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My children are 3 and 5 years old and have never caught the flu. I know the recommendation is to get them the flu vaccine every year, but some

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year, and sometimes the vaccine is not a good match. Also, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to fully take effect, so if children are exposed during that period, they could catch it. Overall, I feel that it is ‘better to be safe than sorry’ and you can be sure that I will be vaccinating my own children (and myself!) against the flu as soon as possible. We’ll all be getting the injectable vaccination, which is proven to be more effective than the nasal mist form. In fact, our Pediatrics team at PeaceHealth Medical Group will only offer the shots this year.

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Rick Epstein and the Labyrinth of Despair (or, “WHAT COLLEGE BROCHURES DON’T TELL YOU”)


ee, it’s kind of spooky out here around the campfire. I think maybe we’ve heard enough scary stories for one night. What? You want ME to tell one? You insist? Well, OK, but don’t expect to sleep tonight… I’m on the phone to daughter Sally’s college, talking to a playful sprite in the Office of Financial Enigma. Over the din of laughter and breaking glass, she’s telling me, “No, Mr. Whoopstein, I can’t tell YOU how much your daughter’s fall semester bill is. We have to protect her privacy, so we would have to speak directly with her.” “That’s adorable,” I said, admiring the notion held by the University of Jabroo that my 17-year-old is running this aspect of her college education. “Can you at least tell me if everything’s in order in her financial-aid file?” “Can I?” she teased. “Let me check.” A few thumps and festive yells come through the phone and she’s back: “Sally still hasn’t done her qualifying interview for one of her subsidized loans.” “Which one?” I ask. “Guess,” she urged. “I give up,” I said. “Please tell me what I should do.” “YOU should do nothing,” she said. “YOUR DAUGHTER -- if she IS your daughter -- can do the interview online by going to and answering a few ambiguously worded questions. Don’t YOU try to do it, because we’ll KNOW!” But Sally is away working at a summer camp where cell-phone reception is sketchy and Internet access does not exist. And earlier in the day I’d learned that the password Sally had given me is invalid, and SHE has to get a new one from the Office of Abracadabra. That’s


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not happening today. So I turn to my uphill battle with daughter Marie’s school, Sisyphus College. I’d received a letter from a troll in the Office of Parent Skinning & Rendering saying my income-tax return shows we made $3,000 more than our W-2 forms indicate. If I don’t send in a W-2 form accounting for the mysterious $3,000 within two weeks, he won’t give Marie the $5,000 in grants that we’d been led to expect -- and he might eat her up. The letter had bite marks on it. But there is no extra $3,000. I’d added wrong. Sorry! I’m a bad formfiller and getting worse as my form-filling workload increases. The IRS knows I take a wild, good-faith stab at it each April and they re-crunch the numbers and I pay up accordingly -- then a grateful nation and I both carry on. Maybe this time the IRS agents had decided to keep quiet and apply the extra revenue toward the next office kegger. To rectify my latest mistake, I had to re-guess my taxes and file the revision (form 1040X) with the feds and the college. Although I faxed and mailed the form to the school, a week later one of the mischievous pixies there swore she still hadn’t seen it, plus now she wanted me to download a “Household Verification” form, fill it out and fax it in pronto. But it had to be signed by Marie, who finds it more pleasant to summer up near the college instead of at home with her twitching, wild-eyed father. So I faxed the unsigned form to the college, along with a third copy of the 1040X, hoping all this paperwork lands on the appropriate dark altar, and the office imps don’t tear it into strips, mix it with paste, and make themselves huge papier mache heads to frighten me with on Parents’ Weekend. Marie went in to the office to sign the Household Verification form. She reported back that because of my 1040-tax screw-up, a curse had been put on her file. According to a priestess at the customerabuse counter in the Skinning & Rendering Office, college necromancers wouldn’t be able to divine our bill until long after the money is due. So I must send them a check for $15,823 for the fall semester by August 1st. The woman promised that once it’s all been figured out and the financial-aid ouija board has been put away, they’ll send me back any money they don’t want. “Really?” Marie had asked. “You can depend on it!” the woman said. A guy beside her, helpless with mirth, crumpled forward onto the countertop, slapping it with a hoof and gasping, “Oh! Stop it! Yer killin’ me!” …And that’s my story. What? The ending? Oh, my friend, there is no ending. Sure, someday I’ll be freed; well, cast aside, anyway. But it doesn’t END; it just comes time for someone else’s turn. Someone who will stagger in a delirium of frustrated confusion from keyboard to phone to fax to bank. Someone who will be forever one PIN, one form, one question away from a finish-line that is a mirage. Someone whose only crime was to raise bright children. Someone like ... YOU! Rick can be reached at

