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SAYING “I LOVE YOU” … without words ❤ STAY AT HOME MOM Why it works… (for your partner).


EARTHTALK Perovskites solar: How is it different?


WHY SOME PEOPLE GET MORE CAVITIES …and tips for a great smile!

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS So much to do and see!

ASK-A-DOC Blueprints of heart attacks.

LANE SCHOOLS CONNECTED Kindergarten readiness.



DISCOVERY BOX Science!! It's all about conclusions.


FAMILY MOVIE REVIEWS For kids: Spies in Disguise For adults: Little Women


IT’S NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH! Be proactive for a positive dental experience.

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DAD’S EYE VIEW Counting the Valentines. FOR THE WEE ONES It’s never too early to start reading!


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Ways to Say “I Love You!”

A VA L E N T I N E ’ S DAY FA M I LY P L AY B O O K by Christa Melnyk Hines


blue; I made this little valentine; Especially for you!” (point at the camera). Email the file to grandparents or another relative your youngster is crazy about.


Customize cards for classmates. Bypass the usual cartoon paper postcards and publish simple photo cards with a themed border. Last year, Sanchez attached a small bottle of bubbles to her daughter’s cards, which read “Friend, you blow me away!”

alentine’s Day isn’t just for couples in the heady throes of young love. Deliver sweet somethings to every important person in your life. Here’s the plan for a perfectly playful V-Day for the whole family. Create a Sweet Tweets jar. Decorate a mason jar for your child. On slips of paper, write adjectives or short sentences in 280 characters or less that describe traits you most appreciate, admire and love about him or her.


Hunt for Cupid’s treasure. Challenge your kids to a scavenger hunt. Give them clues on a trail of paper hearts or cupid cutouts. One clue leads to the next until they find a Valentine’s Day surprise. Check online for scavenger hunt clue ideas.


“Attack” them with hearts. On each of the thirteen days leading up to Valentine’s Day, mom of four, Alexis Sanchez posts a heart-shaped note on her kids’ doors each night after they go to bed. By Valentine’s Day, their doors are covered. “Usually it’s just characteristics I see in them or ways that they’re kind to others. They really love this, and I even found my eight year old kept all his hearts from last year in a special drawer so that’s pretty awesome,” Sanchez says, whose other children are 10, 6 and 1.


Send a singing telegram. Video your preschooler singing a ditty like: “I made this little valentine; Of red, white and

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Play the Queen of Hearts. Ace V-Day by sending love notes in a pack of red playing cards for your beloved. Punch holes in the corner of each card. On paper squares, write down 52 reasons why you love or appreciate him. Paste each sentiment in the middle of a playing card. Title the deck “I love you because...” and paste it on the top card. Attach the cards with a c-clip.


Treat them to a hearty breakfast. Surprise your kids with heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. Instead of rolling your cinnamon roll dough from one side to the other, roll it on both sides so that each side meets in the middle forming a heart shape. Slice and bake. Serve juice out of dollar store champagne flutes. Make a fruit salad. Cut fruits like apples, strawberries, banana and watermelon using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.


Toy with chemistry. Put candy conversation hearts to the test. Gather vinegar, salt water, tap water and bleach (with

adult guidance). Place a candy heart in four bowls. Ask your child to hypothesize about what will happen when each liquid is dropped over the candy. Using an eye dropper, test her theory. How does the candy react to different liquids? Did your young chemist’s predictions prove true?


Get those hearts pumping. Using a poster board, make a grid of nine different exercises (sit-ups, somersaults, jumping jacks, pushups, etc). Players take turns tossing a beanbag (or other item) onto the grid. Then they rolling the dice to see how many times they have to do the exercise that their beanbag landed on. For more ideas, check out 12345 Fit-Tastic! on Pinterest, a healthy lifestyles initiative for families.


Rev up date night. In the whirlwind of parenting, life as a couple can get routine. Plan an outing with your sweetheart that’s playful and gets you out of your dinner-and-a-movie rut. For example, lift off in a hot air balloon ride; go dancing; take a couples cooking class; paint together at a drop-in paint-andsip studio; or attend a concert or live theater production. Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her beloved Valentine of 22 years share their hearts and home with two active children, a sweet rescue mutt and a cricket-lovin’ lizard. Christa is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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Why Being a Stay at Home Mom is the Best... by Pam Moore


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wish I could go to work,” I whined. We had a newborn and a toddler. I was sleepdeprived and completely

overwhelmed. My husband encouraged me to go back to work. “But financially, it hardly makes sense,” I countered. Ever the optimist, he responded, “I don’t care if it costs us money. If it makes you happy, it’s worth it.”  “It’s not just that I want to go back to work,” I explained. “I want your life.” He stared at me, not understanding.  “I want to kiss the kids goodbye, leave for work, and come home nine hours later without worrying about anything else, like you do.” The logistics of returning to work—even part-time— overwhelmed me. I didn’t want to arrange childcare, leave notes detailing feeding and nap schedules, or pump at work. I didn’t want to rush home with full breasts and write the sitter a check while the baby wailed, waiting to nurse. Also, I still couldn’t fit into any of my work pants. Whining aside, I am grateful to have the chance to stay home with my kids. Being a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM) is a great gig—for me and for my husband. Going back to work would feel a lot more manageable if I had someone like me to manage all the details required of being an adult.  Here are some of the perks of being the lucky partner of a SAHM:


YO U N E V E R WO R RY A B O U T DINNER. My husband spends exactly zero minutes per day wondering what to make for dinner. He has never sat down with Pinterest and a cookbook and created a grocery list. I take care of dinner, and I generally make sure it’s something he likes


(nothing too spicy, and no repeats of the chicken dish I tried to impress him with on our third date). Shortly after he comes home from work, we sit down to a balanced, nutritious, home-cooked meal, and it is delicious (most of the time).


YOU HAVE A PERSONAL SHOPPER. I know my husband’s favorite soap (Ivory) and I know when we’re running low. I know his size and what he likes (medium,


YOUR PERSONAL ASSISTANT IS ON CALL 24/7. My husband has emailed me as early 5 am, reminding me to please call a plumber or to follow up with the accountant. I bake cakes for my mother-inlaw’s birthday, I’m home meet repairmen, I take the kids to their doctors’ appointments, and I deposit checks at the bank. At library story hour, I retrieve my husband’s books from the hold shelf, and I grab a DVD or a magazine he might enjoy. When a flood destroyed our basement, I coordinated the remodel. And I am proud to say I was fully responsible for negotiating an insane deal on our minivan.


button-down short-sleeve shirts, size 9.5 Chacos). I don’t mind buying him a pile of clothes online, reminding him a dozen times to try them on, and returning what doesn’t work. Actually, I strangely enjoy it.


