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Dear EarthTalk: Are there any realistic geoengineering solutions to our climate woes and why haven’t we started employing them yet? — Angel Monroe, Miami, FL

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eng ine er ing s ave involves unleashing a f leet of salt spraying ships around the world’s coastlines that would pipe ocean water hundreds of feet skyward, spraying clouds with salt crystals to reflect more sunlight upwards and away from the Ear th’s surface. University of Edinburgh engineers have already designed a prototype fleet of ships to serve as a model for larger efforts. So-called sparkle blasting balloons represent another tack in the armed battle against

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they sink to the bottom of the sea, taking carbon with them,” writes Jennifer Santisi in E – The Environmental Magazine. Of course, each of these techniques has potential side effects and unintended consequences, not to mention extreme costs. Researchers are proceeding cautiously to try to work some of the kinks out before we actually need to implement them on a widespread scale. Meanwhile, environmentalists worr y that geoengineering remains a distraction and that we have to “keep our eye on the ball” regarding trimming our carbon footprints. That said, it’s nice to know that scientists have a few Hail Mary plays up their sleeves if we ever do end up needing them. CONTACTS: Farewell to Ice, https:// goo.gl/ayxy7o; Iron Hypothesis, www. emagazine.com/iron-fertilization/. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

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eoengineering our way out of the climate crisis is something so drastic that no one really wants to admit it might be our only hope. But while cutting down on our air miles and switching over to a Prius can’t hurt, at least a few green leaders are starting to get on board with the concept of geoengineering as one weapon in an arsenal including improved energ y efficiency and transitioning to renewable energy sources. In his 2016 book A Farewell to Ice, Peter Wadhams of the University of Cambridge’s Polar Ocean Physics Group lays out several different scenarios where humanity could utilize different geo-engineering techniques to stave off cataclysmic climate change. First and foremost on Wadham’s list is direct air capture of CO2—”something the whole world should be putting its research money into”—where we literally vacuum the offending pollution out of the air. Wadhams thinks this is the most logical approach, and one we can get started on right away if there is enough political will to get it funded. Another potential geo-

global warming. Researchers are proposing sending hot air balloons (or airplanes or even artillery shells) into the sky to shoot or spray sulfuric acid or sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere where it would combine with pre-existing water vapor to form sparkly aerosols. When dispersed by the wind, these aerosols would surround the globe with haze that could reflect an estimated one percent of solar radiation back into space. Yet another geo-engineering climate hack involves constructing a supersized space mirror (or ref lective mesh) that could be launched into the Earth’s orbit to protect the planet by reflecting some of the sun’s rays skyward. And no discussion of climate geoengineering would be complete without mentioning carbon sinks. For instance, we could “fer tilize” barren sections of open ocean with iron to stimulate the production of CO2-sucking algal blooms and other photosynthesizing marine life. “When the algae die,


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Truth and Compassion TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT A LOVED ONE’S TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Christa Melnyk Hines

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hat we try and tell parents is that we can’t fix things that are heartbreaking, but we can make them easier to understand,” says Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST, a healthcare child life specialist. How much to tell While it’s normal to show sadness when sharing the news with your child, take time to process the information yourself before talking to your kids. When you do go to break the news, you may wish to have another adult present for emotional support. Kinney suggests starting the conversation with: “I have something really important that we need to talk about. Do you think you are ready to listen?” “A good rule of thumb is to be as honest as you can while taking into consideration where the child is developmentally,” says pediatric psychologist Crista Donewar, Ph.D. Decide whether to tell siblings together or separately. Consider their ages, personalities, the nature of the situation and what feels right to you. Most of all, “guard against trying to shield kids from information because what they’re imagining can be worse than reality,” says Allison DeLaney, chaplain and a hospice house bereavement coordinator. “What’s surprising is that kids often do better than the adults if given the chance.” Managing questions Some children ask many questions while

others won’t ask any right away. “Some kids don’t want to know. That’s fine too. That’s that child’s choice and way of coping, but keeping them out of the conversation without asking them is harmful,” DeLaney says. You may find that “they dismiss the news the first time and then come back and have a few questions and need another explanation,” Donewar says. And don’t be surprised if your kids come back and ask you the same questions over again as the situation sinks in. So what kinds of questions should you expect? “The first thing kids want to know is ‘Are you going to die?’” Kinney says. “Kids look to to their parents to tell them the truth. If the first thing you tell them is a lie, how do they know to trust you again? We all deserve the truth about the people we love.” Kids typically wonder how the information will affect them. For example, they might worry that “If mom dies, what if something happens to Dad? Who will take care of me?” Help lessen your child’s anxieties by explaining that your family has a plan in place to care for them no matter what. They may also privately wonder, “Did I do something that caused this to happen?” “Assure them that it’s not their fault,” DeLaney says. Allow them to help If your child wants to be involved in some way to help care for their loved one, suggest practical ideas like getting a drink of water and putting it on the bedside table, retrieving a box of kleenex or quietly drawing a picture, DeLaney says.

Legacy Building Activities • Help your child build positive memories with a dying loved one by creating legacy items. • Handprint of loved one that a child can decorate for a garden stone. • Healing Journal or Memory Journal that includes life review questions and answers. • Parent can write letters to children. • Personal storytelling that impart morals, values and life experiences. • Check out StoryCorps, a free downloadable app that records conversations and offers question ideas.

