SHiNA Potluck Picnic Raffle

This Sunday August 13th 2017 we are having our SHiNA Potluck Picnic. Part of the event is a giveaway Raffle with lots of interesting prizes.

Every Picnic Attendee will Receive a Free Raffle Ticket for a Chance of a Free Giveaway. You will also be able to receive additional Raffle Tickets for donations to the Neighborhood Association.

$1 = 1 additional ticket
$5 = 5 additional tickets
$10 = 13 additional tickets

The list of Free Giveaways contains:

  • Spearmint Plant
  • 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle “Peacock Garden” $15.00 Value
  • 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle “The Kiss” $15.00 Value
  • From the Science Factory Shop $14.00 Value
    • Cyclone Tube
    • Magnifying Bug Viewer
    • 60 Glow Mini Stars
    • 2 Wacky Whirler, Flying Propellers
  • Kid’s Art/School Kit $20.00 Value
    • Scissors
    • Drawing Pad
    • 24 Colored Pencils
    • 20 Super Tips Markers
    • Wide Rule Notebook
    • Pen & 4 Pencils
  • Lane County – Ditch the Disposables! x 5
    • Lane County Recycler’s Handbook
    • Bike Chain Keychain
    • Grocery Bag
    • Cotton Bandana
    • Pocket Towel
    • Bamboo Utensils
    • Metal Water Bottle
    • Stainless Steel Straw
  • Jung’s Alteration & Boutique (5 years in Eugene)
    30 W. 29th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405
    15% Off Any Order

The list of Fundraiser Donations includes:

  • Papa John’s Pizza (Since 1999)
    30 W 29th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405
    $20.00 Gift Certificate
  • Sunrise Asian Food Market (Since 1999 at this location)
    70 W 29th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405 (26 years in business)
    $20.00 Gift Certificate x 3
  • 76 Gas Station – Tycee Oil (54 years of service)
    2910 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Cafe Yumm! (Since 1997)
    Meridian Building: 1801 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
    541-686-9866 (YUMM)
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Chapala Restaurante (Since 1994)
    68 West 29th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97405
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Folkways (39 years in business)
    Clothing, Jewelry & Gifts
    Meridian Building: 1801 Willamette St, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401
    $25.00 Gift Certificate
  • MOD Pizza, South Eugene (Since 2017)
    77 E. 29th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405
    $25.00 Gift Card
  • Science Factory (Founded in 1961, Incorporated in 1977)
    2300 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, OR 97401
    4 Guest Passes, Admission to Exhibit Hall & Planetarium Show
    $32.00 Value
  • BRING Recycling (46 years of service)
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Rethink
    4446 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97403
    $35.00 Gift Certificate
  • Crest Massage Center (32 years in business)
    420 Crest Dr, Eugene, OR 97405
    Gift of Health Certificate for 1/2 Hour Massage & Hot Tub
    $45.00 – $60.00 Value


All money from the fundraiser will go towards financing the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association expenses that include:

  • Neighborhood website hosting
  • Domain name registration
  • Neighborhood event financing not supported by the City of Eugene
  • T-Shirts for volunteers at events
  • Neighborhood bank account fees
  • Neighborhood Association EIN registration
  • Neighborhood PO Box registration
  • and much more …

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of fun and entertainment.                                       We appreciate every visitor as well as your generosity.

Free Bicycle Registration at the SHiNA Picnic

The City of Eugene Police Department Crime Prevention Specialists, Paul Bishop, who is assigned to cover the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association area (SHiNA) and Margaret Mazzotta will be at the SHiNA picnic providing information about crime prevention in our area.

They are offering free bicycle registration for those who would like to bring their bikes to the SHiNA Potluck Picnic on Sunday, August 13th from 2:00 – 6:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm on 595 Crest Drive.

Information will be provided for those who want to register their bikes in the online Lane County database.

To report a stolen bike you need a serial number, so get your bikes registered! Your bike is more likely to be recovered if its tagged.

Ride on over and register your bike at this fun free neighborhood picnic!

It’s also free to register your bike online and receive a sticker, go here to sign up:

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General Meeting Thursday Jan 12, 2017

I apologize for this very late notice.  

