By Eugene Magazine | Published March 2019

This weekend has a little something for everyone, whether you’re a writer, gardener, theatre enthusiast, or Ken Kesey fan (or all of the above).

AWP in Portland

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is hosting their annual conference this weekend. Attend the conference, which is in Portland this year, for workshops, a book fair, ample networking opportunities, and much more! Register in advance or at the convention.

Wednesday-Saturday | See schedule for times | Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Portland | $45-$315 | awpwriter.org

Plant Nerd Night

The Eugene Garden Club is hosting “Plant Nerd Night,” where you can learn about the latest trends in plants and landscaping. Find inspiration from the experts, all from local nurseries and garden centers, who will present different plants to add more interest to your garden. Plants will also be available for purchase.

Thursday | 6 pm | Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. | Free admission | eugenegardenclub.org

Hello, Dolly!

The Very Little Theatre presents the classic Hello, Dolly! with performances starting this Friday. Performances will continue through April 13.

Friday through April 13 | Thursday-Saturdays, 7:30 pm; Sundays, 2 pm | The Very Little Theatre, 2350 Hilyard St. | $21-$25 | thevlt.com 

Furthurmore

Furthurmoreis a two-night event at the WOW Hall, benefitting the restoration of the original Furthur Bus, the star of Ken Kesey’s trip across the country with his Merry Band of Pranksters and featured in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Friday will feature One Eyed Jack, Kesey & The Merry Pranksters, and Zahira & Rising Buffalo Tribe. Saturday will feature One Eyed Jack and Kesey & The Merry Pranksters again, this time accompanied by Soul Vibrator.

Friday and Saturday | 8 pm | WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave. | $17-$20 each night | wowhall.org

DNA Testing Workshop

The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is hosting a DNA Testing Workshop to help you determine which company is best to find out about your family’s ancestry. They’ll talk about each test, how it’s done, and how to interpret the results. Presented by the Oregon Genealogical Society and led by Linda Forrest.

Saturday | 10 am | SMJ House, 303 Willamette St. | $5 suggested donation | smjhouse.org

Heceta Head Lighthouse’s 125thBirthday

Heceta Head Lighthouse is celebrating 125 years this Saturday! Head to the beautiful site, just north of Florence, for a family-friendly evening of live music, food, games, and a chance to tour the light keeper’s house, the lighthouse, and visit the gift shop.

Saturday | 4 pm | Heceta Head Lighthouse and B&B, 92072 Hwy. 101 S, Yachats | Free | hecetalighthouse.com

My Life’s Journey: an evening with CS Lewis

The Hult Center is hosting an evening dedicated to legendary author CS Lewis with David Payne’s An Evening with CS Lewis. Set in his living room in 1962, the story follows the writer as he hosts a group of American writers and tells them all about his life’s inspirations, including important people and events.

Saturday | 4 pm and 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $60-$68 | hultcenter.org

“Jellojenesis”

Visit the Maude Kerns Art Center for their one-day-only annual Jello Art Show, “Jellojenesis.” The exhibit features art made from jello, a live performance from the Radar Angels, and a Tacky Food Buffet. Jello artists are invited to bring their own artworks to be displayed on Saturday between 3 pm and 4:30 pm.

Saturday | 5pm | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15thAve. | mkartcenter.org

Spring Sip and Shop

Pfeiffer Winery is hosting their annual Spring Sip and Shop event this Sunday. Multiple vendors will be setting up shop, offering jewelry, home décor, and much more. While you’re browsing the booths, sip some pinot noir and enjoy food from the Zingaro.

Sunday | 12 pm | Pfeiffer Winery, 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City | Free admission | pfeifferwinery.com

The Illusionists: Live from Broadway

The Hult Center is hosting The Illusionists, on Wednesday, featuring five incredible illusionists that will have you questioning reality. Be thrilled, be shocked and left in awe, all happening Wednesday.

Wednesday | 7:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $38-$88.50 | hultcenter.org

Staff Restaurant Pick: Excelsior Inn

The Excelsior Inn features the best of the inn and restaurant worlds. If you stay at the Inn, you can choose from 14 unique guest rooms, modeled to resemble European 20thCentury décor. The restaurant is a true local gem, with Italian options all day (including breakfast and brunch). Start your dinner with their Gamberoni Excelsior (grilled prosciutto-wrapped prawns, farm greens, and a spice herb and buttermilk dressing) or their Fritto Misto di Mare (fried calamari, oysters, and shrimp, served with a lemon-garlic aioli). For your main course, choose from one of their delicious entrees, including one of three ways to enjoy a beautiful cut of filet mignon: Pepe Verde, Mare E Monti, or Classico. All choices pair perfectly with their wine, beer, and specialty cocktails menus. Dessert is, of course, encouraged.

Excelsior Inn and Lounge | 754 E 13thAve. | See website for full hours | excelsiorinn.com