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ummer camp offers all kinds of fun and character-building experiences for kids of any age. Whether you’re looking for a few hours of entertainment or weeks of intentional skill-building for your child, you can find it at camp. Age 0 - 5  Day camps offer the perfect opportunity for young kids to experience time away from Mom and explore new activities. Camp for preschool children focuses on free play, sharing with others, group games, (inside and outside) and simple arts and crafts. If you’re sending your child


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to camp for the first time, make sure the schedule matches her personality and routine to prevent a stressful experience. Does there need to be naptime? Should your child be potty trained to attend? Would your child adjust more easily by starting with a ½ day camp instead of full day? Are there appropriate breaks for snacks and changes in activity? It’s important to find out what the counselor to camper ratio is for children this age. You want to ensure your child will be adequately cared for with a friendly, wellstaffed team. You also want to determine if the counselors are trained to help with issues common to preschoolers including separation anxiety, potty training, and temper tantrums.   The best place to find camps for young children is through day cares, churches, nursery schools, and local elementary schools. Specialty camps also abound through gymnastic centers, music schools, and sporting centers. Consider your child’s interests and find a camp that fits to give your preschool child a chance to make new friends and explore new experiences.   Age 6 - 11  Elementary-age children thrive at camp, whether it’s day camp or stayaway camp. It’s the perfect solution to sibling squabbles and long summer days. But it pays to do your research and find the

right fit for your child. Camps for this age range from sports camps to music camps to academic camps to church camps. Don’t let the variety intimidate you as you research; start with the interests of your child and ask friends and neighbors to give opinions on camps their kids have attended.  At this age, our kids have had the most fun at away camps that gave them the opportunity to try activities not available at home such as zip lining, archery, rock wall climbing, in addition to swimming, arts and crafts, and campfire sing-alongs with friends. Kids gain independence as they make decisions and meet new friends outside of the comforts of home. They gain self-confidence in trying new activities. And they learn to appreciate the beauty of nature as they unplug from technology. Although they may experience periods of homesickness, they learn to forge through their feelings with caring camp counselors and new friends.  Specialty camps close to home also help kids explore new hobbies or create opportunities for parents and kids to enjoy camp together. A

mother-daughter sewing camp or father-son golfing camp allows great bonding time while developing a skill enjoyed by both. If your child has never experienced camp, start with a day camp or send a friend along for an away camp. It’s important that their first camp experience be a good one. If you find it wasn’t a perfect fit, try a different one next year. But don’t give up on the beauty and benefits of camp for elementary-age children.   Age 12 - 15   Tweens and teens have better focus than younger children and benefit from camps that more closely match t h e i r i n te re s t s a n d personalities. Sports and music camps are great for this age and help kids advance athletic skills and enhance musical talent. Academic camps offer youth advancedlearning opportunities in subjects they might want to explore for longterm focus. And church camps offer characterbuilding and selfawareness experiences not learned in school. Camps provide a safe place for teens and tweens to hang out while parents work during summer break. Not yet able to drive or find a summer job, kids this age too often allow technology to rule or

walk into unsupervised trouble unless parents intentionally seek out creative options. Junior high and high schools provide i nfor m at ion for lo c a l c a mps wor t h investigating as the school year draws to a close. It’s also easy to scour the internet for camps that match your child’s interests. Some camps provide certification such as lifeguard

training or first aid certification that can enable your youth to successfully find a job upon completion. Encourage your youth to research camps with you to find one that fits. When kids attend camp, they develop resilience and flexibility that benefits them later in life. An article in Psychology Today, “Creating Advantage in College,” by Steve Baskin parallels the experiences of summer camp and the adjustment of college. He cites that kids work through similar adjustments at camp and college such as, “Being away from home and your traditional support system (family, friends, familiar places), and dealing with large amounts of uncertainty (what will classes require, how will I fit in socially, can I deal with this new roommate).” Baskin proposes that kids who find success working through these challenges at camp adjust easier when presented with the transition to college. Summer camp offers unique experiences and characterbuilding opportunities for every child. Whether your child is 2 or 15, camp is the perfect place to find adventure and make lifelong memories in the process. Don’t delay - find a camp your child will enjoy today! Gayla Grace, freelance writer and mom to five, has sent her kids to camp every summer and continues to find new camps for her one child still at home to enjoy.

