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The Danger of Too Much Screen Time by Pilar Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. Eugene Pediatric Associates


xperts have long suspected there’s a link between too much screen time and developmental problems in young children—now, a group of researchers have confirmed the long-term effects. In a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), child development researchers in Canada tracked the screen time of roughly 2,400 kids, which included watching TV, using a computer, playing video games and spending time on tablets or smartphones. Not only were the children exceeding the recommended guidelines of no more than one hour of high-quality programming for kids between the ages of 2 and 5 set by the


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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), researchers found that higher levels of screen time at ages 2 and 3 was significantly associated with poorer performance on developmental screening tests at ages 3 and 5. Why is this significant? The toddler years are a critical time for the development of a child’s verbal, social and motor skills. The brain circuits needed to learn these skills are best formed by physical activity, as well as talking and interacting with people around them. Too much time spent in front of screens detracts from this, and can also affect a child’s vision, body weight and mental health. The emotional and physical

problems of excessive screen time follow kids into their teen years and beyond. Screens have been shown to be addictive, from apps and games to videos and social media.   Take time to unplug Look for ways to balance technology and screens with device-free family time. Go outside and play, hangout and talk, read books, cook together and engage as a family. All of those activities will strengthen your children’s most important relationships and have a positive impact on their brain development. If you have concerns or questions about your child’s screen time, talk with your pediatrician.  


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11 Surefire Ways to

Rock the Next

Fundraiser! by Kerrie McLoughlin

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must admit I roll my eyes when I find out it’s fundraising time … again. Schools and organizations sometimes hold several fundraisers per year, which ends up being a lot of work for us and for our kids. I’ve survived a few of these puppies, and I’m here to tell you it’s possible for your kid to rock the next fundraiser while saving you the burnout symptoms! Check out these ideas:


Write it down. I make my son a “cheat sheet” with a written spiel to say to potential buyers/donors in case he gets nervous. On the back are answers to basic questions donors might ask, such as, “When will I get my popcorn? Mid-November. Can I pay you later? Yes.” Know what the fundraising goal is (playground or sports equipment, computers for the classroom, getting to camp, etc.) and answers to questions like, “Who should I make the check out to?”


Set goals. If your child has a goal of selling 100 candy bars and has sold 75, he should tell customers that. You might find someone (like me!) who will buy those last 25 just because they want to help your kid reach their goal.


Make a plan. Have your child talk to friends in the neighborhood who are selling the same thing so they can each map out their territory instead of inundating every house. Or they could go together (with a parent) and split the sales.

Safe Fundraising This is a great opportunity to reinforce safety rules you are trying to teach, like: • Don’t ever sell alone (this goes for tweens and teens, too). • Do not go inside any house, no matter who lives there. • Trust your gut and run away if something feels uncomfortable. • Don’t sell after dark, even with a parent. • Don’t carry cash. Give it to your parent to stash away until it’s time to turn it in. 10

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Join forces. Get together with a group of kids (and parents) selling the same item and hang out outside a church or grocery store (call first to make sure it’s okay!). Then split the credit for the sales.


up the workers who are staying in, and then maybe again after work is getting out. This may totally annoy your coworkers, so you may want to just put an order form in the break room.



Get personal. Email may seem like a good way to fundraise, but it’s too easy for the recipient to hit the “delete” button. The personal touch will get more sales, even if it does seem a little scary to your child to make phone calls or go door-to-door (with you close by).


Repeat after me, kids: “It never hurts to ask.” I admittedly have a soft spot and an open wallet for kids who come to my house to sell in person (see Safe Fundraising sidebar, please!) because I think it shows courage. Dealing with rejection can be tough, so explain reasons people may say no, like they might be on a special diet, out of work or paying off debt, or they may have already bought too much.


Always carry fundraising materials with you. Hit people up when you go to the dentist, doctor, family events, your mom and/or dad’s workplace. See #8!


Define boundaries. Parents, decide now if you want to make your child solely responsible for fundraising. I take my kid to his dad’s work to have him sell, but it does take a lot of time because everyone likes to chat him up. We go around lunchtime to hit

Keep good records to make the next fundraiser a snap. Copy order forms before turning them in, then make notes on your copy about who was open to donating and who should be skipped next time. If your child comes across someone who just can’t get enough coupon books, for instance, (maybe they purchase many of them to give away as Christmas gifts) approach that person first when the next coupon book fundraiser comes along.


