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Community Involvement and Kids Setting the Foundation for an Active Future by Kim Green-Spangler


ommunity involvement benefits adults, teens, and children on both a societal and personal level. It’s a way for community members to strengthen their communities through the generous donation of time for a goal. Whether it’s for children/peers, the elderly, the homeless, or someone affected by a catastrophe or in plain need, these acts of kindness positively impact both the giver and the recipient. The Benefits of Giving Back Besides the obvious answers like, it makes you feel good and helping others is the neighborly thing to do; community involvement also benefits children on a social level. It keeps them from being bored, can help them connect with other like-minded kids and adults and develop friendships, give them a healthy break from cell phones and video games and allow them to communicate with others face-to-face, and give families the opportunity to spend quality time together. It can also help them explore career paths and develop job skills by strengthening l e a d e r s h i p , communication and or computer proficiency. You’re never too young to start networking. Relationships

built with adults and peers while volunteering can be beneficial in the future. There are now many middle and high schools across the country requiring a minimum number of “community service” hours in order to graduate. According to a December 5, 2011 article in the Huffington Post, college admissions officers not only use volunteer service hours as part of their admissions screening process, they scrutinize the length of time an applicant has devoted to a specific cause. In a Do Something survey, 70 percent of admissions officers “like to see a student who sticks with one cause, not one who dabbles in a laundry list of volunteer opportunities.” This said, children who start volunteering at a young age have more time to explore projects and can develop a longterm commitment to a single cause.

Just last year, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported about 64.5 million people performed some form of volunteer service through or for an organization at least once during the September 2011 to September 2012 period. As impressive as this is, it does not take into account those who volunteered independently. Further, teens (16- to 19-years old) had a volunteer rate of 27.4%. Also, the volunteer rate for parents with children under 18 years of age was 33.5%. Ways to Get Involved – Children and Parents While it is important for children to realize they are part of a group, they should also realize that they are individuals and their single voice can make a world of difference. Community involvement helps them learn to work as a group to affect change, speak out to champion causes, and learn to be fearless when presented with a challenge that requires an advocate. In addition, young people who participate in community service programs are more apt to continue to volunteer their time through adulthood. Before taking the plunge, consider individual interests and the ages

Community involvement helps children learn to work as a group to affect change, speak out to champion causes, and learn to be fearless when presented with a challenge that requires an advocate. Their dedication may help them distinguish themselves from others seeking that freshman college spot.

of each family member. Young children are more apt to enjoy their community projects if they can play an active role. Busy schedules mean your service should be a comfortable fit for you and your family. If volunteering creates a harried existence, it probably won’t be fun or continued without resistance over time. Parents should look at local charities, soup kitchens, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, political candidates and more to find suitable projects for families. There are organizations that match potential volunteers with organizations and facilities, if you have difficulty finding one on your own, or you’re looking for something new. Many opportunities exist for young family members, but require parental supervision. A way around this may be assembling a group from a school, day care, church or private organization to supervise their own young volunteers. Thus, only a few parents or chaperones will be required for each volunteering outing. No matter where you volunteer, be sure you know what is expected of you before you show up. Find out if there is a minimum age requirement and let them know who will be participating and for how long you’re available. Be specific and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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hen Mama Cass was found as a stray, she had a severe flea allergy. After lots of TLC by a West Coast foster, she has blossomed into a cuddly, girl who loves attention once she knows you. Eating wet food and cat treats and playing with her feather toys are her favorite things. She’s good with other mellow kitties, but not with dominant cats. Cass is being sponsored by Main St. Mini Storage so her adoption fee is just $45. She has been tested for feline leukemia and FIV, spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. For more information, please 541-225-4955 West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue is a 501(c)3. Want to help cover our animals’ medical costs? Go to and click on ‘Donate’ or send a check to: WCDC, P.O. Box 72401, Springfield, OR 97475


oodle is a sweet, goofy one year old cairn terrier/ poodle mix boy. He is currently in a foster home with teenagers and a bigger dog and has done very well. He still has a lot of puppy energy and would love to be a part of an active family. Doodle weighs about 13 lbs.  Wiggly Tails follows a “foster-to –adopt” process, which means the potential family would foster Doodle for a week or two to see how he fits in the household. After that time, if everything has gone well, he would be officially adopted. Doodle is already neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. His adoption fee is $175, which covers rescue expenses (he came from CA) and helps us continue to save more lives. If you would like to meet Doodle, contact us through

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continued from front cover… If all else fails and you cannot find an opportunity in your community, spearhead your own. Get a few friends, relatives or classmates together to clean up a park or playground, give a community center a facelift, or plant a garden. Or you can adopt a local nursing home, elderly family in the neighborhood or a day care facility. Not only will they learn to volunteer, but if they are involved in the planning and implementation, they will also be developing leadership and team management skills.

the $25,000 in grant money. If your teen is in search of a volunteer opportunity, encourage him or her to begin their search online at or Organizations like make searching for local charities or community activities easy. Teens and adults can narrow their search by category, location and duration; while allowing teens to interact with each other through forums, video, and more. Questions can be answered, and experiences can be shared. If your teen is a visionary with an idea, he or she can apply to win a weekly $500 grant to kick-off their own program! When your teen opts to get involved with his or her own volunteer opportunity, it doesn’t have to be something far removed from his or her existing interests. If your child is a baton twirler, volunteering to coach newbie twirlers or ready a gym for local competitions could be a good fit. A soccer player could work with a P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) groups to help young players develop their skills. Or a teen with superior debate sk i l ls mig ht enj oy working with a political candidate, lawyer or law service. Keep in mind that when volunteering to work with children background checks, special training classes, or close monitoring may be required.

Parents and teachers can introduce their children and students to volunteerism by modeling this giving lifestyle, despite their busy schedules… Learning to stand behind convictions, to recognize a need and take action and to work as part of a team are abilities that have shortand long-term advantages.

Ways Teens Can Get Involved Independently As teens get older, it’s natural for them to develop interests outside of their parents’ and for parents to want to break free from their chauffeuring duties. Many schools, especially those requiring volunteer ser vice to fulfill graduation requirements, have done the legwork for students. They have contacted local organizations and have paved the way for community involvement, in most cas es for g roup or individual participation independent of parents. If your teen’s school is looking for funding for a community service idea accepts proposals and awards the top 15 projects, which are selected through campaigning over the course of the current July through June school year, a share of

Community involvement allows children and teens the opportunity to meet other civic minded individuals, people that may or may not be from their social, economic or racial/ ethnic/religious circle. Volunteering can therefore open up discussions between different groups and teach tolerance and acceptance. Parents and teachers can introduce their children and students to volunteerism by modeling this giving lifestyle, despite their busy schedules. Educating children to not be egocentric is a useful life

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skill. Learning to stand behind their convictions, to recognize a need and take action and to work as part of a team are abilities that have short- and long-term advantages. Community involvement is the perfect gift; one that benefits both parties on many levels. Find your family’s ideal volunteer match today. Kim Green-Spangler, B.S. Ed and M.S. Eng, is a freelance writer, wife and mother. Her niche is writing articles pertaining to family life, health, fitness, parenting and home based businesses. She may be contacted through

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an of Steel has everything: a stellar cast, a proven director, an exorbitant budget, and fans already familiar with the Superman story. At times, however, these elements both benefit and hinder the film, which is overflowing with digital effects, elaborate costumes, and impressive staging. Director Zack Snyder spends a third of the time revisiting Krypton’s demise as scientist, Jor-El, and his wife, Lara, welcome and marvel at their newborn son, KalEl. Convinced that Krypton is dying, Jor-El pleads with the council of elders to preserve what is left of the planet just as rebellious General Zod stages a coup. Jor-El removes a sacred codex with Kryp-

ton’s genetic history and imbeds it in Kal-El’s body while Zod and his followers are exiled. As Krypton decays, Jor-El and Lara send their son across the galaxy to an unknown world. On earth, Kal-El, now Clark Kent, has grown into a troubled young man, who leads a nomadic life in search of his true identity. When an alien space craft is found in the Arctic, Clark investigates and discovers a hologram of his father, Jor-El. After he learns of Krypton’s history, Clark is confronted by Lois Lane, who has pieced together his incredible life and recognnized his alien powers. Suddenly, General Zod reenters the story in a complicated twist, and in the

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here are three ways to completely ruin your summer. First, be forced to spend it with your divorced mom, her irritating boyfriend and his disdainful daughter at their cramped beach house. Second, be stranded at the beach with nosy adults who ask embarrasing questions and want you to make friends with their equally nosy kids. And third, fall in love with the cute girl next door, but be too shy to even talk to her. That’s the funny, charming story of The Way, Way Back, a painfully truthful return to those frustratingly powerless teenage years that, as the tag-line says, we’ve all been through. Duncan and his mom, Pam, arrive at the beach with her boyfriend, Trent, during the height of the summer season, but all Duncan can look forward to is the torture of Trent’s veiled insults and sitting alone on the beach. He finally has enough and escapes on an old handme-down bike. While exploring the small town, Duncan stumbles across the Water Wizz waterpark and is befriended by the manager, Owen, and his kooky, unconventional staff. Owen’s slacker attitude hides a generous heart and Duncan’s summer finally takes a turn for the better. He’s offered a job at Water Wizz and he learns how to bond with other guys, break dance, talk to girls, and loosen up enough to have fun. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and after Pam discovers that Trent is fooling around, she packs their bags. Duncan has to say good-bye to his friends, but not before challenging Owen to the legendary slide-and-pass competition. The film just gets better and better until the wonderful ending when Pam finally chooses Duncan over everything else. Although there are a few lightly risque moments, this is a terrific, straight-up film for teens and parents, which has been gaining word-of-mouth popularity since its successful debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Check us out on-line at

