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It’s silly to miss school for a back-to-school check-up!

That’s why Oregon Medical Group is offering Back-to-School Well Check appointments this summer. These summertime appointments address your child’s overall health, immunizations, key milestones, and any concerns you might have. They also include the elements of a sports physical, if your child’s activities require that documentation. Spots are filling up fast, so don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Crescent Medical Clinic Garden Way Medical Clinic Southtowne Medical Clinic

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Forever or a Day

Read & Play by Jennifer Galvin

Celebrate July, Our Country’s Independence, and Summer! Fireworks, barbeques, and sunshine…. It’s July and time to celebrate! July starts out with the Fourth of July and fireworks to celebrate the independence of our country. K eep on celebrating by celebrating summertime and hopefully sunshine. Here are some great books to help start the celebrating!

READ… Washington D.C.: Our Nation’s Capital from A to Z Holiday House, $17.95, ages 6-10 by Alan Schroeder

Detailed, vibrant illustrations and informative text fill this book about our nation’s capital. From A (Act and Air and Space Museum) to Z (Zoo, that is the National Zoo) this book has so many Washington D.C. facts. A virtual visit to our nation’s capital, just in time for Independence Day!

Ocean Meets Sky Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99, ages 4-8 by Eric and Terry Fan

Finn misses his grandpa and wants to honor him by building a boat and trying to find the place where the ocean meets t h e s k y. Will he find


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it? Find out in this absolutely gorgeously illustrated book as you travel with Finn and a golden fish. Beautiful!

All of Us Greenwillow Books, $17.99, ages 4-8 by Carin Berger

When the wind is strong and the path unclear, stand strong, all together. Bold, bright illustrations and the message that we are stronger together, fill this book where ultimately, love wins. Fear is conquered, hope wins the day, and all the people stand together around the world, hand in hand—a wonderful image of hope and peace!

Chronicle Books, $17.99, ages 4-8 by Sarah Jacoby

Is time a drum beat? A whisker twitch? Where does it go? Journey into time in this beautiful book full of magical, vibrant, and luminous illustrations. Explore time’s mysteries, enjoy the beauty and savor some time together while reading this gorgeous and thoughtprovoking book.

Doodle Journeys: A Fill-In Journal for Everyday Explorers Amulet Books, $12.99, ages 6 and up by Michael Paul

Doodle your summer away with this fun journal filled with fabulous prompts. You can journal around your neighborhood or take this journal on the road with you and journal your journeys. From collaging a city out of letters to doodling road signs you see while you are in the car, this book is full of fun things to keep you busy this summer! Includes pages on the tools to take with you for doodling.

Dude! Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, ages 3-8 by Aaron Reynolds

How can one word be so expressive? Bright, colorful illustrations and the mostly the word “dude” make this book a fun look at how a single word with different punctuation can communicate meaning differently. Also, just a fun story about friends, surfing, and some ice-cream and how it all comes together, dude.

... and PLAY! Make a summer reading chain

Coming in August

Materials: Construction paper, markers, scissors, and a glue stick. Directions: Every time your child finishes reading a book this summer, help him make a special loop to put on a chain. Cut a strip of construction paper one inch wide by nine inches long. Use markers to write the name of the book and the author on your chain loop and decorate it. Glue the ends together. Decorate and glue more loops on as your child reads more books. See if your chain can reach all the way across his room by the end of the summer!

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Design a special summer bookmark Materials: Craft foam, scissors, and white school glue. Directions: Cut a strip of craft foam two inches wide by seven inches long. Cut other shapes such as flowers, cars, triangles, or circles out of foam and glue them onto your book mark. Let dry.

Paint a stylish summer visor Materials: A plastic visor from a craft store, acrylic paints, and a paintbrush. Di re c t i o ns : Pa i n t a design onto your visor. Let dry. Wear your visor to keep the sun out of your eyes when you want to read outside. Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at

Kids age 2-18 eat free this summer in Lane County. Los niños comen gratis este verano en el Candado de Lane. For the site nearest you, call FOOD for Lane County. Para el sitio más cercano a usted, llamar a FOOD for Lane County.

FFLC does not provide day care. Children ages 1 to 2 may eat if accompanied by a responsible adult. FFLC no provee cuidado de niños. Niños de 1 a 2 años pueden comer si están acompañados por un adulto responsable. USDA, the State of Oregon and FOOD for Lane County are equal opportunity employers and providers. USDA, el estado de Oregon y FOOD for Lane County son proveedores y empleadores de igualdad de oportunidad.