Seek support Your child may need to talk to someone else about her feelings. Connect with one of her close friend’s parents or tap available community resources. If grief goes unresolved, a child, especially an adolescent, may act out through boundary-pushing and risk-taking. Clue your child’s pediatrician and school teachers in on what has happened. Also, surround yourself with your own adult support network and resources for comfort and emotional support. “Oversharing or relying on kids to comfort you causes them a lot of stress and additional worry,” Donewar says. Check online for area grief support camps for kids, art therapy, support groups and mental health professionals. By providing resources to support the healing process, you and your children will feel less alone and better able to manage your stress. For more information, check out How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness by Kathleen McCue. Christa Melnyk Hines is freelance journalist, author and mom of two boys. Her latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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Q&A w i t h D r. H o l l y Sh i l l i n g to n Pe d i a t r i c i a n , Pe a c e H e a l t h M e d i c a l G r o u p , U n i v e r s i t y D i s t r i c t

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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

of my friends have said their children actually came down with the flu soon after receiving the vaccine. Can the vaccine sometimes cause the flu?

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This is a common concern I hear from my families, but it’s not true. The flu vaccine contains inactivated virus particles that cannot cause the flu themselves. However, it’s pretty common for some children to feel achy and even run a fever after receiving the vaccine. That’s simply the immune system’s way of responding to the vaccine. Those symptoms only last a couple of days, and are much milder than the real flu. Unfortunately, sometimes children do get the flu despite being vaccinated against it. The particular strains of flu that are circulating are different every

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.

Welcome, Dr. Shillington! She’s board-certified in pediatrics, but Dr. Holly Shillington says she learns something new about children—her own two and her patients—every day. “Nurturing a child and watching him or her grow is one of life’s greatest blessings, and a constant education,” she said. “I feel so honored to be part of this special phase in life with each and every one of my patients. Children are our hope and our future.” Dr. Shillington joined PeaceHealth in April 2016, after moving to Eugene with her family from Utah,

where she was in private practice. She completed her medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and a pediatric residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Oregon is an ideal fit for her lifestyle. “We love hiking and all the great parks,” said Dr. Shillington, who snowboards, surfs and once worked as a wilderness survival trainer. She also enjoys young adult and fantasy literature, baking cookies and silly purses.

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Story Times Springfield Public Library story times. Preschool Story time (ages 3-6) Weds 10:00am. Lap sit story time (ages 0-3) Weds 10am, Sensory Storytime (for kids with sensory integration issues or special needs) every other Thurs. Ph 541.726.3766 Barnes & Noble weekly story time. Whimsical Weds 7:00pm. Toddler-Time, Weds 11:00am. Saturdays at 11:00am, Ph 541.687.0356 Downtown Public Library story times. Baby Story time (ages 0-1) Fridays @ 10:15 & 11:15am. Wonderful Ones Story time, 10:15 & 11am, Terrific Twos Story time, Tues @ 10:15 & 11:00, Preschool Story time (ages 3-6), Weds @ 10:15 & 11:00, Sensory Storytime (for kids with sensory integration issues or special needs) Weds @ 1:00pm. Pajama Story time every Tues of each month at 6:30pm. Features stories, rhymes, and songs for children 0-6. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Storytime, Mondays @ 3:30pm. Ph 541.682.8316 Family Story Time (all ages). Fridays at 10:15am @ Bethel Branch Library. Ph 541.682.8316 STEAM Storytime. For preschoolers and kindergarteners with their caregivers. Mondays, 3:30pm, Ph 541.682.8316, FREE!

On-Going Events Saturday Kids Workshops at MECCA. From magnetic puzzles to robots to sock creatures. No need to pre-reg. All materials are included. Kids under 10 accompanied by an adult. Each

week features a different creative reuse project. MECCA, 11am – 3pm, $3-5, Ph 541.302.1810 Play Date. Young kids and family - drop in on First Friday evenings for creative fun together. Downtown Library, 6pm, Ph 541.682.5000

Wolf Pack Family Day Saturday, October 21st Minecraft Mondays. Play together, share tips, and get creative with building challenges with Minecraft on Eugene Public Library’s computers, for ages 6 - 12. Due to limited space, Eugene Library card and pre-reg is required. Downtown Library, 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Eugene Public Library. Family Music Time, Downtown Library on Tues 6:30pm; Weds 10:15am; Thurs 10:15am; and Sat 10:15am. Bethel Branch, Family Music Time will be held on Fridays at 10:15 am and in Spanish on Saturdays, 11:15am. Sheldon Branch, 10:15am, Ph 541.682.8316 Saturday Market. The oldest, open-air market in the United States offers great food, local crafts and live entertainment. Every Saturday, April-Nov, 8th & Oak St. Rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 541.686.8885, FREE! Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Legos: NEW! Bring the kids to build, play, and explore with the Library’s big and varied collection

of Legos. Grades K - 6. Downtown Library, every Wed at 4:00 pm/Sheldon every Sat at 10:15am/ Bethel every Sat at 2pm. FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 “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 The Science Factory Children’s Museum. Our ever-changing array of exhibits features something for everyone! Explore science topics including astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. Planetarium shows: “Seasonal Stargazing” and “Earth, Moon, and Sun.” and “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion.”, Ph 541.682.7888

