Special Events

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Jan Friday 18
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Riverside Chamber Symphony

Jan. 18, 2–4pm
Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St.
$5 in advance, $7 day of event

Back by popular demand! Meet conductor Philip Bayles and enjoy an informational performance from musicians with the Riverside Chamber Symphony. Learn the historical importance of the music as you follow along to sheet music. This orchestra is an ensemble of Lane County nonprofessionals who perform a variety of music.

Seating is reserved for those who register in advance. May be standing room only the day of the performance.

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Jan Monday 21
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. March and Celebration

Springfield High School, 2-4 p.m.

All ages. This celebration of the famous civil rights leader features a student art reception, music, student speeches and more. Students are invited to submit an essay, poem, letter, speech, poster or piece of art. See your school for details. Not a Willamalane event.

Feb Thursday 7
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Springfilm: "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"

FREE! movie poster for the adventures of priscilla, queen of the desert
Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. 
Feb. 7, 6:30–9 p.m.

All ages; parental discretion advised. The 2018-2019 theme is On the Move! Each movie will be its own adventure across land, space and time. Springfilm is a partnership of the Springfield Public Library, Willamalane and the Wildish Community Theater. Each showing features a unique introduction and is followed by a moderated discussion.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

1994. Comedy/drama/road film. Rated R. 1h 44m. Guide for Parents

When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

Feb Friday 8
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Island Park Gallery: "Throughout the Years" by Tinker and Gabehart

Exhibit: Feb. 6–March 28, regular center hours

Free reception: Friday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Celebrate a rich history of 30 years of combined art education with Willamalane instructors Gloria Tinker and Ellen Gabehart. A variety of their favorite pieces will be displayed, as well as various subjects and mediums.

Island Park Gallery, located inside Willamalane Adult Activity Center, is the first stop on the Springfield Second Friday Art Walk. After enjoying the exhibit, visitors can take a complimentary shuttle downtown to enjoy the rest of the art walk. The shuttle will run continuously until 7 p.m.

Island Park Art Gallery is sponsored by Providence Health Plan.

Feb Thursday 14
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sweetheart Dance featuring Chocolate Buffet

Feb. 14, 2–4pm
Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St.
$5 in advance, $7 day of event

Ages 18+. Bring your special someone or mingle with friends at a Valentine's theme dance, featuring a chocolate buffet. Enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, valentine's crafts, and sweet treats: chocolate fountain, cake, and ice cream. Includes diabetic friendly desserts.

If you purchase online, your name will be on a list the day of the event. Online ticket sales end on February 13.

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March Saturday 2
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spirit of the Mill Race 8K

Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m.
Booth-Kelly Trailhead, 307 S. 5th St.

All ages. Stride into the storied history of the Springfield Mill Race on this beautiful 8K run. Both runners and walkers are raving about the trail system, the distance and the unique medals awarded to finishers. Enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast after the race!

  •  Registration: $30 in advance, $35 at packet pickup.
  • Long-sleeved tek T-shirts are $15, and must be ordered by Feb. 15.
  • Advance registration ends Thursday, Feb. 28. After this time, participants must register at packet pickup.
  • Packet pickup: Friday, March 1, 5–7 p.m. at Bob Keefer Center and Saturday, March 2, 7:30–8:30 a.m. at the Booth-Kelly Trailhead.

No dogs permitted.

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March Saturday 9
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Youth Warrior Challenge II: Reloaded

Saturday, March 9
1–4 p.m.
Bob Keefer Center
$15 in-district/$18 out-of-district

Ages 6–12. Back by popular demand, this reloaded version of Youth Warrior Challenge is sure to put strength, speed, balance,
and problem-solving skills to the test. Kids run, jump, zip, swing, and climb through a series of new and classic obstacles like the Zip Traverse or the Summit Bagger in their quest to become the Ultimate Youth Warrior!

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March Saturday 23
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Spring Propagation Fair

Presented by Agrarian Sharing Network

Saturday, March 23
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Adult Activity Center
FREE

All ages. The Agrarian Sharing Network presents a community-focused, neighborhood-driven propagation fair in Springfield.
Hundreds of varieties of scion (fruit tree cuttings) and vegetable seeds will be shared freely to the public. Gardeners with seeds, bulbs, starts or plant divisions to share are encouraged to bring them to the event but there is no contribution required. Fruit tree rootstock will be available for $3 and professional grafting assistance by donation. More information at springpropagationfair.com.

March Thursday 28
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Springfilm: "The Dark Crystal"

FREE! the dark crystal movie poster
Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. 
March 28, 6:30–9 p.m.

All ages; parental discretion advised. The 2018-2019 theme is On the Move! Each movie will be its own adventure across land, space and time. Springfilm is a partnership of the Springfield Public Library, Willamalane and the Wildish Community Theater. Each showing features a unique introduction and is followed by a moderated discussion.

The Dark Crystal

1982. Fantasy/action film. Rated PG. 1h 33m. Guide for Parents

Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.

April Saturday 6 Sunday 7
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rock and Mineral Show

Presented by Springfield Thunder Eggs Rock Club and Willamalane Adult Activity Center

April 6–7
Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Adult Activity Center
FREE

All ages. Rock dealers, demonstrations, and rock and mineral specimens from Oregon and beyond, plus fun activities for kids. Food will be available for sale at the event.

April Thursday 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Springfilm: "Rain Man"

FREE! rain man movie poster
Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. 
April 11, 6:30–9 p.m.

All ages; parental discretion advised. The 2018-2019 theme is On the Move! Each movie will be its own adventure across land, space and time. Springfilm is a partnership of the Springfield Public Library, Willamalane and the Wildish Community Theater. Each showing features a unique introduction and is followed by a moderated discussion.

Rain Man

1988. Drama film. Rated R. 2h 14m. Guide for Parents

When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where he discovers that he has an autistic older brother named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) and that his father's $3 million fortune is being left to the mental institution in which Raymond lives. Motivated by his father's money, Charlie checks Raymond out of the facility in order to return with him to Los Angeles. The brothers' cross-country trip ends up changing both their lives.

April Friday 19
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: Golden Radio Days

April 19, 12-2pm
Adult Activity Center
Presentation is free. Lunch is $5 in advance, $7 day-of.

Ages 18+. Join 89 years-young, Bob Loudon, on a journey back to the era when radio was king, the 1930s through 1950s. Bob's memorabilia include music of the "Swing Era" and programs like "Jack Benny," "Gunsmoke," dance band broadcasts from New York City, and more! Listen as old-time radio comes to life with this fast-paced presentation, that will recount old memories for some and create new memories for others. Space is limited; please register in advance.

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April Saturday 20
09:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MEGGA Hunt

A WILLAMALANE TRADITION SINCE 1955

Saturday, April 20
9:30 a.m.–noon
Lively Park
$6 per child in advance, $8 per child at the gate
Free for those not hunting eggs

Hunt for your share of more than 25,000 eggs and prizes! Participate in games, crafts and ride on the Willamalane Train. Dance, wiggle and shake to live entertainment. Bring your camera to snap a photo with Hops the Bunny. Beat the crowds and purchase advance tickets online or at any Willamalane facility beginning March 1. This is a rain or shine event.

Noncompetitive hunts take place at the end of the event and are for participants who would benefit from a quieter egg hunt experience. The adaptive hunt is for teens and adults with disabilities.

Allow at least a half-hour for parking, shuttle and
admission prior to the start of the hunts. Parking is limited; additional spaces available at Thurston High School, 333 58th St., where shuttles will run starting at 9 a.m. The last shuttle will leave Lively Park at noon.

EGG HUNT TIMES

You’ll want to be prompt — hunts start on time!

Age 5 and under: 9:45–11 a.m. (every 5-10 minutes)
Grades K–1: 10:15 a.m.
Grades 2–3: 10:45 a.m.
Grades 4–5: 11:15 a.m.

NONCOMPETITIVE HUNT TIMES
Sensory-friendly, Grades K–2: 11:15 a.m.
Sensory-friendly, Grades 3–5: 11:30 a.m.
Adaptive, all ages: 11:45 a.m.

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April Sunday 28
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Spring Cling & Day Camp Expo

Sunday, April 28, 1-4 p.m.
Bob Keefer Center
Free

All ages. Check out our 33-ft climbing wall and also get the lowdown on summer camps and activities. This free event is a great way to experience our wall and also plan out your summer!

We're looking for vendors! It's a $10 standard fee, or free with a donation of a camp-related item valued at least $20. Click the links for details.

May Thursday 2
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Springfilm: "Captain Fantastic"

FREE! captain fantastic movie poster
Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. 
May 2, 6:30–9 p.m.

All ages; parental discretion advised. The 2018-2019 theme is On the Move! Each movie will be its own adventure across land, space and time. Springfilm is a partnership of the Springfield Public Library, Willamalane and the Wildish Community Theater. Each showing features a unique introduction and is followed by a moderated discussion.

Captain Fantastic

2016. Drama/comedy film. Rated R. 1h 58m. Guide for Parents

Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids -- educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time.

May Saturday 4
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Murder on the American Express

May 4, 7-9pm
Adult Activity Center
$10 in advance, $12 day of event

Ages 18+. The Past Prime Time Players present another delightful musical for your enjoyment. "Murder on the American Express" is a whodunit musical revue. Do you know the culprit? Does anyone? Come find out while you hear terrific show tunes from local performers. Register in advance as seating may be limited. If you purchase online, your name will be held on a list at the door.

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May Saturday 11
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Mother's Day Tea

Saturday, May 11
1:30–3 p.m.
Barn at Dorris Ranch
$15 in-district/$18 out-of-district

All ages. Spend the afternoon honoring that special person in your life. Enjoy sweet and savory treats in the historic Dorris Ranch barn. Pose in our old-time photo booth, and at the end of the day, take home a special craft that the two of you created together.

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May Friday 24 Sunday 26
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Les Schwab Classic Soccer Tournament

Memorial Day weekendLes Schwab Classic soccer tournament logo: a shield with a soccer ball inside and laurels on the outside, with "Les Schwab Classic" emblazoned across the top.
Friday–Sunday, May 24–26
Les Schwab Sports Park

Team entry fees (both boys and girls):
U8–U10 5/side: $225
U12–U14 7/side: $300

Grades 2–8. Join us Memorial Day weekend for our second annual recreational soccer tournament. Brought to you by Les Schwab Tire Center, this family-friendly tournament invites all players for a weekend of soccer and fun activities.

  • 20-minute halves
  • Four game guarantee
  • Awards for all divisions
  • Food and beverage vendors on site

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Organizations involved in Les Schwab Classic Soccer Tournament include American Youth Soccer Organization, Lane Youth Soccer Association, Pelada Academy, Les Schwab Tires, KidSports and Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

 

 

July Thursday 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Springfilm: "Easy Rider"

FREE!
Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. 
July 11, 6:30–9 p.m.

All ages; parental discretion advised. The 2018-2019 theme is On the Move! Each movie will be its own adventure across land, space and time. Springfilm is a partnership of the Springfield Public Library, Willamalane and the Wildish Community Theater. Each showing features a unique introduction and is followed by a moderated discussion.

Easy Rider

1969. Drama/indie film. Rated R. 1h 35m. Guide for Parents

Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), two Harley-riding hippies, complete a drug deal in Southern California and decide to travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth. On their journey, they experience bigotry and hatred from the inhabitants of small-town America and also meet with other travelers seeking alternative lifestyles. After a terrifying drug experience in New Orleans, the two travelers wonder if they will ever find a way to live peacefully in America.

Aug Thursday 1
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Springfilm: "Into the Wild"

FREE! movie poster for into the wild
Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. 
Aug. 1, 6:30–9 p.m.

All ages; parental discretion advised. The 2018-2019 theme is On the Move! Each movie will be its own adventure across land, space and time. Springfilm is a partnership of the Springfield Public Library, Willamalane and the Wildish Community Theater. Each showing features a unique introduction and is followed by a moderated discussion.

Into the Wild

2007. Drama/adventure film. Rated R. 2h 28m. Guide for Parents

Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.