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July 23, 2014

A giant gorilla is about to terrorize the streets of downtown Eugene, and you won’t want to miss it. On July 30, the city of Eugene and Bijou Cinemas will show the 1933 version of King Kong at Kesey Square — we all know how this one ends, but you can never watch a classic movie too many times, right? 

King Kong plays 8:30-10pm Wednesday, July 30, at Kesey Square in downtown Eugene, call 682-6347. FREE. — Amy Schneider

July 23, 2014

This Saturday evening, the sounds of Japanese Taiko drumming and traditional folk dancing will fill the air at Alton Baker Park, where the Japanese American Association of Lane County will hold its annual Obon and Taiko Festival. Each dance will begin with a lesson from Seiko Sensei, a longtime Obon dance instructor in the Eugene/Springfield area, and observers get the chance to participate in these storytelling dances.

July 16, 2014

Take a sojourn in Cottage Grove this weekend and learn about its lively origins with four days of old-timey fun at the 55th Bohemia Mining Days Festival. This year’s theme is “Swindlers, Scoundrels, Liars & Cheats,” a nod to the town’s wild youth, and it will play out through parades, gold panning and other demonstrations, scores of vendors, live music, a beer garden, a root beer garden, pony rides and a carnival. Venues throughout town will host the festival, but the majority of it will take place at Bohemia and Coiner Parks.

July 16, 2014

Norma King of the Springfield Trap/Neuter/Return Project says that of the strays and homeless cats she catches and fixes, about 60 percent are friendly, adoptable cats that have been abandoned. That’s why King is holding July 20’s Adopt-A-Thon, where aspiring cat owners can take home local, adult cats for $40 to $90. This fee includes spay/neuter, deworming, flea treatment, vaccinations and FIV-testing. The Humane Society of the U.S.

July 16, 2014

Let’s hear it for hemp — according to Hemp History Week’s website, industrial hemp has been in the U.S. since the early 1600s. All sorts of useful products are made from hemp, including paper, food, clothing and skin care products. Celebrate the world of hemp at the Emerald Empire Hempfest this weekend, where this year’s theme, “The Walls of Cannabis Prohibition Are Coming Down,” will explore the future of hemp in Oregon and across the U.S.

July 3, 2014

Fireworks, endless barbecue, flag waving and parades. However you decide to get your patriot on this Friday, there’s sure to be an event that’s fit for you. Kick off the day by running from Butte to Butte in a 10K, 5K or 4.5 mile mayor’s walk beginning at 8am (Spencer Butte Trail, 85385 Willamette St, $30).

July 3, 2014

If you’re looking for a more adventurous morning walk that gets off the beaten sidewalk and into wilder territory, head out to Willow Creek Wetlands July 8. In the Wetland Wander, Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN) leads participants on casual jaunts through the different wetland locations in the area on the second Tuesday of each month. Wetland wandering offers a chance to experience and explore the incredible biodiversity of a wetland up close and with the added benefit of experienced and knowledgeable guides.

July 3, 2014

Raging rivers, wild forests and untamed wildlife — if this reads like a list of things you love about Oregon, get down to Territorial Vineyards Wednesday, July 9, for the first Wild Wednesday Happy Hour to learn more about Oregon Wild’s work to protect and restore Oregon’s public wildlands, wildlife and waters. Quaff a glass or two and eat some snacks while chatting up like-minded folks alongside Oregon Wild staff and volunteers every second Wednesday of the month. 

June 26, 2014

Spring may be over, but this week at the WOW Hall, spring cleaning is still in full force with a week of soap and scrubbing that culminates with a washroom-themed concert. The Wash Fest features travelling act Shovelman and a handful of local acts: the Whiskey Chasers, Sunday Sam and The Murder Rags and Crooked River. In typical Eugene fashion, the performers will use recycled materials like a shovel, washboards and washtubs repurposed as musical instruments.

June 26, 2014

Every year, riders from kids on ponies to Olympic hopefuls converge at Inavale Farm in Philomath for three days of equestrian competition. Inavale hosts Oregon’s only nationally recognized combined training event — basically a triathlon on horseback. 

June 26, 2014

McKenzie River Trust’s Living River Celebration is everything a nature lover could hope for. The morning kicks off with birding on MRT’s Green Island, a 1,100-acre property full of birds, trees and grasslands. Join guides for nature tours throughout the day, including a “phone-tography” walk, where you can learn how to take nature pictures with your smartphone.