Be up front. I make sure my sons tells every potential donor that they have the option of writing a check directly to the organization and foregoing something they might not need. After all, the purpose is not to earn prizes, but to raise money for a worthy cause or goal.


Do your part. Finally, consider rockin’ just one fundraiser per year instead of hiding from the principal, coach or head of the organization all year trying to skip out on every single fundraiser. Your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers will likewise not hide from you all year! Kerrie McLoughlin is the mom of 5 and author of “The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook.” She also blogs at




Snack time and healthy food keeps irritability at bay— and boosts learning, too!


ot only do kids love to snack, but healthy mid-morning and midafternoon snacks are important when it comes to meeting the nutrient demands of their growing bodies – and brains. In fact, up to a third of a child’s daily calories often come from snacks eaten during or after school. “Children have higher nutrient demands than adults, both in terms of supporting

healthy bone grown and brain development, and in terms of their metabolism,” says Craig Lash, MD, a pediatrician with Oregon Medical Group. “Small, frequent meals help them stay fueled and fresh – and that helps with learning and with social-emotional success.” Many schools have informal programs in place to ensure that all children have access to healthy food options. For example, in

3 Pro Tips for Snack Success Keep it Real Not all snacks offer the same bangfor-the-buck and that’s definitely true when it comes to ‘fruit snacks’. Just about every major brand offers small bags of fruit gummies. Many of them are much closer to gummy bear candy than fruit – and they’re expensive. Keep it healthier and simpler too: apple or orange slices, berries and easy-to-peel mandarins (sold as Halos and Cuties) are great options. Keep Drinks Basic Sticking with water, milk or a dairy alternative keeps snacks healthy and low in sugar. Many parents find that water is simplest – it won’t leak and

stink up backpacks, and it provides all the healthy hydration kids need. Go Earth Friendly Designate a BPA-free plastic water bottle that’s easy to wash (hint: keeping those plastic straws clean is tricky) and write your child’s name on it. Then simply keep it in the backpack. For snacks, choose an easy-torecognize container or two and make it part of your afterschool routine to unload them, wash and then fill them for the next day. These easy routines will keep an astonishing amount of plastic and paper wrappers out of the landfill – and help kids learn good habits.

Bethel School District, a USDA-funded program gives students in four schools a daily opportunity to taste fresh fruit and vegetables they might not otherwise try, such as snow peas, papaya, jicama, mangoes and kohlrabi. “It’s a Nutrition Education program that offers new experiences for our students,” explains Jennie Kolpak, Bethel’s Nutrition Services Director. Health professionals encourage choices with low sugar and as little processing as possible. “Look for real food, like fruits and vegetables. Whole grain crackers with a nut butter, like peanut or almond, and greek yogurt are good too,” says Lash. “Healthy snacks like that keep kids going without slowing them down or causing a sugar rush.” Other nutritious snacks include sliced apples, bananas, carrots, yogurt, hardboiled egg, whole wheat crackers and cheese. (Because of the prevalence of nut allergies among your child’s classmates, avoid peanut butter and granola bars with nuts in them.)

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Story Times Springfield Library story times. Preschool Story time (ages 3-6) Weds 10:00am. Lap sit story time (ages 0-3) Weds 10am, Sensory Storytime (for kids with sensory integration issues or special needs) every other Thurs. Ph 541.726.3766 Preschool Art & Science Storytime. Designed for precocious preschoolers, this story time is designed to teach about science and art in harmony. Preschoolers will conduct experiments, read, learn, create, and talk about the amazing world around them. February 14th and 28th Ages 0-6, Springfield Library, 10:30-11:15am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Barnes & Noble weekly story time. Whimsical Weds 7:00pm. Toddler-Time, Weds 11:00am. Saturdays at 11:00am. Call for weekly themes. Ph 541.687.0356 Creswell Library Story times. Ideal for 0-36 months. Boardbooks, Picturebooks, Songs, Lap Bounces, and Rhymes. Toddler Storytime for ages 3-5: Picture Books, Storytelling, Songs, Rhymes, Early Literacy Activities and Crafts. Ph 541.895.3053 Fern Ridge Library Storytimes (recurring weekly). Pre-K Storytimes (ages 3-5) Wed at 11am followed by craft time. Baby & Toddler

