Weekend events for Lane County and beyond, July 8-9

This weekend

The Oregon Bach Festival continues through July 15 at various venues in Eugene. For tickets to local concerts, visit oregonbachfestival.com.

The Oregon Country Fair, 24550 Chickadee Lane in Veneta, continues Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9. Event features craft booths, live music, special events and performances. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no on-site ticket sales available. Ticket prices range from $ 27 to $ 70. Parking is $ 15 extra; taking LTD shuttles to and from the site is recommended; oregoncountryfair.org.

The downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave., hosts a Summer Reading Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Sale features gently used novels and mysteries. Each book is $ 1. Proceeds benefit the library programs. Admission is free; eugene-or.gov/library.

Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38W in Elkton, presents Family Fun & Fiber at the Fort from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8. The event features characters in period costume demonstrating historic games and crafts, including pioneer cooking. The Elkton Fiber Arts Guild will have spinning, weaving and yarn dying activities. The Umpqua Muzzleloaders from the Eugene/Springfield camp will be set up and showing what life was like back in the 1840s. Free; elktonbutterflies.com.

The Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE in Salem, hosts the Beach Bill Birthday Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8. The event brings the beach to the Capitol in celebration of the Beach Bill’s golden anniversary. Events include a professional kite flying demonstration, a concert in the park, ice cream and more. Free; oregonbeachparty.org.

Eugene Heritage Rose Group hosts a Picnic at Owen Rose Garden, 300 N. Jefferson, at noon Saturday, July 8. Bring lunch, water and a hat and meet at the entrance picnic tables. Discussion of basic rose culture. After lunch, explore the garden. Free; email [email protected]

The Willamette SXS Festival continues from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, featuring guided group rides on Forest Service roads and overnight camping in Oakridge Industrial Park. Cost to attend is $ 50 to $ 60; registration on Saturday begins at 7 a.m.; or visit willamettescsfestival.com.

The Siuslaw Jam Music Celebration continues Saturday, July 8, at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. in Florence, with a free “Introduction to Jazz” matinee at 2 p.m., and a ticketed concert showcasing songs from the American Popular Songbook at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online at siuslawjam.com.

Little Ole Opry on the Bay presents four weekend shows at Little Theatre on the Bay, 2100 Sherman Ave. in North Bend. There is a different show each weekend, with performances as follows — at 7 p.m. July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29; at 2 p.m. July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30. Tickets are $ 15; thelibertytheatre.org.

Juan Carlos Geleano presents an illustrated talk about the folktales of the Amazon at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. Free; eugene-or.gov/library.

USA Dance hosts Ballroom Dancing on Sunday, July 9, at the Veterans Memorial Club, 1626 Willamette St. Evening starts with beginning Foxtrot lesson at 6 p.m., open dancing from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. General admission is $ 10; eugeneballroom.org.

Local theater productions: “Disaster!” through July 22, Actors Cabaret of Eugene, 996 Willamette St., actorscabaret.org; “Talking With” through July 16, Opal Center for Arts and Education, 513 E. Main St., Cottage Grove, opalcentercg.org. Auditions for Cottage Theatre’s production of “Jekyll & Hyde” are at 6 p.m. July 29, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove, cottagetheatre.org.

For a complete listing of concerts, movies and plays in the parks, visit: http://rgne.ws/2sz4bp8.

Plan ahead

Bohemia Mining Days, at Coiner and Bohemia parks in Cottage Grove, are Thursday through Sunday, July 13-16, featuring the theme of “Galloping in the Past,” a carnival, music, living history, a beer and wine garden. Free; bohemiaminingdays.org.

DaVinci Days at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis are Friday through Sunday, July 14-16. On July 15, the events are from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Highlights are the Grand Kinetic Challenge, exhibits and activities that focus on science, technology, engineering and the arts. Free admission, but parking is $ 5; davincidays.org.

Columbia Drag Boat Association’s Bi-Mart Summer Clash is Friday through Sunday, July 14-16, at Dexter Lake in Lowell. The public is welcome as spectators. Races begin at 9 a.m. daily. Admission is $ 10 on Saturday, $ 12 on Sunday, or $ 20 for a weekend pass. Parking is $ 3 per day, or $ 5 for the weekend; cdbaracing.com.

Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, at the Les Schwab Sports Park at Bob Keefer Sports Center, 250 S. 32nd St. in Springfield; relay.acsevents.org.

The Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE in Salem, hosts the debut of a traveling exhibit, “Courage and Compassion,” about the Japanese American WWII experience, opening July 14 and running through September. Afterward, the exhibit will travel to 10 U.S. communities through the summer of 2019; willametteheritage.org.

