By Eugene Magazine

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Mid-May is a fine time to be in the Willamette Valley! If you love animals you won’t want to miss the Bark In The Park, where you can see more than 1,000 dogs and their people leash up for a 10K, 5K, or 2K run/walk in the park. The Shedd brings more good music to town, there’s art at Maude Kerns, several ways to support the Y and experience fun new activities, or interact with the Eugene Symphony at two free events. 


May 12

Wayne Horvitz & Sara Schoenbeck

The Shedd welcomes two old friends, Wayne Horvitz and Sara Schoenbeck, back to Eugene with their new duo project. Horvitz first appeared here in 2006 with his ensemble Sweeter Than The Day, and Schoenbeck in 2008 with their ensemble Gravitas Quartet, and in 2015 both groups returned as a septet to present the stunning consortium premier of Some Places Are Forever Afternoon, a suite of settings by Horvitz of poems by Northwest poet Richard Hugo, a Chamber Music America commission of which The Shedd was a part. Enjoy a pre-show dinner in the Shedd’s Great Hall. Each meal includes tea/coffee, salad, our renowned rolls, entrée (vegetarian option), and dessert. Wine, soft drinks, and other beverages are extra. Call 541-434-7000 for menus and to make your reservations today. 

The Shedd Institute


May 15

Bark In The Park 2022

Bark In The Park is one of the most fun, and most important, events of the year — if you love animals and want to support our local Greenhill Humane Society, you won’t want to miss this one. More than 1,000 dogs and their people leash up for a 10K, 5K, or 2K run/walk in the park. You’ll enjoy the run/walk, the canine activities, vendor booths, demonstrations, and more! The event is a fundraiser for Greenhill, which hopes to raise $100,000 to help care for more than 3,100 animals in 2022. Pre-registration until May 14 is $20 and includes a doggie bandana or $35 with a doggie bandana and a t-shirt for humans. Day-of Registration is $25 with a bandana or $40 with a bandana and shirt (while supplies last.) Children age 12 and under are free to register and may purchase a t-shirt! The 29th Annual Run / Walk for the Animals is Sunday May 15 at Alton Baker Park. The 5K and 10K runs start at 8:30 am and the 2K walk starts at 9:45 am. Prizes for Bark in the Park Fundraisers and Participants will be given for:

Fastest Male, Female, and Non-binary Runners in different age groups

Fastest Furballs (top five dogs)

Meeting Fundraising Goals

Top Individual Fundraiser 

Top Team Fundraiser 

Pet/Person Look-Alike

Best Pet Trick

Pet/Person Karaoke, and more!

Alton Baker Park


May 13 through June 10

Maude Kerns Art Center Presents Day by Day

Work by Veronica Ceci, Sarah Peterman, & Erika Rier

The Maude Kerns Art Center is pleased to present Day by Day, featuring the work of Veronica Ceci, Sarah Peterman, and Erika Rier, opening with a reception from 6 – 8 pm on Friday, May 13. Each of the three featured artists reflects on often overlooked aspects of daily life, processing how they live day by day while exploring identity, probing for deeper meanings, and uncovering underlying narratives. Work by artists Veronica Ceci, Sarah Peterman, and Erika Rier will be on view through June 10.

Maude Kerns Art Center


May 14

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Families can enjoy pickleball and other games, martial arts, and knitting demonstrations, face painting, kid-friendly group exercise demonstrations, recreational swim, and a DJ. The shallow small pool will be open for a recreational swim event. Families can also expect to learn Bhangra, a high-intensity cardio dance from Punjab, India, with Y instructor Jaskiran, and Warrior Strength for Kids, a high-intensity interval training with strength components with Jennifer. Bricks and Minifigs will bring their 40-foot pine derby track for LEGO car racing. The first 200 families can take home a free life jacket thanks to a partnership between the Y and Oregon Paddle Sports and win raffle prizes!

Eugene YMCA


May 11-15 

19th Edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival

Lane County’s longest-running film festival, The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, opens its 19th annual edition on May 11. The five-day event offers film screenings and will also feature expert speakers, a guided tour, TAC Conference on Cultural Heritage Media, and a Saturday social gathering, and will conclude with an awards reception on May 15 at the WOW Hall. The team accepted 77 film entries from 21 countries for their 19th season, with the 19 films in the competition covering a variety of fascinating subjects from around the globe. For a complete list of films, presentations, activities, and other festival information, please visit the website.

Archaeology Channel


May 14 and 15

Eugene Ballet: Taming of the Shrew 

William Shakespeare’s most controversial play is transformed into a whimsical and gritty new world in Toni Pimble’s “Taming of the Shrew.” This is a world premiere! The underground mood of steampunk-inspired costumes and sets will delight and mesmerize audiences. Orchestra Next plays Louise Farrenc’s tantalizing music in Pimble’s other-worldly reimagining of the bard’s darkest work. 

Hult Center


May 16

Symphony Happy Hour

From 5-6:30 pm, join Eugene Symphony Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong for Symphony Happy Hour at the Jazz Station. Admission is free but attendees must register or secure a reservation in advance.

Eugene Symphony


May 17

Eugene Symphony Association’s Cello Master Class

From 4-5:30 pm, watch 2021/22 Eugene Symphony guest artist Joshua Roman work with local cello students as part of the Laura Avery Visiting Masters Series. Admission is free.

Hult Center


May 18

Oakshire Inspires 

One dollar from every pint sold throughout the whole day (11am-10pm) will be donated to the campaign for a new Y. Stop by anytime throughout the day to support the Y. Several Y staff members will be hanging out at Oakshire from 5-7pm to share information about the new Y project and answer your questions. Enjoy live music from Jenny and her bandmates on the patio from 6-8! Jenny is a New Orleans native residing in Eugene since 2003. 

Oakshire Public House