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A Dad’s Eye View by Rick Epstein

The Embarrassing Parent W

hen I brought my 15-year-old daughter to Romeo Smith’s house, his dad greeted us from the front porch. I asked, “So, how’s the basement project going?” Although I tried to sound encouraging, I’d been glad when a flood destroyed his son’s subterranean love nest. “It’s cleaned out and I’ll be putting up some drywall tomorrow,” he said, “unless the commander makes me work that day.” Mr. Smith is a state trooper. We stood about 15 feet apart and although his conversation was friendly, his demeanor was odd. He wasn’t making eye-contact, yet he was staring at me. The Hawaiian shirt I wore is exquisite, but no one had ever gazed at it so intensely. I drove away wondering why. Then I glanced down at my shirt-front and saw a shiny, gold plastic Junior Detective badge. Police officers had been giving them to kids that morning at Community Day, and I’d pinned one on for a joke. At a distance, it looks real. Wendy later reported that Mr. Smith had asked her what do I do for a living and do I ever pretend I’m a cop. I showed Wendy my badge and she blushed. “Now Romeo’s dad will think you’re a jerk,” she said. She would have used stronger language, but I pay her $3 a week not to curse. (Don’t judge me.)


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It was not the first time I’ve embarrassed her. Whenever I take Wendy to another teenager’s house for a visit, instead of just letting her step out of the car like it’s a taxi cab, I go in with her, demanding amiably, “Where are the old people?” And when a parent appears, I say, “Just wanted to be sure you knew you were having a party. Thanks for hosting.” Wendy hates that, but the parents like it (except for being called “old people” and the thought of hosting an actual teen party). In hot weather, my inclination is to wear boxer shorts around the house. For comfort and style, you can’t beat ‘em. But I always dress up if I know company is coming. Once a guy-friend of my oldest daughter Marie phoned her and said, “I dropped by today. You weren’t there, so I chatted with your dad. He’s so … informal.” Marie guessed, “He wasn’t wearing pants, was he?” My own dad was probably the ideal father for a teenager. If he designed a family crest, it would advise: “Be inconspicuous.” He never left his room until he was fully dressed, usually in earth-tone tweeds and rubber-soled shoes. (He was a librarian, so he wanted his footfalls to be as silent as moccasins on a game trail.) He never raised his voice, not even when his sons misbehaved. (I could get a kind of low, angry snarl out of him, but only because I was his favorite.) Dad drew the curtains promptly at dusk, as if a crowd of peeping toms lurked in the shrubbery waiting to watch him read the newspaper. His political opinions were kept private. Dad would just as soon put a bumper sticker on his car as he would run shrieking through the Quiet Study Area. He neither wanted to tip his hand nor to be the center of attention. In the receiving line at my stepmother’s funeral, he whispered to me: “I feel like a horse’s a--.” When my friends came over, he spoke to them just enough to be civil. He did not try to impress them, amuse them or befriend them. I tend to commit all three of those infractions, and to a lesser extent, so does my wife. Like most kids her age, Wendy wants to appear to be grown up, and even when we behave, her parents are living, talking proof that not so long ago she was a diapered gnome, burping used milk down our backs. She likes to pretend we are only senile servants who’ve been with her too long to fire. She wants us absent; failing that, she wants us invisible; failing that, she wants us silent. And what do I want? I want my daughter to appreciate me for who I am. Failing that, I want our cat to stop shedding, walk on his hind legs, and maybe do some light housework. Rick can be reached at


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Tips to Reduce Food Waste …and Save Thousands! by Smarter


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t happens in households across America on a daily

$1,365 and $2,275 worth of food. Studies have

basis. Someone opens the fridge, peers inside

found the main reasons for this waste are confusion

and declares there is absolutely nothing to eat.

about expiration dates and because we can afford

Then two days later a pile of rotten fruit, moldy

to. A 2015 study from John Hopkins found that

cheese and expired condiments are discovered and

people thought a leaky faucet or leaving lights on

dumped in the trash.

was more worrisome than throwing away food. And,

While we don’t set out to waste the food we pick

a 2016 Ohio State University study showed that

up at the local grocery store, Americans throw away

people thought food waste was a problem but were

more than a third of our food each year, between

too busy with life to change their habits.…

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hrowing away bad food is not just costing you money and wasting the food itself. The water and energy it took to produce the food and bring it to market are also going to waste. The impact of throwing away food is larger than you might think. A few ways you can help reduce food waste for Earth Day and year-round are:

Stop Using Fridge Drawers Out of sight, out of mind is often a primary cause of produce going to waste. If you forget you purchased fruits and veggies because they are buried in a drawer, switch it up. Put your producer in glass containers with paper towel to absorb moisture and store them on the fridge shelves instead. Use your drawers for something else!