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Unstructured Play by Sandi Schwartz


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Do your children play enough? I am talking about unstructured free play when they are creating, using their imagination, and exploring on their own without your guidance. No electronics, no games with lots of rules, not even educational games and toys with a purpose. Sadly, the art of free play has declined sharply in recent decades. “Over the past half century we have increasingly deprived children of opportunities for free play, and over that same period we have seen dramatic and continuous  increases in all sorts of emotional disorders  in children,” explains Peter Gray, an expert in this subject. He is a research professor at Boston College, author of the book Free to Learn, and the voice behind the Psychology Today’s blog  by the same title that addresses ways we can create lear ning env ironments that optimize rather than suppress children’s play.   What’s The Problem? When children do not have the opportunity to engage in enough free play, they suffer. Some of the drawbacks resulting from missing free play include: • Diminished joy. • Unable to learn self-control. • Miss out on discovering and exploring what they most love to do and their purpose in life. • Greater chance of experiencing  anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. Lena Aburdene Derhally, psychotherapist specializing in anxiety at the Imago Center in Washington, D.C., revealed that “Sadly, I continue to see many instances where play and joy are not highly valued with both younger and older children, and as a mental health professional, I see it as detrimental to the healthy development of children. Because we have become such a work- and


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results-driven society, free, unscheduled play for children has taken a back seat. This lack of play affects emotional development and is thought to be leading the rise of anxiety, depression and other mental disorders in children.” Benefits Of Free Play Why should we encourage more free play? According to Ashley Soderlund, p s ycholo g i s t a nd au t hor of  Nurture & Thrive blog, re s e a rc h s h o w s t h at children whose parents often engage in physical and pretend play have a stronger bond with their parents and get along better with their peers. Free play also helps children lear n to solve their own problems, control their own lives, develop their own interests, learn about the world around them, and practice many skills that are necessary for healthy development.  Peter Gray  points out that children practice physical and manual skills, intellectual skills, social skills, and emotional skills during free play. “In play, children learn how to regulate their fear and anger and thereby how to maintain emotional control in threatening real-life situations.” Over time, free play helps a child feel happier, calmer, and more confident.   What Parents Can Do There are many ways that we can give

our children the chance to freely play. The following tips will help you discover more opportunities for unstructured play: • Let go of your need to control their play time. This is probably the most difficult step for many of us. It is so important that we bite our lips and move aside, and let our children play as they please (of course, stepping in if safety concerns arise). • Keep it simple.  Fun doesn’t have to involve expensive toys and trips to amusement parks. Let them enjoy simple activities like  blowing bubbles, making up their own dances, and drawing on the sidewalk with chalk. • Focus on their streng ths and interests. If your child loves an activity, then let them focus on it during their free time. • Encourage physical activity. Exercise is healthy and fun, but it does not always have to be so structured with teams and rules. Let your children create their own sports and get their energy out in the way that makes them happiest. Try  jumping rope  or impromptu relay races. • Get them outside. Children are spending less time outdoors and suffering from naturedeficit disorder. This is unfortunate because a growing number of studies show that spending time in nature can improve mental health, such as reducing stress.  • Invite other children to play. Playdates may be scheduled, but we can allow the kids to use their imagination together. Many children love playing games like house with her friends when each child takes on a role in the family—no toys necessary. • Be playful with your kids.  It is so important that we model fun free time to our kids. Get on the floor and monkey around with them, pretend you are princesses in a castle, or talk in silly accents. All of this imaginative play will encourage them to do it more often on their own. • Understand the importance of play for kids of all ages. Even tweens and teens need to play freely sometimes and get a break from their busy, stressful lives.  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 and

Movie Time by Bonnie L. Harris

How It Began

Planning the heist.

Walt Disney Studios Rated: PG-13 Now in theatres


or Star Wars fans, there’s no end in sight for the prequels, sequels, and spin-offs that will keep the beloved characters created by George Lucas alive. Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, measures up as one of the better action-packed prequels that follows a young, swashbuckling Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and

became a hero. Not only is it a fun-filled, popcorn movie that targets die-hard fans of a galaxy far, far away, but it also explains those quirky details like how Han met Chewbacca and when he won the Millennium Falcon from the

cagey Lando Calrissian. So strap into the cockpit, secure your blaster, and make the jump to light speed because it’s a time of unrest in the Empire and Storm Troopers are conscripting recruits. Although Han proves to be a l o u s y s o l d i e r, h e encounters a gang of criminals led by Tobias Beckett and begins the journey toward earning his own star ship. Through botched heists and a run-in with marauding space pirates, Han unexpectedly reunites with Qu’ira, his longlost childhood friend, who now works for a dangerous syndicate boss named Dr yden. With

