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January 12, 2017

If you’re in a swingin’ mood despite the frigid weather, head over to the Hi-Fi Lounge this Friday for some old-style feel-good jazz and bluesy rock, courtesy of Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners. Miller says, “The music we’ve been writing lately is very reminiscent of 1960s B-side soul music.” His band plays music that’s “laid-back, fun and something you’d tap your toes to.” The horn section plays solos on the fly, so every performance is different, Miller says.

January 12, 2017

Trump’s inauguration is Jan. 20, and our community will have to learn how to handle “Trumpism” as the official position of the United States. How better to prepare than to figure out just what the hell Trumpism is?

January 5, 2017

If you’ve still got a dead Christmas tree scattering pine needles all over your living room, you can kill two birds with one stone in the giving season by having a charity pick it up for a small fee. 

A Team Justice League, a local nonprofit that advocates for the alter-abled, is picking up Christmas Trees for a fee of $10. Donations will go towards “A sensory gym for Lane County,” organizer Amy Rayfield says.

January 5, 2017

Get your kicks (get it?) this weekend with a free Capoeira Introductory Class with Master Mestre Dilaho. For the uninitiated, capoeira is the traditional Brazilian street martial art/dance. Heather Figi, a capoeira teacher, says, “It’s a Brazilian martial art that originated with African slaves who were brought to Brazil.”

January 5, 2017

It’s the New Year, and a new set of great classes and events for kids at the various Eugene Public Library branches. “The voters approved a ballot measure so starting in July we had a lot more funding,” Kristen Thorp, youth services manager Eugene Public Library says. The extra funding created new kids, teens and early literacy programs, meaning there are plenty of options for you and your little one in the New Year.

December 29, 2016

Bird lovers have something to look forward to in the New Year: the 75th annual Christmas Bird Count. On the first of the year, hundreds of bird lovers will be counting birds in a 15-mile radius in Eugene for the Lane County Audubon society. Count coordinator Dick Lamster says, “There’s over 2,500 of these bird counts in North America.” The Eugene count is split into 27 areas, each led by an expert bird watcher with “anywhere between five and 15 members of the team,” Lamster says. The event is free to the public, and anyone can join.

December 29, 2016

As we enter 2017, it is vital to humanity and democracy that we maintain a healthy sense of humor. Not just that we laugh so we don’t cry, but laughing as an act of resistance, of irreverence, of critique, to the powers that be. Especially since ol’ Trumpsky has a vocal disdain for free speech and a penchant for lawsuits, including suing comedian Bill Maher for joking that the president-elect had an orangutan for a father.

December 29, 2016

Feeling that holiday bloat? Or maybe it’s those holiday blues. The lines are growing at the gym as people resolve to work out, but forget bodyshaming, the best cure for all the weird feelings that 2016 has created is loving yourself and your body and getting outside.

December 22, 2016

The holiday spirit is strong in Saint Vincent de Paul’s this year as the organization puts on a Christmas dinner for the homeless. Individuals can take LTD bus lines 40, 41, 43 or 95 to get to the Eugene Service Station, which is hosting the dinner on Friday. Volunteers from the Eugene Police Department will run the event. According to Paul Neville, St.

December 22, 2016

Feeling blue in the icy winter weather? There’s no better way to warm up than ecstatic dance, Mike Meyer of Community Ecstatic Dance says. Cold community members can find some warmth and community in WOW Hall on Dec. 29 and help the community while they’re at it. “People kind of connect with each other non-verbally but a lot of it is an individual experience,” Meyer says. This week’s dance is a benefit for Community Supported Shelters around Eugene.

December 15, 2016

Grab your cowboy hats and spurs for this weekend, as Radio Redux presents A Cowboy Christmas at the Hult Center. The show is a tribute to vintage Western radio shows from the likes of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry in the 1940s. Radio Redux founder and director Fred Craft says the mission is “to preserve and advance radio theater.” The show features live sound effects and live music, as well as re-creations of classic holiday episodes from the Gunsmoke and The Six Shooter radio series. The show is appropriate for all ages.

December 15, 2016

The Holiday Market is back and bustling in Eugene just in time to squeeze out your last holiday bucks. “There is really something for everybody,” organizer Kim Still says. “For those who need some winter comfort-blended teas, mugs, polar-fleece socks, handcrafted soaps and bath bombs, a good locally written book or coloring book.” This weekend will see performances from Sacred Harp Singers, David Rogers, Rob Tobias and more. The market is a kid-friendly activity for the holidays, and the stalls are stuffed with stocking stuffers, Still says.

December 15, 2016

Newbie Eugene resident Al LePage is giving back to his community this holiday season with a performance of The Historic Dickens’ Christmas Carol, but he has no backup performers — LePage will be playing all 26 characters by himself. “He contacted us and said he would like to do this,” Dawn Marie Woodward of FOOD for Lane County says.

