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Open House – Eugene Karate Club & Eugene Ballet Academy


Eugene Ballet Academy and Eugene Karate Club are having an open house November 6th from
4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Included inside the Eugene Ballet building at 1590 Willamette St. Eugene are classes for all ages including:

  • Ballet
  • Jazz Dance
  • Modern Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Karate classes for kids 9 through 12

The Open house will include tours throughout the facility and a karate demonstrations by the Eugene Karate Club kids.

If you have an interest for your child to learn a new skill, while strengthening their body and using it  efficiently, then the Ballet, Dance and Karate classes at the Eugene Ballet building will do just that.

Eugene Ballet prides itself in the safety of its facility and looks forward to showing you around.
OPEN HOUSE – NOVEMBER 6th from 4pm to 6pm. For more information call (541) 686-9342 x304

Open House
Eugene Ballet Academy and Eugene Karate Club

About Eugene Karate Club

We are a small non-profit karate club that teaches students from nine to twelve years of age. We are currently looking to expand our club size to a maximum of nine children. We pride ourselves in taking a different approach with martial arts by focusing on the mental and physical development of each child along with teaching valuable lessons in awareness and positivity in everyday life.

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When we begin to work with our students, we are looking first at building their confidence. Confidence comes at this early age through enhancing coordination and body posture. We explain to the kids how maintaining proper body posture gives the impression to others that they are sure of themselves and in control of each social situation. Body posture is achieved by strengthening the correct muscle groups, which we carry forward from the very first class. We explain how body posture also helps strengthen awareness.

For example, if you are looking down, you are not as aware of your surroundings as when you are looking straight forward and maintaining correct body posture. The confidence gained by these practices will continue to carry throughout each child’s life in sports, school, business, etc. As our students progress through the years of training, they become very well-rounded individuals. The majority of students that have been involved in our club have done very well in school and currently many of them are doing very well in college.

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Our style of martial arts teaches self-confidence, coordination and using the body efficiently. Feeling good means feeling happy and more focused. This is what we try to achieve with our students. When they leave our club, they will take these skills with them and apply them to any facet of their lives to be more efficient at what they attempt. There is a saying in our style; 20% physical, 80% mental. The 20% physical is the drive to get into the best shape possible, while the 80% mental is the constant attempt to focus the mind on the task at hand and remain calm and confident throughout each experience.

Our goal is to make a better world by guiding each student to success in his or her life. We hope to enhance our local community and leave an impression long after our club is gone.

For more information on our club please call (541) 221-3599 and ask for Larry.

Springfield Justice Center to Hold First Open House


Springfield Justice Center to Hold First Open House

Nate Gartrell, EDN

The new Springfield Justice Center will host its first-ever open house on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and provide tours, refreshments, and general crime prevention information to the public.

The Springfield Justice Center, located at 230 Fourth St.

Tana Steers, a community service officer with the Springfield police, said that the event is intended not just to inform the public, but also to offer gratitude for the facility, which was built after voters approved funding its construction.

“We want to let the community know what they have provided, and to thank them for providing us with this wonderful building,” Steers said.

Steers, who works in crime prevention, also said that the tours given during the open house would be more detailed than typical ones that are routinely given at the Springfield Justice Center. For example, the open house will have three K-9 exhibitions which will include demonstrations of “attack” commands.

“They’ll usually have an officer dressed up in the ‘bite arm’ and actually let the dog take a bite on the arm,” Steers said. She added, with a laugh, “…on the padding, of course.”

Steers said there was a definite need in Springfield for the event’s emphasis on preventing crimes, although she said that crime in the city hasn’t been particularly worse in 2011 than in recent years.

“We’ll have lots of crime prevention information available,” Steers said. “We’ll also have a couple classes – one on personal safety, one on home security, and gangs and drugs.”

The most recent information on crime statistics available through the City of Springfield’s website shows that, in 2008, Springfield had the highest property crime rate in Oregon, and the fourth-highest violent crime rate, despite being ranked ninth overall in population.

Police Chief Jerry Smith, and McGruff the Crime Dog, will both be at the open house. Photo courtesy of Tana Steers

Additionally, Steers pointed to certain types of crimes, such as identity theft, which are currently on the rise both regionally and nationally.

“Identity theft will probably be with us for awhile,” Steers said. “We want to educate people what precautions they can take.”

Springfield Police Chief Jerry Smith will also host a Q&A during the event, as Steers said Smith would be there to answer any questions from members of the community.

The four-hour open house will be partially paid for through the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, a private non-profit group, and also through the educational portion of the Springfield Police Department’s budget, according the Steers.

Additionally, said Steers, drug dealers will pay for part of the event (indirectly, of course), since police are allowed to use money seized during drug busts to pay for anti-drug campaigns.

“A lot of our crime prevention information and brochures, and even some giveaways, come from the drug forfeiture fund,” Steers said. “If it has a drug prevention message on it, then we can use that fund for it.”

