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September 21, 2017

The real-life stories of Lane County immigrants have been woven into a new play, Now I Am Your Neighbor, which receives a staged reading this weekend at Very Little Theatre’s Stage Left. Written by local playwright Nancy Hopps and directed by Carol Dennis, the play — inspired by an original piece, “We Are Your Neighbors,” that premiered 20 years ago — features the narratives of people who have emigrated to the Northwest from around the world, including Chile, Vietnam, Syria, Mexico and Palestine.

September 14, 2017

McMenamins High Street Brewery and Café is hosting its 20th Annual High Street Mid-Valley Brewfest on Saturday. High Street will not only be offering beers of its own for people to try, but more than 10 other local breweries will be offering up cold brewskis and beverages — including Coldfire Brewing, Sam Bond’s Brewing, Claim 52 Brewing and Wildcraft Cider Works to name a few. Attendees can also take a tour of High Street’s brewery from 1 pm to 7 pm.

September 14, 2017

Pets are like family. So, why not treat your favorite furry relative to PetFest? The eighth annual PetFest is a pet-centric event put on by the Willamalane Park and Recreation District. It features a multitude of pet-friendly events such as educational sessions with pet specialists, vendor booths, prize drawings, a photo booth and more. Some participating vendors and educators include: Q Street Animal Hospital, Willamette Valley Dog and Cat Motel and McKenzie Feed & Pet Supply.

September 14, 2017

In the 1980s and ’90s Susan Dietrich Schneider performed on street corners in Boston and San Francisco, as The Space Lady. Playing originals and tripped-out, no-fidelity covers of rock classics like Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” on a Casiotone keyboard. She sang in a soprano, wore a silver plastic helmet with white wings and a flashing red light on top and insisted in her early 20s she’d been abducted by aliens.

September 7, 2017

Eugene is a wacky place with wacky events. I think we all know that by now. And what’s a better way to embrace that fact than by visiting the 2017 Ferret Agility Trials? The event is put on by the Lane Area Ferret Shelter and Rescue. This year it’s Hawaiian-themed, so make sure you and your little ferret friend come decked out in a lei and hula skirt. Even if you don’t have a ferret, there’s fun to be had.

September 7, 2017

Eugene is an environmentally aware place, but we, like a majority of the rest of the world, still have a problem with wasting food. The city of Eugene is putting on an event called Operation: Food Rescue to help combat that. Operation: Food Rescue is “an event to highlight the issues around our global food waste epidemic and to draw awareness to food that is wasted throughout the supply chain,” according to Eugene’s website.

August 31, 2017

September is Emergency Preparedness Month and the City of Eugene Emergency Management Program is offering up some educational activities and events to best prepare the community for any winter storms, earthquakes or other potential disasters. The events span throughout September, but the two coming up next week are on Sept. 5 and 6. From 3:30-5 pm Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the downtown Eugene Public Library there will be a “How Prepared Are You?” earthquake readiness workshop.

August 31, 2017

The upcoming First Friday ArtWalk, on Friday, Sept. 1, is paired with Fiesta Cultural, a celebration of Latino art and heritage that will take place September through December. Fiesta Cultural is a “county-wide initiative to increase opportunities for integration of Latino individuals into the broader community through the arts,” according to Lane Arts Council’s website. The fiesta starts during First Friday ArtWalk at 5 pm in Kesey Square. It’s partnered with the city of Eugene’s Cultural Services and EUGfun!

August 31, 2017

There are pretty traditional activities to do on Labor Day weekend. It’s almost fall; you can get out, have a picnic, throw a BBQ, or you could get a little more out of the ordinary and celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day with Cascades Raptor Center. According to vultureday.org, International Vulture Awareness Day is a worldwide event that takes place the first Saturday in September every year.

August 24, 2017

From symphony and dance to musical acts and comedians — like Trevor Noah who’s coming on Saturday, Aug. 26 — the Hult Center always has a little something for everyone. But, if you’re trying to make it to all your favorite Hult events, it can definitely get spendy. Luckily, the Hult Center has announced its first ever “Year of Performance” contest, a contest in which the winner will receive a year’s worth of free tickets to the upcoming Hult Presents show series.

August 24, 2017

Regardless of your age, sex, gender, race or any variable characteristics, it’s always a good idea to have some basic knowledge about how to defend yourself. Men Against Rape Culture is partnering with the nonprofit organization Warrior Sisters to offer a Bystander Intervention: Basic Self-Defense Training. This training will specifically focus on verbal and physical defense skills. Warrior Sisters' lead trainer will be leading the training.