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ere’s my Father’s Day gift to new dads: A warning about the phrase “Ask your mother.” It starts rolling out of the paternal mouth once kids are about 3 years old, and it can be habit-forming. *** It’s 4:30 on a Friday afternoon and I’m in the office bravely crawling toward the finish line. Usually full of questions for me, my 20something staffers are busily planning their Friday-night festivities, and for that they need no input from their 54-year-old boss. In fact, on Monday when we compare weekends, some of them will avert their eyes as if I’m describing a painful and humiliating disease. But there is one person whose plans for a wild weekend involve me, and it’s not my wife. I feel a vibration and for a moment I wonder if I’m wetting my pants. No, it’s my phone. My 14-year-old daughter Wendy says, “Hi Dad, can Kourtney, Bree, Heather and Morgan sleep over tonight?” “Morgan?” I ask. “Is that a girl?” “Dad, the only Morgan who’s NOT a girl is Captain Morgan, the rum dude,” she says. “So, can they sleep over?” “What do you know about the rum dude?” I ask, stalling for time to think. “He’s on a billboard near the high school. He’s a pirate in a red coat. HE is not coming to sleep over. But can the girls?” This is the time to say “yes — on one condition,” and then slide in something that will advance the cause of righteousness. But nothing comes to mind. Like I said, it’s been a long week. So on the off-chance my lovely wife Betsy will do better, I say, “Ask your mother.” Besides,

it would be unfair to approve the mayhem that will cause Betsy to spring angrily out of bed every couple hours to go downstairs and tell the revelers to quit shrieking, or come back inside the house, or put the furniture back where it was. My wife is also at work. She is about to hear that half the cheerleaders in town are coming over for an all-night pep rally and that “It’s OK with Dad if it’s OK with you.” If I were on my game, I would hit a speed-dial button and give Betsy a heads-up so she can be ready. But I haven’t really been “on my game” since the last birthday party at which Wendy wore a pointy hat. “Unity of command” is a basic principle of military science, and it’s even more crucial in parenting. When Betsy and I are both at home, we confer privately and present our rulings with a united front. But at work, we are not only divided, but tired or sometimes distracted by the actual work we get paid to do. Then Wendy can knock us off one at a time. Obviously, I’m willing to pass the buck, but I’d like to pass it with nuanced precision. How about this for a plan? As Betsy leaves for work, I hand her a sealed envelope containing the secret codes for the day. She hides it in her purse. At 4:59 p.m. Wendy calls her and says, “Mom, can I have a sleep-over?” “Did you ask Dad?” asks Betsy, ripping open the envelope. “Yes,” says Wendy. “He said to tell you: ‘The poodle is blue.’” Betsy scans the code sheet. Down the left side are spy-type phrases, such as “Does this train go to Munich?” paired with precise messages like: “I’ve just said no 100 times; it’s your turn.” Other messages include, “It really IS all right with me,” and “I WANT to say no, but can’t think of a good reason; can you?” Ah, here it is: “The poodle is blue.” Today it means: “I might not come home tonight.” But this is whimsy. I don’t have the energy for all that. (Also, I have nowhere else to go.) I don’t hear anything more about the sleep-over until I’ve staggered up the front steps and fallen onto the couch, barely missing Betsy, who is already basking in the healing glow of the TV set. She says, “The girls will be arriving any minute, so you and Wendy better go out and pick up three large pizzas for dinner and some ice cream for later. You can’t expect your party to throw itself.” Apparently Wendy has exaggerated my lack of opposition into eager co-sponsorship. “OK,” I say. Wendy chimes in: “Dad, can we get M&Ms, too? They’re good on ice cream, plus we like to throw them at each other.” “No!” I said. Sometimes a man has to take a stand. Rick can be reached at O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • J U N E 2 0 1 7


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Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Legos: NEW! Bring the kids to build, play, and explore with the Library’s big and varied collection of Legos. Grades K - 6. Downtown Library, every Wed at 4:00 pm/Sheldon every Sat at 10:15am/Bethel every Sat at 2pm. FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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“Minecraft Day.” Play together, share tips, and get creative with building challenges on the Library’s computers. Ages 6-12. Downtown Library, Monday’s at 4:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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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

