Opportunities in October 2016

In the Community…

  • October 3 at 6:30
    Slow Way Home Showing & Panel: The way children travel to school structures daily life for families around the world–but the means differs dramatically. In Japan 98 percent of children walk to school every day, unaccompanied by a parent. In the United States just 13 percent of children walk or bike to school, and most are driven to school by a parent. The Slow Way Home explores this divergence, examining how American families have largely given up on keeping our streets and public spaces safe enough for children, while Japanese communities have mobilized to keep their streets safe and walkable, not only for children but for everyone in society. Seen through both a historical and contemporary framing, The Slow Way Home is an uplifting examination of differences in culture that provides both insight into a distressing trend in American society and simultaneously offers hope for change. Doors open: 6:00 PM, Screening & panel discussion: 6:30 PM.
  • October 4 at 7 PM
    Great Schools Great Communities Open Forum: Join the League of Women Voters / Great Schools, Great Communities forum to discuss 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.
  • October 5 at 6:30 PM
    SPICE Science Open House: The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) and UO STEM CORE will hold the 6th annual “Science Open House” October 5th, 2016 in the Willamette Hall Atrium (6:30pm-8:30pm) on the University of Oregon (UO) campus.The purpose of the event is to help connect community families and educators to science outreach programs on campus and in the community. All activities are completely free and open to the public. There will be something fun for children of all ages.
  • October 5 at 7:00 PM
    Regular 4J School Board Meeting: Comments on items that are not on the board’s agenda may be made at the beginning of each meeting. Audience members who wish to speak may sign up at the beginning of the meeting. Review Agenda..
  • October 6 at 7:00 PM
    League of Women Voters of Lane County Oregon and OPB are co-hosting a debate among the 2016 candidates for Oregon governor. You can also submit questions in advance in an email to thinkoutloud@opb.org or by calling 503.293.1983.  Details…
  • October 7 at 5:30 PM
    First Friday Communities of Color Networking Event: Bring your friends and family to this great opportunity to have fun, relax and meet new people of color and their allies. Details…
  • October 15 in Portland, OR
    Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted‘s annual conference at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. 4J TAG Families [https://groups.google.com/d/forum/4j-tag-families] are making plans to carpool to the event. OATAG advocates for the needs of talented and gifted children; serves as a resource for families, educators, and communities; provides direction for excellence in education.
  • October 19 at 7:00 PM
    Regular 4J School Board Meeting: Comments on items that are not on the board’s agenda may be made at the beginning of each meeting. Audience members who wish to speak may sign up at the beginning of the meeting. Review Agenda..
  • October 20 at 5:30 PM
    Families of Gender Expansive Youth – Support and Advocacy Group: This is the second monthly meeting of a parent and family support and advocacy group for gender expansive and transgender youth.
  • October 22 at 9:00 AM
    Ram Run for education! NextStep Recycling is putting on a 5k & 10k run/walk. All proceeds will benefit NextStep and their mission to get technology into the hands of those who need it – the kids! Registration details…
  • October 25 at 6:30 PM
    Quarterly 4J Parent Leaders Network Meeting: First of a series of four district wide parent leaders meetings for the 2016-2017 school year. Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.October Training Topic: Building capacity, making all families feel included and valued. Take away tools will be provided. Details at https://4jparentleadersnetwork.wordpress.com/.
  • October 27 at 4:30 PM
    4J School Board Equity Committee Meeting: The mission of the Eugene School District 4J Equity Committee is to advise the district and act as community catalyst in improving student success among students from racial and ethnic minority groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, GLBTQ students, students who have disabilities and students who speak languages other than English.  Achieving equity is a shared responsibility between community and district and it can only be achieved by mutual responsibility. Review Agenda..
  • October 28 at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    NAACP Eugene Springfield Oregon welcomes parents and students to participate in Youth Council, Act-So and Back to School Tutoring (BTS) Come learn more about these great opportunities and the many available resources at a kickoff celebration at the 2nd Floor Downtown LCC (101 W 10th Ave, Eugene). Free lunch will be served at noon. Parents and students are encouraged to attend.

Advocacy Opportunities

Local campaign efforts for Yes on Measure 97, to increase the corporate minimum tax and provide additional funding for schools, health care, and senior services are being coordinated through the AFSCME union office at 688 Charnelton Street, Eugene, phone 541-972-3153. Activities now scheduled include canvassing Sundays from noon to 2 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm and a drop-in phone bank Wednesdays from 5 to 8:30 pm. Calling to confirm these events is advisable.

The Measure 98 Campaign, Support High School Success for all students, is holding a postcard party at October 17 at 5:30 PM at Plank Town Brewery, 346 Main St , Springfield  (kid friendly!). Bring your address book. They will also be door to door canvassing on Sunday, October 23. Contact Joy Marshall for details.

The Measure 99 Campaign, Save Outdoor School, is looking for a few responses written to the Eugene Register Guard in response to this article that came out. Contact Becca Gilbert, Campaign Field Organizer, at for details.


The Oct. 12 deadline for this year’s Oregon Blue Book student essay contest is fast approaching. The winning authors will be invited to the state Capitol for the Blue Book release celebration in early 2017. For more information, call 503-986-1523 or visit http://rgne.ws/2bU82GS.

Monday, October 31 is the deadline for the City of Eugene Matching Grants preliminary meeting. $50,000 is available for neighborhood and school improvements and community-building projects. Applications and guidelines are available at www.eugene-or.gov/nmg , at the Permit and Information Center, Atrium, 99 West 10th Avenue, or by calling 541-682-5272.

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