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A Dad’s Eye View by Rick Epstein

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here’s no silverware in my underpants!” said 3-year-old Wendy. Her mother, two sisters and I stared across the dinner table at her. We’d gotten about half-way through supper when Wendy issued her abrupt denial. I picked her up and gave her a light shake. Clink, clink. I set her down and frisked her, finding two spoons and a butter knife. We laughed, but Wendy was angry. Angry with us for not trusting her? Angry with herself for bungling her first attempt at deception? I couldn’t say. But I doubt it was her last attempt. My dad used to come home from work, step over our school books, feel the crunch of cinnamon-sugar on the kitchen floor, see crumbs on the counter, find garments or toys in the hallway, smell smoke, and say, “I can tell exactly what you kids have been up to every minute since you got home from school. I hope you never become criminals.” His subtlety was wasted on me. Of course, he was telling us not to be such slobs, but I took it as career counseling. No problem. Ever since fourth grade, I’d wanted to be a detective, not a criminal. Back then I would pick up cigarette butts in the street, check them for lipstick and try to determine their brands. I acquired an ink pad and practiced fingerprinting myself. My evenings were spent sneaking around the house, spying on my parents and brothers. Since then, people have generally quit smoking, the really smart detectives have moved on to DNA and I’ve been told that my

whole family knew I was spying on them. My dad even used the phrase “sneaking elephant” to describe my stealth. Worse yet, fate is pitting me against a master of deceit. I think so anyway. I’m not really sure. It’s Wendy again, only now she’s 14. You’ve seen the movies in which a criminal knows a detective is shadowing him. He jumps on a bus and jumps off at the next stop. He runs inside a tavern, slips out the men’s room window and then dashes away down an alley. Wendy is that slippery. I think. At 6 o’clock on a school night, I go to fetch Wendy from her friend’s house so Wendy can eat with us and then do her homework. I arrive to find out that her hosts have just ordered Chinese food, and to take Wendy home would be to disrespect their kindness and dishonor a costly and delicious pint of General Tso’s chicken. Somehow the evening slips away and it’s 10 p.m. before Wendy has been recaptured. Or I ferry a carload of girls to the movies, only to learn that Melissa’s mom won’t let her be at the theater unsupervised. If I leave, I’d have to take Melissa home, which would ruin everyone’s evening -- and make Melissa’s mom doubt my fitness as a parent. I phone my wife to say she’ll be spending Saturday night alone. In seeking permission to go with a more fun-loving family to an amusement park, Wendy assures me she’ll be home in time for Grandma’s birthday dinner. But she isn’t. Everyone was so hungry after a day of thrills and joy, the nice dad decided to stop at a restaurant. Do I call his cell phone and say, “Look, pal: You said you’d have Wendy home by 5:30! How would you like a knuckle sandwich?”? Or I take Wendy to a “party” at her boyfriend’s house, only to learn later that no one else showed up and the two spent the evening alone in privacy of his finished basement “watching TV.” Mom and Dad were upstairs the whole time pretending not to notice the house shaking from the hormonal pyrotechnics down in the love cave. Is Wendy the helpless beneficiary of factors beyond her control or is she working me? I don’t know, but each time I walk right into the fog with my eyes wide open, and the next thing I know I’m gnashing my teeth in frustration. I get small consolation from remembering my glory days when I knew exactly what Wendy was up to. (I keep the butter knife anyway as a kind of trophy.) Rick can be reached at O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7




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ur first exchange student, Rosa from Chile, arrived a few days before her 16th birthday. She was very shy; her English wasn’t great and my partner and I had very little idea of how to support a teenager… but we took the leap. We still keep in touch, thanks to social media. In fact, about a dozen years later, I helped her with a graduate school application. I’ve watched proudly as she’s become a brilliant artist. Our second exchange student, Marilia from Brazil, arrived the following summer, not long after I found out I was pregnant with our first child. She was bubbly, outgoing, joined the Willamette High School cheerleading squad and was one of the first family members to welcome her baby “brother” to the family. Her career path has taken her to business and agriculture law and I beam with pride when she shares her milestones. While occasionally stressful and challenging to welcome a stranger — a teenager even — into your home, we found the rewards far outweigh the drawbacks. And we’re not alone. About 25,000 high school students come to the US every year from all over the world and the vast majority participate in homestays. Sandy Kauten, Oregon Family Magazine’s Publisher, agrees that hosting is a valuable experience for the whole family. She initially saw a flyer at her son’s school for North American International Student Services (NAISS), which brings Chinese students to the northwest. They applied to be a host family for the summer program. By lucky coincidence, the program director’s son, Ryan, was placed with the Kautens and has been able to come back every summer. “The bond that Ryan and [my son] Brandon have is great,” she says. “They stay in touch all year through WeChat, sometimes talking for an hour or more! It’s truly a lifelong friendship.” Brandon has become very interested in Chinese culture thanks to this bond with his new friend. He’s even teaching himself Mandarin using Fluenz language-learning software! Think you’re interested in hosting a student? We have some tips: Have a sense of adventure. Hosting a student gives your family the opportunity to see your community, the region, and even the country through fresh eyes. The ordinary turns into the extraordinary! Eugene host mom Kelly Prusz suggests taking your host student to the top of Skinner’s Butte — it’s a perfect place to see the geography of the region.

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Be flexible. Hosting a stranger in your house can disrupt routines and change relationship dynamics — that can be both good and bad. Staying flexible can help your family, and your student, adjust quickly. Consider time constraints and financial budgets. High school students are often active and involved in sports, clubs, and other activities. When our student from Brazil joined the cheerleading squad, that meant adjusting to practice schedules and even attending high school football games (which we hadn’t done since we were in high school!).

Learn More About Hosting a Student Do your research on each organization to determine which is right for your family. Some questions to ask: Does the organization have a local coordinator available for support? How are the students chosen? What are you expected to provide? Are there organized programs available for the student during the year? • Ayusa: (full-year program) • North American International Student Services: http:// (summer program) • AFS-USA: (full-year program) • EF Exchange Year: (full-year program) • International Student Exchange: (full-year program) • CCI Exchange: (full-year, semester or summer programs) • CIEE: • International Cultural Exchange Services: http://icesusa. org/ (full-year, semester programs) • ASSE International: (full-year, semester or summer programs) • American Discovery: (summer programs for French and Spanish students) • Northwest Student Exchange: (full-year or semester programs) O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7


Some organizations offer a small stipend to cover food and some activities, while others ask for volunteers. Be clear about what the student is expected to pay for and what your family’s obligation will be. Test the waters with a short-term stay. A full academic year is a big commitment. If you’re not sure if your family is ready for that, try a short-term hosting arrangement first. Our first student came for half an academic year (January - June), and many programs are looking for families to host for summer or winter break stays. Keep it simple. You’re not expected to entertain your student for weeks and months on end. The best experiences happen when a student becomes part of your family - including enjoying lazy Sundays, making trips to the grocery store, and even doing household chores. There may never be a perfect time to welcome a stranger into your home, but the rewards of creating lifelong connections and the diversity of thought and culture that he or she brings to your home are immeasurable. You’ll create experiences that turn into cherished memories that will last a lifetime. And years from now, as you watch your high schooler turn into talented, smart, young professional accomplishing great things at home and around the world, you can celebrate right alongside her and beam with pride. Kelli and her partner, Michael, have hosted two exchange students through EF Exchange Year. Rosa is pursuing her PhD in Scotland and Marilia is practicing business and agriculture law in Araraquara, Brazil.

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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 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

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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

Outlying Area Events Rods N’ Rhodies. see Friday the 8th SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup and International Coastal Cleanup Day. September 23rd. A world-wide effort to keep our beaches healthy and reduce impacts to marine life. Dress for rain/shine and wear sturdy shoes. SOLVE will provide bags and gloves. Volunteers encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket to help reduce plastic waste, and an old colander to sift the sand for these items. Locations include: Carl Washburn State Park, Heceta Beach, Florence North Jetty, Florence South Jetty, and the Siltcoos Outlet. 10am-1pm, FREE! Ph 503.844.9571 x 332

1 FRIDAY 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 Fiesta Cultural. Kick off a series of events celebrating Latino art and culture at Lane County’s four major art walks. Salsa dance party with live music, contemporary Latino art, food vendors, crafts and more! Kesey Square, 5:309pm, FREE! Tots Discovery Day. Bubble Bash. Learn all Rods & Rhodies - Florence, Oregon

about what makes a bubble a bubble, why they are usually round, and why they pop. We’ll make mysterious smoky bubbles you can hold, giant bubbles you can stand inside, and bubble art you can take home! The Science Factory, 9am-12pm, $0-5, Ph 541.682.7888

2 SATURDAY International Vulture Awareness Day, a world-wide event. Join us in celebrating one of the most ecologically important groups of birds out there--the vultures! Vultures are often maligned and their critical role in preventing the spread of disease and maintaining a healthy ecosystem misunderstood. Cascades Raptor Center, 10am-1pm, $6-9, Ph 541-485-1320 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 Son Jarocho Music & Dance Concert. Come enjoy music, dance, and culture from Veracruz, and talk with guest artist Omar Rojas and Eugene’s Son Jarocho musicians. Downtown Library, 2-3pm, Ph 541-515-8312, FREE! Duck Season opener! Come cheer on the Ducks as they take on Southern Utah. GO DUCKS! Autzen Stadium, 5:15pm, Youth Art Works Free Art Class. Learn volume and shape of living forms with Jack Hoffman. For kids ages 6-12. Emerald Art Center, 1-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.8585 First Saturday Park Walk. Enjoy nature with a stroll through Dorris Ranch on this naturalist-lead walk. 9am-11am, FREE! Ph 541.682.5333 Saturday Market. See On-Going Events.