Outlying Area Highlights Florence Rhododendron Festival. Enjoy a family-focused parade, street vendor fair, car show, 5K run and a carnival with rides and games. Florence Events Center, May 19th – 21st $6-7, Ph 541.997.3128

3 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week, music educator Jodie St. Clair, Director of the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy, leads the fun. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 “Through the Portal.” Concert in the Planetarium. new instrumental album written by harpist David Helfand and violist Justin Lader set to full dome space-themed visualizations under our 40-foot planetarium dome! The Science Factory, 5pm & 7:30pm, $15, Ph 541.682.7888 Family Music Workshop. An interactive music workshop with local musicians from the group El Taller de Son Jarocho. Springfield Public Library. 2-3:30pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Exploring the Extraordinary – Total Solar Eclipse. Bring the family to the museum for an astronomically fun day of crafts and activities exploring stars, planets, and celestial events. Museum of Natural and Cultural History. $10/ family ($5 with EBT card), 11am-3pm, Ph 541.346.3024 ODFW Family Fishing Event. Bring the family for fun family fishing! Instruction and equipment provided. Youth ages 12+ angling license req. Alton Baker Canoe Canal, 9:00am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3515 ext 28 Family Exploration Day. Join WREN for unstructured, independent exploration of the wetlands! The location is at Meadowlark Prairie. 10am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.338.7047 Function 4 Junction. A classic Show and Shine with hundreds of cars, an array of makes, models and sizes, followed by one of the best cruises in the state. Downtown Junction City, 8am-9pm, FREE!, Ph 541.954.0762 Winter Green Farm Spring Open House Potluck. Share a potluck lunch, enjoy Hayride tours of the farm, fun activities and games planned for kids of all ages. FREE! Ph 541.935.1920

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Piccadilly Flea Market. Come find your newest treasure at Eugene’s only Flea Market where people sell crafts, collectibles, wares and services. Lane Events Center, Early bird 8-10am $7.50/10am – 3pm $1.50, Ph 541.683.5589 “Through the Portal.” Concert in the Planetarium. See the 3rd “The Enchanted Garden.” A dance performance by Eugene Ballet Academy, showcasing the entire student body, ages 3-20, in the end of year annual production. Hult Center, 5pm, $16-18.50, Ph 541.682.5000 (adults) Joyful Heart Psychic Fair. Bodyworkers, energy healers and channelers with special deals on healing sessions, browse a multitude of treats, trinkets and tools to aid in your spiritual and healing path. Lane Events Center, 11am-6pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.4292

5 MONDAY Curious Kids Storytime with Taylor, at 6:30pm. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

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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

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10 SATURDAY Mixed Media for Kids and Tweens. Exploring Peru. (ages 7-12). We strongly encourage adults to attend this program with their young ones. Adults get to create, too! Springfield Public Library. 10:30am – 12:00, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 NCAA Track and Field Championships. See the 7th Eugene Mini-Maker Faire. Meet makers, hackers, artists, hobbyists, and do-it-yourself enthusiasts of all stripes ready to share their experiments and projects with you. With robots, rockets, arts and crafts, 3D printers, and even lasers. The Science Factory, 10am-5pm, $3-8, Ph 541.682.7888

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19 MONDAY Curious Kids Storytime with Taylor, at 6:30pm. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 EMS take on the Vancouver Canadians. Rodeo Night, PK Park, 7:05pm, Ph 541.342.5367

Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week, Rich Glauber delights all ages with interactive music play. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

Art and Culture Weekend. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History are open and admission is free. Congratulations, graduates!


Sunshine Sessions Music and Art Festival 2017. DJs and artists from across the US, features interactive workshops, classes, and environments to promote exploration and creation. Alton Baker Park, 1pm-11pm, $15-30, visit website.

Teens @ 4:30. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

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25 SUNDAY (adults) Thirst 2 Create Paint Party: “Wisteria” This painting will be painted with Q-tips! How fun is that? Pre-reg required. Eugene Wine Cellars, 2pm-4:30, $35, Ph 541.579.8885

Ready, Set, Get Outside! Summer Solstice Celebration. An evening of crafts, activities, and goodie booths, crafts, activities, books, and goodies for adventurers of all ages. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 4-7pm, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024

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24 SATURDAY Dragonflies and Damselflies Walk. Explore varied habitats in search of different species, and learn about the ecology of these skilled hunters. Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, 11am -1pm, $5/ family, Ph 541.747.1504

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26 MONDAY EMS take on Hillsboro. Good Karma Monday. PK Park, 7:05pm, Ph 541.342.5367

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27 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Kids Comedy Show. Henrik Bothe’s “Library Circus” show! Enjoy amazing juggling, delightful magic, and lots of laughs. Downtown Library, 1-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 EMS take on Hillsboro. Coexist Night, about love, peace, harmony. PK Park, 7:05pm, Ph 541.342.5367

28 WEDNESDAY Kids Comedy Show. Bethel Branch, 10:13am. Sheldon Branch, 2:00pm see the 27th EMS take on Hillsboro. Minions Night/Kids under 12 eat free Weds. PK Park, 7:05pm, Ph 541.342.5367

29 THURSDAY Teen Field Trip to Oregon State Capital. We will picnic on the Capitol grounds, tour the Capitol building including the tower and then meet with our state representatives. Open to public, space limited, reg at library. Springfield Public Library, 10am-4pm, FREE, Ph 541.726.3766

30 FRIDAY Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Springfield Public Library, 3-4pm, FREE and open to the public, Ph 541.726.3766 Gem Faire. Fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold, silver, minerals and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Lane Events Center, noon6pm, $7 (12 under FREE!)


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11 Things Every Child Should Do This Summer by Christa Melnyk Hines


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he lure of slowing down over summer sounded idyllic in the whir of hectic school schedules, but what do you do if your child is already singing the summertime boredom blues? Try filling his dance card with this head-spinning assortment of creative, educational and exhilarating activities. Not only will you fight off boredom, you’ll create plenty of new memories while relaxing, playing and learning together as a family!


TEND A GARDEN. Together with your child cultivate containers of herbs, tomatoes or peppers. Take a digital photo each day to track the progress of the plant’s growth. Have your child put the photos in order in a journal and write down any observations. Together, prepare a meal using your child’s homegrown produce.


SLEEP OUTDOORS. Chris Starnes, a mom of three, says her family loves to camp. They look forward to hiking, biking and swimming and a break from electronics. Want to take your family? Starnes suggests downloading a camping checklist from the internet and reserving a site at a state park. “State parks are cleaner and wellpatrolled and there are usually activities for the kids at some point during the day or weekend,” she says. “Go where there is a playground. And, don’t camp too far from restrooms--think evening or middle of the night trips!”


STARE AT THE STARS. On a clear night, direct your family’s gaze toward the heavens. Try identifying a few of the 88 different constellations, many of which are named after mythological men, women and animals. Is your child interested in learning more about the characters dotting the celestial night sky? Read D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire.


BUILD AND FLY A KITE. “The experience never fails to fill adults and kids with wonder every time they fly a kite,” says Sean Beaver, a kite enthusiast and father of two. Kite flying is an inexpensive and relaxing activity. Check out the American Kite Association website, aka., which provides educational resources, including the history of kites and the science and math behind kite flying.


PICK BERRIES. Bring summer home in a bucket of berries. Check out to find a farm near you. Celebrate the fruits of your labor by baking muffins or enjoying berries over homemade ice cream!


GO LOCAL. Area farmer’s markets offer an assortment of colorful, seasonal produce. There’s no better time to taste locally grown foods and experiment with new wholesome recipes in the kitchen with your child.


COOK UP A STORY. Recipes help kids practice math and reading skills, but also try giving cooking a literary twist that will delight even preschoolers. Read a book like If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff and make pancakes together. An older child who likes The Little House on the Prairie series, might enjoy The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories by Barbara M. Walker. Got a Star Wars fan? Check out the Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.


TOUR A WORKING FARM. Show your child how foods make it to grocery store shelves by touring a local farm or dairy. Many places offer tours by appointment and schedule themed events.