YOU HAVE A LIVE-IN MAID. The house may not sparkle and shine every day but I make it presentable for company. I find and toss whatever is rotting in the fridge. Occasionally, I vacuum the couch cushions. And while I know he doesn’t notice whether the house has been freshly mopped and dusted, my husband notices how much money we save on not having a cleaning lady.

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YOUR NANNY IS PRICELESS— NO ONE IN THE WORLD LOVES OUR KIDS AS MUCH AS I DO. When our four-year-old cries because her friend refuses to play with her, my heart breaks a little as she presses her tear-stained cheek into my hoodie. I watch our rambunctious toddler at the park from a distance, but carefully, to make sure she hasn’t found any of the (many) foods to which she’s deathly allergic. And when I make mistakes with the kids, I tell my husband. Usually, he helps me find the humor in the situation. Sometimes he agrees I’ve royally screwed up. No matter what, I am honest about the day’s events; I’m not afraid he’ll fire me. Having a stay-at-home partner is a luxury for everyone involved. For all the seemingly invisible tasks I do, I am paid in giggles, smiles, hugs, and random irreplaceable moments with my kids. As for my husband— he knows he could never afford to replace me even if he wanted to. This article was originally published on Your Tango. Pam Moore helps women push through fear to become their best selves. To get her free guide to crushing Impostor Syndrome visit pam-moore.com.


solar cells. They are relatively easy and cheap to produce, and are suitable for use in applications that silicon-based panels aren’t. Perhaps most important, they can generate electricity using wavelengths of light that most of our current commercially available panels can’t harness. Researchers envision a future where perovskite panels are actually fused into a layer on top of traditional silicon panels. In this tandem application, perovskite panels would capture part of the incoming light while the rest shines through for the silicon panels below. D e s p i te t h e p ro m i s e o f perovskites, there are still many hurdles to overcome before they can become a viable large-scale option. One is lifespan: Siliconbased panels last between 25 and 30 years, while perovskite versions created in the lab only last a year at most. Another issue is scalability. The high efficiencies in perovskite cells that scientists have observed have only been achieved on very small (“postage

from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is perovskite-based solar all about, and how does it differ from silicon-based solar?


o doubt, solar power has been growing rapidly, with a 28-fold increase since 2009. This expansion has been driven mainly by a massive reduction in the cost per kilowatt of solargenerated electricity. In many regions, it’s more economical to set up solar arrays than it is to create a new coal or natural gas plant. But how much further can we really take solar given that we’re already maxing out the efficiency of our panels and many regions of the world are still too dark to take advantage of them accordingly? One answer might be p erovsk i tes . T his calc ium titanium oxide crystal found in the Ear th’s mantle can be used instead of silicon as a semiconductor driving the capture and transmission of energy from solar rays to electricity. There are many different types of perovskites,

but they all share the same general molecular structure. Recently, materials scientists have been working on ways to harness their unique electrical and photovoltaic properties to boost the efficiency of solar collection. They see this as an imperative, given that our current crop of silicon-based panels top out at only 20 percent efficiency in ideal conditions, and that’s after decades of research and development to optimize them. In 2009 when research in perovskite-based solar was just beginning, panels made with the crystal showed efficiencies of around four percent. By 2018, researchers boosted this number to 24 percent. No other type of solar technology has seen an efficiency jump of this magnitude in such a short amount of time. Several other properties add to the appeal of perovskite-based

CONTACTS: Worldwide Renewable Energy Forecast 2019, fi-powerweb. com/Renewable-Energy.html; Rise in Perovskite Research 2011-2015, bit. ly/perovskite-research. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https://earthtalk. org. Send questions to: question@ earthtalk.org.


— Mary W., Baltimore, MD

stamp” sized) panels. On larger perovskite panels, the efficiencies have been much lower. The final big obstacle for perovskite researchers to overcome is toxicity. At the moment, highefficiency perovskite cells can only be made using relatively toxic compounds, such as lead. While less toxic versions exist, they are also less efficient. Daunting though these challenges may be, many bright minds are working to solve them. While solar power’s future is by no means certain, it is looking increasingly like this powerful little crystal will play a major role in bringing sun-derived energy into the mainstream market.

Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK are experimenting with perovskites as the semiconductor in these small tin solar cells that could someday be on your rooftop supplying your home with free electricity. O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0


SMILE MORE Keep your smile healthy and bright with Kaiser Permanente’s

high-quality, coordinated dental care and coverage. With integrated dental and medical care, we’re here to help Lane County thrive.


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Why Some People Get More Cavities …and Tips for a Healthy Smile! by Katherine Lane, DDS


ou stick to a regular brushing schedule and see your dentist every six months, but still get cavities. Meanwhile, one of your friends or family members who hardly ever brushes and eats a bunch of sugary junk food never seems to get cavities at all. What gives? The fact is some people are just more prone to cavities. There are a few reasons you could be more prone to cavities. For starters, you could chalk it up to genetics: Some people simply have more acidic saliva, more aggressive plaque bacteria in their mouth, or less exposure to fluoride, which in turn makes them more susceptible to cavities. Also, children who are born prematurely may have poorer enamel quality, putting them at greater risk for tooth decay. Even though some of the reasons you or your child are cavity prone may not be under your control, cavities are 100 percent preventable. Recognizing that your mouth, or your child’s mouth, is more susceptible to cavities is the first step in developing a plan to prevent tooth decay and maintain a healthy smile. Go to the dentist regularly. Your dentist will determine how frequently you and your child need to come in for exams and cleanings based on the health of your teeth and gums and other risk factors. This could be once a year, once every six months, or as frequently as every three months. Avoid grazing on snacks throughout the day. I see a lot of problems occur among patients who snack throughout the day.

