Byline: The Register-Guard
Rash of swimmer's itch
Campers beware: An outbreak of swimmer's itch is plaguing the waters of Cottage Grove Lake along Pine Meadows campground.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising campers not to swim along the shoreline at Pine Meadows to avoid the dreaded itch.
Also known as cercarial dermatitis, swimmer's itch is a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to parasites of birds and animals that are released from infected snails and swim in fresh and saltwater ponds, oceans or lakes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Most cases don't require medical attention. Toweling dry or showering immediately after leaving the water can reduce the risk of swimmer's itch, which generally occurs in the summer months.
Immersion program plans closing ceremony
A public closing ceremony for Lane Community College's Rites of Passage Summer Academy cultural immersion program will be held Friday.
The free event will be in the Performance Hall on the main campus, 4000 E. 30th Ave.
American Indian dancing will begin at 5 p.m. on the lawn outside, followed by a program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring presentations, performances and displays by middle and high school students enrolled in the academy.
Founded in 1996 by coordinator Greg Evans, Rites of Passage provides education specific to students' ethnic heritage. Monthlong programs were held this summer for African-Americans, Asian-Americans, American Indians and Latinos. Classes included tai chi, folklore, history, life skills, literature and health.
benefits animal shelter
The Greenhill Humane Society's annual moneymaking event - Bark in the Park - will happen Sunday in Springfield's Island Park. …