The following events serve to support Bethel students, schools, clubs, or programs, or are opportunities for students and families in Bethel School District. Submit your event here.
Stronger Than You Know Conference
Ophelia’s Place is hosting its annual Stronger Than You Know annual conference which will provide a supportive and informational environment that allows youth serving professionals to share and learn from one another, through a gender-specific and trauma-informed lens.
The conference on February 16 and 17 will offer session tracks that focus on working with girl-identified youth in a school setting, a clinical/therapeutic setting, a recreation/after-school setting, leadership (youth and/or organizational.)
For more information, contact Laura Sanchez, Program Director, 541-284-4333.
Teens and Technology
A workshop for parents to learn the basics about social media and cyber safety. Bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Wednesday, October 26th, Bertha Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St. Eugene, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Hosted by: Eugene Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (ECASE)
Join The Bethel Budget Committee
The Bethel School Board is seeking community members interested in serving on the District’s Budget Committee. There are three openings and all are for 3-year terms. The Budget Committee provides budget advice and direction, examines the District’s entire budget, and recommends a budget to the School Board. The School Board will select applicants to fill positions. Applicants must be a registered voter and must live within the boundaries of the Bethel School District. To learn more about the Budget Committee call 541-689-3280. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on November 4.
Great Schools, Great Communities
What kind of schools do our children deserve? That question and more will be examined during a special public forum on the crisis in funding Oregon public schools and how we got here.
Share your ideas on what it will take to provide all Oregon children a quality education. Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School (500 E. 24th in Eugene.)
Click here for more information.
Active Bethel Citizens Meeting
You too can become a part of the Active Bethel Citizens. We need your input! To find out what’s happening in our community please come to a potluck and ice cream social.
- June 11th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Peterson Barn (the corner of Berntzen and Royal)
- Bring your favorite potluck main dish or salad and ice cream topping. The ice cream will be provided.
Come learn about the City’s tree removal plans in Bethel, our community garden, and the farmers market we will be starting this year at the garden on Barger between Shasta Middle school and Beltline.
Ophelia’s Place Summer Programs
Ophelia’s Place Skill Building Program offers classes, clubs and workshops on a variety of topics that empower girls, enable them to learn some new skills, make new friends and have fun in a safe and trusting environment.
Sign-up now for the Summer Programs for girls ages 10-18. For more information, call 541-284-4333 or visit the Ophelia’s Place website.
Summer Party In Bethel
Make a note now: Tuesday, August 9th 5:30-7:30, the City of Eugene will be hosting Bethel’s Party in the Park at Bethel Park, behind Meadow View School.
Party in the Parks are a fun blend of live music, good eats, and fun activities; including a helmet giveaway, bicycle traffic garden, learn-to-ride clinic, circus arts and more!
They are hosted by City of Eugene Cultural Services, Parks and Recreation and Transportation Options. For more information, contact Emily Farthing at the City of Eugene.
Living History Festival
Children and their families will have the chance to travel back in time with interactive and authentic pioneer activities at the Living History Festival. Hosted by the non-profit Singing Creek Educational Center in Junction City, the event is on Saturday, June 11th, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 each or $15/family. Click here for more information.
Girls Rule! With Ophelia’s Place
Girls Rule! promotes strong relationships between girls and a parent or caring adult. This year we will put an emphasis on empowering girls ages 9-14 to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Girls Rule! 2016 will offer hands-on workshops that focus on STEAM concepts including computer programming, financial literacy, biology, neuroscience and more. Girls Rule! Is Saturday, April 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Churchill High School. Click here to register.
High School Volunteers Needed
OSU Extension is seeking volunteer counselors for the 2016 Iron Chef Summer Camp. Any teen between the ages of 15-18 is welcome to apply. We are looking for youth who are interested in gaining teaching experience, learning more about cooking, promoting healthy lifestyles, and working with younger students. The time commitment includes a one-day “teen teacher” training in early June (date tbd) and the camp itself, which runs mid-June to mid-July, twice a week for two hours each session. A motivated teen could earn as much as 50 volunteers hours
More information and applications are available on the 4-H website.
