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Tips to Prepare Your Teen for College by Pilar Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. Eugene Pediatric Associates


he summer before the start of college is an important time for both teens and their parents. I recommend moms and dads consider these tips to help get their kids, and themselves, ready for this next big step:

from home. Encourage adequate sleep, regular exercise, healthy eating and stress outlets—all promote good health.


H E L P YO U R CHILD BUILD T H E I R N E W “ V I L L A G E . ” Encourage your teen to connect with other students, school advisors, activity groups and any relatives who live nearby, so that they feel well supported while at college.


PREPARE MEDICALLY. Be sure to have your teen see their primary care provider and get up to date on their immunizations, including the meningococcal B vaccine and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which can prevent the most common sexually transmitted infection and protect against cervical cancer, as well as other types of cancer. Locate the phone number for the school’s health center and be sure your teen knows how to access medical help while on campus.


HAVE A TALK ABOUT THE “HARD STUFF.” Underage drinking, sex, illicit and prescription drugs and driving under the influence are all critical discussions to have with your child prior to college. Even if you believe your child will make good choices, emphasize your concern for their safety. Discuss birth control and encourage the use of condoms if they do decide to be sexually active. 


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DISCUSS FINANCES. Be sure your child understands what their budget is for food, housing, and living expenses. If you will be supporting them financially while at school, arrange for your teen to have cash or cards with a spending limit.  


EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY LIVING. A lot of young adults struggle with self-care when they move away


GIVE YOUR CHILD SPACE. Your teen needs to feel what it is like to live on their own. Try to find the right balance between constantly being in touch and letting your child find their wings.  College is an exciting new chapter for many young people, but it can be a bittersweet time for parents.  If you need support preparing for this transition, talk with your pediatrician.  

A Parent’s Guide to

Navigating European Airports by Kathryn Streeter


y family has lived abroad and traveled often in Europe, but after this last trip—with connections in various European airports—I thought how stressful and embarrassing navigating security and airports would be for rookie families. In short, domestic airports offer no preparation for European airports.   Parents, here’s what you need to know so that you and the kids survive without a break-down. Who wants tears, tantrums, and running mascara, anyway?  Don’t Sweat It: Getting through security  Don’t be me. I once felt hundreds of eyes on me at the Edinburgh Airport security check-point. I was forced to rifle through all my liquids (sunscreen, mascara, hand sanitizer, etc.) in my carry-on tote and roller suitcase. In front of the world, or so it seemed, I had to shove them into one teeny zip-lock bag. The fact is, European airports mean what they say when they allocate one zip-lock bag per traveler for liquids. Better to corral all the family’s liquids from their various pockets, cosmetic and toiletry bags before you reach the security line to confirm everything will fit. You’ve possibly never had to perform this exercise while traveling within the US, but honestly, the reinforcement at European airports is strict. What doesn’t fit will be pitched. Buhbye, precious moisturizer.  Trust Me: Packing light will pay off  You’ll encounter more steps in Europe, period. It’s not uncommon to board and deplane from the tarmac, which means you’ll be walking up and down narrow steep stairs exposed to weather (think, wind gusts or unforgiving rain). You don’t want to break a sweat handling your carry-on luggage, or lugging your kids’, which of course should all be compliant with the more stringent European standards. Once on the ground, what if a cobblestone pedestrian-only zone lies between your taxi drop-off point and your historic hotel? What if your charming Airbnb on the top floor doesn’t have an elevator? You and

the kids will be exhausted. Can you hear the publicly embarrassing whining and complaining? The loud refusal to walk another step? It’ll be hard enough, so get in front of this travel-deflating scene. You simply won’t be sorry if you travel with as little as possible: ideally, that means next-to-never checking luggage. My secret? Buy small toiletries for the family at a local store upon arrival. Choose basic clothing pieces, mostly in one color. Ever heard of space-saving vacuum storage bags? Use them! My personal travel  tote  handles a book, my laptop and corresponding cords, plus those liquids I’ll need to have within easy reach at security. I’ve found the advantages of restricting the family to carry-ons outweigh possible inconveniences—for starters, there’s no chance luggage will get lost!                 Be Ready: Navigating airports  You’ll need to be resourceful to stay hydrated because  drinking fountains are scarce. Keep your eyes open for potable water, including bathroom tap water (if in doubt, ask if it’s safe for drinking) and fill your empty water bottles before you board. But if you must, buy some before boarding. Some European carriers do not automatically serve complimentary water and you’ll be glad to have a family stash of water—and snacks, of course—on your flight. Buying bottled water on board for the family will add up quickly. Depending on your destination, when you land—happily hydrated of course—there will be the mad rush for the immigration line but be sure to pick up a landing card before you get in line if it wasn’t distributed on board.  As exciting as it is for a family to go on their first European vacation, unfamiliar security rules, airline practices, airport protocol and generally foreign scenarios can put a dent on the fun. We know that family travel, though valuable in creating life-long family memories, is often stressful. These insider tips will help you manage your first time flying to Europe so you’re flush with confidence, concentrating on having fun, not just surviving the travel.  Kathryn Streeter’s writing has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Week and Austin American-Statesman. Find her on Twitter. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • J U L Y 2 0 1 9



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Mix It Up This 4th! by Kathryn Streeter


erhaps your 4th of July plans include the timeless tradition of

the 4th of July parade, alive with the best Americana has to offer. Or, the classic picnic with friends and family, complete with burgers, brats, beer and pickup baseball. You’re all set to have a memorable 4th, but would welcome fresh ideas to help imbed the meaning behind the holiday glam for your kids. To help bring home the significance of our nation’s Independence Day, here are four broad categories with ideas (ranging from silly to serious in no particular order) to help infuse a deeper appreciation in your children for the good ole USA.

