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My kids are excited for the arrival of sunny weather! I have a teen on a skateboard, a grade schooler on a scooter, and a kindergartener ready to bike without training wheels. Which of them will need a helmet before I set them loose?


My best advice – and caution! – is, “Use your head; wear a helmet!” Everyone on wheels – regardless of age, and regardless of vehicle – needs a helmet. Helmets reduce head injuries and death from accidents. And sadly, less than half of children under age 14 wear them! Here are some tips for helping get your kids on board too: • A properly fitted bike helmet should be worn when riding a bicycle, scooter, roller skates or in-line skates.

• Be sure any helmet you purchase meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) standards. • Let kids pick out their helmets. If they think it looks cool, they are more likely to wear it!

• EYES check: Place the helmet on your head. Look up. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.

• Be a role model for your child. If you expect them to wear a helmet, make sure you’re wearing one too.

• EARS check: The straps should form a “V” under the ears when buckled, and should be a little snug, but comfortable.

Q. How do I know if my child’s helmet is fitted correctly?

• MOUTH check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Does the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten the straps.

• Skateboarders and long boarders need A. There are three simple steps you can take to make sure a helmet is specific types of helmets. The two types properly fitted. We call it the EYES, of helmets are designed especially for EARS and MOUTH checks: those activities, so proper gear and protection is important.

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About Dr. Ruscher Dr. Kimberly Ruscher is a wife, mother, and a board-certified pediatric and general surgeon. She graduated from Florida State University College of Medicine, then trained at University of Connecticut in surgery. In 2008, she completed a Master’s in Public Health at Harvard University. Later, she went on to complete Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She practices

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Compare by Sarah Lyons


s a mother of six children, I have found myself

comparing one child to another many times. Even though I know their physical, emotional, and intellectual development will progress at a rate that is unique to each child and each will have their own strengths and weaknesses, when you are in the middle of a two year old tantrum over a seemingly trivial problem, it is hard not to think “Your sister never did this…”

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arents often battle the urge to compare one child to another. It is a natural reaction considering we use comparisons to make decisions involving nearly every other aspect of our lives. When dealing with two or more children we must do the exact opposite of this natural tendency. “This was hard for me when my son was younger. He had several developmental delays and I would struggle with comparing him to where his sister was at that age.” says Ashley Clark, Shawnee mother of two. “I knew it wasn’t healthy for any of us and I had to let it go.” Comparing siblings can have negative effects because it can create jealousy, sibling rivalry, feelings of self doubt, and have negative effects on the parent-child relationship as a whole. We know each child is unique, with their own gifts, struggles, and personality, which all affect how they grow, learn, and develop, but how do we learn to appreciate these differences rather than compare them? Identify their strengths When the urge to compare your children arises, identify the strengths of each child. One may have an excellent sense of coordination and therefore may excel in physical development and later, in sports. Another child may have no interest in sports but have a knack for listening to others and perceiving how they are feeling. Compassion and caretaking may come natural to a child with these strengths. Elizabeth DeArmond, mother of four from Olathe, KS says “It helps to see how their differences help all of us as a whole. We balance each other out.” While taking notes on strengths,


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acknowledge areas where each child may struggle and allow more patience and instruction in this area without putting the child down for their weaknesses. We are all different and have strengths and struggles, we just need to learn to embrace them for ourselves and our children. As your child grows, learn to keep your expectations in line with their abilities and interests. Focus on the child’s efforts Instead of comparing one child’s struggles to another child’s successes, try to focus on each individual child’s efforts and improvements. “I have to remind myself that the kids are all different and continue to train them accordingly. Eventually they will mature at their own pace and will ultimately grow into productive independent adults.” says Kelly Lawton, mother of five. Things come easily to some people, while others put in lots of hard work to gain the same result. Instead of noting the ease which one child can accomplish tasks, take note and celebrate the child who is putting in the most effort and congratulate them on any improvements made. “Once I embraced their differences,” says Clark “I could appreciate where they are as little people.” Celebrate individual milestones As parents, we all desire to be “fair” to all of our children. I noticed as my children grew I became so focused on being fair that I was missing the celebration of the individual milestones that were important and meaning ful to each child. Being fair is a great goal, but par t of that is