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An estimated 2.3% of adults are afflicted with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and for many, the symptoms begin during childhood or adolescence‌

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secret in order to avoid appearing crazy. The devastation of OCD is not just seen in the adult or child with the disorder. OCD has is a neurological malfunction that creates a negative impact on the whole family, which unrelenting, intrusive thoughts and extreme often falls apart from the stress caused by the anguish for those affected. Obsessions disorder. It is not unusual for the OCD sufferer may range from a fear of hitting someone to rely on family members to help alleviate while driving to unbearable worries about his fears. He may insist that a child, parent, contamination. These fears can be alleviated or spouse check electrical outlets or may only one way—by acting out compulsions, badger loved ones with which become repetitive constant questions for acts of checking and reassurance. rechecking to ensure the OCD has a negative impact In some homes where fear is unfounded. Although OCD on the whole family, which fear of contamination is the obsession, family was added to the often falls apart from members are banned American Psychiatric from certain rooms Association’s Diagnostic the stress caused by the or areas of the home and Statistical Manual disorder. in order to prevent of Mental Disorders contaminating the (DSM-III) in 1987, many areas. Family members may also be required people still live with its destruction unaware to live up to unreasonable standards of there is help or even a name for their bizarre cleanliness in order to satisfy the OCD fears and behaviors. Furthermore, “Families person. In other homes, compulsions such often don’t know that they have a sick child,” as hoarding are so out of hand that the says Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., in The Boy home literally becomes a maze in which Who Couldn’t Stop Washing. Children may family members must maneuver through keep their obsessions and compulsions a

narrow trails, dodging tall stacks of boxes, newspapers, or whatever is hoarded. What’s the cause? To understand the OCD mind, many researchers explain that the brain is stuck, in a sense, and replays a particular thought over and over again, like a broken record. In other words, it tricks the sufferer, and she cannot trust her own judgment. Those who don’t understand OCD often tell the affected, ‘Why don’t you just stop?’ But it isn’t that simple. Researchers believe the disorder to be neurobiological, and therefore, the obsessions are not a matter of choice. Differences have been found in the brain of OCD sufferers through brain imaging techniques. Some studies have found abnormalities in the neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. The occurrence of OCD is also higher in families with depressive and anxiety disorders. For most, there is no known event that relates to their particular obsession(s). Nevertheless, researchers feel that environmental stressors may at least play some role in the development of OCD for those who are biologically predisposed.

Common Obsessions · Fear of running over someone while driving · Fear of contamination · Fear of harming others · Fear of blurting obscenities or insults · Preoccupation with a part of the body · Violent, horrific, or disgusting images · Superstitions or persistent thoughts of lucky/unlucky colors, etc. · Extreme concern with religious issues, values, or morals 10

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Is there help? Although there is no known cure for OCD, there are a number of treatments available. Caution should be used in weighing out treatment options, as some are not supported by a preponderance of evidence. Questionable treatments for OCD include psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychosurgery, and electro convulsive therapy (ECT). The two most common, effective, and proven forms of treatment available for OCD are psychotropic drugs and behavioral therapy. Many doctors suggest medication in combination with behavioral therapy, which teaches techniques to relieve or stop the intrusive thoughts and to control compulsive behaviors, works best. The severity of untreated OCD generally tends to worsen over time and can become completely debilitating. If someone in your family has symptoms of OCD, contact your mental health provider for a confidential evaluation. Although there is no cure for OCD, with proper treatment many OCD sufferers are able to lead normal and productive lives.

