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November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is a time to get together with friends and family and stuff your face full of as much turkey and mashed potatoes as you can handle. (It’s also a time to honor the indigenous peoples of our country.) For those who don’t have a place to get a hot meal, there are a couple great spots to stop by on turkey day. Friendly Street Church of God (2290 Friendly Street) is holding its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings noon to 3 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23.

November 22, 2017

What’s more cute and holiday-centric than getting together with family and friends to see The Nutcracker? How about seeing The Nutcracker with a cast of all kids? The Oregon Ballet Foundation and Oregon Ballet Academy are coming together to present The Children’s Nutcracker. The show is directed and choreographed by John Grensback of the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet, so you can expect to be in for a treat.

November 16, 2017

It’s been two months since the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, rocked the nation. The Wayne Morse Law Fellows at the UO’s Knight Law Center have organized a lecture that reflects on Charlottesville and how white supremacy still affects us here. The After Charlottesville: Confronting White Supremacy and White Nationalism as Lawyers and Leaders lecture features nationally renowned speaker Eric K. Ward.

November 16, 2017

Are you already thinking about a workout plan to contradict your Thanksgiving dinner? The 36th Annual Turkey Stuffer 5K Run/Walk is coming up, so why not preemptively nip that thought in the bud? The 5K is put on by Willamalane Park and Recreation District and takes place 8:30 am Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. The entry fee is $15 for adults and FREE for youth 14 and under. Online registration ends on Monday, Nov. 20, and in-person registration ends Wednesday, Nov.

November 9, 2017

The Eugene/Springfield chapter of the NAACP is hosting “Love You Madly:” Dinner, Conversation and Art at the Historic Mims House. “Love You Madly” is a conversation series featuring local black artists and/or activists. The series spans from November until the end of December with this week’s centered on “The Visual Arts and Life in Oregon” with Portland native Yvonne Stubbs. Each event features a buffet meal, time to mingle with the presenter, a lecture, Q&A and group discussion. 

November 9, 2017

Siri Vik is one of Eugene’s musical treasures. Vik was born and raised in Eugene and currently teaches voice lessons at Lane Community College. Vik grew up singing opera, she told EW in a past story (“Femme Diversifiée,” April 27), but as she grew older she fell into a more varied collection of genres from jazz to cabaret and singer-songwriter to alternative. But, for an upcoming performance at The Shedd, Vik is returning to her classical roots.

November 9, 2017

What better way to pass a brisk autumn weekend than at a brewfest? All the better if that drinking is for a good cause. The McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival will raise funds for the service projects of the Springfield Rotary Club.

November 2, 2017

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that originated in Mexico, but is celebrated all throughout Latin America. Luckily, if you want to take part in celebrating and recognizing the lives of the deceased, there are events happening right here in town! The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (1430 Johnson Lane) is wrapping up its multi-day Día de los Muertos celebration from 6-9 pm Thursday, Nov. 2. The event will feature traditional art, music, food, dance and poetry as well as altars with offerings. The event is FREE.

November 2, 2017

I know. Halloween just passed. We haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet. But, it’s never too early to start thinking about what gifts to buy friends and family for the upcoming winter holiday season. On Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 am to 4 pm the Friends of Eugene Public Library is hosting a Holiday Gifts Book Sale at the downtown Eugene Public Library. Books in “gift-giving condition” will be for sale. All proceeds go to supporting Eugene Public Library programs. Both parking and admission to the book sale are FREE. From Friday, Nov. 3, to Sunday, Nov.

November 2, 2017

Word on the street is Tyler, The Creator is all grown up. The 26-year-old rapper, who rose to fame as a part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future (also known by its longer name Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), met widespread acclaim with the release of his fourth studio album, Flower Boy, in July of this year — showcasing his most mature sounding material yet.

October 26, 2017

Whether you like scary movies, candy, costume parties, live music or whatever else, Halloween is a great time for everyone. Here are a few Halloween events happening this week; check out the full calendar for a bunch more! On the day of, Tuesday, Oct. 31, head downtown for All Hallows’ Eugene. The event, put on by EUGFun, lasts from 4-7 pm and involves activities like storefront trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, live music, a costume contest and food vendors, just to name a few.

October 26, 2017

If you’re looking for family-friendly, seasonal activities this October, the Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Mushroom Festival is the place to be. Complete with hayrides, live music, tasty local food options and a scarecrow contest, the festival is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the family. Plus, if you’ve got a munchkin who’s excited about fungus, there are exhibits of more than 350 mushrooms they can check out, with experts on hand to identify the little caps.