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Read Ok, you may be thinking, but it’s the 4th of July and there’s little to no time for anyone to read. Except, that you may have kids that need a bit of downtime before the festivities begin. Or, you may be faced with time in the car on the road. If you can fold in a bit of reading on the 4th, consider these four titles, ranging from picture-book happy-snappyeasy, to chapter-book intermediate: • John Paul George and Ben  (“Once there were four lads...John [Hancock], Paul [Revere], George [Washington] and Ben [Franklin].) by Lane Smith.  • The Declaration of Independence: ‘Quit Bossing Us Around!’ by Carole Marsh • Phoebe the Spy by Judith Griffin • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes    Sing Why not create a 4th of July playlist to enjoy around the pool in the backyard, in the car en route  to the parade or to enliven your picnic? Four must-have selections:  • “The Star-Spangled Banner” - Whitney Houston • “The Stars and Stripes Forever” - John Philip Sousa  • “Born in the USA” - Bruce Springsteen  • “America” - Neil Diamond  Or, watch a musical or movie/video with a soundtrack rife with memorable songs purposely created to replay in your brain, forever! Here are four:  • An American Tail • 1776

• Schoolhouse Rock, The Preamble of the Constitution   • Independence Day (Psst: Parents, with aliens involved, this would be for your older kids but even so, use discretion.

Create Review the design of the American flag, replete with 13 stripes and originally, 13 stars. Remind them that the number of stars increased as we grew from 13 colonies to 50 states, and that the star symbolized the heavens  and people’s aspiring goals, the stripe represented the ray of light cast from the sun. The colors offer symbolism as well, with white = purity, red = valor,   and blue = justice. Now pivot quickly off the history lesson and challenge your kids to create their own flag, explaining that it should represent who they are or want to become, or what they’re interested in. And bonus, while they’re working out their personal flag design, surprise them by playing Veggie Tales’ “It’s a Grand Old Flag” rendition in the background. I bet you’ll get a few chuckles.

If stuck, encourage your kiddos to complete these four statements to trigger their creativity: • I love doing X when not in school because it makes me happy. • My favorite part of the school day is X. • When people meet me, I hope they notice my X (i.e., my beauty, style, happiness, confidence, sense of humor, intelligence, athleticism).  • I’d love to be like X when I grow up.  Party It goes without saying that kids are hands-on creatures. Naturally, they’d love more than anything to actively participate in a fireworks display. It’s equally true, though, that fireworks are dangerous. It simply can’t be over-stated that kids should never have access to fireworks unless under close adult supervision. Bearing that in mind, here are four safe firework novelties to enjoy with your kids:     • Sparklers (age 7+): Insert the sparkler stick into the base of a plastic cup so that your child can hold the showy, sizzling sparkler underneath the protection of the cup.   • Pistol Poppers: These cool gizmos won’t fly, but instead, will pop, ejecting confetti. Yikes—the perfect kind of scariness! • Booby traps and glow worms: With booby traps, you simple pull a string to create the friction to elicit a popping sound. The glow worm requires lighting, resulting in glowlike ash and then, bam, colorful smoke.  • Firecrackers, roman candles, rockets and aerial shells should only be used by older teens or adults.  Insider tip: Just play it safe. Always.  As you revisit past 4th of July photos of the kids at the parade, adorned with their iconic Old Navy 4th-of-July T-shirts and drinking A&W root beer through red-white-and-blue curly star-shaped straws, the Americana nostalgia is strong. Here’s to spicing things up a notch and making the meaning behind the fanfare just as significant. Kathryn Streeter’s writing has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Week and Paste Magazine. Find her at


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Explore the dunes Go for a dune buggy or horseback ride to explore the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Hunt for tracks in the sand and bring magnifying glasses to examine the bugs and plants you’ll find. Learn more about Lane County’s beaches and dunes.

Go camping Spots like Richardson Park on Fern Ridge Reservoir make it easy to create your first family camping memories. If you’re a family of seasoned campers, look for a new favorite campground at Fall Creek or along the McKenzie River Trail.

Discover a new trail Make a family goal to find at least one new favorite trail this summer. Cool off at Sweet Creek Falls, or cross Oregon’s second-tallest waterfall off your bucket list when you visit Salt Creek Falls. See all the covered bridges Print out a list of the 20 covered bridges in Lane County and start exploring! You’ll discover Oregon’s longest bridge, Oregon’s widest bridge, and the only covered railroad bridge west of the Mississippi. Raft and fish the McKenzie River River guides can take the entire family on whole or half-day trips in a raft or drift boat. Cherish the lazy hours sharing your favorite fishing spots with your kids.


id you know that the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region (Lane County) is 4,722 square miles? That’s roughly the size of the state of Connecticut! With all these miles to explore, what are you waiting for? Our newest program is called the South Willamette Valley Food Trail. It features farm-to-table restaurants, artisan products and farm experiences that highlight local foods; hip, rustic and forward-thinking restaurants, bakeries and cafés serving 33% or more local ingredients on menu items and places to stay with unique experiences such as farm tours, tastings and regional dinners. The food trail is full of unexpected moments and peaceful places that will surely provide an opportunity to slow down and engage. Many of the places on the trail are family friendly and offer u-pick berries and opportunities to interact with farm animals. If exploring the Food Trail or checking off stops on the Tasting Trails doesn’t fill your dance card, then maybe one of these five family trips will!