Common Compulsions · Repeated checking of doors, ovens, locks, plugs, etc.

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Family Music Time. This week singer/ songwriter Rob Tobias for classics, originals, and tunes made up on the spot. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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5 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap: Music for all Souls. Local Mexamericana quartet Llorona presents a special evening of ghostly lore and tragic tales with musical roots in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Marketplace@Sprout! 6-8pm, Ph 346-3024, FREE!

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Guy Mendilow Ensemble. An emotionally powerful artistic voyage awash with warm harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $18-26, Ph 541.434.7000 Ballet Folklórico Tlanese. Dancers ages 5 to 25 years old who perform traditional Mexican dances from Oaxaca, Veracruz, Jalisco, Nayarit, Guerrero, Yucatan, Sinaloa, and more. Each dance showcases the specific movements and gorgeous flowing dresses of the area. Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 4pm, $5-7, Ph 541.485.2278

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Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet. Brings Austen’s spirited women, nosy neighbors, embarrassing relatives, determined bachelors, and smarmy cads to life—in 1920’s Paris. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $29-49, Ph 541.682.5000


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Family Music Time. This week, Kris Pia and Jason Robbins of Little Timbre Studio will share songs, rhymes, and music. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Steel Wool: Acoustic Rock Reborn. Inspired by CSN, the Eagles, and Paul Simon, these 4 players breathe fresh life into deep grooves. Steel Wool is a harmony loving, acoustic rock band spinning on the edges of funk, rock, folk and traditional Zimbabwean mbira music - happily serious and family friendly, too.

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Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month: Looking for Leaves, with stories and fun activities about plants and their changing autumn colors. Museum of Natural

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Harvest Happenings Colonial Harvest Days - Oct 1 – 31st. Celebrate harvest and family farm with a tractor hayride to the pumpkin patch! Visit the cows, goats, chickens and pigs. Festivities include a pumpkin trebuchet, live music, pie eating contests and more. Northern Lights Farm. Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm / Sun noon-5pm. Ph 541.746.5161 and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 12:30, $3-10, Ph 541-346-3024

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Mixed Media for Kids. Color Field Painting. (ages 7-12). Springfield Public Library. 10:30am – 12:00, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

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

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Urban Harvest Party. See Harvest Happenings! Family Music Time. This week, Rich Jodie St. Clair, Director of the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy, takes the lead. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet. See the 14th Paula Poundstone. Comedian, NPR panelist, and writer brings her spontaneous and critically acclaimed stand-up back to Eugene! Hult Center, 8pm, $32-47.75, Ph 541.682.5000 Fossil Family Day. Dig into Northwest natural history with U of O scientists! Enjoy crafts, snacks, hands-on activities, learn about rocks with the UO Geology Club, prepare a fossil with museum paleontologist Edward Davis and join a fossil trip at 1:30pm. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 11am-3pm, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024

16 SUNDAY The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth. A Live-Action Graphic Novel where radio play meets comic book in a one-of-a-kind live show! The year is 1933. Are you ready for the adventure? Hult Center, 6pm, $25-39.75, Ph 541.682.5000 Bird Walk. For people with all levels of birding experience. We’ll use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of our summer and year-round residents. Mt. Pisgah, 8am-11am, $5/Free to members, 541.747.3817 Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet. 2:30pm, see the 14th

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Premiere of Tight Loose. Teton Gravity Research presents a premiere of their latest ski and snowboard feature film. Hult Center, 8pm, $15-17.50, Ph 541.682.5000

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Ballet Folklórico Sunday, October 9th Giselle. The greatest classical full-length ballet of the Romantic Era. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $2965, Ph 541.682.5000

