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WOMEN'S HEALTH Postpartum Depression Support For Moms.


FAMILY MATTERS Talking Money With Your Kids.




EARTHTALK Car Idling - The Surprising Impact.



GET OUTSIDE! 5 Close-In Adventures for Cooped Up Families.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Family Fun in/around Lane County.


EXPERIENCE LANE COUNTY Indoor Family-Friendly Destinations.


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Text Support Helps Moms With Postpartum Depression by Pilar Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. Eugene Pediatric Associates


upport is now just a text away for new parents experiencing postpartum depression (PPD) or other perinatal mood disorders. With financial support from Eugene Pediatric Associates, WellMama has launched a text support program that is accessible 24/7. Parents needing help can text the word “Support” to 541-525-0495. What is postpartum depression? Postpartum depression is the No. 1 complication of childbirth. Unlike the “baby blues,” which are mild feelings of sadness, tiredness and worry, postpartum depression causes women to feel extreme depression, anxiety and crushing exhaustion. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 new mothers in Oregon struggle with postpartum depression or other perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mood disorders, and approximately 1 in 10

partners are also affected. If left untreated, these disorders can affect a mother’s mental and physical health for months or years. It can interfere with her ability to connect with and care for her baby, which can impact her newborn’s physical and mental health. 24/7 text support WellMama’s text program offers many benefits, including: • More accessibility. Parents can text 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and receive a response within 1-4 hours, on average. • Accommodating. People struggling with social anxiety have another option to receive support without engaging verbally or face-to-face with someone they do not know, which can be a barrier to accessing WellMama’s support groups or calling its Warm Line.

• Impactful. The new system will allow for improved follow up, so WellMama can stay connected with parents throughout their recovery. • Personalized. WellMama is recruiting and training peer support volunteers, especially from underrepresented groups, to better match parents with a peer support volunteer who understands their unique situation. At Eugene Pediatrics, we know a baby cannot be well unless the mother is well. That’s why our team of pediatricians, on-site mental health providers and social workers routinely screen for and support moms who suffer from perinatal mood disorders. This text program is one more avenue for which to help parents. Learn more at EugenePeds. com/TextSupport. O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • M A R C H 2 0 2 0


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Money. by Gregg Murset

Discussing the nitty gritty of personal financial situations has typically been viewed as taboo. It is one of the topics you do your best to avoid at holiday gatherings along with politics, religion and asking adult children when they are getting married or having kids. However, as more and more people face increasing debt, learn to use invisible money rather than change in their pocket, and struggle to save anything at all, it is becoming very clear why parents need to talk to their kids about money starting at a young age.

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ccording to T. Rowe Price’s 2019 Parents, Kids & Money Survey, half of all parents have some reluctance to discuss money with their kids, and 73% of parents who are caring for an aging family member in addition to their kids, don’t want to broach  the  topic. Some parents would rather discuss the “birds and bees” than try to explain finances. So, if you’re facing thousands of dollars in student loan debt, living paycheck to paycheck, or financially successful but unsure about things like investing, how can you make talking to your kids about money less intimidating? Remember, no matter how uncomfortable or scary the conversations might be for you, if you don’t talk to your kids about money now, you’re setting them up for almost certain failure on some level. So, here’s my suggestions on where you should start: Start Slow & Make It Simple Forget buying books or watching YouTube videos that will even put the biggest hardcore financial nerds to sleep. Once your kids know

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the actual value of money, then it comes down to three simple rules – 1) Earn money through hard work; 2) Save more than you spend and 3) Never borrow more than you earn. Be The Example As a parent, you already have years of life experiences to use for “The Talk”, though you think some of them don’t set the best example. I disagree. No matter if you have a great credit score or poor one, have thousands or hundreds in savings, or huge debt or no debt, your life experiences are great lessons to pass down to your kids. Nobody is perfect but you only need to be burned once to know not to stick your fingers in the fire again. Put your pride away and let your kids learn from your errors. Play With It L e t ’s go old s cho ol for a s e cond. “Monopoly”, was the board game of choice in my competitive family. Almost every weekend we bought, sold, paid rent, experienced bankruptcy and learned how to manage money. The battle wasn’t over until you had a row of hotels on your properties just waiting for someone to come by and pay up big. The game still exists today, provides the same great hands-on experience for kids and allows everyone the chance to connect away from technology for a bit. It’s Invisible Money Now Fewer and fewer cash purchases are being made each year. In a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, U.S. Bank found that 50 percent of respondents said they carry cash with them less than half of the time they are out, and a Pew Research Center study showing about 3 in 10 Americans said they make no purchases with cash in a typical week. Cash is far from gone, but “Invisible Money” is the new king in town.

“Invisible Money” is used by plastic cards, P2P money apps and lenders, and anything else tied to money moving digitally. Your kids probably see you using credit and debit cards all the time, and some may even understand the connection between the plastic card and money. Most probably don’t until they experience it through a gift card or a parent lending a card for a purchase. Some night during dinner, place all your credit and debit cards on the table, and explain to your kids what they are, how they are used and the responsibilities that come with having them. If you’re really brave show them the account balances to drive home the point that this isn’t free money. Remember, “Be The Example”! Practice, Practice, Practice! No one can be good at anything without practice. Even managing money requires practice and dedication as soon as possible so that hopefully you’ll be set up financially strong as an adult. I f you’ve followed my sug gestion, you’ve slowly started to introduce money management to your kids, you’ve played the game, shared your financial stories and explained “Invisible Money”. Now it’s time to introduce a tool that will help the kids earn, save, invest and spend money wisely. For some families it’s something hanging on the wall in addition to outside websites. For others, it’s a platform like BusyKid that can help introduce a steady routine starting as early as six-years old. All parents, parent differently and often take the same path they did as kids. That’s ok, as long as the outcome is what you want for your kids. As of today, only 19 states have made personal finance coursework a high school graduation requirement, and studies have shown that what kids learn about money at school doesn’t and align with what they need in the outside world. I have no doubt you can do this, no matter what your financial status is right now. Just remember … It’s for the kids! The co-founder & CEO of BusyKid, Gregg Murset is a father of six and a certified financial planner and consultant who also became a leading advocate for sound parenting, child accountability and financial literacy.

from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Every day when I pick up my kids at school, all the parents wait in their cars with the engines running. Is all this idling a significant contributor to the atmosphere’s carbon burden or am I being a worry wart over nothing? — Mary B., Burlington, VT


dling is indeed a scourge on the environment, given the noxious emissions coming out of our engines. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), a single vehicle dropping off and picking up a kid at school each day adds three pounds of air pollution to the atmosphere per month from idling. The 250 million personal vehicles on the road in the U.S. alone generate about 30 million tons of carbon dioxide every year just by idling. DoE reports that eliminating unnecessary idling by personal vehicles would be equivalent in emissions reductions to taking five million vehicles off the road. Personal cars are only part of the problem. About half of the six

billion gallons of fuel we waste on idling each year in the U.S. comes from commercial vehicles. We’ve all seen those delivery trucks with their engines humming while the driver eats his lunch inside or makes his rounds of deliveries on foot. But this kind of irresponsible behavior is actually against the law in 41 U.S. states (some of these restrictions are in municipalities but not necessarily state-wide). The rules vary by jurisdiction. A few states have outlawed idling altogether with the majority of others limiting it to five minutes before fines kick in. Environmental activist George Pakenham made news last year by collecting some $9,000 in



Americans waste some six billion gallons of fuel annually as a result of idling their car and truck engines. What can we do to stop this scourge? bounty payments for reporting commercial vehicle idling around New York City as part of a new anti-idling ordinance (successful tattlers get 25 percent of the fines they call in, which range from $300-$2,000). What’s surprising is how much idling still goes on, given that most modern engines run better—and warm up faster— while in motion. And you won’t cause any measurable wearand-tear on your car or truck by turning it off and on instead of idling, given the sturdiness of modern-day starters and batteries. The non-profit Sustainable America launched its #TurnItOff campaign to spread awareness about the need to reduce or eliminate wasteful automotive idling. The group recommends that if you’re pulled out of traffic and going to be waiting for more than 10 seconds, do everyone around you and the environment a favor by turning off your engine. (If you have a hybrid or electric car —or a newer internal combustion car with so-called

“stop-start” technology—you’re already part of the solution, as these vehicles shut themselves off when at a complete stop and then come back to life when the driver steps on the gas.) While preventing automobile idling may be an up-hill battle, the shift to hybrid and electric engines is a step in the right direction. Maybe one day when all the vehicles on the road are zero-emission EVs, idling won’t be an issue anymore. But until then, whether you’re a mom at school pick-up or a delivery driver between drops, be responsible and shut it off while you wait. CONTACTS: DoE’s Idling Reduction for Personal Vehicles, afdc.energy.gov/ files/u/publication/idling_personal_ vehicles.pdf; Idling Laws By State, cdllife.com/2014/idling-laws-state/; “Idle Threat” Film, videoproject. com/Idle-Threat.html; #ITurnItOff, iturnitoff.com. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https://earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

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GET OUT THERE! 5 Close-In Adventures for Cooped Up Families by Josh Cox


y the calendar, we’re not far from Spring. But those of us living in the Willamette Valley know there’s still some time before the skies brighten and the temperatures warm. No official study can proclaim that families are getting agitated by all the indoor time, but each of us has a story of cranky kids and bored teens. Knowing how important movement, fresh air and family time are to long-term health and happiness, the team at Oregon Medical Group offers this quick run-down of local adventures to get the wiggles out – and the fun in! West Eugene Wetlands 751 S. Danebo, Eugene We love this spot for its diversity. Little ones can handle the half-mile wander through the wetlands on Tsanchilfin Walk. Use this as a jump-off spot to bike along the Fern Ridge bike path to Meadowlark Prairie Overlook. This time of year is a wonderful time to spot wildlife, and interpretive signs help you find it. From frogs, blue herons and more birds than we can name, you’ll be refreshed to find so much natural activity right in town.

Delta Ponds Ducklings 640 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene Don’t let the nearby freeway trick you: the Delta Ponds Trail offers quick immersion into nature. It offers 1.8 miles of easy, flat and well maintained trail that leads to ponds. Side trails allow for some extra exploration. Look for nutria, herons, turtles, geese and ducks. Check out the City of Eugene’s detailed page about this park to find a full listing of birds. Mt. Pisgah Swing Trail Buford Park, Springfield There’s something for everyone at Mt. Pisgah and Buford Park. An ever-growing network of trails offers wanders in the bottomlands, steep climbs to the top, and loops to ponds with turtles and other wildlife. Kids 8 and up will love the adventure of Swing Hill. Turn left after the bridge and start at the designated trail head (which includes a map). About a mile up,

kids are rewarded for their scramble with a swing. Bufordpark.org offers great maps. Thurston Hills Natural Area Past 75th and south of Main Street, Spfld This new addition to the adventure line-up offers hiking and mountain biking trails. True to its name, this is a hilly area and best for kids who want to take on some hills and distance. Beginning mountain bikers will enjoy the “Acer Spades” trail. Be sure to check trail profiles and maps on the kiosk at the parking lot; it’s better for kids to finish an adventure with a yearning for more rather than to burn out from too steps. For the best time outside, we recommend sturdy shoes, a raincoat and snacks. You’ll be amazed how much longer the littles can last when they stay dry and fueled. Don’t forget the adults – you’ll have to outlast the kids and that’s hard with soggy feet and a chilly core. This reminder of community fun was provided by Oregon Medical Group. OMG has been caring for Lane County families for 30 years and is now accepting new pediatric patients. OregonMedicalGroup.com O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • M A R C H 2 0 2 0




Story Times Springfield Library story times. Baby and Toddler Story time (ages 0-2), Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6) Weds 10:00-10:30am, Chapter Book Storytime (preschool-grade 2) Mon 6:30-7:15pm. Cuentos Bilingual Storytime (all ages) and Family Storytime (all ages) alternating Sat 11am-12pm. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Barnes & Noble weekly story time. Whimsical Weds 7:00pm. Toddler-Time, Weds 11:00am. Saturdays at 11:00am. Call for weekly themes. Ph 541.687.0356 Creswell Library Story times. (ages 0-36 months): Board/Picture books, songs, lap bounces, and rhymes. Toddler Storytime (ages 3-5): picture Books, storytelling, songs, rhymes, early literacy activities and crafts. Ph 541.895.3053 Fern Ridge Library Storytimes (recurring weekly). Pre-K Storytimes (ages 3-5) Wed 11-11:30am followed by craft time. Baby & Toddler Storytimes (ages 0-3) Friday 11-11:30am followed by play group. FREE! Ph 541.393.1046

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. Toddler Storytime, Tues 10:15am and 11:00am. Pajama Storytime, Tues 6:30pm. Preschool Storytime, Wed 10:15am and 11:00am. Music & Movement Storytime, Thurs 10:15am and 11:00am. Baby Storytime, Fri 10:15am and 11:15am. Sheldon and Bethel Branches: Family Storytime, Fri 10:15am. Sensory Storytime (ages 2-8), 3pm every Sat in March, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Adventure! Story Time. A rotation of awesome storytellers will read, tell felt board stories, make craft projects, chat with puppets, and generally bring the fun every Friday from 11:05-11:25am. Adventure! Children’s Museum, FREE! Ph 541.653.9629