How to Notice Unique Qualities in Your Children • Treat them as individuals • Seek out what makes them unique • Recognize their strengths and struggles • Choose activities they love • Foster separate friendships • Find out their love language from the book “The Five Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell • Listen to what they say • Give them choices • Spend one on one time with each child appreciating each child’s differences rather than comparing them as a group For instance, when you notice your child has achieved a new accomplishment make sure to share it with the entire family at dinner. It lets them know you pay attention to their individual accomplishments No one wants to hear the words “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” Comparisons feel like judgement to a child. While it goes against our natural instinct, we must learn to see the individuality in our children. “My twin girls are emotionally different which has led me to parent each one differently. The sensitive one needs gentle corrections while the other responds better to timeouts and words of affirmation.” says Jennifer Klindworth of Olathe. “When we have the chance, we separate them and go on outings for one on one time. It is amazing how different they are when they are not competing for attention.” Loving and appreciating your children for their d i f fe re nce s d o e s n’t mean you love one more than other. It means you have learned to love each one of them for their own unique qualities.

A Dad’s Eye View by Rick Epstein



don’t want to go to school,” moaned 8-year-old Wendy. “My throat feels like it’s crammed full of red-hot knives.” I believed the part about school, but the dramatically described throat problem was dubious. Were these the words of a sick child with a healthy imagination or a healthy child with a sick imagination? In the lopsided partnership that I call marriage, my wife, Betsy, is in charge of the children’s health and I’m in charge of metaphor, simile and hyperbole. “That’s really good imagery,” I said, patting Wendy on the back, “I’ll go get Mom.” Maybe in families in which Dad is an actual M.D., the father looks after the children’s health. But in every family I ever knew, Mom is the medical officer. That includes my own mother. As the situation required, she would tweeze out splinters, rinse infected eyes, take temperatures, deploy vaporizers and give oatmeal baths. Of course, sometimes she would call in a professional. At age 6, I fell off my bike and hit my head on the curb. Mom gave me some ice cubes in a wash cloth, and while I held them on my bump, she drove me to Mr. Angelotti’s house. He wasn’t a doctor; he was only a science teacher – but a darn good one. “How many fingers am I holding up?” he asked. “Two,” I said, and he smiled approvingly. CAT scans weren’t available yet, and he may have been tempted to thunk my head like an iffy watermelon, but in those days people didn’t believe in performing test after test. “He’s probably fine,” said Mr. Angelotti. Reassured, Mom bought me an ice cream cone on the way home. I was just as glad not to go to our family doctor. Dr. Ziegler was skilled and gentle; it was his son I hated – a supergenius wonderboy who was my age and, worse yet, had the same name as me. I remember being in there to have a boil on my butt lanced and Dr. Ziegler was telling my mom how HIS Ricky had won the county spelling bee and the state science fair and was about to get his pilot’s license at age

14. “That’s quite a boil,” Dr. Ziegler said. But I could tell he was just throwing me a bone. I knew my mom wouldn’t trade me for Ricky Ziegler, but if sons were cars, hers was a blemished Chevy Cavalier while the doctor’s boy was a shiny new Ferrari, and it must’ve pained her to figuratively park us side by side. My wife is quicker to take the kids to the doctor, but she does a brisk business at home, too. She removes stitches, dresses wounds, caresses or cracks the backs of the afflicted and delights in pulling loose teeth. I’ve even seen her chase a 7-year-old from room to room with her thumb and forefinger extended, saying, “C’mon Sally, you KNOW you want me to yank it out!” She’s inventive, too. When 2-year-old Wendy had an ear infection and wouldn’t take her slimy pink medicine, Betsy somehow knew that having us all sing “Happy Birthday” to her would make her more receptive. It worked several times. Betsy knows her patients. “Wendy and Sally turn a special shade of white when they are sick. Marie is always white, so there’s no help there,” she explained to me. Marie’s asthma was Betsy’s most serious challenge. When asthma attacks were sending us rushing to the Emergency Room, it was no case for a science teacher. We even needed someone even smarter than our regular M.D. So Betsy found a fancy specialist 50 miles away and browbeat the insurance company into paying for the out-of-network expertise. Betsy learned all about asthma – what triggers the attacks, and what the various medications do. She made sure absent-minded Marie was properly equipped with inhalers and pills and was using them all properly every day. The fact that Marie, now 21, is still breathing is testament to Betsy’s perseverance, intelligence and love. On the morning of Wendy’s sore throat, Betsy looked inside with a flashlight and told me, “Her throat is just a little red. She may seem like she’s faking, but she has a low threshold of pain. So something that you or I could just laugh off is really unbearable to her.” Uncharitably, I said, “A sensitive kid also has a low threshold of boredom and low tolerance for doing things she doesn’t feel like doing. At what point does sensitivity become a ticket to sit on the couch and watch TV instead of going to school or having a job?” “Tell your inner Republican to calm down. Wendy is only in third grade,” Betsy said. “If we let her stay home and call her teacher for her assignments, I don’t think she’ll necessarily become a burden on society.” Everybody should have a mother. And you can’t be born without one. Is that Intelligent Design or just dumb luck? Rick can be reached at O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • M A Y 2 0 1 7


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2 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Re-live your childhood with an incredible orchestra as the backdrop to a classic favorite. Stay for the surprising twists, beloved songs and enchanting story! Hult Center, 7:30pm, $38-97, Ph 541-683-5000

3 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap: Mystery of Easter Island. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is known for its giant statues and for its stark lessons about human-induced environmental catastrophe. But what exactly are those lessons? Dr. Hunt paints a surprising picture of the island’s deep past and the remarkable culture that flourished there. Marketplace@Sprout! 6-8pm, Ph 346-3024, FREE! Tweens: Make a Robot. Learn to use a battery pack and motor to build a simple robot to keep. Determine the winner of a battle between “vibrobots” and “bristlebots”. Sheldon Library, 4pm, FREE! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. See the 2nd

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4 THURSDAY Mark Cohn. Joined by an all-star band, Marc will be performing the Grammy-winning songs from his platinum selling record in its entirety. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $15-19, Ph 541.434.7000 The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival. A juried international competition in the cultural heritage film genre, bringing you the world’s best films relating to archaeology, ancient and indigenous cultures, and their world. Includes great films for the whole family to enjoy! For details visit TAC Film Festival website. The Shedd Institute, 7pm10:30pm, Ph 541-434-7000 May the Fourth Be With You. Bring the kids to celebrate Star Wars! Family activities, spacethemed stories, hands-on art, green screen photos, and more. Downtown Library, 6pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

5 FRIDAY First Friday ArtWalk. Take the guided tour and hear from the featured artists, or explore the galleries and venues on your own. This event is from 5:30-8pm, rain or shine— always free! Tour begins at 5:30pm at Lane Community College’s Downtown Campus (101 W 10th Ave). Free First Friday. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Museum of Natural and Cultural History allow you to enjoy the museum’s new exhibits and old classics for FREE today! 11:00am-5pm B-17 Bomber Tour. Fly or tour one of the last air-worthy B-17 bombers in the world! More than just an airplane, the B17 holds a remarkable connection to the past and is most iconic image of World War II. Reservations Recommended. Mahlon Sweet Field Airport, 10am-5pm, $10-475, Ph 800.359.6217 (Mature) Daniel Tosh. An evening of laughs with Comedy Central’s “Tosh.O”. Daniel Tosh will perform an evening of stand-up comedy featuring writers and comedians from the show. Matt Knight arena, 7:30pm, $20-75 Devin the Dude Live! Rapper, Devin The Dude, is coming back to Eugene. This time he brings his Acoustic Levitation tour to Whirled Pies. 8pm12:30am, $20-25, Ph 541.913.7124 Eugene Marathon/Half Marathon. A fast and furious weekend at Hayward Field. Includes Kids Duck Dash, 5k, Half Marathon and the ninth annual Eugene Marathon. Hayward Field, 7am, $10-140 International Roller Derby Tournament. Three days, three tracks and over 30 women’s, men’s and junior roller derby teams from around the world from Argentina to Finland. Competition is fierce and the stakes are high. Lane Events Center, 10am-10pm, $25-60 The River Wild. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, and David Stratham, directed by Curtis Hanson, 1994. Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.868.0689 Tot Discovery Day: Backyard Science. How does the Sun cause colors to fade? How many legs does an insect have? What adventures can you find in your backyard? The Science Factory, 9am-noon, FREE! Ph 541.682.7888 UofO Track & Field Twilight at Hayward Field. 6pm

