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Plenty of sleep, healthy food and fresh air will help keep germs at bay. But winter does bring its share of sniffles, sore throats and other illness. If you or yours are feeling under the weather, we’re here to help. Can’t wait? Call or walk in to our NOW Immediate Care clinics or make an appointment at our convenient After Hours Clinic on Crescent. After Hours on Crescent / NOW Immediate Care Clinic: 541-686-9000 NOW Immediate Care Clinic on Willamette: 541-465-2380

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Resolve as a Family this Year


TO POST OR NOT TO POST Guidelines for Savvy Posting




DAD’S EYE VIEW A father’s humorous perspective on parenting


EXPERIENCE LANE COUNTY 52 Family Adventures for 2020



CALENDAR OF EVENTS Lane County and Beyond


EARTHTALK Wildfires in the Amazon


FIT FAMILIES Role Models are Great Teachers




FAMILY MOVIE REVIEWS For kids: Frozen II For adults: Mister Rogers




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Making New Year’s Resolutions as a Family by Pilar Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. Eugene Pediatric Associates


ost of us are familiar with the routine of making New Year’s resolutions that are forgotten by spring, if not sooner. Make your 2020 resolutions more meaningful by resolving to spend more time together as a family and you’ll likely be more successful. Research shows that increasing family time decreases a child’s stress hormones, improves bonding and feelings of security, increases school attendance and decreases their risk of dangerous behaviors as teens. Try this exercise to create your family resolutions: 1. Pick a time that every family member can sit together undistracted, without cell phones

or other electronic devices. 2. Take turns going around the table and share something fun you wish you could do together that requires little to no money—like going to a favorite park, sipping hot cocoa together in a tent or fort that you built, making cookies or eating a picnic dinner on the floor. 3. Go around the circle as many times as people have ideas and create a list of suggestions. Ask each family member for ideas. 4. Now, it’s time to vote! Each person gets two votes, and the activities with the most votes win. 5. Write the winning ideas down on a piece of paper and display it prominently in the kitchen or family room, so you can hold each

other accountable for dedicating the time and effort to your family’s plans. There’s no limit to how you can spend time together as a family. Consider initiating a game or movie night and share with your kids the games and movies you liked when you were young, and let them help choose. Exercise together by finding an activity you all enjoy, like bike riding or hiking. Consider volunteering as a family. Make a list of various ways that you want to help others, and then figure out a plan to make them happen. In the coming months, resolve to make changes that improve your kids’ health and provide you joy as a parent. Happy New Year from your pediatricians at Eugene Pediatric Associates! O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0


To Post or Not to Post… by Holly Abernathy

That is the Question


hile normally not Shakespearean in nature, there are times when social media posts require a more thoughtful composition. I gained a better sense of this fact about 8 or 9 years ago when tragedy struck a close friend. My children, born two years apart, were both babies at the time. Social media was easy. As expected, it was all the about the kids: photos depicting their likes and dislikes, what milestones they had reached, and how fast they were growing. The showering of “likes” and comments were endless. After all, who can resist a cute baby? But then my close friend had a miscarriage. They had been trying for so long and had finally conceived, but tragedy struck and they lost the baby. Though devastated, they


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were hopeful and determined to keep trying. Their struggle to conceive again was almost a decade long. Over those ten years, our friendship seemed to fade into cordiality and eventually a sad and dull nothingness. I sensed their constant sadness and loss, the monthly disappointment. I didn’t blame them for not wanting to be around us. Our babies were most likely a reminder of their pain. You could see it in their eyes every time they came around. I felt guilty. I didn’t know why, and I knew it wasn’t my fault, but I did. There was nothing I could do. Think Before You Post We live in a world where it’s easy to be selfconsumed, sharing quick snapshots of our

lives in exchange for that fleeting dopamine high. Of course, social media and sharing is fun, but seeing posts through the eyes of a “friend” or “follower” is perhaps worth a pause. Has one of your connections suffered a loss or are they struggling with a particular difficulty in their life right now? It takes selfcontrol to think before a post, but doing so could make a difference. Why Does it Matter? Should we even consider what we post? A recent survey by Pew Research Center showed that social media usage remained average during the last couple of years, while the overall adoption of social media platforms was down over the last decade. Social media is a great way to keep in contact, but human

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interaction is still at the center of who we are. What you post, or don’t post, matters. If there is a person that comes to mind, consider contacting them. Ask them to get together for coffee or lunch. It may make a difference in their life and can connect you on a level that isn’t possible with technology…that necessary human connection. Sensitive Sharing When my friend had her miscarriage, I stopped posting for a few months. I was sad with them and for them. As the months passed, I began sharing pictures of the kids again. She continued to post pictures of her garden. The flowers were beautiful every spring and brilliantly colorful in summer, yet they inevitably faded as winter settled on her garden boxes, only this time the dirt was moistened with snow. Last year, I saw a post from her. It was a picture of her newborn son. A decade long struggle all summed up in one chubby, angelic face. Her post was a sensitive one.

She described the agony of the years gone by, and also the pure inexplicable joy of the moment their son came into this world. It was a hopeful post, one that her family and friends could wrap their hearts around, and one where those suffering could forget their troubles for just a moment. That Is The Question The next time you post something on social media, consider your “friends” and the impact

it may have on their lives. Does it consider the plight of others? Does your message include hope and kindness? To post or not to post, that is the first and most important question. Holly Abernathy is a communications and creative arts professional whose writing and photography have been published in several print and online publications. She works in a variety of media secondary to raising her two children in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit



All photography courtesy of Stephanie Urso Photography

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A Dad’s Eye View Humor by Rick Epstein

Family Planning:

Going For Thirds?


ancy and I spent hours one summer discussing the pros and cons of having a third child. Time was marching on, biological clocks were ticking, and it was time to make a decision. I’d been one of three children, and my wife had been one of five. We both felt that a two-child family is a little skimpy – a mere taste of how wonderful family life could be. Although she was working toward a degree in library science and aiming to work in that field, my wife saw motherhood as her main role in life. So she was feeling a little short-changed and unfulfilled. Nancy and I revisited the question whenever we had a spare moment. More than once she suggested, “You know, you really ought to discuss this with your wife.” (Did I fool you? Sorry. Nancy is a co-worker. My wife’s name is Betsy.) “I can’t talk about it with Betsy,” I explained. “We discussed it last year. She said she wants a third child, but I gave her a few reasons why it would be reckless to have a third child. Betsy said it would have to be unanimous; she wouldn’t be raising a child alone. So that settled it. If I reopen the discussion, it would be impossible to decide ‘no’ again.” So the third-child hearings took place without testimony from the most important witness. There was really only one reason for having another baby: We are madly in love with the children we have. The arguments against were several: I told Nancy about the


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smallness of our house, my low income and dim prospects, my fear of childbirth, and my feeling that, after getting away with two healthy babies, we’d be greedy to gamble again and God would punish us. We finally agreed that having a third child would require more courage and confidence than I have. Betsy and I would have to be content with our modest herd. * * * Months later, after the children had been secured for the night, I joined Betsy under the covers and she said, “Rick?” Uh oh! She only uses my name when she is about to say something grave. “Yes?” She took a breath. “I’ve got some news you aren’t going to like.” “Yes?” I asked woodenly, ready for her to tell me she wanted a divorce or that she was dying or that Netflix was raising its prices. “We’re going to have another baby,” she said. That’s not bad news, I thought, and then realized that Betsy had been left out of my agonizing. I said, “Dear, that’s the best news ever!” She shouldn’t have been surprised at my reaction. When it comes to women, I wouldn’t say I wrote the book, but I could say I’ve seen the movie. Lots of movies. And I know that only villains express dismay when pregnancy is announced. So I would’ve said something encouraging even if only out of politeness. But I didn’t have to fake it. I’d wanted a third child, but just didn’t have the fortitude to apply for one. So I celebrated the miracle that parlays a routine act of marital solidarity into a brand-new soul. That soul is now a junior in high school. Our Wendy is obsessed with her looks and Popularity is her religion. If she sends fewer than 1,000 text messages a month, the phone company wonders if she’s OK. But there is more to her than that. I overheard Wendy telling this story over the phone: In the school corridor she saw a few boys taunting a girl for her odd manner. Amanda may be autistic, I don’t know. Her books were on the floor and she was crying when Wendy lit into the boys. “You @*#%#s must feel really big torturing Amanda!” she snarled, kicking the nearest one. “Why don’t you go home and tell your mothers what heroes you are?!” The boys called her a few nasty names and slithered off while she helped Amanda pick up the books and compose herself. Then she walked her to her next class. My former confidant Nancy and I lost touch years ago, but when I heard about Wendy’s little rescue, I so wanted to tell her about it. Rick Epstein can be reached at But take it easy; he’s feeling a bit frail just now.

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52 Family Adventures to Try This Year



ake some unforgettable family memories exploring your own backyard – the one stretching from the Oregon Coast to the Cascades Mountains! This year, make a plan for the whole family to experience new activities, see new places and learn new things. To make it easy, we’ve given you one idea for each week of the year – starting now! 1. PLAY in the snow, tube and sled at Salt Creek Sno-Park. This maintained winter park has restrooms, parking and a sledding hill. 2. SWIM in the mineral spring-fed swimming pool at Belknap Hot Springs. Locker room and day-use passes available. 3. DISCOVER art in downtown Eugene that’s only visible when it rains. Then duck into the downtown Smith Family Bookstore to browse children’s classics. 4. CHECK OUT the performing arts. The region’s many community theaters offer excellently produced family-friendly shows, skits, music and more.


5. COMPETE at carnival games, baseball, soccer and zombie dodgeball at the Topgolf Swing Suite in The Graduate Eugene. Rent the indoor interactive virtual game set-up by the hour. Food service is also available.

creative Adventure! Children’s Museum.

6. ADVENTURE down deep into the largest mainland sea cave to spot sea lions at Sea Lion Caves.

14. TOUCH the Pacific Crest Trail at one of the trailheads.

7. CYCLE the family-friendly portion of Cottage Grove’s Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway – 16 miles of flat, paved bike paths separate from traffic. 8. INTRODUCE your children to high tea at LoveJoy’s in Florence. Need to brush up on manners first? Enroll them in the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House’s Victorian Etiquette summer camp beforehand. 9. LOOK at great works of art through the eyes of a child with Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s art packs. 10. TOUR famous filming locations for movies like “Stand by Me” and “Animal House.” 11. CHECK OUT the latest exhibits in the

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12. EXPLORE the universe in Eugene Science Center’s Planetarium. 13. GRAB a map and visit one of the waterfalls just outside Cottage Grove.

15. TAKE a few swings at Camp Putt Adventure Golf Park. 16. RIDE the waves at Splash! At Lively Park. 17. MEANDER a wildflower meadow on Wild Iris Ridge. 18. SEE eleven waterfalls on one easy hike at Sweet Creek Falls. 19. EXPLORE wine country during Oregon Wine Month at family-friendly wineries. 20. WANDER through hazelnut orchards at Dorris Ranch.  21. PADDLE over a petrified forest at Clear Lake. 22. ENJOY the view from the river on a scenic jet boat tour.

23. FISH for free during an official Oregon Free Fishing Day. Gear and instruction provided as pre-selected locations.

33. TRY aebleskivers and buy some authentic clogs at the Scandinavian Festival.

just a hike on their many trails. 44. VISIT the Heceta Head Lighthouse and learn about Rue, the friendly ghost who is rumored to roam its halls.