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Canine Talk Thursday, September 14th Light the Grill Festival. Eat BBQ, browse vendors, win prizes and participate in a large silent auction! Light the Grill is an annual fundraiser hosted by cancer survivor Jeff Gusinow to benefit the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is the seventh year that the BBQ event has been held for LLS, raising over $160,000 in the past six years. Alton Baker Park, 11am-2pm, $15, Ph 458.210.2010 Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Operation Food Rescue. Drawing awareness to the global food waste epidemic throughout the food supply chain, as well as to highlight simple and fun solutions to reducing food waste at home. Enjoy games and a fun photo booth. Food is first-come, first-served to limit food waste! Food available will be vegetarian. Park Blocks, 6-8pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5224 Rods N’ Rhodies Invitational Car Show. Some of America’s best rods and custom cruisers with food, music, a citywide garage sale and book festival. Also features a screening of American Graffiti at City Lights Cinemas with a meet and greet at 5:30pm. Old Town Florence, 4-7pm, FREE! Ph 541.997.3128 Family Fun Night. An evening of dinner, games, crafts, and live entertainment. Dinner served until 6:30pm. Petersen Barn, FREE! WREN Family Exploration Day. Join WREN for unstructured, independent exploration of the wetlands. Binoculars, field guides, bug nets, hand magnifiers, and bug boxes provided. You bring curiosity and sense of adventure. Meadowlark Prairie, 10am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.338.7047

3 SUNDAY Family Sail Day. Ride on sailboats, try paddle boarding, play lawn games, peruse a wooden boat display and enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream, listen to local teen musicians, and end the night with an evening champagne cruise this Labor Day weekend. A benefit for Relief Nursery in Eugene. No pets please. Eugene Yacht Club, $6-10, 2-6pm, Ph 541.357.6860 Gypsy Kings. Cuthbert Amphitheater, 7pm, $40-75, Ph 541.762.8099 Willamette Family Fun Run. Come out, bring your family, and run for a great cause! A 5K or Kids Fun Run for children under 10. Enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, prizes, and music. Benefit for the Child Development Center of Willamette Family. Maurie Jacobs Park, 8am, $0-35, 541-762-4300

6 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap. This month talk about how mindaltering 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 through the millennia. Marketplace@Sprout! 6-8pm, Ph 346-3024, FREE!

7 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Music at 5th St Market. Riffle (Blues/Rock/ R&B). Enjoy dinner and a beverage while relaxing to the beautiful sounds. 6-8pm, FREE!

8 FRIDAY Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month: An Apple a Day and we’ll be celebrating the abundance of apples in Oregon. Create apple crafts, sample apple cider, and discover the importance of apples to Oregon’s agriculture. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 11:30, $3-10, Ph 541-346-3024

9 SATURDAY Saturday Market. See On-Going Events. End of Summer Party. Stop by our end of summer party to pick up your prize book, have a chance to win a door prize, and have a little fun! Springfield Public Library, 4:30-6pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.2287



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Come to Old Town Florence and sample the best regional wines on Saturday and the best local chowder on Sunday. Music, prizes, fun!

Rods N’ Rhodies Invitational Car Show. 9am-6pm, See the 8th Youth Art Works Free Art Class. See the 2nd 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 Nebraska. GO DUCKS! Autzen Stadium, 1:30pm,

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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 value-added 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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Crawling Creatures Saturday, September 16th handheld technology and data, the quantity and quality of the majority of Oregon’s marine fisheries are still being tracked using pencil and paper. Whirled Pies, 6:30pm, $5, Ph 541.767.9717

16 SATURDAY Youth Art Works Free Art Class. See the 2nd Read to a Greenhill Dog. Ages 7-12, Springfield Public Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

Veneta Harvest Festival. Features Veneta’s own Farmer’s Market, merchant booths, live music, breakfast at 8am at the Fern Ridge Service Center and a quilt show in the Center. Downtown Veneta, 10am-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.935.4555

also the location of the event. 8am-4pm, FREE, Ph 541.747.2767

Emerald Valley Opry. Featuring The Trammels (Country Gospel), New Folksters (Folk), Homemade Jam (Bluegrass and Folk), Dusty Herd (Classic Country), Wildflowers (Bluegrass). Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:00-9:30pm, $3-$8/ under 7 free, Ph 541-688-0937

Coburg Antique and Vintage Fair. Shop for rare collectables, beautiful heirlooms, and period pieces. Enjoy live music, have a picnic lunch, plenty of food vendors available. Downtown Coburg, 8am-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.357.7055

Walterville Community Fair and Waddle 5k. This fun fair will delight your senses as you and the family enjoy great food, music, activities 5k fun run/walk benefits Walterville Community Hall,