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Oregon Ballet Spring Dance Concert Sunday, May 21st and infant care. Educational, interactive, and informative with a presentation by Dr. Bill Sears, renowned author of over 40 books on parenting, nutrition, and infant care. Willamalane Sport Center, 11am-4pm, Sugg $5 family FREE Comic Book Day! In honor of Free Comic Book Day, the Downtown Eugene Public Library will give brand-new comic books to children and teens (while supplies last) starting at 10am. Ph 541.682.8316 Fan Appreciation Night at Cottage Grove Speedway. A ¼-mile banked clay oval, continues its racing tradition celebrating 61 years of heart stopping side-by-side action and nailbiting excitement! Featuring 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Northwest Extreme Winged Sprints, Late Models, IMCA Sport Mods, Street Stocks, and Hornets. Ph 541.942.7561 International Roller Derby Tournament. See the 5th Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week, Bryan Reed makes learning rock! Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 WREN Family Exploration Day. A backpack of binoculars, field guides, bug nets, hand magnifiers and bug boxes are provided. Be sure to bring your curiosity and sense of adventure. Golden Gardens Park, 10am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.338.7047 Vineyards and Violins. Browse a huge assortment of silent auction items including weekend getaways, restaurant dining, golf, entertainment, gifts and more. Live violin music, buffet of delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, NW wines and sparkling ciders. Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 5pm, $20-25, Ph 541-736-4520 Bill Charlap Trio, one of the world’s premier jazz pianists. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $28-36, Ph 541.434.7000

7 SUNDAY International Roller Derby Tournament. See the 5th Thirst 2 Create Paint Party. Golden Hour Flowers: Paint flowers that dance against a golden backdrop on a 16 x 20 canvas. All experience levels welcome, painters age 14+ Pre-reg required. Beergarden, 2pm-4:30, $35, Ph 541.579.8885

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

Family Fun. This week, learn about “Uganda” with Sharon Alitema of Kampala. Downtown Library, 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316


Tweens: Make a Robot. Learn to use a battery pack and motor to build a simple robot to keep. Determine the winner of a battle between “vibrobots” and “bristlebots”. Bethel Branch Library, 4pm, FREE!

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 is behind Kowloon’s. 9:30am-1:30pm, FREE! Ph 971.673.6034

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


WREN Wetland Wander. Join Wetland Ecologist, Diane Steeck for a walk through spring wildflowers where we might be able to see some Oregon Irises, Buttercups, Camis and many more! Stewart Pond, 10am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.338.7047

Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month’s theme is “ Gone Fishing” Take a dip in the river and learn about the history and life cycle of salmon, including techniques used to fish for them over time. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 11:30, $3-10, Ph 541-346-3024

10 WEDNESDAY Food, Pollination, and Bees. UofO greenhouse manager and Lane Community College instructor Brian Dykstra discusses the role bees play in food production. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 3pm, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024

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Tinker Tech for Tweens/kids. Learn, create, and explore with science, technology, engineering and math. Springfield Public Library. 2-3pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Aladdin: The Ballet. A playful and provocative re-imagining of Scheherazade’s timeless tale, set against the backdrop of the American ‘70s music with Satin Love Orchestra. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $28-58.50, Ph 541.682.5000

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Eugene Scottish Festival Saturday, May 27th 18 THURSDAY Kids: Mini-Makers. Hands-on fun and learning with electronics, invention kits, button making, and more for grades K-6. Downtown Library, 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 (Adults) Thirst 2 Create Paint Party: “Birthday Pig” #2 of a “Critter Series”. Paint one or, do them all on a 12 x 12 canvas. Pre-reg required. Viking Braggot Co, 6-8:30pm, $35, Ph 541.579.8885

13 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 Aladdin: The Ballet. see the 12th (Moms) Spa at the Vineyards. A rejuvenating spa day at Noble Estates, complete with foot soaking pools, massage therapists and award winning wines. Noble Estates Urban Tasting Room, 12pm-6pm, FREE! Ph 541.338.3007