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Tom Papa. With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, television, and radio as well as on the live stage. Hult Center, 8pm, $25-39.75, Ph 541.682.5000 First Friday Artwalk. Guest hosted by the newly “raining” Slug Queen Santa Frida Babosita! The First Friday ArtWalk guided tour begins at 5:30pm at Vista Framing & Gallery, and more ending at 8:00pm. ArtWalk is from 5:30-8:00pm and always FREE! Ph 541.485.2278

4 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap. This month Ideas on Tap: This month talk about how mind-altering substances have shaped humanity? Join UO professor Scott Fitzpatrick for a “psychedelic” journey into the deep past, and explore the archaeological evidence of peoples’ use of psychoactive plants

Lane County Home Improvement Show. Shop and compare 250 exhibits featuring experts, products and services for homes and yards. Learn “How-to” at 40 seminars. Then, register to win $5,000 in prizes. Lane Events Center, 5pm – 9pm, FREE! Ph 541.484.9247

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Tots Discovery Day. Sun, Moon and Stars. Gaze up into the sky and you’ll find some amazing things! This month, we’ll explore the cosmos and learn about light from the sun, the craters of the moon, and we’ll find out why the stars sparkle at night. Join us and become a real space explorer! The Science Factory, 9am-12pm, $0-5, Ph 541.682.7888

Eugene River Festival. Canoe, kayak, and SUP demos. Paddling race and kid’s activities on the pond. Raffles, prizes, education booths and interpretive activities. Alton Baker Park, 12pm – 5pm, FREE ($30 for race entries)

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Clay Fest. Eugene’s yearly ceramic show and sale features a large array of handmade pottery and ceramic art created by over sixty local and regional potters. See demonstrations and enjoy a Kids Discovery. Lane Events Center, 5-8pm, FREE! Ph 541.484.9247


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 Eugene Ballet presents Mowgli. Experience the spirited adventures of Mowgli in the Jungle Book Ballet. An exotic retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s stories enjoyed by all ages, with fanciful costumes, masks, sets and world music that creates the magic of young Mowgli’s life in the jungle. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $30-66, Ph 541.682.5000

The Great Costume Swap. Swap last year’s costume for something new to sport for Halloween. Bring your gently used costumes and receive a “swap token,” to redeem for a new-toyou costume. Costumes are subject to availability and are first-come, first-serve. Sizes and styles may vary. All ages. Willamalane Sport Center, 8am-6pm, FREE! Ph 541.736.4544

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Saturday Market. See On-Going Events. Breakfast at the Air Museum. Join the Oregon Aviation Historical Society and Museum in the museum hangar for breakfast. Get a close-up look at Oregon’s first home built aircraft and immerse yourself in Oregon’s Rich aviation history, surrounded by 1930’s homebuilt aircrafts. Oregon Aviation History Center, 8am-11am, $5 (under 5 FREE!), Ph 541.767.0244 Lane County Home Improvement Show. 10am – 8pm, see the 6th Great Willamette Clean Up 2017! A free, family-friendly event uniting clean river efforts over 200 miles from Portland to Oakridge! Volunteers can participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, jet ski, drift boat, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris, while improving habitat and community spirit along the way. Gloves, trash bags and refreshments provided. 8:00am, multiple locations, http:// willamette-riverkeeper.org/ Harvest Dinner at Pfeiffer Winery. See Harvest Happenings. Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Clay Fest. 10am – 6pm, see the 6th Go Ducks Free admission weekend. One campus/Two museums. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offer free admission during UO Ducks home game weekends throughout the 2017 football season. 11am-5pm, Ph 541-346-3024 Oregon Ducks take on Washington State. GO DUCKS! Autzen Stadium, goducks.com Emerald Valley Opry. Featuring: Jerry Ott and Glory Road Travelers (Gospel), The Trammels (Country Gospel), Billy McCoy (Great Country), Satori BoB (Alt-Americana), Cowboy Cadillac (Country/ Rockabilly). Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:00-9:30pm, $3-$8/under 7 free, Ph 541-688-0937

We Shall Overcome: A benefit for Food for Lane County. This year’s concert will benefit Food For Lane County and feature roots band Low Tide Drifters, folksinger Mark Ross, songwriter Ken Zimmerman and bluegrass band Wildflowers. Audience members are encouraged to bring non- perishable food or monetary donations. Teamsters Local 206 Union Hall, 7-9:30pm, Ph 541.514.2666

8 SUNDAY Lane County Home Improvement Show. 10am – 5pm, see the 6th Skinner Butte Cleanup Day. Help clean up one of Eugene’s most well-known parks. Help make this popular tourist attraction a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful spot for the rest of our community to use. Skinner Butte Park, 12pm3pm, FREE! Ph 541.505.7105 Clay Fest. 11am – 5pm, see the 6th Walk to end Alzheimer’s. Walk and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association, followed by a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s. Alton Baker Park, 124pm, FREE! Ph 800.272.3900

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History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 11:30, $3-10, Ph 541-346-3024 Pumpkin Party! Nearby Nature No School Day Adventure. Carve pumpkins, play in a pile of leaves, and prepare a garden-fresh feast. Have a delicious tea party and hear harvest tales. Make pumpkin scones, a scarecrow, or a corn husk doll to take home. Alton Baker Park, 8:30am-3pm, $45, Ph 541.687.9699 Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Teen Board Games. Drop in to play board games at Bethel and Sheldon Branches of Eugene Public Library on the second Friday of every month. Ages 13 – 17, FREE!

Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Oktoberfest. See Harvest Happenings! Science Pub. Rocks Along Our Roads: Exploring the Geology of Oregon and Washington. With Marli Miller, PhD, Senior Instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon. Whirled Pies, 6:30pm, $5, Ph 541.767.9717 1st Annual Farmer’s Union Fall Festival. See Harvest Happenings!

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“Rogue Elements” presented by REI. A feature length ski and snowboard film. Family-friendly early show and late-night show. Prizes will be distributed throughout the film from partners at REI, Atomic, Volkl, CEP and TGR. Everyone in attendance will also be in the running for the tour grand prizes. Hult Center, 6:30 & 8:30pm, $15-$17.50, Ph 541.682.5000

An Evening with Garrison Keillor. One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Garrison Keillor is a writer and humorist best known as the former host of the popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, attracting more than four million listeners on more than six-hundred public radio stations each week. Hult Center, 8pm, $ 35-85, Ph 541.682.5000

Jimmy Buffet. The wait is over! Jimmy Buffett comes to Eugene for one night. Matthew Knight Arena, 8pm, $36-136, Ph 800.992.TIXX

16 MONDAY Joe Bonamassa. Lauded as one of the world’s greatest guitarists and he is fast evolving into a fullblown, truly charismatic and mesmerizing blues-rock star, as well as a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. Some consider his work groundbreaking in redefining the blues-rock genre and prize him for bringing it back to the mainstream. Hult Center, 8pm, $79-168.75, Ph 541.682.5000 Read to a Greenhill Dog. Ages 7-12, Springfield Public Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

19 THURSDAY Paint Party! Dead Head. Day of the Dead is a time when people remember and honor their deceased loved ones, with the idea that the spirits return. Come paint in honor of people remembered. Painting supplies provided. 16” x 20” canvas. (Adults Only Please) Pre-reg req. Starlight Lounge, 6-8:30pm, $35, Ph 541.579.8885

Nearby Natures Haunted Hike. See Harvest/ Halloween Happenings! Wolfpack Family Day. Bring the whole pack to the museum for a day of family fun. Enjoy crafts and activities celebrating the connections between wolves, dogs, and people. Then explore the exhibit Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century. Snacks provided. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 11am-3pm, $0-10, Ph 541.346.3024

One Man Star-Wars Trilogy. The Trilogy retells the classic in 60 minutes with no costumes, no props, no sets but all the characters, music, ships, and battles. Hult Center, two shows: 6pm and 9pm, $28-31.75, Ph 541.682.5000

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25 WEDNESDAY Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. guide your family on a tour starting in pre-historic Australia. Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs and other creatures in a theatrical performance. Thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations! Hult Center, 6:30pm, $25-28.50, Ph 541.682.5000 Haunted Hayride at Dorris Ranch. See Harvest/Halloween Happenings!

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paint a 16” x 20” canvas. Instruction and materials included. Enjoy beer and great pizza is available from the Viking Braggot ovens. 21 and older event. Pre-reg req. Viking Braggot, 6-8:30pm, $35, Ph 541.579.8885

27 FRIDAY Ballet Fantastique. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A wickedly funny new adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic tale of superstition and rivalry. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $35-73.75, Ph 541.682.5000 Scare-C.R.O.W. Haunted Maze. See Harvest Happenings!

Go Ducks Free admission weekend. One campus. Two museums. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offer free admission during UO Ducks home game weekends throughout the 2017 football season. 11am-5pm, Ph 541-3463024 Ballet Fantastique. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. See the 27th Scare-C.R.O.W. Haunted Maze. See Harvest Happenings!

29 SUNDAY Ballet Fantastique. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. 2:30 See the 27th Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival. See Harvest Happenings.

Harvest/Halloween Happenings Haunted Corn Maze. Screams at night and laughter by day, a 10-acre corn maze is an aMAZEing adventure for everyone! The daytime maze is great for all ages, but at night you should be eerily cautious (younger kids cautioned) as you navigate your way through the spooky trails with scary surprises! Line Pine Farms. All month in October. Pumpkin Patch a Lone Pine Farms. Pick a pumpkin... Every shape and size imaginable! Perfect fall activity for all ages. Ph 541.688.4389, Weekly in Oct: Fri/Sat/Sun Colonial Harvest Days. Take a tractor hayride to the pumpkin patch! Visit the cows, goats, chickens, and pigs. Festivities include a pumpkin trebuchet, live music, pie eating contests, shop for holiday favorites including ornamental and popping corn, pumpkins, fall flower bouquets, crafts, and snacks. Visit our Harry Potter themed Corn Maze Fri/Sat nights 7 – 10pm. Northern Light Christmas Tree Farm, $9.50, Ph 541.915.2102, Oct 2 – 31, Sun – Thur 10am-5pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm Nearby Natures Haunted Hike. Nearby Nature guides will lead special night hikes along a festive pumpkin-lit trail through the Alton Baker Park woods. On each hike, folks will encounter all sorts of furry and feathered creatures of the night in costume, from a gigantic bat to a sneaky spider. Back at the picnic shelter, play games and indulge in Halloween treats. Alton Baker Park, 5:30 – 9pm, $0-5, Ph 541.687.9699 Oct 21st Harvest Dinner at Pfeiffer Winery. Enjoy delicious harvest appetizers, citrus fennel and avocado seasonal salad greens, and a hearty plated dinner of mushroom Risotto with your choice of Petite Filet Mignon, Scallops, or a Vegetarian option, followed by Danuta’s incredible home-made fruit pies. Listen to the stories while local artist Steve Hale