FOR THE PARENTS Never Give Up Adrift Warner Bros Pictures, Rated: PG-13 Now in theatres


rue survival stories are often hard to watch and that could be the reason Adrift has so many positive reviews, but hasn’t performed well at the box office. It’s unfortunate because Adrift is a good story well-told with amazing cinematography, a very strong cast, and a hopeful message. Director Baltasar Kormakur gently eases his audience into the disaster that befalls Tami Oldham and her fiancé, Richard Sharp, after they skipper a 44-foot yacht half way across the Pacific. The film moves between

past and present to interweave a story of young love with an ill-fated voyage into Hurricane Raymond that leaves Tami struggling to keep Tami learns to navigate.

Qu’ira’s help, Han and Tobias manage to steal a shipment of extremely valuable coaxium fuel only to have it waylaid by those irritating pirates. Twists, betrayals, and double crossings finally reveal that the pirates need the coaxium to start a Rebellion against the Empire, which puts Han and Qu’ira on opposite sides of the fight. Ever the optimist, Han has no idea that Qu’ira really answers to the evil Sith Lord and she ultimately covers for him so he can make his escape. It’s a tantalizing ending with Han and Chewie en route to another big adventure and an even bigger smuggling job for a shadowy gangster named Jabba the Hut.

them both alive. Shailene Woodley, who plays Tami, brings a rare combination of vulnerability and strength to the screen that makes Tami seem both fragile and invincible. As they run out of food and water, only luck stands between their drifting boat and possible death. Tami figures out how to navigate, she patches the boat, and she salvages what she can, but knowing they’re completely alone on the ocean makes every day of her odyssey that much more poignant. Kudos for the third act twist that I didn’t see coming and definitely made the movie worth seeing.

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Explore Nearby Nature

by Beth Stein

Earth Art Adventures


ticks and stones, leaves and cones. When provided with an opportunity, kids will play for hours with what nature combs from tree branches and kicks up on shorelines. From tiny fairy forts to huge mandalas, kids design and build amazing things using “loose parts,” nature’s free art supplies. Creating Earth Art, as we like to call it at Nearby Nature, is quite simple and a perfect way to set free a young artist’s imagination. Get started by going outside with your kids and hunting for natural treasures in your yard, on sidewalks, in campgrounds, on the beach, and in gardens. Depending on where you are and the time of year, you’ll find everything from cones, leaves, seeds, flower petals, and lichen-covered sticks to shells, rocks, dried seaweed, and cool driftwood. Notice all the different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes of your materials. Make sure you


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never collect the last of anything or tear up live plants. There is PLENTY to work with on the ground already. Put your art materials in a large box or plastic tub. Now find an outdoor space where your kids can create on a large scale. A grassy lawn, a patch of bare dirt in a campground, a sandy beach, or even a patio will work fine. Invite them to make patterns, designs, and pictures, or even fairy forts and gnome villages. Most kids won’t need much direction for this activity, but for inspiration, check out Andy Goldsworthy’s nature art on the internet, in a library book, or in the movie Rivers and Tides. This artist does extraordinary things with natural materials. Take photos of your kids’ Earth Art so they can “keep” their creations. If their art is not in anyone’s way, you can leave it for others to see. If their masterpiece is in a public park, however, be sure to clean up.

Collect and keep their materials for a future project or return them to where you found them. Email a photo of your Earth Art to Nearby Nature ( and we’ll put it on our website! Finally, for more nature art fun, invite Nearby Nature to do an Earth Art program at your child’s school or sign your kids up for a summer daycamp that includes outdoor art. Nearby Nature has several — Kinder Colors, Puppets-Paints-Pawprints, and Earth Art — as do many other local organizations. See this magazine’s camp directory for ideas. Beth Stein is the Executive Director of Nearby Nature, a non-profit education group dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living. The group hosts summer daycamps in local parks as well as school programs, special events, and restoration projects. For more information, call 541-687-9699 or see



On-Going Events Saturday Kids Workshops at MECCA. From magnetic puzzles to robots to sock creatures. No need to pre-reg. All materials are included. Kids under 10 accompanied by an adult. Each week features a different creative reuse project. MECCA, 11am – 3pm, $3-5, Ph 541.302.1810 Family Music Time. Downtown Library Tues 6:30pm / Wed, Thurs, Sat 10:15am. Sheldon and Bethel Library Branch, Fri 10:15am / Sat 11:15am. Ph 541.682.8316 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 feature something for everyone! Explore science topics, astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. See

website for features, admission, and times. Ph 541.682.7888

1 SUNDAY King Pong. Transforms a classic video game into interactive fun of colossal proportions. With giant controllers and a 20-foot screen, participants will play Pong, the vintage Atari game. Kesey Square, 8-10pm, FREE!