10 SUNDAY Rods N’ Rhodies Invitational Car Show. 9am-noon, See the 8th

Nearby Nature’s 25th Birthday Party. Listen to live music, create Earth art, catch creepycrawlies, hike the treasure trail, play games, meet Frannie Frog, have your face painted, enjoy birthday cake, make bike smoothies, taste garden goodies, and more! All free -- but birthday gift donations to our Youth Scholarship Fund welcome. Alton Baker Park, 1-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.687.9699


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Cavalcade of Crawling Creatures. Get up-close and personal with a treasure trove of reptiles and amphibians from around the world, along with their owner-experts from the Oregon Herpetological Society. The Science Factory, 10am-4pm, $5, Ph 541.682.7888 Saturday Market. See On-Going Events. Lane County Dahlia Show. Come to the annual judged flower show. Lane Events Center, 6pm, FREE! Xwest Huck Fest. All jumps and nothing but jumps in Pro/Amateur categories and all ages, male and female. This event is on the DRI World Tour. Impressive as always! Sand Master Park, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.997.6006

17 SUNDAY Lane County Dahlia Show. 10am-4pm, see the 16th Eugene Sunday Streets. A traffic-free event opens River Road area to walk, roll or dance through the streets. Homes along this route are encouraged to participate by having garage sales, lemonade stands, or simply pulling out lawn chairs and watching people pass by. 12pm-4pm, FREE! See website.

Canine Talk: Exploring the Human-Canine Bond. Scientific debate surrounds the humandog bond. Join OSU psychologist Monique Udell for a discussion of domestic dogs and their wild counterpart. Investigate factors that make domestic dogs’ social behavior unique among canines. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 3-4pm, $inc with reg admission, Ph 541.346.3024

Race for the Ace 5K. Collect 5 playing cards along a scenic 3-mile course and win prizes for best five card hand for men and women under 17, top male and female finishers, and top three finishers in each age group. All participants eligible for random prize drawings on race day. Benefits the PeaceHealth Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Maurie Jacobs Park, 11am, $2030,

Music at 5th St Market. Butterchuck (Old Timey Pop Revival). Enjoy dinner and a beverage while relaxing to the beautiful sounds. 6-8pm, FREE!


Science Pub. Oregon Fisheries. It’s hard to believe, but in today’s world of ubiquitous

Magic Men LIVE! Relive the movie Magic Mike with Premier Event’s “Magic Men” live dance performance. It’s going to get hot. VIP meet and greet tickets available. Open to ages 18+ only!

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21 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Music at 5th St Market. Jazz Flute Project (Bossa Nova/Jazz). Enjoy dinner and a beverage while relaxing to the beautiful sounds. 6-8pm, FREE!

22 FRIDAY Radio Redux: The Philadelphia Story. A socialite’s impeding wedding plans are upset by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine reporter. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $22-25, Ph 541.682.5000

23 SATURDAY Saturday Market. See On-Going Events. Radio Redux: The Philadelphia Story. See the 22nd. Harvest Tea at Shelton McMurphy Johnson House. These popular teas feature tea sandwiches, scone, savories, dessert and, of course, freshly brewed tea. $25-30, 1:30pm, (not recommended for children under 8), Ph 541.484.0808 Fix-It Fair. Got something that’s broken? Drop in to get it repaired for free. Professionals and skilled volunteers help with small appliances like lamps and toasters, tools, clothing and other textiles, small electronics, furniture, and toys. Plus: learn repair skills and tips to use at home. Activities for kids, refreshments provided by Whirled Pies, Cafe Mam, and Sizzle Pie. Downtown Library, 1-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.6617

24 SUNDAY Radio Redux: The Philadelphia Story. 2pm, see the 22nd. Pagan Pride Day. Celebrate the season and collect non-perishable food for Food for Lane County. Observes the Harvest Season in pagan traditions and includes workshops, merchants, information tables, an altar contest, tug of war, wild hunt and games. Alton Baker Park pavilion, 11am-7pm, $non-perishable food donation, Ph 541.912.0251

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Who is a Visitor? T ravel Lane County’s mission is to increase overnight stays. Not the most exciting subject-matter right? It becomes more exciting when you learn that Lane County’s visitor services industry grew to nearly $1 billion in 2016. That’s billion with a “b!” In fact, visitors directly spent over $670 million discovering what we experience every day! How do we work with our members and partners to continue growing the visitor industry? A big way is to deliver on our brand promise, which states, “we promise to offer enriching, authentic, and approachable adventures for all ages and abilities.” We deliver on this promise by identifying, developing and marketing a wide variety of experiences across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Our target markets include the leisure traveler, convention and meeting attendee, and sports participants and


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fans. Most of us are not event planners, so the focus in this article will be on the leisure traveler and how we gain their attention and ultimately convince them the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region has everything to make their vacation an experience to remember! Leisure travelers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are planners that do their research before heading to a destination. Others fly by the seat of their pants and just show up. Our job is to offer tools leisure travelers can easily