Saturday Kids Workshops at MECCA. From magnetic puzzles to robots to sock creatures. No need to pre-reg. All materials are included. Kids under 10 accompanied by an adult. Each week features a different creative reuse project. MECCA, 11am – 3pm, $3-5, Ph 541.302.1810 Kids Minecrafters. Play together, share tips, and get creative with building challenges on Eugene Library computers. Ages 6 - 12. Limited space, pre-reg required. Dntwn Eugene Library, Mon and Tues @ 4-5pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Table Tennis for Kids. Tues and Thurs 5:15-6:15 and Saturdays 1:30-2:30. All sessions are free. Equipment and coaching provided. $40 annual Boys & Girls Club membership required. Ph 541.345.9939 Playtime for Parents and Children. Every Monday 10am – 12pm at Parenting Now! Fun and socialization for your little ones 4 and under. Outdoor and indoor play space has baby dolls, trucks, soft dough, and more! Nominal fee, Ph 541.484.5316 Reading with Cats. Designed to help younger supporters give back to animals while developing reading skills and compassion. Also promotes animal-savvy behavior and gives cats get positive, calm time with children. Children ages 6 - 12. Days: Mon 12pm & 3:30pm, Tues 1pm & 4pm. Greenhill Humane Society, FREE! Ph 541.689.1503 Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Saturday Market/Farmers Market. The oldest, open-air market in the US. Offers great food, local crafts, and live entertainment. Every Saturday, Park blocks, rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE!


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


“2PM Talks.” A docent-led talk every Tues thru Sun at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, included with price of admission. Ph 541.346.3024 Eugene Science Center. Our everchanging exhibits and Planetarium feature something for everyone! Explore science topics, astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. See website for features, admission, dates, and times. NEW! Science After School. Every Friday 1pm-6pm - afternoon drop off program for grades K - 3 (and home school equivalent) to explore science in a fun, hands-on setting. Themes change weekly. Led by experienced STEM educators. Adv reg required. Ph 541.682.7888 Pre-K Planetarium Show: Stories in the Stars. Designed with our younger visitors in mind, this live, interactive planetarium show is a wonderful introduction to the planetarium. 25 minutes. Fri and Sat, 10:30am, Eugene Science Center, Ph 541.682.7888 Playtime for Parents and Child. Join us in the Parenting Now! playroom for fun and socialization. For families with children up to 4 years old. Parenting Now! Mondays from10am-noon, nominal fee, Ph 541.484.5316 Dog Tale Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one reading sessions with supervised dogs. Dogs and handlers courtesy of PAAWS (Project Canine and Pet Partner teams). Sign up starting one week in advance of each session. Downtown Branch library, 2-3:30pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

1 SUNDAY Family Fun: Rainy Day. Enjoy water tales, play a musical river walk game, and craft magic rain wands with natural and recycled materials with Beth Stein of Nearby Nature. Eugene Dwntwn Library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316 National Geographic Live: Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions. Experience our world through the eyes of Ami Vitale’s work, whose work has taken her to more than 90 countries. She recently turned her lens to wildlife stories, including efforts to reintroduce white rhinos and pandas to the wild. Her coverage of Kenya’s northern white rhinos, and the indigenous communities working to protect them. Hult Center, 2pm, $25-28.50, Ph 541.682.5000

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Waipuna Thursday, March 12th My Name is Barbra. The Making of a Funny Girl. Shirley Andress back to present a second round of her tribute to Barbra Streisand in her 2019 cabaret show, Bon Soir. Staged and choreographed by Richard Jessup, My Name Is Barbra is a theatrical event telling the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey to stardom. The Shedd Institute, 3pm, $20-32, Ph 541.434.7000 Princess for a Day. Our 12th year of providing foster and community children alike the opportunity to experience a special day of pampering and fun, including a Princess tea party! Children will get hair and make-up done before choosing a dress and accessories and getting their professional photo taken, all which they take home. Foster children attend for free, $50 fee for non-foster children. Valley River Inn, 10am-5pm We are Aliens. Explore how our understanding of life on Earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the universe. We visit Mars, Europa and distant exoplanets to help answer the ultimate question… are we alone? Eugene Science Center Planetarium, 12-12:25pm, reg admission, 541.682.7888

3 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Join Librarian Cara for a special teens-only (ages 12+) event each Tuesday at 4:30pm!  All events are free and open to the public. Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

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All ages LEGOS. Build Lego boats! Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

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Family Steam. Enjoy hands-on fun and learning together! STEAM activities feature science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Sheldon Branch Library, 4-5pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5450 Art Therapy for Teens. For kids ages 12-18. It’s time for our teens to express themselves creatively with a registered art therapist when words may not be enough to process what they’re going through. Elrod Center, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.780.6836 The Bachelor LIVE, on Stage. Come to enjoy the show or come to fall in love! This engaging and hilarious experience will give you and your friends plenty to gossip about and fit an entire season of Bachelor drama into one evening! Hult Center, 7:30pm, $35-73, Ph 541.682.5000

5 THURSDAY Chuck Redd Salutes Bill Evans. Chuck Redd and his quartet welcome Siri Vik for a salute to jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans (1929-80). Dinner available before the show for a fee. The Shedd Institute, 7:30-9:30, $15.25-29, Ph 541.434.7000

6 FRIDAY First Friday Artwalk. Starts at The New Zone Gallery, followed by stops at Karin Clarke Gallery, Euphoria Chocolate Company, Sparrow Studios, and Oregon Art Supply. 5:30-8pm, FREE! Ph 541.485.2278

7 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, join Bryan Reed for a bilingual fun in Spanish and English. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Bill Frisell: HARMONY. Features Frisell with a wholly distinctive quartet comprising two longtime collaborators— Petra Haden and Hank Roberts —plus newcomer, Luke Bergman. The Shedd Institute, 7:30-9:30, $23.25-38, Ph 541.434.7000 The SpongeBob Musical. 2pm and 8pm, see the 6th Saturday Kids Crafting. From magnetic puzzles to robots to sock creatures, there’s always a fun. All-ages craft project for kids and families. All materials included. MECCA, 11am-3pm, $3-5, Ph 541.302.1810 Girls Science Adventures: Biology. Girls explore hands-on science with expert role models from U of O’s Women in Graduate Science and other female mentors. This month learn about microscopes and model organisms. Look closely at flies, nematodes, and more under a microscope! Learn how these organisms advance scientific research here in Eugene. Also features tours of real biochemistry and biology labs at UO. Register through Eugene Science Center, 9am-noon, Ph 541.682.7888

