"What would you do at 3am with no problem at all?"
This is what Jalynn Steele's dad asked when she was trying to decide the career path to pursue & lucky for us that path will lead her to The Hult Center on June 30 in The Lightning Thief. I got to talk to Jalynn & if her enthusiasm over the phone is any indication, this is something we all need our kids to see: someone doing what they love & putting everything into it.
Did you perform when you were young? How did that start?
Yes, the first time I sang was in church. I was 6 and I sang the song from the movie with the little mouse? An American Tale! Somewhere Out There, yes! I sang at church, my mom was a music teacher and I was in Little Shop of Horrors in high school.
Did you do theater in college?
Yes, I majored in musical theater. I performed on cruise ships and I auditioned for Fosse while I was in college. I got that role and toured. After the tour I went back to school.
Were you a fan of Percy Jackson before you got this role?
I knew nothing about the books, actually so I looked them up and found out all about the fandom. After callbacks and getting the role, I read all five books.
This is a question about playing Percy's mom from my nephews who are reading the books now:
How does it feel to be the only character who doesn't have powers?
Well, I actually play 7 different people in the production so I do have powers personally, but that's true, Sally doesn't. But you know, she has a great hold on and love for her son. Keeping him grounded and comforting him is a huge power that she has. And Sally does get to fight a minotaur!
So you play 7 different characters? That is amazing. How does it work?
Yes! There are 7 people in the show and we all play multiple characters. There are a lot of costume changes, one of the actors, Sarah Beth has 19 costume changes in the show. It's exciting! We get to know the different dressers in each city, they do a lot of work to help us go from role to role. It's fast paced and really fun.
What is your favorite scene in the production?
There is one where we play a giant game of Capture the Flag that I love. And I also sing a song called "DOA" that I really enjoy.
Is the production scary at all?
You know, I was worried about that before we started but we had a show in Detroit and in the front row was a little girl who was 4 or 5. I was concerned that it might be too much for her and that she might be scared but she sat and was enthralled the whole time. She may have napped a bit during act two, but most of the show she sat and watched. It was really great feedback to see her reactions.
I saw that you were on an episode of Sesame Street!
Yes! Oh, that was fun. it was a real New York moment. I worked for Lush selling bath and body products and we a party where I wore these fun pigtails. At the party a lady came up to me and said, "You should do Sesame Street!" She worked there and I did one episode with Telly and the Triangle Lovers Club. It was such a fun out-of-nowhere experience. I have tried to find that episode in the past but never have. I need to try again!
Jalynn was so fun to talk to! She mentioned that she plays 7 different roles including Selena, K-Ron, I love the idea of just a few people in the production doing multiple roles & can't wait to see if I can spot them.
Thanks so much for chatting, Jalynn! I can't wait to see you fight the minotaur!
We are giving away TWO sets of 2 tickets to see The Lightning Thief at the Hult Center Tuesday April 30 at 7:30!
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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Silva Concert Hall, The Hult Center
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
I grew up going to church & my closest friends from those days are still my closest friends now. I went to public school & had friends but my church friends were always the strongest bonds. Something about faith holds us together & helps us give each other support. You see it on sports teams & people who share the same hobby: believing together ties you together. Also, could be the fact that we went to church at least three times a week so we all saw each other a lot, which also helps the bonds grow.
My husband & I don't go to church now (we still love Jesus, we just aren't sure how we feel about church) but our daughter does. She has a group of friends who go to Sunday service together, they do sleepovers, go to camp, help with the little kids. Watching those bonds strengthen & grow brings back so many great memories & makes me excited to see what their friendship will look like when they are older.
The faith of friendship is laughing until you cry & crying until you laugh, & knowing you can count on each other.
There is a TV series running right now about Jesus & the friendships he had. Each episode is about a different person who was close to him in life. Doesn't it make you want to do your own series about your own life? Each person shares a different perspective about you? & you get to do it for them, too? So great! Back to this Jesus series, here is the synopsis & a video:
“Jesus: His Life” explores the story of Jesus Christ through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.