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use to decide this is the place to visit or stay in longer if they happen to stop here for a night. The Extended Customer Journey graphic below illustrates the cycle leisure travelers often follow. Let’s take a quick hike through each of these steps to see how Travel Lane County targets leisure travelers. Inspiration To inspire visitors we need to get their attention. Adver tising that ties trip motivators (think waterfalls) to communities that offer these experiences. Our GO campaign accomplishes this goal and now features seven communities in Lane County. Most of us won’t see the marketing that promotes our region because this marketing is done in communities like Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Oakland and San Jose. We want people within a one-day drive or a oneflight connection to come and experience what we have to offer. Staff also works

nationally and internationally with travel and tour operators to entice visitors from afar. Research Our printed and digital Visitor Guides provide tools for visitors as the enter the state or Lane County. Guide content motivates visitors to stop here or extend their stay. Our 1,000 pages of website content is the go to tool for inspiration and knowledge about everything our region has to offer. Nearly one million website sessions occurred last year! Booking Working with our lodging partners, Travel Lane County implemented a booking interface that provides visitors an opportunity to learn about lodging options, current rates and availability. Once they find something that meets their need, a Book Now button provides direct access to that hotels reservation system. Experiencing Over 600 Travel Lane County members deliver on our brand promise each day. Our

many other business community partners join with our members to create experiences that last a lifetime. Sharing Over two-thirds of travelers turn to friends and family for advice about leisure travel, which is why the experience being good is so critical. At Travel Lane County we share experiences across multiple social media platforms, including our 60,000 Facebook followers and thousands more on Instagram. We’ll also share your experiences

if you use the hashtag #RealOregon and #RealOregonSports when posting photos on social media. We completed our trip through the Extended Customer Journey and if we’ve been successful the journey will begin again as the friends and family our visitors have helped inspire to come to the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Now it’s your turn. Go experience enriching, authentic, and approachable adventures, share your experience with us, and then tell your family and friends about it!

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Costumes on a Dime

11 Ways to Get Your Kid’s Costume for Less by Meagan Ruffing


here is always this sense of excitement in the air when October rolls around. Costumes are proudly displayed in stores, candy adorns the grocery aisles and kids seem to talk endlessly about what they are going to be. But in a mother’s mind, thoughts of too much candy and expensive costumes are on her mind. This year, why not take the thrill of Halloween into your own hands? Find a cheaper costumer (or gasp, make it!), sort through your child’s candy bag (or eat it!) and embrace those little voices that beg to share their latest fad with you. Here are 11 ways to find a cheaper costume for this year’s Halloween:


SHOP ONLINE. Amazon and EBay are both great websites to use when you are looking for more affordable options.

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L AY- A - WAY. I f y o u r c h i l d absolutely has to have the most expensive or one-of-a-kind costume that cannot be found anywhere, ask the store if lay-a-way is an option.

MAKE YOUR OWN. Take ideas from Pinterest and find items you have laying around the house. Make a list of the items you do not have and grab them the next time you are out so that you are not worrying about it. POST A MESSAGE on Facebook and let friends and family know that you are looking for costumes. Borrow one or “rent” one for a few dollars and save yourself a trip to the store.


IF COSTUMES ARE too expensive for you this year, check out the regular toy aisles for every day dress up outfits. Halloween costumes can be marked up just because, so go for one of your kiddo’s favorite heroines and reuse it at your next dress up party.

GARAGE SALES are one of the best places to find costumes. Seriously. Especially newborn to 12 months age where they cannot really be worn again as dress up outfits. At that age, you where them once and that is it. Take advantage of one mom’s love for buying expensive tutus and turn it into one of your best saving money moments.

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SA LVAT I O N A R MY, c h i l d re n ’s secondhand stores and consignment events in your area will all be carrying costumes at a discounted price.


CONSIGNMENT STORES are a great place to find gently used costumes. CALL A FRIEND and swap your child’s Hulk outfit for their Ironman one.


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PRICE MATCH. This is a big one. Some stores like Toys R Us and Wal-Mart will actually match any competitor’s lower price. Most stores will adjust the price of an item if it has gone on sale within 14 days of when it was purchased. It never hurts to ask.


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T H E N U M B E R O N E t ip for getting the most ridiculously priced costumes? Snag ‘em up right after Halloween for the following year. Most costumes are marked down by 70-90% off their original prices. Enjoy the fruits of your labor this year as your kids walk out the door in their newto-them, cheap-to-you costumes. Less time worrying about money means more time diving into the candy. Meagan Ruffing is a parenting journalist and stayat-home mom to Dylan, Hannah and Ellie Rose. She plans on getting her kids the costumes they want this year without breaking the bank. For more parenting tips visit Meagan at

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Movie Time

Lightning gets a history lesson.