Children who have high carb snacks like crackers, puffs, or cereals and/or drink juice multiple times between meals are at high risk for cavities. You’re much better off limiting kids to three square meals a day and offering snacks containing only proteins and vegetables, like nuts, cheese, or celery with a sugar-free peanut butter. Drink only water in between meals. Water helps rinse food debris off your teeth and is a better alternative to sugary soda, sports/ energy drinks, and juices that tend to coat your teeth with sugar and increase your cavity risk. Chew gum after you eat. Gum can help remove food debris and stimulates saliva, which protects teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss. A general rule is you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. Until your children have the dexterity to neatly write their name, you should also be helping them brush their teeth. When they’re older, double check their brushing to make sure they continue to do a good job. Make it fun for your kids to brush their teeth. You can find lots of free mobile apps to make the tooth-brushing routine more entertaining for your kids. Katherine Lane, DDS is a pediatric dentist with Kaiser Permanente Dental. Learn more about Kaiser Permanente Dental at kp.org/dental. O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0




Story Times Springfield Library story times. Baby and Toddler Story time (ages 0-2), Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6) Weds 10:00-10:30am, Chapter Book Storytime (preschool-grade 2) Mon 6:30-7:15pm. Cuentos Bilingual Storytime (all ages) and Family Storytime (all ages) alternating Sat 11am-12pm. Springfield Public Library, 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

Early STEM Storytime! Join our educators as we read a story and lead a hands-on activity designed for early learners. Each storytime is a unique expansion of Tot Discovery Day from the first Friday of the month. Eugene Science Center, 2nd 3rd and 4th Friday of each month, ages 0-5, 11-11:30am, Ph 541.682.7887 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


Creswell Library Story times. (ages 0-36 months): Board/Picture books, songs, lap bounces, and rhymes. Toddler Storytime (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 11-11:30am followed by craft time. Baby & Toddler Storytimes (ages 0-3) Friday 11-11:30am followed by play group. FREE! Ph 541.393.1046

Downtown Eugene Library storytimes. Toddler Storytime, Tues 10:15am and 11:00am. Pajama Storytime, Tues 6:30pm. Preschool Storytime, Wed 10:15am and 11:00am. Music & Movement Storytime, Thurs 10:15am and 11:00am. Baby Storytime, Fri 10:15am and 11:15am. Sheldon and Bethel Branches: Family Storytime, Fri 10:15am. FREE! 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 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 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 and Tues @ 4-5pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Table Tennis for Kids. Tues and Thurs 5:15-6:15 and Saturdays 1:30-2:30. All sessions are free. Equipment and coaching provided. $40 annual Boys & Girls Club membership required. Ph 541.345.9939 Playtime for Parents and Children. Every Monday 10am – 12pm at Parenting Now! Fun and socialization for your little ones 4 and under. Outdoor and indoor play space has baby dolls, trucks, soft dough, and more! 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 gives 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!

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“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 everchanging 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. NEW! Science After School. Every Friday 1pm-6pm - afternoon drop off program for grades K - 3 (and home school equivalent) to explore science in a fun, hands-on setting. Themes change weekly. Led by experienced STEM educators. Adv reg required. 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 Playtime for Parents and Child. Join us in the Parenting Now! playroom for fun and socialization. For families with children up to 4 years old. Parenting Now! Mondays from10am-noon, nominal fee, Ph 541.484.5316

1 SATURDAY Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert. This concert will feature the Eugene Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Hult Center, 2pm, $60-104, Ph 541.682.5000 Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, bilingual Family Music Time with Bryan Reed. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 KEZI Sportsman Show. Jam-packed with hundreds of exhibits, displays and attractions representing several types of outdoor recreation, including boating, camping, and more. Lane Events Center, 9am-8pm, $0-6, 541.682.4292

2 SUNDAY Family Fun: Valentine’s Crafts. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

4 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Game Day! Video games, board games, and more. Teens ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 All ages LEGOS. Build Lego boats! Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

5 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap. Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s monthly pub talk. Join us for Race, Democracy, and Boundaries of Belonging in North America. Explore how time and geography influence our understandings of race, inviting us to reconsider ideas of home, belonging, diaspora, and democracy. Viking Braggot Company’s Southtowne Pub. 541.515.6314

6 THURSDAY “It Happened One Night”. Watch the film and stay for a discussion at the monthly Springfilm series. Wildish Community Theater, 6:30pm, FREE, Ph 541.868.0689 Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Affair of the Heart Health and Wellness Expo. Doc Talks and other resources to improve health and wellness. A luncheon with special guest speaker Sheri Lynch, radio host for the Bob & Sheri. Enjoy an elegant lunch and early entry into the vendor hall. Lane Events Center, 3-8pm, $3 Harlem Globetrotters. The legendary Harlem Globetrotters will visit Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene to share joy, entertainment and inspiration through the art of basketball. 7pm, $20-106, Ph 541.346.4461

Zenith Aerial Arts Saturday, February 15th Emerald City Jazz Kings. “It’s All Right with Me” Honors the life and musical career of Ella Fitzgerald known for her clarity of tone, impeccable diction, operatic vocal range, exceptional phrasing and “horn-like” scat singing improvisations. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $22-30, Ph 541.434.7000

7 FRIDAY First Friday Artwalk. Guest-hosted by Wyatt True of Delgani String Quartet. Begins in Maurey Jacobs Room (Hult Center). 5:30-8pm, FREE! Ph 541.485.2278 FREE First Friday at the Museum. Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems and delve into its cultural history. Museum of Natural History, 11am5pm, Ph 541.346.3024 KLCC Brewfest. Features some of the best breweries from the West Coast and beyond. Eighty breweries bring at least 200 beers and ciders to taste and compare! Admission inc souvenir glass and two tastings. Lane Events Center, 5-11pm, $10-25, Ph 541.463.6030

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Radio Redux presents “Sunset Boulevard”. A rendition of “Sunset Boulevard,” the 1950 film that was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $23-26.25, Ph 541.682.5000 Teens: Midwinter Mini-Golf Madness. It’s cold outside -- Play mini-golf inside the library, compete in summer games in the lobby, take green screen photos, and enjoy some treats. Summer clothing encouraged! For ages 12+, Springfield Library, 7-9pm (after hours), FREE! Ph 541.726.4653 First Friday. Harry Potter Book Night. Wizards, witches, and Muggles of all ages:

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Mon-Sat 9 am - 8 pm

Jesse Cloninger & The Emerald City

Jazz Kings

compete in the Triwizard Tournament! Costumes welcome. Dwntn Eugene Library, 5-7:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

8 SATURDAY Second Saturday’s at the Museum. This month we’re celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday by showing how much We Love Science! Join us for a fun exploration of “how we know what we know” thanks to research, experiments, and more. You can even make a valentine for your favorite scientist. Museum of Natural History, 11am3pm, regular admission, Ph 541.346.3024