Whole Earth Nature School – Summer Camps
Go beyond just fun in nature. Summer Nature Camps with Whole Earth Nature School guide kids and teens toward a deep appreciation of and relationship to the natural world. Kids are challenged to overcome difficulties, take appropriate risks, and work as a team. They are helped to cultivate awareness and a “quiet mind” while experiencing opportunities for epic adventure and fantasy.
These non-profit camps are available for youth ages 4-17 in day and overnight programs. Spaces are limited and camps will fill, but scholarships are available. Click here to view the full schedule and register.
Active Bethel Citizens
You too can become a part of the Active Bethel Citizens. We need your input! To find out what’s happening in our community please come to a potluck and ice cream social.
- May 27th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Peterson Barn (the corner of Berntzen and Royal)
Bring your favorite potluck main dish or salad and ice cream topping. The ice cream will be provided.
KIDSPORTS: All Kids Play
Register now for the summer sports season with Kidsports, baseball and softball. Scholarships are available. Click here for more information.
Girl Scout Info Night
Information on joining Girl Scouts will be available for girls from throughout Eugene on February 23, 6:00 p.m., at Howard Elementary School.
Girls in all grades are welcome. Contact Jessica Buma at 541-246-1250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Engineering Workshops
Elementary and Middle school students are invited to this four day workshop (July 20-23) where they will design and build air-propelled go-carts, move onto air-powered boats, and—if they get through all of that—air-powered aqua-mobiles. Between these feature activities, students will design and build roller-coasters and Rube Goldberg Machines. Be prepared to be challenged, be creative, and have fun at Springfield’s Two Rivers/Dos Rios Elementary School. Email Scott Ziglinski at email@example.com for registration information and click here for more program information.
Summer Camps At Ophelia’s Place
A wide variety of summer camps for girls ages 10-18 are being offered by Ophelia’s Place. Registration is being accepted now for Women Who Rock, Movie Making, Parent-Daughter Equine Workshop, Summer Spa, Painting and Expressive Arts, and more. The cost of camps should not be a barrier, please request a scholarship, if needed. Space is limited so call Ophelia’s Place soon to register: 541-284-4333.
Shedd Summer Song Fest
Kids ages 6-11 are invited to take part in any of the four fun summer sessions provided by the Shedd Institute for the Arts. Tuition is $135/week and financial aid is available on an as-needed basis. Fees include instrument use, the compilation recording of the Friday performance, and a daily nutritional snack.
Click here for more information, and call The Shedd Institute Registrar at 5414347015 to register.
Summer Nature Camps
Whole Earth Nature School offers day and overnight Summer Nature Camps for kids ages 4 to 17 featuring outdoor skills and nature connection. Scholarships are available. Whole Earth Nature School is a Eugene based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Click here for more information.
Northwest Adventures Camp
Registration is now open for the Northwest Adventures Summer Program. This week-long Oregon-based adventure camp is for 12-13 and 14-15 year olds. Go hiking, camping and rafting while learning about conservation, leadership, and outdoor Leave-No-Trace camping skills. Learn more and register by clicking here. Scholarships are available for a 33% tuition reduction.
Make A Movie With DEF And OP
Girls can learn the principles of sound decision making and apply them to storyboarding, acting, and filming in a two-part workshop led by the Stanford’s Decision Education Foundation and Ophelia’s Place. The workshops are on Saturdays, April 25 & May 16. Call Ophelia’s Place at 541-284-4333 for more information and to register.
Treat Yo’ Self Group
Girls ages 12-18 are welcome to take part in this group where safe discussions take place around friends, self-image, and self-talk. It meets Mondays from April 20-June 1 from 4:00-5:00 at Ophelia’s Place. Join this free and supportive group by calling Ophelia’s Place at 541-284-4333 or Register Online.