The Single Trees Square Dance Club hosts a Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Social at Emerald Dance Center, 2098 Yolanda Ave. in Springfield. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, and includes plus level and mainstream dancing. Cost is $ 5; singletrees.blogspot.com.

The Truck Function in Junction, an annual display of working trucks, show trucks, haulers and semis at Junction City High School, id from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A truck cruise is underway from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free; truckfunctioninjunction.com.

Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38 in Elkton, hosts a local Butterfly ID & Ecology workshop at 10 a.m. July 15, led by Rick Ahrens from the North American Butterfly Association. For all ages. Cost is $ 10; elktonbutterflies.com.

Visit with alpacas from 10 a.m. to noon July 15 at Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Information & Adventure Center, 3312 Gateway St. in Springfield. Take photos with alpacas and enjoy alpaca-related crafts. Free.

Dogs to the Rescue, a lively puppet show in which wolves teach science and dogs train their owners to stop climate pollution, will have several showings on July 15: 11 a.m. at Eugene Saturday Market; 2 p.m. at Cottage Grove Public Library; 4:30 p.m. at Springfield Public Library; 7 p.m. at Pioneer Park. Free; 707-845-2466.

The Eugene Public Library’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic is at 11 a.m. July 15 in the park at Campbell Community Center, 155 High St. Carleen and Mike McCornack and the Garden Variety Band provide music. Bring snacks and your teddy bear or a favorite stuffed friend to play in the park. Free; eugeneor.gov/library.

Tara Whitsitt of Fermentation on Wheels presents a workshop from noon to 3 p.m. July 15 at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1680 E. 15th Ave. From noon to 2 p.m. learn about a variety of cultures; from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. take a tour of the Fermentation on Wheels bus. Entrance with general admission; natural-history.uoregon.edu.

The Westside Warehouse District Block Party is from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 15 at the 500 Block of Commercial Street in West Eugene. Participating are Noble Estate Winery, J. Scott Cellars, Claim 52 Brewing, Viking Braggot Company and Crescendo Spirits. There will be music, food trucks, foot spas and more. Admission is $ 5; westsidewarehousedistrict.com.

Sand Master Park, 5351 Highway 101 in Florence, hosts the Sand Master Jam from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 15, featuring sandboarding competitions. Free for spectators; sandmasterpark.com.

The Blues Build Benefit concert, benefitting the Junction City/Harrisburg/Monroe Habitat for Humanity, will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 15 at Bennett Vineyard & Wine Company, 25974 Highway 36 in Cheshire. The event features performances from Karen Lovely, Hank Shreve Band, Barbara Healy and Groove Too, and Paul Biondi and Skip Jones, as well as silent auction, and Bennett wines, local beers and food carts. Tickets are $ 30 in advance and $ 35 at the gate. Tickets available on eventbrite, or at Bennett Vineyards, Gridiron Sports Bar & Grill in Harrisburg or Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Junction City, Corvallis and Eugene. www.bluesbuild.org.

The Eugene Emeralds host the Everett Aqua Sox July 15 through July 19 at PK Park. Special promotions and ticket information is at milb.com.

The 25th annual Southern Oregon Kite Festival, unique in that it is non-competitive and invited fliers have routines choreographed to music, will be July 15-16 at the Port of Brooking Harbor. The event is free, with free parking in front of Boardwalk Village at the port (with free shuttle service to field); sokf.org.

The city of Eugene recreation services is offering three Rafting for Blackberries trips from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 16, Aug. 6 and Aug. 27. Participants will float along the Willamette from Island Park to the River House. Cost is $ 30 per person. Must be registered to attend; eugene-or.gov/recreation.

The Summer Half Classic half marathon through the Coburg countryside starts at 8 a.m. July 16 at Norma Pfeiffer Park in downtown Coburg at East Pearl and North Willamette streets. Race-day registration is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Cost to run is $ 60; for route and other information, pinkbuffaloracing.com.

Eugene Fix-It Fair is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 at the Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St. Volunteers and professionals will provide repairs; attendees will have opportunities to repair their items with coaching, or get them repaired by the professional or volunteer. People are invited to bring clothing or textiles in need of mending, tools in need of sharpening or repair, small appliances (such as lamps and toasters), small electronics, furniture and toys. The next Fix-It Fair is Sept. 23; eugenerecycles.org.

The Lane County Fair is July 19-23 at Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds, 796 W. 13th Ave. Summer favorite includes concerts, amusement rides, carnival games, competitions, a quilt show, and more. Tickets are $ 9 for adults, $ 7 for seniors, $ 6 for youths 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger; atthefair.com.