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The Sheffer Family

Ehud Asherie plays Gershwin

The Music Box! Wednesdays at 4 pm

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It’s All Right With Me

The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald Thu& Sun Feb 6 & 9 - The Shedd, Eugene Fri, Feb 7 - LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis Sat, Feb 8 - Jacoby Auditorium, Roseburg

Music & World Cultures School & home school learning concerts

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

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Coming up next at The Shedd… 2.6-9 The Emerald City Jazz Kings It’s All Right With Me 2.12 Ehud Asherie plays Gershwin 2.16 Mark & Maggie O’Connor 2.19 Chico Schwall’s American Rts: The Story Is The Song 2.22 Mr. Tom’s Magical Moombah! Ground Control to Mr. Tom! 2.27 Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group

2.28-3.1 Shirley Andress: My Name Is Barbra: Making of a Funny Girl 2.28 Tommy Castro & the Painkillers 3.5 Chuck Redd salutes Bill Evans 3.7 Bill Frisell - HARMONY 3.8 microphilharmonic: Bach 3.12 Waipuna 3.15 MTTA Revue: Thou Swell The Lorenz Hart Songbook

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Magical Moombah! Sat Feb 22 Ground Control to Mr. Tom! Sat Apr 25 King of the Road! Sat May 30 Bugs, Birds & Bears! Schools! Check out the Moombah Music & World Cultures program on Fridays prior to public show! 1/23/2020 6:43:00 AM

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Magical Moombah Saturday, February 22nd Radio Redux. Presenting “Sunset Boulevard”, 2pm, See the 7th Block Kids Competition. A nationallyrecognized, award-winning building competition for children in Grades 1 - 6. Introduces children to careers in the construction industry and encourages imagination to create a structure with a specific set of materials. River Road Park/ Rec, check in 12:30pm, competition at 1:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7065 Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, sing along with Chris Olsen. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 KLCC Brewfest. 1-11pm, see the 7th Eugene Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland. A sophisticated and hilarious adventure for children and grownups. Take a trip down the rabbit hole to the wackiest tea party yet. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $25-68, Ph 541.682.5000 Kids Cooking Class – Valentine’s Brunch. Will show young chefs how to make a delicious meal for their parents or grandparents, full of love and sweet flavors. Ages 8 – 13, Provisions Market Hall, 4-6pm, $45, Ph 541.743.0660 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. A unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Oregon waters. Maurie Jacobs Park, 9:30am – 1:30pm, donations, Ph 503.248.0600 Bee Mine? Nature Quest. Learn all about the bees that help bring the plants in our Learnscape Garden to life. Enjoy a special presentation, make a simple mason bee home from natural materials, and play fun bee-themed nature games. Mem FREE/ non-mem $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541.687.9699

9 SUNDAY Eugene Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland. 2pm, see the 8th Family Fun: Chinese New Year. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the ChineseAmerican Benevolent Association. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 2pm, FREE! 541.682.8316 Radio Redux. Presenting “Sunset Boulevard”, 2pm, See the 7th

11 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Movie Day. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. PG13 Teens ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Kids @ the Library. Valentines with Pete the Cat! (grade K-2nd) and Make a Valentine! (grade 3rd – 5th) Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

Green Start Play Day: Get Egg-cited! This month we’ll build bird nests, find out what’s going on inside an egg, and play a fun beak matching game. Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Nearby Nature Learnscape, 10am-11:30pm, Mem FREE/ non-mem $7/family. Preregister online or call 541.687.9699

12 WEDNESDAY Middle School Lounge. Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. Grades 6-8, Fern Ridge Library, 4-5:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Happy Darwin Day! Celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday and his legacy of intellectual courage, enjoy a sciencefocused Walk & Talk through our exhibits plus birthday cupcakes—all included with regular admission. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, talks begin at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00pm, Ph 541.346.3024


S’mores and Pours Friday, February 21st, 2020

6:00 PM ● Holiday Inn, Kruse Way A Benefit for Camp Fire Wilani Delicious food, wine, beer, cider, raffles, games, and prizes! Live performance: Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestra!

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Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Dungeness Crab Fest. All-you-can eat buffet of fresh, local Dungeness Crab. The menu includes beef Burgundy, Cape Cod corn bake, seafood chowder, mac and cheese, baked potatoes, berry cobbler and much more. Reservations required, The Country Inn Event Center, 5-7:30pm, $55, Ph 541.345.7344 Nobel Night of Passion. Noble Estate’s Urban tasting room will be transformed for a romantic Valentine’s celebration featuring award winning wines, chocolate tasting by Brutto ma Buono Cioccolato,

gourmet pizza and live music. Noble Estate’s Urban Winery, 5-9:30pm, FREE, Ph 541.338.3007 Shelton McMurphey Johnson House Escape Room. Not craving hearts and flowers?... The evening begins with a potluck-style dinner and continue in a mad-dash to be the first team to solve the puzzle, with several twists and turns along the way. Adv Tix required for further instruction. 6:30-8:30pm, $45/pp, Ph 541.484.0808 Valentine’s Day at Mac’s (adults). Celebrate love with Riffle at Mac’s Restaurant & Nightclub. Eugene-based band that plays hits from five decades of music history. 8-11pm, Ph 541.344.8600 Lego Club. Build with Lego, Duplo, and Mega blocks. We’ll supply everything, just bring your creativity. Display your creations in the library until the next Lego Club day. Springfield Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Brian Regan. One of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive”. Grab your date, or the girls, and come get some serious smile cramps! Hult Center, 8pm, $47-62.50, Ph 541.682.5000

15 SATURDAY Dungeness Crab Fest. See the 14th Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, Sing along with Rachael Perry. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

CIRQUE POLLUTIA by Zenith Aerial Arts and Acrobats. FALLING by A New Normal. A student acrobatic performance visual essay about Falling. The descent isn’t the problem. It’s the landing. How many kinds of falling can you think of? Falling in love, falling out of touch, falling to your knees… Act II dives deeper into falling… Hult Center, 6pm, $25-28.50, Ph 541.682.5000 Frontier Heritage Fair. Fur trade, civil war, the old west… it’s all here!! Period clothing, camp gear, blankets, beads, music, historic replicas and more. Lane Events Center, 9am – 5pm, $5 (under 12 free), Ph 541.746.1819 Couples Classic 5K. Get your heart pumping this Valentine’s Day when you and your sweetie. River Road Park, 9:30am, $15-20, Ph 541.484.9883 35th Annual Oregon Asian Celebration. In the Year of the Rat will include traditional entertainment performances and live music from fan dancing to taiko drumming. Explore heritage exhibits, hands-on youth activities, martial arts demonstrations, fine arts and crafts and other cultural touchstones. Lane Events Center, 10am – 7pm, $6-10 (under 12 FREE!), Ph 541.729.4096 Oregon Free Fishing Days. Bring the family for fun free fishing days over President’s Day weekend! On these dates you will not need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming. All Day! FREE!