29 SATURDAY Family Music Time. This week, Anahid Bertrand, who is fluent in musical fun -- and six languages. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Little Monster Bash! Gently scary stories, songs, and crafts for families. Come in costume! Springfield Public Library, 2:30-3:30pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 difference! A fusion of music, movement and culture. Hult Center, 8pm, $30-60, Ph 541.682.5000

23 SUNDAY Scarecrow Making and Pumpkin Carving Workshop. See Harvest Happenings! Bob Welch & Friends. 2pm, see the 22nd

25 TUESDAY Teens @ 4:30. Springfield Public Library, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Reading Patrol! Storytime with Officer Jarden Quinone. Springfield Public Library, 4:00pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766


27 THURSDAY Dave Douglas and The Westerlies. New music by Dave Douglas in collaboration with The Westerlies, a brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle. The Shedd Institute, 7:30pm, $26-36, Ph 541.434.7000

28 FRIDAY Dearly Beloved. Urban Beat, Urban Fusion, and Urban Elite as we pay homage to the late Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and Prince. Guest Groups: Dance Northwest, flex Studios, King’s Krew, Work Dance Co, Xcape Dance Co, and ZAPP. LCC Ragozzino Theater, 7:30pm, $15-18, Ph 541.484.2700 LEGO Club for kids. Springfield Public Library, in children’s area, 2-4pm, Ph 541-726-3766

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30 SUNDAY Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Mushroom Festival. See Harvest Happenings! Family Fun: Fall Festivals. This week learn about Diwali, Halloween, and Day of the Dead, with hands-on crafts. Downtown Library, 1pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Mad Scientist Halloween Extravaganza at the Science Factory. See Harvest Happenings! Giselle. 2pm, see the 28th

31 MONDAY Happy Halloween! Safe Trick-or-Treating!

Earthtalk from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How far along are we on efforts to support large numbers of people on the moon or other planets if our population gets too big or we ruin the environment here on Earth? —Barbara Christie, Hull, MA


s the human population swells and global warming compounds other environmental problems here on Earth, the notion of colonizing other planets is more appealing than ever. While we are far from being able to support human communities elsewhere in the solar system and beyond, environmentalists are increasingly interested in space exploration as one potential solution to our own earthly woes. Mars is by far the most promising planet in the solar system on which we could support substantial human life. Currently, Mars is a desolate desert, but the so-called “red planet” once contained liquid water and perhaps harbored life. Many of the elements we depend upon to support life here on Earth, including carbon, silicon, iron and even frozen water, are present on Mars, giving researchers hope that one day some of us could hopscotch through space and set up shop there. The first challenge of colonizing Mars is transportation. The furthest a manned mission has ever gone to date is the moon, and Mars is 140 times further away.

Currently the biggest hurdle is the cost of spaceflight. But a new breed of private companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin have invested in making launching more efficient by streamlining manufacturing and even reusing rockets. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, claims he can reduce the cost of spaceflight 100-fold. The best concrete plan for landing humans on Mars is called Mars Direct. Designed by aerospace engineer and Mars Society founder Bob Zubrin, this plan was rejected by NASA because it failed to fully utilize new technologies such as the International Space Station. Zubrin thinks we could get ourselves to Mars for only $55 billion, which seems like a bargain compared to the $250 billion figure suggested for a Mars landing back in 1969 after our first moon landing. The most immediate problem for human habitation on Mars is the severe temperature. The average temperature on the surface of the red planet is -67° Fahrenheit compared to the balmy 61° here on Earth. Elon Musk suggests there are

Colonizing Mars might be our best hope if humans ruin or outgrow Earth.

two ways to overcome this obstacle. The fast way would be by dropping nuclear weapons on Mars’ poles, while a slower solution would entail emitting huge amounts of carbon into the Martian atmosphere much as we are doing on Earth but to a larger extent. In theory, this carbon seeding plan would cause the atmosphere to grow and eventually shield much of the radiation that would otherwise be harmful to Martians. Since carbon dioxide is the main gaseous nutrient consumed by plants, it’s possible that many plants could thrive on Mars. Without competition, plants could take over the planet and put oxygen into the atmosphere, eventually making it possible for

humans and other animals to populate Mars without oxygen masks. There are still problems with colonizing Mars, however. Its low gravity would corrode human bones and giant storms rage across the currently barren planet. In sharp contrast, Earth is rich in resources and water, making it naturally habitable for plants and animals. Addressing the problems here on Earth will likely be easier than escaping them by fleeing to Mars or other planets. 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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Debunking Myths

ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and given that early detection is the number one tool to survival, we asked the physicians at Oregon Imaging Centers to help us debunk some common myths. What we learned might surprise you! I don’t have a family history of breast cancer, so I don’t need to get a mammogram. At some point, this became part of the narrative about detection. It’s true that if you have a sister or mother who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, your chances of having breast cancer increase. But of those who are detected with breast cancer, only one in eight women has a family history of it. The moral of the story: Don’t confuse the fortune of a cancer-free family history with a rubber stamp of safety. Get your mammogram and ask your doctor about self exams. (Some physicians believe they help, and some don’t. We are advocates – there’s nothing to lose by knowing your body and being aware of changes.) In addition, a fair number of breast lumps or changes in the breast are detected by patients before anyone else. Women with dense breast tissue are more likely to have breast cancer. Yes and no. Women with dense tissue are more likely to have cancer discovered later, and therefore treated later– at least that was the case before 3D mammography. Here’s why: traditional


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2D mammograms are not as effective at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts as with those with fattier tissue. Because of that, cancer has typically progressed farther by the time it is detected in a woman with dense tissue. The good news is that 3D mammography does a much better job than 2D. Still, we sometimes recommend ultrasounds and MRI for women with dense tissue. Talk to your doctor for a recommendation. (If you don’t know about your tissue type, check the last letter you received with mammogram results. It’s now mandated to include this information in the report.) The rate of breast cancer in Oregon is higher than in some other states. This is actually not a myth. Breast cancer rates vary by state, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon comes in at #25 out of 49 (Nevada does not report its statistics). There’s no simple or single answer to why this is the case. But it’s one more reason for you to be proactive about detection. As long as I do self exams, I don’t need to get a mammogram. The value of self exams is under discussion right now. The American Cancer Society is no longer promoting them as key to detection, but we have detected hundreds of cases of breast cancer after a woman has felt a lump, so it seems worthwhile

Part of Better Breast Cancer Detection to us. In any case, a self exam should not be a replacement to, but instead, an addition to a mammogram. Catching breast cancer early allows for less invasive and more effective treatments. Early cancer cells are far too tiny to feel – even if your breasts are small.

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Mammograms cause cancer because they can crush and spread cancer cells. There is not even a grain of truth in this theory. Mammograms don’t crush any cells. This old myth is directly responsible for the delayed detection of thousands of cases of breast cancer. Help us debunk this one. I need a referral from my doctor for a mammogram. You do not need a referral for a screening mammogram but you do need to specify to which doctor we send your results. Incidentally, federal law requires your insurance provider to cover an annual screening mammogram, beginning at age 40. You are required to have a referral for what’s called a “diagnostic” mammogram, which is performed to take a second look or identify an anomaly. You should also check on your insurance coverage for diagnostic work, because it varies by carrier. This information was provided by the radiologists at Oregon Imaging Centers, which provides a full range of imaging services, including 3D mammography, MRIs, low-dose CT, PET/CT, Ultrasound, Digital X-ray and Fluoroscopy. The clinic is the only one in the area to offer 3D mammography.

FOSSIL FAMILY DAY Saturday, October 15 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Find fossils, examine rocks, and dig into paleontology with UO scientists! 1680 E. 15th Ave. n Eugene n (541) 346-3024 n $10 per family. Free for members. Visit our website for full activity schedule.