Storytimes (ages 0-3) Friday at 11am followed by play group. Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 Dog Tale Story Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one sessions reading to trained dogs and handlers’ courtesy of PAAWS. Every Sat, Dntwn Eugene Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Downtown Eugene Library storytimes. Preschool Storytime, Wed 10:15am and 11:00am. Baby Storytime, Fri 10:15am and 11:15am. Talkers Storytime, Tues 10:15am and 11:00am. Walkers Storytime, Thurs 10:15am and 11:00am.  Pajama Storytime, Tues 6:30pm. Sheldon and Bethel Branches: Family Storytime, Fri 10:15am. Ph 541.682.8316 Adventure! Story Time. A rotation of awesome storytellers will read, tell felt board stories, make craft projects, chat with puppets, and generally bring the fun every Friday from 11:05-11:25am. Adventure! Children’s Museum, FREE! Ph 541.653.9629

On-Going This Month Saturday Kids Workshops at MECCA. From magnetic puzzles to robots to sock creatures. No need to pre-reg. All materials are included. Kids under 10 accompanied by an adult. Each week features a different creative reuse

Kids Minecrafters. Play together, share tips, and get creative with building challenges on Eugene Library computers. Ages 6 - 12. Limited space, pre-reg required. Dntwn Eugene Library, Mon & Tues @ 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Science After School: Engineering Challenges. K - 5th grade students (and home school equiv) explore science in a fun, hands-on setting led by experienced STEM educators. Incorporates structured and open-ended inquiry-based learning opportunities. Adv reg required. Eugene Science Center, Fridays 1-6pm, $35, Ph 541.682.7888 Table Tennis for Kids. Run in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club - Tues and Thurs 5:15-6:15 and Saturdays 1:30-2:30. All sessions are free. Equipment and coaching is provided. $40 annual Boys & Girls Club membership is required. Ph 541.345.9939 Playtime for Parents and Children. Children 4 and under can join us every Monday to play in our fun and welcoming playroom filled with baby dolls, books, trucks, soft dough, and more. Parenting Now! 10am-12pm, nominal fee, Ph 541.484.5316 Reading with Cats. Designed to help younger supporters give back to animals while developing reading skills and compassion. Also promotes animal-savvy behavior and helps cats get positive, calm time with children. Children ages 6 - 12. Days: Mon 12pm & 3:30pm, Tues 1pm & 4pm. Greenhill Humane Society, FREE! Ph 541.689.1503 Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Saturday Market/Farmers Market. The oldest, open-air market in the US. Offers great food, local crafts, and live entertainment. Every Saturday, Park blocks, rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! “2PM Talks.” A docent-led talk every Tues thru Sun at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, included with price of admission. Ph 541.346.3024

Eugene Science Center. Our ever-changing exhibits and Planetarium feature something for everyone! Explore science topics, astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. See website for features, admission, dates, and times. Ph 541.682.7888 Pre-K Planetarium Show: Stories in the Stars. Designed with our younger visitors in mind, this live, interactive planetarium show is a wonderful introduction to the planetarium. 25 minutes. Fri and Sat, 10:30am, Eugene Science Center, Ph 541.682.7888 The Sound of Music. An inspirational story of Maria von Trapp. The Cottage Theater, runs April 5 – 28th Thurs, Friday and Sats at 8pm, Suns at 2:30pm, $15-25, Ph 541.942.8001 Playtime for Parents and Child. Join us in the Parenting Now! play room for lots of fun and socialization. For families with children up to 4 years old. Parenting Now! Mondays from10amnoon, nominal fee, Ph 541.484.5316

2 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, All events FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Ranky Tanky. A Charleston, South Carolinabased quintet that performs the timeless music of Gullah culture. Gullah, meaning “a people blessed by God” in a West African region. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $28-39.75, Ph 541.682.5000

3 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap: Climate Action. The Eugenebased Our Children’s Trust is addressing climate change through its groundbreaking lawsuit against the United States government. Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne, 6-8pm, 21 and over please, Ph 541.346.3024 The Illusionists. Mind-blowing spectacular talents of five incredible illusionists that will dazzle all ages with some of the most astonishing acts ever seen on stage. The Hult Center, 7:30pm, $43.25-65.75, Ph 541.682.5000

4 THURSDAY Nature Kids: Wild About Water. Enjoy water tales, play a musical river walk game, and craft magic rain wands from natural and recycled materials. Downtown Library, 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 S.T.E.A.M. Punks! LEGOS day! Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Library, 10:30-11am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

5 FRIDAY Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month: Rapid Rivers and Sleepy Streams. Through a story, crafts, and games, we’ll learn about the wonderful ways that water sustains us and the world we live in. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30 – 11:30am, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024