plays his own blend of blue-eyed soul and pop Americana. This is a 21 and over event. RSVP required. Pfeiffer Winery, 4-7pm, $4555, Ph (541) 998-2828, October 7th Haunted Hayride at Dorris Ranch. Ghosts, zombies, mummies oh my! Ride through the haunted trails of Dorris Ranch, make crafts and play games. Then, warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. This family-friendly event sells out fast. Sign up online or in person. Dorris Ranch, 5:45, $7.50-9, Ph 541.736.4544, October 23rd – 25th Harvest Party & Grape Stomp. Celebrate the harvest season with a catered lunch, winery tour, live music, and a traditional barefoot grape stomp. Lunch at noon, winery tour and harvest walk at 1pm., stomping starts at 3pm. Food catered by Hole in the Wall with vegetarian options available. Live music by the Brewketts. This is a 21 and over event. LaVelle Vineyards, $55, October 8th 1st Annual Farmer’s Union Fall Festival. Celebrate the harvest season with live music by Ashleigh Flynn - Home Perm Records, Breakers Yard and Gabe Schliffer & Sugar Pine String Band. Enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks, drink refreshing local beer and cider and participate in kid friendly activities including face painting and pumpkin carving. Down to Earth (Olive St.), 11am-5pm, FREE! Oct 14th Oktoberfest. Authentic Bavarian food, Bavarian music, wiener dog races, contests, bier and wein, vendor booths and a festive European atmosphere.  Bavarian food offerings and Mayor Joe Henry will tap the keg. Musical line-up includes the Alpine Echoes Band, along with crowd favorites Cultural Ecology, the Tirolean Dancers and the Scandia Dancers.  Florence Events Center, 11am-6pm, $8-15, October 14th

All Seasons Bazaar. Raffle, baked goods, jams, jellies, canned goods, handmade crafts and home made soup luncheon served all day. Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 10am3pm, FREE! October 20th - 21st Scare-C.R.O.W. Haunted Maze. A terrifying attraction features ghouls, monsters and fiendish surprises in the dark, winding abyss! Not for little kids and certain to startle even the bravest adult. Tickets are available at the door. This is a haunted attraction, enter at your own risk. Not recommended for children under the age of 8. If you are scared, that’s the goal. C.R.O.W Center for Performing Arts (Florence), 6-9pm, $5 (cash only), Ph 541.999.8641, Oct 27th – 31st Halloween Tea. Feature tea sandwiches, scone, savories, dessert and, of course, freshly brewed tea. Members will receive a discount and pay just $25. Teas are not recommended for children under 8. Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 1pm, $25-30, Ph 541.484.0808, Oct 28th Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival. A fun festival featuring several hundred species of local fungi, collected throughout Western Oregon. This annual event is the largest mushroom display on the West Coast and includes a huge plant sale, scarecrow contest, children’s activities, hayrides, craft vendors, food, cider, music, wine and more. No dogs allowed. Children 12 and under are free. Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 10am-5pm, $8, Ph 541.741.4110, Oct 29th Halloween Carnival. Dress in costume for a family-friendly Halloween night with spooky carnival games, sports with a Halloween twist, creepy crafts, and sweet treats galore. Enjoy apple cider, goblin crafts and of course, candy. Bob Keefer Sports Center, 5-7pm, $5/ fam of four, Oct. 31st

31 TUESDAY All Hallows Eve - Eugene Downtown Merchants. Trick or treat in downtown Eugene! Over 800 kids are expected to trick or treat and enjoy activities downtown during this year’s parade and trick or treat. The event will include a flash mob by Flex Studios, a costume contest by local dignitaries and live music. Kesey Square, 4pm-7pm, FREE! Halloween Carnival. see Harvest Happenings MOMIX: Opus Cactus. A dynamic journey of dance into the hidden landscape of the American Southwest. With danger, sensuality and humor, the desert world of soaring cactus, slithering lizards, snakes, and frolicking insects all come to life. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $25-73.75, Ph 541.682.5000

Farmers Markets Creswell Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday May through October. Farm fare ranges from local fruits and vegetables to home grown meats. 4pm - 6pm, First and Oregon, Ph 541.895.2096 Hideaway Bakery Farmers Market. Every Saturday 9am-3pm (per vendor availability), behind Mazzi’s Restaurant, Ph 541.868.1982 Amazon Farmers Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and valueadded products in the heart of South Eugene! Amazon Community Center, Weekly on Thurs June 15th - Sept 28th. 12pm-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5373 Springfield Farmers’ Market. Held every Fri from 3-7pm at the City Fountain Plaza at 5th & A streets in downtown Springfield. Organic, in-season produce, local grass-fed beef, locally caught fish and artisan goodies. Live entertainment and family focused activities. Through Sept 29. Ph 541.345.7106 Lane County Farmers Market. Over 85 growers and producers, grown locally. Support your community and get the freshest goods, direct from the source! Every Sat 9am-3pm & Tuesday 10am3pm, April – Sept, 8th & Oak Blocks. Winter Farmers Market: Feb – March, park blocks. Holiday Farmers Market: Mid Nov – Mid Dec, Lane Events Center, Sat 10-5/Sun 11-5pm. FREE! Ph 541.431.4923 Winter Green Farmers Market. Emmaus Lutheran Church, Weds 2pm–6pm, June–Oct. Ph 541.743.3366 Saturday Farmers Market. Every Saturday, April-Nov, 8th & Oak St. Rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! Veneta Farmers Market. Every Sat 10am–2pm, June–September, Luther Lane & Territorial, Ph 541.285.4376 Cottage Grove Market. 10th & Washington, Mon – Sat, 10am–6pm yearround, Ph 541.337.7684 Food for Lane County Youth Farmers Market. Thurs 2pm–6pm, June–October, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Ph 541.343.2822

