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July 20, 2017

A group of four young boys gets together to go search for a dead body. It’s sort of a grim movie plot, but the film Stand By Me has become a staple in the history of Brownsville, Oregon. Stand By Me, based on a story by horror author Stephen King, was filmed in Brownsville the summer of 1985. The town has celebrated Stand By Me day since 2007, and the yearly event is coming up on Sunday, July 23. The day starts with a blueberry pancake breakfast at 8 am at “Irby’s Billiards,” or the Brownsville Saloon (419 N. Main Street, Brownsville).

July 20, 2017

If there’s one thing Eugene loves, it’s running. Not like we need an excuse to run, but the Eugene Peace Run is a pretty good excuse. When the Dalai Lama visited Eugene in 2013 he inspired the creation of the Eugene Peace Run. The run is now coming up on its fifth year this Sunday, July 23. Participants have the choice to walk or run in a 5K or 10K course in Alton Baker Park. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Palmo Center for Peace and Education, a local organization that promotes a message of nonviolence.

July 13, 2017

Cottage Grove is hosting its Bohemia Mining Days Festival during the latter half of this week. The festival includes four days of family-friendly activities, live music, food, vendors and other events all in celebration of Cottage Grove’s history. According to the festival’s website, the Bohemia Mining Days Festival was conceived in 1959 when the “town went all out to celebrate the centennial of Oregon statehood.” It’s been happening every year since.

July 13, 2017

Beer, wine, food and live music — honestly, what else could you ask for? The 4th Annual Westside Warehouse District Block Party is coming up this Saturday and it will be hosting all that, and more. The block party will include food trucks like Bacon Nation, Navarro’s Latin Creole Kitchen and The Dumpling Group, live music by local artists Cullen Vance, Hank Shreve Band and Los Cumbiamberos and drinks from Noble Estate Winery, Claim 52 Brewing, Viking Braggot Company and others.

July 13, 2017

Yep, the Oregon Country Fair is over. Put away your camping gear and Fair clothes, or lack thereof, until next year. But, don’t fret. There’s another fair coming up hot on OCF’s tail. Get ready to get stuffed on elephant ears, check out some cute animals and ride the Ferris wheel at the Lane County Fair this week. The Lane County Fair doesn’t change too much from year to year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

July 6, 2017

You may have seen the big “EUGfun!” banners up in Kesey Square and around downtown. EUGfun! is a program of fun, family-friendly events put on by the city of Eugene. EUGfun! has events all throughout the summer, almost every day of the week. Here’s a roundup of some EUGfun! events this week. From 6-7 pm Friday, before or after you’re done with the First Friday ArtWalk, head over to the Downtown Eugene Public Library to listen to the Cascade Chorus acapella group sing barbershop harmonies.

July 6, 2017

Summertime in Oregon is a time to get out and get as much sunny activity in as possible before the months and months of rain return. But, it’s also a great time to get some relaxation time in too. You can do both of those things this weekend at McKenzie River Lavender’s annual Lavender Festival. Just east of Springfield there will be fields of lavender in bloom for U-Pick opportunities, as well as lavender starts for sale if you want to grow some at home. There will also be arts and crafts activities, live music, food and kid-friendly activities.

July 6, 2017

Whether you have a completely free summer, due to summer vacation, or you’ve just been spending a lot more time outside relaxing than usual, summer is definitely one of the best times to pick up a new book and get some reading done. If you are looking for a new book to read, but don’t want to spend the money on a new new book, you’re in luck. The Downtown Eugene Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Book Sale on Saturday. There will be thousands of gently used, popular novels and mysteries, and the best part is each book is only $1.

June 29, 2017

With the Fourth of July coming up quickly, most of us already have evening plans to watch fireworks, eat BBQ and crack open a cold brewski with friends and family. From Springfield’s Light of Liberty Celebration in Island Park (200 W. B Street) to the Eugene Pro Rodeo, the area has a lot to offer as far as destinations to watch fireworks (check out our Summer Guide for more on July 4 firework spots). If you have an open schedule in the daytime, though, there are still a ton of Fourth of July activities to partake in.

June 29, 2017

Helen Mirren is appearing at Luckey’s Cigar Club in downtown Eugene. Not really. But New Orlean’s Quintron and Miss Pussycat are playing Luckey’s, and the duo hyped their summer tour stopping off in Eugene with a video that, in a true WTF moment, actually features the revered British actress. Capitalizing on this kind of WTF-style pop culture detritus is what Quintron, along with his wife, vocalist and puppeteer Panacea Pussycat (AKA Miss Pussycat) does best.

June 28, 2017

A lot of LGBTQ+ Pride events are catered towards older audiences, with many of them taking place in nightclubs and bars. And although there are events accessible to those under 21, such as marches and parades, there aren’t many options specifically catered to younger children. Luckily, Barnes & Noble’s Eugene location has an event for all ages to fill that gap. B&N is hosting its first-ever Drag Queen Storytime on Saturday with local drag queen, The Empress.

