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The Friendship Foundation for International Students homestay program matches University of Oregon international students with local community volunteers for a short-term homestay when the student first arrives in Lane County. Volunteers open their hearts and home to young adults far from home, helping them to get oriented and settled. Homestay families have created many fond memories for the students that they’ve hosted.This fall 57 students stayed with 45 host families.  FFIS surveys the families after the homestay ends.  One question asks families to share ideas and suggestions new families can use when they begin hosting.If you could share your experience with a new FFIS host, what tip would you offer? Cooking meals together is a fun way to get to know each other. We have some conve...
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Western Oregon is known for its "liquid sunshine", bringing moisture that turns the countryside an emerald green in the spring.  Residents perpetuate that image in the hopes that people are disuaded from moving here.  Their hopes continue to be dashed as Oregon continues to have one of the largest annual in-migrations of new residents in the country.  Those newcomers discover that it doesn't rain nearly as much as they were told and there are plenty of things to do that don't cost any money.  Here are a few suggestions:1)  Walk, jog, or hike the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System.  The cover photo shows a stretch of a wide concrete path that lines both banks of the Willamette River near downtown Eugene.  You'll see all ages of people walking, jogging, biking, skateboarding, dog walking, ...
Eugene, Oregon is a great base from which to enjoy the outdoors. Drive in any direction and you can experience beautiful scenery.  Residents and visitors are an hour's drive west to the Oregon Coast or an hour's drive east to the Cascade Mountains.  Rivers, waterfalls, old-growth forests, covered bridges, wineries, craft breweries and distilleries, plentiful campgrounds, many organic farms, fresh air, clean water, friendly people ... What more could you want? Whenever my wife and I want to enjoy a day trip in or around Eugene, here are a few places we like to visit: Orchard Point County Park on the north end of Fern Ridge ReservoirHeceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic ViewpointDelta Ponds near Valley River CenterCoyote Creek Covered BridgeHiking Spencer ButteCleawox Lake at Honeyman State...
International students aren’t the only ones who are nervous about traveling so far from their familiar home and culture to study at the University of Oregon.  Their parents also worry, since they are too distant to be able to quickly lend help and support should their child encounter difficulties.The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) home stay program is much more than simply hosting incoming international students for a few days to help them acclimate to America, Eugene/Springfield, and the University.   FFIS volunteers usually become interim parents, offering ongoing advice and assistance for the student they’ve hosted.That warm welcome and hospitality alleviates not only the students’ fears, but also those of their parents back home.  This letter to the FFIS Ste...
The FFIS Homestay Program matches University of Oregon international students with local community volunteers for a short-term homestay when the student first arrives in Lane County, Oregon. Volunteers open their hearts and home to young adults far from home, helping them to get oriented and settled. The friendships built during that brief period often last well beyond when the student has returned to their native country. Homestay families have created many fond memories for the students that they’ve hosted.Read what this student from New Zealand had to say about her FFIS homestay experience:Patricia was the most wonderful host I could ever have wished for. She went above and beyond what might have been expected as a host mom. It wasn’t long after she first picked me up from the train ...
The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) Homestay Program matches University of Oregon international students with local community volunteers for a short-term homestay when the student first arrives in Lane County. Volunteers open their hearts and homes to young adults far from home, helping them to get oriented and settled. The friendships built during that brief period often last well beyond when the student has returned to their native country. Homestay families have created many fond memories for the students that they’ve hosted.FFIS families hosted 95 incoming international students prior to the start of the 2018 fall term.  This is what some of the students had to say about their host family and their experiences in the Homestay Program:What was the most rewardi...
The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) provides short-term homestay programs at the beginning of the fall, winter, and spring terms.  Incoming University of Oregon international students stay in a local community member’s home for 3-5 days.  They then move to permanent housing in an apartment or dormitory. This is what a Mexican student wrote about her FFIS homestay experience: A host family to me means having a second family away from home, and also feeling safe and loved among nice people. Experiencing a new culture, settling down in a new country, and discovering the astonishing natural beauty of Oregon would not have been possible without my host family. I have to start off by saying THANK YOU SO MUCH PETE and VINNIE!! Not only did we spend incredible times tog...
The Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS) provides short-term homestay programs at the beginning of the fall, winter, and spring terms.  Incoming University of Oregon international students stay in a local community member’s home for 3-5 days.  They then move to permanent housing in an apartment or dormitory.This is what a Japanese student wrote about her FFIS homestay experience:I really appreciate this Friendship Foundation program which gives me an opportunity to meet such a great host family. When I first arrived here, I did not know anything about the city, university and how to start my new life.But they helped by showing me around the city, going shopping, and acclimating myself to life here. After the university started and I moved to the residence hall, they o...
The Friendship Foundation for International Students Homestay Program matches University of Oregon international students with local community volunteers for a short-term homestay when the student first arrives in Eugene and Lane County.Volunteers open their hearts and home to young adults far from home, helping them to get oriented and settled. The friendships built during that brief period often last well beyond when the student has returned to their native country. Homestay families have created many fond memories for the students that they’ve hosted.FFIS surveys the students after their stay. This is what some of them had to say about their host family and the Homestay Program: What was the most rewarding part of staying with a host family?My transition to a new country couldn’t hav...
Be Aware - Bears and cougars are native to this area!This is the sign that greets me as I begin my hike in Wild Iris Ridge Park.  The trail is the newest link in the Ridgeline Trail System, located in the south hills of Eugene, Oregon.The trailhead is wihin easy walking distance from my home and I live in the third most populous city in the state.  Do I need to be worried about this walk in nearby nature?I live on a 1/3 acre corner lot well within the city's borders.  I have seen raccoon, opossum, deer, turkey, and smaller wild animals making themselves temporarily at home in my backyard.  But bears and cougars are another matter! Wild Iris Ridge ParkThis 250+ acre park is mostly unimproved with upland prairie and oak habitat and sweeping views in places to the west, south, and east.  I...
A Night Out Ends In A Life Lost It was a warm August Saturday night like most others in Eugene, Oregon.  Jessica Tutt, Andrew Michael Rosborough, and Kelly Ann Hover were enjoying friendship and a few drinks at Taboo, a downtown Eugene nightclub, with employees of KNRQ Rock 97.9 FM, owned by Cumulus Broadcasting.Twenty-one year-old Tutt worked as a receptionist at Cumulus Broadcasting and studied graphic design at Lane Community College.  Rosborough, 22, was "Icky" on KNRQ's morning radio show, "Vinnie & Icky."  Hover, 21, worked at El Torito Mexican Restaurant as a waitress.Around 3:00 am on Sunday, August 13, 2006, the three friends headed home after a fun night out.  Tutt drove her pickup truck.  Rosborough and Hover rode in the truck bed behind.  The truck headed for southwest Eugen...
Vaclav Hajek (1997 - 2007)On a sunny late August day in 2007, a 10-year-old boy prepared to walk his bike across a crosswalk after tending to the family's community garden plot.  A car stopped to let the boy cross the street.  Behind the car, an impatient teenager in a pickup truck swerved around the vehicle and sped toward the crosswalk.  The sound of squealing tires that I heard in my backyard over a quarter mile away foreshadowed the impending tragedy.  Two families' lives were forever changed on that fateful August 27 day.In late September, Eugene police arrested the 16-year-old student who was reportedly traveling 65 miles per hour in the 35 mph school zone.  The driver was later charged with criminally negligent homicide, served a short time in juvenile detention, put on probation...
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It's a beautiful morning in Eugene, Oregon and I'm anxious to get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.  Fortunately I don't have to drive far to enjoy seeing wildlife and verdant landscapes. Where should I go? Alton Baker ParkI could walk around Alton Baker Park, Eugene's largest park, with 373 city-owned acres to explore.  There are usually ducks, Canadian geese, and other birds to see.  A popular trail follows the bank of the Willamette River that flows through the city.There are large ramadas to have a picnic, a Nobel Peace Laureate Project to see, the famous Pre's Trail to run on, and the Whilamut Natural Area to wander through.  Last time I was there I even discovered a Mother's Against Drunk Driving Memorial Garden that I never knew existed. Delta PondsOr I could go to Delta ...
 On June 19, 2005 (Father's Day), cousins Nick Davis, 13, and Britton Shepherd-Davis, 15, went swimming in a gravel pond in west Eugene, Oregon where a quarry used to be.  It was their last swim, as they both tragically drowned.  Seventeen-year-old Johnny Emory in 1994 and 12-year-old Ryan Lambert in 2000 also died in these quarry ponds, although the count may have been greater.The deaths of these children spurred the local community to take action.  Eugene voters passed a bond measure in 2006 allocating $2 million to making this place safer and a benefit to the city.  Then the work began to transform the land into a welcoming and safe nature area.The abandoned quarry became Golden Gardens Park and was dedicated exactly four years after Nick and Britton died.Today, the park in the Bethe...
