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Total solar eclipse

It’s been talked about for months and months and now it’s finally here — the total solar eclipse! Hopefully, if you’re looking to camp, you’ve made plans way in advance since most everything in the zone of totality — on our side of the Cascades, that’s the chunk of land from Brownsville to McMinnville — has been booked up for months. If you’re staying in town, Eugene’s still not a bad place to be as we’ll be experiencing about 99 percent totality, not safe enough to view with bare eyes, but do-able with eclipse viewers. If you’ll be in the Eugene area, here are a few events to check out on eclipse day — Monday, Aug. 21. Head to the YMCA Field, at 19th and Patterson, at 9:30 am for a FREE Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Oregon Eye Consultants will be on-site with safety-approved glasses available for free. There will also be music and refreshments. Another Eugene option is the Solar Eclipse Watch Party put on by EugFun! at Skinner Butte. There will be shuttle buses from Campbell Community Center (155 High Street) to the top of the butte every 10 minutes starting at 8:30 am. You can also walk up the butte, but no cars are allowed. There will be a limited number of eclipse glasses available there, as well. The Springfield Public Library (225 Fifth Street) is also holding an eclipse-viewing event from 9-11 am. They will also be providing NASA-approved eclipse viewers and kid-friendly activities. That event is also FREE. If you’re looking to have your own viewing party wherever you are in town, Eugene’s Downtown Public Library is giving out free eclipse glasses while supplies last.
— Meerah Powell