June 22, 2017

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years will receive a staged reading 2 pm June 25, at the Lane Community College Downtown Center. The play, by Emily Mann, was also presented in February. This weekend’s reading will once more feature Arbella Luvert and Charmaine Coleman in the roles of the real-life Delaney sisters, who lived in New York through much of the 20th century.

June 22, 2017

Although the Summer Solstice has come and gone, it’s still not too late to jump-start the season right. On Saturday, June 24, Sunshine Sessions Music and Arts Festival is coming to Alton Baker Park. Along with music and arts, Sunshine Sessions also offers interactive educational seminars, yoga and activities for kids. There will also be great local food and drink options including Sizzle Pie and Hop Valley Brewing, which are both sponsoring the event.

June 15, 2017

Venezuelan singer-songwriter Irene Farrera started playing the cuatro, a small, four-string guitar, when she was 9 years old. “I never put it down,” Farrera says. “I just loved to play and sing and I never really stopped even when I went to college and did other things; I always traveled with my guitar.” Although Farrera grew up in Venezuela, and currently resides there, she lived in Oregon for over two decades and still calls it her second home. It was in Ashland, when Farrera was attending Southern Oregon University, where her musical career began to bloom.

June 15, 2017

Mt. Pisgah is a glorious summer spot on a Eugene summer day. And, cider is a glorious summer drink — for those of us over 21 — that is. So, why not bundle those two things together for a sunny, and tasty, summer dream come true? Wildcraft Cider Works partnered with Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah, as well as Lane County Parks, to create the “Pisgah Heritage Farmhouse Cider,” and there will be a release party for the drink on Thursday, June 15.

June 15, 2017

Kick the summer off right with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Ready, Set, Get Outside, a June 20 Summer Solstice event. The museum has partnered with organizations geared toward adventuring in the outdoors for an all-in-one summer stop. Those organizations include Wild Birds Unlimited and Whole Earth Nature School, which are each offering resources about ways to enjoy the outdoors. Friends of Trees will also be providing volunteer information about local tree planting.

June 15, 2017

The Emerald Art Center (500 Main Street in Springfield) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, June 17. EAC has been a hub for artistic creativity in Springfield, offering events like free youth art classes, juried exhibitions and the Annual Springfield Mayor’s Art Show. For its big 6-0, The Art Center is holding a full day of events in their gallery. There will be artist demonstrations throughout the day, 11am-8 pm, for community members to stop in and see an artist at work. Stop by with your little ones from 1-3 pm.

June 15, 2017

In the year 2000, the United Nations resolved to celebrate World Refugee Day each year, an event devoted to celebrating, understanding and supporting refugees in our community and the world. Here in Eugene, the event is co-sponsored by the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County (RRCLC) and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, where it will be hosted. RRCLC has resettled five refugees in the area since its inception last year.

June 8, 2017

If you abide like The Dude, then get out your Donny costumes (or urns) and head over to the David Minor Theater this Friday, June 9 at 6:45 pm. The theater is having its 9th Big Lebowski party, complete with white Russians (half off for those in costume)! The 1998 cult classic, directed by the Coen brothers, is best known for its convoluted crime plot, apathetic main character and extreme quotability.

June 8, 2017

If you’re looking for free live music this weekend, then the third annual Honk! Fest Eugene is for you. Honk! is a “completely volunteer planned, organized and performed” festival, according to its website. It’s family-friendly and centered on community street band culture, offering a variety of music, from Brazilian samba and Afro-beat to hip-hop, Balkan and Romani music.

June 8, 2017

The World Naked Bike Ride up in Portland might get more press, but Eugene has a ride celebrating “Less gas more ass” too! The Eugene World Naked Bike Ride is not just a fun bike ride, but a protest as well. “We ride our bikes naked (or almost naked) to symbolize vulnerability,” says 2017 Volunteer Coordinator Ralph Forrest-Ball in an email to EW.

June 1, 2017

When most people think of magic shows they probably think of goofy a looking birthday party magician dressed in a cheap suit doing card tricks, waving around a plastic black and white wand and pulling rabbits out of hats. But not all magicians are cheesy, and not all magic shows are just for kids. Brooklyn-born magician and illusionist David Blaine has been taking magic to the next level for about 20 years through television specials and public spectacles.

June 1, 2017

Is your pooch sad after being banned from downtown? Do you miss getting tea and sitting in Kesey Square with your furry best friend? You can finally protest the dog ban with Don’t Ban Me: A Pet Parade! Well-behaved and leashed pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome at this parade, which will start at the FOOD for Lane County Dining Room. Participants will march around the perimeter of the dog exclusion area in costumes and on leashes to protest the unjust banishment. The event isn’t just in favor of pups with roofs over their heads either.

June 1, 2017

Eugene Beer Week is an annual celebration of great local IPAs, stouts, sours, pilsners and everything else imaginable in the world of beer. The week starts with some events as early as Saturday, June 3, and goes through Sunday, June 11. There are over 50 events throughout the week, so check them all out at eugenebeerweek.org. Visit The Bier Stein’s parking lot (1591 Willamette Street) from noon to 8 pm on Saturday, June 3, for The Bier Stein Invitational Beer Fest.