The Eugene Public Library is giving away books

The Eugene Public Library is on their way to a different meal site each day to give out free Summer Reading books for kids and teens!

This week, we’ll see you from 11:00am – 12:00pm at:
– Malabon Elementary School on Mon. 7/13
– Danebo Elementary School on Tues. 7/14
– Maplewood Meadows Complex on Wed. 7/15
– Fourteen Pines Complex on Thurs. 7/16
– Abbie Lane Courts on Fri. 7/17
FOOD For Lane County summer meals for youth are Mon – Fri, 11:00am – 12:00pm through August. See all locations and more info below.
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Summer Art Kits for Lane County Students

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Lane County students can stay creative all summer long with Lane Arts Council’s new Summer Art Kits!
Join local artists for 40 hands-on tutorials in the visual and performing arts, with all materials conveniently mailed to your door.
Summer Art Kits are perfect for K-5 learners and for middle school students with an interest in the arts.
Lessons Include
  • Scientific Observational Drawing
  • Improvisational Hip Hop Dance
  • Sock Puppetry
  • Introduction to Guinean Rhythms
  • Natural Dyes & Tie Dye
  • Theatre Games
  • Watercolor Exploration
  • Songwriting
  • Draw & Paint Big!
  • Paper Bag Possibilities
Purchasing a Lane Arts Council Summer Art Kit ensures a summer full of art-making while supporting local artists!
For $145 you will receive:
  • All materials needed for your student to complete 40 art lessons
  • Paper and/or video instructional guides for each lesson
  • Shipping of the art kit directly to your address
  • Hours of fun and creativity for your student!


Help us provide free and reduced-cost Summer Art Kits for families in need! Donate today to directly increase the number of students we are able to serve. Thank you!



4th Annual Healthy Aging Conference

The 4th Annual Healthy Aging Conference, offered in a virtual format this year on both June 25, 2020 from 1:00-2:3-pm and July 15, 16, 17 from 10:00am-3:00pm, sponsored by the Lane, Douglas, and South Central Coast Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. We are offering the conference free of charge, NASW CEUs, and raffle e-gift cards after each session. You may register separately, or for all sessions.

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Open House on Affordable Housing and Community Development

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2020 Consolidated Plan Process

In order to receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, jurisdictions are required to complete, adopt and submit a five-year Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan presents an assessment of local housing, homelessness, and community development needs, identification of priority needs for use of funds received from HUD, and presents strategies to address the priority needs. HUD funding is delivered through a combination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funds.

Since 1992 and continuing with this plan, the cities of Eugene and Springfield work together to develop the Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan. This collaboration allows for consideration of needs for the metropolitan area as a whole, development of a shared goals and strategies, and more efficient use of limited resources for plan development and reporting. A joint plan is required given that Eugene and Springfield receive HOME funds as a Consortium. Eugene and Springfield receive separate allocations of CDBG funds each year.  The 2015 Consolidated Plan, along with other City housing and human service plans and reports for HUD are available.

Similarly, Eugene must update the fair housing document, called the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). The AI identifies fair housing issues as well as actions to further fair housing across the cities.

The process to develop the Consolidated Plan for the 2020-2024 period and AI is now underway. The process includes comprehensive data collection, consultations with public and private agencies, and extensive community engagement.

To stay informed of the Consolidated Planning process, including the Analysis of Impediments, sign up to join the interested parties list.

Forced Upzoning & Redevelopment

Is this the future of Southwest Neighbors?

The Oregon Legislature has dictated that Eugene must upzone all single-family neighborhoods to allow redevelopment with triplexes and fourplexes. What’s more, the legislation leaves what gets built, and where, up to developers and large real estate investment organizations.

An example of a demolished neighborhood is how the character and livability of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood was destroyed when blanket upzoning allowed radical redevelopment.

Get informed. Get involved. Take action. Protect your neighborhood.

Join your neighbors for a highly informative seminar on House Bill 2001’s impacts and action you can take.

The Complete Survival Guide for Single-Family Neighborhoods” — Presented by Paul Conte Wednesday, December 11 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Tsunami Books2585 Willamette St. For more information, visit

Note to Southwest Hills Residents & Homeowners:

Homes south of W. 29th Ave. and around the Edgewood Shopping Center are prime targets for developers who want City Council to upzone so the developers can demolish homes and redevelop as high-end condos and apartments. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn specific actions you can take to protect your neighborhood.

‘Leaving a legacy for the future’ – 2,000 sequoia trees planted by 2021 in Eugene

Eugene hopes to add a lot more green here in 2021. They hope to do it with 2,000 sequoia trees, and community members can look at how you can get involved in the effort. The City of Eugene is on a mission to plant at least 2,000 sequoias by the year 2021, before the IAAF World Championships. “This is really leaving a legacy for the future and when the city and all of the constituents in it can come together and plant trees, that’s building a stronger community,” says Heidi Lakics with the City of Eugene.

Lane County residents can help by picking up a free tree from Alton Baker Park at an event this month. Lane Community College is already on board. “50 years from now students will be welcomed into the campus with a gorgeous giant sequoia forest,” says LCC instructor Timothy Ingalsbee. Their goal is to bring back wildlife and plant 100 sequoias these next couple of months. “There’s been an immense amount of clear cutting going on around the campus and so we lost a lot of forest to land speculators,” Ingalsbee says, “so planting these giant sequoias will partly compensate for that.” Of course, people need to have the adequate space–that is, at least 20 feet of space between any buildings, sidewalks or any other trees.

“People need to keep in mind that these are little baby trees that we are giving away and these are going to turn into big, massive trees, so you have to have the right space,” says Heidi Lakics with City of Eugene. She says community members are already on board too. “We’ve had a lot of requests for giant sequoias; people are really on board with this. Again, it’s leaving a legacy for the future and that makes people really excited.” This will be a legacy that will live for centuries to come. The City of Eugene looks forward to giving away hundreds of baby sequoias.

If you are interested in picking up a free tree, you can do so on Sunday, October 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Alton Baker Park in the native nursery.

Story by Kassandra Gutierrez and Staff from Thursday, October 3rd, 2019.