Thursday, May 28, 2009

FREE-Springfield Public Library May/June Event Calendar

Hello All-

This post and information is courtesy of Springfield Public Library. I highly encourage you to check out the offerings. They are wonderful, the staff is caring and helpful and 99% of the events are free and well worth your time!


Youth Services Calendar of Events
May & June

Weekly Events

Preschool Storytime
Every Wednesday at 10:00 am
Fun stories, songs, a craft, and other early literacy activities for preschoolers.
No individual groups larger than five without prior arrangement. Held in the Children’s Story Corner. For ages 3-6.

Lapsit Storytime
Every Wednesday at 10:00 am
Simple stories, fingerplays, songs, a craft and other age-appropriate activities for infants and toddlers. An adult must accompany the Lapsit child. No individual groups larger than five without prior arrangement. Held in the Children’s Window Corner. For children from birth to age 3.

Stories in the Market ● Every Friday, starting June 19, time tba ● All ages
Stories, songs and treats at the Springfield Farmer’s Market

Saturday Sing-a-Long! ● Saturday, May 16, 1pm ● All ages welcome
Family music time with Pattiebuff Bear.

Evening Jammie Storytime ● Tuesday, May 19, 7pm ● All ages welcome
Come in your pajamas for a special evening story time.

Teen Gaming ● Wednesday, May 27, 3-5pm ● See the Teen Calendar of Events for details.

May Art Class with Kim Jarvis ● Thursday, May 28, 3:30-5pm ● For grades 3-8 Make fun art projects. Pre-registration is required at the Youth Services Desk

Family Story Time in Spanish ● Tuesday, June 2, at 5:30 pm ● All ages welcome The whole family is invited to join Erica for a fun Spanish language story time.

Saturday Songs and Stories with Pattiebuff ● Saturday, June 6, 1 pm ● All ages welcome
Come for stories, songs and a craft on the theme, “Won’t You Be My Friend?” as the kick-off for the Friends of the Springfield Library’s Spring Fling.

Spring Fling ● Saturday, June 6, 1-4 ● All ages welcome
Friends of the Springfield Library and community partners will provide crafts, games and treats for the whole family.

Be Creative @ Your Library! Join the Summer Reading Club and choose a free new book!
Complete your summer reading goal and earn a pass to Splash! Wave Pool. Complete the Super Duper Reading Challenge and earn a free pass to Camp Putt Adventure Park. For preschool children through 6 th grade, pick up your ‘Reading Record’ at the library after June 14. Readers in middle and high school can participate in drawings for great prizes for every book read and every program attended.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Celebration with Tom Question, Tuesday, June 16, 11:00 am
Come be amazed by juggler, stilt-walker and comedian Tom Question, who will entertain with thrilling feats and tricks. Summer Reading sign-up, book give away and ice cream available. On the Fountain Plaza and for all ages. Sponsored by Comcast.

Saturday Sing-a-Long! ● Saturday, June 20, 1 pm ● All ages welcome ● Family music time!

Teen Gaming ● Wednesday, June 24, 3:00-4:30 pm ● See the Teen Calendar of Events for details.

Family Gaming ● Saturday, June 27, 3:00-4:30 pm ● All ages ● The whole family is invited to try your skill at Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Wii, along with a variety of board games.

June Art Class with Kim Jarvis ● Thursday, June 25, 3:30-5 pm ● For grades 3-8 Make fun art projects. Pre-registration is required at the Youth Services Desk.

Teen Movie Night ● Monday, June 29 from 3-5 pm ● See the Teen Calendar of Events for details.

Celeste Rose Puppet Show ● Tuesday, June 30, 2 pm ● All ages welcome
“Little Red Riding Hood and Hunker Jaw the Wolf” is a thrilling adaptation of a familiar story.

All programs are free and will be held in the Library Meeting Room unless otherwise noted.

Summer Reading programs are sponsored by Comcast, the Friends of the Springfield Public Library, the Cressey Family Charitable Trust, and the Springfield Arts Commission

FREE-Springfield, OR Public Library Summer Reading Program

Hello All-

Springfield Public Library offers a summer reading program for kids and they get to select a free book just for signing up! You can sign up after June 14.

If you complete your goal you get a pass to Lively Splash Swim Center or if you are a Super Duper reader you can also earn a Camp Putt pass!

This is a great opportunity to encourage summer reading and it helps your child prepare for the next school year too!

Just 20 minutes a day of being read to (its FREE!!) is essential for kids and their reading enhancement program, so DEAR each day (Drop Everything and Read!).

Happy Fun & Saving!

Summer H.

Free-Oakway Center Summer Concert Series!

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Summer can actually offer some great FREE summer activities for your family. I will be highlighting some of the free offerings around town in the next few weeks (between my new dog and finishing up the school year my postings have slipped a bit, but I hope to post more soon!).

Oakway Center offers a series of summer concerts every Wednesday this summer in their courtyard. This is a very relaxed, community/kid friendly opportunity and its FREE!

Clip those Coldstone Coupons (from the Entertainment Book and sunday coupons) and enjoy a treat during a show!

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Deal-Girls Speedo Swimsuits (Costco)

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Summer is around the corner and so is the swim season! If you are looking for a good deal on a bathing suit check out the great selection of Speedo suits for girls at Costco. These have been updated and are quite fashionable as well as functional and at $11.99, the quality can't be beat!

