Category: Play

5 Pre-Winter Adventures We Scouted For You

Words by Anna Glavash | Photo by Michael Davies Although winter is coming, it’s definitely not too late to get out and enjoy our amazing corner of Oregon. Here are five hikes, walks and hot springs sure to make the most of your weekends before the end of term. A good friend once said, “Some people dance in the rain. Others just get wet.” Don’t be that person. Get out there! If you like gentle walks in lush forests: Alsea Falls Getting there: 58 minutes Trail: 2.8 miles out and back A pretty hike at any time of year,...

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Cruising Cafes: The Hidden Gems of Eugene

Words by Delaney Rea | Photo by Benji Rothenberg Starbucks, Vero, Glenwood, Brails — these are the Eugene coffee shops and cafes that we all know and love. They’ve all been featured in at least one Emerald Essentials piece, so it’s time to branch out a little further. Eugene and Springfield have a litany of cafes that cater to different moods and experiences. With that in mind, here’s a selection of some local gems that deserve more attention for the unique experiences they provide. Wildwood Cafe & Bar – Best Place to Kick Off Your Boots Wildwood Cafe &...

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DIY Beginner’s Arm-Knitted Blanket

Words and Photo by Lauren Bruce Imagine a blanket so cozy and so easy to make that you can knit one for the perfect gift this holiday season — even if you’ve never touched a knitting needle. You may even end up keeping it for yourself. First, you’ll start with some yarn. I recommend PremierYarns.com for the cheapest bulk yarn. I chose Couture Jazz Yarn and ordered 8 skeins (another word for rolls). You can also swing by the Eugene Textile Center. Just be sure to pick a bulky yarn. Step 1: Cast the yarn onto your right arm...

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Easy DIY Essential Oil Bath Bombs

by Sierra Pedro No one needs a day at the spa more than a college student entering the last few weeks of the term. So what if you can’t afford a trip to Lush or Bath & Body Works every day? We compiled a list of DIY bath bomb blends that will be kind to your body and your bank account, too! Ingredients: 1 cup baking soda ½ cup citric acid ½ cup epsom salt ¼ cup coconut oil 20 drops essential oils (Avoid minty oils. They will burn!) Food coloring (optional) Directions: Mix together dry ingredients. In a...

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Top 10 Horror Shows to Watch This October

by Anna Glavash and Lauren Bruce | photo by Lauren Bruce Grave Encounters A classically creepy – and comical at times – horror mockumentary that takes you through the ruins of an abandoned insane asylum. While this film does rely pretty heavily on jump scares, it also incorporates an uneasy feeling that follow you till the end. Stream on Amazon if you think you’re ready. Hush Mute and deaf writer who lives alone in her secluded home tucked deep into the woods is suddenly challenged by an intruder who is hunter her down like a deer, armed with a...

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