Buy Frozen If you are not sure if you will make a dish that calls for certain produce, buy frozen instead of fresh. Studies have found that frozen can be just as nutritious as fresh, if not more because the produce is frozen almost immediately after picking.

Meal Prep Instead of cooking throughout the week, do all your prep work on the weekend or on one weeknight and store your ingredients in containers already sliced and diced for convenience. All your recipes will be preplanned, so you are only buying what you need, not what you might use.


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Buy Loose Produce Buy your produce loose instead of in bags where you cannot really see what is inside. Open containers of fruit and do not be shy about swapping out pieces that are already moldy or looking rotten. If you do not, your entire purchase could be bad the day after you buy it. Divide and Conquer You might have thought that one of your fridge drawers was for fruits and one for veggies, but that is not actually how you should split up your product. Some produce gives off a

gas called ethylene and other fruits and vegetables can ripen faster when exposed to it. So, keep sensitive foods like apples, asparagus, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, summer squash and watermelon separate from other produce to prolong freshness. Make a Smoothie If fruits and veggies start to look a little mushy and on the verge of going bad throw them all into the blender with some plain yogurt and ice cubes. Texture does not matter when you are grinding everything up and the entire family can benefit from this waste-free breakfast or snack that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Invest in Tech We have plenty of kitchen innovation that aid us in cooking, meal preparation and deliver service. But, very few that tackle the other end of the spectrum – food waste. Try out one of the online food delivery services so you are only getting the ingredients you need and not impulse buying at the market. And, consider outfitting your refrigerator with the FridgeCam, a retrofit and cost-effective product which gives you never-seen-before access to your fridge remotely via an app for your smartphone. Smarter is an award winning connected home company based in London. Founded in 2014 by Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Christian Lane, Smarter is now one of the UK’s leading connected home companies focused on kitchen automation. Smarter prides itself on innovation and supply’s retailers all over the world such as Currys, Amazon, Best Buy in the US and Apple.

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Story Times Springfield Public 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 Barnes & Noble weekly story time. Whimsical Weds 7:00pm. Toddler-Time, Weds 11:00am. Saturdays at 11:00am, Ph 541.687.0356 Downtown Public Library story times. Preschool Story time, Wed 10:15 and 11:00am. Baby Story time (ages 0-1) Fridays @ 10:15 & 11:00am. Talkers Story time, Tues @ 10:15 & 11:00, Preschool Story time (ages 3-6), Weds @ 10:15 & 11:00. Walkers Storytime, Thurs 10:15 & 11:00am, for babies up on their feet. Pajama Story time every Tues of each month at 6:30pm. Features stories, rhymes, and songs for children 0-6. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Storytime, Mondays @ 4:00pm. Ph 541.682.8316 Family Story Time (all ages). Fridays at 10:15am @ Bethel Branch Library. Ph 541.682.8316 Dog Tale Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one sessions reading to trained

dogs. Pre-register starting one week in advance. Every Saturday through March, Downtown Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE!, Ph 541.682.8316

On-Going Events 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 project. MECCA, 11am – 3pm, $3-5, Ph 541.302.1810 Play Date. Young kids and family - drop in on First Friday evenings for creative fun together. Downtown Library, 6pm, Ph 541.682.5000 Minecraft Mon and Tues. Play together, share tips, and get creative with building challenges with Minecraft on Eugene Public Library’s computers, for ages 6 - 12. Due to limited space, Eugene Library card and pre-reg is required. Downtown Library, 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Eugene Public Library. Family Music Time, Downtown Library on Tues 6:30pm; Weds 10:15am; Thurs 10:15am; and Sat 10:15am. Bethel Branch, Family Music Time will be held on Fridays at 10:15 am and in Spanish on Saturdays, 11:15am. Sheldon Branch, 10:15am, Ph 541.682.8316

