BBaF Podcast Episode 51: Season Two Announcement


Listen to Episode 51: Season Two Announcement”

Listen up all you foxes. There’s a special announcement on this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast.

Now that we’re officially into the second season, there’s going to be a few changes around these parts. Listen in on this shot-sized episode for all details! And find out next week’s guest!

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Goodwill Involved in Worlds Biggest Garage Sale


Goodwill joining forces with Largest Indoor Garage Sale in the World

Did you hear the news? Goodwill Industries is joining forces with Cumulus Broadcasting to put on what is billed as the World’s Largest Indoor Garage Sale. It happens Saturday March 22nd at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Everyone will be there buying, selling and recycling their wares.

It’s only natural that an agency like Goodwill would help sponsor an event like this. Goodwill Industries is one of the original recyclers. Goodwill was recycling long before it was fashionable. When you donate or shop at Goodwill you are helping people in our community find work. For a long time I thought Goodwill focused on helping people with disabilities and it does provide much needed jobs and relationships for these outstanding members of our community. But they also help unemployed workers, college graduates and people like you and me find jobs.

Recently we produced a four-part video series on the top four reasons not to have a garage sale. The idea is to save yourself some time by simply donating your gently used items to Goodwill.
Here’s a link to the series.

Top Reasons Not to Have a Garage Sale.

And don’t forget the World’s Largest Indoor Garage Sale at the Lane County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 22nd from 9am-5pm.

Trees for Concrete


The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space department will be helping out the environment on February 22, 2013 and encourage like-minded individuals to join them in their efforts.

The event, known as Trees for Concrete, is part of an effort to reduce impervious surfaces and increase the amount of permeable surfaces in the community and urban habitat.

In order to accomplish this goal, staff from the Parks and Open Space department, along with the assistance of community volunteers, have already removed concrete from numerous tree wells in downtown Eugene, particularly along the area of Charnelton Street and 8th Avenue.

Individuals wishing to volunteer at this event should meet at Cozmic Pizza, located inside The Strand.
Individuals wishing to volunteer at this event should meet at Cozmic Pizza, located inside The Strand.

Katie Blair, Volunteer Coordinator of the department running the event, described the process individuals went through to make preparations for the new trees and shrubs.

“I believe…that the crew broke up the concrete into manageable pieces,” explained Blair. “Then volunteers lifted them into a truck to be hauled away.”

While this process may simple relatively simple and easy, it paved the way for the beautification and transformation of a section of downtown.

The next step in the process is to plant the shrubs and trees that will remain there for years to come. Among the list of plants that will be brought into the area are hornbeam and oak trees, native snowberry and evergreen huckleberry shrubs, and kinnikinnick and low Oregon grape groundcovers.

All of the material will be dispersed among 14 tree wells.

The benefits the city is trying to reap from this project are two-fold. While there will be some aesthetic pleasure to the new trees and shrubs located in downtown, the city made sure to emphasize the importance of these plants in carbon sequestering, rain fall interception, temperature mitigation, and particulate interception.

All of the shrubs and ground covers are native to the area and will be provided by Doak Creek Native Plant Nursery.

For those who wish to participate in the event and volunteer with the city, they are encouraged to meet at the intersection of 8th and Charnelton, near Cozmic Pizza.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Katie Blair-Terrazas at 541-682-4831.

TEDx heading to UO on Saturday

An extension of the world-renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks will take place at the University of Oregon on Saturday.

TEDxUOregon, hosted by the Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC), will feature seven live speakers and two televised talks while being the first TEDx event held on Oregon’s campus.

The title of the event is “Curiosity & Resistance: Diversity is Critical to Thinking.” As indicated by the title, talks and discussions presented during this event will focus on diversity, especially that within and around the University of Oregon campus. The talks will also analyze the culture of the Pacific Northwest and will range in subjects from tuition costs to biodiversity to politics.

The talk will take place in the Global Scholars Hall on the University of Oregon campus and also be broadcast at the Oregon campus locations of the Mills International Center, the Living Learning Center, Ford Alumni Center Room 202, and Allen Hall Room 221. The event will also be shown at the White Stag Building in Portland.

Tickets to see the speakers as a live audience member have already sold out but free tickets can still be claimed to watch the event at any of the locations above, though the Mills International Center on the University of Oregon has already released its maximum number of tickets.

TEDx talks are not directly sponsored by TED but are rather fully planned independently by communities and organizations that wish to bring the TED experience to their localities.

The following speakers are slated to present talks at the live-audience event:

  • Brendan Bohannan:  The Human Body as an Ecosystem
  • Tyree Harris: How Surging Tuition Costs Kill Diversity
  • Sara Hodges: What Were You Thinking? Curiosity & Construction in Mindreading
  • Major Caroline Jensen: Dreaming Beyond Obstacles
  • Ian Haney López: Dog Whistle Politics 
  • Andrew Nelson: Radical Interdisicplinarity and Other Ingredients for Innovation
  • Carmen Urbina: My Journey to Love, As an Activist

To learn more about the event or to claim a ticket to one of the showings, visit the website of TEDxUOregon and click on the venue where you want to watch the presentations.

Gingerbread Competition Set for 5th Street Market


On December 15 from 10 am-8 pm, the 5th Street Market will play host to Eugene’s First Annual Gingerbread Competition and Silent Auction. 

The 5th Street Market is one of the areas in Eugene where you will find no lack of festive spirit during the holiday season. Originally constructed in 1929 to house a poultry business that served Eugene residents, the 5th Street Market is now a conglomeration of local businesses tucked into one of the more interesting structures in Eugene.