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ixar learned a valuable lesson with the Cars franchise after the dismal performance of the sequel to their 2006 hit. Despite the roar of engines and squealing tires off the starting line, a successful film must have a good story well told. Unfortunately, Cars 2 spun out and hit the wall, but happily, Pixar takes the checkered flag with Cars 3. We revisit Lightning McQueen, Mater the tow truck, and the

memory of Doc Hudson while meeting several new characters, who help tell a heart-warming story with the unforgettable Pixar charm. And the engines roar even louder, tires spin even faster, and Lightning McQueen learns where he truly belongs. But it’s a tough journey from the top racing position when the film begins to Lightning’s eventual dead last starting spot as a relic from racing history. Rookie race cars using computer simulators, updated training techniques, and aerodynamic

science leave Lightning in the dust. With his career on the line, his new sponsor makes it clear that Lightning’s next race will likely be his last. So his only choice is to return to basics and track down Doc Hudson’s mentor for training help. Lightning also finds support in Ramirez Cruz , a young trainer who has always dreamed of racing herself. Together, they bring Lightning up to speed and he takes on the arrogant rookies at the Piston 500. But it’s not going to be an easy win, and

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hostile ex-wife and stay close to his daughter, Jimmy enlists his ne’er-do-well siblings and three shady accomplices to pull off a master heist. Seems there’ll be a surplus of cash at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend and Jimmy has a wild, but brilliant plan to lift it. We never know which end is up, who’s conniving who, or what’ll happen next, which makes this caper unexpectedly stylish and funny. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, there’s another kooky twist and a new reveal. Needless to say we cheer for the

Lightning must make a hard decision halfway through the race. Every adventure leading up to his choice, recovering from a devastating crash, surviving a demolition derby, and relearning how to race with confidence, all contribute to Lightning’s new perspective. Along with its first-rate story, Cars 3 takes a victory l a p w i t h s t a t e - o f- t h e - a r t animation, wonder ful new voices and personalities, a wowsa soundtrack, and best of all, the irresistible Pixar humor. So racing fans, start your engines!

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into useable energy). NRDC has been working on sustainable agriculture for decades, and recently launched its Climate Resistant Farms campaign to focus on helping farmers roll with the punches of global warming through implementation of some of these new techniques. The group works directly with farmers to develop and share some of these best practices regarding soil health and water use. “Climate change and extreme weather will likely have

cropland nationally has them. NRDC would like to see the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP)—which is backed by U.S. taxpayers—offer discounts to farmers who implement cover crops “just as safe drivers can get discounts on their car insurance.” “ W hile the pro gram was created to help farmers manage risk, premiums are set using a formula that fails to equip them for the challenges of climate change,” states NRDC. “Instead, the program spurs farmers to make risky production decisions.” NRDC points out that besides saving taxpayer dollars in insurance payouts, expanding climate-friendly agricultural practices helps “ensure a reliable food supply for the nation even in the face of more extreme weather and climate risks.” CONTACTS: CSANR,; NRDC, EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit Send questions to:

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griculture may well be one of the industries hardest hit by the effects of global warming. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy group, reports that warmingrelated drought and flooding is already behind tens of billions of dollars in American agricultural losses annually. Given this growing threat, more and more farmers are looking to incorporate tools and techniques—let alone switch up what crops they grow—to be prepared for the big environmental changes already underway. According to Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR), some of the most promising warming-friendly far ming te chnolo g ies and practices include conservation tillage (stirring up the soil less), precision agriculture (which employs information technology to monitor crop development, refine soil inputs and optimize growing conditions), improved cropping systems (refining the sequence of which crops follow each other on a given piece of land), and anaerobic digestion of organic wastes (via capturing methane waste and turning it

detrimental impacts on crop production, but farmers can use cover crops and other soil stewardship practices to make their farms more resilient to the climate change impacts already being felt and those likely to come in the years ahead,” reports NRDC. “Such practices can also help to reduce and capture the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” NRDC analyzed the carbon capture and water-holding benefits of soil stewardship methods to increase soil organic matter in the 10 highest-valueproducing agricultural states in the U.S. They found that “using cover crops on just half of the acres devoted to the nation’s two most ubiquitous crops—corn and soybeans—in those top 10 states could help capture more than 19 million metric tons of carbon each year and help soils retain an additional trillion gallons of water.” But despite the benefits, fewer than seven percent of U.S. farms plant cover crops, while only one percent of total

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A Family that Plays Together

Stays Together

A Dozen Ways to Keep Fit with the Family O by Pam Molnar

ur children are being raised in a world much busier than the one we grew up in. Schedules are so full that multi-tasking is a normal process for them. They eat dinner in the car on the way to practice and memorize their spelling words while emptying the dishwasher. Family time has been reduced to winding down in front of the TV at the end of a long day. It’s time to put our multi-tasking skills to better use and bring back an interactive family time. Get up off the couch, shut off the screens and enjoy some family time fitness. Can’t think of anything to do? Keep reading for a little inspiration.