Saturday Market/Farmers Market. The oldest, open-air market in the United States offers great food, local crafts and live entertainment. Every Saturday, April-Nov, 8th & Oak St. Rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! Dog Tale Time. Short one-on-one sessions reading to trained dogs. Dogs and handlers’ courtesy of PAAWS (Project Canine and Pet Partner teams). Through March. Ages 5-12, Downtown Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Legos! Bring the kids to build, play, and explore with the Library’s big and varied collection of Legos. Grades K - 6. Downtown Library, every Wed at 4:00 pm/Sheldon every Sat at 10:15am/ Bethel every Sat at 3pm. FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 “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 array of exhibits features something for everyone! Explore science topics including astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. Planetarium shows: Seasonal Stargazing. Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda. Phantom of the Universe, and a Pre-K double feature. Also, our Evening Laser Shows are back starting Dec 1! See website for times. Ph 541.682.7888 Family STEAM. Enjoy hands-on fun and learning together! STEAM activities feature science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Sheldon Branch on Weds @ 4:00 or at Bethel Branch on Thurs @ 4:00. FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Legally Blonde. An upbeat feel-good musical that follows the transformation of bubbly blonde Elle Woods from the sorority house to the Halls of Justice. Weekly Thurs - Sat (8pm) and Sunday (2:30pm), $15-25, Ph 54.942.8001

1 SUNDAY Family Fun. Drop in for a new activity every week. This week, Surprise Books. Craft small books full of surprises with artist Sharon Kaplan. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Brigadoon. An enchanting West End musical that inspired the classic MGM film. Actors Cabaret, 7:30pm, $16-46.95, Ph 541.683.4368

3 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Chef’s Night Out. A must-do for foodies with many of your favorite restaurant and beverage purveyors all under one roof. 100% of proceeds benefit Food for Lane County. Hult Center, 6:30pm, $65-75, Ph 541.682.5000

4 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap: The Microbiology of Bread. Bread is a food staple across many cultures. It’s also a living entity teeming with microbial cultures. In this talk, UO ‘Bread 101’ instructor Karen Guillemin will explore how microbes shape the production - and consumption of bread. Marketplace@Sprout! 6-8pm, Ph 541.346.3024, FREE!

5 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

6 FRIDAY First Friday Artwalk. The First Friday ArtWalk guided tour begins at 5:30pm at Vista Framing & Gallery, and more ending at 8:00pm. ArtWalk is from 5:30-8:00pm and always FREE! Ph 541.485.2278 First Friday at the Museum. Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history. FREE! Museum of Natural History, 11am-5pm, Ph 541.346.3024 Brigadoon. See the 1st

7 SATURDAY Music Time: Sing and dance your way into the weekend. Samuel Becerra plays music of South America and Mexico. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Brigadoon. See the 1st Howard Spring Bazaar. Support local vendors and artisans at the Spring Bazaar! From local artisan crafts to beautiful jewelry, this is the perfect place to do some spring shopping. Howard Elementary, 10am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.514.5370 Pepsi Invitational. Oregon fans will have their first chance to see the Men and Women of Oregon compete at home when the Pepsi Team Invitational returns to Historic Hayward Field. All Day. Run for Rovers 5K. A benefit fundraiser for Pro-Bone-O, Lane County’s only non-profit solely dedicated to providing free veterinary services, food, and supplies for the pets of the homeless in our community. Alton Baker Park, 9am-11am, $15-25, Ph 541.607.8089 Cascade Raptor Center


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Mr. Popper’s Penguins Sunday, April 8th

8 SUNDAY Family Fun. This week, Scales and Tails. Calling all young herpetologists! Kids and family are invited about reptiles and amphibians of the West Eugene Wetlands, with real animal specimens. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Brigadoon. Matinee show. See the 1st Mr Popper’s Penguins. Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! Hult Center, 2pm, $2528.50, Ph 541.682.5000

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

13 FRIDAY Lego Club. All bricks provided, including Dupelo. Springfield Public Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month People and Plants. Come and grow your appreciation for plants and everything they do for us. Create art with plant materials, play a matching game, and enjoy a story with us. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 11:30, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024 Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE

Oregon Relays. Co-ed high school track and field championship meet with over 70 teams from the US and Canada. Hayward Field, 4pm, $14-22,

14 SATURDAY Emerald Valley Opry. Featuring: Jerry Ott & Glory Road Travelers, David Pope, Trammels, BigFootLane, The Hazelnuts. Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:00-9:30pm, $3-$8/under 7 free, Ph 541.688.0937 Oregon Relays. 9am, see the 13th Music Time: Sing and dance your way into the weekend. Rich Glauber delights all ages with interactive music play. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Annual Book Sale and Fundraiser. Proceeds from this all-volunteer project go to support Eugene Public Library classes, programs, and events, including Summer Reading for children and teens. VISA/Mastercard will be accepted, as well as cash and checks. Most items only $2.00. Admission and parking are free. Lane County Fairgrounds, 9am-6pm, Ph 541.682.5450 Save the Bees 5k & Kids Dash. A run dedicated to our favorite pollinators with net proceeds to fund honey bee research. Richardson Park, 10am, $15-30, Ph 541.484.9883 Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet. Vendors from five different states at over 250 tables. Lane Events Center, 10am-5pm, $0-6, Ph 541.682.3614



Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet. 10am-3pm, See the 14th

Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend. Music educator Jodie St. Clair of Eugene Suzuki Music Academy leads the fun. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

Family Fun. Kids and family: drop in for a new activity every week. This week, Rebus Rhymes. Combine words and pictures to create rebus rhymes. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Annual Book Sale and Fundraiser. 10am-4pm, see the 14th

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

19 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 An Evening with Kevin Smith. A writer, comedian, podcaster and film director, Kevin Smith has written and directed numerous films. Hult Center, 8pm-10pm, $35-51, Ph 541.682.5000

20 FRIDAY Bee Weekend at GloryBee. A free two-day community event packed with beekeeping education, distribution of pre-ordered packages of live bees, live demonstrations, honey sampling, food vendors, and family friendly activities. GloryBee Foods, 9:30am-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.689.0913

Bee Weekend at GloryBee. 9am-4pm, see the 20th Cottage Grove Earth Day Celebration. Food, a kids’ zone, live music, local vendors, demonstrations, and a Native American blessing. Coiner Park, Cottage Grove. SOLVE IT for Earth Day! Thousands of volunteers will come together to care for Oregon during the state’s largest Earth Day event. Volunteer opportunities available across the state, Oregon’s coast, and natural areas. Supplies and instructions provided, and all ages and abilities encouraged to join in! Multiple sites across Oregon. FREE! 503.844.9571 ext. 332

22 SUNDAY Earth Day at the Museum. An afternoon of special Walk & Talks through the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s exhibits in celebration of Earth Day. 12pm-5pm, included with reg admission, 12pm-5pm, Ph 541.346.3024 Family Fun. Kids and family: drop in for a new activity every week. This week, Learn about Pakistan with hands-on activities led by Amna Hassan of Layyah. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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Dia de los Niños • Dia de los Libros Saturday & Sunday, April 28th & 29th

24 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 The Metropolitan Choral Festival. Fourteen Lane County high schools will be participating in a non-competitive choir festival, where they will be working together, with a guest conductor. Hult Center, 7pm, $10-12.50, Ph 541.682.5000

25 WEDNESDAY 7th annual Climate Change Symposium. Showcasing scholarships from multiple disciplines on climate-related issues. The symposium features research by UofO faculty, grad students, and advanced undergraduates. Museum of Natural History, 8:30am-5pm, FREE! Ph 541.346.3024

27 FRIDAY Lego Club. All bricks provided, including Dupelo. Springfield Public Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541726-3766 The Sword in the Stone. Swords cross, magic is found and dancing with a dragon. Come and join this epic adventure! Soreng Theater, 7pm, $12-14.50, Ph 541.682.5000