24. ROOT for the home team Eugene Emeralds at PK Park.

34. HORSEBACK RIDE on a dunes trail or take the little ones on a lead-rope jaunt around the corral.

25. TACKLE the trails in Oakridge, “The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest”.

35. FLOAT the McKenzie River in the iconic drift boat designed for the river.

46. DO a self-guided tour of twenty-one international murals in Eugene.

26. VISIT the only park dedicated to carnivorous plants at the Darlingtonia State Natural Site.

36. SLEEP in a yurt on the coast at Honeyman State Park.

47. MEET the birds of prey at the Cascades Raptor Center. (You can even “adopt” one.)

27. VISIT the Creswell July 4th Celebration. Bring a bag to collect candy during the parade.

37. SEE Oregon’s second tallest waterfall. Bonus points for capturing the entire waterfall in a single photo.

48. LEARN about the traditions of the Kalapuya people at the Museum of Natural & Cultural History.

28. FILL your imagination at the familyfriendly Oregon Country Fair.

38. VISIT an alpaca farm on the South Willamette Valley Food Trail.

49. VISIT the official Simpsons mural in the “real” Springfield. 

29. VISIT the Dee Wright Observatory for great views from a lava rock fort.

39. CHALLENGE your kids to try sandboarding on the Oregon Coast. 

50. CUT DOWN your own Christmas tree at Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm.

30. LEARN about salmon’s life cycle while playing mini-golf at the Willamette Fish Hatchery.

40. LEARN American history while hiking Constitution Grove in the Cascades.

51. WANDER in a holiday light wonderland and enjoy a traditional Germanstyle Christmas Market at The Village Green.

31. RENT a canoe and paddle the canoe canal at Alton Baker Park. 32. TRY the instrument petting zoo at the Eugene Symphony’s annual free summer concert in the park.

41. RUN in the footsteps of track legend Steve Prefontaine on Pre’s Trail. 42. DRIVE the Aufderheide Scenic Drive during peak fall foliage for an array of colors. 43. GO to Mount Pisgah for their annual mushroom festival, “Play in the Rain” day or

45. PUT your “O” up cheering for the Ducks.

52. WRAP UP the year with whale watching on the Oregon Coast. For more family adventures and events throughout the year, visit https://www.eugenecascadescoast. org/family-fun/

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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 OBOB: Test Your Knowledge. Competitors in the grades 3 to 5 division: Test your knowledge with a fun quiz game. Bethel Branch Wed, Jan 15, 4:00pm; Sheldon Branch Thurs, Jan 23, 4:00pm; or at the Downtown Library on Thurs, Jan 23, 4:00 p.m. or Thursday, January 30, 4:00 p.m. Reg starts one week in advance of each session. FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Soaking at McCredie Hot Springs


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Science After School. Every Friday - 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. Eugene Science Center, 1pm-6pm, reg admission, Ph 541.682.7888 Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Saturday Market/Farmers Market. The oldest, open-air market in the US. Offers great food, local crafts, and live entertainment. Every Saturday, Park blocks, rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! “2PM Talks.” A docent-led talk every Tues thru Sun at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, included with price of admission. Ph 541.346.3024 Eugene Science Center. Our 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. 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 from10amnoon, nominal fee, Ph 541.484.5316

1 WEDNESDAY Happy New Year!! Yay 2020! First Run. Start the new year with a scenic run or walk along the Willamette River and Delta Ponds. Choose between a 10K and 5K run/walk on New Year’s Eve starting at the minute before midnight or on New Year’s Day once the sun rises (or both)! 1000 Valley River Way, 11:59 and 10am, $25-45, Ph 541.556.1496

2 THURSDAY Kids @ the Library. All Ages Legos: Build Lego Marble Mazes. Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Kids Show: Science of Magic. Join Explosions, Inc. for an exciting adventure into the science of magic. As this fun show demonstrates, wizards and scientists have a lot in common, including mysterious potions, unseen forces, and objects that seem to defy the laws of nature. 11am at the Petersen Barn Community Center and 2pm @ Sheldon Branch Library, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

“Blade Runner” – Springfilm Series. Watch the film and stay for a discussion at the monthly Springfilm series. Wildish Community Theater, FREE! Ph 541.868.0689

3 FRIDAY Tot Discovery Day. Discovery Train. Join us as we explore the world of dinosaurs, fossils, tracks and more through the lens of the hit PBS television show. What is a tyrannosaurus rex? What are carnivores and herbivores? How did dinosaur tracks turn into fossils? Answer these questions and more! Eugene Science Center, 9am12pm, $5-6, Ph 541.682.7888 FREE First Friday at the Museum. Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems and delve into its cultural history. Also, get 20% a oneyear membership on Duck home game weekends. Museum of Natural History, 11am-5pm, Ph 541.346.3024 First Friday Artwalk. Begins Eugene Contemporary Art, followed by stops at Karin Clarke Gallery, Euphoria Chocolate Company, Sparrow Studios, and Oregon Art Supply. 5:30-8pm, FREE! Ph 541.485.2278

Cottage Grove Art Walk Friday, January 31st

bilingual Family Music Time with Bryan Reed. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Dog Tale Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one reading sessions with supervised dogs. Dogs and handler’s courtesy of PAAWS (Project Canine and Pet Partner teams). Sign up starting one week in advance of each session. Sheldon and Bethel Branch library, 1-2:30pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

5 SUNDAY Family Fun: Try Ballet. Learn some ballet steps, dance with scarves, and more. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

7 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

4 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week,

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2.28-3.1 Shirley Andress: My Name Is Barbra: Making of a Funny Girl 2.28 Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

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8 WEDNESDAY Teens: New Year, New You. Celebrate the new year with calming energy, crafts, snacks, and free swag. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 4-6pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

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

11 SATURDAY Second Saturday’s at the Museum. This month: MNCH partners with Eugene Springfield NAACP to present Oregon’s Civil Rights Years. Through crafts and other hands-on activities, we’ll explore the history of racial justice and civil rights advocacy at the University of Oregon and in Lane County during the 1960s and 70s. Museum of Natural History, 11am-3pm, regular admission, Ph 541.346.3024 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 Elementary School Showcase – District 4j. The Elementary School Showcase is a chance to talk with principals and other school representatives from every 4J elementary school and get other information about school choice and more. 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. 10am-noon, FREE! Ph 541.790.7700 Emerald Valley Opry. Featuring: Lisa Lynne Arya, HOUSE, Billy McCoy, The Hunts, Big Foot Lane. Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:00-9:30pm, $3-$8/under 7 free, Ph 541.688.0937

12 SUNDAY Family Fun: Winter Tales from Ukraine. Stories, songs, dancing, and more based on winter celebration traditions of Eastern Europe. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 2pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

14 TUESDAY School Choice Information Meetings. Informational meetings about school choice. Spanish interpretation will be available. 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. 7pm, FREE! Ph 541.790.7700


Teens @ 4:30 Movie Day. Spiderman: Far from Home. Teens ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Kids @ the Library. Hovercrafts & 3rd5th: Minecraft! K-2nd grade. Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