The McKenzie River Arts Festival, a benefit event for the McKenzie Community Track & Field program, is July 21-23, at 51236 Blue River Drive in Blue River. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. July 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 22 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23. Tickets are $ 3, and free for children 12 and younger. Includes artist demos, an en plein air contest, food and drink, an auction; mckenzietrack.com.

The Oregon Festival of American Music is July 21 through Aug. 12 at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, 868 High St. Event features concerts presenting “The Sweetest Melody: Giants of the Classic Songbook” and a special musical theatre production of the classic “Good News!” Get tickets at theshedd.org.

The Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove, a USAT sanctioned triathlon, is July 22 in Cottage Grove at Cottage Grove Lake’s Lakeside Park. In addition to the full triathlon, there are also duathlon, aqua bike, and tri relay events both in sprint distance and Olympic distance. Cost to participate varies. For more information, visit triatthegrove.com.

The Main Street Chili Cook-Off in downtown Cottage Grove is from noon to 3 p.m. July 22. Enjoy sampling chilis entered in a contest. There will be music and crafts, too. Free admission; cgchamber.com.

Provisions Market Hall, 296 E. Fifth Ave., hosts a Drink Pink Party from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., July 22, featuring paella in traditional and vegan styles, and the season’s best rosés. Admission is $ 25; provisionsmarkethall.com.

The Palmo Center Peace Run, including a 5K and 10K, is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 23 at Alton Baker Park; eclecticedgeracing.com.

Take a bike tour of three Willamette Valley wineries from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23, leaving from River House, 301 N. Adams St., and traveling one-way for 16.5 miles to Noble Estate, Sweet Cheeks and Silvan Ridge wineries. Bring your own picnic lunch; sample wines at each winery. You’ll need to bring your own bike and necessary equipment; helmets are required. Transportation back to River House will be provided. Cost to attend is $ 25. Must be registered to attend; recenroll.eugene-or.gov.

Mark your calendar

The Oregon Coast Festival of Music is held at various venues in Coos Bay from July 25-29. Ticket prices vary, but event features a broad range of music including big band, marimba, rock and classical music; oregoncoastmusic.org.

DuneFest in Winchester Bay is July 26-30. Event includes moto sports on the dunes, a show and shine, a freestyle show. Must register if camping; dunefest.com.

The Blackberry Jam Festival in downtown Lowell is July 28-30. Highlights are a car show, a parade, a pie contest and fishing derby. There also is the Devils Dam Dash, a 5K race, July 30. Various evening concerts, too. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 29 and from noon to 4 p.m. July 30. Free admission; blackberryjamfestival.com.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District hosts the Children’s Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29 at Island Park, 200 W. B St. in Springfield. There will be more than 60 vendors providing activities, crafts and games, entertainment, pony rides. Admission is free with a canned food donation for FOOD for Lane County; willamalane.org.

Crescent Park Senior Living, 2951 Coburg Road, hosts a Ride to Remember Car Show & Shine from noon to 4 p.m. July 29. There will be barbecue and raffle prices. All proceeds will benefit the local Cascade Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Free admission; 541-342-1755.

The Devil’s Dam Dash 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. July 30 at Lowell City Park, 65 Pioneer St. in Lowell. Racing fees are $ 10 to $ 20; eclecticedgeracing.com.

The Two Cities Summit Run, an 8K and a 12K, begins at 9 a.m. at Eastgate Woodlands Park, 512 Aspen St. in Springfield. 8K participants will ascend Skinner Butte to the finish; 12K participants will ascend Kelly Butte and Skinner Butte to the finish. Participants in both races should park at Skinner Butte Park near the playground and take one of two shuttles to the starting line at 7:30 a.m. and at 8:35 a.m. Racing fees are $ 20 to $ 30; level32racing.com.

EUG Parade is at 10:30 a.m. July 30 starting at Monroe Park in downtown Eugene. This free event also includes Eugene Sunday Streets event from noon to 4 p.m. and Party in the Park Blocks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free; eugene-or.gov/EUGparade.

Family Nature Discovery Day features Wildlife Play Hospital from noon to 4 p.m. July 30 at Cascades Raptor Center, 32275 Fox Hollow Road. Children and families can become wildlife rehabilitators for the day. Activities are recommended for children ages 4 to 11. There is a $ 2 activity charge, plus general admission; cascadesraptorcenter.org.

The Fern Ridge Beef Pit Barbecue is from noon to 5 p.m. July 30 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 25181 E. Broadway in Veneta. Events include a silent auction, music, games, children’s activities. Barbecue includes a meal of slow-roasted beef and all the side fixings. Free admission to the events, but the barbecue meal is $ 15 for adults, $ 13 for seniors and $ 7 for children 12 and younger; stcveneta.com.

