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January 18, 2018

The second Annual Women’s March for Action celebrates the legacy of the first Women’s March, inviting all women, femmes, and allies to join the rally. Indivisible Eugene helped organize the local Women’s March in Eugene last year with 7,000 protesters attending, and is a major organizer of this year’s event as well. This year’s event will focus on the launch of #PowerToThePolls.

January 11, 2018

Political leader and former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner will speak at Lane Community College as part of the college’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Turner is an advocate for women’s reproductive rights, eliminating wage inequality and voting rights — and the president of Our Revolution, an organization founded by Bernie Sanders to help progressive leaders and create political awareness.

January 11, 2018

The University of Oregon’s Department of landscape architecture is putting on a film and lecture series called The Nordic Landscape in Contemporary Film. The series runs for 10 weeks with a showing every Friday; each week there will be a different film screening from a Nordic country, in its original language with English subtitles, accompanied by a lecture by UO instructor Whitey Lueck. All five Nordic countries will have at least one film shown; those countries are: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. This week’s screening is on Friday, Jan.

January 10, 2018
MDC

Over the years, the acronym MDC has meant many different things — from “millions of dead cops” to “millions of dead children” to “multi-death corporations.” Regardless, they’re all protest slogans of the far-left, anarcho-punk politics of the band that bears the initials as a moniker.

January 4, 2018

If you love plotting out star charts for friends, make a point to plan major life events around mercury’s retrograde and are looking for some astrological guidance this year, or even if you just like casually reading your horoscope in EW, be sure to check out Future Signs: The Astrology of 2018 at Tsunami Books on Sunday. During the event, local astrologer Johanna Mitchell will “present her annual predictions for the coming year in a public talk,” according to Tsunami Books’ website.

January 4, 2018

This week, I’m sure a lot of us are reflecting on the past year and solidifying our New Year’s resolutions. On Thursday, Jan. 4, there’s an event to reflect on the accomplishments of the city of Eugene as a whole and look forward to future accomplishments this year — the State of the City Address. Mayor Lucy Vinis will be giving the address at the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater. The address will be “highlighting her first year in office,” according to the city’s website.

December 28, 2017

Even though Eugene isn’t technically a big city, we sure have a lot of nightlife events happening New Year’s Eve. If you’re still unsure of where you’re going to ring in the New Year, here are some spots to consider featuring live music, dancing and most likely a lot of fun. First off, Boogie Wonderland is going on at the Valley River Inn (1000 Valley River Way) with one of Eugene’s staple bands, Satin Love Orchestra. The “discolicious” group has been around since 1997, according to their Facebook.

December 27, 2017

Ever a stalwart in spreading a broad net of needful social services, St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County honors this season of giving and good cheer by hosting a belated Christmas dinner for approximately 200 homeless men and women on Friday, Dec. 29, at its Eugene Service Station.

December 27, 2017

For those planning to spend the holidays near the Oregon coast, make sure to check out Whale Watching Week. Whale Watching Week is an annual event that takes place Dec. 27-31 this year at various locations on the coast. This week, as well as a week in March, is the best time to see the annual migration of gray whales, according to Whale Watching Spoken Here’s website. The Whale Watching Spoken Here program, based out of Depoe Bay, is offering volunteers to be stations at 24 sites along the coast from 10 am to 1 pm each day of Whale Watching Week.

December 21, 2017

It’s cold and it’s the holiday season. I’m sure most of our first thoughts are to curl up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and a good book or to eat a bunch of warm food with family and friends over gift exchanges. But for those who want to spend the end of the year out and about getting some good exercise in the brisk winter air, GEARs Bicycle Club has you covered. GEARs, or Greater Eugene Area Riders, has a schedule of weekly group bike rides available to people of all cycling levels.

December 21, 2017

Roaring Rapids Pizza Company not only serves pizza (obviously) but it also hosts several shows featuring local jazz musicians. Eugene-based saxophonist Joe Manis will play with Portland-based musicians “Charlie Porter on trumpet, George Colligan on organ, and Michael Raynor on drums,” according to Roaring Rapid’s Facebook event.  Located along the Willamette River, most of Roaring Rapids’ jazz shows are hosted in the summer, but they occasionally host jazz shows during the rainy months. 

December 20, 2017

January is near which means so is the vote on Measure 101 — a hospital and health insurance tax that funds Medicaid. The Democratic Party of Lane County is hosting a phone bank on Saturday, Dec. 21 and needs around 20 volunteers to make calls informing voters about the January ballot measure. DPLC Chair Chris Wig says new and experienced volunteers are welcome. He says the measure is important because, “If it fails, 350,000 Oregonians could lose their health care coverage.” 