FREE First Friday at the Museums. Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems and delve into its cultural history. Museum of Natural History, Ph 541.346.3024. Also enjoy free admission at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 11am-5pm, Ph 541.346.3027


Science After School. KG - 3rd grade students (and home school equivalent) explore science in a fun, hands-on setting, led by experience STEM educators. Today: Ecology: Glaciers & Arctic. 1-6pm, $35, Ph 541.682.7888


Tot Discovery Day. Activities and interactive learning stations designed to create an experience that will ignite your child’s curiosity and interest in science. Tot Discovery Days are casual, drop-in programs when our youngest visitors. Age 0-5, Eugene Science Center, 9am-12pm, $5-6, Ph 541.682.7888

Kids @ the Library. Make Playdough Critters (grade K-2nd) and Perler Beads! (grade 3rd – 5th) Fern Ridge Library, 3:304:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

Parents Night Out at Rooted Space. Bring your littles in for a fun active play group with mindful works and arts and crafting adventures. Rooted Space, 6-8pm, $25, Ph 541.636.3177 The SpongeBob Musical. Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” The Hult Center, 8pm, $38-117, Ph 541.682.5000


Family Fun: Screen Painting. Learn how to screen print on paper with Amelia Reising of Adventure! Children’s Museum. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 2pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

Teens @ 4:30. Join Librarian Cara for a special teens-only (ages 12+) event each Tuesday at 4:30pm!  All events are free and open to the public. Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

11 WEDNESDAY Middle School Lounge. Toothpick Painting. Grades 6-8, Fern Ridge Library, 4-5:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 After School Club for Grades 1, 2 & 3. Art Day: Make Your Own Book. Work with local artist Marianne Walker to create their own book from scratch! Springfield Library, 3:45-4:45pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.2243

12 THURSDAY Waipuna. Waipuna is at the forefront of Hawaiian contemporary music, consistently winning Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammys”) Awards every time

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they have a new album, from 2012 to present. The Shedd Institute, 7:30-9:30, $12-34, Ph 541.434.7000

13 FRIDAY Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Lego Club. Build with Lego, Duplo, and Mega blocks. We’ll supply everything, just bring your creativity. Display your creations in the library until the next Lego Club day. Springfield Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

14 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, Sing along with Kris Olsen. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Second Saturday’s at the Museum. This month we’ll have “Fun with Fossils” - Explore the amazing stories of the giant spiked-tooth salmon and other animals from Oregon’s deep past. Ages 3 and up with accompanying adult. Museum of Natural History, 11am-3pm, Include with admission, Ph 541.346.3024

15 SUNDAY Family Fun: Irish Dance. Watch and join in Irish and Scottish dances with Ceili in the Valley. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

17 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Join Librarian Cara for a special teens-only (ages 12+) event each Tuesday at 4:30pm!  All events are free and open to the public. Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

18 WEDNESDAY Kids @ the Library. St. Patrick’s Day Crafts (K-2nd grade) and Snap Circuits (3rd-5th grade) Fern Ridge Library, 3:304:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 After School Club for Grades 4,5 & 6. Art Day: Make Your Own Book. Work with local artist Marianne Walker to create their own book from scratch! Springfield Library, 3:45-4:45pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.2243 Lucky Clover Race. A fun St. Patrick’s Day race day at Dorris Ranch. The course is entirely flat on dirt and bark paths that wind through the filbert orchards. Dorris Ranch, 4-6:00pm, $25-30, Level32 Racing

19 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Masters of Hawaiian Music. Three slack key masters bring Hawai‘i’s unique folk styles, with origins in the early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture, to 21st century stages. The Shedd Institute, 7:309:30, $14-36, Ph 541.434.7000

20 FRIDAY Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month: Fascinating Flowers. Enjoy crafts, games, and a story about one of nature’s most beautiful things. Inc with admission. FREE for MNCH/ UO ID card holders. Oregon Trail/EBT admission discounts. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30 – 11:30am, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024 Science After School. KG - 3rd grade students (and home school equivalent) explore science in a fun, hands-on setting, led by experience STEM educators. Today: Chemistry: Slime & Polymers. 1-6pm, $35, Ph 541.682.7888

21 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Live music for kids of all ages, with their caregivers. This week, Carleen and Mike McCornack. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Model Train Action. The Atlantic & Pacific N-gineers Model Railroading Club set up and run a large display for the enjoyment of all ages. Bethel Branch, 11:00am 4:00pm, FREE, Ph 541.682.8316 Daffodil Drive & Festival. Cruise the country roads around Junction City to see the bright yellow blossoms all along the roadways. Buy armfuls of daffodils, browse local vendors, enjoy live entertainment, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and admire antique cars. Long Tom Grange, 10am-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.998.2828

22 SUNDAY Family Fun: Springo. Celebrate the start of spring by playing bingo for fun and prizes. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

24 TUESDAY Kids @ the Library. Flower Workshop (K-2nd grade) and Acting Workshop with Upstart Crow Theatre (3rd-5th grade) Fern Ridge Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Teens @ 4:30. Join Librarian Cara for a special teens-only (ages 12+) event each Tuesday at 4:30pm!  All events are free and open to the public. Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

25 WEDNESDAY Middle School Lounge. Café Gaming. Grades 6-8, Fern Ridge Library, 4-5:00pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512 Kids Pigeon Party. Get together to celebrate this iconic character from Mo Williams books with a performance, crafts, and book giveaway. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 1:00 & 3:00pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

The SpongeBob Musical Starts Friday, March 6th

Art Therapy for Teens. For kids ages 12-18. It’s time for our teens to express themselves creatively with a registered art therapist when words may not be enough to process what they’re going through. Elrod Center, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.780.6836

26 THURSDAY Red Yarn and the Critters Musical Puppet Show. For a high-energy musical puppet show! Petersen Barn Community Center, 11am or Sheldon Community Center at 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Teens: Movie Double Feature. Get together to watch two beloved Miyazaki movies, create film-inspired crafts, and enjoy tasty snacks. Ages 13-19. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 2:00pm, FREE! 541.682.8316 The Princess Bride Series. One of the most iconic fantasy/romance movies of all time, 1987’s “The Princess Bride.” Watch the film and stay for a discussion. Wildish Community Theater, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.868.0689 No School Day Adventure: Incredible Journeys. Adventure there and back again

as we soar across countries and swim between hemispheres. Play migration games, hear incredible stories of strength and skill, design a kite that really flies, do a feeder watch, and observe awesome ospreys! Outdoors in Alton Baker Park, 8:30am-3pm, $50-60, Pre-Reg req, Ph 541.687.9699