Lavelle Vineyards, 89697 Sheffler Road in Elmira, hosts the Band Aid Benefit Concert from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 30. Musicians to perform include Paul Biondi & Friends at 3 p.m., Bossanaires at 5 p.m. and Candy Apple Bleu at 7 p.m. Tickets are $ 20, or $ 35 with a T-shirt. Food and drinks will be available on site. Proceeds benefit the Musicians Emergency Medical Association; memafund.org.

The Japanese Obon & Taiko Festival is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 30 at Alton Baker Park. Watch Japanese Obon dances and drumming, both traditional and contemporary presentations. Food will be available for purchase. Free admission; asiancouncil.org.

The Harrisburg Harvest Festival Tractor & Truck Pull is Aug. 4-5 in the fields adjacent to Life Bible Church on Peoria Road. Features music, contests, horseshoe tournaments, camping, and truck and tractor pulling. Admission is $ 10 or $ 20 for the weekend. Children 5 and younger are $ 5 a day; ci.harrisburg.or.us.

The 2nd Star Festival is Aug. 5-6 at Dorris Ranch, 205 Dorris St. in Springfield. This festival features artisans, authors, illustrators, live performances and music, storytelling, etc. Admission is $ 10 or $ 15 for the weekend. Concert tickets are additional; 2ndstarfestival.com.

The Mother Earth News Fair, a family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event, will feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, gardening, green building, green transportation and natural health. It will be Aug. 5-6 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road East in Albany; admission is $ 15 to $ 50. 800-234-3368.

The Coburg Car Classic is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 in downtown Coburg. Admission is free, but food is available for purchase. There is a show and shine, a poker walk and a pancake breakfast; coburgchamber.com.

The Scandinavian Festival in downtown Junction City is Aug. 10-13. Highlights are Old World food, music and dancing. Crafts, too. Each day celebrates a specific Scandinavian country. Admission is free; scandinavianfestival.com. Also part of the festivities is the Scandia Run and Walk at 8 a.m. for the 10K and at 8:15 a.m. for the 5K on Aug. 12 at Lyle Day Park in Junction City. There is race-day registration; eclecticedgeracing.com.

Rogue Ales & Spirits, 2320 OSU Drive in Newport, hosts the Dog Days of Summer Oregon Coast Beer Fest from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11-12. Includes craft beer, live music, and fun for dogs. The event is on Facebook.

The Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival is from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Road. There is a suggested $ 5 donation. Includes vendors and entertainment; eugenepride.org.

The Western Oregon Heritage Fair is Aug. 18-20 at the WOE Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Douglas Ave. in Cottage Grove. This year’s theme is “85 Years and Still Kicking It” with an emphasis on horses and their importance in the community. There will be exhibits, competitions, a pet parade. Also a lumberjack show. Free admission; woefair.com.

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association presents Vets Helping Vets Ride at 9 a.m. Aug. 19, starting at Latus Harley-Davidson, 86441 College View Road. Event includes a poker run, open to all types of motorcycles, cars or trucks. Poker hands are $ 20. The event is on Facebook.

Emerald City Junior Gems Roller Derby Camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19-20 at the Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation, 250 S. 32nd St. in Springfield. For ages 10 and older; cost is $ 100; email gemsdirector.ecrg.com to register.

Presentations in celebration of a book release of “Reflecting Freedom: How Fashions Mirrored the Struggle for Women’s Rights” by Eileen Tannich Gose and Kathleen DeHerrera, are at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette St., and at 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Opal Center, 517 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove. Free; smjhouse.org.

The city of Eugene’s recreation services hosts a Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Skinner Butte from 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 21. This free event includes interpretive events and special eclipse viewing glasses; eugene-or.gov/recreation.

Wordcrafters in Eugene’s writing conference is Aug. 25-27 at the UO Baker Center, 975 High St. The theme this year is “Behind the Book: The Mechanics of Murder.” Keynote speaker is Katherine Ramsland. Tickets at wordcraftersineugene.org.

The Oregon State Fair at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center in Salem is Aug. 25 through Sept. 4; oregonstatefair.org.

Fort Umpqua Days at the Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38 in Elkton, are Sept. 2-3. Features a bass tournament, a pageant parade and living history. Free; elktonbutterflies.com.

The Walterville Fair is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Walterville Community Center, 39359 Camp Creek Road in Walterville. Annual event features a 5K run/walk, a parade and dog parade; a barbecue chicken dinner. Children younger than 17 are free; 541-747-9297.

The Florence Half Marathon is Sept. 24; pinkbuffaloracing.com.

The Florence Festival of Books is Sept. 29-30; florencefestivalofbooks.org.

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