Need help planning your trip? Stop by one of our visitor centers: the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center, located off Gateway Street next to Michael’s and Best Buy or the Downtown Eugene Visitor Center at 754 Olive (with free visitor parking onsite). Our staff is eager to help your family plan a summer of fun and memories.


events Story Times Springfield Library story times. Preschool Story time (ages 3-6) Weds 10:00am. Lap sit story time (ages 0-3) Weds 10am, Sensory Storytime (for kids with sensory integration issues or special needs) every other Thurs. Preschool Art & Science Storytime (ages 0-6). Springfield Library, 10:30-11:15am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Barnes & Noble weekly story time. Whimsical Weds 7:00pm. Toddler-Time, Weds 11:00am. Saturdays at 11:00am. Call for weekly themes. Ph 541.687.0356 Creswell Library Story times (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 at 11am followed by craft time. Baby & Toddler Storytimes (ages 0-3) Friday at 11am followed by play group. Fern Ridge Library, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 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 Downtown Eugene Library storytimes in July and Aug.: Family Music Time, Wed and Thurs 10:15am. Bilingual Family Music Time, Sat 10:15am. Pajama Storytime, Tues 6:30pm. Baby Playdate, Fri 10:15am. Bethel and Sheldon Branches: Family Music Time, Fri 10:15am. Ph 541.682.8316 Adventure! Story Time. A rotation of awesome storytellers will read, tell felt board stories, make craft projects, chat with puppets, and generally bring the fun every Friday from 11:05-11:25am. Adventure! Children’s Museum, FREE! Ph 541.653.9629

On-Going 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

Art in the Vineyard July 4 – 6 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, Tuesdays @ 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Table Tennis for Kids. Run in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club - Tues and Thurs 5:15-6:15 and Saturdays 1:30-2:30. All sessions are free. Equipment and coaching is provided. $40 annual Boys & Girls Club membership is required. Ph 541.345.9939 Playtime for Parents and Children. Children 4 and under can join us every Monday to play in our fun and welcoming playroom filled with baby dolls, books, trucks, soft dough, and more. Parenting Now! 10am-12pm, nominal fee, Ph 541.484.5316 Reading with Cats. Designed to help younger supporters give back to animals while developing reading skills and compassion. Also promotes animal-savvy behavior and helps cats get positive, calm time with children. Children ages 6 - 12. Days: Mon 12pm & 3:30pm, Tues 1pm & 4pm. Greenhill Humane Society, FREE! Ph 541.689.1503 Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Saturday Market/Farmers Market. The oldest, open-air market in the US. Offers great food, local crafts, and live entertainment. Every Saturday, Park blocks, rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! “2PM Talks.” A docent-led talk every Tues thru Sun at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, included with price of admission. Ph 541.346.3024 Eugene Science Center. Our ever-changing exhibits and Planetarium feature something for everyone! Explore science topics, astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. See website for features, admission, dates, and times. Ph 541.682.7888 Pre-K Planetarium Show: Stories in the Stars. Designed with our younger visitors in mind, this live, interactive planetarium show is a wonderful introduction to the planetarium. 25 minutes. Fri and Sat, 10:30am, Eugene Science Center, Ph 541.682.7888 Playtime for Parents and Child. Join us in the Parenting Now! playroom for fun and

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1 MONDAY MNCH Our Place in Space. Through science experiments and other fun activities, you’ll explore what makes our planet so special and learn how we can keep it that way. Springfield City Hall, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

2 TUESDAY Party in the Park. Play games, grab a bite to eat from a local food cart and see what Eugene has to offer. Experience an up and coming local band, Sequel. Arrowhead Park, 5:30-7:30pm, FREE! Kid Program – Train Like an Astronaut! Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 Teens at 4:30. Game Day. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, All events FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766

3 WEDNESDAY July 3rd Celebration and Fireworks at Oregon Garden. Enjoy great food, drinks, bounce house, yard games, face painting, balloon artist, and a beautiful fireworks display. Fireworks best viewed from the Silverton Market Garden and Axis Garden. Free shuttle from various Silverton locations. 5pm – 11:30pm, $5 suggested donation per family, Ph 503.874.8100

4 THURSDAY Art in the Vineyard Festival. More than 110 artists from seven states in the Artists’ Marketplace and Art for Your Garden. Oregon vineyards in the Wine Court, an International Food Court, a Youth Art Arena and Stage, and Main Stage entertainment all three days. Freedom Festival Fireworks light up the skies over Alton Baker Park tonight. Alton Baker Park, 11am-11pm, $3-15, Ph 541.345.1571

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McKenzie River Chainsaw Art Festival July 19 – 21 show at the end of the day. The Main Stage features The Hank Shreve Band along with crowdpleasing openers. Island Park, 4pm, $5-8, Ph 541.746.8451

Creswell 4th of July Celebration & Parade. Planes buzz down at 11am to signal the start of the parade, which includes marching bands, beauty queens, fire engines, horses and more. Enjoy hot dogs and burgers, treats, a beer garden and kids activities, a vintage car show and live performances by local bands. Downtown Creswell, 7am-10pm, FREE! Ph 541.895.4398 Eugene EMS take on Everett. Following the game enjoy the best and brightest fireworks! First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park. Butte to Butte. One of Eugene’s most popular road race and a great lead-in to holiday fireworks displays in the evening! A competitive 10K, a 5K and a 4-mile fitness walk. Donald Street, 7:30am, Ph 541.343.7247 Springfield Life of Liberty Celebration. Live music, a plethora of food vendors, all sorts of fun activities for kids and an explosive firework