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FAMILY FUN RUNS – Sign up the family for a 5K walk/run in your area. These family friendly courses lead participants through colored foam, glo paint, mud and even obstacle courses. While many events are connected to charity fundraising, some of them are just for fun. LASER TAG – This adrenaline raising activity is a great rainy-day plan for families. Players wear lightweight targeted vests and carry a “loaded” laser gun. Played in a semi dark room with plenty of places to hide, teams try to hit their opponents target and get points for each hit.

HIKING – Local forest preserves and state parks offer trails with various levels of difficulty. Park district jogging paths often include fitness stations along the pathway. Pack some water, a snack, and the family dog for an afternoon of family fun. PULL OUT THE BIKES – Many of the local trails are set up for bikes as well. Let the kids ride their own bicycle or bring them along in a bike trailer if they are younger. Cycling 10-12 mph burns 30-45 calories per mile depending on your weight. TRAMPOLINE ARENA – While it looks like a lot of fun, jumping on a trampoline

uses a lot of energy. In addition to simple trampoline jumping, many arenas include dodge ball courts and air-robics classes. EXPLORE THE CITY – On a recent trip to the city, our family spent the day exploring on foot. We walked an incredible six miles while sightseeing, shopping, and snapping pictures. Although the city is filled with transportation options, we didn’t want to miss anything. Walking burns 100 calories per mile, leaving plenty of room for a guilt free dinner. PICK-UP GAMES – Even the busiest of families can find time for a 30-minute pickup game. Challenge a neighboring family to a quick game of soccer at the park or basketball in the driveway. Other family games include volleyball, kickball, or Frisbee golf. GET OUT ON THE WATER – Rent a canoe, rowboat, kayak or paddleboats for a little exercise and inexpensive fun. Did you know that paddling uses 7 muscle groups including arms, shoulders, and core? FUN ON THE ICE – If the weather isn’t cooperating at the outdoor skate park, head to the ice rink to cool your heels. Ice rinks often have weekend and evening open skate times and offer family fun packages. If you prefer wheels over blades, check out the local roller rink instead. STAIR CLIMB – Stair climbing fundraising events are held in cities across the country. Set in a tall skyscraper, participants climb the stairs and collect donations from family and friends. It’s a great family, fitness, and charity event all rolled into one. INDOOR SKYDIVING – Would you like to try skydiving but don’t like the idea of jumping out of a plane? Indoor skydiving facilities like iFly give guests a true freefall experience for children as young as three and their adult companions. VIDEO GAMES – Yes, you read it right. I am encouraging family fitness in the form of a video game. Try Wii Just Dance, Wii Fit Plus, Kinect Sports for Xbox or Sports Champion for PS3. The kids will love the opportunity to play with their game systems and their parents will like the games that get them off the couch. Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three busy teens. They are a multi-tasking family who combines fitness and family time whenever possible.

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The Teacher’s Pet

Read & Play by Jennifer Galvin

Back to School! School buses, backpacks, recess—it’s almost back-to-school time. We love school at our house, but I always miss my kids when they go back to school! Here are some great back-to-school books and projects to enjoy together until the school bell rings again.

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This Curious George set features 10 books, stickers, a sight word chart, and flash cards. These Curious George books will grab the attention of readers and the small size of the books makes them just the right size for them to tackle and “read the whole book.” A great set for children that are just learning how to read.

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Cat likes to nap, but when Ms. Melba needs a substitute, Cat reluctantly agrees to step away from napping and come in to the classroom. After some initial troubles with teaching, Cat figures it out and Cat and the kittens have a great day! Absolutely adorable!


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Soft, colorful watercolor illustrations surround poems about the school day told from six different perspectives. The kindergarten to fifth grade children featured in these poems alternate to tell their stories from the night before the first day through the last bell. Journey along through the day with these six kids as they work through their worries and enjoy school! A great back-to-school book!

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What do you do when your class pet just won’t stop growing? What about when your teacher just doesn’t seem to even see the problem? What if he eats your teacher? Find out if the class can convince their class pet, Bruno, to give their teacher back in this hilarious tale of a class pet gone wrong!

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When an artist looks at her blank canvas and wonders what to paint, she looks to the masterpieces to figure it out. After studying all different kinds of paintings, she comes up with an amazing mix of masterpieces that children will love to look at again and again! The back of this book features the artist’s final painting that includes the masterpieces hidden in it. Children will love searching for the paintings. Information about each painting and the artist is also included in the back. Fun!

Money Math: Addition and Subtraction Holiday House, $17.95, ages 5-9 by David A. Adler

Meet the presidents that are featured on the money we use every day and join them as they teach all about the money that they are featured on and how to add and subtract with money. Realistic pictures of coins will help children learn about monetary value and how to add and subtract money. An entertaining and interesting introduction to our monetary system!