The Springfield Justice Center, located at 230 Fourth St. in Springfield, was built after voters passed Measure 20-91 in 2004, which provided $28.65 million dollars to fund the justice center’s construction. The local John Hyland Construction Inc. built the facility, which came in under budget at $24 million.

Which Winery Will Wine Down Your Memorial Weekend?



Benton-Lane Winery

Memorial Day Weekend Winery Open Houses
May 28th, 29th, & 30th

Blue skies and warm days are on their way, and local wineries will be swinging their doors open for one of the South Willamette Valley’s highly anticipated and most celebrated 3 day wine events: Memorial Day Weekend Winery Open Houses. It’s the official kick-off to the summer season at the wineries; featuring, special releases, barrel tastings, live music, artisan treats and an endless flow of their locally, hand crafted wine- from Pinot Noir and Petit Syrah to Huxelrebe and Sweet Rosé. Each winery entices us to head their way for a number of reasons, so here’s a list of what they’ll be indulging us with this 2011 Memorial Day Weekend:

Benton-Lane Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11a-5p. $10 admission includes logo glass and gourmet tapas. Live music with Jerome Monaco Saturday and Sunday- 12:30-4:30p. Gourmet Pizza Tapas on Monday. Also hosting the new Ebony Wines-grown in Oregon’s rockiest vineyards!

Brigadoon Wine Company: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11a-4p. Enjoy a Pinot-Picnic in the Park. Bring a lunch, chairs or a blanket & sample the Shown families 3 delicious Pinot’s while relaxing in a beautiful park-like setting at the Brigadoon Wine Co. property. FREE admission

Chateau Lorane's Lake Louise

Chateau Lorane: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11:30a-5:30p. $10 admission includes logo glass (free under 21). Taste over 20 different wines, live music, art festival, delicious food available for purchase provided by Flavors Catering. All this on the shores of the beautiful Lake Louise! Rain or Shine.

Domaine Meriwether: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11a-4p. $10 fee for 4 tastes of wine and a plate of food. Live music

Capitello Wines will be featured at Domaine Meriwether!

Iris Vineyards: Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday 11a-5p. Free wine tasting all 3 days! 25% discount on case purchases, including mixed cases.

King Estate: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. New releases & restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner.

The deck at LaVelle Vineyards

LaVelle Vineyards: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, enjoy live performances by the 5 piece band-‘Concrete Loveseat’ on Sunday and Monday. Delectable food will be catered by Field to Table.

Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-5p, live acoustic music Saturday & Sunday. $5 tasting fee which includes 6 wines- fee waived with a bottle purchase.

Pfeiffer Winery: Open Wednesday – Monday 11a-5p, offering Italian Chocolates & appetizer’s with wine tasting. Private Pinot Clinics will be held in the Grotto every 90 minutes. Owners Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer will be your guides with barrel tasting of their 2010 Pinot Noir Futures and official release of the highly anticipated 2008 Blue Dot Pinot Noir Reserve. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy their water garden falls and streams.

RainSong Vineyard: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-5p. Featuring new releases, 20% case discounts, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and barrel tasting! Admission is FREE.

The tasting room red barn at Saginaw Vineyard

Saginaw Vineyard: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11a-5p, but open late Friday for live music with Timothy Patrick 6p-9p

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-6p wine tasting, live music, sales on wine; Sat. 2-5p “The Valley Boys” Live; Sun. 2-5p “Just Say Yes” Live; Mon. 2-5p “Apropos” Live. FREE admission

Sarver Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12-8p, complimentary tastings paired with cheese and chocolate.

Sweet Cheeks Winery: Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 12-6p, Live Music by “Taste”, food available for purchase, wine specials, and an art festival. New vintages of Rosy Cheeks and Riesling will be available & admission is free

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company: Friday 6-9p live music; Saturday 3-9p live music starts at 6p; Sunday 3-7p; $7 tasting fee for flight of 7 wines. Light snacks.

Opine Cellars wines will also be available to sample at Territorial.

We are truly blessed to be in the midst of these unparalleled wineries of the South Willamette Valley. Thanks to the efforts and hard work of all the people involved in meticulously planning these fun-filled Memorial Day Weekend events, there will be loads of fun to be had by all.

But, know this: Before I blow off the dust from my flip flops and sun-glasses, and unpack the boxes that have housed my favorite t-shirts and shorts for the last 8 months, I’ll take a moment to remember those who have fallen in battle fulfilling their obligation to the great country in which I live. The freedoms that I enjoy everyday are protected and ensured by men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect my country and what it stands for.  After a moment of silence and heartfelt gratitude so deserving of our military, I’ll be ready to swirl, sip, and savor all that our stellar local wineries have to offer, and I will raise a glass to our American heroes.

Cheers to my Dad, my hero: Lt. Col. Maurice H. Leiser, 1954 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dedicated to God, his beloved family, and the United States Army–he is forever in my heart. 1931-2009.

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene