Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
See living history demonstrations, experience hands-on activities, and learn about the early settlers of Oregon. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to answer questions about Dorris Ranch educational programs. Open to all ages. Suggested donation of $3.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Help Willamalane clean up litter along this beautiful stretch of land that follows the McKenzie River as it winds its way close to town. Harvest Landing is a popular swimming and fishing spot and will need some caring hands to help clean it up after this sizzling summer season! Water, snacks, proper tools, and smiles provided. Pizza Party afterwards! Meet at Harvest Landing boat launch on Harvest Lane.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 26-28
Mayor’s Cup Soccer Tournament
Willamalane Center • Free admission
This inaugural tournament features 24 talented men’s soccer teams from all over the region competing for the trophy and cash prizes. Partners include the city of Springfield, Springfield Soccer Liga Unida and Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports. The tournament highlights a weekend of multi-cultural celebrations, culminating with a ceremony in downtown Springfield on Sunday afternoon. For information, visit eugenecascadescoast.org/springfield-soccer.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m.
Willamalane Center • Free
Enjoy carnival games, a 33-foot tall climbing wall, music, community vendors and family fun! Two50 will be open for teens. Bilingual volunteers needed; call 541-736-4520.
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Lively Park • Free • 541-736-4244
A celebration of pets! Learn about resources for your furry, scaly, slithery and feathery family members from over 30 vendors.
• Educational sessions
• Prize drawings
• Photo booth
• Spot Magazine cover model search!
Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Your Parks — Up Close and Personal
Meet at Willamalane Adult Activity Center • 541-736-4444 • Free
Your park system is growing, and here’s a chance to learn about some of the new parks and features that have been completed as result of the 2012 Willamalane bond measure. Tour will include: Pacific Park, Clearwater Park, Quartz Park, Dorris Ranch, Lively Park plus Willamalane Center, Willamalane Adult Activity Center and Splash! at Lively Park. Advance registration required.
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Strategic Plan Public Input Session
We value your feedback! Join us at this open forum and share observations, ideas and concerns you have related to Willamalane. Staff members will present updates on projects, programs, and the strategic plan goals and objectives. Light refreshments.
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12
Willamalane Adult Activity Center • 541-736-4444
Ages 21+. Join us for a ukulele festival! We will celebrate all the wonderful things about playing the ukulele:
• Learn to play the ukulele here! Easy-to-understand classes for the very beginner from an excellent teacher.
• Multiple workshops for intermediate and advanced levels.
• A concert on Saturday night at Wildish Community Theater featuring some of the best ukulele players in the country.
• Sunday morning breakfast and jam session at Sprout!
• Non-uke playing companions are welcome (registration required).
• Vendor fair open to the public 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, offering many kinds of ukuleles for viewing or purchase.
• See details online at uketoberfest.com.
Registration: $125 by Sept. 12, $150 after; price includes Friday night reception and social, Saturday lessons and workshops, Saturday evening concert at Wildish Community Theater, and Sunday morning breakfast and jam at Sprout! Non-uke playing companions must register; a companion ticket is $40 and includes admission to the Friday night reception, Saturday night concert and two breakfasts. On-site registration will be open if space is available. To register, call 541-736-4444 or stop by any Willamalane facility.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 3-6 p.m.
Willamalane Center • Free • 541-736-4544
Scale the 33-foot climbing wall at the Willamalane Center. The first 25 kids get a free T-shirt; additional prizes raffled off throughout the event. This family-friendly event is open to all climbers. And for those who would like a little adult refreshment after their summit, a beer garden in back is sure to quench that thirst.
The Great Costume Swap
Free • Willamalane Center • 541-736-4544
Costume drop-off: Oct. 6-10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Costume exchange: Saturday, Oct. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
For children up to age 13 and pets. Swap last year’s baseball player for a vampire; or switch from a monkey to a princess. Get Fido a new costume to sport for the holiday. Just bring your gently used costumes to Willamalane Center during the drop-off period, receive a “swap token,” and redeem the token for a new-to-you costume during the swap on Oct. 11. Costumes are subject to availability and are first-come, first-serve. Sizes and styles may vary.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Filbert Classic Wiffle Ball Tournament
$75 per team
Willamalane Center • 541-736-4544
Ages 13+. Bring your team of five to compete for a grand prize package that includes your team’s name on the Filbert Classic trophy, and one free Willamalane league team registration fee. Runners-up will receive Willamalane swag packages and Wiffle ball gear. Each five-person team is guaranteed four games in this winner-takes-all tournament. For more information on rules go to: whiffleball.org/rules.html.
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 20-22
$6 ID/ $7.50 OD • Dorris Ranch • 541-736-4544
Ride through the “haunted” trails of Dorris Ranch, where ghosts, zombies, mummies and even historic figures emerge from the shadows of the filbert orchards. Make crafts and play games in the barn before your hayride and warm up afterwards with hot cocoa and cookies. Featuring performers from Identity Dance. Registration begins Oct. 1. This not-too-scary, family-friendly event sells out fast; call 541-736-4544 for reservations.
Friday, Nov. 7, 4-7 p.m.
Paper Airplane Experience
Willamalane Center • Free
Let your imagination and your engineering spirit take flight and celebrate the paper airplane! Build a variety of plane designs, test prototypes and compete for prizes. Enjoy remote control aircraft demos and community-sponsored paper airplane building stations.