16 SUNDAY Family Fun. Louisiana Fiddlin’ Enjoy lively music and tales from the swamp with Kelly Thibodeaux. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316 35th Annual Oregon Asian Celebration. 10am-6pm, see the 15th CEVA Presidents Day Tournament. A fun-filled event aimed at teams looking for great atmosphere and competition. There are CEVA Head Officials for every match and special prizes for teams showing patriotic spirit as well as model sportsmanship. For 14s and 16s teams and capped at 48 teams per division. Bob Keefer Sports Center, all day, $5-10 (cash only), Ph 541.736.4544 Frontier Heritage Fair. 9am-4pm, see the 15th Mark & Maggie O’Connor at The Shedd Institute. This husband and wife musical duo Mark and Maggie O’Connor to the stage for a concert of American Classics. The Shedd Institute, 7:30-9:00pm, $2949, Ph 541.434.7000 Oregon Free Fishing Days. See the 16th

17 MONDAY CEVA Presidents Day Tournament. No School Day Adventure: Nature Gamers. Play games outdoors – super-sized! Play Giant Jenga, create a salmon obstacle course, build a tree, melt a mountain and more. Create your own game from natural and recyclable materials to take home! Outdoors in Alton Baker Park, $50 mem/$60 nonmem. Scholarships avail. Ages 6-9/max 12 kids. After-care 3:00-4:00pm! Preregister online or call 541.687.9699 Legacy of Play Day. Enjoy interactive exhibits, an Outdoor Discovery Area, and many S.T.E.AM. surprises for kids of all ages to learn and explore! Gilbert House Children’s Museum, 10am-5pm, FREE! Ph 503.371.3631 No School Day Workshop: Energy Exploration. Eugene Science Center, 8am-5pm, Ph 541.682.7888

18 TUESDAY Kids @ the Library. Make a Pet Rock (K-2nd grade) and Graphic Novel Workshop with Ray Friesen (3rd-5th grade) Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 CEVA Presidents Day Tournament. Teens @ 4:30. Age Friendly Springfield Round Table. Your chance to have a voice about the development in Springfield. Food will be had! Teens ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

rainstorms and rainbows. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30 – 11:30am, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024




Mr. Tom’s Magical Moombah. “Ground Control to Mr. Tom.” Take off into outer space with Mr. Tom and the Moombah crew as they perform “Ground Control to Mr. Tom,” which includes fun songs like “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Hokey Pokey,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and many more. The Shedd Institute, 1pm and 2pm, $5, Ph 541.434.7000

23 SUNDAY Family Fun: Bhangra Dance. Jump into Bollywood-style dancing with Sat Pavan Kaur Khalsa. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316 Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, Jodie St. Clair. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

25 TUESDAY Kids @ the Library. Over the Moon Crafts (K-2nd grade) and Clay Sculpting (3rd-5th grade) Fern Ridge Library, 3:304:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

Middle School Lounge. Ultimate Oreo Competition. Grades 6-8, Fern Ridge Library, 4-5:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

Lyle Lovett. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a conventiondefying manner that breaks down barriers. The Shedd Institute, 7:309:30pm, $65-95, Ph 541.434.7000 Pokémon Day. Play Pokémon, make crafts, and more. All ages. Dwntn Eugene Library, 4:00-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

28 FRIDAY Jazz and Friends Community Reading. Join schools and libraries nationwide in support and celebration of transgender and non-binary youth with a community reading of the children’s books “I Am Jazz,” “Julián Is a Mermaid,” and “They She He Me: Free to Be!” Dwntn Eugene Library, 4:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

29 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, Rob Tobias. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

STOMP. Explosive, provocative, sophisticated and utterly unique. This percussive hit brings new surprises, with updated sections of the restructured show and the addition of two new full-scale routines. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $40-85, Ph 541.682.5000

19 WEDNESDAY STOMP. See the 18th

20 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

21 FRIDAY S’mores and Pours! presented by Camp Fire Wilani. This fun, family-friendly event features delicious food, wine, beer, cider, games, raffles, and great prizes from local vendors! Live performance by the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestra Ambassador Musician Program! Holiday Inn, Kruse Way, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Tickets: wilanicouncil.org Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month: “Playing in the Rain,” where kids can participate in fun crafts and science activities about clouds,

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Family Health

Q&A w i t h D av i d S a e n g e r, M D

Blueprints of Heart Attacks. HEART ATTACKS HAPPEN to both women and men—but they don’t always look the same. They’re not as obvious as you’d see on TV, and that’s true for more women than men. Here’s a look at what makes recognizing a heart attack so important—and why noticing more subtle signs is especially important for women.

What to look for What does a heart attack feel like? Chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom for both women and men. The pain may last a few minutes or come and go. Some people say it feels like pressure, squeezing, or fullness. Or it may feel like an upset stomach or heartburn. “Women are more likely than men to have other heart attack signs.,” says David Saenger, MD, PeaceHealth Oregon Heart and Vascular, in Springfield. Those may include: • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain • Nausea, lightheadedness, or vomiting • Unexplained fatigue that may last for days • Back, shoulder, arm, or jaw pain Women are also at higher risk for silent heart attacks, according to some studies. This is when symptoms of a heart attack are so mild that they go unnoticed—or are dismissed as anxiety. “Silent heart attacks are just as dangerous as more obvious heart attacks, though,” says Dr. Saenger. “Left untreated, they can cause scarring and permanent damage, raising the risk of other heart problems.” So don’t be too quick to dismiss shortness of breath or lightheadedness as just anxiety. And make sure you tell medical professionals that you think you’re having a heart attack, not an anxiety attack.