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Movie Time

Beetle, Kubo, and Monkey on the journey.

by Bonnie L. Harris

One Boy, Two Strings, & Three Treasures Laika Entertainment / Focus Features, Rated: PG Now in theatres


rom the first whirlwind of colorful origami papers to the final image of a family reunited, Kubo and the Two Strings sustains the story-telling magic and heartpounding adventure that’s lacking in many animated films. Laika Entertainment, the company that also produced Coraline and The Boxtrolls, prides itself on cuttingedge animation and attention to detail, not to mention fabulous characters and vibrant narratives,

all of which make Kubo and the Two Strings a great film and a stunning work of art. Caring for his distraught mother and telling stories in his village fill eleven-yearold Kubo’s days, but he often wonders about his mother’s nightmares and his father’s untimely death. Kubo’s favorite stories of brave samurai warriors

and ferocious monsters enchant the villagers, but Kubo always leaves his audience in suspense when the evening bell tolls and he must hurry home. Late one afternoon, however, Kubo joins the traditional Obon ceremony in hopes of communicating with his lost father. His prayers go unanswered, but because Kubo is out after dark, something his mother warned him never to do, the evil Moon King discovers his whereabouts. To avoid capture and defeat the Moon King, Kubo embarks on a journey with two unusual companions: Monkey,

FOR THE PARENTS No One Dies Today Sully Warner Bros. Pictures, Rated: PG-13 Now in theatres


ike the steadfast captain the film is named after, Clint Eastwood’s new feature, Sully, gets the job done with precision, simplicity, and enormous heart. Based on the true events in 2009 when Flight 1549 out of LaGuardia hit a flock of geese destroying both engines, Sully begins immediately following the water rescue that captivated the world. The flight crew and all of the passengers survive despite the crash and frigid temperatures, but in this exceptional


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who is overprotective and bossy, and Beetle, a cursed warrior with no memory of his past. Guided by a small origami figure named Hanzo, the threesome outwit evil spirits and survive terrible dangers in order to gather the legendary sword and armor Kubo needs to foil the Moon King. Kubo and the Two Strings might be too intense for younger viewers owing to combat scenes, a giant skeleton, and the death of Kubo’s parents. But for older viewers, the unexpected twists and harrowing turns create a wonderfully memorable story.

simulations are pitted against the professional experience of an impeccably honest man, leaving Sully unable to explain why the simulations and the actual event differ so dramatically. Sully’s career and reputation are at risk and he must prove that his choice was the only option.

film, Captain Sully and his first officer, Jeffrey Skiles, are continually haunted by the tragedy that might have happened. Eastwood mixes and matches several flashbacks to build Sully’s character and return his audience to the aircraft as it descends into the Hudson River. Although Sully is lauded as a hero, the film focuses on the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the cause of the crash and their second guessing of Sully pilots the Sully’s decisions during the damaged plane. flight. Automated computer

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Explore Nearby Nature

by Beth Stein

Step by Step Down the Trail Natural Treasures Hunt


t’s a beautiful fall day. You know the rain is coming soon. You are aching to get outside, take a break from your regular routine, and go for a hike. But you know all too well the familiar chorus that your kids often strike up ten minutes down the trail, or even on a simple walk around the block — “I’m tired! Up, up, up!” Selfpropelled forward motion with young ones can sometimes be a challenge. So, what can you do differently if you want everyone, including those too-heavy-to-carry kiddos, to keep two feet on the ground? First, acknowledge that you’re going to have to take it step by step, which means don’t get invested in going too far. Next, get creative. Kids love games, so turn your outdoor adventure into playtime. Here are a few ideas for on-the-move fun:


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• Kids of all ages will enjoy forward motion hide and seek. Have older kids walk ahead by themselves, hide behind a big tree or around a corner, and try to get you to pass without noticing them. Younger kids can zoom ahead to hide with another adult as you count to twenty (and enjoy a few moments of peace by yourself). • For kids who like to be more individually challenged, make up a natural treasures hunt, or use the one we’ve created (see sidebar). Don’t worry about collecting things – just check them off on your list. If your kids want to “keep” their finds, let them take photos of their treasures with your cell phone. • L et your child be the “nature guide.” Encourage him or her to show you fascinating finds along the trail — pretty leaves, interesting seeds, creepy-crawlies.