December 14, 2017

“Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay/ and when it’s dry and ready, oh dreidel I shall play!” Christmas trees and parades grab holiday attention in December, but let’s not forget the eight-day holiday that is Chanukah beginning Dec. 12. Chabad of Eugene will light a public Chanukah menorah at Valley River Center, followed by a community-wide celebration Sunday, Dec. 17, on day six of the holiday festival.

December 14, 2017

If you’re looking to hear some great local live music, but don’t want to pay a bundle of money to do it, Saturday Market’s Holiday Market has you covered. A few weeks ago EW had a calendar blurb grouping Saturday Market’s Holiday Market and the Holiday Farmer’s Market together, but the two events are very different, says Jacob Strouckel, Saturday Market Holiday Market’s Marketing Director. Luckily, both events take place at the Lane Events Center during roughly the same hours, so you can easily hit each of them.

December 14, 2017

Cascadia Quest is a local nonprofit that facilitates rites of passage camps — nature-based coming of age camps for boys ages 14-18; the organization is planning on having its first girls’ camp this summer, says Rob Miller, Cascadia Quest’s founder, program designer and lead guide.

December 7, 2017

The Eugene Human Rights Commission and Whole Eugene Community United have come together to create the event Human Rights, Human Stories: A Unique Sharing of Song, Dance and Storytelling. The event takes place on Sunday, Dec. 10 — international Human Rights Day. The Eugene’s Human Rights Commission’s mission is “to promote implementation of universal human rights values and principles in all city of Eugene programs and throughout the wider community,” according to the group’s eugene-or.gov site.

December 7, 2017

The Wayward Lamb is hosting Noche Latinx, a night of custom Latin American-inspired cocktails, food for purchase from the Navarro’s Latin Creole Kitchen food truck, art, music and dance. The event is a benefit for the Beyond Toxics Farmworker Justice Campaign; the entire cover fee for the event will go to Beyond Toxics. Ninkasi Brewery will also be present with its Pints for a Cause program donating $1 for every pint sold to the non-profit.

December 7, 2017

DanceAbility International, a dance troupe that provides “opportunities for people with and without disabilities,” according to its website, will be pairing up with the University of Oregon’s senior dance majors for a collaborative performance this week called “Spectrum.” DanceAbility International director Alito Alessi formed the DanceAbility dance method in 1987 with Karen Nelson.

November 30, 2017

It’s cold, windy and we’re having more rainy days than sunny ones. You know what that means? The Lane County Farmers Market and Saturday Market have headed inside to become the Holiday Farmers Market. The Holiday Farmers Market takes place this week on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3. The market includes an international food cart, live music (check our music listings for full information on acts) and more than 200 different booths with merchandise for sale. It’s the perfect destination to pick up some handmade, local holiday gifts.

November 30, 2017

Millennials often get a lot of flak. They’re regarded as lazy, entitled, whiny and overly concerned with “political correctness.” But, there’s no ignoring the fact that they are facing a much different world than the one their parents, mainly Baby Boomers, grew up in. With a college education almost unattainable without debt, or a wealthy upbringing, and housing crises across the nation, the idea of the “American Dream” seems out of reach for many. This is the premise of Greg Hemmings’ film The Millennial Dream.

November 22, 2017

Enter a sparkling winter wonderland at Cottage Grove’s Christmas at the Village Green, beginning this Friday, Nov. 24. The event is a holiday festival and market that lasts until the end of December. It includes a Christmas market modeled after traditional markets in Europe, so you can expect to find German-inspired food and drink like bratwurst and gluhwein (a hot, spiced wine), for those 21 and over. There will be plenty of family friendly activities as well such as visits from Santa and games to play in the Family Lounge overlooking the event.

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is a time to get together with friends and family and stuff your face full of as much turkey and mashed potatoes as you can handle. (It’s also a time to honor the indigenous peoples of our country.) For those who don’t have a place to get a hot meal, there are a couple great spots to stop by on turkey day. Friendly Street Church of God (2290 Friendly Street) is holding its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings noon to 3 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23.

November 22, 2017

What’s more cute and holiday-centric than getting together with family and friends to see The Nutcracker? How about seeing The Nutcracker with a cast of all kids? The Oregon Ballet Foundation and Oregon Ballet Academy are coming together to present The Children’s Nutcracker. The show is directed and choreographed by John Grensback of the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet, so you can expect to be in for a treat.

November 16, 2017

It’s been two months since the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, rocked the nation. The Wayne Morse Law Fellows at the UO’s Knight Law Center have organized a lecture that reflects on Charlottesville and how white supremacy still affects us here. The After Charlottesville: Confronting White Supremacy and White Nationalism as Lawyers and Leaders lecture features nationally renowned speaker Eric K. Ward.