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A supply problem at the pump Despite women’s more subtle symptoms, the mechanics of a heart attack are fundamentally the same for both sexes. It happens when the heart’s blood supply is reduced or cut off, most often when an artery becomes blocked. What usually sets the stage? Doctors call it atherosclerosis. It happens when arteries that bring blood to the heart slowly become clogged with plaque. A blood clot can form around these plaques, causing complete obstruction of the blood flow to the heart muscle. Without prompt treatment, areas of heart muscle may die and eventually be replaced by scars. This damage could leave a heart attack survivor with a weakened heart. “And a weak heart may not be able to pump blood to the body’s organs like it should, which could result in other quality-of-life issues,” Dr. Saenger says. Quick treatment can restore blood flow to the heart and help prevent damage. So be aware of these warning signs for both yourself and others. If there’s even a slight chance you could be having a heart attack, don’t wait. Call 911 and get to a hospital to give your heart the best chance.

David Saenger, MD Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute 3311 RiverBend Drive Springfield, OR To make an appointment with Dr. Saenger, please call 541-222-7218.

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Kindergarten Readiness by Jenna McCulley


indergarten is an exciting time for everyone in the family. It’s a child’s first experience spending most of the day outside of home or childcare, surrounded by children who are about the same age, learning from a teacher who’s not their parent. The whole process can also be a little scary. But in anticipation of this new school experience, there’s a lot that parents can do to ready their child for the start of kindergarten – and feel ready for the transition themselves. Students come to kindergarten with a variety of experience and skill levels, and parents can help their children to be prepared by teaching them about social skills and the foundations of future learning. At the kindergarten level, students will be learning a number of things including: Good school habits like how to sit still, listen quietly, raise hands and respect boundaries. How to work, play and share in large and small groups. Following simple directions and solve problems. Building reading and writing skills. Basic counting skills and understanding math as a concept through hands-on learning. The world around them, through science and social studies. How to express themselves through oral communication, writing, art, music and physical activities. And more... Here’s a few ways you can help your student prepare for kindergarten – at home!

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Early Literacy & Reading Play games with letters, sounds and rhymes to work on the syllables and learn names and sounds to eventually read simple words. Reading with your child – in their home language – and discussing the pictures and storylines of a book can help them to understand overall concepts. Math Basic skills, concepts and problem-solving Practice counting by ones and tens and use everyday objects to count and sort. Identify shapes in and compare them with and to one another. Help your child learn about numbers and number concepts as well as use addition and subtraction by making comparison of numbers, shapes and objects. Science Using the five senses, exploring Explore science at home and outside by talking about plants and animals and what they need to grow. Encourage curiosity and asking questions. Art, Music and Physical Education Art, stories, songs and dancing as well as history and culture can help young students understand different parts of the world and find hobbies that they like. Activities like coloring, playing physical games can help children explore creativity and self-expression

as well as gain basic knowledge about the world around them. Tips for Families and Parents of Kindergarten Students • Develop routines that emphasize rest, nutrition and outside playtime and limited electronics. • Teach your child about staying healthy by covering their cough, washing hands and not sharing drinks. • Encourage your child to be increasingly responsible and independent about grooming, getting dressed and cleaning up. • Read at home in your home language; don’t be afraid to pick up chapter books or books that are at a higher reading level than the typical picture book. • Have lots of conversations and provide opportunities for students to ask and answer questions. • Help your child learn to write their name correctly. • Provide opportunities for your child to socialize. Jenna McCulley is the Community Engagement Officer for Springfield School District, in Springfield, Oregon.

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Discovery Box

by Andrea Willingham, the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History

WE LOVE SCIENCE! Here’s a big question: How do we know what we know?


cientists answer this question using something called the scientific method—a technique used for more than 400 years to learn about everything from the tiniest subatomic particle to the most gargantuan galaxy. So, what is it, exactly? The scientific method is actually quite simple, and you can learn to use it right now. Just follow these 5 steps and you’ll be conducting science experiments of your own in no time!


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Step 1: Come up with a question. Think of something you want to discover, and make sure it’s measurable. Your question might be something like “What kind of liquid freezes the fastest?” or “How much air can our lungs hold?” or “Does water temperature affect the rate at which sugar dissolves?” You get the picture. So, what do you want to know?

Step 4: Make observations. For our experiment, we’ll measure the time it takes for each sugar cube to dissolve in each glass, and write down the results. These results are our data. We might want to do the same experiment several times, to make sure we get the same results each time. What are your observations for your own experiment? Make sure to keep careful notes.

Step 2: Come up with a hypothesis. A hypothesis is a guess about what you think the answer will be. For example, “I hypothesize that sugar will dissolve the fastest in hot water.” You might come up with your guess through observation or background research about your topic.

Step 5: Conclusion. At this point, we analyze our data. Our original hypothesis was that sugar would dissolve the fastest in hot water. If it did, then we can confirm that our hypothesis was correct. If it didn’t, then we can reject our hypothesis, and report on what actually happened. This is the exciting part of the scientific method: Even if your guess wasn’t right, you’ll learn something about your question anyway, and you may be very surprised along the way! Using the scientific method, anyone can be a scientist and carry on the great tradition of scientific curiosity. Bring your

Step 3: Test your hypothesis with experiments. For our example, we might use three glasses filled with water at three different temperatures (let’s say, 100 degrees, 70 degrees, and 50 degrees Fahrenheit), and drop a sugar cube in each.

curiosity to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History this month! At our Second Saturday event on February 8, you can try some experiments and make a valentine for your favorite scientist. We’re also celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12 with birthday cupcakes and science-focused Walk & Talks throughout the afternoon. Preschoolers can be scientists, too, at our monthly Little Wonders event on February 21, where we’ll learn all about the science of rain, clouds, and rainbows. Learn more at mnch.uoregon.edu. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is located at 1680 E. 15th Avenue, on the UO campus. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visit us online at mnch.uoregon.edu.

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Movie Time by Bonnie L. Harris

Keep It Weird Blue Sky Studios Rated: PG Now in theatres


ever underestimate the remarkable creativity of newcomers. That’s definitely the mantra for Blue Sky’s hilarious new animated feature, Spies in Disguise. Loosely based on an animated short by an almost unknown artist based in Austin, TX, and helmed by two first-time directors in their debut feature, the whole thing could have been a disaster. Instead, Spies in Disguise is a fresh and funny spoof of covert espionage with tons of high-speed action, terrific

Lance and Walter on the case. characters, loads of goofy techno weapons, and a positive message about problem solving. And boy, does secret agent Lance Sterling have a big problem after whiz-kid Walter Beckett accidentally rearranges his DNA and turns him into a pigeon. Forced to work together to bring down an arch villain called Robo-hand, Lance and Walter must prevent the iron-fisted thug from using an army of killer drones against the Bureau of Honor, Trust,