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Talking About School

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with Your Tween or Teen Mom: How was school? Evan (Son): Fine. Mom: Tell me about it? What did you do first? Evan: Found my locker, then my desk and the teacher called roll. Mom: R e a l ly? (Mom st ates sarcastically.) Get to the good stuff, please. Evan: What? as a variation of this conversation ever happened to you? Depending on your child’s age and personality, if you have a tween or teen, you have likely had a version of this conversation. Tweens and teens may not always feel communicative about their school life. Because of busy, often over-booked schedules, parents may feel out of touch with their kids. Many parents bridge that gap with important, quality relationshipbuilding conversation time with their children, while driving to and from school, ball practice or grocery shopping. Ann, a mom of tween girls shares, “It is easy to let day to day conversations digress to ‘did you feed the dog?’ or ‘did you do your homework?’ My tweens talk more easily with me when we are driving in the car! I looked forward to family vacations when my girls were younger because we turned off the radio (remember those?) and talked, sang songs and enjoyed one another.” Ann recommended that the radio, Ipod and cell phone use be limited when driving in order to cease the opportunity to converse with each other. Psychologist, Anitra DeMoss,


PhD. states, “Tweens and teens tend to communicate better when there is less eye contact. They feel less scrutinized. Tweens and teens don’t yet have the sophistication to read facial expressions correctly each time. It is generally less confusing for them to talk without eye contact.” Why not start the school year off right by asking effective, meaningful questions during that bonding time on the drive to and from school, to sports practice or running errands together? Helpful Hints for Tween/ Teen Conversations Open Ended Questions. Open ended, but specific questions can be conversation starters. Specific open ended questions cannot be answered with a one word response like “yes” or “no.” They invite more discussion. The following are examples of effective, but specific open ended questions. 1.) Questions about academics using best, worst, favorite or least favorite - Instead of asking generically, “How was school today?” Ask, “What was the best part of your school day? Or what was the worst part of your school day? What was your favorite subject today? What was your least favorite subject today? Save, the “How much homework do you have” question for when you get home so that the quality time for conversation in the car doesn’t feel pressured. 2.) Questions about social life – Who’s your coolest friend? Who is your best friend? A variation on the friend question might be, “Who did

you eat lunch with today?” Active Listening. When there is a natural pause in the conversation, try repeating the last few words of your tween’s last sentence. Don’t assume understanding. Check it out. Often times, teens will open up even more. Summarize. When the conversation starts winding down, summarize the essence of the conversation to confirm meaning and build trust. This may be the hardest part of active listening but with practice your skills can grow. I-Messages. I-Messages communicate my feelings and values to my daughter about a behavior without preaching or giving advice. Examples of I-Messages are: I feel glad when you open up to me or I feel disappointed for you that you misplaced your homework. Practicing these skills may seem awkward or mechanical at first,

Mom: “Tell me about Amy?” (Open ended question) Terri (Daughter): “She’s okay but she’s always with her new boyfriend Matt now. (Grace rolls her eyes.) He’s cool but they are just so in to each other.” Mom: “So, they are really into each other?” (Active listening) Terri: “Yeah, I feel like the third wheel on a lopsided tricycle. It sort of makes me mad.” Mom: “You are angry because you feel left out?” (Summarize, confirmation meaning) Terri: “Yes, especially at lunch.” Mom: “What can you do about that?”(Open ended question) Terri: “I guess I could go eat at Elizabeth and Lilian’s table.” Mom: You feel left out because of how Amy and Matt relate to each other, especially at lunch. But you are willing to eat with other friends. (Summarize) Terri: Yes, but I really miss Amy. Mom: I know you miss your private time with Amy but I am really proud of you for trying new things. (I-Message) Terri: Thanks Mom. but persevere, being a part of your tween’s or teen’s life is the reward. Laura Reagan-Porras, MS is a parenting journalist, sociologist and mother of two daughters.

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On-Going Events SF Library New Readers’ Book Club, age 8 and under, third Tuesday of each month, 4-5pm. Pre-reg. Ph 726-3766 The Science Factory Children’s Museum & Planetarium. In the exhibit hall, “Roll, Drop, Bounce”. Open daily 10-4pm. In the Planetarium, shows vary, Mon-Fri 2pm, Sat/Sun times vary. Closed during Duck games.

The Eugene Ballet Company presents the classic story of Peter Pan as the beloved characters take flight before your eyes. Starts Saturday, October 5th at the Hult Center.