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Tot Discovery Day. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with us on this fantastic Tot Discovery Day! The whimsical world of Dr. Seuss contains oodles of wacky science. Ages 0-5, Eugene Science Center, 9am, $2-5, Ph 541.682.7888 First Friday Artwalk. A guided tour begins at 5:30pm starting at Mary Spilde Downtown Center, and continues ending at 8:00pm. Always FREE! Ph 541.485.2278 MECCA’s 11th annual “Object Afterlife Art Challenge” Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony. Artists receive a mystery bag of materials, MECCA Money, and two months to create their pieces. Lincoln Gallery, 5:508:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.302.1810 First Friday: West African Dance and Drumming. a show of high-energy authentic Guinean dance and drumming performed by West African Cultural Arts Institute. Audience participation is welcome! Dntwn Eugene Library, 6pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 FREE First Friday at the Museum. Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems and delve into its cultural history. Museum of Natural History, 11am-5pm, Ph 541.346.3024 Honey Whiskey Trio. The Trio explore harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear, captivating the imagination through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality...veritable storytellers in song. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $18, Ph 541.434.7000

6 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week, the musical fun

Springfilm On the Move: Rain Man. Watch the film and stay for a short after-film discussion! Free and open to the public. Wildish Theater, 6:30-9:30pm, Ph 541.726.3766

will be led by Bryan Reed. Dntwn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

7 SUNDAY Family Fun: Días de los Niños y Libros. This week make Mexican textile crafts, including teddy bears. Dntwn Eugene Library, 2-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

12 FRIDAY Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE!

Harmoniemusik II. Enjoy the music of Mozart and arrangements by other notable composers as performed by The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts’ premiere chamber ensemble, microphilharmonic. The Shedd Institute, 4-5:30pm, $28-38, Ph 541.434.7000

Burns & Allen and Friends. Classic capers by George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bob and Ray, Abbott and Costello, Fibber McGee and Molly and others are featured in a cavalcade of comedy classics. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $15-22, Ph 541.682.5000

Oregon Women’s Half Marathon & 5k. Start and finish at Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room, wear mimosas await finishers. 9am – noon, $25-65, Ph 541.731.3507

Shirley Andress - Bon Soir. Shirley Andress will perform the music of the talented, beautiful and successful Barbra Streisand at a concert to honor the rise of a star who never craved to be one. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $20-34, Ph 541.434.7000

8 MONDAY Chef’s Night Out. A must-do for foodies and culinary enthusiasts. Hult Center, 6:30pm, $6595, Ph 541.682.5000

13 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week Chuck Coxon. Dntwn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

9 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, All events FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766

Family Fun. A new activity for kids and families every week. Dntwn Eugene Library, 2-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316


Flea Market & Crafts Sale. 30 + tables with quality, unique and unusual items. Items include glass, china, jewelry, some furniture, original art, garden items, exquisite table runners, clocks, handmade soap etc. Eugene Elks Lodge, 9-4, FREE! Ph 541.345.8416  

Middle School Lounge. Movie Night! 4-5pm, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

11 THURSDAY S.T.E.A.M. Punks! Build Your Own Book! Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

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Overcome Sunday, April 14th 20 SATURDAY Mr. Tom’s Magical Moombah. 10am & 1pm, see the 19th

21 SUNDAY Family Fun: Días de los Niños y Libros. This week play with games and toys, plus enjoy snacks. Dntwn Eugene Library, 2-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

22 MONDAY Earth Day at the Museum. Honor our home planet and the people who steward it with an afternoon of special Science Walk & Talks plus themed cupcakes. Walk & Talks begin at noon, 1, 2 and 3pm. Museum of Natural History, FREE! Ph 541.346.3024 John Mellencamp. A legacy in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hult Center, $41.50-148.75, Ph 541.682.5000 Veneta Earth Day Celebration. Activities for kids to learn about and respect the earth they inhabit. Veneta Elementary School, 11am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.8225

23 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, All events FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766

24 WEDNESDAY Middle School Lounge. What We Read! 4-5pm, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

25 THURSDAY S.T.E.A.M. Punks! R.E.A.D. to a Dog. Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

26 FRIDAY Fitness Fridays. Pilates with Raina! Grades 6-12, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Eugene Marathon. Thousands of participants, fans and volunteers from around the globe will show up on race day (Sun) for the Eugene Marathon and Half Marathon in TrackTown USA. Autzen Stadium, 7am, Ph 541.345.2230 Burns & Allen and Friends. See the 12th 2019 Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale. Choose from thousands of gently-used and like-new books on all topics, at bargain prices – most items only $2.00. Also DVDs, audio books, sheet music, and music CDs. Lane Events Center, 9am-5pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5450