Pac 12 Track and Field Championships. Time TBA, Hayward Field. Ph 541-346-4461 Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week, join Anahid Bertrand, who is fluent in musical fun - and six languages. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Mother’s Day Tea. Enjoy sweet and savory treats in the historic Dorris Ranch Barn. Take photos, listen to live music, and work together to create a special take-home craft. All ages welcome. Dorris Ranch, 12pm, $12-14, Ph 541.736.4544 Emerald Valley Opry. Featuring: Wayne Graber (Country Gospel), 56 Pontiac (Traditional Country/ Rockabilly) Mike & Carleen McCornack (Folk), Julie Nedele (Country), The House Band. Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:00-9:30pm, $3-$8/under 7 free, Ph 541-688-0937

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14 SUNDAY Family Fun. This week “Make a Kite” with Richard Page of the Associated Oregon Kiters. Downtown Library, 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Pac 12 Track and Field Championships. Time TBA, Hayward Field. Ph 541-346-4461 Aladdin: The Ballet. 2:30pm, see the 12th Mother’s Day Brunch. Treat your special Mom to an afternoon of amazing food, pastries, wine, and music! Enjoy live music by Slightly Retro Jazz and indulge on a mouthwatering brunch.  Pfeiffer Winery, 11:30am-1:30pm, $19-38, Ph 541.998.2828 (Moms) Spa at the Vineyards. See the 13th

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

16 TUESDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Teens @ 4:30. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766


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Emerald City Jazz Kings. “My Lucky Star” by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed. A wonderful screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; and a simply marvelous set of songs written by the film's producer, Arthur Freed, and composer Nacio Herb Brown during the 1930s. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $14.50-30, Ph 541-434-7000 Big Science, Big Fun! 200+ community partners join for an evening of rocket and paper airplane launches, exhibit tours, food, local brews, a Wall of Wine Photo Booth and more! After dinner, stay for a comedic performance with Adam Ruben a writer, comedian, storyteller, and molecular biologist. The Science Factory, 6pm8pm, see website for tix, Ph 541.682.7888 Let’s Talk Food. Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics, and Personal Choice. Join us for a new series exploring food and culture in Oregon and beyond. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 5:30pm, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024

Family Fun. This week “Time Travel: A Dance Evolution,” a sampler of dances from many eras performed by the Eugene Youth Ballet of Eugene Ballet Academy. Downtown Library, 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Thirst 2 Create Paint Party: “Red Barn” Paint with old and new friends. Pre-reg required. The Pub at Laurelwood (family friendly), 2pm-4:30, $35, Ph 541.579.8885 Bark in the Park. On Your Barks, Get Set, Go! Alton Baker Park goes to the dogs when over 1,000 dogs their people leash up for a 10K, 5K, or 2K run/walk in the park. There’s a run, a walk, canine activities, vendor booths, food carts, demonstrations and more! Alton Baker Park, $25-30, 7am-12pm, Ph 541.689.1503x112 Mt Pisgah Wildflower and Music Festival. A day of workshops, walks, food, plant booths and featuring an art and nature outdoor exhibit with hundreds of wildflower species on display. Live music all day. Children under 12 are free. Free parking. 10am -5pm, $8 sugg donation, Ph 541.747.1504

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

25 THURSDAY Phoebe Gildea. The program will include music from West Side Story, Street Scene, The Phantom Of The Opera, Into The Woods, and more! The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $15-19, Ph 541.434.7000

26 FRIDAY LEGO Club for kids. Springfield Public Library, in children’s area, 2-4pm, Ph 541-726-3766

Odesza at Cuthbert Amphitheater. Get down to deep-bass, electronic hits. Cuthbert, 8pm, $70

Prefontaine Classic. This iconic event consistently draws a world class field of athletes and fills the stands at the historic Hayward Field with cheering spectators. Hayward Field, times vary, Ph 800.932.3668



Foam Wonderland. A touring concert series featuring world-class stage production, the largest foam machines in the world and the industry’s most profound DJs including Borgore, Party Favor and Arius. Ages 16+ Cuthbert, 5:30pm, $36-56

Story Walk at Dorris Ranch. 10:30-11:30am, a family/youth event. Call Springfield Public Library for details. Ph 541-726-3766


