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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.

May 25, 2017

The 2,659-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Washington-Canada border to the California-Mexico one, has recently become a bustling tourist destination. After the growing popularity of the 2014 biographical survival film Wild, based off of the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed of the same name, people from all over the country — and the world — have flocked to parts of the PCT. Although hiking almost 3,000 miles might seem like an impossible feat, Oregon’s section of the trail is a mere 460.

May 25, 2017

When assimilating truly American musical styles like ’50s-era rock, funk and surf music, as well as Jamaican ska, who better to do so than — the Russians? Since the mid-’90s, Russian-American L.A. act Red Elvises (now known as Igor & The Red Elvises after the departure of long-time bassist known only as Oleg Bernov) have developed this bathtub brew of styles into a fun and energetic punk rock buzz.

May 25, 2017

For many Oregonians, biking is a regular form of transportation, and what better way to celebrate your love for two wheels than participating in Bike Month? May is National Bike month and Eugene has a ton of events to peddle through in its last week. The University of Oregon Bike Program is holding a Bike Touring 101 event on Thursday, May 25. Come gather stories, tips and inspiration for your next adventure from 6-8 pm at the UO Outdoor Program Barn on the UO Campus. It’s FREE.

May 18, 2017

The University of Oregon’s Black Student Union is wrapping up its 2017 Black Arts Festival this week with some great events on the UO campus. May 18 is focused on UO’s Black Women of Achievement and it will include a “Saving the Arts” lecture and luncheon with Attorney Barbara Arnwine, 1 to 3 pm in Friendly Hall, room 214. There will also be a vendor fair with hair product giveaways — the Black Women of Achievement Ethnic Hair Care Event, 6 to 7:30 pm in the Lewis Integrative Science Building, featuring Atlanta hair stylist Crouch Sanders.

May 18, 2017

“Alternative Radio” host David Barsamian chats with thinkers and revolutionaries week after week on his radio show airing on 200 stations across the country, including here in Lane County on 97.3 FM, KEPW Community Radio. Barsamian has written books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said, to name a few of the luminaries he has collaborated with. On May 18, Barsamian speaks on the importance of independent media as a means to a sustainable future at fundraiser for KEPW.

May 18, 2017

Eugene author Jeff Geiger is primed to release his fantastic debut novel, Wildman, which tells the coming-of-age story of a high school valedictorian whose world is rocked when his ’93 Buick Century breaks down on a road trip and he’s stranded among the rough-and-tumble residents of a small rural town in Washington.

May 11, 2017

Mother Nature is starting to look extra fine — flowers are blooming and the rain is becoming slightly sparser — but remember to keep your own mother in mind this weekend. There are a ton of events coming up for you to enjoy with your mom, or a motherly figure in your life, during Mother’s Day weekend, both highlighted here and listed in the full calendar. First up, on Friday, May 12, support the Springfield Library Foundation and your mom by buying a Shady Oaks hanging basket for $30.

May 11, 2017

As we creep into spring, it’s not only the blossoms that are blooming. Eugene’s vivacious professional performance arts community has a ton of great events coming up, but make sure not to overlook the equally talent-packed student-produced ones. The Lane Community College Dance Program is putting on “The Works” May 18-20. A culmination of year-long choreographic and performance studies, “The Works” is an annual student dance concert, which provides a venue for dance students to create and perform work, according to LCC’s website.

May 11, 2017

Although immigrants only make up 6 percent of Lane County’s population, according to the 2011-2015 census, the diversity in their cultures and experiences are immeasurably valuable to the community. The Springfield Museum is hosting a photography exhibit titled “We Are Neighbors” that features over 20 photographs of Lane County immigrants.

May 4, 2017

Odds are if you’re from Eugene you’ve most likely been to a yoga class before – or at least know someone who has. But, if the typical patchouli-scented patrons and overall serene, quiet vibe isn’t your thing, there’s another option – Broga. Broga, or bro-yoga is exactly what it sounds like: yoga geared toward men. “Where most yoga classes are filled with women, Broga was originally created to get more guys to come to yoga class,” Jess Donohue, a Broga instructor in Eugene, tells EW via email.

May 4, 2017

If you’ve never seen a roller derby game, or bout as they’re called, you’re missing out. Luckily, you’ll have many options to do so this weekend at The Big O Tournament, the sixth annual international roller derby tournament hosted by Emerald City Roller Derby — Lane County’s women’s roller derby league.

May 4, 2017

Pack up your banjo, fiddle and square dancing shoes (are those a thing?) for the second annual Willamette Valley Old-Time Social. The social consists of multiple events, put on by Mud City Old-Time Society, happening from Thursday, May 4, to Sunday, May 7, which include music jams, workshops, social dances, food and drink. The events start Thursday with a free 7 pm kick-off party at The First National Taphouse (51 W. Broadway) with four local old-time bands playing and all keg proceeds going to Mud City Old-Time Society.