Freedom Festival Fireworks Show. Head to Eugene’s largest park this Fourth of July for a huge display of fireworks, entertainment, special activities and plenty of food, wine and beer. Alton Baker Park, 10pm, $3-7pm

First Saturday Park Walk. Explore local ecology with a naturalist-led walk. Meet at the end of Bailey View Drive. 9am – 11pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5329 Eugene EMS take on Everett. The first 1,000 fans will receive an Eloy Jimenez Bobblehead. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park. Stories in the Park. Each storytime is different and we’ll even have special treats and guests at some of the them! Today’s location is West D Street Greenway. 11am-noon, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766


5 FRIDAY First Friday Artwalk. A guided tour begins at 5:30pm starting at Oregon Contemporary Theatre and continues until 8:00pm. Always 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, 11am-5pm, Ph 541.346.3024 Art in the Vineyard Festival. 11:30-9:30pm, See the 4th Eugene EMS take on Everett. The first 1,000 fans will also receive a Rally Sasquatch BobbleButt bobblehead First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park.

6 SATURDAY Art in the Vineyard Festival. 11:30-9:30pm, See the 4th

Eugene EMS take on Salem-Keizer Volcanos. STEAM night - take part in many interactive displays at PK Park on this night celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. First pitch 5:05pm, PK Park.

8 MONDAY Eugene EMS take on Salem-Keizer Volcanos. Wildlife night - Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my! Those animals probably won’t be in attendance, but we’ll see if our GM lets a lucky fan race a Cheetah from Wildlife Safari on the field.... First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park.

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

Kid Program – Build a Candy Solar System! Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 Party in the Park. Enjoy the summer sounds of Mhondoro Marimba, a Eugene-based marimba band that plays the buoyant and spirited music of Zimbabwe. Play games, grab a bite to eat from a local food truck. Acorn Park, 5:30-7:30pm, FREE!

10 WEDNESDAY Science Circus. Learn and delight in the physics of fun with Rhys Thomas of JuggleMania and OMSI. Downtown Library 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

11 THURSDAY Apollo 11 Palooza. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Special planetarium shows, virtual reality goggles, educational crafts and activities, our new exhibit, rocket launches, food trucks, a beer garden, local vendors and entertainers. Eugene Science Center, 10am-5pm, $0-8, Ph 541.682.7888 Science Circus. See the 10th Bethel Branch Library, 11am. Sheldon Branch Library, 3pm. Teen Program - What’s Your Sign? Astrology. Grades 6-12. Fern Ridge Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 Bubbles and Marimba Festival. Come and enjoy an hour of music and bubbles. Bubbles and wands provided. Music by Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center. Springfield Fountain Plaza, 10:3011:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Family Fun Night. Meet your neighbors and friends for dinner (served until 6:30 p.m.), games, crafts and live entertainment. Petersen Barn, 5:30-7pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5521

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12 FRIDAY Relay for Life, Eugene. Walk a few laps while listening to some great music, bid on silent auction items, browse the booths and special happenings and see in wonder the heartfelt tributes. PK Park, 6pm-12am, Ph 541.434.3101 Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month: This month’s theme is Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Storms—Oh My! Through a story, crafts, and games, we’ll learn about Oregon’s natural hazards and have tons of fun while exploring ways to be prepared. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30 – 11:30am, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024 Oregon County Fair. Features vaudeville, circus acts, spoken word, wandering musicians, face painting, parades and other perennial favorites. 18 stages of entertainment, more than 80 food booths and nearly 350 craft booths featuring more than 700 vendors. Oregon Country Fairgrounds, 11am -7pm, $28.75-70, Ph 541.343.4298 Lego Club. Springfield Library Children’s Area, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 McKenzie River Lavender Festival. Located just outside Springfield, offers a Lavender Labyrinth, specialty lavender products from oils to skin care essentials, u-cut lavender, a country bazaar of local artisans, food, music and lavender refreshments. Farm is not dog friendly. 40882 McKenzie Hwy, 10am – 5pm, FREE! 541.736.8575 Superhero Playground Wash. Are you a superhero? You could be! Eugene Outdoors and Little Hands Can are hosting a fun, free, family friendly event where volunteers dress up as superheroes and help wash the Skinner Butte RiverPlay playground. Family-friendly event – no experience necessary. Skinner Butte RiverPlay, 10am-12:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.510.9318 Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE!

13 SATURDAY Oregon County Fair. See the 12th Friends of the Library Book Sale. Hundreds of Fiction, Mystery and Sci. Fi books perfect for light summer reading. Most books are $1.  All profits go to programs for the Eugene Public Library. Eugene Downtown Library, 10am-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.484.1240 McKenzie River Lavender Festival. See the 12th Stories in the Park. Each storytime is different and we’ll even have special treats and guests at some of the them! Today’s location is Ruff Park & Magnolia Arboretum. 11am-noon, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

14 SUNDAY Oregon County Fair. See the 12th McKenzie River Lavender Festival. See the 12th

15 MONDAY Brit Floyd World Tour. “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show” will stop in Eugene on a worldwide tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock opera. Hult Center, 8pm, $43-65.75, Ph 541.682.5000

16 TUESDAY Kid Program – A Universe of Science! Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046

Harry and the Potters Sunday, July 21 Teens @ 4:30. Fountain Plaza Alien Invasion. Make an alien army out of wind bags and take over the fountain plaza! Teens ages 12+ Springfield Library. All events FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Party in the Park. Play games, get your face painted and create with fellow community members. Enjoy a bite from your local food truck and the sweet sounds of summer with Muddy Souls. Brewer Park, 5:30-7:30pm, FREE!