Eugene Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. One of America’s premier marathons at Historic Hayward Field! Lane Events Center, 1-6pm, FREE! Ph 541.345.2230 Humans vs Zombies. Two epic games - dodge ball and tag - get gruesome in a survivalist twist

big on action, Nerf blasters and balled-up socks. When the going gets tough, the tough get pizza, salad, and other refreshments (no brains are on the menu). For kids grades 6-8. Bob Keefer Sports Center, 7-9pm, $15, Ph 541.736.4544

Spring Cling and Day Camp Expo. Learn tips, tricks, and demos from experts. Enjoy raffles and prizes. Info about summer camps for kids will be available at the Expo. Bob Keefer Center, 1-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.736.4544


El día de los niños/El día de los libros. The whole family is invited to Children’s’ Day/ Book Day celebration. Crafts, games, activities, performances by invited performers (to be announced), and all youth receive a free book. Springfield Library, 1-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend. Sing and play along with Chuck Coxon. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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A witty “Whodunit” concert based on Lemony Snicket’s book by the same name. Featuring familiar classical music and fun for the whole family! Ages 6 & up recommended.

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Eugene Marathon. Kid’s 5k and Duck Dash events followed by pancake breakfast. 9-10am, $10-140, Ph 541.345.2230 Party Mon$ters. Sometimes our minds go to some crazy places. The monsters take over and fill in the blank spaces. This story is told through dance and expression, using everything from high tech, video visual effects, lighting, props, and dozens of costume changes. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $20-22.50, Ph 541.682.5000 Bollywood Dreams for Kids. An interactive kids’ program that is fun for the whole family. Hult Center, 11am, Pre-concert activities begin at 10:30am, $12-14.50, Ph 541.682.5000

29 SUNDAY Eugene Marathon. Shuttles start at 5:30am, race at 7:00am. $10-140, Ph 541.345.2230 El día de los niños/El día de los libros. The whole family is invited to Children’s’ Day/ Book Day celebration. Crafts, games, activities, performances by invited performers (to be announced), and all youth receive a free book. Eugene Library, 1-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5450

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Car Seats and Seat Belts Save Lives… (…if You Use Them) by Pilar Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Eugene Pediatric Associates


ar crashes remain a leading cause of death in children in the U.S, despite long-standing seat belt and car seat safety laws. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released the results of a one-year study that found more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode unrestrained at least some of the time. And of the children who died in car crashes in 2015, 35 percent were not buckled up, or were buckled improperly. Parents can help protect their children by understanding which type of seat to use during each stage of their child’s development. Car seat laws in Oregon have recently become stricter, thanks in part to lobbying efforts by pediatric physicians from Eugene and Springfield.

Current Oregon Laws Infants and toddlers: All infants and toddlers must ride in a rear-facing seat until they are at least 2 years old. However, experts recommend staying rear-facing until they reach the upper weight limit of the seat, even after age 2. Toddlers and preschoolers: Children should ride in the back seat, in a forwardfacing car seat with a five-point harness. They must remain in that seat until they reach the weight limit imposed by the seat’s manufacturer, normally 50-70 pounds. School-aged children: Once a child has outgrown a car seat, they must move to a belt-positioning booster seat until they are at least 8 years old AND 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Older children: Children are ready to use the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belts in the back seat once they are between the ages of 8-13,

and are large enough that the belt fits them properly. A secure fit is when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Ages 13+: Teens may sit in the front passenger seat with a seat belt; however, sitting in the backseat is always safer. It’s tempting to allow your pre-teen to sit in the front seat, but don’t do it. All children 12 and under should be kept in the backseat because it is furthest away from three things responsible for most injuries: the windshield, the dashboard and the airbag. Remember, too, that seat belts are required for EVERY trip in a motor vehicle, no matter how short the distance. It’s also important for adults to model good car safety by wearing their own seatbelts. Let’s work together as a community to keep kids safe on the roads! O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 8


Movie Time by Bonnie L. Harris

Plenty of Wrinkles Meg and Mrs. Whatsit.

