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Why do superheroes do what they do? It’s a question often answered with a glib oversimplification: It’s the right thing. When you’ve developed a super-suit to save your own ass, it’s the proper thing to use it to stop bad guys. Whether a freak accident gifts you with super-speed, or a spider bites you — same deal. 

Shield your eyes, the great glowing orb (otherwise known as the sun) has returned to Pacific Northwest skies. And in August, that orb will be eclipsed, bringing hordes of tourists to town. Read about the eclipse, beaches, hikes, shows and everything in between in Eugene Weekly's annual guide to all that's summer!

A day with the fishes Discover Willamette Hatchery in Oakridge

The path to totality Watch your eyes when watching the eclipse

Beaches Forever! Why are Oregon Beaches Public, and Where Can You Enjoy One?

2017 Summer Guide Highlights

2017 Summer Guide Calendar

In 2012, journalist John Hockenberry took the TED stage and talked about living life with intent. In his talk, “We Are All Designers,” he recalled his favorite design moment: While he was covering the collapse of Zaire, amid the failure of the banks, looting and bullets flying overhead, someone began shouting at Hockenberry. It was another man in a wheelchair, and he wanted to compare his wheels to Hockenberry’s. 

Years later, Hockenberry installed flashy caster wheels to the front of his wheelchair, which he has used since a car accident when he was 19, and said he wished he could have shown them to the man in Zaire.

Right Here

Events in & around this town of ours.

 

June

 

Thursday, 6/1

Wonderful Ones Storytime for 1-year-olds with their caregivers, Thursdays, 10:15am & 11am, Downtown library, 541-682-8316. FREE.

Fundraiser for Makindu Children’s Program, 15% of all purchases benefit orphaned & vulnerable children of Makindu, Kenya, 11:30am-10pm, Hot Mama’s Wings, 420 W. 13th. FREE.

You can almost listen to the entirety of Taylor Swift’s album 1989 on the way to Oakridge. If you’re the parent of a 7- or 8-year-old — and particularly a girl — you know what this means. For the rest of you, in case you weren’t aware, Oakridge is about 45 minutes southeast of Eugene, past Pleasant Hill and Dexter Reservoir on the way to the mountains.

One of the things that makes Oregon so livable is our miles of unspoiled public beaches. More than a century ago, Oregon Gov. Oswald West engineered the first major protection of public access to the state’s beaches by convincing the 1913 Oregon Legislature to declare all the state’s tidelands to be a state highway. Wait, what? 

More than one of every four people ticketed or arrested by Eugene police for minor crimes last year were homeless or lacked a permanent address, according to Eugene Weekly’s analysis of city court records. 

The court records also reveal that more than one-third of the minor cases involved people who lacked a permanent place to live at some time in the past three years. 

For our story on arrests and citations of homeless people for minor crimes, we used a database from the Eugene Municipal Court. The Municipal Court handles violations and misdemeanors within the city of Eugene. More serious charges are filed in Lane County Circuit Court.

The frenetic flowering rush of spring is tapering off as nature settles into the languorous days surrounding the summer solstice. The sun rises early, before most people wake up, and sunset punctuates a late evening. For two months, the change in day length varies by barely an hour.

Solar or hydroelectric? Veneta or Cottage Grove? Seniors or youth? Either way, a massive grant for renewable energy is going to an organization with a worthy cause. 

Some hand-picked options to make the most of your summer.

It’s the middle of the day, but the birds are roosting in the trees. Everything gets colder and darker, as if night has come early. Strangely shaped shadows and lights are cast across the earth. But it’s not the Apocalypse — it’s just the effects of the unearthly solar eclipse.

• The May 26 murder of two men and near-fatal stabbing of a third by a white supremacist on a Portland commuter train is a sickening punch to the gut. People lost their lives standing up to a man harassing a Muslim teenage girl and her friend. Meanwhile, a local racist hung a banner proclaiming “Jews did 9-11” off an I-5 bridge north of Eugene. Local activists raced to stop it but didn’t arrive in time. And yet, that is our answer: Keep trying to stop the hate. Intervene. Be the helpers. 

 

• Big changes are afoot at Saturday Market downtown Eugene with the coming departures of General Manager Kimberly Cullen and Manager of Promotions & Advertising Kim Still. “These are two high-profile, essentially Eugene jobs that require high levels of creativity and dedication to the cause of providing an accessible marketplace for local artisans and customers,” Still says. Both are pursuing other work in the Eugene area, but Still did not elaborate by press time on why they are leaving or where they are going. A third position as market assistant is also open.

Across the country, and right here in Eugene, summer is a great time for performing artists to get out of the theater — away from the driving push of ticket sales — and into a space where making art invites a wider community conversation. 

Testing season is upon us — again. During April, May and June, students take weeks of Smarter Balanced Math and Language Arts tests. This is in addition to a year’s worth of other tests such as OAKS Science, EasyCBM, DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency), EDL2 (Evaluación del desarrollo de la lectura), etc.

• Calico Resources USA Corp. is considering construction of a gold mine in Malheur County, and an upcoming meeting in Bend is an opportunity to voice your concerns. The meeting is on Wednesday, June 14, from 2 to 4 pm at the Department of Environmental Quality, 475 NE Bellevue Drive, Suite 110, Bend. Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm on July 3, and may be submitted by email to Calico.File@oregon.gov (please note “Grassy Mtn Comments” in subject line) or by mail to DOGAMI, Attn: Grassy Mtn Comments, 229 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany, OR 97321.

Many of us recognize the value of bicycling. It’s fun (especially under the sun), it’s good for the health of the cyclist and it’s good for the health of the planet that we’re all a part of.

We appreciate the organizations that promote cycling and all the awesome bike shops that sell and maintain the bikes we ride. Some of us are even aware of local businesses that design and build cycles, such as Co-Motion, Bike Friday and Human Powered Machines. But when thinking of cycling, how many of us think of it as something beyond a way to get from point A to point B?

Beer and classical music enjoy a long and storied relationship, stretching back to those monks who chanted holy praise by night and brewed ales by day, through all those Austrian and German composers who quaffed their way through compositions, performances and post-concert revelry — practices that I understand continue today.

Heavily auto-tuned, Houston’s Travis Scott may seem just another robot-voiced rapper stretching his limited vocal range into a kind of soul music for the singularity: a casualty of modern pop existing in a focused grouped box that’s within a box and produced in a factory. 

“It sounds like aiming when you’re shooting a basketball. It’s not gonna work,” Zach Lupetin of L.A. roots, soul and Americana act Dustbowl Revival tells me over the phone. I’m talking to him about fighting perfectionism while in the studio.

RAPE CULTURE

It isn’t a surprise that the two men accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Hi-fi Music Hall were not prosecuted, as only 11 out of 1,000 perpetrators are brought to trial on those charges, according to RAINN.

I’m a middle-aged homo trying to figure out Grindr. Is it impolite to go on Grindr if you’re not looking for an immediate hookup? My preferred form of sexual relationship is the friend-with-benefits situation. I go on Grindr looking to make friends who could, at least potentially, be sex partners, but I like to do the friend thing before the sex. I’ve had guys call me an asshole because I exchanged messages with them for 20 minutes and then didn’t come right over and fuck them. Do they have a point?

For photographers who came of age during the film era, the experience of seeing that very first image materialize in the developing tray is remembered as magical or uncanny. That the miracle often occurred in an educational setting as a shared communal experience deepened the impact.