Hero for a Day. This event transforms children into heroes and allows the opportunity to meet their favorite heroic characters, as well as everyday heroes from our community. Rock climbing, obstacle courses, foam archery lessons and more! Ages 2 - 18. $50/child and free for parents and children in foster care. Willamalane Sports Center, 12pm-3pm, Ph 541.343.2856 Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week, Samuel Becerra plays lively music of South America and Mexico. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

21 SUNDAY 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 Emerald City Jazz Kings. 3:00, see the 18th Spring Dance Concert presented by Oregon Ballet Academy. Lane Community College, 1pm and 6pm, tix at

15th Annual Eugene Scottish Festival. Bagpipes, fiddles, Harps, Sheep Dog demo, athletic games demo, Dog Parade, horse-drawn wagon rides, dancing and Scottish imports. Irving Grange, 10am-5pm, $5-10 Prefontaine Classic. See the 25th Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend! This week, Kris Olsen of Do Re Play brings musical exploration. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

28 SUNDAY Floydian Slips. All ages welcome. Cuthbert Amphitheater, $10 Family Fun. This week “Robotics” with the South Eugene High School Robotics Team. Drive an award-winning robot and learn about robot building. Downtown Library, 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

30 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Pizza and Poetry. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Reading Patrol! Storytime with Officer Jarden Quinone. Springfield Public Library, 4:305:30pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766



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Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to get into turning my food waste into compost for my garden, but I don’t want a stinky pile of table scraps lingering in a pail in my kitchen or backyard. Are there any new hightech ways to expedite the process? — Billy A., San Francisco, CA


omposting is a natural process of recycling food and organic matter and exposing it to oxygen so it can decompose into a nourishing soil amendment. Whether you let your municipality process your food and yard waste into compost, or do it yourself at home, you’re doing right by the environment. The problem with dumping food and plant waste into the regular garbage bin is that it won’t decompose in a landfill where it’s buried under layers of inorganic matter, unexposed to oxygen. When organic waste is trapped in a landfill it can generate large amounts of groundwater-polluting leachate and potentially f lammable methane (a potent greenhouse gas) as bacteria try to break it down in the absence of oxygen. Given how easy it is to compost

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Cycler CS-10 ($299) employs motorized agitators to break down cooked and uncooked food waste into small particles which are then heated and sterilized. The dishwasher-safe, countertopsized unit makes ready-to-use compost within three hours. If you want to go even bigger, Zera’s new appliance-sized Food Recycler ($1,199) reduces food waste by over two-thirds its original volume and can handle a week’s worth of kitchen scraps. It makes usable compost in 24 hours, and is also connects to your home’s wifi network so you can monitor and control it remotely via an app. Yes, there’s even an app for that! Old-school (outdoor) composters might want to check out Yimby’s low-cost, worry-free Tumbler Composter ($81). Just insert your food scraps and/or yard waste, close the door and turn it manually 5-6 times every 2-3 days. The exterior is a recycled plastic bin with a steel frame, and can stay outside all year in any

weather. The Tumbler Composter has a 37 gallon capacity, but takes two weeks or longer to turn your scraps into compost. Composting is g reat for fertilizing your home garden, and it’s satisfying to make something useful for free out of waste that you would otherwise just discard. However, if you just want to make a difference but don’t need the compost itself, municipal food waste curbside pick-up is probably a better way to go. Whether you outsource the compost-making to your town or do it yourself at home, you can feel good that you’re doing the right thing by the environment. CONTACTS: EPA’s Composting at Home, www.epa. gov/recycle/composting-home; Zera, EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit Send questions to:

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Exploring Oregon…

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ids love to play in the sand, so why not take them to biggest sandbox on the west coast?! The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA) is a playground for kids and adults and it’s right here in Lane County. Stretching from Florence south to Reedsport, the ODNRA is a diverse ecosystem that provides open sand for the rearing of endangered Snowy Plovers, quiet nature trails for viewing flora and fauna, fishing and sand activities like sandboarding, professionally guided dune buggy rides and areas for off-highway vehicle riding. Ever heard of sandboarding? Think snowboarding, except