Impeccable home in Santa Clara Impeccable one story home in Santa Clara! With large windows letting in ample light, this custom built, one level home features many custom touches: acacia wood floors, cathedral ceilings, gas fireplace, marble countertops, recirculation system on the water heater, and more. The home sits on an ample 0.18 lot with RV parking and manicured landscaping. Call today!Bryon CrosbyBryon Crosby2644 Suzanne Way #100EugeneOregon97408
West Eugene Home for sale 1944 Heitzman Way Eugene, OR 97401This Beautiful Light and Bright West Eugene Home for sale is located in Desirable Eugene Neighborhood. Enjoy the Soaring Vaulted Ceilings and an Abundance of Natural Light throughout! This Home Features tons of Storage, Spacious Living Room with a pass-through Window to the Dining and Kitchen giving it the open concept feel.This West Eugene Home for sale features a Dining Room, a Gas Fireplace and the Kitchen includes a Breakfast Bar, Eating Area and Slider to the back Deck great for Entertaining. Master Bedroom Suite includes a Slider out to the Deck, Walk in Closet and His and Her Sinks. Enjoy the upstairs Loft Area with two Large Bedrooms and a Full Bathroom. Outside includes a Fenced Yard, Shed, Covered Porch, Front Yard Sp...
Best Places to Get Your Christmas Tree in the Eugene, Oregon AreaWhere are the Best Places to Get Your Christmas Tree in the Eugene, Oregon Area? When you live in a State which boasts more "Christmas Trees," potentially, than any other, where might one go to get a perfectly manicured, reasonably priced Christmas Tree in the Eugene, Oregon Area? For those who still prefer the "real tree smell" during the Holiday Season, and even more so, for those who prefer to cut their own tree, the following are some noteworthy places to get your Christmas Tree:   NORTHERN LIGHTS CHRISTMAS TREE FARMLocation: 36777 Wheeler Road Pleasant Hill, OR 97455Contact: 541-746-5161Hours: 10am-5pm, November 25th-December 24thInformation:  http://www.northernlightschristmastreefarm.com/  CARROLL'S COUNTRY CHRISTMA...
Eugene, Oregon is a place city-dwellers call a "town," and a place country folk call a "city."  With a population hovering around 157,000 people, Eugene is a composite of University students, professors, blue-collar workers, "hippies," and others. Eugene is a part of Lane County, and Lane County encompasses other cities too - including Springfield, Creswell, Cottage Grove, Junction City, Veneta and even Florence. While the city is growing and home prices are still on the rise, it's worth sharing home prices in the Eugene, Oregon area both for the sake of both comparison and education. How well did you guess the home prices on the "Match That Price" Game? See the answers below. Are Home Prices in the Eugene, Oregon Area similar to your real estate market? Different? For more information ...
INEXPENSIVE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR HOME'S VALUELooking for some inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home? Whether you are thinking about listing your home for sale, or you're interested in putting a fresh face on your home you proudly own, consider these inexpensive ways to increase your home's value:1) Repaint your front door. A fresh coat of paint can add personality, hide scuffs and dirt, and give your home an entirely NEW curb appeal. This weekend project is inexpensive and a great way to increase your home's value! 2) Spread some fresh mulch in your front yard. It's an inexpensive and high-impact way to improve the look of your landscaping. Cover up the gray, weathered mulch covering your shrubs now - it will do wonders. 3) Paint your kitchen cabinets. Are your cabinets n...
600 Ruby Avenue is a beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch style home in North West Eugene's Santa Clara area. The home features vaulted ceilings, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, tile back splash, and a fenced backyard with RV parking.It was listed for $225,000 on September 9th 2016, and it was pending by September 26th 2016 for $228,000 with $7,000 in sellers concessions.600 Ruby Avenue represents, in many ways, the still-healthy Lane County Real Estate market brokers across the city are seeing today. Interest rates are still affordable, and sellers are netting a figure reasonably near their asking price after little time sitting on the market.Homes for sale between $200,000-$250,000 are especially desirable for people wanting to downsize to a neighborhood...

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