Unity, and Valor. On their global chase, Lance hates his feathers and beak, but eventually he discovers how useful it is to be a bird. Meanwhile, Walter gets a chance to test his non-violent weapons such as Kitty Glitter bombs, Inflatable Hugs, and the zany Bubble Zappers. As they struggle against Robo-hand, Lance and Walter debate the nature of evil and how best to overcome it. Lance favors guns, bombs, and elimination, but Walter argues

FOR THE PARENTS Missed Chances Little Women Columbia Pictures, Rated: PG

if we’re experiencing memories or actual events. If you haven’t read the book, the film could play as quite the jumbled mess. That

Now in theatres


hile I applaud the latest theatrical rendition of Louisa May Alcott ’s beloved novel, Little Women, I can’t honestly say it’s the best version. Directed by Greta Gerwig, the period film carries 21st century sensibilities of female empowerment and selfdetermination, but there’s an odd disconnect that’s worsened by Gerwig’s non-linear narrative structure. She jumps between past and present so often that it’s hard to know


Jo rejects Laurie’s proposal.

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that there’s always a better nonlethal alternative. Helped by their Pigeon Posse of feathered friends, as well as the Bureau, Lance and Walter face Robohand in a fierce confrontation that tests their friendship and Walter’s technology. Not only does this film use beautifully stylized animation, which is really fun to watch, it also brings together superbly talented voice actors who make the characters come alive. The story, while slightly predictable, becomes a valuable lesson in good vs bad, and teaches kids how to overcome those ever present evil forces.

said, the stunning cinematography, superb set designs, and detailed 19th century costuming provides enough eye candy to keep the film afloat. And the four March sisters with their romantic entanglements, career aspirations, and tragic setbacks bring to life a simpler, albeit repressive time. Jo, the writer, fights to be recognized as a serious author while Meg reconciles her impoverished circumstances as a wife and mother. Amy, the artist, has her own troubles in Paris trying to decide whom to marry: the rich, but distant suitor or Laurie, the trusted friend. And poor Beth, the musician and invalid, who brings the family back together to mourn her passing. In the end, Jo publishes her book, and the sisters are immortalized in its pages.



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Set the Stage for a

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ost often, children's visits to the dentist are a positive experience for parents and kids alike. Despite this, between 9 and 15% of American adults fear dental visits, according to Cleveland Clinic. When parents are anxious about the dentist, that nervousness can instill fear and anxiety in their child, too. Adults and kids may fear going to the dentist for several reasons. Cleveland Clinic explains that perhaps the adult or child had a negative dental experience or has heard horror stories that exaggerate their fears. The most common cause of anxiety is the fear of pain. Also, some kids and adults worry about the effectiveness or side effects of anesthesia or have a fear of needles. A negative experience at the dentist as a child can result in continued anxiety over routine dental care even into adulthood. So, to ensure a positive, successful experience, know how to prepare yourself and your child for his or her first and subsequent dental visits. Doing so will pave the way to a lifelong devotion to regular and consistent dental care when your child becomes an adult.

for Your Child by Kimberly Blaker

Your child and the dentist – building a positive relationship early on The earlier your child begins visiting the dentist, the better. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child's first visit by the age of one or within six months of when the first tooth erupts. At this stage, your child's visit will be quick, simple, and pain-free. Providing your child early positive experiences will help your child develop trust in the dentist. Be aware that depending on your child's age and the dental office policies, many dentists will ask you to remain in the lobby during your child's checkup. This is the typical recommendation for children over the age of 3. There's a good reason for this. Separating a child from parents usually results in fuller cooperation from children. This can go a long way toward a more positive experience for your child. When your child is placed in the care of the dental staff, they'll try to make your child's first experience fun and informative. The dentist will explain and demonstrate routine procedures to your child and then perform those procedures. Your child quickly learns the dentist is someone to trust. Down the road, if your child needs non-

routine dental work, the dentist will similarly work with your child to help alleviate fears. If you're still concerned with sending your child in alone, call and ask to speak with the dentist or hygienist. Avoid causing your child alarm, and make the call in private so your child doesn't pick up on your anxiety. Explain your specific concerns so the dentist can address and alleviate your worries. Approaching scared or uncooperative children For a variety of reasons, some children become fearful or uncooperative during a visit to the dentist. If your child arrives unprepared or senses your anxiety, your child may develop undue worry. Previous experience could also cause stress. Kids who are ill or have a physical or mental disability, a behavioral disorder, or developmental delay may also be challenging to treat. Whatever the reason, the way your dentist handles your child's fears and behavior is vital to your child's emotional well being and ability to cope with future visits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has developed guidelines for behavior management that dentists should follow. Your dentist should use the

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communication techniques learned in dental school, including positive reinforcement, distraction, voice control, non-verbal communication, and the tell-show-do approach. These techniques all help reassure patients and gain their trust. In most cases, these approaches are sufficient, leading to visits that end on a positive note. If a practitioner lacks the expertise for handling a situation, he should refer your child to a dentist with the appropriate skills.

Prevent an experience that heightens your child’s fears by being proactive • Contact your state's board of dentistry when choosing a practitioner to make sure there have been no disciplinary actions. • Inform your dentist of any medical, behavior, or other conditions that might affect your child's visit. That way, the dentist can communicate with your child accordingly. • Pediatric dentists have specialized training

for dealing with situations that can arise with children. If you suspect your child may have difficulty with dental visits, seek a pediatric dentist. Tips to get your child off on the right track Tell your child about the benefits of going to the dentist, such as to help keep their teeth strong and healthy, and so they'll have a beautiful smile. Read to your child before their first visit to the dentist. Try one of the following: • Why We Go to the Dentist by Rosalyn Clark • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain • Celebrate! Going to the Dentist by Sophia Day • Dentist Trip (Peppa Pig) by Scholastic •Curious George Visits the Dentist by H.A. Rey


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• Share a DVD with your child, such as A Trip to the Dentist Through Pinatta’s View. Also, express positive feelings about your own dental experiences. Don't discuss nonroutine procedures such as fillings. Explain to your child the necessary procedures he can expect. For example, the dentist will count your child's teeth and look at them with a tiny mirror. Avoid frightening terminology. As your child grows, if you have concern over a possible cavity, don't give your child too much information. This can result in undue anxiety. Your dentist should have the experience and expertise to talk to your child about such procedures in a manner that alleviates any stress your child might experience. If your child is anxious, don't try to soothe your child by lying about a procedure or possible pain. Instead, try to alleviate fears that may be out of proportion to the situation. Finally, offer coping strategies to your child. Have him practice taking long deep breaths. If you've confirmed with your child's dentist that you'll be attending your child throughout the procedure, you can offer your hand to squeeze. Kimberly Blaker is a lifestyle and parenting freelance writer and blogger. You can visit her blog, The Young Gma's Guide to Parenting, at www.theyounggma.com