I would recommend buying 1 size up from what your child normally wears. Also, remember to buy suits an additional size up while you can get them as you may want them for the off-season!

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Site to Bookmark-Spoofee!

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Plan to do a daily check of, where you will find some of the best deals on the web for the day. Miss a day? No problem, it allows you to easily check the last 5 days of deals.

Today (May 20), sign up to receive a link to a free package of Ball Park Franks, coupon will be mailed.

This site always has good freebies, samples and other deals...check it out!

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Deal- $5 off $25 at Walgreen's

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Wed/Thurs May 20-21 you can get $5 off $25 at Walgreen's. Grab your local ad and use your coupons (both for Walgreen's and manufacturers coupons along with the $5) to get some good deals!

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Free!-Marie Callender's E-Club Perks

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Sign up for Marie Callender's e-club at their website and you will get great freebies on your birthday and wedding anniversary.

The anniversary perk is $5 off your check and 2 free slices of pie. Remember, kids eat free each day with the purchase of an adult entree, I am going to try that out and see if we can use both deals, this would be a fun family night!

The coupon comes about 1 week prior to your anniversary and lasts for a few weeks after, so you get almost a month to use it!

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Steal-Prepaid Cell Phone Service

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Tired of paying for high cell phone service? If you are like me (and I know many of you are not in this situation, but read on for some good savings). I don't text, I don't send pics from my phone and I save my iPod for my music. I have a land line because I don't get good cell service at my house. Yet, I pay almost $80 a month from the V cell phone service....this really got me when I looked at my statement and my husband used his phone for 3 minutes last month!

Needless to say, I am paying out TOO much money every month for this service. Introducing the prepaid cell option! I can keep my current phone #, I will need to purchase a "prepaid phone", but Verizon offers 5 prepaid options and I can prepay $100 worth of access/airtime that is good for 1 year from purchase. I can get a phone for $50. I will need to terminate my current contract at $100, but that alone is worth the savings I will instantly reap.

This is my breakdown:
Current Bill Average: $75 (12 Months- $900)
2 New Prepaid Phones $100
Termination Fee: $100
Access/Airtime Cards: $200 (1 year-2 phones)
Total for 1 Year of Prepaid Service:$400, a savings of $500 for the year and even more in additional years as the phone and termination fees won't be incurred.

This is what I call an incredible savings! Consider a prepaid plan if you don't need the latest hip phone and you don't use cell features.

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Deal-Kohl's Cares for Kids-New $5 Book + Plush Release

Hello All-

Kohl's Cares for Kids (Kohl's Dept. Store) has released their latest charitable book selections. Part of your purchase goes to their foundation.

For $5 they are offering 2 great hardcover books ($5 each)- Duck at the Door and Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic. They also feature the mallard and dog in the plush category. These books are great! They make incredible gifts, so consider stocking a few in your gift cupboard. These are full size quality editions, you would pay MUCH more at the bookstore, so support a good cause, get a great product, laugh!

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Savings Tip-Walgreen's Eliminates Easy Saver!

Hello All-

Just when I start teaching everyone tips to saving, these companies keep changing their is really frustrating!

They all claim to be going to different systems that are "better", yes better for the company...but the customers??? Verdict is still out.

For information on Walgreen's change visit:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Kraft Coupons + Albertson's Deals

Hello All-

Today (5/11) Kraft is giving up to $50 in coupons for their products! Visit: (you may need to register first)

You select the coupons you want and it prints them for you, it is super easy!

Then, in Sunday's RG Alberston's has double the value of manufacturer's coupons, up to $1. Several of the items that Kraft is offering coupons for are on sale at Albertson's and if you use the Kraft Coupon ($1) with the double coupon Albertson's ($1), you can get some great savings!

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

FREE-Regal Cinemas Valley River Family Summer Movies

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Regal Cinemas at Valley River Center offers free movies on Tues/Wed mornings at 10 a.m. The viewing schedule can be found at the link provided in this post.

I checked this out last year thinking it would be crazy, but I pleasantly surprised at how fun this was. There were moderate amounts of people, but not too many and since it is family themed (think young kids), I wasn't on edge if my daughter was talking through part of the movie, most of the kids are to some degree. If you are wanting silence, then stay home or hit another movie, but if you have kids and are looking for a FREE option this summer, check it out!

Some shows include: Space Chimps, Veggie Tales, Tale of Despereux, Evan Almighty.

One thing that is a tad confusing (and I will try to get clarification) is that I think both movies play on both days so you could hit both in a given week if you want. I thought one movie played 1 day and the other the second day, but I think they both play so you could see them both.

If you have the budget to splurge a bit, I recommend the kids pack for a treat that includes pop, popcorn and skittles. It is $4.50 and remember to use your Regal Cinemas card (free at customer service) at the concession stand as you will earn points!

Movie Link:

Happy Saving!

Summer H.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Free-Vintage Tee from Albertson's w/ Pepsi Purchase!

Hello All-

This week at Albertson's, purchase $20 worth of Pepsi Products and get a mail in rebate for a free t-shirt adult sizes (S-XXL).

They are offering pepsi cans 12 packs for $4.44, buy 3, get 1 free, taking price to $3.33/12 pack. Worth buying 8 to get discount and be over $20 purchase amount.

3 shirt designs are available (Vintage Pepsi Throwback Logo, Heart, The Knack).

Happy Saving!

Summer H.