There has been some confusion over the neighborhood General Meetings. Last year we met monthly at Good Sam at 3500 Hilyard on the 3rd Sunday, 2pm.

The Board has scheduled less frequent meetings and is trying to move to a week night. We are still narrowing down a venue so this is still being worked.

For January, the meeting is tonight, Thursday 1/12 starting at 6pm at the Wayne Morse Family Farm. There is a limit of 30 people allowed, but we have not seen this number of people in a few months so hopefully we will be within the fire code regulation limit this evening.

We are moving to a weeknight as Sunday afternoons were hard for folks weekend schedule. Once we secure a venue I will share the calendar with you and on our website, which is also in transition.

I apologize for the confusion. We are working to have this rectified shortly.

I am also hoping with a more mobile society that we can incorporate some of the discussions on NextDoor. Being able to communicate when convenient and without a 2 hour time commitment seems to make more sense these days.

The decisions being discussed and voted on are important for everyone in this neighborhood. I hope to encourage more of that with this tool.



During the October 23 General Meeting, the following nominations for the 2016-2017 Executive Board were approved unanimously by the General Membership:

  • Chair: Vic Hariton
  • Vice Chair: Ralph McDonald
  • Secretary: Janet Bevirt
  • Treasurer: Vic Hariton

At Large volunteers, to be appointed by the Chair at the November 20 General Meeting include:

  • Colleen McCaffrey
  • Ann Miller
  • Francina Verrijt

Please plan on attending the November 20 General Meeting to elect the Executive Board.  The meeting will be at Good Samaritan Society, 3500 Hilyard Street, at 2:00pm.

SHiNA Board Nominations

SHiNA Elected Board Member Nominations have been rescheduled for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 2:00pm at the MARKET OF CHOICE balcony. 

I guess the perfect storm hit on Sunday October 16.  A quorum was not met so SHiNA needs to go into overtime to enlist a slate of candidates for the SHiNA Board. 

Please plan on a quick, maybe 15 to 30 minute nominations meeting, this next Sunday, October 23.  We will start promptly at 2:00pm on the 2nd floor (balcony) of Market of Choice.  I will try to get the meeting room, but if it is not available, at the
 tables outside the room. 

As it stands now, the slate of officers for the 2016-2017 Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) Executive Board consists of: 
   Chair: Vic Hariton 
   Vice-Chair: Ralph McDonald 
   Secretary: Janet Bevirt 
   Treasurer: Open (acting Treasurer: Vic Hariton) 

Please attend to add your endorsement for the proposed slate.  Or, if you or others want to step forward, please encourage them to attend. 

The SHiNA Elections are scheduled for Sunday, November 20 at Good Samaritan Society, 3500 Hilyard Street starting at 2:00pm. 

Thank you, 
Vic Hariton, Chair 
Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association


Approximately one hundred people representing all generations braved the heat to attend the 19th ANNUAL POTLUCK PICNIC on Sunday, August 21, at Wayne Morse Family Farm at 595 Crest Drive.  They were rewarded by a cool(ish) breeze that helped keep temperatures tolerable.  The potluck dinner was a success, with lots of great summer munchies.  Some people brought their own picnic lunches instead and enjoyed the company and …

The entertainment by Eugene Taiko and GRRRLZ Rock members was enjoyed by everyone. What a treat those entertainers are.  The little ones clearly enjoyed dancing and hopping to the music and some (including some big “kids”) tried their hands at playing a taiko drum.  Big hands for everyone.

Attendees visited booths that included the City of Eugene Police Department Crime Prevention Specialists Paul Bishop (the specialist assigned to the SHiNA area) and Margaret Mazzotta who provided information about crime prevention and free bicycle registration.  Scott Altenhoff of the City of Eugene Urban Forestry Office answered questions about your trees and the Eugene urban forest and provided Eugene Outdoors information as well.  Sherman of Friends of the Farmers Market was back with a booth that included free yummy samples of Farmers Market foods.  Sandy Scheetz of the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Master Preservers was available to answer questions about preservation of harvests, home or otherwise.  She also provided samples of preserved foods.  Sarah Grimm of the Pollution Prevention Coalition of Lane County staffed a Master Recycler information table.  There was voter registration by Kathy Bosteder.  And there was a free table that in addition to information about gardening, wildlife, wildfire protection, and other interests was gifted with loads of lemon cucumbers shared by Dennis and Bonnie Chappa and a great big heap of crisp fresh apples harvested by Ann Miller.