CHASE FIREFLIES. Fireflies like grassy, humid areas near ponds and lakes, as well as treed areas and fields, away from urban lights. To attract fireflies to your garden or yard try turning off your home’s exterior lights. If you capture any fireflies, put them in a ventilated jar with a wet paper towel to keep the jar humid and allow the fireflies to breathe. Due to light pollution and insecticides, firefly populations have decreased. Be sure and let them go after you’re done admiring their flashing lights. To learn more about fireflies, visit


BIRDWATCH. Learning about birds local to the area helps children appreciate and build interest in their natural surroundings. Purchase or make a bird feeder to attract birds to your backyard. Use a local bird guide and listen for different bird song to try and identify the birds visiting your yard.


PLAN HOMETOWN FIELD TRIPS. New experiences help kids learn, grow and feel a connection to their community. Check out the multitude of museums on topics that might interest your child and explore historical landmarks. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her family plan to do lots of exploring this summer! Christa is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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he secret to a happy life? It may involve an adventurous spirit. According to research from Winston-Salem State University, engaging in a wide variety of experiences increases positive emotions and minimizes negative ones. But that can be problematic for children who resist trying new things. Whether you have a toddler who rejects every food except pasta, a gradeschooler who’s scared to join an after-school club, or a teen who’s learning to navigate a new job, helping children learn to embrace fresh experiences can pave the way for a more fulfilling adulthood. Here’s how to start. Early Years 1-5: Table Tantrums Helping children learn to try new things often begins at the table, where they can experience new tastes and textures daily. But encouraging dietary variety can be a struggle. According to Colorado State University food and nutrition researchers, preschoolers often go through a stage of neophobia, or fear of new things—namely, new foods. Don’t give up too soon: In one study, parents offered babies a new food every day for eight days straight and found that by day eight, the baby was consuming three times as much as on the first day. The Colorado State University researchers confirmed that toddlers and preschoolers

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may reject a food up to a dozen times before giving it a try. And remember that for little ones, visual appeal is key, says Jennifer Eiseman, co-founder of Modern Table Meals. “Presentation is everything! Introduce new foods with things your kids already love. It also doesn’t hurt to put everything on a fun plate, too!” Elementary Years 6-12: Talent Show From band to soccer to coding club, the flurry of extracurricular activities during grade school provides plenty of opportunity to try new things—which can ramp up pressure for kids leery of novel experiences. If your child wants to be a joiner, but ends up on the sidelines, there are ways to help, says Charlotte, North Carolina-based parent educator Tara Egan D.Ed., founder of Charlotte Parent Coaching. “First, indicate that you have an expectation that they will participate in a new activity. Prepare them by speaking in general terms, ‘Honey, I’d like you to pick an after-school activity to try this fall. Some activities that your school offers are volleyball, flag football, technology club, and LEGO club. I’d like you to think about which of those sounds the most fun.’ Consider finding a friend to participate, too.” Finally, Egan says, set the expectations that the child will commit to the activity for at least one session

or season. Once the season is over, they can decide whether or not to participate. Teen Years 13-18: Risky business Teens are hard-wired to want to try new things—evolutionary scientists say that teenagers have a heightened appetite for risk that encourages them to spread their wings and eventually leave the nest. But they may lack the frontal-lobe planning and organizing skills to fully think through the risks involved. Egan says that parents can encourage a healthy attitude toward trying new things and taking risks that includes an awareness of healthy and safe limits. “Parents should recognize that teens are going to engage in unsafe behaviors sometimes, despite their best attempts to prevent it,” she says. Here, knowledge is power. Make sure— never assume—that teens know where you stand on topics like guns, drugs, vaping, sex, and alcohol.  And resist the temptation to let teens party unsupervised because “you trust them.” Teens often make poor decisions simply because they have the opportunity, notes Egan. “Many poor decisions are made without forethought or calculation.” Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades.