The 8th annual Girls Rule! conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at LCC. This event is open for girls ages 9-14 and a caring adult. It will include hands-on creations, dance, music, healthy body image, and more.
Click here for registration and more information on this free event (donations encouraged and accepted.)
At the Bethel Branch Library In February
Every day, there are books, films, music, and more for you and your family at the Bethel Branch of Eugene Public Library. Plus, get help with homework assignments, in person and online, including free web-based tutoring.
Every Saturday at 11:15 the Bethel Branch hosts Cuentos y Canciones (Stories and Songs in Spanish) for families. And special for adults this month: a fun hands-on workshop to learn how to “Create Pop-Up Cards” on Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m.
For more information, call 541-682-8316 or visit www.eugene-or.gov/library.
9th Annual Holiday Meal
The MLK Education Center Culinary Arts Program is staging its free annual holiday meal for the community. Free food boxes, a free raffle, and a free meal of ham, turkey, pie and more will be offered.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 11, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Lane County Youth Services across from Autzen Stadium.
Booster Palooza Returns For Holidays
Just in time for the holidays, the Bethel Boosters will stage their annual vendor show and craft fair, otherwise known as Booster Palooza.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 6th, 10:00-3:00 in the Willamette cafeteria.
Shoppers can anticipate a wide variety of local crafters displaying their wares.
Healthy Moves Dinner and Auction
Everyone’s invited to the Fall, Fashion and Fitness Fundraiser for Healthy Moves, a Eugene nonprofit that partners with local schools to help kids be more physically active in order to improve their health and learning ability.
The dinner and auction will be held at the Downtown Athletic club, Saturday, November 15 at 5:30.
Tickets are $65 and include dinner, beer and wine, and entertainment. The evening features also include music by the Love Sisters featuring Barbara Healy and Deb Cleveland, a youth fashion show, and comedy entertainment by Marc Siegel.
For tickets, call 541-632-2541 or send an email reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenting Adopted Children
You are invited to the Adoption Connections of Oregon annual conference, Saturday, November 15th in Eugene. Three therapists with expertise in adoption will present their therapeutic approaches and creative strategies for parenting adopted children. An adult adoptee panel will share their perspectives of growing up with adoptive parents. And panel of adoptive parents will speak on their experiences traveling back to their children’s countries of origin, and attempts at finding birth families.
Girls Rock Jam Room
Ophelia’s Place has opened up a new place for girls ages 10-18 to gain musical experience through workshops and free time. See the Grrrlz Rock Jam Room for yourself at an Open House, Wednesday, November 5th, from 3:00-6:00.
Check out the instruments including guitars, drums, keyboards, microphones, marimbas, bass, percussion and more, all at Ophelia’s Place, 1557 Pearl in Eugene.
Positive Parenting Study
Find out how you can solve challenging problems with your child’s behavior and prevent future problems before they arise. Oregon Research Institute is conducting a research study called the Success for Children and Families Project to evaluate a parenting program designed to help parents deal with their 3-7 year old child’s difficult behaviors. Families who qualify for the study receive the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program FREE of charge. See more at: http://www.ori.org/success
Boy Scout Open House
Boy Scout troop 182 is hosting an open house Monday, September 15th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Irving Grange, 1011 Irvington Drive. All boys ages 11-17 and interested parents are encouraged to attend.
Ophelia’s Place Fall Programming
With school underway, Ophelia’s Place is offering its fall schedule of activities for girls. Ophelia’s Place is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices through empowerment, education and support.
Free Tickets To World Junior Track Meet
TrackTown USA and City of Eugene Recreation are offering free tickets to the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships – July 22-27 at Hayward Field. The TrackTown USA Student Access program provides students and their families the free tickets, and transportation is available through LTD.
To request tickets, click here and follow the on-line instructions. You will receive an email detailing how to access transportation and pick up your tickets at Hayward Field on the day you attend.