15 WEDNESDAY Middle School Lounge. Make Faux Stained Glass. Grades 6-8, Fern Ridge Library, 4-5:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

19 SUNDAY Family Fun: Let’s Build. Play and create together with building toys including LEGO blocks, Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, and more. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: Circus of Horrors. The hilarious Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy is coming to Eugene with an all-new LIVE show! Sit in the same theater with your favorite characters and experience this comedy phenomenon. Hult Center, 7pm, $62.50, Ph 541.682.5000

Jerry Seinfeld. America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, comes to the Hult Center to perform his signature stand-up routine. Hult Center, 7pm, Ph 541.682.5000

Winter Multicultural Festival “Father Frost”. See the 18th


Kids @ the Library. Fun with Salt Dough (K-2nd grade) and Slime (3rd-5th grade) Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

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

17 FRIDAY Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month: All Around the World with stories, crafts, and games celebrating cultures and languages around the globe. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30 – 11:30am, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024

18 SATURDAY Winter Multicultural Festival “Father Frost”. Enjoy diverse music, participate in dance lessons, watch theatrical performances, taste traditional cuisines and create arts and crafts from cultures all around the world. Lane Events Center, 10am-8pm, $3-7, Ph 503.919.8273 Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, Kris Olsen. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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Teens @ 4:30. Destress for Exams: Mindfulness and Meditation with Brynne Blevins. Teens ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

23 THURSDAY The Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship. Experience some of the world’s most talented truffle dogs compete in the 5th annual Joriad Truffle Dog Championship. Finalists are announced at the end of the morning’s qualifying events. Lane Events Center, 9am-noon, $15-20, Ph 888.695.6659 Preschool Art and Science Storytime. Designer for precocious preschoolers. Teaches about science and art in harmony. Springfield Library, 10:30-11:15am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

24 FRIDAY 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

25 SATURDAY Alternative Education Fair. A great opportunity for parents, teens, and kids to learn about local schools and programs. Includes displays and representatives of more than a dozen local private and charter schools, Eugene District 4-J alternative programs, home schooling organizations, plus educational resources available through Eugene Library including the online Homework Centers for children and for teens. Dwntn Eugene Library, 1-4:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Cirque Flip FabriQue: BLIZZARD. A group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Hult Center, 8pm, $25-88.50, Ph 541.682.5000

26 SUNDAY Family Fun: Make a book. Join Sharon Kaplan to create a variety of books including accordion fold, trifold, and booklets to fill with stories. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316 Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, musical fun with Jacquelyn Byers of Upstart Crow Studios. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 An Evening with Bill Maher. Stand Up Tour. In this unprecedented political climate, Maher will have plenty of hot topics to cover in what is sure to be one of the most talked about comedy shows of 2020. Hult Center, $49.75-103.75, Ph 541.682.5000

28 TUESDAY Kids @ the Library. Crazy Self-Portraits (K-2nd grade) and 3-D Pens! (3rd-5th grade) Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Teens @ 4:30. Chinese New Year. Learn to use chopsticks. Teens ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

29 WEDNESDAY Middle School Lounge. Build a Terrarium. Grades 6-8, Fern Ridge Library, 4-5:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 National Geographic LIVE! Extreme Cave Diving – Exploring the Bahamas’ Blue Holes. Denny Broad, National Geographic’s Explorer of the Year for 2011, is also an accomplished cave explorer. A witty and entertaining speaker and committed scientist, Broad uses his research to study climate change and groundwater pollution to help better manage freshwater resources. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $25-28.50, Ph 541.682.5000

30 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Survival Bingo. Are you ready to stay safe during a disaster? From earthquakes to wildfires to tsunamis, we’ll BINGO our way

toward readiness and resilience, learning about disaster strategies and supplies as we compete for fun prizes. Included with regular admission at Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 6-7pm, Ph 541.346.3024

31 FRIDAY Live model train display. The Atlantic & Pacific N-gineers Model Railroading Club set up and run a large display for the enjoyment of all ages in the Downtown Library’s Children’s Center. The Club is devoted to increasing the knowledge, modeling talents, skills, and pleasure of its members in N-scale model railroading. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10am4:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Cottage Grove Art Walk. Explore our historic downtown  while enjoying  art, entertainment and tasty treats. A perfect way to walk off some of that Thanksgiving meal, visit with your community and support local artists. 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, 8pm, $60-104, Ph 541.682.5000



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can help protect biodiverse ecosystems, provide reliable income to forest communities, and educate travelers about the importance of conservation,” says Spelman, who launched Rainforest Partnership in 2007 and has built it into one of the most impactful groups working in the region. Meanwhile, other groups are focusing on converting farmers and ranchers over to more sustainable crops and practices. “Although the fires were set to clear space to occupy the land, a lot of the area is not used productively or is used mainly for land speculation,” reports the Nature Conservancy, another leading non-profit working on the ground in the Amazon and elsewhere to protect tropical rainforests. “There is already a considerable amount of land in the Amazon to increase production of food without deforestation.” The Nature Conservancy sees smarter use of land across the Amazon that’s already been converted to agriculture as one key way to

from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What are the ramifications of these horrendous fires taking place now in the Amazon Rainforest? What can be done to stop the madness?


ire isn’t new to the Amazon rainforest of South America, but it has certainly reached epic proportions this year. Some 26,000 different fires are now burning continuously throughout the region. Many of these blazes have been set intentionally by ranchers and farmers trying to (illegally) clear and use more and more land for raising cattle and crops. These so-called “slash-andburn” tactics reduce wildlife habitat and biodiversity accordingly while releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, only adding to our climate woes. Meanwhile, indigenous groups who depend on the rainforest for subsistence teeter on the brink of survival in the face of shrinking habitat. Unfortunately, putting out most of these existing fires isn’t feasible; they’ll have to run


their course. Environmentalists agree what we can do is prevent more land from burning in the future as one way of protecting the intact tropical rainforest that remains throughout the Amazon. But how? For starters, by working on the ground in partnership with local indigenous communities on making their forests sustainable through tourism and responsible use without resorting to clearing/ burning the land. One of the leaders in this new breed of rainforest activism is Niyanta Spelman and her group Rainforest Partnership, which currently has four different projects underway with the Achuar, Chipaota and Colibri indigenous communities of Peru and the Sani Isla community of Ecuador. “When managed sustainably, ecotourism in the rainforest

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stem the tide of rainforest loss and ultimately global warming. As for what people can do, being more thoughtful about the foods we eat is a big step in the right direction. That hamburger meat you are eating might well come from cattle on a burned-over pasture in a former slice of the Amazon rainforest. That’ll give you pause when you are thinking about what to put in the shopping cart at the grocery store and what to order off of a restaurant menu. The shocking truth is that 80 percent of tropical rainforest destruction across the Amazon is fueled by beef production. So eating a more plant-based diet is a great way to help protect what’s left of the world’s tropical rainforests.