December 8, 2016

Since its rather unspectacular release in 1983 (critic Vincent Canby panned the film), A Christmas Story has become a holiday classic, perpetually replayed on television throughout December and fondly quoted by fans (“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”). Soaked in sepia-tinted nostalgia but wry and sometimes curmudgeonly in spirit, the film follows the piquant reminiscences of adult-narrator Ralph as he recalls the year he, as 9-year-old "Ralphie," obsessively lobbied for the Christmas gift of a Red Ryder air rifle.

December 8, 2016

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a brief pause, to listen and share in community, can really fit the bill. And this weekend affords the chance to come together for Believe in Peace, a collaborative community concert featuring internationally famous Eugene artists Peter and Evynne Hollens (pictured), 7 pm Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.

December 1, 2016

If you’re stumped and out of ideas for hard to buy for people on your holiday gift list, start by perusing the art shows and sales in Eugene on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Faye Nakamura studio, Blair Artists Open House Studio, McMillian Spring Studio and North Eugene High School are just a few of the venues hosting holiday bazaars and studio sales. The First Friday ArtWalk also includes several studios and shops with jewelry, pottery and paintings for sale. 

December 1, 2016

The HIV Alliance is hosting Celebrate and Remember this World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1. The event will remember people who have died and will celebrate the nonprofit’s efforts to eradicate HIV and celebrate the group’s successes, according to William Bourget with the HIV Alliance. A performance of How to Be a Sissy, a play written and performed by Lane Community College professor Brian Haimbach, is also slated for the event.

November 23, 2016

On Nov. 20, media reports showed police using water cannons and tear gas against protesters at Standing Rock. The Universalist Unitarian Church is hosting a benefit for the Standing Rock Sioux and the NoDAPL Water Protectors. Event organizer Christina Sasser says, "This event will create a sacred and prayerful container for people in the community to gather in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock." A yoga and sound healing session will be hosted by Maia Shmueli and Meghan Quinn and live music is also scheduled for the event.

November 23, 2016

American Express takes credit for launching Small Business Saturday in 2010, according to its website. All 50 states now participate in the alternative shopping day to Black Friday, which advocates for people to support and shop at local, small businesses. Feed Your Body & Soul Art Exhibit/Artisan Market is one of the many local options for Eugene shoppers on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Handcrafted items by local crafters, entrepreneurs and artists will be for sale.

November 22, 2016

Better Eugene-Springfield Transit is hosting “Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom,” a public lecture by author and international consultant Jarrett Walker. Walker is the president of Jarrett Walker + Associates and works in public transit policy and network design. Walker will talk about his network studies résumé, which includes Houston’s recently redesigned bus network, which has seen an increase in ridership.

November 17, 2016

Aloha Friday will celebrate Hawaiian culture with dances performed by students of the Eugene hula school, Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawaii Nei. Founded in 2008, the school will feature a Christmas hula performance. Kelsey Galago, a hula competitor, will speak about her journey to the Merrie Monarch hula competition. The all ages event also includes music by Steve Yungen. 

Aloha Friday runs 5-7:45 pm Friday, Nov. 18 at Whirled Pies, 199 W. 8th. FREE; Don appreciated.

November 17, 2016

If you’re looking to avoid that holiday bloat, check out the free vegan cooking class hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist church. The healthy holiday-themed class will teach you how to make the vegan versions of green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and meatless meatloaf. The church is hosting a series of healthy vegan cooking classes. For more information about their ongoing series, visit eugeneadventistchurch.org.

Free Vegan Cooking Class:Healthy Holidays runs 6:30-8:30 pm Monday, Nov. 21, at the Eugene Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1275 Polk St., 541-228-0667; FREE.

November 17, 2016

Friendship with Cambodia will screen the documentary Girl Rising to raise funds for girls’ education in Cambodia. The film follows the stories of nine girls who face extreme challenges while trying to receive an education. Friendship with Cambodia executive director Bhavia Wagner says, "Just like boys, girls deserve kindness, respect and an education, so they can bring their gifts and talents into the world.” Over the last 12 years, the nonprofit has sponsored girls living in poverty in rural Cambodia, helping them complete high school and college. 

November 10, 2016

The first time famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic, she wasn’t the pilot — she crossed the ocean tucked away in the back of the plane. New York Times best-selling author Laurie Notaro’s new book Crossing the Horizon delves into the true stories of three of the women who tried the flight before Earhart. Five women attempted before her, Notaro says. Three of them died. Eugene-based Notaro, who is perhaps best known for The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, will be discussing her latest book at the UO Knight Library Nov.