At Firs Bowl Lanes, brightly colored house bowling balls glide down 24 synthetic and wood lanes as automatic scoring systems prevent exaggeration-prone players from claiming to have bowled a 3,000. Anchoring the bowling center’s concourse, these lanes attract both league and open bowlers, who frequent special weekend events such as Friday Family Night and the neon-lit Kosmic Bowl. The center’s amenities include bumper lanes, a lottery, video games, and a diner-style snack bar where guests sit on low-slung barstools while enjoying food, beer, and other beverages.
Playground Sports builds up a sweat with a combination of traditional league sports such as basketball and volleyball and retro games, including kickball, bowling, and lawn games. League members form teams or have Playground Sports make the team arrangements, then practice their ping-pong swing with team pub or take aim in dodge ball.
The City of Eugene Recreation Services' dedicated staffers encourage locals to build strong relationships and muscles through diverse recreation programs offered year-round. They organize and lead snowboarding and kayaking programs for outdoor adventure-seekers, helm dance classes, and operate fitness facilities to provide indoor retreats for youth and families'. At Echo Hollow and Sheldon, staffers slip into indoor pools to lead aquatic fitness classes, or stay out of the water to monitor lap swims. In warmer months, the Amazon outdoor water arena allows swimmers to shoot down water slides at speeds faster than comets sprinkled with coffee. Aiming to make activities enjoyable to all partakers, the City of Eugene Recreation Services provides a bevy of adaptive recreation services for participants with disabilities as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Eugene Uketoberfest lures ukulele lovers from near and far with two full days of workshops, concerts, and strumming circles. Instead of pouring Pixy Stix into their ears, guests can treat their aural senses to the sweet sounds of Hawaiian string king Craig Chee, multi-instrumentalist Victoria Vox, and uke-toting doo-wop troupe The Refreshments, plus more than a dozen other artists. Many performers will host workshops, teaching traditional topics such as strumming techniques (Friday at 9:30 a.m.) and hammer-on and pull-off effects (Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 2:10 p.m.), as well as unusual skills such as pizza-box drumming (Saturday at 1 p.m.). As adults ogle handcrafted ukes from Mya-Moe and SpruceHouse, plucky youngsters can rehearse tunes with a teacher and kids their own age. Grownup ukesters will also have ample chances to play with others, including identical twins Greg and Jere Canote, who will host a jam session and peanut-butter food fight on Saturday at 3:45 p.m.
Glass doors line two lofted floors at The Lesson Factory's headquarters, barely able to contain the harmonies held within. In training rooms throughout the facility, instructors—some with degrees as high as the graduate level—guide aspiring musicians of all ages toward their music-making goals with programs geared to individualized learning. Students choose from rock and classical instruments, learning how to form chords on a guitar, keep steady rhythms on drums, or nobly play violin on a sinking boat. Thanks to a steady schedule of blues jams for adults and recitals for kids, all budding musicians get the chance to show off their skills to an audience on a regular basis.