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Earthtalk from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars are finally available for mainstream drivers in the U.S.? — Jack Mixson, Wilmington, DE


or years, green car enthusiasts have been heralding the dawn of a new era of pollutionfree driving powered by fuel cells, which combine readily available hydrogen with oxygen to fire up the engine. NASA created the first commercial grade fuel cells in the 1960s to power satellites and space capsules, and automakers have been talking up their potential for use in cars and trucks ever since. But the idea has never gotten beyond the prototype stage, due mostly to the lack of any refueling infrastructure. After all, drivers are used to being able to refill their tanks on almost every corner, while the new generation of electric and plugin hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) can be recharged from any electrical outlet. But FCVs (fuel cell vehicles) may still represent the holy grail of auto travel because they combine the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (no reliance on fossil fuels and no pollution) with the driving range (~300 miles between


refueling) of conventional cars. While GM, Hyundai and Daimler are heavily invested in fuel cell vehicle production, Toyota and Honda are already offering fuel cell vehicles for sale or lease to drivers in California, given the Golden State’s head start in creating a hydrogen refueling network. According to the California Fuel Cell Partnership, 27 hydrogen refueling stations are already up and running

around metro Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with 33 more coming online soon. Toyota’s Mirai FCV seats four and offers all the trimmings of any new car—touch-screen entertainment, dual climate control, steering wheel mounted controls, radar to prevent accidents and help with parking, and a 312 mile range per fillup. The MSRP on the Mirai is $57,500, but Toyota is currently offering $7,500 back. Another option is a 36-month lease on the Mirai for $349/month plus $2,499 up front. Meanwhile, Honda’s new Clarity FCV is similarly appointed but offers a roomier interior (seating for five) and a longer range (366 miles per fill-up). Californians can lease the Clarity (it’s not for sale in the U.S.) for $369/month for 36 months plus $2,868 due at signing, with Honda covering the first $15,000 worth of hydrogen fuel. Drivers behind the wheel of the Mirai or Clarity qualify for a one-time $5,000 tax rebate from California for driving a green car,

not to mention access to HOV lanes statewide even with just a single occupant. Of course, fuel cell drivers won’t want to leave California just yet. Outside of the Golden State, there are exactly three publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations (Massachusetts, Connecticut and South Carolina each have one). But later this year Toyota, in partnership with France’s Air Liquide, will start to roll-out a new network of hydrogen refueling stations around the northeastern U.S. so drivers there can start to enjoy the benefits of driving the latest, greatest and greenest technology ever to grace the American road.

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Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell vehicle is already available in California, the only U.S. state with any kind of hydrogen refueling infrastructure in place.

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Tips to Keep 7 Your Pet Safe in the Dog Days of Summer by Lisa A. Beach


arm summer weather gives you more chances to hang outside with your pet, whether you’re playing fetch at the park, swimming in the pool or going for a jog together. But the heat and the humidity pose some special dangers for your pet during the summer, including heat stroke, sunburn, dehydration and burned paw pads. So how can you keep your pet safe in the heat this summer? Follow these safety tips:


WATCH OUT FOR HOT VEHICLES! Never leave your pet unattended inside a parked car, not even for “just a few minutes.” Even with a window cracked open, on an 85-degree day, temperatures inside a car can soar to over 120 degrees in under 10 minutes. “This quickly boosts your pet’s body temperature, which can lead to heatstroke or even death,” explains Dr. Brian Benjamin of Ohio Drive Animal Hospital in Plano.


PROVIDE UNLIMITED ACCESS TO FRESH, COLD WATER. Pets can quickly get dehydrated, especially when it’s hot outside. Make sure your pet can get a drink of fresh water, both inside and outside. Tip: Add a few ice cubes to the bowl to keep the water cold.


PROVIDE SHADE WHEN YOUR PET GOES OUTSIDE. Make sure your pet has a shady retreat outside when the sun blazes overhead. If you don’t have a porch, overhang or tree, “a doghouse could work as

long as it has good airflow,” points out Dr. Benjamin. “But if you can’t provide a shady escape from the sun, don’t leave your pet out for more than a few minutes.”


EXERCISE DURING COOLER HOURS. When you take your pet for a walk, Dr. Benjamin suggests going early in the morning or close to sundown when the temperature isn’t at its peak. “Bringing water makes a huge difference in helping your pet keep himself cool,” he says.