June 19, 2014

Take to the water on Saturday at the 7th Annual Spring Fly Fishing Festival, where dedicated flyfishers will offer advice and demonstrations to beginners and experienced fishers alike. A collaboration between the McKenzie Flyfishers, Cascade Family Flyfishers, Damsel Flies and the city of Eugene, the festival features casting lessons, demos of fly-tying and a handful of booths with flyfishers ready to share their knowledge of the river and its fish.

June 19, 2014

Two of Oregon’s three endangered butterflies are found in Lane County — Fender’s blue butterfly and the Oregon silverspot butterfly. It’s a great time of year to see butterflies both rare and common, and the Eugene/Springfield chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is taking advantage of that with four butterfly fieldtrips scheduled throughout the next few weeks. 

June 19, 2014

Summer brings warm, clear nights excellent for amateur stargazing, and for those who need to brush up on their constellations or just get in the proper sky-searching mood, the Eugene Astronomical Society is there to help. On June 19, local amateur astronomer Larry Deckman will give a talk entitled “Deep Among the Star Groups” at the society’s monthly meeting. 

June 12, 2014

A recipe for getting people to participate in art: Invite them to a local brewery and put a cold drink in their hand. Then put a pencil in the other, a blank sheet of paper on the table and have a live model strike a pose. The natural creativity and fun will ensue as liquid courage runs its course. So went the conversation at a Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) board meeting back in 2012. Now two years later, DIVA’s Drink & Draw continues to push the artistic envelope once a month at Hop Valley.

June 12, 2014

All sorts of terrible things are found in the little stream that runs through the center of Eugene: In 2013, a test by the Long Tom Watershed Council found 26 pesticides and related chemicals in Amazon Creek. Environmental problems often seem too large to tackle, but with a little help from the Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District, you can make streams like Amazon Creek a little healthier.

June 12, 2014

Help celebrate 80 years of community singing at the Women’s Choral Society’s Spring Concert June 17. Tune in to some early 20th-century songs by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, and take in some more recent melodies from composer David Childs, who will release a new Magnificat at the upcoming Oregon Bach Festival. And don’t forget that supporting the Choral Society means lending a hand to fledgling musicians at the UO: The choir funds several annual scholarship programs to help out with the cost of a musical education. 

June 5, 2014

How do you modernize ballet? Add a hashtag, of course. When professional dancers Antonio Anacan and Suzanne Haag of Eugene Ballet Company invented #instaballet, they created the dance equivalent of an Instagram post: an interactive performance that is choreographed on the spot, with comments and suggestions from the audience blended into the dance.  The divide between performer, director and observer is lifted, leaving only the power of the imagination and a lot of potential. 

June 5, 2014

Stories of merry pranks and a prankster passed from temporal spaces but not from memory will abound this Saturday evening at Ken Kesey Story Night. Come regale in a night that will include readings by Kesey compatriot, Merry Prankster and author Ken Babbs, as well as surprise guest storytellers and an open mic portion where anyone can relate their own Keseyian tales for five minutes each.

June 5, 2014

Moving an event outdoors is an iffy prospect in the Willamette Valley because the weather is often a wildcard. But as Sasquatch Brewfest moseys down to the Ninkasi distribution parking lot for its 12th year, forecasts are predicting a sunny afternoon in the high 70s.

May 22, 2014

The nesting bald eagles on Skinner Butte have practically attained celebrity status, but for those of us without binoculars or fancy cameras, glimpses of the eagles as they go soaring overhead are both wonderful and all too brief. Thanks to places like the Cascades Raptor Center, you can get a look at rescued raptors up close. On Sunday, the Raptor Center invites families to check out Birds in Springtime, an opportunity to learn the basics of nest-building and build your own nest.

May 22, 2014

The Farmers Market is bursting into life with flowers, fruits and veggies, and for kids who want to know where all that food comes from, the Science Factory is throwing a Farm Food Festival on Saturday. The day includes live demos on how to make butter and cheese, interactive seed-planting workshops and a presentation by Camas Country Mill, a local farm that grows grains, cereals and legumes.

May 22, 2014

If you believe in fairies, clap your hands for a little magic at Wildish Theater this weekend.

May 22, 2014

A contemporary of Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is a folk singer with true perspective on the foundations of folk. At 82, Elliott is still touring, and he’s booked a stop at Cozmic on Thursday, May 22. Accompanying him are Nell Robinson, a singer-songwriter from the Bay Area, and Jim Nunally, a vocalist and guitarist.

The Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Seeds & Stories Trails Tour starts 7:30pm Thursday, May 22, at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. $25. — Amy Schneider