ROESBURG: Carvers to hold showMarch 11, 2014 —
The Umpqua Carvers will hold its annual show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Roseburg Senior Center, 621 W. Madrone St.
Visitors can chat with the carvers, watch whittling in action and enter a contest to win handcrafted items.
Admission is free.
ROSEBURG: Marimba Mike to performMarch 11, 2014 —
Marimba Mike to perform
Portland musician Michael Charles Smith will perform two shows in Douglas County this month.
At 6 p.m. March 21, he’ll play at Linus Oakes Retirement Village at 2665 Van Pelt Blvd. His second show will be at 1 p.m. March 23 at Abacela Winery, 12500 Lookingglass Road. Both shows are free.
Smith is a Roseburg High School graduate and percussionist for the Portland Columbia Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and Portland Chamber Orchestra. He performs at weddings and the Portland International Airport under the stage name “Marimba Mike.”
Best Bets for March 8-10March 7, 2014 —
BBQ Done Right — The Barra Brown Quintet, the band of Douglas High School graduate Barra Brown, returns to Roseburg tonight for a show at 7:30 tonight at First Presbyterian Church, 823 Lane St. The event is a benefit for nonprofit organization Neighbor to Neighbor mediation services. Tickets are $17 at the door. 541-291-8359.
Who’s Your Great-Granddaddy? — The Roseburg Family History Center will host a free community genealogy fair Saturday at 2001 Bertha Ave., Roseburg. Starting at 9 a.m., researchers will help participants explore their family histories in a series of classes. Snacks will be provided; attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. 541-672-1237.
Why Not Buy an Old Tie Rack? — Eastwood Elementary School will host a community garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 2550 S.E. Waldron St., Roseburg. More than 15 families will sell items.
For Pete’s Sake — The heirs of notable Douglas County hunter Pete Serafin will sell items from his estate at an auction from 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Frear St., Roseburg. Inventory includes rare animal hides, gear worn by Serafin on safari, swords, tribal regalia and native artwork. No cost to attend. An auction preview will be held in the fairgrounds exhibit building today from 1 to 4 p.m. 541-471-0916.
Run for the Hills — The Lookingglass Block Run starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lookingglass Elementary School, 7 miles west of Roseburg. Entrants choose between a 2-mile and a 5-mile course. It’s a fundraiser for the Roseburg High School cross country team and costs $10 or $25 to enter. email@example.com.
Ford Models — The Umpqua Regional Early Ford V8 Club will host its annual Benefit Car Show this weekend at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Frear St., Roseburg. Historic makes and models will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6. 541-672-2359.
Jazz Heap — The Fremont Middle School jazz band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Elk’s Lodge, 740 S.E. Jackson St., Roseburg. It’ll join established bands Moment’s Notice — the faculty jazz band at Umpqua Community College — and alternative rock band Hemlock Lane. The Fremont band is raising money for an upcoming trip.
‘Mending’ Time — Filmmakers will debut documentary “Mending the Line,” about local fishing icon Frank Moore, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Splitz Bar & Grill, 2400 Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg. The documentary follows Moore, 91, as he returns to Normandy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ages. 503-970-9357.
Yo! — Yodeler Kerry Christensen will be in Douglas County this weekend, appearing at a fundraiser tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Myrtle Creek Grange, 661 N.E. Riverside Drive. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. He also sings from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, 707 Hess Lane, Myrtle Creek. Tickets are $20; credit cards are not accepted. 541-863-5032.
Gold in these Hills — The Douglas County Historical Society will host speaker Kerby Jackson at its next regular meeting, from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday at China Palace, 968 N.E. Stephens St., Roseburg. Jackson is the author of several books about gold mining in Southern Oregon. Tickets are $15. 541-673-0466.
Call of Judy — Feel-good fingerstyle guitarist Judy Fjell will perform with her band at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church, 2167 N. Watters St., Roseburg. 541-672-4590.
RIDDLE: Gospel quartet coming to townMarch 4, 2014 —
Nashville spiritual singing group The Blackwood Legacy will perform at 7 p.m. March 10 at Riddle First Baptist Church, 143 Main St., Riddle.
The group has been spreading the gospel for 13 years. It includes bass singer and emcee Rick Price, a former member of prominent Southern gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and lead singer Daniel Childs, grandson of original Cecil Blackwood, an original Blackwood Brother.
Admission is free.
ROSEBURG: Guitarist Neil Johnson hits downtownMarch 4, 2014 —
Up-and-coming blues guitarist Neil Johnson, a Roseburg product, will perform at 8 p.m. March 12 at Draper Draft House, 640 Jackson St.