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Story Times and Play Groups

Barnes & Noble weekly story time, Whimsical Weds 6:30pm. Toddler-Time, Weds 10am. Ph 687-0356

Baby Story time (to 12mos) 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 Eugene library, call for days and locations, Ph 682-8316

MOMS Club - An organization for at-home moms & children. Members based on zip code. Westside Indoor Playground – A parent run co-op playground. For at home moms/dads & their children ages 0-5 yrs. Located at 4445 Royal Ave Eugene, OR. www., Ph 541-688-9085

Family Story Time, Fri 10:15am Sheldon Branch Library and Fridays at 10:15am at Sheldon Branch Library. Ph 682-8316 Preschool Story time (ages 3-6) Weds 10:00am, Lapsit Story time (ages 0-3) Weds 10am, Springfield Public Library, Ph 726-3766

Indoor Playground. Monday’s and Thursdays, Join your child for an active morning of indoor play in our gymnasium. We will provide the games and toys; you provide the fun. 2/3-4/28, 9-11am, $2, Ph 736-4544

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HOMETOWN HIGHLIGHTS Colonial Harvest Days. Celebrate harvest season with a unique fall experience on a family farm. Tractor hayrides to the pumpkin patch, visit the cows, goats, chickens and pigs and check-out some GIANT pumpkins. Festivities include a pumpkin trebuchet, live music, pie eating contests and more. Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm, Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm, $5/pp (under 5 free), Phone 746-5161 Oregon Archaeology Celebration 2013. October is Archaeology Month in Oregon! Visit our website to learn about Archaeology Month exhibits, lectures, and family events. Museum of Natural History, Tues – Sat 11am-5pm, Ph 541-346-3024

Springfield Gateway Farmer’s & Artist’s Market. Plenty of parking and the freshest produce of the season grown by local farmers. New LTD covered walkway; Springfield. Tuesday’s 4-8pm, Ph 747-6294, FREE!

Saturday Market/Farmers Market. The oldest, open-air market in the United States offers great food, local crafts and live entertainment. Every Saturday, Oak & 8th St. Rain or shine. 10am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 682-3615 South Eugene Farmers’ Market. Local produce, free samples, free parking. This event occurs every week on Saturday. Southtowne Shoppes, 9am3pm, Ph 895-3431, FREE! Veneta’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. Local farmers showcase their goods directly to residents and visitors. Territorial Hwy & W. Broadway, Friday’s 2-6pm, Ph 463-7565, FREE! FREE admission at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History every Wednesday. Also come enjoy a FREE 45 minute guided tour every Friday at 1:00 and 3:00. Ph 346-1671, FREE! Veneta Saturday Mkt. A great place to find crafts, music, food and plants. Territorial Hwy & W. Broadway, Sat 105pm, Ph 935-2750, FREE! Creswell Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday year round. Farm fare that ranges from local fruits and vegetables to home grown meats. 4pm - 6pm, 182 South 2nd St. Creswell (Heidi Tunnel’s Bakery) Ph. 541-895-2096

The return of the percussive hit STOMP brings new surprises with its explosive, provocative, sexy, sophisticated and utterly unique appeal. Tuesday, October 29th & 30th at the Hult Center.

The Corner Market. Dedicated to providing customers with fresh, local produce, this market fills up your basket with seasonal colors. Corner of Thomason & River Rd, noon-6pm, Ph 513-4527, FREE! Hideaway Bakery’s Saturday Farmers Market. Featuring local organic produce. Fresh turkey, chicken, duck and goose eggs. Goat cheese, jerky and herbs, fresh pork, and organic coffee. Behind Mazzi’s & Hideaway Bakery. Saturday’s 9am-2pm, Ph 868-1982, FREE!

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Lone Pine Haunted “XScream” Corn Maze. As darkness grows, creep cautiously as you try and navigate your way through ten acres of terror to locate the one and only exit through the winding paths of the Haunted Corn Maze! Not recommended for the faint of heart. Fri-Sun 7:30-10pm, Oct 4-27th, $13-15, Ph 688-4389 The Great Halloween Costume Exchange. For children up to age 13. Swap your previous plush pumpkins and ghosts get-up for a princess gown, or switch from Spider-Man to Batman. Bring your gently used costumes to Willamalane Center during the drop-off period, receive a “swap ticket,” and redeem the ticket for a new-to-you costume on Saturday. Willamalane Sports Center, Oct 7th-12th 8am6pm, Ph 736-4544, FREE!

