Wagonload of Events Celebrate Oregon's 150th

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Byline: The Register-Guard

It's Oregon's 150th birthday, and you're invited ... again and again and again.

The official birth date is Saturday - Feb. 14, Valentine's Day - but local groups have scheduled celebration events that run through the week and weekend, and into the rest of the month and year.

Many of the events have been coordinated through the Lane County chapter of the Oregon150 campaign, or the city of Eugene's recreation department.

An official statewide bash planned by Oregon150 on Saturday includes a Birthday Bash at the state Capitol in Salem, an Oregon Ball at the Salem Convention Center, and a Sesquicentennial Soiree in Portland.

Here is a partial list of local activities planned for this month in celebration of Oregon's 150th year:

The Senior Program at Petersen Barn Community Center will sponsor a history trip on Thursday to Oregon City. A tour of the historic house of Dr. John McLoughlin, named the "Father of Oregon" by the state Legislature, is planned. Cost is $27.

The city of Eugene's youth and family aquatic programs will re-create Oregon as it was 150 years ago at a family fun night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Sheldon Community Center and Pool. The free event includes a storyteller, food, activities, period costumes and pioneer games.

The Lane County Historical Society & Museum on Saturday will open an exhibit highlighting different racial and ethnic groups in Lane County since before European contact and continuing to present day. The exhibit will run through the rest of the year. For more information, call 682-4242.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District will host a sesquicentennial party at Dorris Ranch on Saturday.

The free celebration, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., includes birthday cake, native tree planting and a visit to a pioneer log cabin. Participants are asked to meet at the cabin behind the Tomseth House. A $3 donation is requested.

To get to the ranch, take Pioneer Parkway West, which becomes South Second Street. Continue south to the intersection with Dorris Ranch. For more information, call 736-4544.

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery will note Oregon's 150th birthday with a celebration between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hope Abbey Mausoleum, East 26th Avenue and University Street. …