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A Dad’s Eye View by Rick Epstein

Nothing Like a Good Scare E

very year about this time, our teenage daughter Wendy and her mother have this Sunday-morning conversation: “So,” Mom will ask, “What movie did you end up seeing last night?” Wendy will not name the cheery comedy she’d mentioned while applying for permission and transportation. She will name whichever horror film had been held, caged and snarling, for preHalloween release in October. “But the movie wasn’t scary at all,” Wendy will claim. “It was silly. We laughed all the way through it.” I hear this conversation because it takes place in our bed. When Wendy got home from the un-scary movie, she’d rushed in the front door, right up the stairs, into our room. She’d kicked off her shoes and slipped under the covers beside her mom, not taking time to brush her teeth or put in her retainer. After all, what are straight, clean teeth to a girl who is running for her life? I know without looking that lights have been left on to illuminate Wendy’s route from the front door into our room. Again, a girl who is fleeing unspeakable evil must concentrate on saving herself, not saving a few dimes on the electric bill. Much as I begrudge the power company those few dimes, I have to admit that I love to see Wendy seeking refuge with us. Now 15, she seldom climbs into this particular lifeboat anymore. I know that her REAL life is not a serene pleasure cruise. A freshman in high school, she is in daily struggles with girls and boys while the messy beginnings or endings of romances launch technology-enhanced repercussions. At her school, dumping a boyfriend can start a war. All the kids from his part of town are instantly aligned against you, and the next thing you know you’re off the A-list for parties and they’re pelting your embassy with rocks and bottles. A new boyfriend is sworn in, and suddenly his ex-girlfriend and everyone she went to elementary school

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with are now your enemies, writing mean things on their Facebook pages, torturing your spies and burning your plantations. Wendy’s academic life is another battlefield. In the classroom, teachers can be hostile to a young woman who has zero interest in history, math or literature. They can be prickly about things like homework and tests. Wendy does not just sit quietly in the back of the room, either. She is fresh and silly. Her older sister half-admiringly describes Wendy as a “sassy jackass.” Sometimes I think unconstructively that teaching algebra to Wendy is like putting clothes on a monkey. I mean, it seems like the thing to do, and who doesn’t like to see a nicely dressed monkey? But when you back off and look at the big picture, you might find yourself asking: Why? Well, Wendy asks why all the time and it causes stress all around. My wife and I try to help Wendy, but she knows we want to help her toward goals that she is not really interested in – academic success through hard work, and social success through good choices. But we press our guidance on her

anyway. My wife is more credible on affairs of the heart because she’s a fellow female, and she’s better at micro-managing homework because she’s smart and patient. I sometimes feel like I’m still waiting for my event to be announced. Meanwhile I try to set limits and be supportive of Wendy as a human being. I praise her kind deeds and comical antics, and give her rides to the homes of kids with vigilant parents. Sometimes I’ll chauffeur Wendy and her associates to a movie. Whatever movie she’s seeing, Wendy is surrounded by plenty of anxiety and drama supplied by the people she’s sitting with. Anything horrifying on the screen is a bonus. “It’s the adrenaline,” she explained to me. The fear is especially delicious if she’s seeing something “based on a true story because you know this bad stuff really happened – and it could happen to you.” A movie like that can keep her in our bed for two or three nights. I don’t want Wendy to be upset, but I do like it when a scary movie cuts through the confusion and angst of adolescence and sends her running into the arms of Mommy and Daddy. Wendy sometimes forgets who really loves her, but a filmmaker with a sick imagination and a big special-effects budget can make her remember. Rick can be reached at rickepstein@yahoo.com.


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Victor rescues his friend Felicie.

by Bonnie L. Harris

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ne of the difficulties in creating a feature film is gearing it toward a specific target audience. The new FrenchCanadian animated feature, Leap!, tries unsuccessfully to appeal to both girls and boys with two competing orphan heroes, which unfortunately results in a confusing narrative muddle. Despite the impressive animation, the unique period

setting , and the upbeat soundtrack, Leap! never quite overcomes this story weakness to be a great film. We meet our first hero, Felicie, as she tries to escape from her orphanage and our second hero, Victor, when he covers for her. They both get caught, but vow to leave together for Paris in order to follow their dreams of becoming a ballerina and a master inventor, respectively. As soon as they arrive in the City of Lights, however, they ’re separated and the story bounces back and forth

between their adventures. Felicie discovers a mentor at the prestigious Academie d’Ballet, but she tells a lie to qualify for an audition. Meanwhile, Victor finds work with master builder, Gustave Eiffel, but only as a lowly workshop helper. Eventually, Felicie must face the consequences of her deception and she’s almost expelled from ballet school, but a lucky turn of events allows her to compete for a spot in a professional performance. Victor and Felicie visit and help each other, but it’s not