August 24, 2017

We call this part of the season the dog days of summer, and how better to celebrate than with wine and dogs? Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, so Greenhill Humane Society is teaming up with Sweet Cheeks Winery to celebrate with Pinot for Paws at the vineyard and a matching wine label from the “winery dog” art series, which features two of Sweet Cheek Winery’s beloved pups. Bottles with that label will donate 50 percent of their proceeds to the animal shelter’s capital campaign.

August 17, 2017

With all this talk of the solar eclipse, the beauty of Mother Nature is on a lot of peoples’ minds. Luckily, if you’re in the mood, there are some opportunities this week to give back. Here’s a roundup of environmental volunteer events happening in the area. The Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah group is holding a volunteer work party 8-11 am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through the summer at Mount Pisgah’s Native Plant Nursery, 34639 Frank Parrish Road.

August 17, 2017

Downtown Springfield will burst to life in these dog days of summer with Tap & Taste, “Springfield’s premier food and drink celebration,” according to a press release. Willamalane Park and Recreation District is putting on the event and bringing local food and drink vendors to the scene. “It’s so much fun to see downtown Springfield come alive during Tap & Taste,” says Jana Weaver, Willamalane’s special events supervisor.

August 17, 2017

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.

August 10, 2017

It’s been a little too scorching lately to truly enjoy being outdoors, but once it starts cooling off a little, consider checking out some Free Shakespeare in the Park. Free Shakespeare is Eugene’s longest-running free theater program; it’s in its 19th year. This year, Free Shakespeare is putting on Henry V, which will run every weekend in August on the south lawn at the Amazon Community Center (next to Amazon Park). The show is directed by Sharon Se’love and features a cast of community members who range in age from 12 to 77.

August 10, 2017

The time has come again to choose a new leader of the Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod, aka a new SLUG queen.

August 10, 2017

Education should be accessible to people regardless of income. This is in no way a radical idea to those involved in the Summer Seminar Series. That’s a series of free academic classes created for those who cannot afford traditional education. “Our project offers formal academic experiences to local un-housed, low income, and fixed income residents of our community who find access to such experiences otherwise difficult, if not impossible,” says Bill Ferrari, a teacher at Marist High School involved in organizing the seminar.

August 3, 2017

Many people would describe themselves as artistic if asked, but, really, the biggest part of truly being artistic is being creative. Luckily, if you have writer’s, artist’s or crafter’s block, this year’s 2nd Star Festival is inviting you to come “Get Hooked on Art!” The theme of the festival, held at Dorris Ranch in Springfield, is “Find Your Creative Spark!” The two-day event is filled with all sorts of artistic endeavors, boasting about 100 artisans, authors, illustrators and community booths, according to its website.

August 3, 2017

The Mother Earth News Fair is coming to the Linn County Expo Center in Albany this weekend. The fair, created by Mother Earth News magazine, tours to various locations around the country and is returning to Albany for the third year. The event focuses on sustainability and living wisely.

July 27, 2017

Honey bees perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide, according to Greenpeace. From fruits and vegetables to nuts, our fuzzy little friends help ’em grow. The local nonprofit organization Beyond Toxics is hosting an event dedicated to its Save Oregon’s Bees campaign at Silvan Ridge Winery on Thursday, August 3.

July 27, 2017

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? Look no further than Children’s Celebration. “Children’s Celebration is a special day that is filled with fun activities, laughter and lasting memories,” says the program manager for special events and outdoor recreation, Kim Lyddane, in a press release. The kid-centric day offers hands-on activities from more than 55 community exhibitors like pony rides and inflatable obstacle courses as well as live entertainment, crafts and games. There will be food prepared by the Two50 youth center available.

July 27, 2017

On Friday, July 28, The Brewstation and Coast Fork Feed Store in Cottage Grove are hosting Warehouse Walk: A benefit for adolescent mental health services through South Lane Mental Health. Coast Fork Feed Store will be transformed into an art gallery showcasing art from clients and staff members of South Lane Mental Health, a nonprofit organization that provided mental health services to 1,500 Cottage Grove area adults and children just last year, according to its website. Some of the art will be available for sale, and funds will go toward mental health support.

July 20, 2017

In case you didn’t hear, the City of Eugene is putting on a “Movie in the Park” series throughout the summer months. Movies will be projected outdoors at a variety of parks in the area. The movies range from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (screened last Friday at Monroe Park) to Finding Dory (screening July 28 at State Street Park) and Hitchcock’s Rear Window (screening August 5 at University Park).