Each figure takes a turn guiding viewers through the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts. Utilizing some of the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, historians, faith leaders and theologians, the series weaves together the canonical Gospels, historical sources and cultural context to create a complete portrait of Jesus – the man and the Messiah. The series finale airs this Monday, April 15 on The History Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages!
Welcome to the fantastic, the spectacular, the incredible Moms of the Circus!
Step right up!
Prepare to choose!
Prepare to relate!
Prepare to be amazed!
You've got it all under control, the schedule, the crowd. This IS your circus & these ARE your monkeys. You bring it all together & make it fabulous, even when things go off course (stubborn elephant? cranky zebra?). Because there's one thing you know for sure: The show must go on.
Your toddler is melting down & you distract them with a silly face, your tween in on the edge & you make a fart joke. You've got the sense of humor that knows how to defuse a situation & all of the other moms are super jealous. Plus they always want to sit by you at PTO meetings because your snark has more muscles than the strong man. That's you: Seriously funny.
You fly through the air with the greatest of ease (great style, cute house, polite kids), at least that's how it looks to everyone around you. They don't see the hard work & dedication that goes on behind the scenes. & the arm days. Dear lord, the arm days. But the effort is worth it for how amazing it feels to step off the ledge, let go & soar through the day knowing that you are prepared.
Animal Trainer Mom
The connection you have with your kids is undeniable. You are committed to knowing them & communicating with them, right where they are. You've got treats when things go well. & when things don't go exactly as planned you break away from that circus model & handle it with patience & understanding. Or you just roar like a lion & everyone gives you a little space. Bottom line: You know your animals & you don't mind cleaning up the poop.
The truth is you might lean more heavily toward one of these Circus Mom descriptions but we all have a little bit of each one making up our own personal circus. On with the show!
One of the very sweetest depictions of a mom in the circus is, of course, Dumbo's mom.
Is it even possible to have dry eyes after hearing Baby, Mine?
The new Dumbo comes out this weekend & we are super excited to tell you about it & show you the beautiful trailer.
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets. “Dumbo” soars into theaters on March 29.
Winter weather has already started settling in. Each winter, cold weather presents issues
for even the healthiest eyes. Take a look at the 3 most common winter eye health issues and how to prevent them.
Common Winter Eye Health Issue #1:
Damaging UV Rays
During the summer, most people understand the importance of protecting their skin and eyes from the sun's damaging
rays, but too often these risks are overlooked during the winter months. UV light can increase the risk of skin cancer,
cataracts, macular degeneration, and even snow blindness. Winter weather conditions are important to consider when
choosing proper eye protection for skiing or participating in other winter sports. Protect your eyes against dangerous UV
rays coming from the sun and the snow by wearing sunglasses or protective sport goggles during the winter weather.
Common Winter Eye Health Issue #2:
Dry eyes are the most common issue experienced during the colder winter months. Indoor heating, along with winter
weather conditions, cause the humidity levels to drop. The lack of humidity in the air is what causes dry, itchy and burning
eyes. Most of the time, moisturizing drops will relieve dry eye irritation, but your optometrist may provide over-the-counter
moisture drops from mind cases and write a prescription for more severe cases of dry eye.
Common Winter Eye Health Issue #3:
Figuring out your benefits
Winter also means that your benefits will be expiring soon, and you’ll have new benefits in the coming year. There are two
types of health benefits packages – insurance benefits from your employer, and a flexible spending account (FSA). It’s
important to note that, for most employer’s benefit packages, both expire at the end of the year. The good news is that
both plans cover the cost of an annual comprehensive eye exam and either contact lenses, glasses or prescription
Before winter weather is in full force, evaluate your vision benefits and think about protecting your eyes, especially if
you're an outdoor enthusiast and plan to be active this winter.
Get a Free Vision Screening and Receive Passes to a Private Screening of Robin Hood at Regal Valley River Cinema!
Join Visionworks at its new retail location to celebrate the grand reopening of its Eugene store.