Devon Martin of the Science Factory engaged people in launching rockets – although the rocket launcher initially refused to cooperate, the South Eugene Robotics Team made short work of the problem and off it went. Aaahhh, serendipity. And speaking of the South Eugene Robotics Team, although the team was having a fundraiser on Sunday, it showed with Robby the Robot, a 150-lbs. robot that outwitted a Chair (who tried to demolish a chair or two in the process) and many others as it careened through the parking, grabbing and launching a large yoga ball.  A special thank you to the mentors who made the extra efforts to make this happen on a busy day.

HoneyGirl of Circus Arts provided juggling, yo-yos, hula hoops, beautiful face paintings, and more to entertain the children. The children really responded to the wonderful, talented, endlessly patient person we were so lucky to have.

The giant teddy bear raffle was won by EPD Officer Margaret Mazzotta, who plans to keep it in the police van to comfort children. The two admission tickets to The Oregon Garden were won by Vice Chair Ralph McDonald.  Door prizes included coloring books, a wine tasting party kit, a children’s set of garden tools, hot pepper plants, a large jar of Jelly Belly jelly beans, and a parrot kite with a 6′ wingspan – all reasons for “yessss”es and happy faces.

It was all a simple neighborhood picnic plus a little should be: fun! Not only that, the clean-up was a spectacular example of cooperation.

A great big thank you to everyone who participated in making this a successful Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association potluck picnic. See you next year!


Please join us for the


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.




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 or



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  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 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

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

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 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

Devon Martin of the Science Factory will be there to engage you in some fun experiments.  Please see the website at

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

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.



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.



Hourly drawings for prizes include

– two admission tickets to The Oregon Garden – – 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!


Upcoming event: June 19 – General Meeting & Potluck


Join us on June 19 from 2:00-4:00pm at the Good Samaritan Society, 3500 Hilyard Street, for an afternoon celebration of families. 

We will also address emergency preparedness with a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) presentation by Devonne Maxey, so please bring your questions and suggestions. 

After the CERT presentation, other current City happenings that will affect the Neighborhood:

  1. SW-SAZ restart?  Where are we now?
    1. June 20, Mayor Kitty meeting with select individuals for how to proceed. Disclosure has not happened yet.
  2. Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan (TSP) –
    1. ALL Streets in Eugene will become “Complete Streets”, i.e. having sidewalks and bike lanes.  This would impact EVERY street, not just the main corridors!  Homeowners are assessed the cost of installing a sidewalk. Cost could be in the thousands for most homes.
    2. Degradation of Level of Service (LOS).  Streets will be downgraded (Letter grades A-F) so that if a street is currently at LOS = D, then it will become LOS=E.  What this does is allow for higher road density while saving developers on extra fees for creating the higher density.
    3. Public Hearing: Tuesday, June 21,  6:00pm, Harris Hall – Lane County Public Service Building, 125 E. 8th Ave.
  3. Cathedral Park/Rest Haven: A land use application to add Affordable Housing to a portion of Rest Haven.
    1. The City has asked all Neighborhood Associations to locate sites for homeless and for affordable housing.  This would be a good thing for helping low-income families.  The neighbors who have contacted SHiNA living on Brae Burn seem favorable to it with condition that a 75′ buffer and erosion control be included.  Negotiations seem to be stalled, but we are hopeful.
    2. Public Hearing June 29, 5:30pm, Harris Hall – Lane County Public Service Building, 125 E. 8th Ave.

Events listing through Sunday, May 8

Newsletter of the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) through Sunday, May 8, 2016


During the April 17 event, approximately 65-70 people celebrated plants, gardening, and the outdoors.  Specialists in plants, trees, and butterflies as well as environmental concerns answered many questions, and the Friends of the Farmers Market provided tastings of fresh local produce.

