Thursday, July 6
Rusty Hinges. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and then again after that): if you like bluegrass, you like Rusty Hinges. Never heard of them? Doesn’t matter, you like them. Fact. Don’t fight me on this, just treat yourself. For more banjo-packed info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Open Source Improv! Downward Dog, 126 SW First St., Corvallis. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Cloud & Kelly’s Public House (and now Hapuna Kahuna) are dust in the wind, but the Downward Dog carries on. The tradition of Cloud’s side-splitting (this sounds gory, but it isn’t…) comedy night every first Thursday of the month continues. And this is the first Thursday, so there you have it. Gather your best material and try not to pee laughing. For info, visit cloudandkellys.com/music_and_nightlife/.
Friday, July 7
Solar Eclipse Information Session. Walnut Community Room, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Dr., Corvallis. 5:30-7 p.m.
The press release says “Nature’s grandest spectacle, a total eclipse of the sun, comes to Corvallis in 2017.” You know what comes with it? Fools going blind. But you’re not a fool, you’re cool – and that rhymes. This event will teach you how to best experience this once-in-a-lifetime event without melting your peepers. You’llbe treated to local astronomers who’ll unravel the science a bit, and walk away with a pair of sweet eclipse viewing shades.
Cherry & the Lowboys and Jet Harris & His Hotrod Hellcats. Bombs Away Café, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 8:30 p.m.
Groovy, grungy hot-rod inspired Cherry & the Lowboys (https://www.reverbnation.com/cherryandthelowboys) are gonna blow the doors off the place (not literally, that would be bad) alongside Jet Harris & His Hotrod Hellcats. For a taste of the latter, check out Jet Harris & His Hotrod Hellcats. Actually, maybe it will get crazy… they are threatening to tear the dance floor up. When in Rome, right? But seriously, don’t do that. For info, visit bombsawaycafe.com/music-art/.
Saturday, July 8
Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games. Location and time based on event.
We’re all totally jazzed to have the Special Olympics here in Corvallis! Details from the press release: “In the largest annual event for Special Olympics Oregon, the Summer State Games will host 2,000 athletes, 600 coaches and 1,300 volunteers from across the state over the course of two days. The move to Corvallis and the campus of Oregon State University will create a truly unique village-like experience for athletes from the 30 local programs around the state that will travel for the athletic competition. Reser Stadium and Parker Plaza will serve as the heartbeat of the Games featuring the Games Ceremonies and Olympic Town.” There’ll be dozens of fun activities all weekend! For info, visit soor.org/Sub-Page.aspx?PID=186
Sunday, July 9
Extending Your Summer Vegetable Garden. Shonnard’s Nursery, Florist, and Landscape, 6600 SW Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. 11 a.m.- Noon. Free.
It’s the Sunday after the 4th, what do you do? Video games… nope, still depressed after EA’s Battlefront release from two years ago (as you should be). Netflix? Ooops, burnt through GLOW and Star Trek Enterprise (twice… and yes, Enterprise is awesome, deal with it). Hmmm. Howabout… a veggie class. Why the heck not? I heard being outside is healthy, and this one will cover selection, planting, and growing of vegetable crops for fall, winter, and spring (overwintering, as they call it) harvests. Seasonal vegetable gardening needs? Addressed. Good lord, this is making going outside actually sound good! Now, if someone could just tell me what this big glowing yellow thing is out here… For info, visit eventbrite.com/e/extending-your-summer-garden-tickets-35458715974.
Monday, July 10
Fare Thee Well / The Bind. The Arts Center.700 SW Madison Ave. 12-5pm. Free.
If you haven’t seen Jen Pywell’s The Bind installation in The Art Center’s Corrine Woodman Gallery, then you’re missing out. The work is focused on the experience of bipolar disorder, and being bipolar I really got a lot out of it – though you hardly need the affliction to appreciate and enjoy her work. An “extension of sorts” to the Pywell exhibit is the Ugly Art Room curated Fare Thee Well postcard exhibit, which includes work from a worldwide call to artists. What’s this, art work off the art walk?! Yup. Every month, at every gallery in town. A new habit, less the crowds? I think so. For more information, visit http://theartscenter.net.
Tuesday, July 11
Teen Summer Movie: Queen of Katwe. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 1-3 p.m. Free.
Not only is this a great film, but its a good chance for younger folks to get out of the house and do some socializing without their parents breathing down their necks. Meanwhile, parents can go take a nap face down because they’re too tired for having pre-teens and teens to even roll themselves over. Also, there’ll be snacks provided. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Graphic Novel Book Club. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Board Room, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 6:30 p.m.
July’s Book is “Turning Japanese: A Graphic Memoir” by Mari Naomi. You can pick up a copy of the month’s reading selection at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s second floor reference desk. New members are always welcome, and graphic novels are awesome. So there. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Yoga and Beer. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free.
This event is free and its called Yoga and beer. I’m assuming there’ll be a bit of both going on, and since its at Calapooia you can be sure the brews are tasty-fresh. And also, let’s all pretend I didn’t just write “tasty-fresh.” Thanks! For info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.
Wednesday, July 12
2017 Starker Forest Tour. Corvallis Comfort Suites Inn, 1730 NW Ninth St., Corvallis. 12:45-4:30 p.m. Free.
A guided tour of the incredibly beautiful Starker Forests are being made available in July and August. Three and a half hours long, they begin in front of the Comfort Suites Inn lobby. And remember, my dudes: dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Or else. For info, visit visitcorvallis.com/things-to-do/starker-forest-tours-philomath-oregon/.
OMSI React-O-Blast. Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free.
Checkout what the release says: “Conduct explosive experiments that demonstrate reactions of matter.” Let’s read that again, in shorthand: EXPLOSIVE EXPERIMENTS REACTIONS OF MATTER. Now mark it on your calendar, and get all giggly and excited. But not too giggly. Don’t be weird. For info, visit cbcpubliclibrary.net.
Thursday, July 13
Swing Dance in the Park. The Arts Center Plaza 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. 6:30-9 p.m. Free.
Do you like swings? Howabout dance? Howabout parks? Good. Here’s the scedule: 6:30–7 p.m. Dancing to DJed swing music; 7–7:30 p.m. Intro Charleston lesson taught by Ellen; 7:30–9 p.m. Dancing to swing music DJed by Lindsey and Zach. For info, visit corvallisswing.com/o/swing-dance-in-the-park-july-13/.
Wild Hog in The Woods. Calapooia Brewing Company, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany. 8 p.m. Free. Wild Hog in The Woods rocks out (only they’re old timey / bluegrassy, so…) at the friendly confines of Calapooia Brewing. Always a good show. Just take a listen for yourself: Jet Harris & His Hotrod HellcatsFor info, visit calapooiabrewing.com/blog/live-music-and-events/.