This satellite image shows tens of thousands of fires currently burning across the Amazon basin of South America.

Be a Fitness Role Model by Sandi Schwartz


s we all know, being a parent is the most important job in the world. Our children look up to us for guidance on everything in life, even if we don’t realize it. One way that you can be a positive role model to your kids is in the area of fitness. Staying fit is critical to our health and well-being—including our mental health and happiness. We can help shape our children’s views on exercise by modeling healthy behavior and making fitness a fun part of our family’s daily routine. Why exercise is important Experts have found a clear link between exercise and stress reduction.  Har vard scientists  concluded that “Regular aerobic exercise has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.” According to the  Anxiety and Depression Association of America, some studies show that consistent exercise can be just as effective as medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety. Other research shows that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety than those who do not exercise. In one  study, researchers found those who got regular vigorous exercise were 25 percent

How Exercise Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety • Produces Endorphins • Reduces Stress Hormones • Minimizes Fatigue • Improves Self-Esteem • Provides A Fun Distraction • Makes Sleeping Easier • Encourages Mindfulness

less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the next five years. Be a good fitness role model It’s so important that we play actively with our kids from a young age and that we consistently exercise in front of them (and sometimes with them) to show them how importance physical fitness is. From going on family bike rides to coaching one of their sports teams, there are so many helpful ways for you to be a fitness role model to your children throughout their lives. Here are some more ideas to get you moving: Go for a hike outdoors. Not only are walks and hikes wonderful, safe exercise that the entire family can enjoy, they are also an opportunity to connect to the beauty of nature to bring you a sense of calm. Try adding some fun to your family hikes by turning them into a race or scavenger hunt, and by venturing to new parks and trails in your area and while on vacation. Take a mommy and me yoga class together. Yoga offers so many incredible benefits to both you and our children including balance, strength training, time for inner focus, and an opportunity to connect with our bodies in ways we aren’t used to. Sign up for a yoga class that you can take together or pop in a video or load an App so you can do some yoga together in your living room, or better yet in your backyard. Make exercise a priority even in bad weather. Show your kids that you still go

on your morning run even if it’s not sunny outside. On days when it’s cold or rainy, set up your fitness routine indoors and get your kids involved. Put on a workout video and have them join in. There are also lots of fun ways to use your indoor space to get everyone moving. Some of the easiest exercises to perform indoors include jumping rope and calisthenics like push-ups, sit ups, and jumping jacks. Or put on some peppy music and play freeze dance or have a hula hoop contest. Before you know it, you will all be working up a sweat! Give sports-related gifts. Another way to make fitness a priority in your home is to choose gifts like workout clothes, sports equipment, and how to books about sports during birthday and holiday time. You can also choose some tickets for a sporting event and make it a fun family outing to cheer on your team together. Staying fit is critical to our health and well-being—including our mental health and happiness. We can help shape our children’s views on exercise by modeling healthy behavior and making fitness a fun part of our family’s daily routine. Get out and have some fun together, and get fit while you’re at it! Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer/blogger and mother of two. She has written extensively about parenting, wellness, and environmental issues. You can find her at Get her free course on raising happy, balanced kids at

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Your Guide to Local Schools, Preschools & Educational Resources

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Application Deadline




Dancing Sol Nature Education Program



8:30 - 12:30, ext. care 8-3



web or call


Eugene Montessori School








Lane Child and Family Center



7:00am - 5:30pm



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7:00am - 6:00pm





Eugene Waldorf School



varies from preschool to 8th grade



web or call


O'Hara Catholic School



8:05-3:05 ext. care 2:40 - 6:00



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St. Paul Parish School





Roman Catholic

web or call


Wellsprings Friends School



9:00 - 3:00





Network Charter School



8:15 - 3:25





Ridgeline Montessori School




January 31st




The Village School




March 6th






10 - 5pm Daily July-Aug / Tues-Sun in Sept-June



admission only


Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN)



not applicable





Lane Tutoring Service






please call




9am-12:00pm / 2:30-8pm/ Sat 9-2





Nearby Nature



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Triple P: The Positive Parenting Program



not applicable





2:8 / 2:12


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School Name Preschools

New Dream Family Center Private Schools

Charter Schools

Educational Resources Eugene Science Center

National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics

Whole Earth Nature School


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Dancing Sol Nature Education Program 896 Sundance Street Eugene, OR 97405 541-357-9559

Would you like your preschooler outside connecting with nature every single day? Dancing Sol supports the whole child in all areas of their development, and does this through teaching a comprehensive nature program. Contact us for a visit! (Summer nature camps for preschoolers are taught through our sister organization: Whole Earth Nature School.) Eugene Montessori School 2255 Oakmont Way Eugene, OR 97401 541-345-7124

tion for the entire community. Parent participation is welcome and financial aid is available! Our curriculum focuses on purposeful play, developing creativity, cognitive, emotional and motor skills. We provide opportunities for children

to experiment with a variety of materials in a safe environment, with natural, outdoor playscapes. Teachers respect children’s unique needs and allow development at their own pace. continued on next page…

Reggio inspired, high-quality preschool education for the entire community

Lane Child and Family Center

“where children grow”

4000 E 30th Ave Eugene, OR 97405 541-463-5517

LCFC offers high quality, Reggio inspired educa-

NAEYC nationallyaccredited with the highest rating by Oregon’s Quality Rating Improvement System

Call us for a tour! (541)-463-5517

Eugene Montessori School Educating for a better world since 1962.