OCTOBER CALENDAR 1 Tuesday Steve Earle and The Dukes. Steve Earle and The Dukes stop at The Shedd Institute’s Jaqua Concert Hall on tour in support of “The Low Highway”. The Shedd, 7:30pm, $29-43, Ph 434-7000

4 Friday Free First Friday. Enjoy the museum’s new exhibits and old classics. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History, 11am-5pm, FREE! First Friday concert, Eugene Library, 10:15am, Ph 6828316, FREE! Cirque Musica - The Arena Spectacular. Cirque Musica transports audiences on a musical journey to a land of dazzling beauty, deep mystery, and suspense. Enjoy the performance and be treated to a full sensory experience that will have you the edge of your seat. Matt Night Arena, 8pm, $28-83, Ph 800-992-8499

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The Magical Moombah! The Shlubby Submarine. Rumbles and Sonar Sam ventures forth in a makeshift Submarine and visit a dive that specializes in Underwater Vaudeville. Songs include “Under the Sea”, “Minnie the Mermaid”, “Sailing, Sailing”, “By the Sea”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Octopus’ Garden”, sea shanties and more! The Shedd, 10:15am, $3, Ph 434-7000

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First Friday Art Walk. A monthly art walk hosted and led by special community guests. Enjoy wandering the local galleries and venues and viewing a variety of art. Check website for tour starting location each month. 5:30pm, FREE!

Peter Pan by Eugene Ballet Co. The beloved storybook characters take flight before your eyes as Peter and the Lost Boys visit the land of everlasting childhood, NeverNever Land. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $28-53, Ph 682-5087

5 Saturday

Stories and craft with Pattibuff. “Going on a Bear Hunt”. Springfield Library, 1pm, all ages, Ph 726-3766, FREE!

Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend. Downtown Library, 10:15am, Ph 682-8316, FREE!

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The Magical Moombah! The Shlubby Submarine. $5, 10am & 1pm, see the 4th


Science Pub. “ The Role of the Prefrontal Cortex: I’d Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me than a Frontal Lobotomy” Neurologist Bob Knightwhat we’ve learned about the role of the prefrontal cortex in organizing our behavior through his work with patients with prefrontal damage. Cozmic Pizza, 7-9pm, all ages, $5 sugg cover, Ph (541) 338-9333

11 Friday Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. join us for stories and hands-on fun including crafts, songs, games, and museum exploration. Every month we present a new theme and new activities. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-346-3024

Calendar Fall Gardening Festival. a day of workshops, garden art, a bulb sale, bake sale, vegetable fair and tomato tasting. If you’ve got gardening questions, this is the time to ask. Willamalane Adult Activity Ctr, 11am-4pm, Ph 344-0265, FREE!

Oregon Covered Bridge Festival. Good old fashioned family fun! Check out the bridges from above in a hot air balloon, or keep your feet on the ground with a guided tour of six local bridges. Join in Punkin Chunkin. Pioneer Kid Games, arts and crafts and more. Bohemia Park, Cottage Grove, 7am-6:30pm, Ph 541-942-0046

Rocktoberfest. Scale the 33-foot-tall climbing wall then settle in with a local brew, listen to some live local music and enjoy a climbing movie on our 18-foot-wide projection screen. Open to beginning and advanced climbers. Enjoy competitions, prizes and more! Willamalane Center,3-6pm, Ph 736-4544 Peter Pan. 2pm, see the 5th Dig It ! Fall Family Day. Dig for clues about the past – just like historical archaeologists do – and enjoy crafts and other hands-on activities. Museum of Natural History, $5/ family, 11am-3pm, Ph 541-346-5083

7 Monday Preschool Fun with Art and Science. Springfield Library, 10:30am-11:00am, ages 3-6, FREE!

15th Annual Clay Fest. From raku to woodfire, including garden art, decorative sculptures and functional tableware. This is a great opportunity to buy unique handmade pieces directly from the artists. Lane Events Center, 5-8pm, FREE! Greg Brown. Fueled by a signature rumbling baritone voice, Greg Brown returns on tour in support of his latest album, a truly potent tour de force, Hymns To What Is Left. The Shedd, 7:30pm, $26-34, Ph 434-7000

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Refurbish the Reach Center. FREE performances from groups in residence, art exhibits, movement classes, art activities for children, ceremonial planting in our urban garden, hourly raffle drawings, silent auction, and dinner theater. Funds go to roof repair and repainting the center. The Reach Center, 11am, Ph 342-2859

13 Sunday Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market. The area’s largest flea market with 300 tables of vintage, collectibles, wares and services. Live music while you shop. Since 1970. Lane Events Center, $1.50, 8am-4pm, Ph 683-5589. 15th Annual Clay Fest. 11am-5pm, see the 11th

15 Tuesday Jammie Storytime. Come in your pajamas for an evening of stories. Springfield Library, all ages, 7pm, Ph 726-3766

18 Friday John McCutcheon. John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the hammer dulcimer. The Shedd, 7:30pm, $26-34, Ph 434-7000 Nearby Nature’s Haunted Hike. Celebrate night creatures! Enjoy a pumpkin-lit hike in Alton Baker Park and meet an entertaining costumed owl, bat, frog, spider, and more. Enjoy crafts, snacks, games, and a raffle as well! Rain or moonshine. Alton Baker Park, 5:30-9pm, $5, Ph 687-9699