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on sand instead of snow… and a great place to experience it is the World’s First Sand Board Park! Sand Master Park provides 40 acres of private dunes and an additional 200 acres of public dunes. Providing lessons for first-timers, rentals for those with experience and many other activities to create a special vacation memory. Sandland Adventures offers giant dune buggies that seat 10 people, and provide exhilarating dune experiences. Or, for those who prefer a more relaxing tour, they have buggies that seat up 27 people and go at a more relaxed pace. Join your friends,

experience the dunes, and then return to have fun in the bumper boats, play miniature golf, and more! The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is also home to some amazing waterfalls. As you pass through Mapleton on your way back from Florence, head south on Sweet Creek Road for 11 miles. Three and one half miles of

easy to moderate trails and a dozen beautiful waterfalls are accessible from four trailheads. Spring and early summer are good viewing times because Sweet Creek flows diminish during drier months. Our waterfalls page connects you to Seven Waterfall Wonders. Several of these hikes are family-friendly and accessible for people with mobility challenges. In 2016, Travel Lane County worked with Google to introduce Google Trekker. This exciting product is the trail view version of Google’s popular street view. See how our staff trekked more than fifty trails, paths, and rivers and then take a virtual tour of these trails. We continue to work with Google to post more of the trails we trekked, so check back and see what’s new in the coming year. Travel Lane County’s Kids’ Adventure Club is free and provides families an opportunity to stay abreast of the many engaging outdoor activities, fairs and festivals, arts and cultural activities that take place throughout the

Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Our monthly e-newsletter highlights upcoming opportunities and our quarterly free family day events feature hands-on activities introducing elementary-aged kids to the region’s wonders. We also highlight familyfriendly deals and our family event calendar Before you go, visit the Eugene, Cascades

& Coast Adventure Center (3312 Gateway Street) in Springfield. Our adventure specialists will help plan itineraries, sell you necessary permits, and provide handy maps. You can even select gifts from our locallysourced Oregon products. Have an enchanting Eugene, Cascades & Coast summer!

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Movie Time

Tau-Tau, the rascal monkey.

by Bonnie L. Harris

Back to Nature, Disney Style Walt Disney Studios Rated: G Now in theatres


ince Walt first animated a mouse in 1928 and later with movies like Bambi, Dumbo, and The Jungle Book, Disney has always had close connections to wildlife. It’s refreshing to see Disneynature, an arm of the Disney mega-corporation, bringing back Walt’s affinity for outdoor beauty and the creatures that inhabit our world. When I was a kid, watching the awardwinning True-Life Adventures

on The Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday night was a rite of passage. With Disneynature’s new feature, Born in China, a foreign country’s unusual animals come to life on the big screen. Narrated by the soothing voice of John Krasinski, the film follows four animal families over a year in the majestic wilderness of Central China. We first meet Dawa, a female snow leopard, who defends her mountain territory to protect her two tiny cubs. In the Sichuan forests, we’re introduced to Tau-Tau,

a golden snub-nosed monkey, who’s a mischievous two-yearold contending with a new baby sister. Next, we find the lazy panda Ya-Ya and her adorable cub, Miu-Miu, exploring the world beyond their den. To mark the changing seasons, the film also follows the vast migration of the Tibetan chiru antelope while they cross the open plains to their calving grounds. Born in China weaves these diverse stories together with Chinese legends and authentic

FOR THE PARENTS Getting a Piece of the Pie Going in Style Warner Bros. Pictures, Rated: PG-13 Now in theatres


espite its predictable story, Going in Style, turns into an endearing caper with just enough comedy, quirky characters, and unforeseen twists to keep it fun and enjoyable. When their retirement pensions are cancelled by their former employer, three friends decide to get even with the bank liquidating the company’s assets. Since Joe, played by Michael Caine, witnessed a successful bank heist, he urges Willie and Al, played by Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, to join him on his crooked

encounters with danger, and sets them against a backdrop of stunning cinematography. Be warned, however, that as in nature, predators hunt to stay alive and the circle of life claims those less fortunate animals. But Disney treats these harsher realities carefully and tenderly, very much aware of their young target audience. At times, the Disney-esque narration gets a little sappy, but overall, the sheer wonder of the cinematic imagery makes it worthwhile. Don’t miss the credits to see the intrepid photographers who did the work.

