Out & About: Jan. 17th-19th

Get started on planning your weekend by checking out these fun events happening in western Oregon. Out & About Links: Family Fit Night Emerald City Roller Girls Hair: The Musical Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout 2014 BackCountry Film Festival For more information on these and other great events, or to submit your own, click here.

Roller Derby Boosts Local Business

EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of people are expected to come out for the Emerald City Roller Girls Big O Tournament this weekend at the Lane Events Center. It’s a sport you may not even think about, but roller derby is gaining popularity. And that demand means more dollars for Lane County. The sweat and determination … Continue reading »

Interview: Big “O” Tournament

EUGENE, Ore. — Local roller derby is sport has evolved over the past few years. This year, the Emerald City Roller Girls are co-hosting the second annual Big O Tournament. It’s big. Teams are arriving from around the world to participate. Travel Lane County estimates it will generate an economic impact of at least $582,000. … Continue reading »

Roller Girls Host Co-ed Competition

EUGENE, Ore. — The Emerald City Roller Girls are teaming up with men’s teams in Lane County and playing in their first co-ed competition. Proceeds from the event will also go towards helping Womenspace, a local women’s shelter. Players say there’s a lot more to the game than people think. “If you’ve never seen roller … Continue reading »

Roller Girls Studied for Bacteria

EUGENE, Ore. — The Emerald City Roller Girls were one of the teams swabbed for research in an University of Oregon bacteria study. Researchers found the roller girls were sharing more than shoves on the court, they were also exchanging bacteria. The Emerald City Roller Girls compete against players from all over the country, which … Continue reading »

Roller Derby Action Spreads

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Roller derby is picking up speed and popularity, and the Emerald City Roller Girls are getting ready for their next bout. That bout happens Saturday at the Lane Events Center at 6 p.m. Tickets are available. Click on the video above to find out how members make the cut.

Roller Girls Raise Money for Womenspace

EUGENE, Ore. — The Emerald City Roller Girls are known for their viscous and sometimes violent competitions and now they’re using their popularity to fight violence. Budget cuts recently forced Womenspace to close its walk-in service to women. Eugene’s Roller Derby League heard the news and plans to donate a portion of its revenue to … Continue reading »

Emerald City Roller Girls’ 6th Season

EUGENE, Ore. — The Emerald City Roller Girls prepared to tackle their 6th season Saturday, with a fierce double header. The Flat Track Furies battled the Andromedolls and the Emerald City’s Church of Sk8in faced off against Portland’s Break Neck Betties. “It’s really fun, it’s always competitive, the Furries feel like we’re gonna take it … Continue reading »