17 WEDNESDAY “Stories in the Stars” Puppet Show. Explore tales of the constellations at a lively puppet show with Tears of Joy Theatre. Downtown Library 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Eugene EMS take on Hillsboro Hops. Red Titan Ryan - Costumed Character Appearance from Ryan’s Toy Review. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park.

18 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 “Stories in the Stars” Puppet Show. See the 17th Bethel Branch Library, 11am. Sheldon Branch Library, 3pm. Eugene EMS take on Hillsboro Hops. Grateful Dead Night. Calling all Dead-Heads! Come on out to PK and enjoy music from your favorite band. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park. Teen Program - Sci-Fi Comics Lecture! Presented by Prof. Ben Saunders of the U of O. Grades 6-12. Fern Ridge Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 Bohemia Mining Days. Includes a carnival, multiple parades, historical talks and tours, live music and performances, a costume contest, a treasure hunt, Gold Rush runs, kids rides and games and so much fair food. Downtown Cottage Grove, Ph 541.942.5064 Touch-A-Truck. Climb into a fire engine, a police vehicle, a dump truck, a backhoe, an LTD bus, an 18-wheeler and more. Petersen Barn, 5pm-7:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5521

19 FRIDAY Bohemia Mining Days. See the 18th Coburg Golden Years Festival. Activities for kids like the Pet Parade, Kids’ Rodeo, bounce houses and dunk tanks, traditional parade, local vendors booths, food trucks and live music and dancing, a wine and beer terrace. Pavilion Park, 2-8pm, FREE! Ph 541.343.9875 Eugene EMS take on Hillsboro Hops. Baseballism hat Giveaways for the first 1,000 fans through the home plate gate. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park.

20 SATURDAY Bohemia Mining Days. See the 18th Steve Martin and Martin Short. 2019 brings fresh material for the duo in this tour, titled “Now You Seem Them, Soon You Won’t.” Cuthbert Amphitheater, 7pm, $65-155, Ph 541.762.8099 McKenzie River Chainsaw and Art Festival. See the 19th Stories in the Park. Each storytime is different and we’ll even have special treats and guests at some of the them! Today’s location is Thurston Hills Natural Area (North Trailhead). 11am-noon, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Coburg Golden Years Festival. See the 19th Damn Yankees. Based on The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, Douglass Wallop’s 1954

Faustian novel of love and baseball, the 1955 Broadway mega-hit Damn Yankees hits it …uh, out of the park! The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $37-39, Ph 541.434.7000 Teddy Bear Picnic. A favorite annual tradition for young children. Bring kids and their stuffed friends to this family gathering in the park, featuring live music by Carleen and Mike McCornack and the Garden Variety Band. Campbell Community Center, 11am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Blueberry Festival Blues and Brews. A whole day of blueberry picking, food, kid’s activities and five live music acts. Food and drink will be available to purchase from multiple vendors. Adkins Blueberry Farm, 11am-7pm, FREE! Ph 541.953.4872

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McKenzie River Chainsaw and Art Festival. A dozen of the most talented professional carvers in the Northwest turn ordinary wood logs into incredible pieces of art in scenic Blue River. McKenzie River Track and Field, 10am-5pm, Ph 541.896.3330 WREN Family Exploration Day. Come discover the West Eugene Wetlands with your family in a day of exploration! This month, Golden Gardens. 10:00am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.338.7047

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21 SUNDAY Damn Yankees. See the 20th McKenzie River Chainsaw and Art Festival. 10am-3pm, see the 19th Harry and the Potters: Wizard Rock Band. What would happen if Harry Potter quit quidditch, stole a time turner, and started a band with his earlier self? Catch the band that invented wizard rock at this all-ages concert and dance party. Brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge have been touring the globe since 2002 with this legendary high-energy show. Downtown Eugene Library, 6pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

22 MONDAY Damn Yankees. 3:00pm, See the 20th

23 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Soap Making. Learn the basics of making bar soap from scratch, as well as liquid soap and laundry soap! take some home after the program! Teen ages 12+ Springfield Library. All events FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Eugene EMS take on Boise Hawks. Office Culture Night. Don’t bring anyone named Toby! First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park. Kid Program – Owl Pellets & Pine Cone Owls! Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, 1:302:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046

24 WEDNESDAY Taiko Drums. Get moving and energized to the powerful beat of Eugene Taiko.

Downtown Eugene Library, 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Eugene EMS take on Boise Hawks. Put on your PJ’s and transform into your favorite heroes as we celebrate each kid’s incredible imagination! First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park. Lane County Fair. Family fun, concerts, carnival rides, games, entertainment, and all types of carnival rides. Lane Events Center, 11am-11pm, $9-50, Ph 541.682.4292

25 THURSDAY Tiako Drums. See the 24th Bethel Branch Library, 11am. Sheldon Branch Library, 3pm. Teen Program - Sci-Fi Comics Lecture! Presented by Prof. Ben Saunders of the U of O. Grades 6-12. Fern Ridge Library, 1:302:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 Lane County Fair. See the 24th Eugene EMS take on Boise Hawks. Animal House night. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park.