The raffle of a $35.00 gift certificate for Schreiner’s Iris Gardens was won by Janet Bevirt.  Two $25.00 gift certificates and supplies buckets donated by Lane Forest Products were won by Mary Rowland and Kathleen Gray.  Camille Noel won free admission tickets to The Oregon Garden.  And another lucky winner whose name was unfortunately lost went home with a poster, handkerchiefs, and a calendar by Joe Wirtheim of Victory Garden of Tomorrow.

Six door prizes were awarded during the event.  Those who filled out questionnaires to indicate what they would like to see in future SHiNA meetings went home with packets of free seeds.  Attendees picked up a number of hand-outs, ranging from specialist catalogs to environmental information to garden ideas.


BOARD MEETINGS are held on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month, 6:00-8:00pm at the Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive.  The next Board Meeting will be at 6:00pm on THURSDAY, MAY 12.

GENERAL MEETINGS are usually held on the THIRD SUNDAY of each month.  There will be NO GENERAL MEETINGS IN MAY AND JULY.

Sunday, April 17 means Plants, Gardens, and the Outdoors

Please join us on Sunday, APRIL 17, 2:00-4:00pm at Good Samaritan Society, 3500 Hilyard Street for an afternoon devoted to PLANTS, GARDENING, and the OUTDOORS. There will be a number of people to answer your questions, literature about old and new gardening ideas, as well as some tastings by the Friends of the Farmers Market. Please note: although sales are not excluded, this event is not a plant sale – it is primarily aimed at providing gardening-related information.

In addition to information about SHiNA and its efforts, we will be joined by representatives from
– the City of Eugene Urban Forestry Office,
– the Dahlia Society,
– the Eugene Garden Club,
– Friends of the Farmers Market,
– the Fuchsia Society,
– the North American Butterfly Association,
– Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners,
– the Pollution Prevention Coalition (Lane County, City of Eugene, City of Springfield, and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency – LRAPA),
– the Willamette Orchid Society,
and others.

To date, we have received donations for this event’s raffles from
– Lane Forest Products ($25.00 gift certificate and bucket complete with bag, gloves, etc.),
– Schreiner’s Iris Gardens in Salem ($35.00 gift certificate and Collectors Edition Catalog),
– The Oregon Garden in Silverton (admission passes, valued up to $11.00 each), and
– Joe Wirtheim of Victory Garden of Tomorrow of Portland (poster, handkerchiefs, and calendar for a total value of $55.00).

Log House Plants in Cottage Grove, originator of the grafted tomato, has donated three Pixie Riesling miniature grapes and three “Ketchup and Fries” plants, tomato plants grafted onto potato plants. The retail price is $25.00, SHiNA will offer them at $20.00 each to raise funds for the neighborhood organization coffers.

As always, we will have door prizes, including popular adult coloring books with markers, a child’s play and succulents kit, plant baskets (edibles and ornamentals), and a box of assorted flower-themed stationery. You must be present to win a door prize.  Each attendee receives a free door prize ticket after signing in as well as a free package of seeds donated by Adaptive Seeds or Seed Savers Exchange (while supplies last).

Additional information will be provided in the form of catalogs, flyers, and handbooks from
– Adaptive Seeds of Sweet Home (Pacific Northwest grown, open-pollinated and organic seed),
– David Austin Roses of Great Britain (“Handbook of Roses 2016”),
– BRING (“Used News”),
– the City of Eugene,
– Down to Earth (“Gardening Guide”),
– EWEB (Green Grass Gauges, “Water-Efficient Plants for the Willamette Valley”, fix-it guides for water leaks, “Water Wise Landscape Demonstration Garden”),
– Firewise (“Firewise Guide to Landscape and Construction”, “How to Have a Firewise Home”),
– Garland’s Nursery of Corvallis,
– the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (“Urban Wildlife”),
– Proven Winners of Sycamore, Illinois (“The Gardeners Idea Book”),
– Schreiner’s Iris Gardens of Salem (“Iris Lovers Catalog, 2016 Mini Edition”),
– Seed Savers Exchange of Decorah, Iowa, and
– Wild Birds Unlimited (free calendars and catalogs).
As a reminder of Earth Day, April 22, we have included recycling and conservation information.

The event is free and open to everyone. The building is wheelchair accessible.

No pets please.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.