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May 9, 2013 10:26 AM

Today is a big fundraising day for Basic Rights Oregon because it's the first-ever National Give OUT Day (see what they did there?), in which people give to causes that support gay rights. The video after the link describes several aspects of gay rights that BRO is working on, which is important because sometimes they get forgotten in the midst of the big conversations on marriage equality.

The School Garden Project helps Lane County schools with gardens, and we all know that this nation needs to work on its messed-up relationship with food. What better way than to help kids understand food by growing and eating some of the good stuff? Now the organization is in the running for a Seeds of Change grant, and they need help with online voting (through May 17). Go vote for them!

May 7, 2013 05:08 PM

Coming to a house party near you!

May 7, 2013 09:46 AM

There's a rally to support union negotiators at UO today:

 

 

WHAT: RALLY - Faculty at University of Oregon support their Bargaining Team

WHERE: Knight Library (Northwest Entrance)

WHEN: Noon, Tuesday, May 7

WHY: Faculty are rallying in support of their negotiating team to send an unambiguous message to the Administration: prioritizing high quality research and education means reaching a fair agreement with the faculty union now.

 

May 6, 2013 06:54 PM

Now that warm weather is upon us, all the fun bike events are coming out to play. Here are a few of Eugene's events this week (May 7-12):

Tuesday: Bike Commute Fashion Show. From 7 am to 9:30 am, roll the red carpet and have your picture taken in your best bike commuting gear. The event even includes free minor bike repairs, so meet up on the South Riverbank Path behind the Campbell Center.

Wednesday: National Bike to School Day. Go to school by bike. Heck, bike by a school even if you're no longer a student. Solidarity!

Thursday: Bike in Shapes. While the details for this month's ride aren't set yet, previous maps are pretty awesome, and you can plan on meeting at a local bar and then heading off for a super fun ride. Check the Wordpress site Wednesday night for details.

Saturday: WREN's Walkin' and Rollin' Event: Local organizations display educational information to help you get to know your local wetlands while you walk or ride.

Sunday: CycloFemme. The annual Mother's Day event celebrates women on bikes. Dudes and those who don't want to check a gender box are also welcome.

May 3, 2013 04:45 PM

We hear the Old McKenzie Highway has been plowed all the way, one lane, to allow bikes and pedestrians. Check http://wkly.ws/1gj for updates and news on when the road will be open for motor vehicles.

May 3, 2013 01:17 PM

 

Upcoming  Eugene Fashion Week events:

Friday, May 3 The Ready To Wear Runway Show, all ages, 8pm, The Shedd. $12 adv., $15 door, children under 12 half off. 

Saturday, May 4 The Avant Garde/Evening Wear Runway Show, all ages, 8pm, The Shedd. $12 adv., $15 door, children under 12 half off. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 3, 2013 11:28 AM

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

Eugene Fashion Week opening Meet and Greet ©Trask Bedortha

 

Upcoming  Eugene Fashion Week events:

Friday, May 3 The Ready To Wear Runway Show, all ages, 8pm, The Shedd. $12 adv., $15 door, children under 12 half off. 

Saturday, May 4 The Avant Garde/Evening Wear Runway Show, all ages, 8pm, The Shedd. $12 adv., $15 door, children under 12 half off. 

May 2, 2013 12:39 PM

The League of American Bicyclists has released its annual rankings of bike-friendly states, and Oregon is up to number three in 2013 from number five in 2012. Hooray for us!

Oregon scores high in the categories of legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, and education and encouragement. Our biggest weakness is in the area of infrastructure and funding.

April 29, 2013 09:51 AM

April 29, 2013 01:41 PM

Want to weigh in on the city fee, the Lane County tax levy or the 4J funding issue? Then be sure you are registered to vote here in Lane County, and if you are not registered, get er' done by 4 pm Tuesday, April 30.

To check if you are registered with your current address go to this link at the Oregon secretary of state's website.

Not registered? If you have a valid DMV number from an Oregon driver's license, learners permit or ID card, then you can register here

Otherwise go fill out this online registration card, print it out and either mail it (postmarked by 4 pm April 30) or drop it off at the Lane County Elections office, or go to the office and fill out a card there. The Lane County Elections office is located at 275 W.10th Avenue, on the corner of 10th and Lincoln in downtown Eugene. Public office hours are 9 am to noon, and 1 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. On Election Day, May 21, 2013 the Lane County Elections Office will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. It's conveniently located about two blocks from the Weekly, so feel free to stop by and pick up a paper or wave at the baby birds (starlings?) nesting and pooping over the employee entrance.

In other news, it's bag ban time. April 3o is also notable in that it's the last day that stores in Eugene can give you a single-use plastic grocery bag with your purchase. That's why everywhere you've shopped in Eugene this past week from the liquor store to the Kiva has been cheerfully offering you (or forcing upon you) the last of their plastic bags. As of May 1 plastic bags (not including produce or bulk food bags) are verboten and it's 5 cents to get a paper bag. 

First time I ever wrote an article for Eugene Weekly about banning plastic bags, the ban was barely a gleam in the Eugene City Council's eye. And I got my first grumpy letter. Awww. 

April 29, 2013 02:22 PM

It took just over a month last summer after its release for the Duck to parody international pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style," which has reached  earth-shattering popularity with 1.5 billion views. What happens if 1.5 billion people all have the same annoying song in their head? Or worse, what happens when three billion legs start doing that weird horse-and-lasso trotting dance move?

It doesn't matter, because Psy recently released a follow up to Gangnam: "Gentleman." Now accepting bets on how long it will take for a "Duck" version of "Gentleman" (see below) to come out. Winner gets to bask in the everlasting glory of being right.

April 29, 2013 02:30 PM

Online and in the May 6, 2013 Sports Illustrated NBA center Jason Collins writes:

I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.

For the full first-person story, go to Sports Illustrated's website.

For the backlash, go to ESPN where, according to Think Progress "An ESPN sportscaster went on the air on Monday to publicly gay-bash Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out Monday morning in an emotional op-ed, the first active male player of a major American sport to come out. Speaking on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Chris Broussard said that he would 'not characterize [Collins] as a Christian.'”