26 FRIDAY Lane County Fair. See the 24th Blackberry Jam Festival. A wholesome community event featuring plenty of great music, unique crafts and delicious food. Events include a car show, fishing derby, quilt show, parade and more! Jasper-Lowell Rd and Moss St, FREE! Ph 866.516.5534

27 SATURDAY Damn Yankees. See the 20th

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Obon and Taiko Festival. Features Bon Odori, a community folk dance. Dance movements are easy so dancers of all ages can participate, regardless of skill. Taiko drummers will also perform traditional music. An informal event - bring picnics, sit on the grass, or participate in community dancing. Alton Baker Park, 5pm-9pm, FREE! Ph 541.556.5558 Lane County Fair. See the 24th Stories in the Park. Each storytime is different and we’ll even have special treats and guests at some of the them! Today’s location is Island Park. 11am-noon, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

28 SUNDAY Damn Yankees. See the 20th Indoor Flea Market. Community sale to raise money for school literacy, local scholarships and Springfield Police K-9 Unit. Springfield Elks Lodge, 9am-3pm, FREE! Party in the Park. Come spend the end of your weekend enjoying parks and community. Relax on the open lawn, get your face painted and enjoy the sounds of Seffarine. Washburne Park, 5:30-7:30pm, FREE! Lane County Fair. 11am – 8pm, see the 24th


30 TUESDAY Kid Program – Bats! Presented by W.R.E.N. Grades K-5, Fern Ridge Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.393.1046 Eugene EMS take on Spokane Indians. Wicked Night. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park. Teens @ 4:30. Camp Putt. Meet us at the putting range or walk over from the library! Walk back with us or get picked up!  Either way we’ll play a round of mini-golf at Camp Putt!  Note, this program will likely run long if you’re walking both ways with us. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Library. FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

31 WEDNESDAY Eugene EMS take on Spokane Indians. Princess Night. Come dressed in your best princess attire and take some memorable photos with. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park. Wicked. Discover the background of Elphaba, an extraordinarily talented witch who is unjustly designated as the Wicked Witch of the West before Dorothy ever visits Oz. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $52-172.25

Damn Yankees. 3:00pm, See the 20th Eugene EMS take on Spokane Indians. Good Karma Mondays. First pitch 7:05pm, PK Park.

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A Dad’s Eye View Humor by Rick Epstein

Kids Who Curse M

y oldest daughter Marie was about 4 when she said her first dirty word. She’d come in from playing with the neighbor kids and said, “Daddy, Heather called Billy an ____.” It was a vulgar term for a well-known bodily orifice. Long ago, a kid who said a word like that would have her mouth washed out with soap. (The scent of Ivory soap still brings back the taste and feel of those emotionally supercharged scenes of crime and punishment.) Thus an important lesson was learned: Don’t use foul language unless you want a big reaction. Adults universally agreed that bad words were a big deal, so those words had power. I remember at age 7, sitting in the neighbors’ yard with a few contemporaries, holding a whispered discussion on what word was absolutely the dirtiest. One boy nominated the F-word and another favored the S-word. I’d heard both words, of course, and somehow knew that the F-word was the king. What did it mean? Opinions varied. The one kid who offered the correct definition was jeered by the rest of us. Sometime after that, I was in the back yard with my little brother Jim, who was about 6. We had one of those old snow sleds that are shaped like a contact lens, made of aluminum and measuring about 3 feet across. I was passing the time by heaving it into the air like a huge Frisbee. It wasn’t going very high – only high enough for little Jim to wander under it. It struck him a stunning blow on the head and he fell to the turf.


My heart went out to him in his moment of misfortune. That’s what it was – a misfortune, an accidental twist of fate. But I had a bad record for being the catalyst for these twists. Jim staggered to his feet screaming, “I’m telling Mommy!” “Wait a minute!” I said, gently restraining him. “Jim, if you don’t tell, I’ll teach you the dirtiest word in the entire English language.” He hesitated and then he was mine. “OK,” he said. Really he wouldn’t be giving up much. He’d probably have something else almost as bad to report to Mom within 24 hours. “But first, you have to promise that you’ll never ever say this word,” I said, realizing I could beat a sled-throwing rap only to be convicted of corrupting the morals of a little brother later on. He agreed and I taught him the dreaded F-word. “What’s it mean?” he asked. “I don’t know,” I said, “but it’s very dirty.” Jim was angry. I’d cheated him – a four-letter word, delivered incomplete, without a definition, and even if he could find out what it meant, he had vowed not to use it. Reacting to the uptightness of the old days, my wife and I decided to under-react to bad words. So when Marie used her dirty word, I said casually, “I guess you know that’s not a nice word to say. Right?” “I know,” said Marie, “But I’m only saying what Heather said.” (Only 4 and she’d mastered a fine point of schoolyard law – that quoting a curse word is nowhere near as bad as using one in earnest. Luckily she couldn’t cite the landmark case that helped establish this principle – Slackwood Elementary School v. Ricky Epstein.) And that was the end of it, for then anyway. When I was a kid, saying dirty words was considered immoral. It was in a class with assault, theft and cruelty to animals. But my wife and I made it merely a matter of etiquette. How’d that work out? Marie is 23 now and she hardly ever curses. She’s naturally refined. Her 20-year-old sister Sally, the college girl, curses a lot. She’s naturally crude. Our youngest, Wendy, age 16, never curses around me. I pay her $3 a week not to. A better parent wouldn’t have to do that, but I see it as a touch of household elegance at an affordable price. And what of my little brother? He’s 53 now – and completely out of control. I never should have taught him that word.