27 FRIDAY Lego Club. Build with Lego, Duplo, and Mega blocks. We’ll supply everything, just bring your creativity. Display your creations in the library until the next Lego Club day. Springfield Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Lasers at the Library. A retro-future sci-fi party featuring laser tag, arcade games, light art, music, food trucks, and more. Play classic games courtesy of Blairally Vintage Arcade or new games by the local developers of BitForest Arcade. Dance at a Silent Disco with dueling DJs from KWVA 88.1FM. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 6-9:30pm, FREE! 541.682.8316

Rachael Perry. Dwntn Eugene Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Model Train Action. The Atlantic & Pacific N-gineers Model Railroading Club set up and run a large display for the enjoyment of all ages. Sheldon Branch, 11:00am 4:00pm, FREE, Ph 541.682.8316

Cultural History. Hands-on engineering challenges inspired by Oregon’s first engineers and the shelters, boats, shoes, and fishing tools they designed. Eugene Dwntwn Branch library, 3pm, FREE! 541.682.8316


SOLVE Oregon Beach Cleanup. Spring Beach Cleanup along the entire Oregon Coast to benefit the people, animals and plant life that call the region home. All Oregonians and visitors are invited to head to their favorite beach or explore a new location in support of the environment. There will be 45 check-in sites from Astoria to Brookings with bags and gloves provided to get down to work. FREE! Ph 503.844.9571

Chefs Night Out. A must-do for foodies and culinary enthusiasts who want to experience the farm-to-table delights of the Willamette Valley. Many favorite restaurants and beverage purveyors gather under one roof for the savory encounter. Benefit for FOOD for Lane County. Graduate Eugene, 6:30-9:00pm, $65-75, Ph 541.342.2000

Jell-O Art Show. Jell-O Obsession: Turn off that TV! Put down that paper! Forget your responsibilities and surrender to creativity. Feed your Jell-O Obsession! Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 5-8pm, 541.346.3027

Teens @ 4:30. Join Librarian Cara for a special teens-only (ages 12+) event each Tuesday at 4:30pm!  All events are free and open to the public. Springfield Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766



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

Family Fun: Engineer It. Design, invent, and build with the Museum of Natural and


Kids @ the Library. Plant Your Own Garden (K-2nd grade) and Minecraft! (3rd-5th grade) Fern Ridge Library, 3:304:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.7512

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Experience LANE


ry one of these indoor familyfriendly destinations this spring for a change of scenery and a lot of fun!

Adventure! Children’s Museum at Valley River Center A fantastic escape into imagination and exploration for younger children, the Adventure! Children’s Museum is jampacked with interactive exhibits. Open daily, this play space is both a destination activity and an ideal diversion when a little one is melting down from mall shopping. Many exhibits are most conducive to quiet, focused play, but there are also spaces for bigger movements like building large playhouses or climbing and sliding on a wooden ship. Eugene Science Center Learn while you play with building labs, computer modules and artifact collections. The Eugene Science Center accommodates both younger children with a stimulating “Tot Spot” geared for hands-on explorations and older children with its more complex scientific discoveries. The planetarium’s 360-degree dome show and laser technology thrill all ages with tours of the solar system. Splash! At Lively Park A waterpark swim is great for the wiggles.


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Release all that pent-up energy tubing in the wave pool, zipping down the waterslide and wading in the kiddie pool. Splash! offers a spacious indoor pool with a variety of activities for different swim abilities and interests. The indoor air and water temperature make it easy to forget the cool spring weather outside. Parents can also enjoy a soak in the hot tub. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Head to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and request an ArtPack at the front desk. These children’s kits are designed to prompt a deeper exploration of the museum’s exhibits through interactive tools and tasks. ArtAccess workshops for children with special needs, children’s camps and classes are also available. Escape the Room Oregon Exciting scenarios and sets will have you scrutinizing every book, picture frame and knick-knack as you work together to solve a mystery. Escape the Room Oregon has four different themed rooms of varying difficulties. Children must be at least 6 years old and children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult player. The games aren’t scary, but can be suspenseful! Two50 Youth Center inside the Bob Keefer Center Does your middle schooler need a place


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to hang out after school? The Two50 Youth Center offers a lounge and high-tech gaming center for kids in grades 6 - 8, from 3:15 to 6 p.m.). Video games, a pool table and foosball will keep middle schoolers busy. Drop-in activities may include arts and crafts, rock climbing, cooking and movies. Putters Family Entertainment Center Choose your play at Putters’ bustling amusement center. There is an indoor playground, an arcade, billiards, 18-hole mini golf and laser tag. Children must be at least seven years old and 42” tall to play laser tag. Round1 at Valley River Center Imagine bowling, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping pong and arcade games all in one place. Add in a play area and dining options and you have the full fun hub package. Age requirements and fees vary per activity. Memberships and party rentals available. Keep Up with Kids’ Events Each week check our calendar for familyfriendly events happening across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. For more family adventures and events throughout the year, visit https://www.eugenecascadescoast. org/family-fun/

Movie Time by Bonnie L. Harris

Super Sonic Friends Paramount Pictures Rated: PG Now in theatres


t’s been a long, slow road to the big screen for the little blue hedgehog known for his high-speed antics in the gaming world. For the legion of loyal Sonic the Hedgehog fans, it was a challenge to get it right. And there were major stumbles along the way. Like the original trailer, which was panned so badly online that Paramount Pictures completely redesigned the film. Thankfully, they came up with a cute, cuddly, irreverent, and likeable hedgehog who keeps

Facing the evil drones.

his human counterparts on their toes and gives the villain exactly what he deserves. And what a fantastic villain he is, played to the hilt by Jim

to see Sonic to safety after his golden transporter rings are accidentally left in San Francisco. The question is, who will get there first? Dr. Robotnik and his

Carrey. But chasing Sonic, the ex trater restr ial hedgehog , becomes extremely complicated for the evil genius because Sonic has unexpected help from his human friends, Tom and Maddie Wachowski. They’re determined

army of vicious machines want to capture and dissect Sonic to steal his source of super speed. Sonic, however, just wants to find a forever family and end his loneliness. From Montana to San Francisco, Dr. Robotnik