Walt Disney Studios Rated: PG Now in theatres


urning Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel, A Wrinkle in Time, into a successful film has been attempted before with mixed results. Unfortunately, Disney ’s 2018 version with up-and-coming director Ava DuVernay, bumps and snags on the same narrative difficulties despite an exorbitant budget and several talented stars. L’Engle’s book relies on the reader’s imagination to leap from

the work ings of quantum physics to the idea of time traveling through four dimensions. On the movie screen, however, a filmmaker has the near-impossible task of actually depicting these astral concepts and making them believable. Despite not quite convincing us we’re “tessering across the universe”, DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is a beautiful, whimsical film that mirrors the book’s focus on family ties and self-sacrifice. When we’re introduced to our teen hero, Meg, and her misfit life

as the daughter of astrophysicist parents, we discover that her beloved father has been missing for seven years. Her precocious younger brother, Charles Wallace, acts as Meg’s protector and calls on three benevolent beings, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, to be their guides for an incredible mission. They’re to retrace their father’s dangerous journey across the universe in order to bring him home. On their way through the mysterious dimensions of time and space, the young adventurers test their

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mid Hollywood’s reboot frenzy, the newest version of Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander, is an action-packed origin story that skillfully borrows from classic adventure films like Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and National Treasure. Although the film likely has plenty of CGI effects, they’re often disguised in favor of rough-and-tumble realism that kept me on the edge of my seat. Predictable, yet surprisingly fresh and exciting, Tomb Raider leans heavily on chase scenes, physical violence, and gun play,


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but it never gets too graphic or gory. Instead, the goal is figuring out the mysterious disappearance of Richard Croft, wealthy entrepreneur and myth chaser, who left behind numerous puzzles for his intrepid daughter, Lara. After temporarily rejecting her family’s fortune, the plucky streetsmart heiress discovers her father’s research on Queen Yamatai, who was entombed on an island in the Devil’s Sea. Lara follows her father’s journal through shipwrecks, tangled jungles, secret caves, and ultimately to the Queen’s tomb to prevent the Trinity Corporation from unleashing a

courage against THE IT, which represents evil incarnate and has sinister tentacles invading every corner of the galaxy. When Meg finally locates their father, who’s been trapped within THE IT, Charles Wallace is taken hostage and only Meg’s stubborn determination can free him. Eventually, the family is reunited in Disney fashion, which tugs at the heartstrings and provides one of the few solid emotional moments of the film. Meg also learns that asking for help and facing your fears can be powerful life-altering tools.

terrible curse. After a roller coaster of twists and betrayals, Lara successfully outwits the Trinity henchmen and saves the world leaving plenty of time to wink at the camera and set up the next Tomb Raider sequel. Taking charge.

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Raising Global Citizens 11 Ways To Remind Kids We All Share Planet Earth


by Christina Katz

very April 22nd all over the globe, we celebrate Earth Day. But this Earth Day, before you remind your kids about the importance of conservation, planting trees, and recycling, why not remind them of a few profound truths about what it means to be a human being living on planet earth. If you can instill a healthy amount of awe in your kids about living on earth, you likely won’t have to work as hard to get them to consume less, dig in the dirt more, and sort their trash. According to, there are over seven billion people on the planet already and that number is expected to grow to nine billion by 2042. Think about it. Right now and on any given day, we are part of this vast collection of humanity sharing a tiny globe that orbits the sun at a rate of about 30 kilometers per second (or eighteen and a half miles per second). As we zoom around the sun, the planet that we are standing on is constantly spinning on its axis, one full turn per day. If this information doesn’t get your kids’ minds spinning about the daily scientific


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miracle of life on earth, I don’t know what will. But how ac do parents stop and consider our place in the larger scheme of things? Considering the length of our to-do lists, probably not often enough. So these

Books and Toys For Global Awareness • National Geographic Kids, First Big Book Of Space by Catherine D. Hughes and David A. Aguilar • I Never Forget A Face Matching Game with children’s faces from around the world by Eeboo • 48-piece Solar System Floor Puzzle by Melissa and Doug • If The World Were A Village, A Book About The World’s People by David J. Smith, Illustrated by Shelaugh Armstrong • Children Just Like Me, A Unique Celebration Of Children Around The World by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley

reminders are not just for kids, they are for the benefit of the whole family. Here’s what parents can do to instill a healthy appreciation for planet earth in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives: we can slow down, pay attention to the miracle that is our life on earth, and raise our family’s consciousness about our humble place in the vast scheme of things. You might think, “But I don’t want my child to feel inconsequential and overwhelmed.” Don’t worry. Learning about the world and our place in the universe has an inspiring affect on kids, and teaching them will likely inspire you to want to learn more too. Ready to remind your family that we all share planet earth? It’s easier than you might think. Weave a glimpse of the universe into your home décor. Bring some globally minded toys to your kid’s bedroom. Let kids see for themselves that although we all matter, no one person is the center of the universe.