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Explore Nearby Nature Climbing Up, Falling Down, Risk-Taking

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f you have a young child, you’re probably quite aware of certain laws of nature. You know without a doubt that when kids go outside, they fall down from, out of, and off things. You also know that kids in nature get dirty and wet. Letting kids explore freely outdoors can be hairraising (how on earth did you climb so HIGH in that tree!) or even result in extra homework for you (so much for this morning’s vacuum job), but it’s incredibly important. Outdoor discovery, reasonable risk-taking, and even mistake-making are essential building blocks for resilient and confident children. Take tree climbing, for example. When your daughter monkeys herself up a maple, limb by sketchy limb, she is fine-tuning all sorts of critical arm and leg muscles. She’s also developing balance, learning to judge distances, and gaining a whole new perspective on the world. And when your son crosses a creek on a fallen fir, he’s practicing those same skills. Yes, it’s possible that one of your small explorers will fall – out of the tree or into the water – but if you’re monitoring their challenges wisely and setting reasonable risk boundaries (for example, not allowing them to


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climb way over your head or cross truly dangerous waterways), chances are they will simply need a band-aid or a change of clothing when their efforts are unsuccessful. And if you don’t overreact after a first time failure, your kids will probably get right up and try again, perhaps with some new insight. Valuable life lesson learned: some skills take more than one attempt to master. Many local summer camps provide children with age-appropriate variations of just these sorts of opportunities to learn outdoors. For example, at Nearby Nature’s daycamp site we have mini wooden bridges over our Beaver Dam play area and all sorts of “jumping stumps” (cut tree rounds sunk into the ground) for leaping and balancing practice. All of our campers, from tiny tots to teens enjoy these obstacles. We also have fun finding real world natural challenges in Alton Baker Park and other local natural areas as we hike and explore. If you look in this magazine’s camp directory, you’ll find Nearby Nature’s camps plus many others in our community that offer similar opportunities for discovery and growth. If your kiddos aren’t doing camps, you can seek out opportunities for balancing and climbing in

by Beth Stein

local natural areas or even set some up ways to practice these skills in your own home space. Find a friend doing tree work and secure some hefty tree rounds (tall enough to sink ten plus inches into the ground and wide enough to stand on). Dig appropriately-sized holes and bury the rounds securely, leaving ten plus inches above ground, and presto, you have your own jumping stumps. Nail a board between two tree rounds and you have a balancing bridge. (Note that tree rounds also serve nicely as pretend tea party tables!) So what else happens when kids explore outside? Oh yes…dirt. It gets in their clothes, on their bodies, and sometimes even in their mouths. But don’t despair. Many scientists and doctors now believe that exposure to mud and muck is actually good for you…and that some of the tiny bacteria you inevitably ingest when you play outside may even help strengthen your immune system. For some kids, the sensory and motor experience of digging in dirt or sand is also therapeutic and can help address challenging attention and social issues. At Nearby Nature, our kids spend lots of time in our Learnscape Garden sandbox as well as playing with natural materials in our Nature’s Builders play space. We’re also working on new a Big Dig Dirt Box that will be filled with soil specifically for kids who will benefit from getting really hands-on with their dirt. So how does a concerned but game-foradventure caregiver get in the right frame of mind to celebrate rather than censor the reasonable risk-taking that children need to grow strong and resilient? Take a deep breath, buy a box of band-aids, and haul out the play clothes. And who knows, you may get so excited about your child’s new adventures that you find yourself up a tree as well, with skinned knees and dirty duds to rival the best of the younger generation! Beth Stein is the Executive Director of Nearby Nature, a non-profit education group dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living. The organization hosts summer daycamps in local parks as well as school programs, special events, and restoration projects. For more information, call 541-687-9699 or see

Movie Time by Bonnie L. Harris

Just Another Reboot

Genie teaches a lesson.

Walt Disney Pictures Rated: PG Now in theatres


s far as reboots go, Disney’s Aladdin follows the storyline of the 1992 animated version with only minor deviations and a couple of new songs. But therein lies its weakness. As a live-action version of a beloved Disney classic, director Guy Ritchie seems to be overwhelmed by the characters and underwhelmed with creativity. Don’t get me wrong, Disney spent a ton of money developing the film and

it certainly shows in the sets, the costumes, the CGI effects, and a topnotch cast including Will Smith as the Genie. But overall, it felt like the actors were only mimicking the animated characters rather than really embodying human characters. And there were no surprises, no twists, no new jokes, and very little chemistry

between Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, the thief of Agrabah. But thank goodness for the Genie, who gives Aladdin three wishes, and spends most of the film keeping the pace moving. He tries his best to please his new master while also teaching him how to be a better person. Each

wish brings Aladdin closer to a romance with Princess Jasmine, but she’s got her own problems with her overprotective father and the Grand Vizier, Jafar,

who covets her father’s throne. When Jafar finally gets his hands on the magic lamp, his three wishes force Aladdin to admit that he’s not really a prince and push Jasmine to realize that she might be qualified to rule the kingdom. It’s a nice feminist reveal, but not enough to give the ending much pizazz. We’re sorta glad that Jasmine & Aladdin finally marry, but honestly, it was more fun watching Abu the monkey save the day and the Magic Carpet save the romance. For a young audience new to the story, it’ll keep them entertained as long as there’s plenty of popcorn.