• Something that nature is recycling (a fallen branch or decaying leaf) • Something that flies but doesn’t have feet or wings (a dandelion or maple tree seed) • Something that a squirrel or a bird might eat (a nut) • Something that looks like hair but doesn’t grow on an animal (lichens or moss) • Something that makes a crunching noise when you step on it (a dry leaf) • Something that smells nice that is not a wildflower (evergreen needles) • Something that is thousands, or maybe even millions of years old (a rock)

Be prepared to stop often. Prompt forward motion by asking “What’s around that next corner, nature guide?” • With the lover of “things that go” in your family, play train. Have your young one take the lead, find a sturdy stick, and connect to you to form a train. A rhythmic chant of “Chuga-chuga choo-choo, whistle blowing woowoo” will help move your engine on down the line. Vary the pace by pretending to “stop at the station” now and then if you see something interesting. • As you walk around your neighborhood or down the trail, start with A and look for something that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Play Nature A-B-Seek. “A is for APPLE, B is for BUG, C is for CAR, D is for DIRT.” Don’t worry if everything isn’t from nature, just enjoy the fact that you’re spending time outside! • Create an Unnatural Hike. Have one adult walk a little ahead in your group and hide some human-made objects along the trail or sidewalk at a child’s eye level. Have your kids follow soon after, keeping their eyes open for things that don’t belong. You can keep this

simple – just use twisty ties, colored rubber bands, pieces of string, bottle caps, and the like – or you can make it extra fun and hide little “fairies” you have made out of colorful fabric or paper scraps. For a completely different take on making progress down the trail, join Nearby Nature at the 20th annual Haunted Hike on October 22nd (see calendar in this magazine). Kids have no problem with forward motion at this fun event, where folks meet costumed creatures of the night along on a pumpkin-lit path in Alton Baker Park. The hike is free for members and $5 per person for non-members. Kids pre-school through elementary school like the event best, but

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everyone has fun! Pre-registration is required, so call 541-687-9699 or see to reserve your hike time today. Beth Stein is the Executive Director for Nearby Nature, a non-profit education group dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living. The group hosts summer daycamps in local parks as well as school programs, special events, and restoration projects. For more information, call 541-687-9699 or see

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Rescue Spotlight



uddy 2 is a ve r y s we e t , endearing young man. He has a good amount of energy and is enthusiastic about exploring his environment. He loves spending time in the yard playing with toys and enjoys daily walks. Buddy 2 is gentle with kids ages 10 and up, and doesn’t mind if there is a cat or two hanging around. He has a big heart and is excited to meet just about everyone he comes across. After a day full of fun and adventures, Buddy 2 will try and fit as much of his 75 pound body in your lap as possible for snuggles and a nap. Greenhill Humane Society is open for adoptions and visits Friday-Tuesday, 11am-6pm (closed Wed & Thurs) at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene. For more information call (541) 689-1503 or visit  

ORI is a beautiful, petite young female tortoiseshell kitty with a soft, short coat. She is around 1 year old. Tori is an amazing cat — calm and quiet, and perfect in almost every way.  She settled into her foster home within a few hours; she is very laid-back and adjusts to new people and situations quickly. Tori is very affectionate, but not over-bearing at all with her attention. She is also very playful and occasionally will be very silly, like sleeping in a drawer or “stealing” a toy from the other cat in her foster home and then parading around in front of him to show off her trophy. Tori loves canned cat food, soft blankets and stuffed toys. She is GREAT with dogs, other cats and children. Tori came into our program very pregnant, and had her babies in her foster home. She was an excellent and attentive mother to her six kittens, responding immediately to each mew and raising fat and healthy babies. She has now been spayed, is up to date on vaccinations, has tested negative for FELV/FIV, is microchipped, has been treated for fleas and worms and comes with a free vet visit. Tori’s adoption fee is just $75 (which helps us cover our costs). She is now at Petsmart in North Eugene on Coburg Rd (across from Costco). For more information contact Beth at 541-255-9296. West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue,

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