2. Keep a globe within reach 3. Hang a mobile of the solar system 4. Get a telescope or visit an observatory 5. Take virtual trips around the globe together using Google Earth 6. Watch A&E Television Network’s, Spaceship Earth as a family ( B0095O5PX4/ref=dv_dp_ep6) 7. Display a “you are here” image of our place in the galaxy 8. Subscribe to National Geographic Kids or National Geographic Little Kids magazine 9. Watch the documentary, Babies, with the whole family 10. Take a trip to the closest science museum and visit the planetarium

Here’s how:

11. Read Horton Hears A Who and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss out loud every year on Earth Day

1. Display a large flat map of the world prominently in your home

Author, journalist, and writing coach Christina Katz loves being a member of the human race.

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Explore Nearby Nature

by Beth Stein

Nature Nurtures


t’s in the news all the time these days – young people in this country are suffering. Teen depression is on the rise and stress at school, even for elementary-aged kids, is all too common. Mental health care for our kids clearly needs to improve. But on a daily basis, starting now, is there anything parents and caregivers can do to turn this tide? One way grown-ups can help kids cope is to simply get them outside. From the very beginning, whether at home or school, adults can help kids understand that nature nurtures. Sometimes all it takes to turn a fantastic fuss into a manageable meltdown for a young child is a sunny stroll around the block, a puddle stomp in the rain, or a face flop in soft grass rather than on a hard floor. When children get older, time spent up in a tree or tossing rocks in a river may do the trick. And encouraging a long walk or a bike ride may


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help teens see the light when times are hard. So why do you feel more up after you head out on a down day? According to one study at Stanford, activity in the part of your brain where repetitive negative thoughts spin round and round (the prefrontal cortex) actually decreases when you walk in nature. Your brain changes. Other studies show a decrease in stress hormones when you spend time outside. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, calls time outdoors “Vitamin N.” Just like vitamin C or D, he believes, a regular dose of Vitamin N – time in nature – is essential to human physical as well as mental health. And when parents start sharing Vitamin N with their kids early, especially when their kids are stressed, heading outside when times are tough becomes an automatic and healthy response to life’s challenges when kids are older. So the take home message for today?

When you’re down, get out! Want to get summer off to a good mental health start? Why not send your kids to an outdoor summer daycamp! Nearby Nature (, as well as many other local organizations and institutions have lots of fun outdoor camps planned for this summer. Some groups (Nearby Nature included) also have opportunities for teens to help out as volunteers. There’s something for everyone! Check out the camp listings in this issue of the Oregon Family 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 group 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

How to Pay for College by Pam Molnar



Start by getting good grades in high school. Your GPA and ACT/SAT scores will award you merit scholarships without even having to apply for them. Many schools have charts and scholarship calculators where prospective students can plug in their scores to reveal their automatic breaks.


Take AP courses or college credit courses – Many high schools offer college credit courses through a local community college. In addition, students taking AP classes in high school can test at the end of the school year and those who receive a C or higher on the test will get college credit for the class. The AP test is about $100 – much less than the cost of a college class and corresponding books.


Apply for national scholarships. Before you apply, make a list of all your associations as well as those of your immediate family. There are scholarships available for left-handers, children and grandchildren of war veterans and family of members of groups such as the Lions Club. Check out websites like or books like “The Ultimate Scholarship Book” by Gen and Kelly Tanabe for an unbelievable list of scholarships available to you.


Local scholarships. Check out your high school’s website for information on local businesses, churches and sports organizations offering scholarships. While none of them offer full rides, the generous $500 to $1000 scholarships add up quickly and cover things like books, housing and travel expenses that merit scholarships don’t cover.


Sport scholarships – Only 2% of high school athletes are offered some form of athletic scholarships and the opportunity to compete in college. Some athletes seek less popular sports such as bowling or rugby hoping for a smaller pool of scholarship contenders. Be aware that D3 schools, which are often small, private colleges do not offer athletic scholarships at all.