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woman’s birthday can mean celebration or lamentation, and Reese Witherspoon does both in her new rom-com, Home Again. Although it’s somewhat romantic and decidedly comedic, the film isn’t just about finding love. It’s about realizing who you are and how you arrived at the milestone of forty. It’s also about a woman named Alice reinventing herself after several major setbacks and how unexpected help arrives to guide her on the right path. And “unexpected” certainly describes the

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three young men who find themselves staying in Alice’s guest house after her birthday bash. They discover that Alice’s father was an internationally famous filmmaker and they just happen to be shopping an independent movie around Hollywood. Alice’s two daughters take the boys into the family, but when Alice’s estranged husband shows up, it’s a quirky reunion indeed. To clear her mind and her house, Alice tosses out all the testosterone in order to figure out what she really wants. But without the men to spice up her life, Alice’s empty

until Felicie runs away from her difficulties that Victor steps in to save her. He uses one of his kooky inventions that actually works and outmaneuvers a formidable villain in order to get Felicie to her performance. Although Leap! is moderately entertaining, the characters are memorable only as clichés, and the dance sequences have a hiphop undertone that seems odd. Nonetheless, Leap! conveys a positive message about hard work and determination that makes it a worthwhile popcorn movie for younger viewers.

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start of fall and you know what that means… FOOTBALL! Here in Eugene we are crazy about our Ducks. Football can be great fun for the whole family. Growing up, my family always had so much fun tailgating. How can you make it an event that the whole family will enjoy? Here are our top 3 tips:

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DON’T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS! My mom would always get so stressed out when packing for our tailgates because she seemed to always forget something. As I got older and planned my own tailgates, I’ve realized that packing is such a hassle. I recently discovered Tailgate-In-A-Box, which you can get at your local Fred Meyer for less than $40. The box includes a portable grill, cooler, BBQ tools, charcoal, plates, cups, utensils, bottle openers, and a trash bag. All I need to add is the food and drinks! The price is well worth my piece of mind.

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KEEP IT FUN! Kid-friendly activities and games are a must. Some of our favorites playing catch with the football, cornhole and giant Jenga. Or some clever face paint in team colors are always a hit with the kids. Tailgating should be fun for the whole family. With some great gear, simple food and fun activities, you’ll be primed to cheer on the Oregon Ducks!

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ith a new school year, comes the opportunity for school field trips. Teachers affirm that a well-planned school field trip make topics of study come alive by helping students associate concepts learned in the classroom with real world applications. Students retain information on the subject as a result, of field trips and they demonstrate a greater interest in learning more in-depth study on their own. There are good academic reasons to take field trips and important social ones also. Parents can play a vital role. Parents can help enhance learning outcomes, address related safety issues and ensure the fun! Field Trip Fact Finding: Parents Can Boost Learning Outcomes Ask your child the following: • Why are you going on this field trip? • What have you been studying in school that relates to the field trip? • What do you expect to see on the field trip? • I know you will have an assignment to do after the field trip. How will you remember what information you need for your report or project?

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Field Trip Safety Issues: Parents Can Enhance Security Safety concerns may arise on field trips but preparation can minimize potential problems. Increased adult to child ratios can also minimize safety issues. Therefore, volunteer to chaperone for field trips! If you can’t volunteer there are some things you can do to help keep your child safe on field trips. • Make sure your child knows their contact information, (phone numbers, addresses, where parents work) • Emphasize to your child how important it is that they stay with their group. • Wash their school shirt ahead of time so your child is wearing the same color as their group. • In a calm manner, prepare your child for what to do if they are separated from their group. You may want to make several suggestions, like return to the zoo entrance or ticket office and ask that an adult page your teacher over the loud speaker or tell your child to look for a uniformed security guard or museum docent to ask for help in locating the class.


• Remind your child to go to the restroom with a buddy or small group. • Play a brief reminder game about Stranger Danger and what to do. Praise your child for remembering. • Carry a first aid kit.   Field Trip Fun: Parents Can Increase the Fun Factor as Cool Chaperones The following are a few suggestions to help boost the fun factor on field trips and avoid behavior issues by keeping students engaged. Parents can also help create social learning opportunities. • Use name tags so new parent chaperones learn student’s names quickly. • Have the kids think up nicknames for the parents for their chaperone name tags. • Chaperones can ask students what they think they will see when they arrive at their field trip location, while students are riding on the bus. • Sing songs on the bus drive to the field trip location. • Give your child an old fashion disposable camera to take their own photos on the

field trip. • Talk to students throughout the field trip about what their favorite part is. • On the bus drive back to school, play a sequence game about what students saw first, second, third and finally, last on the field trip. • Remember to catch students being good and affirm random acts of kindness that you see, such as: "Susie, I really like the way you are taking turns."

