Falafel of Eugene is planning to join Wrap City at Kesey Square, says Kim Still of Saturday Market. Saturday Market contracts with the city to administer the food cart program at Kesey Square and on the Park Blocks. “We are actively seeking a couple more carts to add back in to the plaza food pod,” Still says. “Unfortunately we are not able to permit food trucks in that area, just carts.” Contact the market office at 686-8885, ext. 102.
Will Leather Goods now has a retail outlet at the 5th Street Public Market. The store is in a “reimagined vintage freight car” in the parking lot of the market, adjacent to the Inn at the 5th hotel. The Eugene-based company makes hand-crafted leather bags and accessories. CEO and creative director is William Adler, who has lived in Eugene for the past 15 years. Adler also designed the interior of the new store, drawing inspiration, he says, from Oregon’s rich history and natural landscape. Local craftsmen from Back Forty Woods built the interior using locally sourced Douglas fir walls and reclaimed beams. Call 246-8650.
The Eugene-based nonprofit Next Generation Nepal (NGN) also has offices in Kathmandu and is working with Nepal government agencies and NGOs in the regions where children are at most risk of exploitation, according to a press release from Sarah Charlesworth, a development associate with the organization. NGN is “deeply concerned that the Nepal earthquake is going to lead to a sharp increase in children being trafficked or displaced to ‘orphanages,’” Charlesworth says. She advises against sending money to so-called children’s homes in Kathmandu. Instead, donate to reputable nonprofits, such as UNICEF Nepal or the Umbrella Foundation. See nextgenerationnepal.com or call 912-5432.
The Eugene Scottish Festival is 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, May 23, at the Irving Grange, 1011 Irvington Drive in the Santa Clara area. The Scottish Festival is run by a nonprofit organization and the annual event is sponsored by Bi-Mart, Springfield Creamery, Eugene Weekly and Bob’s Red Mill. It’s a family event — no alcohol — but vendors are welcome to apply. Suggested donation of $5 plus a can of food. See eugenescottishfestival.com for a schedule.