Springfield Briefs

Canine calendar contest underway
Live in Springfield? Pick up a pet’s waste? That’s all that qualifies residents to enter their dogs for the chance to be featured in the city’s 2020 “Canines for Clean Water” calendar.
Many people may not realize that pet waste left on the ground can get washed into storm drains, which lead directly to our local streams and rivers. Pet waste contains bacteria and parasitic organisms that, when washed into local waterways, can cause contamination.
The calendar contest runs from through June 3. Springfield residents can enter their dog either via email or on Facebook at facebook.com/SpringfieldOR.
Post a photo of your entry along with #ScoopthePoop #SpringfieldOregon in the text
Email a photo of your dog to [email protected] and include #ScoopthePoop #SpringfieldOregon
Contest and calendar details are at www.springfieldstreams.org. The 2020 Canines for Clean Water Calendar will be available for free in November, while supplies last.

Third-graders visit public works department
City officials are scheduled to host several Springfield Public School District 19 third-grade classes Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 as part of National Public Works Week. Students will learn about what services the Development and Public Works Department (DPW) provides community members. Children and parents visiting the Springfield Public Library during the two-day event also are welcome to join.
Students will spend 75 minutes rotating through 10 booths at the “carnival” in the City Hall lobby. The booths are based on classic carnival activities, but with a DPW twist. For example, the traditional bean bag toss has been transformed into “red light, green light.” Students earn up to three bean bags by answering roadway safety questions then attempt to toss the corresponding colored bean bag into a traffic light in order to win a small prize. Another carnival activity is a development game where students will use foam blocks representing housing, businesses, parks, etc. to create their ideal neighborhood.
Students also will spend 45 minutes outside at the equipment rodeo learning about four pieces of equipment DPW staff uses to maintain infrastructure within the City, such as wastewater and stormwater pipes. Sanipac will have its “Duck Truck” as part of the rodeo, and will have a recycling game.

Family artists present ‘Transformation’ show
The Springfield Arts Commission is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Celeste Schield Jacobi. The show, Transformation, will also feature work by Jacobi’s husband Charles and daughter Genevieve and will run from June 1-30, 2019 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 14. The reception, which is open and free to the community, light refreshments and live music by Keenan Dorn.
Transformation features a fluid body of work in a variety of styles that capture animals, insects, figures, and playful interactions in nature. Celeste Schield Jacobi grew up enjoying the artistic encouragement of a mother who always had art projects available. She studied Illustration at Cornish College of the Arts and credits Salvador Dali as her biggest artistic influence. Celeste’s husband Charles Jacobi is an avid sketcher who started sketching comics as a child. He studied Media Arts at MCAD and is a 20-year veteran of the video game industry, credited on more than two dozen shipped titles. Celeste and Charles’ daughter Genevieve has been painting and drawing since she was two years old. Her parents have always encouraged her to try any mediums they had. Her artwork has already surpassed what her parents were able to do at the age of nine. She has a passion for animals, mainly cats, and design. Work by all three will be on view at the gallery, in addition to whimsical masks created by Schield Jacobi in the gallery’s display cases.
The Springfield Arts Commission invites the community to attend the gallery reception and enjoy live music by Kennan Dorn. Eugene, OR based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Keenan Dorn blends melodic folk singing with rich harmonic fingerstyle guitar to present his story about place, home and identity. Influenced heavily by folk artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Sarah Jarosz, Keenan uses primarily acoustic instruments to evoke elements of both indie-folk and Americana music, all while showcasing just the right touch of guitar virtuosity that a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies produces. In short, he crafts music that feels familiar and nostalgic, like catching up with an old friend from back home.



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