Bethel schedules workshop for parents of gifted children
The Bethel School District will host a free workshop for parents of gifted children from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kalapuya High School, 1200 N. Terry St.
Paula Wilkes, coordinator of Pacific University's Center for Gifted Education, and licensed counselor Paula Prober will discuss the characteristics of gifted children.
Time will be set aside for questions, and parents will leave with a bibliography of relevant books and articles. For information, call 541-689-3283, Ext. 2031.
Word games on tap at library during Wednesday Teen Space
SPRINGFIELD - Middle and high school students can play word games, including library Mad Libs, at the Springfield Public Library's Teen Space from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
It's free, and all supplies are provided. The library is at 225 Fifth St. For information, call 541-726-2237.
Fifth Street Public Market looks for lots of jack-o-lanterns
The Fifth Street Public Market, 296 E. Fifth Ave., will welcome painted or carved pumpkins from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday for Jack-O-Lanterns on Fifth, hoped to be the largest display of decorated pumpkins ever assembled in Oregon.
For each jack-o-lantern brought to the event, sponsors will donate $5 to homeless families and individuals served by ShelterCare.
The free event will feature chain saw carving, face painting, live music, a scavenger hunt, contests for best costume and best pumpkin, a parade and trick-or-treating.
McCornack Elementary School to host Halloween party Friday
McCornack Elementary School will hold a free Halloween celebration Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring movies, bingo, live animals, snacks and a costume parade.
Participants can decorate or carve a pumpkin for $5, then take it home or donate it to the Fifth Street Public Market's fundraiser for Sheltercare. The school is at 1968 Brittany St.
Science Factory to get into Halloween spirit with party
The Science Factory will throw a family Halloween party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Costumed partygoers at the Mad Scientists' Halloween Extravaganza will play with dry ice bubbles, experiment with electricity, win prizes in a Halloween-themed carnival, meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, watch a liquid nitrogen demonstration and fling pumpkins from a trebuchet.
The cost is $15 per family, $10 for members. The Science Factory is at 2300 Leo Harris Parkway. For information, visit www.sciencefactory.org or call 541-682-7888.
Mushroom Festival to sprout at Mount Pisgah on Sunday
Mount Pisgah Arboretum's 29th annual Mushroom Festival will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring mushroom displays, live music, food, plant sale, art vendors, children's crafts, hay rides and scarecrow contest.
Suggested donation is $5, kids under 12 free. For information, call 541-747-3817 or visit Mount PisgahArboretum.org.
Haunted house at Kelly to raise funds for foundation
Kelly Middle School will host a haunted house from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday as a fundraiser for the ASH Foundation, Womenspace, and juvenile diabetes charities.
The event, sponsored by the school's student leadership class, is geared for 5- to 14-year-olds (younger students should be accompanied by an adult).
Admission is $1 and a book in good condition (to be resold for charity), or $2 without a book. The A Sister's Hope Foundation was created by a Kelly eight-grader whose younger brother has cerebral palsy.
Jazz drummer invites students to sound check
Renowned jazz drummer Brian Blade has invited all interested middle school, high school and college jazz students to an open sound check, followed by a meet-and-greet session, at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, before his live performance.
Blade will include time for a question and answer session.
This is a free, ticketed event. Students and teachers are asked to call The Shedd Institute at 541-687-6526 to reserve their seats.
The Blade concert at The Shedd's Jaqua Concert Hall will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. Tickets can be purchased by calling 541-431-7000 or online at www.theshedd.org.