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ild animals. Darkness. Creepycrawlies. Things that go bump, hoot, squeak, or screech in the night. For some folks, rather than a wonderfilled, living, breathing laboratory of life, the great outdoors is a dark closet of dangers, teaming with things out to get us. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the truth is, some of us (adults especially) find nature frightening. So what are we scared of? Spiders, snakes, bats, bees, poisonous plants, things with thorns, night noises, dirt, and the dark. We’re also afraid of getting lost, falling off cliffs, drowning, and getting eaten by bears! It’s a scary wild world out there. We’ve heard about it on TV, seen pictures of it on Facebook, and read about it in the paper. And if we’re afraid of these things for ourselves, we’re doubly afraid of them for our children.

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But here’s the thing. If you want to raise confident, capable, and courageous kids, you have to model these traits yourself. And if you walk through the natural world in fear, so will your children. So how can you teach your kids (and learn yourself) to be appropriately, but not overly, cautious as you explore and play in nature? First and foremost, instead of fear, model respect. In general, it’s best to respectfully leave things in nature as they are...both so others can enjoy them and so they retain their place in nature’s web of life. HOWEVER, it’s also important to know that not everything in nature is dangerous or off limits. So...if you’re inclined to consider spiders scary and dirt disgusting, tuck those feelings down deep. It’s okay to pick up a fuzzy caterpillar or a slimy slug, as long as you respectfully put it back where you found it. It’s even okay to let a

garden spider crawl on your arm! If something has a stinger or sharp teeth, however, be respectful and don’t invade its personal space. Respect can also be expressed for plants. It’s fine to collect fallen leaves in places where they blanket the ground, but it’s not respectful to pick the last wildflower or a good idea to collect unfamiliar berries or mushrooms. And if you pick up bright red leaves in the fall, you might accidentally collect poison oak! Red is often nature’s signal to “stay clear.” Finally, it’s also important to respect the non-living parts of nature. It’s okay to dig in the dirt for worms, but it’s not okay to disturb precariously balanced rocks on a mountainside. It’s okay to wade in the shallows by the river, but it’s not okay to float through rapids without a lifejacket. If you are respectful of nature’s wonders, as well as its warnings, you are very likely to stay safe.


Another important thing to model for your kids if you want them to stay safe in nature is basic common sense. Stick with your pack is a great general rule. If you stay with your group and don’t wander off trail, you won’t end up lost or somewhere unsafe. Be prepared is another important guideline. Dress for the weather and carry a snack, water, and basic first aid supplies. Stay put is one last rule to remember if you do get lost. If you stay in one place, people are much more likely to find you. So what about those really specific things you’re afraid of? Spiders and snakes and bats, oh my? The truth is, here in our urban area, where your family spends most of its outdoor time, you’re not going to encounter many truly dangerous creatures. As for spiders, okay, most can bite, but most won’t cause a reaction worse than a mosquito bite. And they certainly aren’t lying in wait to get you. They’re much more interested in eating bugs. And snakes, yes, you might occasionally see a rattler on Spencer Butte, but not often. Stay on well-traveled paths and it’s unlikely. The snakes that you are more likely to see are harmless garter snakes. And bats? Contrary to popular belief, especially around Halloween, they don’t all suck blood! The bats in our area eat bugs...and lots of them. Watch for them swooping through the sky at dusk. So have fun exploring nature with your kids this fall. And remember, it’s all about sharing nature with children...not scaring children with nature! For some “scary” (not really!) nature fun around Halloween, come to Nearby Nature’s Haunted Hike in Alton Baker Park on Saturday, October 21st, 5:30-9 pm. At this event, folks will encounter all sorts of night creatures in costume, from a gigantic bat to a sneaky spider! Pre-registration is required – see nearbynature.org/pre-registration or this month’s calendar for details. Other fun “scary” or nightthemed stuff for little kids this month includes a Sun, Moon, and Stars Tot Discovery Day at the Science Factory on October 6th and a Big, Bad Wolves Little Wonders Storytime at the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History on October 13th! Beth Stein is the Program 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 nature walks, school programs, and summer daycamps in local natural areas. For more information, call 541687-9699 or see the group’s web page at www. nearbynature.org.

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Ways for Busy Parents to Practice Self-care by Sarah Broussard Weaver

t’s important not to forget about yourself when you think about all the things that need to be done for the people you love. Your child might need a haircut, a snack, and a bath, but it’s likely you could use those things too. I know there’s never enough time, so here’s some easy and quick ways to take care of yourself.

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CREATE A RELAXING CORNER. Remember how in Little Women Marmee always sat in her corner to unwind? Your corner can be anywhere—just keep it toy-free. A comfy chair, maybe a nice-smelling candle, a soft throw over your lap, and you can close your eyes for a few minutes and just breathe. If your house is a mess (and whose isn’t?) just make your chair face the wall, and focus on the nice clean wall and floor space in your own corner.

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TAKE A TV TIMEOUT. Tuck the kids into bed, pour a glass of wine, cuddle in your corner, and catch up on Scandal, This Is Us, or whatever other show you have saved on your DVR.Enough said. This one is great for when you’re so tired you can’t think.

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START YOUR DAY WITH A SUN SALUTATION. This ancient yoga sequence will stretch your muscles and fill you with a sense of wellbeing. It gets your blood moving in the morning, but will help any time you can spare. Sarah Broussard Weaver has four very loud children, three dogs, a cat, a hedgehog, some fish, and a hubby. Send help! Her parenting articles have been published in Parents, Mom.me, Parent Co, and Mommy Nearest among others.


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