By Eugene Magazine

There’s a lot you can do this week to keep up your New Year’s Resolutions, or at least the positive vibes that you’re hoping to bring into 2021. These illuminating events around Lane County will certainly light your way.

Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines.


Digital Resilience Forum

The Eugene Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Digital Resilience Forum, discussing the importance of a strong communications system that is needed before, during, and after a disaster such a COVID-19 or the wildfires we saw over the summer, moderated by Lane Tompkins, McKenzie District Superintendent.

Thursday | 11:30 am | Virtual | $15-$25 |

“Firewall” at New Zone Gallery

Opening this Friday, Alex Daniel’s “Firewall” will be on display at the New Zone Gallery, alongside other images of this summer’s Holiday Farm Fire through the end of January.

Opening Friday | Normal Gallery Hours | New Zone Gallery, 22 W 7th Ave. | Free admission |

A Collector’s Perspective

On Friday, David Hilton will discuss his perspective on Adam Grosowsky’s work and his showing, “No Direction Home,” which is on display at the Karin Clarke Gallery until January 16. Tune in on Friday!

Friday | 11 am | Virtual | Free |

Springfield Arts Commission: Seasons of Light

Opening Monday, the downtown Springfield will be celebrating the Seasons of Light, featuring luminarias created by six local artists displayed in the Springfield History Museum. Other Springfield businesses have been encouraged in put up their own displays and you can also get involved by picking up a DIY luminaria kit, giving to the Light Supplies Drive, or participating in the Seasons of Light Winter Reading Challenge.

Starting Monday | Ongoing | Downtown Springfield |

Activity Kits for Kids

Every Monday through January, pick up an activity kit for your kid, with each week seeing a new theme. This week: Fortune Tellers

Starting this Monday | All day | All Eugene Public Library locations | Free |

Family Story Time

Every Tuesday in January, Eugene Public Library presents Family Storytime, with literary favorites (and some new finds) told through story, song, puppets, and more. They also have a full collection of their previous readings on their website.

Tuesday | 11 am | Virtual | Free |

2020: The Year in Music

On Wednesday, join Eugene Public Library and House of Records for a review of 2020’s music. Revisit the year through music and how musicians and songwriters expressed the flux of last year.

Wednesday | 6 pm | Virtual | Free |



Sleep Squad

Starting this week, join the Hult Center and Story Pirates in helping your little ones (ages four to 12) get to sleep and learn something along the way. Starring Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper, you’ll be guided through three different virtual experiences, adapted from kid-written stories. Each ticket holder will receive a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” to accompany their adventure.

Now through Feb. 21 | Ongoing | Virtual | $35 |

Photo by Dana Vion 


19 local artists and groups are committed to lighting up downtown with illuminated window displays, installations, and performances. Check it out all this month!

Ongoing | Downtown Eugene | Free admission |

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Kick off the new year with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Sign up for the new session, which will guide your for the next year to healthier eating, exercising, and living.

Starting in January | Ongoing |

YMCA 2021 Reset

The Y is offering another way to start the new year on the right foot with their 6-week 2021 Health Reset Challenge. Through this program, you’ll be given the tools to stick to your health and fitness resolutions.

Register until Jan. 18 | Ongoing | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., and Virtual | $20-$30 |


Have a virtual or socially distant event that’s open to the public? Submit your event for consideration!