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Activities Serve Veterans with Disabilities and their Families
City of Eugene Adapted Recreation has fun in store for injured, ill or wounded veterans and their families this summer. Vets are invited to go on bike rides, fishing, rafting and sailing with family and friends. The activities are intended to help disabled vets adjust to civilian life following their service.
Through Sept. 3, vets can join other vets on free bike rides every Tuesday evening from Maurie Jacobs Park. A variety of adapted bikes, including hand cycles, tandems, recumbent, adult ‘tricycles’, and side-by-sides are available for those who need them. On June 19, veterans are invited to a free day of fishing at Diamond Lake with other veterans who own boats.
And on July 28, vets and their families can raft down the McKenzie River from Finn Rock to Ben and Kay Dorris State Park. The scenery is spectacular, the water is crystal clear and the rapids are thrilling. Then, on Aug. 11, they can raft down the Willamette, stopping to pick blackberries. Adapted rafting frames are available for those with a physical disability for all rafting trips.
Also in August, veterans can learn to sail and receive ASA certification in four-week class designed for members of the Wounded Warrior Project as well as veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Then, the newly certified sailors can show off their skills at a family sail on Aug. 23.
To support these activities as well as send a team of disabled Veterans to the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic this fall, the Oregon Veterans Adapted Sports Fund has been established. This fund will provide scholarships for sports and recreation activities as well as associated costs for veterans to attend National Veteran Sports Clinics. The fund will be administered through the Eugene Parks Foundation.
For more information about Adapted Rec’s activities for veterans or the new fund, call Patty at 541-682-6365.
Operation Thank You!
Teens in Adapted Recreation’s Rockin’ Rec Night have partnered with seven South Eugene High School students to collect items and create care packages for local veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. Donations for the care packages will be accepted through Friday, May 17, at the Hilyard, Campbell or Sheldon Community Center. Bring one or more of the items on the list below. (No perishable items, please.)
• Brain puzzle books (word finds, soduko, etc.)
• Playing cards
• Project kits (model cars, woodworking, etc.)
• Sketch pads & colored pencils
• jigsaw puzzles
• Seeds and pots (flowers, herb, or vegetables)
We Are Bethel Celebration
Bring your imagination and sense of curiosity to this year’s We Are Bethel Celebration where the theme is the “Big Barn Theory”. The 12th Annual Celebration of the Bethel neighborhood will feature rockets, robotics, a xylophone ball, PVC organ, light filter wheel, an interactive Rube Goldberg station, fortune o' matic, giant ”Spirograph” and – what science event be complete without– a mad scientist’s lab?
And, as if that’s not enough the Celebration will also include:
An art gallery displaying art from local schools and Pete Barn art classes.
Music provided by local school groups. The headliners will be “Taste”.
Carnival games (25¢ tickets), and
Interactive Community Booth
The We Are Bethel Celebration is on Saturday, June 1, 12-6 p.m. at Petersen Barn Community Center. Free admission.
Preschool Open House May 8
Parents are invited to a free Open House for Amazon’s Exploratorium Pre-School for ages 2½-5 from 6-7 p.m. on May 8. Learn about this innovative program that is designed to focus on individual academic development with an emphasis on building social skills.
Kids engage in arts activities, dance, explore nature and have fun! Come meet the teachers and staff, at Amazon Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St. No children at this event please.
KidCity Kids give to Relay for Life
School age youth in the KidCity program selected Relay for Life as their community service project and will be raising funds through two events. On May 17, they are holding a family carnival from 6-8 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center that includes free food, 10¢ carnival games, swimming and music. Then, on June 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the kids will hold a donation-only car wash. Both events are drop-in; no registration required. For more information, call 541-683-5312.
Sign up for Summer Camp!
With more than 100 City of Eugene Camps to choose from, there’s bound to be several that your child will love. Choose from theme camps in arts, outdoors, adventure, or sports, or choose from the camps offered by activity including swimming, biking, tree climbing, Eugene Police Activities League, fashion design, photography, sailing, rafting, Four Rs, tennis, and much, much more. Check them all out in the
Mother's Day Challenge Course
Forget the calorie heavy brunch! Do something fun, different and active for Mother’s Day: take her to the Spencer Butte Challenge Course. together, you’ll climb trees, walk across cables, and swing through the air. These experiences build trust and confidence in each other and that’s something that will last way longer than a buffet meal! Your physical and emotional safety is our highest priority. All family members are welcome. (And, you can do it again next month for Father’s day.) All family members welcome; each must register. Mother’s Day Challenge course is May 12, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20/pp.
Adult and Senior activities offer variety
From riding bikes to navigating your iPad, the Adult and Senior program has a class for that. Here are just of some of the activities at Campbell and Petersen Barn Centers in the next few weeks:
Get Your Bike Ready for Summer
at this three hour class. You’ll learn basic maintenance, a 6-point safety check and more! June 3, 6-9 p.m. $13. Then, go Bike Riding on Wednesdays for 10-20 miles at an easy pace. Meet at Campbell Center, 9:30 a.m. Free.
How to use an iPad or similar tablet
: Learn the ins and out of these devices over a lunch hour. Monday, May 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. for beginners. Also, you can maximize your device with
There’s an app for that!
Easily download apps onto you iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Bring your device. May 6, 3-4 p.m. for beginners; June 6, 7-8 p.m. those with some experience. Both are free but pre-registration is required.
Bob Welch, Eugene columnist and author
, discusses his three new books. Friday, May 31, 10:30 a.m. Free. Or, get a free
Preview of a Trip to Italy
: Ciao bella! Does a trip to Italy sound favoloso (fabulous) to you? June 4, 3 p.m., Campbell Center. Free but pre-registration is required but pre-registration is required.
Hike through the Oregon Dunes to Tahkenitch Creek
on Monday, May 13, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. A variety of hiking distances are available. $40. Or, learn to create very special
for every occasion, on Monday, May 20, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. $12
Don't Miss the Virtual Commute Fashion Show
Walk the red carpet and get your picture taken in your best commuter apparel at Eugene’s first ever virtual
Commute Fashion Show
. Just stop by the station along the South Riverbank Path behind Campbell Community Center (west of the Ferry Street Bridge) from 7 – 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7. Our photographer will take your picture, email it to you and place it on a Campbell Center’s Facebook “Wall of Fame”. This is part of the Business Commute Challenge, which encourages people to walk, bike, roll, bus, or carpool to work. Refreshments, resources, and minor bike repairs will also be available. Everything is FREE!
Thanks to Jerry's Home Improvement for supporting Eugene Recreation programs.
Amazon Pool opens for lap swims
Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance
Summer Family Fun Nights at Petersen Barn
April Rec eNews Winner!
Congratulations to Rebecca Mellott, the winner of the April Rec eNews prize: $25 toward the registration in any Eugene Recreation summer camp.
Enter to win the May Rec eNews prize
: one days' rental of an adaptive bike - a variety of styles to choose from. The winner will be notified by email after May 29.
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