Family Fun: Días de los Niños y Libros. This week dance with Ballet Folklórico Alma de México. Dntwn Eugene Library, 2-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Run for Autism. Includes an 8K and 5K which can be run or walked. Alton Baker Park, 2pm, $1520, Ph 541.484.9883



Flea Market & Crafts Sale. See the 13th

Burning Down the House with FAB. Favorite Album Band (FAB) will rock the house at the Cottage Theatre with jams from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Cottage Theatre, 7:30-10:30pm, $20, Ph 541.942.8001

All That! Dance Company presents “Overcome”. Themes of hope, love, and community will be woven throughout the concert. Wildish Community Theater, 7pm, $15, Ph 541.688.1523 Burns & Allen and Friends. 2pm, See the 12th Earth Day Open House. Celebrate with FREE exhibit hall admission, one free planetarium show, special activities and presentations about the science of our favorite planet – Earth! Eugene Science Center, 10am-5pm, Ph 541.682.7888


16 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Easter Turduckens! Teen ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, All events FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766

18 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins.

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Springfield Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 S.T.E.A.M. Punks! Planting Seeds! Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Museum After Hours. Tired of adulting? Grab your friends to unwind. Dodge disasters and test survival skills while sipping on adult beverages and exploring the exhibit “Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience.” Limited tix. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 6-9pm, $15-20, Ph 541.346.3024

19 FRIDAY Fitness Fridays. Hip Hop Yoga with Rodyn. Grades 6-12, Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Mr. Tom’s Magical Moombah. Mr. Tom and the gang will take kids and families through the neighborhood to meet all kinds of interesting people, animals and places. The Shedd Institute, 10:15, $5, Ph 541.484.7000

27 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week musical fun will be led by Rob Tobias. Dntwn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Children’s Day Celebration: el día de los niños, el día de los libros. Springfield Library, 11am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

28 SUNDAY Family Fun: Días de los Niños y Libros. This week make music and learn dances of Southern Veracruz, Mexico with El Taller de Son Jarocho. Dntwn Eugene Library, 2-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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Reasons to Consider Sending Your Child to Camp


by Mary Ann Blair

ith Spring Break and Summer calendars quickly filling up, it can be hard to try and squeeze in one more thing. But if you have never sent your kids to a summer camp, here are seven reasons why you might want to consider it!


IT’S EASY TO FIND A GREAT FIT FOR YOUR CHILD. From sports camps and art camps to STEM-based camps and more traditional overnight options, summer camps are designed to serve a variety of ages and interests. The length of camp can range from a few mornings for younger kiddos to weeklong sleep-away camps for older kids. Local churches, school districts, and other organizations like the YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire, and 4-H offer a wide range of camps. With a little bit of research, you can easily find a camp well-suited for your child.


C A M P S P ROV I D E K I D S W I T H EXPERIENCES THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE ACCESS TO IN “EVERYDAY” LIFE. Horseback riding. Paddling a canoe across the lake. Wilderness survival. Conquering a ropes course. Sleeping under the stars. Adventures are endless at camp, and your child will have an opportunity to try something brand new! For the youngest campers, trying a new craft activity or learning a new camp song can be so much fun!


CAMPS ARE A SAFE PLACE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL SKILLS. It might be awkward or uncomfortable for your child during those first few hours of camp when they don’t know a single soul; after all, stepping into a new social environment can be challenging. But the ability to comfortably communicate with new people is a life skill that all kids need, and a camp is a great place to practice! Camps also provide kids an opportunity to form friendships with a whole new group of peers they might never have met otherwise.


CAMPS GIVE KIDS A MUCHNEEDED TECHNOLOGY BREAK. No matter how old your child is, they could probably benefit from a screen hiatus, especially during summer months. Spending time outdoors, learning a new skill, having fun, relaxing and forming new friendships is good for the body and soul!


S E N D I N G K I D S TO C A M P I S BENEFICIAL FOR YOU, TOO. Driving away from your child(ren) on the first day might be a little gut-wrenching. But entrusting your kids to someone else for a while can be truly beneficial,. Maybe it will free up time for some overdue self-care or give you and your partner time to reconnect.

Maybe it will provide an opportunity to hit the reset button with your tween or teen. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder! Parenting is tough work, so don’t feel guilty if you enjoy this time to yourself. Chances are, your kids are having a blast without you!