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Eugene Pro Rodeo. Fireworks Display tonight! See the 3rd

Art in the Vineyard. Premiere art and wine festival of the Southern Willamette Valley. Enjoy wine, food, beer, entertainment, live music and more. Alton Baker Park, 11am-9:30pm, Ph 541.345.1571

Butte to Butte Challenge. A competitive 10K, 5K & 4-mile walk. This challenging course is Eugene’s most popular road race. Donald St. hill. 7:30am, Ph 541.343.7247 Creswell 4th of July Parade and Celebration. Starts with a 7am pancake breakfast and continues the rest of the day in celebration of the red, white and blue. Live music, food, entertainment, and activities for the kids. Downtown Creswell, 7am-10pm, FREE! Ph 541.895.4398 Light of Liberty Celebration. Live music, a plethora of food vendors, all sorts of fun activities for kids and some explosive fireworks show. Main stage concert features the The Guess Who. Island Park, 4pm, $5-8, Ph 541.746.8451 Freedom Festival Fireworks. Includes wine, food, beer, entertainment, special activities, and a spectacular firework display around 10pm. Alton Baker Park, 4-10:30pm



Nature Kids: Fish. Learn about local fish and make fish prints. Ages 7-12, Downtown Library, 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

Stories of America, Music & Art with Taylor. Springfield Public Library, 6:30-7:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

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

Eugene EMS vs Everett. 7:05pm

Hult Presents, Party on the Plaza: Pura Vida Orquesta. Performances start at 5:30pm. FREE!

Eugene EMS vs. Everett. 4:05pm

3 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Eugene EMS vs Everett. 7:05pm Eugene Pro Rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls compete in Roughstock, bareback riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, bull riding, barrel racing, beer garden, steer wrestling, and roping events. Oregon Horse Center, 5pm-12am, $14.25-25.25, Ph 541.689.9700

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

7 SATURDAY Art in the Vineyard. See the 6th Family Nature Discovery Day – All About Owls! Dissect owl pellets, learn about what and how owls eat, and why owl pellets are fascinating. Cascade Raptor Center, 11am-3pm, reg admin +$2, 541.485.1320 Eugene EMS vs Hillsboro. 7:05pm

8 SUNDAY Art in the Vineyard. 11am-5pm, See the 6th Eugene EMS vs Hillsboro. 5:05pm

9 MONDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Eugene EMS vs Hillsboro. 7:05pm

10 TUESDAY Party in the Park. Track Town Swing will perform a dance for the audience before teaching a free lesson on swing dancing. Churchill Sports Park, 5-7pm, FREE!

12 THURSDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Kids Club, Summer Edition! Movie Day, Springfield Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FRE! Ph 541.726.3766 Hult Presents, Party on the Plaza: Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds. Performances start at 5:30pm. FREE!

13 FRIDAY Lego Club. All bricks provided, including Dupelo. Springfield Public Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541726-3766 Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month Investigating Insects! Insects may be small, but they’re kind of a big deal. Come learn about theses amazing and diverse animals through a story, games, and crafts. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 11:30, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024 Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE!


McKenzie River Lavender Festival. During this glorious summer weekend, area lavender farms open their fields for tours, photography and painting, shopping and lectures. McKenzie Highway, FREE! Ph 541.736.8575 Oregon Country Fair. Features vaudeville, circus acts, spoken word, wandering musicians, face painting, parades, 18 stages of entertainment, more than 80 food booths and 350 craft booths. Oregon Country Fairgrounds, 11am-7pm, $29 (kids under 10 free), Ph 541.343.4298

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Lavendar Festival Starts Friday, July 13th 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, games and so much fair food. Hult Presents, Party on the Plaza: The Brass Roots Movement. Performances start at 5:30pm. Downtown Cottage Grove, FREE!

20 FRIDAY Lane County Fair. See the 18th

rocks, minerals and fossilized creatures with hands-on activities, crafts, snacks and raffle prizes. Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center, 10am-12:00, FREE!