19 Saturday Family Music Time. sing and dance your way into the weekend! Downtown Library, 10:15am, Ph 682-8316, FREE! Chris Cornell with special guest Bhi Bhiman. Folk artist Bhi Bhiman will support Cornell on tour. The Shedd, $43-69, Ph 434-7000

Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend, Ph 682-8316, FREE! 15th Annual Clay Fest. 10am-6pm, see the 11th

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Harvest Teas - Shelton McMurphey Johnson House. Features tea sandwiches, scone, savories, dessert and, of course, freshly brewed tea. We do not generally recommend our teas for children under about age eight. Various times, $25-30, Ph 541-404-0808

On the second Thursday of each month, Oregon Track Club will host informal running/walking events. Courses will be marked, and timed results will be presented. Amazon Community Center, 6pm start, Free to OTC members/$5 otherwise, Ph 541-343-7247

McKenzie Harvest Walk – Run. Open for all ages. This event will help provide needed equipment, sports fees and traveling expenses for McKenzie River area athletes. McKenzie Community Track & Field, 9am, $25, Ph 729-9082

Tween Scene. 9 to 13 year olds are invited to drop by, make a craft, play a game and have a snack. Springfield Library, 3:30-4:30pm, Ph 726-3766, FREE!

A Good Old-Fashioned Art Auction! The Gallery at the Watershed presents an art auction of many of the works in storage. Check the website for artists and pieces to be auctioned. Noon, Ph 844-1668, FREE!

Ducks Football. Come out and watch the Ducks take on Washington State Cougars. Autzen Stadium, time TBD,

21 Monday Haunted Hayride. Ride through the “haunted” trails of Dorris Ranch to where zombies, ghosts, mummies and even historic figures await in the shadows of the filbert trees. Play games and make spooky crafts in the barn, then warm up afterward with a hot beverage and some treats. Dorris Ranch, Mon – Wed, 6-$7.50, Ph 736-4544

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Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival. A fun festival featuring several hundred species of local fungi, collected throughout western Oregon. 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. 10am-5pm, $5, Ph 737-3817

22 Tuesday The Moody Blues. Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge. The musical group has released 24 albums in a career spanning nearly five decades. Hult Center, $40-75, Ph 683-5000

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24 Thursday

Bernadette Peters. The Shedd Institute is pleased to bring Golden Globe and three-time Tony award-winner Broadway legend Bernadette Peters to Eugene’s Hult Center for a rare, magical evening of song. 7:30pm, $39-75, Ph 682-5000

Night of 11,000 Stars. Amazing offers, delicious eats, complimentary HopValley beer and B2 Recess wine. Entertainment provided by No Strings Attached and Code Red of Thurston High school. Willamalane Sports & Recreation.

29 Tuesday Little Monsters Bash. Come in costume for bewitching stories, just a little scary. Springfield Library, ages 0-6, 7pm, Ph 726-3766, FREE!

25 Friday “Murder Weighs In” Dessert Theater. This murder mystery is set in the 1930s and attendees are encouraged to wear period dress and participate. Desserts will be served during the performance. Proceeds benefit Campbell Community Center. 7pm, $12, Ph 682-5318 Fall Family Day - Kids’ Adventure Club. The event will focus on covered bridges and will offer educational and hands-on opportunities for kids to learn about these treasured landmarks. Make miniature replicas of covered bridges and other themed crafts. Bohemia ParkCottage Grove, 9am-5pm, Ph 484-5307, FREE! HOWL-O-WEEN Haunt. Need a safe alternative to trick or treating for Halloween? Join our spook-tacular night of events. We’ll have a costume contest, spooky games, and creepy cuisine! River Road Park, 6-8pm, Ph 688-4052, FREE! Rufus Wainwright. Referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet,” Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The Shedd, 7:30pm, $39-49, Ph 434-7000

27 Sunday Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market. The area’s largest flea market with 300 tables of vintage, collectibles, wares and services. Live music while you shop. Since 1970. Lane Events Center, $1.50, 8am-4pm, Ph 683-5589.