WALK YOUR PET ON THE DIRT OR GRASS. Sensitive paw pads can quickly burn with prolonged exposure to a hot surface, such as sidewalks or an asphalt parking lot. To avoid injury, don’t let your pet linger on hot surfaces when you take him for a walk. “Lots of dogs come into our hospital with blisters on their paw pads,” says Dr. Benjamin. “I see this a lot in dogs who don’t go outside very often. But if you take them frequently, the bottoms of their paws should get callouses, which toughen them up so they can withstand extreme temperatures a bit better.”

through their skin, but through panting. Leaving the fur longer acts like an insulator.”


A P P LY A P E T - F R I E N D LY SUNSCREEN. Just like humans, dogs with thin or light-colored coats can get sunburn, especially on their ears and noses. Dr. Benjamin adds that, in addition to sunburn, this puts pets at increased risk for certain types of cancer. His advice? “Put sunscreen on your dog if he has a thin or lightcolored coat and is going to be outside for an extended period of time. Whatever sunscreen you’d put on a baby would be gentle enough for your pet.” By taking just a few precautions, you can help your pet avoid summertime dangers and keep him safe during the dog days of summer. Lisa Beach is a freelance journalist, content marketing specialist, and copywriter for hire. Check out her writer’s website at


K E E P YO U R P E T P R O P E R LY GROOMED. If you think you should shave down your dog this summer to keep him cool, think again. “It’s a myth that grooming dogs, especially shaving them, keeps them cool,” explains Dr. Benjamin. “Unlike people, dogs don’t cool themselves

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How Old Paint Becomes New Oregon's cutting-edge paint-recycling program


regon is on the cutting edge of a nationwide trend — paint recycling. Thanks to Paint Care, paint stewardship laws and Metro, paint recycling in Oregon is here to stay. PaintCare, a non-profit that helps recycle paint, started its trial run in Oregon in 2010 and was made permanent in 2014 with help f ro m O re g o n p a i n tstewardship laws and Metro’s MetroPaint. MetroPaint, on Swan Isl and in Por t l and, rec ycles more than 255,000 gallons of paint each year — enough to coat the Golden Gate bridge seven times. MetroPaint is part of Metro’s system for managing hazardous waste. The facility has been working to reduce the amount of reusable latex paint going to landfills through repacking and reselling it for 23 years. For the past seven years, MetroPaint has partnered with PaintCare, an organization that works to make recycling paint more convenient in states with paint stewardship laws. PaintCare, in turn, is funded through a


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small fee on new cans of paint. MetroPaint, on Swan Island, recycles latex based paints that are recovered from more than 50 collection points across Oregon. The paints are combined into 21 standard colors and limited-edition colors, including metallics. Much of the process is in sorting. The facility employs 13 workers from DePaul Industries to work in the sorting area where there are 20 sinks that empty to paint-filled tanks below the room. After their contents have been sorted, empty cans have a hole punched in the bottom of them so they can dry out and are picked up by Metro Metals, a private company not affiliated with Metro regional government. Metro Metals recycles 60 tons of steel paint cans from the facility each year. Once a tank of paints is filled, it needs to be matched to the color standard. To do this, employees start by taking a standard color and painting it on paper. Then, a sample of the new paint is spread over a small section of the painted standard. If the

new color needs adjusting, different colors of paint, never tints or dyes, are added to a pint size can of the new color to adjust it, repeating the process as many times as needed to figure out how much of those colors should be added to the actual tank to make the color right. “If it’s a standard color, it will be the same shade,” said Andrew Staab, site supervisor. “What we tell people is, if you paint to a corner of a room, paint one batch here and the next batch on the other wall, you’ll never be able to tell the difference.” Once the proper color is determined, certain additives are put into the paint to control for biological contaminants that previous brushes may have introduced from the walls the original paints were painted on. A dry-film preservative is also added. Next, viscosity is measured, and the paint is tested

MetroPaint Fun Facts • MetroPaint is more than recycled, it’s remade new. • MetroPaint is less than half the cost of other new paints.  • MetroPaint is available in Eugene at Miller Paint, Fred Meyer and BRING Recycling. Learn more at