FOR THE PARENTS Merciful Justice Just Mercy Warner Bros Pictures, Rated: PG-13 Now in theatres

out by stereotypical characters removes it from the company of more notable death row films like Dead Man Walking and The Life


ot much compares to the moral weight of Just Mercy, the new biographical drama starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, but I wish it were a better movie with as much conviction as consternation. Based on the true story of a wrongly convicted African-American man in rural Alabama, Just Mercy uncovers the worst case scenario of justice gone wrong. Unfortunately, the movie’s extremely slow pace, the dispassionate performances, and a series of highly predictable actions carried

Praying for a new trial.

ratchets up the danger until he finally surrounds Sonic with lethal drones and the ultimate battle begins. Little does Sonic know that Dr. Robotnik stole one of his quills and harnessed the same super blue power for his machines. But in the end, Tom and Maddie come to Sonic ’s rescue, and Dr. Robotnik is transported to the distant Mushroom Planet to contemplate his evil ways. So, pass the popcorn and enjoy the adventure! Also be sure to watch the credits for hints that Dr. Robotnik will have his revenge and Sonic can expect some extra help in his sequel.

of David Gale. Of course, we’re aghast that the local sheriff and district attorney stand by their mistaken verdict, and no doubt , the naïve Harvard lawyer seeking justice will be harassed at every turn. Evidence gets lost, an eye witness changes his testimony, an alibi proves a man’s innocence, but a judge refuses to see the truth. Been there, done that. Just Mercy demonstrates that a true story, however compelling and heart-wrenching, may not be strong movie material. That said, the epilogue of real photos and follow up narrative are as compelling as the ninety minutes of the movie itself.

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Read & Play by Jennifer Galvin

Money and Math Read and Play Money and math—save, spend, or share. What to do with money? Spend it and it’s gone, save it and you can buy something you really want or need later. Share it and you can help others! Invest some time checking out these great money books and activities to get you on the right financial track. Soon your child will be pinching pennies with the best of them!

READ… Five Little Monkeys: Count and Trace Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.99; ages babypreschool) by Eileen Christelow

Count to ten with the five little monkeys in this adorable count and trace board book. Children will love the interactive flaps and tracing in this book!

Peg + Cat: The Lemonade Problem Candlewick Entertainment, $5.99; ages 3-7) by Jennifer Oxley & Billy Aronson

Peg and Cat start selling lemonade for 10 marbles, but no one is buying. They lower the price, but still no buyers. What will they have to do to sell the lemonade? How will they get any marbles? Find out in this fabulous book about markets all based on a lemonade stand and a lot of fun!

My Rows and Piles of Coins Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $8.99; ages 5-9) by Tololwa M. Mollel

Saruni dreams of buying a red and blue bicycle so he can help his mother carry heavy goods to the market. He saves his coins in his secret money box until they are heavy and


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then takes them to the bicycle man. Will they be enough? Find out in this beautifully illustrated story that celebrates saving, family, and the power of persistence!

Stars & Poppy Seeds Tate, $16.99; ages 4-8) by Romana Romanyshyn & Andriy Lesiv

lora loves to count things. She counts everything, until one days she tries to count the stars and realizes there are just too many. She works at it with her formulas, but even they aren’t enough. Her mum, tells her she can accomplish anything if she just takes smalls steps and

Flora falls asleep dreaming of millions and trillions of stars. Even includes a list of famous mathematicians and places to go to explore the world of mathematics at the end.

A Bike Like Sergio’s Candlewick Press, $6.99; ages 5-8) by Maribeth Boelts

Ruben wants to ask for a bike for his birthday, but knows that wishing for one won’t make the money to buy it just appear. He finds what he thinks is a dollar and keeps it, but later finds out it is actually a hundred dollar bill—enough for the bike. Now Ruben has a dilemma, should he keep it, or return it to the person who lot it? Find out what Ruben does in this great book about money!

Emmy in the Key of Code Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99; ages 8-12) by Aimee Lucido

Emmy’s dad gets a new job and she has to move. She’s also the only one in her family that isn’t good at music. She’s worried she will never fit in. Until she finds out about coding and suddenly everything starts to make sense—music, coding, and life. Then, her coding teacher gets sick and life takes a turn for the worse. Can she finish her project in time? And will she ever really feel like she fits in? Find out in this fabulous book written in verse—you won’t want to put it down until you finish!

... and PLAY! Make a house for your money Materials: A clean, empty quart milk carton, construction paper, markers, glue, and scissors. Directions: Paper clip the top of the milk carton closed so you can open it to get money in and out. Glue construction paper around the sides of the milk carton. Cut brown pieces to cover the top so it will look like a roof. Staple these “roof” pieces into place. Be careful n o t to s t a p l e where your paper clip is or you won’t be able to open your bank. You can move the paper clip to the outside to help hold on your “roof” paper. Cut a small money slit on one side of the “roof” of your money house. Decorate your money house with markers. You may even want to make three different “houses,” so you have one house for saving, one for spending, and one for sharing.

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Sponge paint with dollars and cents Materials: A sponge, scissors, a permanent marker, construction paper, green tempera paint, a paper plate. Directions: Draw a dollar sign and a cent sign onto your sponge. Carefully cut them out for your child. Put a bit of green paint out on a paper plate and let him paint with dollars and cents to his heart’s content.

Visit your local bank and ask about savings accounts for children Materials: Time and your child’s allowance Directions: If your child has built up quite bit of savings in their bank in their room, you might want to help her open a savings account at your local bank. Many banks have special savings account plans especially for children. Call your local bank and ask what you and your child need to do to open an account and then take her down to the bank and help her open an account. You might even help your child purchase a savings bond. She can save to buy half and you can match that so she will be able to have some more permanent savings. Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at www.jennifergalvin.com.

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The Power of Play

for You and Baby by Parenting Now!


abies are born with a unique desire to play. It’s how they learn about the world, problem-solve, and work through their emotions, not to mention build muscles and resilience. To quote Fred Rogers: “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” As parents, we wonder how to fully engage and play with our babies. But playing with your baby will not only boost their creativity and brain development, it will help you form a deeper bond with your child and nudge you to take a break from your busy day to simply enjoy these sweet, fleeting moments with your little one.   Play starts on Day 1 Play doesn’t have to wait until your child can throw a ball or challenge you to a game of hide-and-seek. It begins on the day your baby is born—and it begins with you.  • You are the most interesting thing in the entire world to your newborn. Your touch, your voice, your face remind your baby that they are cared for. Let your newborn gaze at your face while you soothingly talk or sing to them.