United Way Summer Reading Spots
United Way of Lane County’s Summer Reading Spots provide literacy-building reading experiences for young children and encourage parents to actively participate in reading with their children.
In Bethel, the summer reading spot is at Petersen Barn Park, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday through August 21st.
Click here to become a volunteer reader at the Summer Reading Spots.
Summer Events At Ophelia’s Place
Registration is in full swing for a variety of events for girls at Ophelia’s Place this summer. Scholarships are available.
Click here for all the information on activities and events, and how to register.
Oregon Children’s Choirs Registration
Oregon Children’s Choirs are accepting early discounted registrations for ages K-12th grade for the 2014-2015 Fall Season.
Oregon Children’s Choirs sing all styles of music, from pop and musical theater to traditional and a cappella. Overnights, trips, and games are a part of all OCC groups. Many types of need-based scholarships are available, and OCC also a great Vocal Skills Camp in late July this summer. No audition is required for most OCC choirs.
Bethel Branch Library Magic – June 25
Bring the kids to laugh and learn at a Science Magic Show featuring Curt Nelson’s hilarious tricks and puppets. Join the fun at Bethel Branch on Wednesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. Admission is always free.
Sign up for Summer Reading with the 2014 theme “Fizz! Boom! Read!” Each child and teen gets a free book to keep; each adult gets a free book bag and a coupon for a free coffee or $1 off books at the Friends of the Library book store. Plus: free raffles for all ages and free events all summer.
Special for adults in June: make a garden treasure at the Bethel Branch crafts workshop on Tuesday, June 10, 6:00 p.m. (pre-register at 541-682-5318).
Girls’ Post-High School Plans – May 28
Ophelia’s Place is having two workshops (May 28th and June 4th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.) to help girls ages 14-18 strengthen and organize their goals after high school, focusing on identifying strengths and interests and how they influence the goals in our lives. The second part of the workshop will explore career interests and options that are available for girls after high school. Contact Ophelia’s Place for more information: 541-284-4333
SHASTAFEST – May 20th
Everyone’s welcome to the annual Shastafest at Shasta Middle School, Tuesday May 20th.
Visit the Project Fair, enjoy a BBQ dinner and take part in the silent auction, book fair and raffle. There will also be special performances by the Shasta Choir and Band.
The Incoming 6th Grade Orientation is from 6:00-6:30 then the doors open for the Shastafest at 6:30. Admission is free.
Cub Scout Olympics & Activities – May 6th
All boys in kindergarten thru 4th grade are invited to learn about Cub Scouts at the “Scout Olympics” at Irving Elementary on May 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Cub Scout Pack #52 Meets at Irving on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Sign-up is taking place now for the 2014-2015 school year. Meetings will be from Sept 16- May 5.
And boys can join now and participate in summer camps: Family camp-out at Evergreen Air Museum/Waterpark, Day Camp in Eugene, Overnight Camp at Camp Baker.
Dues and registration fees are reasonable and scholarships are available. Call 541-688-4573 for more information.
Coming up at Bethel Branch Library
Enter the Children’s Book Week Poster Raffle: all month, visit to see beautiful posters on display and enter a free raffle to win your favorite.
Every Saturday at 11:15, the Bethel Branch hosts Cuentos y Canciones (Stories and Songs in Spanish) for families. On Saturday, May 10, get creative with special guest Arthurina Fears of the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Adults: learn how to “Print Your Book” on Tuesday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. Whether you have written a book you want to sell, or you want to print just a few copies of a family history or recipe collection, self-publishing is now easier than ever. Find out about free online resources you can use.
For more information, call 541-682-8316 or visit www.eugene-or.gov/library<http://www.eugene-or.gov/library>.
NAACP Events For The Community
There are two upcoming events offered by the NAACP for the whole community: The 23rd Annual ACT-SO Competition: A showcase of local talented African-American youth, and the 2014 NAACP Education Forum. Both events are free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
1st Annual Adventure Fest
Local outdoor recreation and education organizations will come together to provide fun activities for kids and families at the 1st Annual Adventure Fest on April 26th. This event at Skinner Butte Park is free, with most activities designed for ages 12-18. Click here for more the details.