Ducks Football. Come out and watch the Ducks take on UCLA. Autzen Stadium, time TBD,

STOMP. Explosive, provocative, sexy, sophisticated, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The re-

turn of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with sections of the show updated and restructured and several new full-scale routines new utilizing props. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $32.50-$52.30, Ph 682-5000

30 Wednesday Mad Scientists’ Halloween Extravaganza. Join the ghoulish ghosts and creepy crawlers and enter the Mad Scientists’ Lab for eerie experiments, scary science, pumpkin launching and other Halloween fun! Costumes are encouraged. The Science Factory, 3-7pm, $10-15, Ph 682-7888 STOMP. See the 29th

31 Thursday City Hall Trick or Treat. Springfield Library, all ages, 3-5pm, Ph 726-3766 Magic Show & Balloon Art by Jay Frasier. Springfield Library, 3:30-4:30pm, Ph 726-3766, FREE! Be sure to check out our listings for Camps, Classes, and Workshops at

The Shedd presents Golden Globe and three-time Tony awardwinner Broadway legend Bernadette Peters for a rare, magical evening of song. Monday, October 28th at the Hult Center. Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright, called by Elton John “the greatest songwriter on the planet,” plays at The Shedd, Friday, October 25th.


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his Halloween, throw a wickedly wonderful fete for family and friends. With help from the Wilton entertaining experts, you’ll have all the tricks to treat your guests to a spooky celebration that will leave them howling with delight. Halloween’s not just for the kids anymore, so before you put on your costume, grab your baking and decorating supplies and get ready to let the creepy crawlers loose. “Halloween is the one time of

the year that you can take your decorating skills to the dark side,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “From finishing pumpkin cookies with ghastly grins to creating creepy cakes decorated like graveyard skulls, it’s the perfect holiday to have some fun in the kitchen.” Try this recipe for a Tower of Horror Treats for a spook-tacular Halloween party. For more unique decorating ideas and recipes visit

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Place assembled cakes and cookies on cooling grid positioned over cookie sheet. If desired, add yellow candy color to melted white candy; pour over cakes and cookies until well coated. Chill 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Repeat if needed. Using disposable decorating bag, pipe melted black candy face details on skull cakes; chill 5 to 10 minutes or until set. Attach candy eyeballs to skulls with dots of melted candy. If desired, brush Color Dust highlights on candycovered bones and skulls.

4 cups all-purpose flour 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves Pinch ground nutmeg 1-1/3 cups vegetable oil 4 eggs 2 cups applesauce Buttercream icing

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hike, folks encounter all sorts of night critters in costume, from wily Grandma Spider to jolly Bertha Beaver. Crafts, games, snacks, and a raffle are also part of this fun event. The Haunted Hike is most appropriate for pre-school and elementary school kids. Pre-registration is required for the hour-long hike, so call ahead at 541-687-9699. For more

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ctober has arrived and with it the beginning of early evening darkness. For folks who love night creatures and sky-watching, this means fun! With less light at night, you can suddenly take kids out on night-time nature adventures before bedtime. And even if you can’t get out in the evening, there are lots of ways to celebrate the nature of night here in our community. Wildlife Watching From bats to beavers, night creatures wander the woods, float the rivers, and travel the treetops while we sleep. The next full moon is October 18th, so take advantage of the natural night light around this time and plan for an after dinner wildlife walk in your neighborhood or a nearby park. In the early evening, watch for bats swooping overhead, scooping their tasty insect meals from the sky. A bit later, if you’re lucky, you might hear an owl hooting or a see a raccoon sneaking through


the shadows. Moths will most certainly be darting in streetlights. If you bring a flashlight, you can look for spiders tidying up webs and beetles scurrying underfoot. If you aren’t able to get out at night, you can see real live night creatures every day at the Cascades Raptor Center. At this wildlife rehabilitation and education center in south Eugene, there are more than ten different kinds of resident owls! These critters, as well as many other fascinating birds of prey, are on display in large outdoor aviaries. The center is open six days a week and has educational programs both on and off site. For more information on hours and costs, see www. For a whole evening of fun with night creatures under the full moon, join Nearby Nature for its 17th annual Haunted Hike on Friday, October 18th. At this popular alternative holiday event, Nearby Nature guides lead special pumpkin-lit hikes in the woods and meadows of Alton Baker Park. On each

information, see events. Star Gazing When the balance of night and day tips towards the darkness, star-gazers cheer! Here in our community, the folks who really know the night sky are part of the Eugene Astronomical Society. Every month, these amateur astronomers meet for a “star party” on top of the College Hill Reservoir in south Eugene. At these informal events, members set up all sorts of telescopes to check out the night sky. Families are welcome to join the party and ask questions and peer through telescopes. Children are invited, but should be instructed to clasp their hands behind their backs and simply look into the eyepiece when viewing the night sky. Telescopes are fragile and can be easily damaged. Also, please leave your dogs and bright flashlights at home if you plan to join a party. The group’s next event is on October 11th. For details, see www. Alas, as we all know, the sky is not always clear in the Willamette Valley during the fall and winter. Thanks to the Science Factory Children’s Museum and Exploration Dome, however, we can see stars every day, rain or shine! Throughout the year, the Science Factory hosts fascinating weekend planetarium shows in its Exploration Dome planetarium. Topics covered range from Legends of the Night Sky to Dark Matter to New Discoveries in Astronomy. During the school week, planetarium programs are also available for school groups. For more information about current shows and times, see planetarium or call 541-682-7888. Tales of the Night Finally, don’t forget to visit the public library if your family is interested in exploring the nature of night. One of our favorite books is Night Science for Kids: Exploring the World After Dark, by Terry Krautwurst. In this fun book for older kids, you’ll find interesting information, experiments, craft ideas, pictures, and more. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, by Joyce Sidman, celebrates the wonders of night and its creatures in verse. The Kids Book of the Night Sky, by Anne Love and Jane Drake, is lots of fun for kids who love sky-watching. Included are sky myths and legends from all over the world, cool sky-oriented activities and crafts, and lots of fascinating night sky facts. Another good book is Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruhac. In this book, you will find stories about night creatures matched up with related activities and factual information. And finally, don’t forget classic picture books about night creatures like Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, and The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle!