• Singing is a great way to play with your newborn, infant, and toddler! And newborns aren’t particular! Don’t know any nursery rhythms? No problem! Newborns just want to hear your voice—even if it is singing a made up song or your favorite artist’s latest hit.  • Gentle caress is another overlooked form of play with your newborn. Gently caressing your newborn’s foot with your finger or letting your newborn use the death grip hold over your index finger is a great way to boost those feel-good, love hormones.   The exciting world of infanthood As your newborn grows into infanthood, their world is blossoming around them. Everything is new and exciting to an infant, so don’t be fooled into thinking you need to buy them the latest and greatest toys. They just need you!  • Encourage your baby’s sweet smile and squeals of delight by gently clapping your baby’s hands together or moving their legs in a bicycle pedal move, or just making some funny faces or sounds.   • Practice supervised tummy time often to help strengthen baby’s neck and shoulder muscles. If your baby fusses during tummy time, give her some interesting toys to reach

for, such as a soft book or rattle. • Practice tracking where you move an interesting object side to side while your baby watches it. This helps build their visual skills.  •  Read books together. Babies love simple, colorful board books. Grab a stack of board books from the library and snuggle in for 20 minutes of reading. Don’t worry if your child grabs or turns the pages at their own pace - it’s how they explore their world. Try to focus on pages or images that hold your baby’s interest. Play can be fun for you, too! It’s normal for this to feel silly or even boring sometimes It’s okay to find what feels fun to you. If dancing in the kitchen feels more fun to you than reading books, it’s ok to do more of that! Find what comes naturally to you and build on that. (And of course, try out the suggestions above—you might find you like it more than you’d expect!)

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The Buying Power of Women How Women Shape the Economy and Business World by Kimberly Blaker


omen to d ay account for or influence 70-80 percent of all buying decisions. The ‘female economy’ was estimated by Forbes in 2017 to be worth $18 trillion, and continues to grow. These statistics reveal the crucial role women play in keeping the economy afloat—in good times and in bad. As a result, many businesses have taken heed. Still, plenty of industries and companies remain behind the times when it comes to treating women as major consumers. They fail to see the power this segment possesses. For example, most women can attest to occasions when their gender has negatively affected the service and attention they received. Additionally, women are still taken advantage of because of their lack of or perceived lack of knowledge in certain industries.


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Women, however, have become increasingly educated consumers, and businesses that don’t recognize this are learning the hard way. Many women, offended by these biases, walk away from a purchase and go elsewhere, demanding to be treated with respect. Advertising and marketing specialists are also catching on. Advertising that stereotypes women and marketing explicitly geared to male audiences don’t sit well in the minds of women today. Stereotyping and the absence of recognizing women as potential consumers for traditionally male products are off-target, offensive, and fail to give these large consumers the information they need. House and home Women today account for well over half of the spending on household goods and

personal items. That’s because they take more interest in shopping for these items, especially non-essentials. Women control most of the expenditure not only on décor, linens, and kitchen gadgets, but furniture, cabinetry, carpeting, lighting, and more. Furthermore, women play a significant role in the purchase of real estate, the biggest investment most families make. According to a report by Lending Tree, in analyzing data from the 2017 American Community Survey, about 22% percent of single women are homeowners as opposed to only 13% of single men being homeowners. Married women also markedly influence real estate decisions. According to David Powers Homes of Houston, Texas, couples ultimately agree on the purchase together.

Yet research conducted by the company found women make almost 80 percent of the home-buying decisions in the company’s $180,000 to $500,000 price range. When buying a home, men and women each look for certain features. Women are most concerned with floor plan and design and how these factors will accommodate their lifestyle. Specific features of importance to women include large closets, kitchen space and design, space needs, and overall comfort. Men focus mainly on technology, energy-efficiency, and garage functionality. Probably one of the most underrecognized areas of women’s buying power, however, is in the tool and home improvement industry. With the surge in do-it-yourself remodeling, women have

fast become one of the big spenders in tool departments and home improvement aisles. Kimberly Stevens, a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, explains, “We’re talking buzz saws, routers and power sanders.” The growth of female tool shoppers isn’t minimal, Stevens points out. A survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, found women have been outpacing men in their involvement in do-it-yourself projects since at least 2000. According to a female industrial designer at Porter-Cable of Jackson, Tennessee, as reported by Daily Gist, “Women are using these tools on a regular basis.” What’s also increasing female tool sales is the significant increase in women working in the construction field, which has nearly doubled over the last 15 years.

Health care Women’s voices are gaining prominence in the healthcare industry, as well. Women make at least two-thirds of the healthcare decisions in U.S. households, according to Amy Ertel Bellcourt, vice president of corporate communications for MVP Health Plan. So healthcare systems are paying particular attention by improving maternity wards and focusing a portion of their marketin g on services affecting women. Travel Women are equally important to the travel market. They now make seventy percent of all travel decisions. They’re the larger clientele of adventure travel. But business travel has also seen marked growth by females. Women make up nearly O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • M A R C H 2 0 2 0


half of all business travel, according to research by Judi Brownell, Ph.D., professor of Cornell University’s Management & Organizational Behaviour Program. Over 75% of women traveling on business are college-educated and abler than men to articulate their needs. They participate in more leisure activities while traveling on business. They’re also much more likely to order room service while traveling alone. For these reasons, they have a significant impact on this industry. Investment While the percentage of women who own stocks still lags behind men, ample research has found women make better investors. In 2017, Fidelity Investments reported after analyzing more than 8 million clients that when it comes to the return on investments, women outperform men. Automotive Another area where women play a crucial role is in the automotive industry. “Women,”

according to a report by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence, “are not only becoming more influential in deciding what car to buy, they are also taking over the traditionally male-dominated responsibility of maintenance and repair.” Women make up between 65 and 80 percent of auto repair and service shop customers. Women are also responsible for almost half of new car sales and slightly over half of the used-car sales, according to Art Spinella, of CNW Research. Women influence 80% of all transactions. Not to mention, says Ford Motor Marketing, 95% of women have the power to “veto” an automobile purchase. What women want from this industry, experts say, is not to be treated differently. They want to be treated with respect. “Women ask more questions, inquire about details, and are more willing to look under the hood, or check out parts,” says Diane Hohman, an automotive aftermarket consultant in Herndon, Virginia. So they’re beginning to get the respect they deserve in this market.