Ophelia’s Place Events For Girls
Ophelia’s Place is offering a therapy group specifically for girls ages 14-18 who have experienced a particularly stressful or traumatic event. H.E.R. (Healing, Empowerment, Recovery) Group is a safe space to learn, share and support one another. H.E.R Group begins April 29th and will meet weekly from 4:00-5:30 for 10 weeks. A pre-screening for group is required, for more information about participating call Laura at 541-284-333 or email@example.com
Ophelia’s Place is also offering a two-day self-defense course for girls on Saturdays April 12th and 26th at 10 a.m. Northwest Martial Arts will be teaching the course combining the most modern and effective techniques for safety and self-protection. To register, call Ophelia’s place at 541-284-4333.
Willamette Recycling Round-Up
This is your opportunity to clean out the house and garage…for free. Bring your old computers, phones, TVs, electronics, household and other reusable items to Willamette High School for the 5th annual Recycling Round-Up, Saturday, April 19th from 8:00 to 2:00.
For more information contact teacher David Novak at Willamette, 541-689-0731.
Get Ready for Kindergarten
The Bethel Family Resource Center invites families with children entering kindergarten to participate in two free evening classes to help prepare for a successful start in school. Learn how to promote social, emotional, and thinking skills, and gain strategies for encouraging problem solving and pre-reading skills through reading with your child.
This is a two evening program at the Family Resource Center inside Malabon Elementary School, 1380 Taney: Mondays April 7th & April 14th, 5:30-8:00 p.m., and registration is required. Free dinner and childcare are included. For more information contact Anne Diaz, 541-461-6424 x 2539, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aging With Autism
The first age group diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome is today’s Boomer generation. If you or someone you love has reached the mid-50’s with this “Autism Spectrum Disorder”, join us to discuss what it means to have reached this benchmark and how we can help ensure good health for the next 50. Saturdays, May 3 & 10, from 9:00-noon at Garden Way Retirement, 175 S. Garden Way, Eugene.
Cub Scout Pack 22 Welcomes Newcomers
All boys interesting in Scouting are welcome to join Cub Scout Pack 22. They meet Wednesday evenings at 6:15 at Prairie Mountain School.
For more information contact Tara Freel (email@example.com) 541-342-5056.
Bus Stop Sale at Fairfield
Pottery wheels, 100,000 sports trading cards, art supplies, retired school equipment, new craft and holiday items, and much more will be sold this Saturday, March 22nd at the Bus Stop Sale at Fairfield Elementary.
The event runs from 8:00-4:00 and all revenue will help to fund the Fairfield and Malabon student stores.
Spring Break Camp At Ophelia’s Place
Join Ophelia’s Place and SPICE (Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence) for a four-day Spring Break camp with hands-on learning and experimentation. Check out their flyer for more details. Please call 541-284-4333 to register. Scholarships are available.
Spring And Summer Courses At The Shedd
Music camps, classes and lessons for this spring and summer are being offered at the Shedd in downtown Eugene.
There is scholarship support available for low income families, who need to call the Registrar at the Shedd and ask for an application: 541-434-7015.
Click here for the Shedd’s complete spring and summer schedule.
Ophelia’s Place: Girls Rule! A Parent-Daughter Fair
Girls ages 9-14 and a caring adult are invited to explore and experience new opportunities together. Ophelia’s Place will present workshops and classes with topics that include crafts, self-defense, science and nature, creative exploration, relationships, dance and movement, body image, internet safety, and many more.
Each girl must be accompanied by one adult. Lunch will be provided. There is at $5 suggested donation for this event on Saturday, March 15, 9:00-3:00 on the LCC campus (Center for Meeting and Learning building.)
To register: please visit the Ophelia’s Place website at http://www.opheliasplace.net or call 541-284-7333.