29 SUNDAY Blackberry Jam Festival. 11am-4pm, see the 27th Eugene Sunday Streets & Parade. Live music, a parade, fitness classes, dancing, yoga, slacklining and much more! Parade starts at 10am at Monroe Park. Downtown Eugene, 10am-12pm,

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



Teddy Bear Picnic. Join in this beloved annual tradition for young children and family. Bring snacks and your teddy bear or favorite stuffed friend to play in the park. Campbell Community Center, 11am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Lane County Fair. See the 18th

22 SUNDAY Lane County Fair. 11am-8pm, See the 18th

14 SATURDAY Oregon Country Fair. See the 13th Tim McGraw & Faith Hill. Matt Knight Arena, 7:30pm, $69.50-119.50 Truck Function in Junction. A semi-truck and big rig show ‘n shine and night time cruise through JC. Vendors, booths, show trucks, and fun for the whole family. 8:00am, FREE! Ph 541.954.0762

Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Family Night. In July the theme is Beach Party. Enjoy stories and songs about the beach, plus make kites. Sheldon Library, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Party in the Park. Ratie and Friends bring Afrobeat and funk to Maurie Jacobs Park, 5-7pm, FREE!

23 MONDAY Rockin’ Stories, Music & Art with Taylor. Springfield Public Library, 6:30-7:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

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

McKenzie River Lavender Festival. See the 13th

Eugene EMS vs Salem-Keizer. 7:05pm



Family Night. In July the theme is Beach Party. Enjoy stories and songs about the beach, plus make kites. Bethel Library, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

McKenzie River Lavender Festival. See the 13th

Eugene EMS vs Salem-Keizer. 7:05pm

Eugene EMS vs Salem-Keizer. 7:05pm

Family Fun Day. Bingo, face painting, live music, scavenger hunt, prizes and more. Springfield-McKenzie Eagles #3597, 10am-7pm, Ph 541.726.1265, FREE!

Lane County Fair. Family fun, concerts, carnival rides, games, exhibits, and entertainment! Lane County Fairgrounds, 11am-11pm, $6-9, Ph 541.682.4292



25 WEDNESDAY Eugene EMS vs. Salem-Keizer. 7:05pm

26 THURSDAY Kids Club, Summer Edition! Springfield Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FRE! Ph 541.726.3766

Storytelling with author Judy Cox! Springfield Public Library, 6:30-7:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

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

Eugene EMS vs Salem-Keizer. 7:05pm

Lane County Fair. See the 18th

Eugene EMS vs Salem-Keizer. 7:05pm


Kids Club, Summer Edition! Science of Sound with Eugene Science Center, Springfield Library, 1:30-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766


Teens at 4:30. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public

Little Timbers July 23-25 10am - 1pm • LCC

Hult Presents, Party on the Plaza: Eric Stern. Performances start at 5:30pm. FREE!

Rock Type Pokemon Scavenger Hunt. Springfield Library, 2-4pm, FRE! Ph 541.726.3766 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. 5pm-10pm, Ph 866.516.5534, FREE!

28 SATURDAY Blackberry Jam Festival. 10am-10pm, see the 27th

Eugene Timbers Fútbol Club 541-343-5100


ETFC Summer Camp August 21-23 Ages 6-14 • 10am-1pm

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Children’s Celebration. More than 60 community exhibitors. Live music, pony rides, and artistic opportunities. Food available to purchase. Island Park, 10am-2pm, Free with canned food. Kids Adventure Club – Oregon Fossils. Learn about 15 - 60 million-year-old specimens of

Farmers Markets Creswell Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday May through October. Farm fare ranges from local fruits and vegetables to home grown meats. 4pm - 6pm, First and Oregon, Ph 541.895.2096 Hideaway Bakery Farmers Market. Every Saturday 9am-3pm (per vendor availability), behind Mazzi’s Restaurant, Ph 541.868.1982 Amazon Farmers Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and value added products in the heart of South Eugene! Amazon Community Center, Weekly on Thurs June 15th - Sept 28th. 12pm-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5373 MarketPlace @ Sprout! Showcases the best of Lane County’s organic and locallygrown farm products. Farm fresh eggs, local meats and fish, plus produce, grains and artisan goodies. Music and activities vary week to week. Sprout! Every Friday, rain or shine, 3-7pm, FREE! Ph 541.345.7106 Lane County Farmers Market. Over 85 growers and producers, grown locally. Support your community and get the freshest goods, direct from the source! Every Sat 9am-3pm & Tuesday 10am3pm, April – Sept, 8th & Oak Blocks. Winter Farmers Market: Feb – March, park blocks. Holiday Farmers Market: Mid Nov – Mid Dec, Lane Events Center, Sat 10-5/Sun 11-5pm. FREE! Ph 541.431.4923 Winter Green Farmers Market. Emmaus Lutheran Church, Weds 2pm–6pm, June–Oct. Ph 541.743.3366 Saturday Farmers Market. Every Saturday, April-Nov, 8th & Oak St. Rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! Veneta Farmers Market. Every Sat 10am–2pm, June–September, Luther Lane & Territorial, Ph 541.285.4376 Cottage Grove Market. 10th & Washington, Mon – Sat, 10am–6pm yearround, Ph 541.337.7684 Food for Lane County Youth Farmers Market. Thurs 2pm–6pm, June–October, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Ph 541.343.2822