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for hiding power, meaning it is checked to make sure that nothing underneath the paint will show through. It is also tested to ensure it can stand up to the scrubbing. Then comes the canning process. On its way to the cans, the paint passes through three filters to remove any non-liquid particles. Solid pieces as tiny as grains of sand are removed to ensure that consumers may use the product any way they like, including through spray guns, without damaging their equipment. “The result is a durable, colorconsistent paint that can help decrease the environmental footprint of your painting and remodeling projects,” said Jim Quinn, Metro’s hazardous waste program manager. “Recycling paint requires fewer resources than producing new paint and is priced lower than most other products.” MetroPaint is sold for $13-15 a gallon at more than 70 locations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. This is about less than half the cost of other new paints. This is a great program, both beneficial to the environment, and also good for the wallet. The videos are fun and interesting for the kids to watch too! To learn more and see how MetroPaint is remade visit metropaint, or call 503-234-3000. To find out about PaintCare and where to recycle your paint visit

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Maddy imagines meeting Olly.

by Bonnie L. Harris

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e live in a time when severe allergies and compromised immunity are well-known medical problems for both adults and children. Everything, Everything, the new feature film based on the best-selling young adult novel, focuses on a teenager who suffers from a rare disease that prevents her from interacting with the world. Although it’s an intriguing metaphorical premise, director Stella Meghie sanitizes the film into

an unbelievably spotless teenage love story in her attempt to mimic the popular book. M a d d y, t h e unhappy prisoner, wishes for something different to happen in her unchanging life locked in a germ-free house. She imagines visiting the beach, floating in blue green water, and feeling the sun on her face. But her over protective mother insists that her fragile daughter never go outside because of her dysfunctional immune system. Luckily on her eighteenth

b i r t h d a y, everything changes for Maddy when a handsome, young man named Olly moves in next door. Their Internet flirtation and courtship by text follow a predictable path, given Maddy’s limitations, until the day that Maddy chooses to defy her mother and leave the safety of her house. Suddenly, Maddy has a seemingly limitless credit card, two roundtrip tickets to Hawaii, a beach front hotel suite, and a snazzy rental Jeep. The young lovers frolic in the

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e’ve seen this predictable story before: Guardians fighting over an orphaned child and each believes they know what’s best. But what we haven’t seen is the story told with such charm and wit, wholesomeness and passion, tenderness and laughter. Gifted, the new indie feature from Fox, delivers all of these wonderful qualities and more. Mary is not just an orphan, but she’s also a remarkable child prodigy, and she lives with her uncle Frank and a one-eyed cat named Fred.


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Hoping to enrich her life, Frank sends Mary to “normal” school, which sets in motion a court battle with Mary’s estranged grandmother. While Mary struggles with fitting into first grade, Frank battles his own mother over what his sister truly desired for her daughter. Ugly family secrets come to the surface as the custody hearing unfolds, and Frank must prove to Mary how much she was wanted and loved. Eventually, Frank and Mary are separated, but thankfully, Fred the cat and

surf and spend an intimate night together (parents beware!) before Maddy wakes up sick and must be hospitalized. Unfortunately, Maddy and Olly remain lifeless and onedimensional, the adults act like cardboard cutouts, and the final resolution is downright blah. Other than a cool soundtrack and the attractive lead actors, Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, this film has little going for it. Even the rift between Maddy and her mother seems artificial and too quickly repaired to wrap up in a very hokey ending.

Mary’s teacher manage to reunite them. Gifted is one of those films you’ll want to see again for its sweet, uplifting message and genuine heart. And take my advice, keep a Kleenex handy! Mary’s unconventional family.



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eppe is a loving old soul. He enjoys spending time with people and going on walks to sniff around. Peppe does well with cats and enjoys hanging out with calm dogs. He also does well with kids and can go home with kids 8 years and older. Peppe is looking for a quiet home where he can relax, get in some good naps, and enjoy some great belly rubs.

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leo wants to know, what’s all the fuss about tortie cats and tortitude? Cleo is an older tortie without an ounce of tortitude. She is gentle, appreciates love and kindness, and wants nothing more than to curl up next to you on the sofa while you relax at the end of your busy day. Cleo was rescued by a group of kindhearted neighbors. She had surgery for entropion (eyelashes turned inward) and has recovered beautifully with follow-up ointment and tender loving care in foster. Cleo is positive for the feline immunedeficiency virus (FIV) but she is healthy and in search of her forever home. She would do fine with gentle children. Unknown how she is with dogs. She could co-exist with a non-dominant cat.

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