Eugene Montessori School founded in 1962, offers a quality education for children age 3 through

A quality Montessori education for children ages 3 through kindergarten. The individualized curriculum includes music, P.E., snacks and a wholesome hot lunch.

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kindergarten. The individual curriculum fosters the child’s natural curiosity and love of learning while building self-confidence and independence. In our multi-age classrooms, children work together as a community caring for each other and the environment. Specialists teach music and PE. Please call to schedule a tour.

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New Dream Family Center 1895 W. 18th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402 541-344-1905

Enrolling for Fall 2020 Ages 6 weeks to 12 years

Call to Schedule A tour! Ask us about our STEM Spanish / Garden Program LIVE WELL, DO GOOD, PLAY MORE!


The New Dream offers programs for infants through school-age students. Our STEM Garden program is delivered in both English and Spanish. Two kindergarten-readiness classrooms get your 4-year old ready for school. Our classrooms are led by dynamic teaching teams, who are skilled communicators, educators and caring adults. The New Dream facility boasts

large play yards, many gardens, and covered areas for outdoor play.

Private Schools Eugene Waldorf School 1350 McLean Blvd. Eugene, OR 97405 541-683-6951

The Eugene Waldorf School educates students in a hands-on, enthusiastic, engaging way. Music, art, Spanish, handcrafts, woodworking, drama and movement are integrated with a strong academic and developmentally ap-

propriate curriculum. Students' social and emotional intelligence are nurtured and inspired for a lifelong love of learning and independent, critical thinking. See our website for adult tours while class is in session and open houses which include preschool and kindergarten play sessions. Eugene Waldorf School

Since 1889


11am - 1pm

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O'Hara Catholic School 715 W. 18th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402 541-485-5291

O’Hara Catholic School serves students from Preschool through 8th grade in a nurturing, enriching environment. With an exceptional academic program and a strong focus on faith and values, students develop confidence, compassion, and a love of learning. Specialists teach music, choir, art, Spanish, reading, PE,

Praise & Worship, and library. O'Hara offers 1:1 technology for students in grades 6 - 8 and has multiple Google certified educators on staff. Founded in 1889. Fully accredited. Open House Sunday, January 26th from 11:00am - 1:00pm. St. Paul Parish School 1201 Satre St. Eugene, OR 97401 541-344-1401

St. Paul Parish School is a fully accredited Preschool through 8th grade elementary program in the best tradition of Catholic education. Our mission is to provide a Catholic

education fostering spiritual growth and academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment. Currently Accepting Applications for the 2018-19 School Year. Please contact the school for more information. Open house Sun, January 27, 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm. Wellsprings Friends School 3590 W. 18th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402 541-686-1223 (please see our ad on page 24)

Wellsprings is an accredited, independent, non-profit high-school, founded in 1994. Offering

small classes, a variety of learning/teaching styles, lots of personal attention, and a safe, nurturing environment, we provide an engaging high-school experience for teenagers whose needs are not met in other settings. Our teachers create supportive relationships that value each student's individual emotional, social and academic needs. continued on next page…

Parent-child through grade 8 since 1980


PK - 8th Open House Saturday, January 25 10 am - 12 pm

Now Enrolling for 2020/ 2021 541-683-6951 1350 McLean Blvd.

Providing a quality Catholic education for students in preschool through 8th grade for over 60 years.

St. Paul Parish School has a comprehensive, challenging curriculum that promotes life-long learning and emphasizes respect, personal responsibility, and service. St. Paul Parish School is a community deeply rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ expressed in the doctrine and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. For more information, please visit 1201 Satre St. Eugene, OR 97401 541-344-1401

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has been educating children and creating a fulfilling community for parents since 1980.

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Charter Schools

January 16th, 4-7 pm

Network Charter School 2550 Portland Street Eugene, OR 97405 541-344-1229

The little school with the big heart

Network Charter School embraces students of all sorts, from inspired creators to reluctant learners to independent thinkers. Our caring and talented teachers provide a comprehensive education. Our classes prepare teens for college, advanced studies in the trades, and employment. We offer a one week


Summer Bridge program which prepares incoming freshmen for high school and assists older teens with credit recovery. Network welcomes 7th - 12th graders! Ridgeline Montessori School 4500 W. Amazon Drive Eugene, OR 97405 541-681-9662

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School provides free public Montessori education to more than 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. We provide an academically rigorous Montessori education.


Accredited nonprofit high school Culture of affirmation Individualized learning

All learning styles welcome Student-centered curriculum Small mixed-grade classes Diverse faculty & student body Safe, nurturing environment Music, art, field trips Year-round enrollment

3590 West 18th Ave Eugene, OR 97402 (541) 686-1223




WHERE SCHOOL MEETS COMMUNITY  Free public school  South Eugene location  Small classes  Free meals for all  Mental health services  High school diploma & GED-track options

• Challenging Curriculum • Self-Directed Learning • Multi-Age Classrooms • No Tuition

Serving 7th-12th grade

Application Deadline for 2020-21 School Year: January 31, 2020

Call today to set up a tour!


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Information Sessions: January 11, 10:00am January 23, 6:30pm

For Details Call 541-681-9662 or visit

Students balance their freedom to explore and think for themselves with their responsibility to work and learn within a community. Visit our website at for more information. The Village School 3411 Willamette St Eugene, OR 97405 541-345-7285

The Village School is a tuition-free public charter school serving children in Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The Village School’s curriculum fully integrates academics with the arts, educating the whole child – head, heart and hands. Movement, handwork, music, Spanish language and gardening classes are an integral part of the student’s learning experience. Meals are cooked on-site with mostly local and organic ingredients.

Eugene Science Center 2300 Leo Harris Parkway Eugene, OR 97401 541-682-7888

Visit Eugene Science Center for hands-on exhibits, state of the art planetarium shows, school group field trips, early education programs, and special events. Register now for after-school science programs, no-school-day workshops, and camps designed to ignite your child's curiosity. Open late every Friday until

Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) 1574 Coburg Rd. #120 Eugene, OR 97401

The Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) is a 501c3 vegan education and outreach non-profit emphasizing compassion, non-violence, and sustainablity. Since 2005 EVEN has been serving as a vegan resource to

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7pm. NEW! Science After School is an opportunity for KG - 3rd grade students (and the home school equivalent) to explore science in a fun, hands-on setting.

Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) A 501c3 vegan education and outreach non-profit, serving as a vegan resource since 2005. Emphasizing non-violence, compassion, sustainability and the inter-connectedness of all life.

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The Village School is a tuition-free public charter school serving children in Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The Village School’s curriculum fully integrates academics with the arts, educating the whole child – head, heart and hands. Movement, handwork, music, Spanish language and gardening classes are an integral part of the student’s learning experience. Meals are cooked on-site with mostly local and organic ingredients. For More Information: - - 3411 Willamette St, Eugene 97405 - - 541-345-7285

Parent Information Meetings: Thurs. Jan 16th, 6pm & Sat, Jan 18th, 10am. 2020-21 Applications Due by March 6th, 2020

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Lane Tutoring Service 2141 Crest Drive Eugene, OR 97405 541-484-4133

Lane Tutoring Service is a one-on-one, in-home tutoring and college preparatory service serving

student in grades K-12. Our professional teachers design programs that cater to each student’s unique strengths, needs and demeanor. We offer school-year support, focusing both on academic and study skills, as well as curriculum design for home-schoolers or summer skill-building. Our teachers are dynamic and engaging, and students enjoy working with us as they reach for greater success. All subjects, plus SAT/ACT and college admissions preparation. Serving Eugene/Springfield since 1990.

National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics 1205 Oak Patch Rd. Eugene, OR 97402 541-344-2002

Nationally Renowned Program. Fun gymnastics and fitness programs for children 1-18 and Adults!  Increase physical ability and self-confidence in a fun and positive environment. Gymnastics, Movement, Trampoline/tumbling, Cheerleading, Girls and Boy Teams, Open Gyms, Birthday Parties, No School Day Activities and Camps for Summer, Winter and Spring Break.

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individuals, families, students, organizations, and the community. EVEN's mission is to inform, educate, and encourage those interested in a whole-foods, plantbased diet. EVEN focuses on the interconnectedness of all life and how a vegan lifestyle positively benefits the earth, the animals, and all people.

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No School Days Nature Quests School Field Trips Classroom Visits Green Start Play Days Summer Daycamps

College Prep Services: • SAT/ACT Prep • College Admissions: Family Workshop & Private Coaching • Essay Coaching

Scholarships Available!


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Where Fitness is Fun and Confidence Grows. Nearby Nature P.O. Box 3678 Eugene, OR 97403 541-687-9699

From the tiniest tot to the busiest teen, Nearby Nature believes young people thrive when they spend time outside engaged in adventure, nature discovery, science, free play, art, and gardening. Based outdoors in Alton Baker Park, we offer daycamps for kids 3-13, K-5th field trips and classroom visits, costumed Kinder Critter presentations, pre-K Green Start Play Days, elementary No-School-Day Adventures, and Network Charter School classes. We also host weekend Nature Quests and the Haunted Hike for families. Scholarships, member discounts, service learning, and volunteer opportunities are available.

Where Fitness is Fun and Confidence Grows!

Making a positive difference in the lives of Lane County’s youth for 44 years

OUR NATIONAL RENOWNED PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Preschool Gymnastics School Age Gymnastics Adult Gymnastics Ninja Classes Silks Classes Boys and Girls Teams Birthday Parties Parents Night Out Camps for No School Days

Try a FREE Class!

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3171 Gateway Loop Springfield, OR 97477 541-741-6000 triplep/

Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, is an online parenting course for parents of children ages 2-12. Triple P doesn’t tell you how to parent, but gives you strategies you can adapt to your family’s needs. This pro-

gram is free if you or your child(ren) are members of Trillium Community Health Plan (OHP). Visit to sign up! (Triple P esta disponible en español.) Whole Earth Nature School PO Box 5223 Eugene, OR 97405 541-937-KIDS

the support they need to flourish. Through fire making, students learn patience, resilience, and safety. Through hiding, they learn stillness, observation and awareness. Through wildcrafting, they learn caretaking, pattern recognition, and

self-sufficiency. Through group play and challenges, they learn leadership, respect, and confidence. Whole Earth Nature School is a place where each student is given the right balance of freedom and support to be their best self.

Whole Earth Nature School is about more than developing outdoor skills, we are developing thriving human beings. Through the pathway of nature connection and wilderness skills, our students are given

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Top 10 Tips For Parents



Children are more likely to misbehave when they’re bored, so provide lots of engaging indoor and outdoor activities for your child like playdough, coloring books, cardboard boxes, dress up, play forts, etc.

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2020 Education Resource Guide

Triple P: The Positive Parenting Program

Movie Time Setting off on the journey. by Bonnie L. Harris

Water Remembers Walt Disney Studios Rated: PG Now in theatres


ruly one of the most anticipated films of the year, Frozen II goes above and beyond to captivate and delight. And that’s no easy feat because Frozen was never thought to be the beginning of an independent franchise. But its overwhelming popularity and stunning billion dollar ticket sales in 2013 sent writers and producers scrambling back to the drawing board for a follow up film. And honestly, for a sequel, Frozen II lives up to the hype. No, the soundtrack

isn’t quite the same caliber nor is the ecological plot, but the characters remain winsome, the animation continues to be incredible, and the themes of enduring sisterhood, family loyalty, and hard won redemption are laudable. The story begins three years later in Arendelle where a restless Queen Elsa and her sister, Anna, celebrate the coming of autumn. But Elsa hears a mysterious voice that’s tied to an ancient legend and her parents’ earlier disappearance. She and Anna, accompanied

by Kristoff, Anna’s wayward boyfriend, and his reindeer, Sven, set off in search of the voice and to unravel a secret betrayal that’s haunted a nearby Enchanted Forest. Tagging along is Olaf, Anna’s snowman friend and

the film’s source of humor and philosophical whimsy. Of course, danger lurks everywhere as the elements of Water, Wind, Fire, and Earth conspire to prevent

FOR THE PARENTS Mister Rogers & Friends A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

the film explores the strained relationship between the fictional Lloyd Vogel and his alcoholic father with Mister Rogers playing the