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Parents’ Turn by Andy Vobora


s summer approaches we thought it might be a good idea to give parents an experience sans kids. The Willamette Valley was selected as the Wine Region of the Year back in late 2016 and we proudly wore the crown through 2017. Well, just last month Oregon wines were recognized in a nationwide survey of restaurants. In fact, seven of the top ten Pinot Noirs selected are from Oregon and the only Pinot Gris selected was from King Estates Winery. Let’s get you out on a wine country experience. T here are several ways we can go about experiencing the 22 awardwinning wineries in the South Willamette Valley. Each starts with a Pinot Bingo card. Pinot Bingo cards are available at both Eugene, Cascades & Coast visitor centers (754 Olive St, Eugene and next to Michaels in the Crossroads Center, Springfield) or at the wineries. Pinot Bingo cards provide addresses and a map to each of the wineries plus an opportunity to win prizes as you make bingo on your card. Each person may play, so feel free to pick up one for each person in your party. Equipped with your Pinot Bingo card, your first option is to muster the Oregon spirit and hit the trail. We like your spunk, but we would

also suggest a call (541.484.5307) to our Adventure Specialists. The Adventure Center is open every day from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the staff can provide information on whether the wineries you’ve chosen are operating summer hours, charging tasting fees, hosting special music or food offerings and more. Speaking from experience, should you choose the first option of a selfguided adventure, I would suggest a designated driver. My wife and I completed the entire Pinot Bingo card (known as a “Full Cellar” since no one wants to use traditional bingo lingo “blackout” for a wine activity) over the period of a month. Having a designated driver gives you an opportunity to move more quickly through your Pinot Bingo card and be sure everyone stays safe. A second option is to arrange a wine tasting tour with one of local tour operators. This is a great option if you would like to select a specific number of wineries and go with a group of friends. One of our area’s premier providers is Cork and Barrel Tours. They’ve developed extensive knowledge of the wineries in and out of area and they are just fun to hang out with for a day. You might

be surprised to learn that Guaranty RV Super Centers in Junction City offers wine tours, so please be sure to check our website for a complete list of transportation providers. Option three is going to sound similar to option two, but with a key difference. America’s HUB World Tours just began offering packaged tours in our region on March 1, 2018. While this tour company will gladly customize a tour for you, their “packaged” tours are unique in that they operate on a set schedule. So, let’s say you’ve done no planning and decide tomorrow is the day to go wine tasting. Check the America’s HUB World Tours website, buy your tickets online and show up at one of several downtown Eugene pick-up points. It’s that easy. These folks have a whole variety of tours going out each week, so if family shows up unexpectedly you now have options!   If you can’t leave your cherubs for the day or weekend, you still have nearby opportunities to taste great Oregon wine. Scores of urban tasting rooms come alive every weekend with food trucks and live music, so if you can only squeeze out a few hours just go to our website ( to find out what’s coming up.  One final thought. As you experience these enchanting places be sure to take lots of the photos and if you share photos publicly on social media just use the hashtag #RealOregon. We enjoy seeing everyone having fun and so will others as we can share your experiences through our channels. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • J U L Y 2 0 1 8



reports Tuck, a website dedicated to improving sleep hygiene, from the Editors of “E” health and wellness through the the Environmental Magazine creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. “However, terms like ‘green,’ ‘natural’ and ‘eco-friendly’ are often misused or exaggerated within the mattress industry.” Further complicating matters, there is no regulatory body factchecking green claims within the mattress industry, although certifications are available for certain mattress materials like foam, latex, and fabrics. So, what’s a green-minded, health- conscious mattress s ho p p e r to do ? F i rs t a nd foremost, know what to look for. According to Tuck, a true green mattress features natural and/or organic materials (natural latex, — Betsy Langdon, Chicago, IL plant-based polyfoam or memory foam, cotton, wool, etc.). Tuck says that any mattress that contains less than 60 percent natural or organic material has no right to market itself as ho would have thought growing demand has led many “green.” that the comfy mattress mattress manufacturers to offer There is no overall certification you’ve been sleeping on for sustainable products as well,” for green mattresses overall years contains per se, but there are dozens of potentially certifications that harmful substances a p p l y to ce r t a i n and materials, from types of mattresses petrochemicals to and their materials. adhesives to dyes To wit, if a mattress to flame retardants, meets the Global among other toxins O r g a n i c Te x t i l e and carcino gens . Standard (GOTS), Luckily for greenat least 95 percent minded consumers, of its materials are though, there’s never certified organic, been a better time to while certain noxious find a truly “green” chemicals (chemical mattress. f lame retardants, “Green technology polyurethane) can’t and innovation be present at all. have impacted Meanwhile, the A true green mattress features at least 60 percent a wide range of Global Organic Latex natural and/or organic materials (such as natural industries in recent Standard (GOL S) latex, plant-based polyfoam or memory foam, cotton, years…and this certifies that a latex wool, etc.).