Willie, and Al manage to escape with the cash. Usually, crime doesn’t pay, but in this case, it’s all about justified payback and three friends who will always stick together.

adventure. Each of them has an axe to grind: Joe’s house is in foreclosure, Willie needs a kidney transplant, and Al’s just Joe says good-bye to plain angry at corporate greed. his granddaughter. Everything hinges on whether or not three old codgers can pull it off, and if their alibis will hold up when FBI investigators are hot on their trail. Planning and rehearsing gets creative and kooky as the octogenarians must learn how to use 21st century technology, but when they actually hit the bank, it’s a hilarious free for all. Nothing goes as expected and the police are on the way, but Joe,

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Discovery Box by Hannah Kruse, UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History

A Total Eclipse of the Sun O

n August 21, Oregonians are in for an extraordinary treat—a total solar eclipse. The first total solar eclipse to sweep across the U.S. since 1918, the event will be visible to people in fourteen states and five state capitols—and eclipse chasers around the world are saying it’ll be a spectacular sight! Now’s the time to plan for your eclipse moment. What, exactly, will you be seeing? And what’s the best way to view it? What is an eclipse? From our perspective on earth, we can see lunar (moon) eclipses and solar (sun) eclipses. These happen when the sun, the moon, and the earth are in line with one another and the light from the sun casts a shadow from one body onto the other. A lunar eclipse happens when the sun casts the shadow of the earth onto the moon. It may cover part (which is a partial lunar eclipse) or all of the moon (a total lunar eclipse). These kinds of eclipses seem pretty common, because lots of people can witness them at the same time: The earth’s shadow is so large against the moon that an entire hemisphere, weather permitting, can witness the eclipse all at once.


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A solar eclipse o cc urs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. The sun casts the moon’s shadow onto the earth. From earth, the moon appears to cover the sun. Because the moon is so small in comparison, the shadow the sun creates is small and it travels in a very narrow path on the earth. This path of totality is where you want to be in order to witness a total solar eclipse. Sometimes the moon is not entirely in line and we will see it cover only a part of the sun. This is a partial solar eclipse. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is farther away and is too small to “cover” the sun—we can still see a ring of bright sunlight around the shadow of the moon when this happens.

How should I prepare? To fully and safely view a total solar eclipse, there are two key steps: be in the path of totality and protect your eyes. It is not enough to be near the path of totality—you need to be right in it! In Oregon this August, the path of totality will touch several major sites: Lincoln City, Newport, Salem, Corvallis, Albany, Madras, John Day, and Prairie City, to name a few. Eugene, Springfield, and Portland are not in the path, so folks from those cities will need to take short trips to view the event. Eye safety is paramount when viewing an eclipse. Looking directly at the sun—even just a small part of it for a short time—can permanently damage your eyes. The only safe ways to view an eclipse are through special solar filters (which can be used on

cameras or eyeglasses, for example) or by pinhole projection. Eclipse-viewing glasses can be purchased online. Regular sunglasses—even dark ones or multiple pairs—are not safe for eclipse viewing. Do not look at the sun through binoculars, camera lenses, or any other magnifying viewer without proper filters. Pinhole projection is a tried and true method of safe eclipse viewing. With this method, you view the sun projected through a small hole onto a flat surface— like a movie on a screen. Want to make your own eye-friendly eclipse viewer? Join us at the museum next month for our June 3 family day. We’ll have a station set up especially for making viewers, and you can take yours home with you for the big day! During a total eclipse, like this one, it is safe to look up only when the sun is entirely covered by the moon and darkness falls. This will last for a minute or two, depending on your vantage point. When the sun begins to peek back around the moon, it’s time to use your glasses or projector again. Where can I learn more? NASA has a website devoted to this eclipse. Check it out at eclipse2017.nasa. gov. You can find maps of the path of totality, animations of eclipses, and much more. For some hands-on learning and other eclipse-related fun, head to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for Exploring the Extraordinary—A Total Solar Eclipse Family Day on Saturday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy an astronomically fun day of crafts and activities exploring stars, planets, and celestial events, and tour the new National Geographic exhibit Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is located at 1680 E. 15th Avenue, on the UO campus. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit us online at

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Family Safety Fair Saturday, May 13 10 a.m – 2 p.m. Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation 250 S. 32nd St. Springfield, OR 97478

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