YOUR CHILD’S EXPERIENCE AS A CAMPER COULD HELP LAND A SUMMER JOB IN THE FUTURE. Camps are staffed by amazing counselors who provide kids with all kinds of good, clean fun. Most of these counselors were campers once, too. Now they get to help a new set of youngsters make unforgettable summer memories, all while sharpening their own teamwork and leadership skills. Your child might have that same opportunity one day. What great way to spend a summer!


CAMP IS JUST PLAIN FUN. So many adults have fond memories from their days spent at camp, and kids who have been to camp often say it’s a favorite part of their summer. Odds are, your kids are going to love it! And for that reason alone, it’s worth sending them to camp. Mary Ann Blair is a mom of two boisterous boys. Besides chronicling her adventures in motherhood, she loves the outdoors, reading, and all things crafty. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 9


Ronald McDonald Guest House Coming to Springfield!


his Summer, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington will be Coming Home to Spring field with the opening of our fourth Oregon Ronald McDonald House on the campus of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. The Heartfelt House – a beautiful, customdesigned 20-room guest house – constructed by the Sacred Heart Foundation through an $8 Million Capital Campaign, once open, will house both pediatric and adult patients who find themselves far from home and in need of medical care. Ronald McDonald House Charities will operate the facility and ensure that every pediatric patient family in need will stay for free and experience one-of-a-kind programming including home cooked meals, pet therapy, music, arts and crafts, and more. Families will connect and heal in the beautiful new guest rooms, a brand new kitchen and

family dining area, game room, outdoor playground, and family-friendly community spaces. RMHC of Oregon and SW Washington, CEO Jessica Jarratt Miller says of the new guesthouse, “We are proud of our relationship with PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center and are incredibly excited to be able to offer compassionate hospitality and support to families from across Oregon, the US and the world. Our new Springfield Ronald McDonald House makes the life-saving care at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center accessible to more families than ever before.” RMHC thanks its generous donors and supporters for helping to make this house a home for the thousands of families who will find comfort, love, and support at the Springfield Ronald McDonald House for years to come. This summer you can help support the new Springfield House by participating in the Stronger Together 5K Run, Walk and Roll… A region-wide fundraising event where supporters walk, run, and roll to raise money for families with seriously ill children The Heartfelt House will house both pediatric and adult patients who find themselves far from home and in need of medical care. receiving a free “home


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WHEN: Saturday, May 4th 9am Registration & 10am Start WHERE: Alton Baker Park, Eugene away from home” at one of our four Oregon Ronald McDonald Houses. Eugene and Springfield area residents can sign up, form a team, purchase sponsorship packages or volunteer on May 4th. Your generous and meaningful support will leave a lasting legacy for children and families from across Oregon and beyond, making the lifesaving care accessible to more families than ever before. For sponsorship opportunities for 2019 Stronger Together 5K Walk, Run, and Roll, or any other questions regarding the walk, please contact Dru Rosenthal, Director of Partnerships & Community Relations, (971) 717-7134 and Please help support our brand new Heartfelt House in Springfield and Walk for Ronald McDonald House Charities. You can also support RMHC Eugene/Springfield and surrounding area for only $1 through the Have a Heart campaign at all local area McDonald’s stores. Hearts are available for purchase for $1, $3, $5 or any amount you choose! It’s local and super easy!

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A Dad’s Eye View by Rick Epstein

Misconceptions: Theirs, Mine, Yours


hen I was little, I believed that if you peed behind a tree in the park, the squirrels would follow you and pollute YOUR home for revenge. My mom told me that. I also believed there were three sure ways to die. Listed with information sources, they are: touch a light switch with wet hands (my dad), sustain any kind of blow to your temple (other first-graders), or eat an entire tube of toothpaste (Mom again). Everyone grows up with his or her own changing set of misconceptions. Back when I only had two daughters, one 4 years old and the other 9 months old, I made a list of theirs. The 4-year-old believed: • That the healing rays of the television set will cure most illnesses. • That there really are 12 days of Christmas, and although we celebrate only one, families with jollier parents observe all of them. • That if you put a broken rubberband under your pillow, the Rubberband Fairy will give you a nickel for it. (My wife’s contribution to the world of the supernatural.) • That the whole business of time and clocks is a lot of mumbo jumbo that grownups invoke whenever they want to make a child go to bed or get dressed and they don’t have a real reason.