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mattress is made from 95 percent organic latex, with similarly stringent restrictions on what can be in the remaining five percent of the mattress. Another certification to look for is OEKO-TEX, which sets limits on how much a given mattress can off-gas potentially harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and other socalled volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) linked to respiratory illness, memory impairment and other human health issues. Foam mattress buyers should keep an eye out for the CertiPURUS label, which certifies polyfoams and memory foams as made without ozone depleters, chemical f lame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde and phthalates—and emit little if any volatile organic compounds that can compromise indoor air quality. Some of the leading green mattress brands out there, as vetted by Tuck and other experts, include Avocado, Bear, Essentia, Happsy, Keetsa, Live & Sleep, LifeKind/OMI, Loom & Leaf, Luxi, My Green Mattress, Naturepedic, Nest Bedding, Organic Mattresses, Plushbeds, Saatva, Sleep On Latex, Soaring Heart, Spindle, Tuft & Needle and Zenhaven. To learn more, peruse Tuck. com. T he freely accessible database contains information on 125,000 different customer experiences from nearly 1,000 individual sources. CONTACTS: Tuck,; GOTS,; GOLS, https://; OEKO-TEX, oeko-tex. com; CertiPUR-US, EarthTalk® is a weekly syndicated column produced by Doug Moss and Roddy Scheer for the non-profit EarthTalk. To find out more, submit a question, or make a donation, visit us at

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A Dad’s Eye View by Rick Epstein

Feng Shui and the Teenager I

’ve been reading about Feng Shui, and it sheds new light on the ups and downs of my 55-year-long life. (I’m 56 if you figure age in the Chinese way, by including a year for womb time. Because those months were spent nauseating and kicking my dear mother, I prefer not to count them. But otherwise, I am totally on board with Chinese philosophy.) The basic premise of Feng Shui is that if you build your house right and arrange your furniture right, positive energy (“chi”) will flow around you and you’ll be as happy as a trout in a sparkling brook. There are diagrams and hundreds of do’s and don’ts. Giving our house the once-over, I’m finding a few things that aren’t up to code. • The staircase is in a direct line with the front door. This is like rolling out the red carpet for evil spirits. • The door to daughter Marie’s room swings in and tangles with a closet door that won’t stay shut. These are called “arguing doors” and they are not harmonious. • The master bedroom is decorated with implements of violence, ranging from an African spear to my mom’s old sorority paddle. More disharmony. • Daughter Wendy says her room is haunted. (It’s at the top of the stairs.) But the room I occupied as a teenager was worse. That’s because my dad had to walk through it to use the bathroom, which meant a flow


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of negative energy (“sha”) at least twice a day. Dad was a hard worker who was justifiably disappointed in his slacker son, and his passage through my room was like a bitter wind of vexation and criticism. Some classic Feng Shui “cures” are bells, live plants and anything red or green either in a bad part of the room or in a sector of the room that corresponds to particular aspects of your life. Unschooled in Feng Shui, I made up my own cure. I hung up huge, colorful movie posters. My favorite was hot pink and advertised “Sweet Sugar,” a movie about women prisoners sentenced to cut sugar cane in skimpy outfits. Of the title character, the poster promised, “Sugar’s machete wasn’t her only weapon!” Besides giving my room a touch of naughty sophistication, the lurid posters lit the place up. But all too often I’d find my stepmother standing in the doorway, smoking a Camel and frowning at the posters. Like Sweet Sugar, she had multiple weapons, only hers were disapproval and second-hand smoke. The sha floated in so voluminously that I wanted to crawl along the floor to breathe. Aquariums are proven cures, and I had one on my desk. But it was a negative presence. It contained two pale, blind cave fish that someone had given to me. They were ugly and creepy, and I had tired of cleaning their tank and feeding them. They had to find their own sustenance in green water that got thicker each year. I think the stagnant fish tank was parked in the sector of the room governing academic achievement. Although my room lacked chi, and my relationship with my parents wasn’t very good, my love life was showing signs of potential. The right way to nurture it would’ve been to place a potted fern in the southwest corner of the room. But my approach was more direct. One memorable Saturday afternoon I brought my girlfriend up to my room to make out. Soon the chi was sizzling, and a troubled space promised to become a chamber of wonder. But a knock on the door and my dad’s angry voice told me I’d failed again. Even then, I knew you don’t g e t a n y w h e re b y o f fe n d i n g your ancestors, especially when one of them is threatening to b r e a k your door down. The real cure turned out to be moving out, growing up, and learning common courtesy. I’d sickened and pummeled my mom as a fetus, but I did worse than that to my poor dad when I should’ve known better. Sadly, no culture will let you compute your age by leaving out the teenage years. Rick Epstein can be reached at But take it easy; he’s feeling a bit frail just now.

