Event Calendar

iPad for Beginners Workshop @ Downtown Eugene Public Library
Sep 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Learn how to get the most out of your iPad or Kindle at free hands-on workshops led by helpful experts at the Downtown Eugene Public Library.

At “iPad for Beginners” on Monday, September 15, 5:30 p.m., learn about iPad features, including how to download free eBooks and audiobooks from the Library.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices. For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation.

Windfall Reading: Axelrod & Varon @ Downtown Eugene Public Library
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
On Tuesday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m., the Windfall Reading Series will begin its 2014-2105 season at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. The evening will feature writers David Axelrod and Jodi Varon. Admission is free.
Axelrod and Varon co-direct the MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Oregon University and co-edit the literary arts journal “basalt.”
David Axelrod is the author of six poetry collections, including “The Cartographer’s Melancholy,” a finalist for the 2006 Oregon Book Award, and his most recent, “What Next, Old Knife?” His book of essays about the interior Northwest is titled Troubled Intimacies.
Jodi Varon wrote the non-fiction “Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father.” She also translates poetry from the Chinese, including “The Rock’s Cold Breath: Selected Poems of Li He.”
The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, and the Cultural Services Division of Lane Arts Council. Refreshments served at intermission. For more information, contact Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Community Advisory Council CHIP Meeting @ Cow Creek Tribe Government Office
Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Umpqua Health Alliance’s Community Advisory Council is hosting three meetings that are open to the public in September to share the recently released 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

League of Women Voters Fall Luncheon @ Valley River Inn
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

COO Michael J. Jordan will be speaking on the “State of Oregon and the role of the COO.”

Lunch available 11:15am, $16/person.  Speaker free of charge.  Reservations required.

Intro to Blogging @ Downtown Eugene Public Library
Sep 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Get an “Intro to Blogging” on Thursday, September 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. Admission is free.

This hands-on class will teach participants how to create a blog with the free website Blogger. Also included: an introduction to RSS, a tool that delivers automatic updates from your preferred online sources for news, opinion, entertainment, and more. Internet experience and e-mail account required.

For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.

Small Business Clinic: Ask the Experts @ Downtown Eugene Public Library
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Running a small business? Or thinking of starting one? Get one-on-one advice and mentoring from the experts at Small Business Clinics on Thursdays, September 18 and September 25, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Eugene Public Library.

Sign up for a no-cost, individual, and confidential session with a SCORE counselor to address the issues most important to your business right now. Pre-register for limited spaces by calling 541-682-5450.

This project is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, LCC Small Business Development Center, SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation.

The Great Taste @ Heritage Courtyard at Oakway Center
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Event Description:Come celebrate the end of summer at Relief Nursery’s 19th Annual The Great Taste presented by Market of Choice. The Heritage Courtyard’s outdoor atmosphere sets the stage for a delightful evening filled with live music, exquisite hors d’oeuvres prepared by Market of Choice Catering, and unique tasting stations of wines, cheeses, Oregon craft beers, specialty coffees and fine chocolates selected by Market of Choice Stewards.

The Private Tasting Room, sponsored by Kendall Auto Group, welcomes a limited number of guests to enjoy unique wines and rare vintages, paired with savory hors d’oeuvres in an exclusive private lounge.

Guests can also take a chance at Relief Nursery’s Wall of Wine, sponsored by Imagination International. Everyone walks away a winner, though the truly lucky will discover one of our hidden gems – a selection of special wines that are a perfect addition to any collector’s cellar. There will also be a raffle where the grand prize is a wine tasting weekend for four in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia!

Tickets are limited. Visit reliefnursery.org/events or call Relief Nursery at 541.343.9706 to purchase them today – $100 Private Tasting Room per guest, $50 general admission per guest. All attendees must be 21 and over.

Relief Nursery is a non-profit child abuse and neglect prevention agency proven to strengthen high-risk families and keep young children safe. Nationally recognized, Relief Nursery stops the cycle of child abuse and neglect with its blend of therapeutic early childhood services and comprehensive family support services. From crisis response, to therapeutic classrooms, to alcohol and drug recovery support, our staff works to keep children in our community safe from abuse and neglect.

The Great Taste! @ Heritage Courtyard at Oakway Center
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Don’t miss Eugene’s premier end-of-summer evening event, presented by Market of Choice. Stroll beneath the oaks as you enjoy wines and cheeses expertly curated by Market of Choice Stewards. Indulge in fine hors d’oeuvres, Oregon craft beers, and elegant chocolates. Proceeds benefit Relief Nursery children and families.

WREN:Volunteer Orientation/Meet & Greet @ Downtown Eugene Public Library
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Willamette Resources & Educational Network (WREN) is currently seeking volunteers who love the West Eugene Wetlands, are passionate about this unique ecosystem, and want to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

As a Wetlands Educator you will assist WREN staff with classroom and/or field programs, community events, prepare education materials, conduct workshops, and complete special projects. WREN will provide special training for all Education Guides and we offer opportunities for you to shadow an experienced guide before you take the lead yourself.

We are also looking for creative, skilled Operations Volunteers. Whether your specialty is in social media, web development and design, fundraising and/or grant writing, event planning, photography/filming, membership development, or general office, we have projects to match your interests.

WREN has opportunities for college students looking to fulfill requirements for graduation, as well as unpaid internships.

Join us Thursday, September 18th to learn more!

Volunteer Meet & Greet
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Eugene Public Library – Downtown
100 W. 10th Ave., Eugene
Singer Room

Shoreline Science Workshop @ Bandon High School, Yachats Commons, and Nehalem Meeting Hall
Sep 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


We have a special opportunity to offer CoastWatchers and Oregon Shores members this summer.  We have planned three intensive, three-day workshops on coastal science and natural history, led by coastal ecologist, Stewart Schultz and CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer.

Workshops will be held in Bandon, Yachats, and Nehalem.  They will cover everything from tidepools and sandy beaches, to estuarine and ocean ecosystems, to marine mammals and birds. Each session will include field trips, indoor presentations and laboratory experiences (with some variation, depending on the weather).

The workshops ar open to the public, but the primary focus will be on providing CoastWatchers with training in many aspects of coastal ecology relevant to monitoring the shoreline. Matters of concern such as marine debris, invasive species, microplastics, and sea star wasting syndrome will also be discussed.

The three workshops will be held:

July 18-20, Bandon High School, 550 9th St., N.W., Bandon July 28-30, Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 N., Yachats Aug. 1-3, City of Nehalem Meeting Hall, 35900 8th St., Nehalem

Each workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day, and at 8:00 a.m. on the final two days, and will run until approximately 4:30.

Workshop fee will be $60 for those who are both CoastWatchers and Oregon Shores members, $75 for those who are either CoastWatchers or Oregon Shores members, and $100 for others (who are invited to join Oregon Shores on the registration site and take the discount).  Snacks will be provided; lunch is brown-bag.
Reservations can be made online at http://tinyurl.com/orshoresworkshop, or by linking through the CoastWatch website, http://oregonshores.org/coastwatch.php5.   It is also possible to reserve a place and pay by mail.  Checks made out to the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition can be sent to P.O. Box 33, Seal Rock, OR  97376.  Be sure to specify which workshop is intended.

For more information, or to reserve a place in one of the workshops, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org; or Phillip Johnson, (503) 754-9303, phillip@oregonshores.org or visit our website www.oregonshores.org

Oregon Shores is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public’s access.