Please join us for the
19th ANNUAL SOUTHWEST HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (SHiNA) POTLUCK PICNIC
on SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2:00-6:00PM
at the WAYNE MORSE FAMILY FARM, 595 Crest Drive.
This is a family-friendly event where neighbors can get (re)acquainted, share a potluck meal, enjoy entertainment, have some fun, find interesting information, share excess garden bounty, and just maybe even take home a prize.
TAIKO DRUMMING AND MUSIC
We are delighted to announce that EUGENE TAIKO, a community-based Japanese drumming group, will be back. For more information about their performances, please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwsyNggn0FE or http://www.eugenetaiko.com/
GRRRLZ ROCK will be there to entertain us again, too, including local duo Bajuana Tea – Matrisha and Austin Armitage – and others. For more information, please see http://www.grrrlzrock.com/ Please note: GRRRLZ Rock will gladly take your old instruments. And yes, such donations are tax-deductible.
Ice cream and sparkling water with natural fruit flavors will be provided by SHiNA.
BOOTHS AND INFORMATION TABLES (some tentative, more information to come)
City of Eugene Police Department Crime Prevention Specialists Paul Bishop (the specialist assigned to the SHiNA area) and Margaret Mazzotta will have information about crime prevention and a prize wheel activity for children. And be sure to bring your bicycles for free bicycle registration. Please see https://www.eugene-or.gov/944/Prevention-and-Safety for more information. A thank you for the efforts of Debbie Janecek, Acting Supervisor and Program Manager of the EPD Crime Prevention Team, for making this possible.
Scott Altenhoff of the City of Eugene Urban Forestry Office will again be available to answer questions about your trees and Eugene’s urban forest. He will also have information about Eugene Outdoors. For additional information, please see https://www.eugene-or.gov/325/Trees
Sherman of Friends of the Farmers Market will be back with another informative booth, complete with blind tastings (store-bought vs Farmers Market). Please see the website at http://lanefood.org/what-we-do/friends-of-the-farmers-market/
The North American Butterfly Association will have an information booth.
Sandy Scheetz of the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Master Preservers will be available to answer your questions about the preservation of harvests, home or otherwise. She will also bring samples of preserved foods for you to try. Please see http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/food_safety for more information.
Sarah Grimm of the Pollution Prevention Coalition of Lane County will be there with a Master Recycler information table. Find out how, why, where to re-use and recycle, and, in the process, help reduce waste. And maybe you will even pick up yet another give-away. See more about their work at http://www.lanep2c.org/
Devon Martin of the Science Factory will be there to engage you in some fun experiments. Please see the website at http://www.sciencefactory.org/
The South Eugene Robotics Team is having a fundraiser on Sunday, but will try to bring by some of their robots a little after the start of the picnic. Please follow their accomplishments at http://www.sert2521.org/
SHiNA Board member Kathy Bosteder will be your go-to person if you would like to register to vote and make your concerns be counted. Look for the patriotic display.
Additional – free – information about local wildlife, gardening, wildfire protection, EWEB watering gauges and water-wise gardening books, and more will also be available.
If you would like to share produce from your garden, please feel free to bring your extras. And if you have some amazing recipes for that abundance of late summer gardening results, do please bring copies.
AND MORE FUN ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
In addition to the above, there will again be activities geared specifically to children, this year organized by HoneyGirl of Circus Arts and including juggling, yo-yos, hula hoops, and more. The forecast is for warm weather – if that comes to pass, a mister and a gentle sprinkler – and of course that free ice cream – will help cool things down.
DOOR PRIZES AND RAFFLES
Hourly drawings for prizes include
– two admission tickets to The Oregon Garden – http://www.oregongarden.org/ – valued at up to $28.00,
– a great big teddybear,
– a parrot kite with a 6′ wingspan,
– a coloring books kit,
– a wine tasting party kit,
– a children’s set of garden tools,
– a 4-lbs. jar of Jelly Belly jelly beans,
– a collection of hot pepper plants and a copy of “Epic Tomatoes” by Craig LeHoullier.
You must be present to win the door prizes. Raffle prize winners will be contacted if not present at the raffle drawings.
The event is open to the general public.
Please remember that alcohol is not permitted at this event.
No pets please.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
We so look forward to seeing you on Sunday!