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The ancient Forest Hoedown is Oct. 29

On Oct. 28 there will be a free TEDTalk, TEDxVenetaWomen, from 8 am to 2 pm at the Applegate Regional Theater. The free event will include nine live talks by local women, interspersed with previously recorded TEDTalks from TEDWomen 2016, held the previous day in San Francisco, with which it is affiliated, according to Jennifer Chambers, a local organizer for the event. Chambers says the regional theme is “Use The Time You’re Given,” to play on the national TEDWomen slogan this year, “It’s About Time.” Speakers include Danuta Pfeiffer, Beth Robinson, Liz Vollmer-Buhl, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Megan Malone, Pat Edwards, Eilidh Lowery, Evelyn Hess and Kathleen Cremonesi. Subjects include grief and mediation, the importance of play, the power of place, as well as mindfulness, integrity and race. For more info, visit

• “Doty & Coyote: Stories from the Native West” is 7 pm Friday, Oct. 28, at the UO Baker Downtown Center, 975 High Street. Join the Lane County Historical Museum in welcoming Native American storyteller Thomas Doty for an evening of traditional and original stories from Oregon. Event is FREE to the public.

• The University of Oregon Western Equestrian team is hosting an open barn and silent auction as its first fundraiser of the year. Jessica Barker tells EW, “As our team grows, it is important to us that we can provide equal opportunity for everyone regardless of their background. The proceeds of the silent auction will go towards transportation, team dues and hotel accommodations.” She says, “It is our goal this year to create a better connection with the Eugene community and I believe this event is just the starting point.” The event is 2 to 5 pm Saturday, Oct. 29, at 82847 E. Cloverdale Road in Creswell. Auction starts at 2:30 pm.

• The 13th Annual Ancient Forest Hoedown is 6 to 11 pm Saturday, Oct. 29. The Slippery Slope String Band performs and Cascadia Forest Defenders say there will be a square dance for all ages and skill levels as well as sack races, games, food and drink, and a costume contest. Admission is $10-$30 (sliding scale). The hoedown takes place at Quiet Camp, 24580 Suttle Road in Veneta, and there will be free camping onsite. More information at

• Eugene members of Health Care for All Oregon say if you “want to find out more about the downfalls of our health insurance system and the potential savings from a more efficient universal publicly funded system we invite Democrats and Republicans alike to watch a screening of a new documentary, Now Is the Time.” The showing is 7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the main room of the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street. No charge but donations will be appreciated.

• Panel registration and table request forms for the March 2-5 2017 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) at the UO Law School are now online. The panel form is at and the table form is at Panel submissions close Jan. 20, 2017.

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