Get a summer and on campus job. If a student works 20 hours at $7.25 per hour, they will gross $145 week. Even after minimal taxes, that is more than $5000 per year.


Consider joining a public service program like AmeriCorps, Peace Corp, National Health Service Corp or ROTC. They often offer college scholarships, reduced loans, or deferred loans in exchange for service.


Community colleges offer a lot of great college savings. Classes are available during the day or evening, so you can work full or part time. Because the school is local, students can live at home to save on room and board. The cost of classes, many of which transfer to a four-year school, are much less per credit hour. Some community college even offer 3 and 1 programs allowing students to pay community college prices for three years and one year at a local four-year institution.


Employer reimbursement programs. If you are going to work while in college, consider working for a company who offers a tuition reimbursement program. UPS,

Starbucks and Verizon are just a few of the companies that offer tuition reimbursement to full and part time employees. The average assistance is $5250 per year.


College employees and their children get discounts on their college education. Please note, this is not available for a part time student position in the book store. This is for regular staff such as professors, the bursar office team and maintenance crew members. Full time employees and their children are usually offered a discount for tuition only, but since you most likely live within driving distance, you will also save on room and board.


Try to graduate sooner by taking summer and online classes at your community college. You can also take an extra class or two each semester to boost your credits and complete your requirements early. By graduating early you will save on room and board – an average of $10,000.


Book options – Books are crazy expensive. Don’t fall for the convenience of the college book store. Get your class syllabus and determine the best option for buying books. Look online at Amazon, consider used books, share with a roommate, or rent the books for half the price. Try looking at local used book stores and eBay to get the most bang for your buck. Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of one college student and two high school students. With the rising cost of education, she is always on the lookout for ways to save on college tuition. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 8


Rescue Spotlight


ho wants to share their home with 100 pounds of chocolate – Lab that is! Meet Count Chocula!  At just 2 years old, this handsome, hunky, Labrador / Retriever mix is as goofy as they come!  Energetic and affectionate, endless hours of entertainment are yours when you bring this bouncing boy home!  Fetch, fun, and a friend for life are all included when you adopt!  He’d like to be the one and only dog in your home, at least while you’re both getting to know each other.  His big personality (and body!) can be a bit too much for most cats so quiet, kitty-filled homes need not apply.  Playing and prancing around a big back yard with older kids with tons of energy would be a wonderful way to spend the day.  If you’re a Count Choco-holic like we are – come out to Greenhill today to satisfy your sweet tooth and adopt a best friend today! Greenhill Humane Society is open for adoptions and visits Fri-Tues, 11am-6pm (closed Wed & Thurs) at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene.  For more information call (541) 689-1503 or visit


LAUDE is a handsome 2-year old male kitty whose muscular frame and shiny black coat might cause one to wonder if he has panther genes -- but the similarities end there. He’s a well-behaved house cat who relishes the company of his favorite person as much as he does frolicking with feline friends. He’s always eager to offer an affectionate head butt or flop on his side for a belly rub. Among his favorite pastimes is gazing out the window at the world going by. Claude is very playful and enjoys being with other cats, but he can be a bit of a bully if it’s a timid cat who runs from him. He was rescued from an unhealthy hoarding situation, and would do well in a home with an equally energetic and fearless cat. He likes a calm environment, but is fine with gentle children. Claude has been tested for feline leukemia and FIV (negative), neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, defleaed and dewormed, plus you get a free vet exam. His $75 adoption fee allows us to continue to provide care and find loving homes for abandoned and neglected cats in our Eugene/Springfield community. Claude is currently in foster care; for more information send an email to or call 541-225-4955 option 1 - ID #1709-C0419.

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Family Safety Fair Get a dose of safety while having loads of fun! Join us at this free, family event featuring dozens of hands-on displays and information tables designed to both educate and entertain.


Free car seat safety checks

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Family Safety Fair Saturday, May 12 10 a.m – 2 p.m. Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation 250 S. 32nd St. Springfield, OR 97478

Oregon Family Magazine  

April 2018 Issue

Oregon Family Magazine  

April 2018 Issue