris Ballowe, board & card games, games provided or bring your own, 3-5:30pm, Bethel Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Rd. FREE.

“Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 24.

Music Bluegrass Jam, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. FREE.


wed, december 30

Sunrise 7:48am | Sunset 4:43pm 

Av High 45 | Av Low 32

Film Heckler’s Night: Congo, Michael Crichton’s dead, but you can still boo the movie, all ages, 7pm, Wandering Goat, 268 Madison St. FREE.

Gatherings Voter Power Patient Resource Day, help & advice to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders, 4-6pm today & tomorrow, Voter Power office, 687 River Drive, 844-1220. $10.

Kids/Families Preschool Storytime, feat. live music w/Mike & Carleen McCornack, ages 3-6, picture books, fingerplays, rhyming songs, 10:15am & 11am, Downtown Library, 682-8316. FREE.

Mad Science: Fire & Ice, high-energy, imaginative show for families, all ages, 2-2:45pm & 3-3:45pm, Downtown Library. FREE.

“Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 24.

Music Open Mic w/Uncle T, everyone welcome, 8:30pm, Sam Bond’s. FREE.

Outdoors/Recreation GEARs Bike Ride: Average speed 16-18 mph, 50 miles & up, bring food, group sticks together, canceled if 60 or more percent chance of rain, 10:30am, Albertsons, 30th & Hilyard, www.eugenegears.org. FREE.

Bike Riding for Fun & Fitness, senior bike ride, helmets required, rides vary depending on ability & fitness, 10:30am-noon, Campbell Community Center, 155 High St., 682-5318. FREE.

Social Dance Swing Dance, all ages, no partner necessary, 8pm, Agate Hall, UO. $5.

Spiritual A Course in Miracles, drop-in study group, 10-11:45am, Unity of the Valley, 39th & Hilyard, 914-0431. FREE.


thurs, december 31

Sunrise 7:48am | Sunset 4:44pm | Av High 45 | Av Low 32

Food/Drink New Year’s Eve Bubble Tasting, champagne tasting, hors d’oeuvres, 6pm, Nib Dessert & Wine Bar, 769 Monroe St. $10.

Gatherings Holy Donuts! New Year’s Eve Celebration, feat. music w/Americanistan, bellydancing w/Razia & Dunyah, Middle Eastern dinner, 7pm, Holy Donuts Bakery, 1437 Willamette Alley, RSVP to 510-6635. $30.

New Year’s Eve Late Night Skate, game, prizes, famous Balloon Scramble, 7pm-1am, Springfield Skate World, 3188 Gateway Loop, Spfd. $10.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party w/DJ Southey, 9pm, O Bar & Grill, 115 Commons Dr., 349-0707, 21+ FREE.

Satin Love Orchestra New Year’s Eve Celebration, Hollywood nightclub theme, plasma TVs, dancing stage, red carpet, 9pm, Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, 543-8266. $40 adv., $45 door.

Voter Power Patient Resource Day continues. See Wednesday.

Kids/Families Preschool Storytime, ages 3-6, picture books, fingerplays, rhyming songs, 11am, Sheldon Library, 1566 Coburg Rd., 682-8316. FREE.

“Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 24.

Music Eugene Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro, feat. soprano Kelly Kaduce, 7:30pm today; continues Jan. 2-3, Hult Center. $26-$85.

Floater, rock, psychedelic, 9pm, McDonald Theatre. $20.

Dinner Show w/Moonbox, 6pm, acoustic, FREE; Sugar Beets & special guests, folk rock, 10pm, Sam Bond’s Bond’s. $10.

Medium Troy w/Sean Ponder & James Green, Twinkle Thizz & The Big Dippers, The T Club w/SolaRay Fire Dancers, Mossy Top, bohemian dub, reggae, bluegrass, 9pm, WOW Hall. $10 adv., $12 door.

New Year’s Eve Bash w/Samba Ja, Beat Crunchers, Tchioub Diwan, 10pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

Outdoors/Recreation First Run, scenic 5K & 10K run/walk along Willamette River bike paths, prize for best cumulative time both races, 11:59pm today & 10am tomorrow, Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way. $15 adv., $20 day of.

Eugene Generals vs. Rogue Valley Wranglers, hockey, 7:35pm, Lane Events Center-Ice, 796 W. 13th Ave. $8, $5 stu. & sen., kids under 5 FREE.

Social Dance New Year’s Eve Party, semi-formal attire, 8pm, Staver Dance Sport, 41 E. 6th Ave. $12.


corvallis events

Note - Continuation dates for out-of-town events are listed under the first day of the event.

Saturday, Dec. 26 String of Pearls, 8pm today & 2:30pm tomorrow, Black Box Theatre, Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave., www.willamettestage.org. $19, $16 stu. & sen.


attn: opps

The application period is open until March 1, 2010, for the 2010-2011 Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residencies at Dutch Henry Homestead in the Rogue River Canyon; for more information, visit http://wkly.ws/1w

Self-defense, empowerment & safety class for girls ages 11-15 begins Feb. 3, 2010; cost is a suggested donation but not required; for more information or to register, call 484-9791 ext. 319 or email selfdefense@sass-lane.org

Open auditions for Lord Leebrick Theatre’s production of Eurydice will be held 1-4pm Jan. 16, 2010; roles available for three men ages 18-60, and four women ages 18-70; for more information visit http://wkly.ws/1x or call 684-6988.

Chamber Music Amici is holding its first ever art contest to select five winners to feature on concert posters next season; entry deadline is Jan. 15, 2010; more information and entry forms are available at http://wkly.ws/1y

The deadline for accepting submissions to fill vacancies on the city of Springfield’s volunteer Arts Commission has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010; applicants must attend the Arts Commission meeting 6:30pm, Monday, Feb. 8, at City Hall; applications can be picked up at the City Manager’s office, 225 Fifth St.; for further information, call 726-2237.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the follow committees: the Parks Advisory Committee has two vacancies, with an application deadline of 5pm Friday, Jan. 15, 2010; the Road Advisory Committee has one vacancy, with an application deadline of 5pm Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. For further information, call 682-4203; applications are available at the Public Service Building, 125 E. 8th Ave. or online at http://wkly.ws/1y