The market currently houses 29 of Eugene’s unique businesses that range from ice cream shops and restaurants to fashion boutiques and salons. It is widely considered to be part of Eugene’s most exciting and interesting places.

The gingerbread competition and silent auction being hosted at the 5th Street Market will be open to all ages and everybody is encouraged to enter. The contest will be divided into different areas of expertise; including, children, adults, and professionals who have building and baking experience.

Categories that the gingerbread houses will be judged on include Best in Show (to be awarded by a judging panel) and the People’s Choice Award (based on a popular vote by those who submitted votes), among many others. Winning houses will have the chance to receive a prize from a multiplicity of businesses that have donated prizes. Participating businesses include: Smith Family Bookstore, David Minor Theater, Modern, Urban Lumber, Crumb Together, Voodoo Donuts, Prince Pucklers, and the Green Store.

An entrance to the 5th Street Market. Photo courtesy of 5th Street Market

Spearheading the gingerbread competition is Design|Spring, a local group from Eugene that seeks to help students of architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering, further their careers and develop into professionals. All proceeds from the silent auction, to be held at the end of the night, will go towards Design|Spring’s efforts of helping community groups and under-employed members continue their professional development.

Accompanying the festivities to heighten the holiday spirits will be tastings offered by Provisions and McKenzie Brewing, while “snow” (presumably fake) will be present throughout the gingerbread house display and 5th Street Market area.

As mentioned previously, this event will commence at 10 am on December 15 and culminate at 8 pm with contestants/bidders picking up the gingerbread houses. Events that will take place during the day:

10:00-11:00am – Entry Drop-Off

10:30-12:00pm – Official Judging

10:00-5:00pm – Open viewing, People’s Choice Voting

5:00-6:00pm – Judging announcement and awarding of prizes

5:00-7:00pm – Silent Auction, Tastings, “Snow”, and Music

7:00-8:00pm – Auction announcement and wrap up

7:30-8:00pm – Entry Pick-up

If you find yourself in the holiday spirit this season and wish to participate in Eugene’s First Annual Gingerbread Competition and Silent Auction, make sure to head over to 5th Street Market on December 15 to enjoy a day in the snow with your fellow Eugenians.

The Voice’s Vicci Martinez to Perform at the WOW Hall

This Thursday, September 20, Martinez will be performing her unique, powerful take on blues, rock, and pop at the WOW Hall.

During Season One of NBC’s The Voice, the show-stopping battle round between 26-year-old Vicci Martinez and 19-year-old Niki Dawson took viewers’ breaths away. The two ladies sang a duet of a Pink song that exploded with such intensity that it immediately charted on iTunes. Martinez won the round, with celebrity judge Cee Lo Green referring to her stage-jumping as her “war dance.” She would go on to become Green’s team’s finalist, tying for third place in the general competition with Christina Aguilera’s finalist Beverly McClellan.

Since competing on The Voice, Martinez — who hails from Tacoma, Washington — has signed a contract with Universal Republic, recorded a single with Cee Lo Green (“Come Along”),  earned praise from Billboard Magazine,  and released her first Universal Republic album “Vicci” this last June. As if that was not enough, she recently embarked on a West Coast tour to promote her music. In a review of a recent performance of hers in Seattle, the Seattle Music Insider said,

“After shaking the venue with a few great rock songs, the band cleared the stage, leaving Martinez alone with her guitar. The intimate setup was perfect for the emotional ‘Jolene’ which flaunted Martinez’s powerful voice and her ability to convey a range of feelings in just a couple minutes. Her flawless transition into Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ caused the crowd to erupt in excited shrieks and sing along.”

While she has proven that she can cover other artists’ songs with exceptional skill, Martinez’s connection with her audience has a significant link to the honesty of her own songwriting. In her new song “Let Go,” she remembers her deceased father. About the song, Martinez has said,

“I wanted to let go of the pain so I could remember the love. For everyone that leaves us, we have a responsibility to liver harder and live for them. I’m writing about really honest subjects.”

Next week Martinez’s West Coast tour will bring her right here to Eugene. This Thursday, September 20, she will perform her unique, powerful take on blues, rock, and pop at the WOW Hall — and with an entirely acoustic set. Her show, “An Acoustic Evening with Vicci Martinez,” begins at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $20 for reserved seating.

For more information about Vicci Martinez, visit her website at To get tickets to the show, visit the WOW Hall’s website for options at

“An Evening at the Chateau” to benefit Arc of Lane County

ARC of Lane County makes a difference

On Saturday, August 6th, from 4:30pm to dusk, Chateau Lorane Winery will host “An Evening at the Chateau” to benefit the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Arc of Lane County.

This event is Arc’s biggest event of the year, celebrating 11 years with an enchanting evening along the shores of Lake Louise with fine wine, dining, and entertainment along with a special performance by Paul Biondi.Tickets are $75 each or $750 to sponsor a table. To purchase tickets, call 541-343-5256 ext 110 or visit

Chateau Lorane Winery
27415 Siuslaw River Rd.
Lorane, 97451


Sweet Cheeks Winery’s: “Jewels of the Vine” benefit event


Treat yourself to an evening of pampering in the vineyard at this year’s Jewels of the Vine event! Tickets are $20 and include delicious food, exquisite wine, and access to a variety of services provided by local businesses: massage, hairstyling, belly dancing lessons, jewelry making, to name a few! There’s also a fashion show courtesy of Valley River Center, a Silent Auction, and music by Jennifer Sennett.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the winery’s Women in Transition Scholarship Program, which serves to help women in transition fulfill their educational goals through Lane Community College.

Jewels of the Vine is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 4th. Tickets are available at or by calling the winery at (541) 349 – 9463.

Sweet Cheeks Winery
27007 Briggs Hill Rd.