All week long, Visionworks will offer a “Screening-for-a-Screening” where customers who visit the new location and receive a free vision screening will also receive a pass to enjoy a private, early screening of Robin Hood, December 1st at Regal Valley River Cinema while supplies last.*
Through Saturday, December 1st Visionworks will be awarding free passes to customers who get a free vision screening in-store
Saturday, December 1st, Visionworks will host those customers for an exclusive screening of Robin Hood at the Regal Cinema in Valley River Center from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Valley River Center
265 Valley River Center,
Eugene Call to make your appointment: (541) 345-6988
Sure there have been Christmas decorations up in some stores since September and lots of people apparently listen to Christmas carols in July but everybody knows that the day after Thanksgiving is when the Christmas season really starts. We have the most fun way for you to kick off the season: The Village Green Christmas Market!
Picture this: A lovely drive down I-5 (just a 20 minute drive from Eugene), kids are snuggled up in the back, excitement in the air. As you round the corner to buy tickets, your whole group stops to stare. The biggest Christmas tree this side of Rockefeller Center is right there to greet you! Presents taller than most grown men! A giant rocking horse!
& that is only the beginning!
My high school son and I got to go for the preview and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that he was completely taken over by how cool the lights are. It is almost indescribable.
The designers have done such an amazing job displaying half a million lights. Seriously, 500,000 lights!
The lights are amazing but they have also created the sweetest little German Holiday Village. There are little booths where you can make things and buy cute stuff. Plenty of warm snacks like cinnamon rolls & pretzels. They also have hot drinks. Hot chocolate & coffee, & special adult shots to add some merriment to your coffee. I had a lovely hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps & it was a delight. Plus live music &, of course, Santa!
They also have the cutest little three sided canvas tents with hay bales to sit on & a rustic stump to put your drinks and food. They have blankets for you to snuggle up with & they are all near some kind of a bonfire. So cozy!
The atmosphere is just electric & fun!
I cannot say enough good things about it.
I'm so grateful that The Village Green has created this wonderful experience for Lane County.
We needed something like this!
I did get to go to the preview but I’m planning on taking my whole family again plus my parents & any younger kiddos I can round up. There is truly no age limit for enjoying this!
I know I am gushing but I can't help it.
I loved it!
Hooray for Lane County, a new Christmas tradition has been born!
One extra cool thing is that the Christmas Market is dog friendly, so bring your furry friend if you think they would enjoy it!
The Village Green Christmas Market
Nov 23 – Dec 23 2018
Open Most Dates
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission $5 in advance, $7 at the door
Parking: Plenty of free parking
Food: Snacks & Drinks
Resting Spots: Lots of tables, benches & hay bales to take a break
Push/Wear: Both! The entire Village is paved for easy strollering
Time Frame: At least an hour
You know how it goes, the music swells, the screen goes to slow-mo, the camera focuses on one person in the crowd who yells ‘Let’s Go Team!’ & you are so in.
The entire movie up until now has been building the story, teaching you about the game, making you love some characters, & really dislike others.
There is no way this team can do this.
There’s a small chance, but no one believes it.
The whole town goes to cheer them on anyway.
A player is injured/got bad grades/had a family tragedy.
Now there’s really no chance of winning.
Oh my goodness.
They are doing it!
They are doing it!!
There’s a quick setback but now they really are.
Oh dear, one minute to go, they are down by a basket/goal/touchdown.
It’s just not possible.
Someone completely unexpected just did something completely unexpected!!!
They did it!!
& we, watching this on the screen are charmed, we are pulled in, we are on the team, too, we won, too. The magic of sports movies is that even when we know the outcome because it’s based on true events/actual Olympic history/totally obvious we are still all in. Being part of the team, even as an observer is intoxicating, it’s emotional & it’s fun.
It's not predictable, it's dependable.
Bring on the swelling music, we are ready to laugh/cry/cheer!
Now, get ready to add a new sports movie to the list:
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history. The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21. #CreedII
Can you tell that we love Sprout Children's Expo so much? It is really such a neat opportunity for kids to create, make, curate & sell their own things. Today we're talking to Tammy whose daughter Ginny participated int he sale last year.
What did your child sell at Sprout Children's Expo?
