Lectures & Workshops

Oregon Culture Nights: A Traditional Arts Series on the Lawn: Francisco Bautista

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Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for a celebration of Oregon’s living traditions, featuring performances and demonstrations by master artists from around the Willamette Valley. Pack a picnic, bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy this special opportunity to connect across our collective Oregon heritages. Fourth-generation traditional weaver Francisco Bautista is known for his stunning contemporary textiles that reflect both his Zapotec heritage and his life in Oregon today. Each event is included with regular admission and free for MNCH members and UO ID Request your reservations online today!

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Stray Cast Improv in Kesey Square

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Come enjoy some Improv games, music and laughter. Let’s create a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere to explore performance art. A great way to meet new friends on Saturday mornings. People of all abilities welcome. No talent required! Covid safety precautions will be taken.

Presented by Oregon Supported Living Program and City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Fund.

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Race Walk Clinics

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Learn how to race walk! These race walk clinics will teach you the fundamentals of race walking and give you an in-depth understanding of this unique Olympic sport. Participants will learn from professional race walk coaches during the clinic. Youth race walking is offered at the first two afternoon sessions. Adult race walking is offered at the 5 – 6 p.m. session.

Children who register will also have the chance to participate in an event after the official Race Walk Finals on Saturday, June 26.

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Paint & Party – Country Road

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Create your own masterpiece at a Studio 33 Painting Event. Artist Alejandro provides all painting materials and easy-to-follow instructions: all you need to do is follow along! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Delicious food and drinks available to purchase on location. So grab a friend (and a glass), and let’s get this painting party started! Please note that seating is limited.

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Free Historical Woodshop Tour

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Take a free tour of Urban Lumber’s historic facility and showroom gallery as they turn old growth lumber, salvaged from our beautiful Willamette Valley, into sustainable custom furniture.

Not only a woodworker’s paradise, but a dream destination for artists, designers, fabricators, historians and nature enthusiasts. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, come meet the makers, learn their process and rich history of handmade furnishings of lumber, leather and steel. The tour includes light snacks. Tour participants may also enjoy a free design consultation.

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The History of Elijah Bristow State Park: From Pre-Colonization to Today

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Join the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council for a virtual presentation on the history of Elijah Bristow State Park from pre-colonization till today. They will be joined by Tribal historian David Lewis and State Park Ranger Sean Stewart as they share the history of the park and the lands on which it stands. Register online at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SEBCaQbkQzOHX9H8nVKWnA

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Drawing from the Deep: A PaleoArt Workshop with Ray Troll

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Join artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Edward Davis for a fun-filled evening of science and art! You’ll dive into the natural history of Oregon’s colossal spike-toothed salmon, learn about Ray Troll’s artistic process during a live drawing session, then draw your own spike-toothed salmon as Edward and Ray answer your questions.

The workshop will be held live on Zoom. Preregistration is required. 

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Q2 Virtual Artist Reception: Katusyuki Shibata

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Join featured artist Katsuyuki Shibata on Zoom. Katsuyuki Shibata’s “Celebrating the Understated Beauty of Oregon, the Northwest & Beyond, ” a special collection of images from 2013 to 2021, is on exhibit at Dr. Dexter’s office through July 1st.

The event is free and open to the public. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email. Register here: https://forms.gle/rfEtdzbsnamgELSp6

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Scenic Spring Woodland Walk

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The Long Tom Watershed Council is offering a limited attendance, RSVP-only guided walk of scenic oak woodland and prairie habitat along the Long Tom River. This walk is in cooperation with their partners at WREN and will be led by local naturalist Rick Ahrens.

The project site is part of a 1,200-acre multi-ownership area of intact, native habitats including wet and upland prairie, oak woodland and savanna, riparian forest, and wetland. There are also vernal pools and remnants of the historic Coyote Creek channel. Participation for this event is based on a lottery due to limited availability. COVID-10 protocols in place. Please register for the opportunity to participate on their website. Winners will be contacted with meeting information.

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Mount Pisgah Wildflower & Music Festival – Virtual

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The wildflower festival will be held online with virtual programing. There will be virtual field trips and presentations on fire ecology, native plant gardening, plant-pollinator interactions, botanical illustration and more.

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