Skills to Help Children Navigate Social Interactions
Does your child have big reactions to small problems? Have difficulty interacting with peers? Tend to “rule police” when playing with others? Struggle to figure out social rules?
Former Bethel Behavior and Autism Specialist, Monica Bounds, will give a free presentation at the downtown library that will offer strategies to help kids manage BIG emotions, improve flexibility, understand the thoughts and feelings of others, make and keep friends, and decode the expected and unexpected behaviors for any situation.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 16th, from 10:30-noon at the downtown library.
Free Track and Field Clinic At Hayward Field
Bethel students are invited to a free track and field clinic at the UO’s Hayward Field, Saturday, March 22nd, 10:30-11:45.
Oregon Track Club Elite and UO athletes and a coach will lead the clinic as kids will long jump, hurdle, sprint and throw the turbo javelin.
There is no cost, but kids should wear their own running shoes. All kids will receive a ribbon and snack.
Pre‐registration is strongly encouraged at the Sheldon Community Center (541‐682‐5312) the week of March 17.
Kendall Fundraising Opportunity
Explore how you can support education at your school with Kendall Drive For Education. Schools can earn points or compete in contests, with Kendall donating hundreds and thousands of dollars directly to the winning schools four times a year.
Tickets To World Junior Track Championships
Free tickets are available for the World Junior Track Championships at Hayward Field this summer.
The first 200 students who run one mile and complete this form will be awarded tickets to watch this prestigious track event. A from teachers, coaches, parents or guardians is accepted on the form.
The world’s best athletes under the age of 20 are coming to Oregon, and this is your opportunity to be part of an historic event.
Ophelia’s Place Workshops For Girls – January 21
Have you ever imagined your own world? Dreamed of slaying dragons or saving the universe? Or writing a novel of adventure and courage? Join award-winning author Rachel Pruitt for a series of workshops in creating and developing your inner heroine and mythology.
Visit the Ophelia’s Place website or call 541-284-4333 for more information.
Paying For College – January 11
College is about your kids and usually your money. Learn about all the tax advantages and other benefits of saving for college with the Oregon College Savings Plan.
Paying for College is a free seminar provided by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Oregon Student Access Commission.
Visit their website and register for the seminar at the Eugene Hilton, Saturday January 11th.
Bethel Boosters Chili’s Fundraiser – January 6
Chili’s restaurant at Valley River Center will donate 15% of its sales on January 6th to the Bethel Boosters. Customers must present this flyer for the Boosters to receive credit for the sale.
Support the Boosters on January 6th from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Booster Palooza Craft Fair – December 7
The annual Booster Palooza is fast approaching. A large holiday vendor fair and craft show, Booster Palooza is December 7th in the Willamette High School cafeteria, from 10:00 – 3:00. More than three dozen vendors will be there.
Booster Palooza is a fundraiser for the Bethel Boosters. For more information contact Traci with the Bethel Boosters: 541-688-4488.
Shasta Holiday Bazaar – December 14
Vendors are still welcome for the Shasta Middle School Holiday Bazaar, Saturday December 14 from 9:00-4:00.
Crafts and local products will be on display. Tables are available for only $20, or $25 with electricity. Please contact Amanda Hinkle for details.
Cub Scouts Wanted in Three Packs
Cub Scout Packs 52, 23 and 27 are welcoming boys to join their Scout families.
Cub Scout Pack 27 is looking for First to Third Grade boys. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. through June at Fairfield Elementary.
Families are invited to visit and learn about joining this Cub Scout Family. For more information contact Amber Goodman.
Pack 23 is also welcoming new boys interested in Scouting. They meet Tuesday nights at 6:30 at Clear Lake Elementary. Contact Heather Zandhuisen for more information.
Pack 52 is looking for first and second grade boys to join its pack. They are based at Irving Elementary School but welcome all local boys. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through May 7th.
Families are invited to visit and learn about joining this Cub Scout Family. For more information contact Donnita Bassinger.