Books that she wrote and illustrated herself as well as comic prints. She publishes her books using Create Space from Amazon and loves the opportunity to share them with others.
What do you feel like your child learned by doing Sprout Children's Expo? From selling her books, Ginny learned to engage others in conversation, to make eye contact, to say please and thank you, and to share her work with confidence. She'd always been on the shy side and had a hard time with all of these things so it was wonderful to have an opportunity to work on not just business skills but social skills.
What was your favorite part about having your child involved in the Expo?
I really enjoyed watching her make trades. She gladly shared her work with others and had fun supporting other kids as well.
What was the hardest part about doing the Expo?
We struggled with making the best use of our space. We needed to work more on display options.
What would you do differently?
We would bring more snacks. Food is necessary to make it through the event.
What advice would you give someone who is considering doing the Expo this year?
It's a lot of fun and a worthwhile experience. Give it a try with a friend to maximize the fun.
Ginny's books looks so great!
If your kiddo is interested in being involved in Sprout Children's Expo this year, there are spaces available.
Click this link for all of the details
Where did you go?
EuCon! Eugene Comic Con.
How did you hear about it?
I heard about the first one in 2015 on Facebook.
What made you want to check it out?
My son loved Star Wars & I loved The Walking Dead. I heard that there would be plenty of both & so we decided to check it out! We went in 2015 & 2016. We loved it so much & are planning to go this year, too.
Best things about it:
Not so great things about it:
I'd totally tell anyone who spends a lot of time with their kids at comic book stores, in the Lego aisle & playing video games to go.
Here's what I really think:
It is one of the best things I've ever been to with my son. We weren't able to go last year & it was such a bummer. Being surrounded by things he loves & people who also love those things is priceless. I would recommend any parent who is considering it because they know that it is full of things their kid love to take them. You might not understand it completely but it's worth it for the fun they have.
Parking situation: Tons & tons
Cost: Kids 12 and under are admitted for free with paying adult. Ages 12 & up starts at $15 for Sunday only & goes up from there.
Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Age recommendation: 7 seems like a great age to start. Though, I could see younger kids really loving the costumes & Family Play Zone.
Indoor or Outdoor? Indoor!
EuCon, Eugene Comic Con
Lane Events Center
796 W. 13th Avenue, Eugene
EuCon website (I have to say, it is one of the best websites I've ever seen. It looks great & it answers every question I have had)
Have you been to Comic Con (Eugene or otherwise)?
Tell us about it!
Today our founder, Emily, is sharing about her kid's involvement in the Sprout Children's Business Expo last year.
Spoiler: she highly recommends it!
What is your child’s name & what was their age when they did Sprout Children's Business Expo?
Quinn, 13 years old
Merra, 11 years old
(They were some of the oldest kids there)
What did your child sell at the Sprout Children's Business Expo?
Quinn sold Lego.
Merra resold clothing that she bought at thrift stores & garage sales.
What do you feel like your child learned by doing the Expo?
I feel like they both learned about preparing things ahead of time, looking at the calendar & planning, making things look good on a display, making prices clear to customers & looking people in the eye when talking to them. All amazing things that can be also used in daily life.
What was your favorite part about having your child involved in the Sprout Children's Business Expo?
It was fun to see them each working on something they love (Lego & clothing) & watching them interact with customers was great, too.
What was the hardest part?
Figuring out the balance between reminding them that they needed to work on their items ahead of time & letting them be motivated by their own desire to do the Expo.
What would you do differently?
I’m really trying to think, I feel like it was all around a really great experience. I wouldn’t say we did everything perfectly but there really wasn’t anything that sticks out that we would do differently. My kids both really loved it & they both felt very accomplished at the end of the Expo. Oh! I know! Always start doing stuff (making, pricing, packing) earlier than you think :)
What advice would you give someone who is considering doing the Sprout Children's Business Expo this year?