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The 9-month-old couldn’t talk, so I was guessing on some of these. She seemed to believe: • That anything you can’t put in your mouth cannot be fully experienced or enjoyed. • That mother’s milk and baby food must be supplemented by foraging on the floor. These foodstuffs range in palatability from dust bunnies on the low end to crumbs of Play-doh, a special delicacy. (She can be under unblinking surveillance on a freshly scrubbed floor, and suddenly she’s working her mouth like she’s about to lean out the window of a pickup truck and let fly. A probing adult finger will find anything from a short crayon to a piece of tree bark.) • That standing up in her highchair aids her digestion. • That to get full nutritional value from baby food, it must be smeared directly onto the skin. (The pleasing cosmetic effect is a bonus.) • That any attempt to wipe her mouth or nose is an insult and must not be tolerated. • That toilet training is necessary only for people who plan to go into certain high-profile lines of work, such as retail sales or public relations. New parents have misconceptions, too. Here are a few of mine that have been set straight during 23 years of parenthood: • That boys and girls are born the same, and it’s their upbringing that makes them different. Sorry, but no matter what color you dress them in, by fifth grade most boys have graduated from toy trucks to video games, while most girls have moved from baby dolls to social voodoo (as victim or priestess). • That a father can effectively pass along all the progress he’s made since his own wasted youth, so his child can start there and improve upon it. If that were true, the human race could have been perfected in just a couple of generations. But maturity is non-transferable. Every child pretty much starts from scratch, and Dad’s good advice and example are like an instruction manual that only gets opened only after the possibilities of instinct and intuition have been exhausted. • That my kids ought to turn out like me. Why should they? I mean, hasn’t that experiment already been tried? • That if you raise three children the same way, they’ll turn out the same. But it’s more like: You follow a recipe expecting to get three apple pies, and one turns out to be an apple pie, another is a pumpkin pie, and another doesn’t even seem to be a pie at all. There’s a lot more, but I don’t want spoil any of the surprises that lie ahead of you. And you wouldn’t believe me anyway. My job is just to expose you to a few ideas. Now it’s up to your kids to continue your education. Rick Epstein can be reached at But take it easy; he’s feeling a bit frail just now.

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Explore Nearby Nature

by Beth Stein

Curious Kids the Perfect CitizenScientists


OOK MOM!” We’ve all been there at some point, on a hike or walking down the street with a child, when suddenly all forward motion stops. There on the ground, almost under your feet, is an itty-bitty critter that you totally missed. Your eagle-eyed child definitely noticed it, however, and now you’re all fascinated by this cool little find. Kids are the perfect citizen-scientists, everyday folks who help out professional


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scientists by sharing their observations about the natural world. Little people are curious, observant, and able to focus on one thing passionately and obsessively when it really grabs their attention. If you have a small scientist in your family – a bug catcher, fossil fanatic, or rock hound – you probably also have their collections, books, and artwork. Yes – they are clutter keepers and creators -- but take heart! Many of the world’s most famous scientists started out just like your

child. They collected and categorized, sketched and named, watched and listened, and many times, learned something completely new about the natural world we all share. Here at Nearby Nature, we LOVE to get nature-nerdy with the kids who come to our daycamps, attend our weekend programs, or join us for school field trips. We catch bugs in the meadow, find fossils by the river, and watch birds in the trees. We also dig in the dirt, play in the water, and crawl through the

grass. These are all great places to encounter creepy crawlers or find other fascinating artifacts of nature. Coming up this spring, Nearby Nature has a couple exciting opportunities for kids to get involved in interesting citizenscience projects. On the morning of April 27th, families are invited to join us for our 4th annual Wow Newts Nature Quest in Eugene’s Tugman Park. At this event, we’ll be counting all the rough-skinned newts we can see in the park’s creek. One the same day, Nearby Nature is hosting a “Bioblitz” in our Learnscape Garden and Outdoor Classroom in Alton Baker Park. For the whole day, we’ll be counting and identifying every living thing we can find at our site, from the bittiest bug to the tallest tree. Our event is part of the worldwide City Nature Challenge (, where people all around the globe are counting, categorizing, and sharing their local flora and fauna, all during the same week. Expert naturalists will be on hand at Nearby Nature to help with this project on the 27th, and families are particularly encouraged to join us from 1-3 pm if they would like to participate. (For more information about these events, see and the calendar in this magazine.) If you miss out on Nearby Nature’s April events, don’t worry. These projects are just the beginning of our foray into citizen-science for kids. This summer, we’ll be adding citizenscience activities – kid-style – to our many of our outdoor summer daycamps for kids 3-13 years old. The Lost Ladybug Project (kids catch ladybugs with sweep nets and take pictures of what they find) and the Ant Picnic (kids learn about what ants eat) are just a couple projects we’re considering. Whatever we do, we’ll be counting on your bug-catching, fossil-finding, rock-hounding kids to be part of the fun! For more information about our daycamps, as well as additional summer science fun hosted by other local groups, see the summer camps guide in this magazine. Beth Stein is the Executive Director of Nearby Nature, a non-profit education group dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living. The organization hosts summer daycamps in local parks as well as school programs, special events, and restoration projects. For more information, call 541-687-9699 or see