FOR THE PARENTS Honestly True All Is True Sony Pictures, Rated: PG-13 Now in theatres


enneth Branagh has spent much of his career playing Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, so it’s quite fitting that he now plays the Bard of Avon himself in the exceptional new period drama All is True. Shaken by the destruction of London’s Globe Theatre and haunted by the untimely death of his only son, Shakespeare returns home to find that his wife, Anne, treats him like a house guest and his daughters are hostile strangers. When he begins designing and constructing a new

stones, sharp thorns, and stubborn brambles to overcome, and Shakespeare discovers his garden, Shakespeare also lays out a plan to fair share as he balances family concerns with mend his relationship with his family. But with the narrow-minded politics of his community. any garden project, there are always unexpected Once he’s finally made peace with his wife and daughters, and their lives A family finds seem happy, Shakespeare solace. learns of a devastating secret that reshapes his entire world. Branagh brings deep conviction to Shakespeare’s quiet triumphs over both his unruly garden and his troubled soul. It’s a gorgeous film to admire, an sincere story to wonder upon, and a cinematic experience to thoroughly savor.

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Earthtalk from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I am in the market for a small motor boat to putter around in lakes near my home in Michigan but I don’t want to contribute to water pollution. What are my options? — Marlene Y., Merritt, MI o doubt, boating can be an environmental nightmare given the spewing of petrochemicals and other pollutants into the waterways we love, and the toll it takes on marine wildlife and ecosystems. Spilling even a small amount of oil, diesel or gas can contaminate acres of water and poison shellfish beds. Meanwhile, hull paints leach copper and other toxins into the water, while soaps and other cleaning solutions—not to mention the improper discharge of on-board sewage holding tanks—can be toxic to aquatic life as well. But if you take proper precautions, boating doesn’t have to be so bad. According to the non-profit Oceana, being careful not to spill during refueling seems trivial but could save the life of marine wildlife nearby. And if your boat has a two-stroke outboard engine, you can do a lot better for the environment by


upgrading to a newer four-stroke engine. Due to the way they’re designed, two-strokes lose up to 30 percent of their fuel right into the water, and are about a third less fuel efficient overall than newer, four-stroke counterparts. Even better, get an emissionsfree electric motor (inboard or outboard) from a company like Ray Electric, Aquawatt, Torqeedo, Elco or Pure Watercraft. The last few years have seen lots of innovation in the industr y— including the development of high-capacity marine-grade lithium-ion or Some newer boats, like this harbor cruiser absorbed glass mat from Seattle-based Duffy, are greener by (AGM) batteries virtue of the fact that they are powered by which in some cases emissions-free all-electric motors. can be charged up

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by on-board solar panels. If you want to buy a new allelectric boat, Ray Electric and Aquawatt have several options— from fiberglass speedsters to pontoon party boats to wooden fishing boats. Another option is Duffy Boats, which makes 18and 22-foot all-electric cruisers perfect for puttering around a harbor or lake at cocktail hour and entertaining friends. The company brags that its boats “do 5 mph better than anyone else!” If you’re just trying to be greener on an existing boat, take care to only use non-toxic cleaning products inside and out, and avoid conventional hull paint containing toxic heavy metals. Always hose off your boat right after you take it out of the water so you don’t transport any marine species, invasive or otherwise, to your driveway or your next launch spot. Also, if your boat has a “head,” make sure to get it pumped out properly so you don’t release bacterialaden human waste—often containing traces of antibiotics

and medications that aren’t good for marine wildlife—into the water column. Of course, you could always just forego the worry, environmental footprint and expense of a motor boat and go green in a kayak or canoe. Self-powered boats don’t emit any pollutants whatsoever and allow you to get closer to wildlife which would otherwise be scared off by engine noise— and you can get a good workout as well. Likewise, you could get a small sailboat that doesn’t need a motor—and pray for wind (or download a wind prediction app and time your outings accordingly). CONTACTS: Oceana,; Aquawatt,; Torqeedo,; Ray Electric Outboards,; Pure Watercraft, www.purewatercraft. com; Elco Motor Yachts,; Duffy Boats, EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. To donate, visit Send questions to:

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eet Miley! Miley is a sweet 13 year old beagle mix with white and chocolate fur. Although she is older, Miley has good energy and loves to wag her tail. She prefers being with people and is a very happy pup! She is looking for a family that will take her on nice long walks and let her beagle nose go to work. She enjoys smelling all the smells! She’s a pretty mellow dog and looking forward to a new home to relax in. Miley should go to a cat free home and could do okay with another calm dog. She should meet any dog siblings in the shelter before going home. She needs a home with older kids that will respect her space. Miley is a very sweet lady looking for her forever family to lounge around with! 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 and visits Monday - Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm at 88530 Green Hill Rd. in Eugene. For more information call (541) 689.1503 or visit






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he Cat Rescue & Adoption Network presents Marvin, a very friendly adult male kitty about 9 to 10 years old who is white with a blanket of brown tabby on his head and back. Marvin was surrendered by a couple who could no longer look after him. He is very sociable with people of all ages, and will greet anyone (including strangers) when they walk through the door. He enjoys sitting on and around his people to receive affection and attention, and also loves napping on their beds. He likes all things catnip, and will play endlessly with a laser pointer or a feather on a string. He is such a warm bundle of joy! Marvin would be happiest as the only pet in the household. He previously lived as an indoor/outdoor cat, and while he has acclimated well to being indoors, he would definitely be happiest in an indoor/outdoor home as long as there is a VERY SAFE outdoor environment. He is in good health, neutered, is up to date on vaccinations, has had a recent complete dental, is microchipped, has been defleaed and dewormed, and is negative for FIV and Felv. His adoption fee is $60, which allows us to continue to provide care for other kittens and cats in need. For more information or to meet Marvin, please call 541-225-4955 option 1 or send an email to












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July 2019 Issue

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July 2019 Issue