Let your kids try it & then let them decide if they want to do it again. Quinn loved it & has been planning for the next one. Merra enjoyed it but doesn’t want to do it again. I’m glad that they both had the experience & could decide. Also, I would say, decide how much time you want to be involved in the making & preparations & talk to your kiddo about that. It’s good for them to do some of the things on their own & for parents to let them. Kids have great ideas & this is such a neat way to let them try them out.
Do you have questions that we didn't ask?
Put them in the comments & we'll address them!
Sprout Children's Business Expo
Friday December 7
207 East 5th Ave
We'll continue to edit & add new events as we find them! Let us know about your favorites!
through October 31
Colonial Harvest Days
Children (4-11): $7.50
Ages 3 and under are FREE
Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm
36777 Wheeler Road, Pleasant Hill
Corn Maze, life size "Hayflower," animals, pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm store, local vendors, and more! Check out our family pass option too! Plus, our Harry Potter (Mildly) Haunted Maze! Friday & Saturday evenings, 7pm-10pm.
through October 31
various days & times
$15/person ($1 off for students in junior high through college)
Lane Events Center
796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene
We are a large-scale haunted attraction, located at the Lane County Fairgrounds, in Eugene, Oregon.
Cabela's Halloween Event
5:00pm - 7:00pm
2800 Gateway St, Springfield
Free 4x6 Photo with the Peanuts Gang!
October 27, beginning at 4pm, October 31, beginning at 6pm
October 27 3-5pm, October 31 Starts at 5-8pm
More details here
Family Fall Festival
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Westside Baptist Church
1375 Irving Rd, Eugene
You are invited to the 2nd annual Fall Festival at Westside Baptist. Bring your family and enjoy carnival games, bounce houses, cotton candy, face paint, hay rides, hotdogs, popcorn, and a chili cook off! Fun for the whole family!
More details here
6:00pm - 9:00pm
New Hope Eugene
1790 Charnelton St, Eugene
We are so excited to announce the date for this year's Hay Daze. America's Got Talent Illusionist Hart Keene will be back again this year along with face painting, a photo booth, games, a cake walk, prizes, a food court, and so much more.
This FREE event promises a great, safe, and fun-filled time for people of all ages so invite your friends!
Costumes are encouraged!
More details here
Monster Mash Family Night
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sheldon Community Center
2445 Willakenzie Rd, Eugene
You're invited to Sheldon's Monster Mash family dance party! Join us for spooktacular games, music, crafts, treats and more. Family friendly costumes are encouraged. Bring your whole family for a free night of fun!
More details here
saturday october 27
Trick or Trot 5K and Free Kids Fun Run
8:00AM - Registration & Packet Pickup
9:00AM - 1K Fun Run
9:30AM - 5K
Alton Baker Park
100 Day Island Rd, Eugene
Costumes welcome! No tripping hazards, no metal, no weapons or imitations. Family event - please do not make costumes too bloody/scary. Race registration, timing, and management by Eclectic Edge Racing.
This is a non-profit event. This is not a school sponsored event - it is a parent-organized event with 100% of the proceeds going to the classrooms and educational field trips for Yujin Gakuen Public Elementary.
More details here
Happy Helpers: Halloween Party and FOOD for Lane County Food Drive
600 Waterford Way, Eugene
Please come participate in Waterford Grand’s Halloween Party and Trick or Treating! We will have games, activities, snacks and treats too! We will be collecting canned food donations for FOOD for Lane County as well. Happy Halloween!
october 30 & 31
The Haunted Market
6pm-8pm (both nights)
5th Street Public Market
296 East 5th Avenue, Eugene
A spook-tacular two night event, fun for the whole family! Bring your little goblins and ghouls to the Haunted Market for some safe tricks and treating.
All Hallow's Eugene
Kids and adults alike will find a fun and spooky time with trick-or-treating at local businesses, pet and people costume contests, free family activities, and more!
$3/kid (adults are free)
Bob Keefer Center
250 South 32nd Street, Springfield
All ages. Sporty, spooky, family-friendly fun awaits at the Halloween Carnival! Drop in to Bob Keefer Center for sports with a Halloween twist, spooky carnival games, haunted house, creepy crafts and sweet treats galore. Come in costume and stay warm and dry this Halloween!
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