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he previews for Wonder Park looked amazing and the true hook was the unique story of a little girl who gets to visit her imaginary theme park in real life. But after seeing the film, I wasn’t really disappointed, but I can’t honestly say I was thrilled. Wonder Park targets a much younger audience than the previews suggest and the characters, while silly and fun, lack the warmth and heart that

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treatment, which turns June’s world upside down. Her father and neighborhood friends try to push June out of her sadness, but nothing seems to work until dad packs her off to summer math camp. June sneaks off the bus and as she treks through the woods back home, she stumbles across a portal that sends her to Wonder Park, the very place she and her mother designed.

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Earthtalk from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard about “Zero Waste” grocery stores in Europe where everything is sold in bulk and customers bring and fill up their own reusable containers and bags. When will we get some of these here on this “side of the pond”? — Jane Smith, Boston, MA


any mainstream American grocery stores and chains now have bulk sections for dried foods like nuts and spices, though most everything else still comes sealed in plastic, cardboard, aluminum or glass, which customers then recycle or discard once they devour the contents. T he U.S . Environmental P ro t e c t i o n A g e n c y ( E PA ) estimates that containers and packaging make up almost a quarter of all landfill waste, with the average American generating four pounds of trash a day, most of it food-related. Furthermore, Americans throw out about a third of the food we buy, largely because we’re forced to buy more than we need due to the way food is pre-packaged for sale.


One solution to both of these problems is the “zero-waste” grocery store which sells in bulk (or “loose”) to customers who bring their own containers and shopping bags and fill them up with just the amount of food they will eat. Besides the obvious environmental benefits of reducing the stream of waste to landfills and energyintensive recycling processors, zero- waste grocer y stores also tend to be easier on the wallet—given that packaging adds upwards of 40 percent to the cost of many everyday food items. Zero-waste food stores began turning up in Europe in just the last 15 years. The success of stores like Germany’s Original Unverpackt, France’s Day By

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Day, Denmark’s LØS Market and the UK’s Bulk Market and Earth.Food.Love shows a strong proclivity, at least in Europe, for a green grocery experience. Zero waste markets are a harder sell in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped a few entrepreneurs from trying. The nation’s first zero waste grocery store, In.gredients in Austin, Texas, opened with fanfare in 2012 but had trouble competing with a nearby traditional grocery store—and finally shut its doors for good in April 2018. “We realized... we weren’t changing shoppers’ habits,” Erica Howard Cormier, In.gredients’ former GM, told CNBC. “ You have to plan a lot to go to the grocery store with your own containers, and people would go to the store across the street because they forgot their container.” Nevertheless, others have ventured forth undaunted. Some of the biggest are Precycle and the Filling Station in New York City, Dill Pickle Co-op in Chicago, Simply Bulk Market and Zero Market in Colorado, the Refill Shoppe near Los Angeles, People’s Food Co-op in Portland, OR and Central Co-op

in Seattle. And in Vancouver, BC is Nada, one of the biggest and most successful zero waste markets in the world. The store claims to have diverted some 30,500 containers from landfills since opening in 2014. A search on the Litterless. com’s “Zero Waste Grocery Guide” turns up dozens of zero waste grocery options in most major U.S. metropolitan areas, even if some are smaller specialty stores or just sections in traditional markets. So grab a few tupperwares and that old college reunion tote bag and get shopping! CONTACTS: Original Unverpackt,; Day By Day,; Bulk Market,; LØS Market,; Earth.Food. Love,; The Bulk Market, www.bulkmarket. uk; Nude Foods,; The Refill Shoppe, therefillshoppe. com; The Filling Station, tfsnyc. com; Simply Bulk Market, www.; The Zero Market,; Nada Grocery, www.nadagrocery. com; Literless’ Zero Waste Grocery Guide, EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. To donate, visit Send questions to:

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