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Stay Safe In the Great Outdoors of the Willamette Valley

by Sherri Smith

This time of year is a great time to go for a hike around Eugene and the Willamette Valley.  Oregonians love outdoor activities.  And if you’re new to the area, no doubt you want to get out there and enjoy it as well. But you need to remember that’s it’s easy to get lost or hurt. Right now, two high-profile searches are being conducted for missing people here in Oregon who went missing while hiking.

How can you prepare for enjoying the beauty of the valley and surrounding hills and wilderness, while staying safe?  Here’s 10 things to bring with you that will help.

But first: Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan on returning. If no one knows where you’re going, searching for you will be nearly impossible if something happens to you.

Here’s 10 essentials to bring:

  • Waterproof Matches /Fire Starter
  • Flashlight / Extra Batteries and Bulb
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra food and water
  • Signaling Device: Whistle or Mirror
  • Map and Compass
  • Emergency shelter: Tarp, Blanket, or Lg. Plastic Bag
  • Extra Clothing
  • Knife
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen

So enjoy the great outdoors around Eugene and Springfield. And stay safe so you can come back home!

Upcoming Live Events In Eugene

by Sherri Smith

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, or the Southern Willamette Valley, then you’ve chosen the ideal place for entertainment and live events. Take a look at some of the upcoming shows featuring major artists happening right here in the Emerald City in the next few weeks.

Ben Folds – Tue, Oct 25 – 8:00, McDonald Theater

Michael McDonald – Tue, Oct 25 – 7:30, Shedd Institute

Chicago & Earth Wind and Fire – Tue, Nov 8 – 7:30, Matthew Knight Arena

About the Venues:

McDonald Theater – McDonald Theater opened in Eugene originally in 1925 as a movie house.  It now serves as a theater and music venue. It also has the distinction if being listed on the National Register of Places.

The Shedd Institute – Also known as The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, it is a performing arts company, cultural arts center, and community music school located in downtown Eugene.

Matthew Knight Arena – This recently built basketball arena was built in Eugene by the University of Oregon and is located on its main campus.  The venue regularly hosts major performing artists and of course, U of O Duck basketball.

Don't miss out on a good time when you move to the Eugene-Springfield area. Check back on our blog every week for more moving advice and things that make the Southern Willamette Valley the best place to live.

Fall Maintenance Tips

by Sherri Smith

It's October already and the heat waves are finally behind us. It's that time that native Oregonians live for in Eugene and Springfield. The leaves are finally turning and before long the Coburg Hills will show off their fall glory for the Willamette Valley to admire.

But with fall of course comes the time when we need to take care of our homes in preparation for winter. Sometimes winter in the Eugene area can be mild. But we know that cold snaps and even snow can come out of the blue. So here are a few tips to get ready.

Clean gutters and downspouts. The Eugene / Springfield area has no shortage of trees, and that means clogged gutters. Installing gutter guards can save a lot of time and hassle. Because no one really likes cleaning the gutters.

Cooler temperatures can make this an idea time to paint. Just make sure there's no rain in the forecast. And yes we all know how quickly the weather changes here.

Inspect the roof. Hire a professional to examine the roof for wear and missing shingles. Now is the time to fix any damage before the really rainy weather hits.

Inspect wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Oregonians love a good fire when it gets cold. Inspecting chimneys now will prevent possible disaster later.

Clean and replace filters in your heating system. Hire a licensed heating contractor to inspect your filters and replace them if needed.

Inspect windows for leaks and drafts. Changes in humidity in Eugene can cause window seals to crack and shrink.

Use raked leaves for compost or mulch. Eugene residents are known for sustainable practices. Using your leaves as compost or mulch is a great way to keep the cycle of life active in your yard.

These are just a few tips to get you started on preparing for winter. Check back each week for more tips and advice for living in the Willamette Valley.

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