Protecting Against Summertime Injuries by Pilar Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. Eugene Pediatric Associates


ummertime is a season for family fun. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when pediatricians see the consequences of accidents that could have been avoided by taking precautions. These seasonal safety tips can help you and your children have a safer, more enjoyable summer: • Avoid sunburns by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply it at least every two hours. Wear loose, long-sleeved clothes and hats for added protection, and avoid skin exposure during peak sun hours (12-3 p.m.). • Provide constant, undistracted supervision when your children are near water. All kids need to be supervised, no matter their swimming skills. If a child is under the age

of 5, the supervising adult should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.” Never assume that a child who knows how to swim is not at risk for drowning. • Invest in properly fitting, Coast Guardapproved life vests, and have kids (and adults) wear them whenever they are near water. Pool toys, water wings and other floaties are not reliable flotation devices and may give children and parents a false sense of security. • Always monitor kids around campfires. Fire pits pose an increased risk of burns to children, even after the fire is put out. • Playgrounds are a common location for falls and broken bones. Keep a close eye on your kids, especially young ones, to reduce the

risk of falling from play structures. • Be aware that trampolines are not meant for kids under the age of 12, due to fragile, growing bones. Even after age 12, only one child at a time should bounce on a trampoline. • Be prepared for emergencies by keeping your family’s first aid kit and supplies in your car. In addition, freeze several water bottles and put them in a cooler so they can be used as an icepack if needed. If you have teens, be sure to check in with them—know who they are with, what they are doing, where they will be and when they will be home. A little planning and extra vigilance can help ensure your family stays safe while enjoying our beautiful Oregon summer. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • J U L Y 2 0 1 8




2018 Summer Camp Directory

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Join Us for Camp This Summer! Boys Basketball…June 20-22 Girls & Little Spartans Basketball…June 25-28 Volleyball…July 16-19 Football…July 30-August 2 Boys & Girls Soccer…August 6-9 Middle School Cheer...August 13-16 Little Spartans Cheer...August 20-23

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Rescue Spotlight


eet Hazelnut! She is one sweet girl with lots of love to share. She’s a little over 3 yrs. old and enjoys going for walks, hanging out around the house and cuddling. Staff and volunteers love her, saying that she enjoys her belly rubs, cuddling and resting her head on your knee. If you’d like to have a sweet friend and companion we have the prefect pup for you! She hasn’t done well with other dogs at the shelter and best not to have cats around. She has a great history with children and walks well on a leash. She’s 50 lbs. of loving pup and will certainly be a joyful, appreciative addition to your family. If you’d like to meet Hazelnut or learn more about her from our expert adoption staff, please visit First Avenue Shelter today. First Avenue Shelter is open for adoptions and visits Tues - Sat, 11am - 6pm (closed Sun & Mon) at 3970 W. 1st Avenue in Eugene. For more information call (541) 844.1777 or visit


I S S MURR is a beautiful and sleek young black female kitty about 2 years old. She is a loving and playful little girl who loves to jump and leap for toys, and to chase balls and toy mice around the room. She speaks with a quiet and delightful little "Murr" (hence her name) – and she has a great desire to please her people. She was rescued from an unhealthy hoarding situation, and may be a bit shy at first in a new environment. Miss Murr is good with both adults and kids, but she is NOT good with other cats since she wants to be the center of attention. She is such a sweet kitty who will rub on your legs, curl up next to you, and loves to be petted anytime you are willing! Miss Murr has been tested for feline leukemia and FIV (she is negative), spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, defleaed and dewormed, plus you get a free vet visit. Her $75 adoption helps us care for other cats in our community. Miss Murr is currently in foster care; for information on how to meet this kitty, please call 541-225-4955 option 1 or send an email to

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