Sports and entertainment Women are not only spending increasing amounts on clothing but on entertainment and electronics. Furthermore, the women’s sports apparel market is valued at $26.8 billion, nearly a third of the total sports apparel market of $80.1 billion as of 2018, according to the Euromonitor International. In fact, an unexpected 45% of NFL fans are now women according to the NFL’s 2017 estimate. What this all boils down to is two-fold. Being America’s biggest consumers, women not only keep the economy from becoming stagnant during times of stability. They keep it from collapsing during a recession. This means women are gaining the upper hand in the way the business industry treats them. Women aren’t demanding preferential treatment, but they do expect equal treatment and respect. Kimberly Blaker is a freelance lifestyle and business writer. She’s also founder and director of KB Creative Digital Services, an internet marketing agency, at kbcreativedigital.com


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A Dad’s Eye View Humor by Rick Epstein

Mayhem at Mealtime W

hen our cat was hunkered down at his dinner bowl, my father would warn, “Don’t bother Mr. Mittens while he’s eating. He’ll turn around and bite you.” Does the definition of “bother” include marching a toy troll across Mr. Mittens’ furry shoulders? If so, Dad sure knew cats. But when it came to the way people eat, he was not so well informed. My father spent his life chasing a mirage. He yearned for a family dinner that would be a happy and peaceful interlude when affection and merriment abound, events of the day are discussed, and good food is eaten politely and appreciatively. Certainly that’s how Dad dines now, because he’s in Heaven with my mom. But we never ate like that Down Here. My big brother did daring tricks, I babbled and gobbled, my little brother picked and whined, and all three of us bickered. Ye t s o m e h o w I inherited Dad’s dream of harmonious family dinners, even though I know better. A college anthropology course (which I very nearly passed) taught me that the first humans used to wander around finding and eating berries, roots and bugs. Families only ate together when something really big had died. Then they’d swarm around the carcass, grunting and snapping their teeth, jabbing each other with sticks, and grabbing for the choicest bones or organs. Take away the appetites and you’d have dinner at our house when our daughters were little. Children are primitive creatures who feed all day on whatever they can get their paws on. So when Mom and Dad

try to get them to come to dinner and force them to eat more than they have use for, all they want to do is leap down onto the floor and scurry away to their caves. Two-year-old Sally would come early to the dinner table, crawl under it, and graze on crumbs and old Cheerios. With hunger abated, she could focus on mealtime misbehavior. Besides her general rioting and frat-house manners, Sally would clamor for whatever was on someone else’s plate and beg to sit on my lap or her mother’s. She’d stand up on her booster seat for half the meal yelling “Mommy!” or “Daddy!” on the off-chance one of us would want to wrestle a wild monkey while trying to eat. (Sally was ready to use a fork long before we trusted her with one.) At age 5, her older sister Marie’s main contribution to the dining experience was refusing to eat. She didn’t like meat, vegetables, pasta or potatoes. That didn’t leave much. She’d take a couple bites of spaghetti and then ask how much more she had to force down to qualify for dessert. Negotiations would ensue. Dessert had to be cookies or better – or we had nothing to talk about. But Marie would still find time to kick her little sister under the table and goad her to a shrieking frenzy with a few words. Enlarging the chaos of dinnertime, a third daughter, Wendy, arrived with a fussy appetite, plenty to say, and a special gift for dropping food and spilling drinks. The floor under her chair always looked like Gettysburg had been re-fought with food. Then, before we could get ourselves organized, the older girls started disappearing into college. We still have the youngest one “at home,” which is to say: almost never at home. At age 17, she counts the day a failure if she hasn’t contrived to eat elsewhere. So that leaves Betsy and me. She makes lovely dinners, but with mixed feelings – she’s sad that no kids are around to throw it on the floor. I dig in with enthusiasm as we gossip companionably. I thank her for making dinner and then I wash the dishes. There’s nothing to sweep up. We ’ r e f i n d i n g t h a t serenity isn’t everything. In fact, my idea of Heaven would include lively, noisy kids at the dinner table. They’d argue, sing, laugh and cry. For every Tater Tot eaten, two would roll across the floor. No meal would be complete until a tall glass of a staining beverage had been knocked over. It makes me wonder if Adam and Eve realized they were in paradise when it was time to feed the baboons. Rick Epstein can be reached at rickepstein@yahoo.com. But take it easy; he’s feeling a bit frail just now. O R E G O N F A M I LY. C O M • M A R C H 2 0 2 0


Rescue Spotlight


eet Diesel! This handsome boy loves attention and is looking for a family who is around a lot to play with him. He has a lot of energy and would make the perfect running, hiking or adventure buddy! Diesel is a volunteer favorite because “he’s never in a bad mood and he always just wants to play.” Diesel is a 7 year old boxer mix with tan and white fur and weighs between 50-60 lbs. He needs to go to a dog and cat free home and would do best with older kids as he gets jumpy when he’s excited. Diesel wants a family that will continue giving him positive reinforcement training and teach him more manners. Diesel is the perfect outgoing companion for someone looking for love! If you are interested in adopting a dog, or would like to learn more about adding a dog to your family, please visit Greenhill Humane Society. Greenhill Humane Society is open for adoptions seven days a week, 11 am – 6 pm at 88530 Green Hill Rd in Eugene. For more information call (541) 689.1503 or visit www.green-hill.org.


he Cat Rescue & Adoption Network presents JD Katt, a friendly, fluffy black and white tuxedo fellow who is estimated to be about 5 to 7 years old. This extra-large guy loves to soak up attention from his humans. As soon as he realizes that you want to give him love, he is ready for cuddles. He was found as a wounded stray, but his injuries are now all healed. He has tested positive for FIV (the feline immunodeficiency virus), but he’s a healthy, vigorous boy, and with some precautions to protect his immune system (he must an indoor-only kitty), he will likely have a normal lifespan. The virus can’t be passed to dogs or people and only through a deep bite wound to other cats – so he needs to be any only kitty (he does not like other cats anyways).  He is good with dogs and gentle kids. Meet this charmer today and fall in love!  JD is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, has been defleaed and dewormed, has had a complete dental, and is negative for Felv. His adoption fee is $60. To meet JD Katt, please call 541-225-4955 option 1 or send an email to adoptinfo@CatRescues.org

FREE Compost Demonstrations Saturdays 10am-12pm March 14 River House

301 N Adams Eugene

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

Grows Great Gardens!

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


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April 4 GrassRoots Garden 1465 Coburg Road

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4446 Franklin Boulevard

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Safe Kids West Oregon presents

6th Annual Family Safety Fair PRESENTING SPONSOR



Car seat checks at our Car Seat Clinic 11:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m. Helmet giveaway and fittings for first 500 attendees to visit helmet-fitting station




First 1,000 kids to turn in Safety Passports will receive a giveaway Tours of LifeFlight helicopter, Coast Guard boat, newborn ambulance and more!

May 9, 2020 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bob Keefer Center Springfield, 250 S. 32nd St., Springfield, OR 97478


Profile for Oregon Family Magazine

March 2020 Issue