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 school programs, summer daycamps, family Nature Quests, holiday events, no-school day projects, and restoration work parties in local parks. For more information or to volunteer, call 541-687-9699 or see the group’s web page at

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My 11-year-old daughter Sally lay sleeping under her blankets. It was 6 a.m. and still dark out. I picked up her stuffed Paddington Bear and marched his yellow boots across her body, saying in an annoying falsetto English accent, “C’mon, wake up! Oi’m Wellington the Beah and we have newspapehs to deliveh.” No response, except a slight tightening of the fetal position. But she would not resist my child-wakening expertise for long. Annoyance is the key; it’s hard to sleep when you are angry. So using the bear’s wrong name is a child-baiting refinement that increases the effectiveness of the basic English-accented stuffed-bear wakeup technique by about 60 percent. “’Ey, Sally! Wot’s the matteh wiv yew? Oi’m Wellington and yew ‘ave to get up! Roise and shoine!” And he tromped across her body again. “Shut up,” said Sally thickly. “Stop it. Go away.” Paddington shrilled, “But the people need theh newspapehs! Oi’m Wellington!” “No they don’t!” said Sally, her anger completing my work. “Oh yes they dew! (tromp tromp) “Oi’ll pull yeh blankets off! Oi’m Wellington!”

So far she’d been talking to the bear. Now she said to me, “You’re the most annoying person in the world!” Score another victory for Wellington. Sally was completely awake now, her eyes open and flashing a bit. Resuming my normal voice, I said cheerfully, “You can’t lie in bed playing with your stuffed animals all day. We’ve got work to do. See you downstairs.” Give or take a bear in a blue coat, this was our routine every Thursday for three years. Downstairs we’d stuff each of about 50 newspapers into its own plastic bag. Depending on the weather, we’d deliver the papers on foot or I’d drive and she’d hop in and out of the car. Our territory was the northern half of our little town. We had four elderly widows on our route and Sally would put their papers on their porch chairs so they wouldn’t have to risk a fall bending over to pick them up. Getting back into the car from one of these deliveries, Sally said, “Oh, I saw Mrs. Schneider walking her dog

yesterday and she wants to renew her subscription. She told me to drop by and she’ll give me a check.” I told her (not for the first time), “Sally, there are two rules for a business like ours: 1. Give super service; and 2. Get the money.” “I’ll try and go today after school,” she said. Sally, b eing little and cute, handled all direct dealings with customers. All tips and sales commissions were hers, but w e s h are d t h e wages. My friends would frown when I told them that. But what would Sally learn about business if I did half the work and she got all the money? Besides, I needed the extra $13 a month for yachts and diamond pinky rings. At first, working with Sally was like coaching Little League. You’d just like

to pick up the bat yourself and hit the ball over the fence. But delivering newspapers is not a business with a lot of subtleties and nuances like, say, forging documents. And soon she knew as much about it as I did and we worked together with companionable efficiency. The job wasn’t a laff-riot, but we mixed a little kidding around with the work. One of our customers had a harmless old cocker spaniel that was usually out in the yard “powdering her nose” when we came along. We pretended that she was vicious and rabid and was named “Killer” instead of “Josephine.” Our route took us past a clothing factory, and we would pretend that its perfectly amiable owner was going to leap out at us and try to make jackets out of our skins. Sometimes we’d make up songs using the names of our customers. When news of our customers or their kids appeared in the newspaper we’d enclose a friendly note, such as “Hey Adam, looking good on Page 4!” or “Congratulations, GRANDMA!” It was a good time for us. During those years Sally and I were not connecting in many other ways, so it was good to have this shared adventure every week, when the sleeping town seemed to be ours. We had a sense of taking care of it. But time marches on. At least it does when there are kids in your platoon. We gave up the route when Sally went into high school. In order to catch the school bus, she would’ve had to get up at 4:30 to deliver the papers. She didn’t see that happening and neither did I (although Wellington said he’d like “to ’ave a go at it”).

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