It’s not quite Thanksgiving, but it certainly feels like it. In this last week before the holiday season goes full blown, check out one of these great events.
Love Heals All Wounds
On Thursday, the Hult Center is hosting Love Heals All Wounds, a dance performance that focuses on issues of climate change, mass incarceration, immigration, and other social issues. The show is co-created and directed by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck from Movement Art Is, as well as the spoken word stylings of Robin Sanders.
Thursday | 7:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $25-$67 | hultcenter.org
Light Up Downtown
The Park Blocks will be illuminated for the holidays on Friday with free hot apple cider, grilled cheese sandwiches, and entertainment from Danceability International, Cullen Vance, Sungano Marimba, and the Village School Choir.
Friday | 5:15 pm | The Park Blocks, 8th Ave. and Oak St. | Free | eugene-or.gov
McKenzie River Artisan Holiday Faire
Visit the McKenzie River Artisan Holiday Fair for all your gifting needs. Local crafters and artisans will be selling their handmade products, which include everything from jewelry to prints, to spa products. See what they have to offer while sipping a cup of hot cider.
Saturday and Sunday | 10 am | Vida McKenzie Community Center, 90377 Thomson Ln., Vida | Free admission | McKenzierRiverEvents.com
Salmon Spawning tour at Whittaker Creek
Join the McKenzie River Trust, Siuslaw Watershed Council, and the Bureau of Land Management to learn about salmon spawning with a local expert. Learn how the fish journey upstream and about conservation issues and threats to their habitats. There will also be a hike through an old-growth forest. Register in advance on their website.
Saturday | 10 am | Whittaker Creek Recreation Site, Walton | mckenzieriver.org
The Nutcracker Remixed
All That! Dance Company is bringing their production of The Nutcracker Remixed to the Hult Center this Saturday. The classic story is set to modern music from Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Adele, among others.
Saturday | 1 pm and 6:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $23-$37.50 | hultcenter.org
EWEB Run to Stay Warm
EWEB is hosting their annual Run to Stay Warm event this Sunday. Register for their half marathon, 10K, 5K, or kids’ 400-meter dash that will follow the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail. All proceeds benefit EWEB’s Customer Care program, which helps income-eligible customers who are facing difficulties paying their bill.
Sunday | 8:30 am | EWEB Riverfront Plaza, 500 E 4th Ave. | $35-$70 | runtostaywarm.org
National Geographic Live: Social by Nature with Ronan Donovan
The Nat Geo Live! series is coming back to the Hult Center, this time kicking off with biologist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker Ronan Donovan. On Sunday, he will present on his work with social mammals, such as chimpanzees, wolves, and gorillas, and what we can learn from them. Before the show, visit with nonprofits and businesses dedicated to the environment and learn how you can get involved.
Sunday | 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $25-$28.50 | hultcenter.org
Science Pub: Fruit and Nut Exploration in the Pacific Northwest
On Tuesday, Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove is hosting an evening dedicated to fruit and nut exploration throughout our region with help from the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council and plant explorer Chris Homanics. See their website for more information.
Tuesday | 5 pm | Axe and Fiddle, 657 E Main St., Cottage Grove | $5 suggested donation | facebook.com/events
Festival of Trees
Valley River Inn is transforming into a winter wonderland leading up to and through Thanksgiving. More than 50 decorated trees will be on display alongside wreaths, a candy cane forest, gingerbread villages, and entertainment. All proceeds benefit Cascade Health’s Pete Moore Hospice House.
Opening Wednesday through Sunday | 9 am | Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way | $3-$7 | cascadehealth.org
Next week: Thanksgiving Weekend on the South Willamette Wine Trail
Family is in town, why not show them what our local wineries have to offer? Visit the various wineries along the South Willamette Wine Trail, who will each be offering live music, food trucks, and special hours and deals. Check out the website for specifics and to see if your favorite winery is on the list.
November 29-December 1 | See individual wineries for times | Various wineries | southwillamettewineries.com