October 25, 2017

Following in the vaunted footsteps of the great Wallace Shawn, who went right into Manhattan living rooms to perform intimate dramatic readings of his play The Fever, this weekend local playwright Mike Schwab will stage his fifth in a series of “apartment plays,” a sort of guerilla theater production in which the audience stands outside observing a play being performed in a distinctly un-theatrical space like an apartment or a store. “As an audience member, it’s a unique and interesting way to see a show,” Schwab says.

October 19, 2017

Autumn is an optimal time for crafting. As the weather’s getting colder and the rain’s coming back with a vengeance, it’s a great time to focus on creative hobbies. Here are some chances to flex your creative muscle this week and do some fall-themed arts and crafts! First off, check out a paint party — an event where you paint a themed painting with step-by-step instructions. The first of two paint parties taking place this week is from 6-8:30 pm Thursday, Oct.

October 19, 2017

Mark Clarke and Margaret Coe: Our Lives in Paint, a retrospective exhibition of work by two of Eugene’s best-loved painters, opens Saturday, Oct. 21, and runs through April 1 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Clarke, who died last year, and Coe, his widow, have spent their lives here making art — portraits and landscapes for the most part — in oil on canvas, by Coe, and acrylic on canvas, by Clarke. Coe was influenced by the work of 20th-century Oregon painters such as C.S.

October 19, 2017

WildCraft Cider Works is putting on its third annual Harvest Party this Saturday. The event, of course, features alcoholic WildCraft Cider to drink, but also has activities for the whole family. The Harvest Party is will be family-friendly until 7 pm with games and an interactive fruit press setup in the kid zone, according to the Harvest Party’s website. There will also be educational information about sustainable cider making, a community mural project, a face-painting booth and basket-weaving seminar as well as other community-oriented activities.

October 12, 2017

Mountain Rose Herbs is hosting the Free Herbalism Project this Sunday. The event started in 2013 and has continued biannually since. “The Free Herbalism Project is an interactive community event with botanically inspired lectures from experts in the field, live music, vendors and plenty of free herbal tea,” says event organizer Mason Hutchison in an email to EW.

October 12, 2017

Springfield’s Downtown Second Friday Art Walk is on Friday, Oct. 13. The walk starts at 5:30 pm at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center (215 W. C Street, Springfield), which is featuring a group exhibition of mixed media work from three local artists. From there, complimentary shuttles will be providing rides to downtown Springfield galleries until 7 pm such as, the Emerald Art Center (500 Main Street, Springfield), featuring the Annual Mayor’s Art Show, and Tronson Gallery of Contemporary Art (740 Main Street, Springfield), featuring paintings by artist Jerry Ross.

October 12, 2017

Educator and author Walidah Imarisha is coming to the UO Campus to give a lecture titled “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History.” Imarisha describes herself as a “historian at heart, reporter by 

October 5, 2017

The 9th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up is this Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm in various locations in Eugene and Springfield. The clean up is a family-friendly event taking place up and down the Willamette River from Oakridge to Portland. The event welcomes both land and water clean up volunteers. Those bringing a boat should register in advance.

October 5, 2017

At 75, composer and singer-songwriter Carole King has a lifetime of accomplishments to look back on, not the least of which is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, playing now on Broadway, with a touring version opening Oct. 11 at the Hult. King’s songs define an era. “You’ve Got a Friend”, “So Far Away”, “I Feel the Earth Move” — she’s from-another-planet good, having written more than 100 billboard hits between 1955 and 1999.

October 5, 2017

As the weather starts to get colder, and cold and flu season is right around the corner, it might be a good time to start thinking about your health. Luckily, the Eugene Health & Wellness Expo has got you covered. The weekend-long Expo includes educational seminars led by health professionals and educators in the community.

September 28, 2017

Bridging Cultures is a celebration of Muslim culture that includes exhibits, film screenings and conversations throughout the month of October. The Cottage Grove Public Library will be hosting an ongoing display for the entire month, starting Sunday, Oct. 1, featuring its collection of books, films, music and art that’s focused on all things Muslim culture.

September 28, 2017

A crucial catalyst in creating change is organizing with like-minded people. The Corvallis Changemakers are doing just that by hosting We Are The Changemakers: A Conference for Women & Their Allies. The Corvallis Changemakers are a group of Willamette Valley women inspired by activism, according to their website. The Changemakers decided to create the women-focused conference when looking for a way to organize and positively respond to America’s current political and social climate, according to an email the group sent to EW.