Event Calendar

Cycle the Lakes Bike Ride @ Bohemia Park
Sep 20 @ 7:00 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

The Rotary Club of Cottage Grove will host the 4th annual Cycle the Lakes Bike Ride in Cottage Grove.  Choose from 32, 67 or 102 mile rides.  Gaze upon picture-perfect views of Dorena Lake, Cottage Grove Lake, covered bridges, rivers and streams.  Each ride includes the Row River Trail, a national recognized Rails-to-Trails path.  Food stations on the routes, along with support vehicles, help ensure a great ride.

Adult registration through September 6th is $35 and $40 beginning September 7.  Registration for age 17 and under is $25 through September 6 and $30 beginning September 7.  Get a free bike safety check if you register by September 6.

The Oregon Covered Bridge Festival will be held in Cottage Grove on September 19-20 in conjunction with Cycle the Lakes.  There will be live music and a number of fun activities for everyone.  Bring the family and friends.  Bike riders can enjoy the route of their choice and the Festival while other members of your party can enjoy the whole range of activities of the Festival.

Check out our website for more information.

Linn County Flea Market @ Linn County Expo Center
Sep 20 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm

Albany’s largest antique show and flea market with vendors selling antiques, collectibles and vintage items.

Shoreline Science Workshop @ Bandon High School, Yachats Commons, and Nehalem Meeting Hall
Sep 20 @ 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.

Drag Boat Races at Dexter @ Lowell State Park on Dexter Reservoir
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm

Columbia Drag Boat Association last home race of the season. Races begin at 9am each day, get your $2 off coupon at Bi-Mart
ADMISSION: $10 Saturday, $12 Sunday ($20 for weekend pass)
Parking: $3 per day


Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour @ Cottage Grove & Sutherlin
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of Fall in the Umpqua Valley. Immerse yourself in deep reds and yellows of the changing vineyard leaves. By bus, you’ll visit the wineries and sample wines beautifully paired with food. It couldn’t be a more perfect time to learn about the wineries and the winemaking process from our skilled winemakers – it’s Harvest season! You’re sure to enjoy the fall colors, and the reds, whites and blush in the glass as well!

Harrisburg Harvest Festival Pull @ Harvest Festival Grounds
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm

Harrisburg Harvest Festival Tractor and Truck Pull

This two day festival has a little bit of everything! Come and enjoy two full days of tractor and truck pulling, live music, kids carnival, food and arts and craft vendors, horseshoe tournament, bounce houses, beer garden, dance, pie-eating contests, cowboy church, and antique tractor and car displays! You can come for the day or stay and party for the whole weekend. Come see how Harrisburg throws a PARTY!

Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

*Meet officers & other department personnel

*Tours of Justice Center & Vehicles

*Free Hot Dogs

*Safety Information:
Personal safety
Home security
Gangs & Drugs
*Activities for children
*K-9 Demonstrations

*McGruff the Crime Dog

Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Springfield Public Library:
Sat., Sept. 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Eugene Public Library:
Sat., Sept. 27, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


To celebrate free speech and honor defenders of First Amendment rights, local public libraries and the ACLU of Oregon will host two Banned Books Read-Out events. Admission is free.

On Saturday, September 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., catch the Banned Books Read-Out at Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, inside Springfield City Hall, kicked off by Library Director Rob Everett.

On Saturday, September 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., hear the Banned Books Read-Out at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, featuring Mayor Kitty Piercy and Library Director Connie Bennett.

Both events will feature a variety of community members reading aloud passages from books that have been challenged or banned. Everyone is invited to stop by to listen and to borrow books from the libraries that have been targeted by would-be censors.

Many people are under the impression that attempted censorship is a thing of the past or that “it doesn’t happen here.” In fact, individuals and groups continue to request — or demand — that public and school libraries remove or restrict access to particular books, music, films, and other resources.

For information about recent censorship attempts in Oregon, visit the ACLU of Oregon website: www.aclu-or.org/bannedbooks. For more information about the local Banned Books Read-Out events, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 or Springfield Public Library at 541-726-3766.

JOIDES Resolution Live Broadcast @ Science Factory Children's Museum & Exploration Dome
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

On opening day of ‘From Here to There,’ meet scientists at sea! Join us in the Exploration Dome for a live, interactive video call with JOIDES Resolution, a 470-foot-long ocean drilling research vessel. See and talk to marine geologists while they are out at sea, and learn about what they are researching.

Plus, get a special peek at the vessel that has been so important to increasing our understanding of the Earth’s development, including the study of the sea floor and plate tectonics.

Umpqua Valley Bluegrass Band @ Idleyld Lodge & Restaurant
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Umpqua Valley Bluegrass Band will perform at Idleyld Lodge & Restaurant from 3 – 5 PM on Saturday, September 20. The band has a mountain-styled rustic bluegrass sound with banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass and vocals. Formed in 2010, the band keeps busy playing at fairs, festivals, pubs, restaurants and special events.

Idleyld Lodge & Restaurant is at 23834 N Umpqua Hwy, Idleyld Park, OR 97447 TEL. (541) 496-0088

Idleyld Lodge offers dining facilities, bed and breakfast, and outdoor supplies store. Includes photographs, room rates, and area activities. The full-service restaurant is open daily from 8 AM to 8 PM, except on Wednesdays, when they close at 2 PM. Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner inside the Lodge or out on our deck anytime.

IdleYld Lodge, pronounced “Idle-Wild,” is near great fishing, rafting, and 25 waterfalls. And their hospitality will bring you back! The historic lodge can accommodate  needs for lodging, meetings, weddings, receptions, theme parties, fundraisers, reunions…you name it, they can do it!  They feature four non-smoking rooms each with private baths, Satellite TV, Free WIFI and breakfast to start the day off right! Enjoy your meal in our Great Room by the large river rock fireplace then stop by our game room for a game of ping-pong or pool.

Located 20 miles east of Roseburg,  Oregon and 3 miles past Glide, Oregon,  IdleYld Lodge is the perfect destination for anyone seeking a mountain getaway, nature hike, scenic road trip, mountain bike ride, world-class steelhead & trout fishing, waterfall viewing, bird watching & more.  GPS Coordinates are 43.3233050-123.0270350.