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Popularity: Counting The Valentines V

alentine’s Day used to be my least favorite holiday. When the teacher set up that big box with the mail-slot in the top, I feared that once again I’d be putting more valentines into it than I would be getting out of it. The rest of the year, I felt variously loved or unloved, but these feelings were subjective and unmeasured. Valentine’s Day was different. My yearning to be liked turned that cheery heart-covered contrivance on the teacher’s desk into a ballot box – for a referendum on my personhood. I wasn’t an outcast or anything like that; it was just that I had a burning desire to be everybody’s favorite person all the time. Mostly I tried to cultivate popularity by clowning – superbly timed and exquisitely crafted wisecracks in class, slapstick stumbling en route to the pencil-sharpener, that kind of thing. I was the hardest-working kid in the school (including the students who did their homework), but my classmates took me for granted. Yes, they laughed, but they didn’t love me. One day in fifth grade I took it a step beyond mildly disruptive silliness and did something shameful. I sucker-punched the leastliked boy in class in front of as large an audience as possible. (This kind of cheap grandstanding could have been the start of a brilliant political career, but the principal showed me the wrongness of it and I rededicated myself to unrelenting buffoonery.) Popularity is like a bank loan. The more desperately you need it, the less likely you are to get it. Now with kids of my own, I’m not afraid that they will be unpopular. I’m afraid that they have inherited my sad need for popularity.

One Saturday morning, 6-year-old Marie ran in the front door wailing in anguish. “What happened?” I asked, checking for blood. She sobbed out, “I d-d-don’t know who-oo-oo to play with. If I play with Heather, Billy will be mad. And if I play with Billy, Heather will be mad.” Heather and Billy live up the street from us. Because they hate each other, when the neighborhood kids play “House,” Heather and Billy pretend they are a divorced couple and Marie is their child. “They fight over me,” she said. “Heather wants me to live in the playhouse with her, and Billy wants me to live in the garage with him,” she said. “I don’t know what to do!” Uh oh, I thought. Are her friends attracted to her because she’s too docile to stand up to them? Too intent on being universally liked? Did she inherit my problem? I needn’t have worried. Over the years, Marie has been happy having a few loyal, intimate friends and a wider network of what she calls “my cool friends.” As teenagers they all wore black and wanted to live in the city. Now in their 20s, they do live in the city, gathering in each other’s apartments to talk about art and theater over wine and lovingly prepared dinners made of beets and chard and other bad-tasting things. Our youngest, Wendy, can’t stand to be alone. But her relationships are stormy and dramatic with lots of turnover and computer-enhanced animosity. She has been pursuing the sort of popularity you see in teen movies – the kind that’s about power and status and not about being liked. However, halfway through high school, she’s starting to figure out that real friendship has nothing to do with defeating your enemies and eating their hearts. So there’s hope. Our middle child, Sally, never needed my concern. As early as age 3, she showed an iron-clad, inner-directed spirit. Valentines? So what? When Sally ran for Student Council president in seventh grade, it wasn’t because she required approval; it was because she wanted to r un things. With her cheerful strength, she has always had all the friends she needs. And she gets them by the box-lot – from summer camp, marching band and, currently, collegecampus political organizations. Loving parents want to see their children turn out better than themselves, and it’s nice see some victories being won. But my own progress has been slow and my recovery incomplete. In other words, any valentines emailed to RickEpstein@yahoo.com would be more than welcome. Rick Epstein can be reached at rickepstein@yahoo.com. But take it easy; he’s feeling a bit frail just now. O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0


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It’s Never Too Early to Start Reading with Your Child by Monica Wilton for Parenting Now!


lbert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” We live in a world filled with miracles. We can see them every day—if we know where to look. A miracle occurred the day your baby was born, which changed your life forever. You instantaneously felt the delight and the weight of becoming a parent: “How can I be the parent I want to be? What if I make a mistake? Am I ready for this?” The day your child was born, you started the most important job of your life. All of us question whether we are doing this parenting thing right. But there is one thing you can do for your child that will help strengthen your relationship with your baby and provide the nurturing bond that is crucial to childhood development. It will enhance your child’s language development, listening

skills, cognitive thinking, and empathy, as well as encourage curiosity and creative exploration. Even just a small daily dose will stimulate brain growth and provide the foundation for a lifetime of future learning. Can you guess what I am talking about? You guessed right if you said reading with your child! The benefits of reading to your infant is nothing short of miraculous, and all you have to do is simply pick up a book and read to your baby. It’s that easy! Reading is so crucial to your child’s development that in 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics emphatically stated that, “Reading from birth is one of the most important things a parent can do...Reading is an essential skill for success in school and later in life.” The research is monumental. Just 15 minutes or more of daily cuddling and reading is the gift that will last a lifetime.  Acclaimed country singer Dolly Parton

was born into deep poverty in Sevier County, Tennessee. Because Dolly grew up with limited access to books, she started the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as a gift to children everywhere. Now, children in Lane County are eligible to receive a free book, from birth to five, every MONTH! To learn more, go to www.lanekids.org/imagination-library or talk to your friends at Parenting Now!. You can be your child’s miracle in the world. Pick up a book, snuggle up, and share the gift of books with your child.

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his handsome fellow is Sylvester! His favorite thing is to play fetch! He is looking for an active family to take him out on adventures but also give him some cuddle time on the couch. He would make the perfect hiking companion! A volunteer said “He’s a sweetheart, loves to play with a tennis ball. Sylvester will drop it at your feet and stare at it until you throw it then brings it back. He needs a big yard and lots of balls.” Sylvester is a 4 year old pit bull terrier mix and weighs 63 pounds. He should go to a cat and dog free home and would do best with older kids since he has a high energy level. Sylvester is such a sweet boy once he gets to know you and deserves to be spoiled by a loving family! If you are interested in adopting a dog, or would like to learn more about adding a dog to your family, please visit Greenhill Humane Society. Greenhill Humane Society is open for adoptions seven days a week, 11 am – 6 pm at 88530 Green Hill Rd in Eugene. For more information call (541) 689.1503 or visit www.green-hill.org.


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