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Make a hand print number and alphabet place mat Materials: Fabric place mat, fabric paint, a pencil, and a paintbrush. Directions: Use a pencil to draw the letters of the alphabet around the outside of your place mat. Measure your place mat so that they will be spaced evenly. I put eight letters on the top and bottom and five letters down the sides. Print your child’s hands in the center of the place mat and then use fabric paint to number the fingers. Use fabric paint to write your child’s name under her hand prints. Let dry. Wash according to the instructions on the fabric paint. Now your child can practice her letters and numbers at mealtimes! Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at

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Is Teasing Bullying? by Christa Melnyk Hines


h honey, I’m only teasing,” I say smiling as I ruffle my six-year-old’s thick thatch of blonde hair. He’s annoyed that I’d gently ribbed him about the adorable cowlick on his head, and his need for a haircut. “Teasing isn’t allowed at school. It’s bullying,” he says with a grave look in his blue eyes. This stops me in my tracks. Is playful teasing really the same as bullying? I’d mostly thought of teasing as a form of affection, especially within the family and with close friends. Prosocial teasing Because the line between teasing and bullying can be blurry, many schools adopt zero-tolerance policies for both behaviors. Nonetheless, the ability to recognize and respond appropriately to light-hearted teasing is a valuable social skill. Communication researcher Carol Bishop Mills, Ph.D., finds that the lighter side of teasing benefits our social lives by building and strengthening relationships and helping us navigate conflict. But teaching youngsters to recognize the differences between kidding and tormenting isn’t easy. In general, kids grasp the concept of affectionate teasing around


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age 10, Mills says. (Although, she adds, a child who is accustomed to good-natured kidding by parents may understand it earlier.) Context and the nature of the relationship is key to understanding the meaning behind words. “When kids get teased, they tend to focus on the negative or challenging content,” Mills says. “Try to get them to take the perspective of others by asking, ‘What do you think Reece was doing?’ and talk through that.” Discuss nonverbal cues that the other child exhibited. Ask questions like, “Was he laughing? Was he trying to play? Did he look mean when he said it?” Then, discuss teasing from your child’s point of view. “When you teased Leila, did you want her to cry? ...Oh you were playing...maybe Reece was playing too!” “It’ll take several attempts. It’s not an overnight process,” Mills says. When teasing morphs into bullying. Of course, youngsters also need to recognize when teasing isn’t playful.  “If it hurts emotionally, socially or physically, it’s not funny,” says Deb Woodard, licensed professional counselor and certified school counselor. “If persistent, it can become what is formally identified as bullying.” 

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Teasing is okay when… • Both parties are laughing, smiling and joking with each other. • Both individuals sense that the teasing is playful and not meant to be hurtful. • The person being teased responds in a playful way, which increases his or her like-ability in the group. 

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• There’s a balance of power in the relationship. • Teasing should stop immediately when: • Facial expressions convey that the other person is feeling hurt by the comments. • Taunting or cruel name-calling is used. (Epithets related to race, weight, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and disability are unacceptable.) • Comments are derogatory in nature, insulting and mean-spirited. • The teaser shows disdain and dislike for the other person. • There’s a power difference between the individuals. For example, one is the “popular” kid and the other is struggling in the social setting. Source: Carol Bishop Mills, Ph.D., University of Alabama

Point out body language and verbal signals that indicate that the target of the tease isn’t happy. Role-model, role-play and discuss situations as they arise. And respect your child’s personal boundaries if he doesn’t want to be teased about something-even if it starts out playfully. “Even children who are too young to identify and express hurt feelings verbally, may cry or physically push away those who think they mean well,” Woodard says. Build resilience Arm your child with skills to assertively manage put downs. Author and educational psychologist Michele Borba suggests firm statements like: “I want you to stop teasing me” or “Why would you say that?” (For more ideas, check out If teasing continues, raise the possibility with your youngster that the remarks may not really be about them, but about the teaser. “Kids tease because they’re playing with words (rhyming), exploring new ideas (boyfriend/girlfriend), pointing out differences (height, hair color, glasses, etc.) or to exert peer pressure,” Mills says. While teaching kids to stand up for themselves and confidently express their feelings builds resilience, encourage them to immediately seek a trusted, safe adult if they ever feel scared or threatened. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband love to joke with their two school-aged sons, who are happy to tease them right back. Christa is the author Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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adeline is a sweet and energetic older gal. She loves to get out on walks to sniff around and her whole body wiggles with excitement when she meets someone new. Madeline has a hard time with cats, but does well with dogs of any age and kids 6 years and over. She is looking for a home where she can go on daily adventures for good exercise and get lots of love and attention. So if you are looking to add a bundle of enthusiastic joy to your home, come down and meet Madeline, she doesn’t even mind if you giggle a bit at her “happy bum wiggle.”

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Oregon Family Magazine