Sony Pictures, Rated: PG Now in theatres


lthough marketed as a film about Mister Rogers, the beloved children’s television host, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood pulls an unexpected bait and switch on viewers. Rather than a light-hearted, inspirational story, it’s a slow moving drama that spends most of its time psychoanalyzing a misanthrope reporter tasked with interviewing Mister Rogers. Loosely based on journalist Tom Junod’s 1998 article in Esquire magazine,


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A moment of recognition.

the friends from exploring the forest. But magical Elsa and brave Anna put together the puzzle of how their parents met, why the natural spirits are angry, and how the indigenous peoples were betrayed by the leaders of Arendelle. W hile Anna figures out how to harness the power of some pretty nasty rock monsters, Elsa gathers the Wind and Water to help save the town of Arendelle from certain destruction. Finally, the sisters are reunited with new purpose and each watches over her own happy kingdom.

part of the forgiving, all knowing psychiatrist. While searching for Mister Rogers’ flaws during a series of interviews, Vogel discovers that he himself is repeating his father’s parental mistakes. Mister Rogers’ kindness and patience help Vogel finally forgive his father, which brings the Vogel family together as they embrace Vogel’s wife and newborn son. Of course, Tom Hanks, who plays Mister Rogers, is a dead ringer, but there’s a feeling of caricature in his performance that’s slightly off-putting. Meanwhile, Matthew Rhys, who plays Lloyd Vogel, does most of the heavy lifting to carry the film. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when Lloyd learns to forgive, but maybe save the cost of a movie ticket and watch this one on demand.

Questions to Ask of Potential Preschools by Parenting Now!


f you’ve got a toddler, you may be wondering about preschool options. And, believe it or not, now is the time to start planning for enrollment next fall! Before you start furiously scheduling preschool tours, it’s helpful to have a list of questions handy to help ease the process of selecting the perfect preschool for your family. Locally, there are lots of options when it comes to preschool choices. You’ll have your pick of  different teaching styles and philosophies.   Before you start your hunt, consider what you are looking for in a preschool:  • Do you need all-day care, or a part-time program? • If part-time, would you prefer a TuesdayThursday, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, or Monday through Friday program? • What is your budget for a preschool program? • Are you wanting a preschool that is naturebased, play-based, language-immersion, Waldorf- or Montessori-inspired? • Does your child need to be potty-trained? Some preschools require that children be fully potty-trained before entering school.     Stop, look, and listen  You can get a feel for a preschool’s learning style by taking a tour. EC CARES specialists

recommend observing the following: • Is the room clean and inviting? Are there toys and activities your child will like? Do the children appear engaged? • Do the children seem happy, busy, or bored? • Is there an outdoor play area? Does it look safe? Are there options for physical play indoors if it is raining? • Does the room feel safe and secure? • How are the teachers talking with the children? Are they using nurturing and encouraging voices? • How does the classroom “feel” to you? After you’ve toured the classroom, ask for a moment to chat with a teacher one-on-one, and consider asking:   • “ W hat are the backgrounds and qualifications of your teachers?” • “How many students does your program take? How many teachers do you have?”  • “How does your program handle challenging behavior?” • “How does your program handle drop-off or separation challenges?” • “What does the daily schedule look like?” • “Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer in the classroom?” • “How is safety handled at the school?” Are background checks performed? How is pick-up managed to ensure student safety?

Is the building locked during school hours? Some teachers will prefer you have your tour when the school day is over. Others, may have you pop in while the school day is underway. If you don’t get the information you need, speak up and request an additional tour of the classroom during school hours or ask for a private meeting to go over your questions or concerns more in-depth.  You should feel like you and your child are a priority!   The choice is up to you  It may feel a little overwhelming to check out all the options here in the Eugene-Springfield area. Parenting Now! understands. Join us for Parenting Now!’s 4th Annual Preschool Fair on February 1, 2020 from 9 am to 12:30 pm in the Parenting Now! Atrium and meet with over 30 preschool educators all under one roof. Admission is free and on-site childcare will be available in the Playroom. For more information, visit event/preschoolfair/

Parenting Now!, formerly Birth To Three, is a private, non-profit organization that provides parenting education and support to families with young children.

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Rescue Spotlight


hese two pittie siblings are Apollo and Artemis! Apollo (right) is blind and Artemis (left) is his Seeing Eye dog! Yup, you read that right! This brother and sister pair is bonded and need to go to their forever home together. They love to play and cuddle with each other. Their ideal family will be active. They love attention and getting lots of love and care. Staff loves “how protective Artemis is of her brother. She has the cutest ears that pop up when she gets excited. Apollo is a gentle giant.” They do not have a history with other dogs, have lived with an outdoor cat before and are 5 years old. They would prefer older kids who will respect their boundaries. Although Apollo is blind he is a super friendly guy and navigates the world really well! This is one unique duo that would make the perfect family feel loved. 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


he Cat Rescue & Adoption Network presents Skunk is short-haired tuxedo boy about 5 years old, with a cute white stripe on his nose. This affectionate 14-pound gentle giant is one of the sweetest kitties you’ll ever meet. He loves people of all ages and warms up to them i m m e d i a t e l y. He is a calm and laid back kind of guy who enjoys nonstop pets and lots of attention. Skunk was found living on the streets, and he would enjoy having some access to the outside as long as his adopter has a VERY SAFE outdoor environment and/or a catio. Could your family be the lucky one to share his sweet affection? Skunk is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, has been defleaed and dewormed, and is negative for Felv and FIV. His adoption fee is $90, which allows us to continue to provide care for other kittens and cats in need. To meet Skunk, please call 541-225-4955 option 1 or send an email to

FREE Compost Demonstrations Saturdays 10am-12pm February 22 OSU Extension Service 996 Jefferson St. Eugene

March 14 River House

301 N Adams Eugene

Grows Great Gardens!

For directions or more information about composting and gardening contact the OSU Extension - Lane County Master Gardener Plant Clinic: 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene • (541) 344-0265


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March 21 Santa Clara Community Garden 4110 River Rd., Eugene

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Jan 6 – March 4

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Profile for Oregon Family Magazine

Oregon Family Magazine  

January 2020 Issue

Oregon Family Magazine  

January 2020 Issue