Wednesday nights are Women’s Nights at Draper.
Johnson plays blues to swing to smooth jazz to soul on his hollow-body electric guitar.
Admission is free.
ROSEBURG: Yodeler brings highs, lows to Douglas CountyMarch 4, 2014 —
Master yodeler Kerry Christensen will perform several shows in Douglas County this weekend.
Christensen is a Utah resident who was for years the yodeler at Epcot at Disney World, and whose warbling can be heard in films and on television.
His first show is from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Tri City Veterans Memorial Building on Highway 99 South. It’s free to all veterans and their families.
He’ll next play the Myrtle Creek Grange Fundraiser Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Myrtle Creek Grange, 661 N.E. Riverside Drive, Myrtle Creek. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
He also sings from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars, 707 Hess Lane, Myrtle Creek. Tickets are $20; credit cards are not accepted.
Information, tickets: 541-863-5032.
ROSEBURG: Jazz night at the Elk’s LodgeMarch 4, 2014 —
Several bands will perform beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the Elk’s Lodge at 749 S.E. Jackson St.
The Fremont Middle School jazz band will perform as a fundraiser for an upcoming trip.
It will be joined by Roseburg jazz band Moment’s Notice and alternative rock band Hemlock Lane.
ROSEBURG: Montana-born guitarist plays Roseburg showMarch 4, 2014 —
Fingerstyle guitarist Judy Fjell will play at 3 p.m. March 9 at Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church, 2167 N. Watters St.
The Montana native sings about spirituality, lost love, wide-open spaces and other subjects. She’ll be joined in Roseburg by her longtime accompanist, violinist Crystal Reeves, and her new upright bass player, Tami Pallingston.
Tickets are $10 to $25.
ROSEBURG: UCC ensembles dazzle with jazzMarch 4, 2014 —
Two local ensembles will perform “An Evening of Jazz” at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Centerstage Theatre at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road.
UCC’s Big Horn Jazz Band and the Umpqua Singers will play hits from the swing era onward. Big Horn is made up of two dozen community members playing woodwind, brass and rhythm instruments. The 10-voice Umpqua Singers chorale group has recorded 18 albums and performed across the country, including at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Tickets are $7 each or $15 for families.
Best bets for Feb. 28-March 2February 28, 2014 —
Beyond Bed and Bath — This weekend is the three-day Douglas County Home and Garden Show. Doors will be open at the Douglas County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 per person with $1 off with a canned food donation. 541-673-3711.
A Dose of the toast — The North Douglas Performing Arts Council presents acoustic swing act The Texas Toasters at 6:30 tonight at the Drain Civic Center, 205 W. A St. Tickets: $10. 541-836-2505.
My Kingdom for ‘War Horse’! — This weekend, the National Theatre of London will stream performances of ”War Horse” at Centerstage Theatre at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Show times are 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The play, based on the same book as the recent feature film, features music and life-sized puppets. Tickets: $12 per adult, $10 for people 65 and older and $8 for children and UCC students. 541-440-7700.
Waller Art — Married illustrators John and Judy Waller will host a free talk at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center about their recent book, “Bertha and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art.” The talk starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. 541-672-2532.
Extra! Extra! — The Kathryn Howard School of Dance presents “Extravadance,” its winter recital, Saturday at Umpqua Community College’s Jacoby Auditorium, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Young dancers will show off months of preparation with a short matinee performance at 4:30 p.m. The more experienced dancers will perform a longer program at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 for people 4 and older. 541-672-8811.
Watershed Spread — Umpqua Watersheds will hold its 18th annual winter banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Tickets: $30 at the door. 541-671-6578.
In Vino Veritas — Seven Feathers Casino Resort hosts the annual celebration of South Oregon viticulture with the “Greatest of the Grape” event at 7 p.m Saturday. Tickets are $75 or $100 for VIP admission and are available online at umpquavalleywineries.org. 541-673-5323.
RHS jazz band to perform at tap houseJanuary 20, 2014 —
Roseburg High School bands will hold a fundraiser and jazz performance Jan. 23 at Loggers Tap House, 2060 N.W. Stewart Parkway.
RHS bands will receive 30 percent of all purchases made that day at Loggers. Family dining is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The tap room is open until 11 p.m.
The RHS Jazz Ensemble will perform between 6 and 9 p.m. at the restaurant.
A cake by Loggers’ Executive Pastry Chef Melanie Bonney will be raffled. The winner will be announced at 8 p.m.
Information: Sam Gross, 541-671-2206 or Branden Hansen, 541-954-4589.
Children’s musician to play Wildlife SafariSeptember 11, 2013 —
Aaron Nigel Smith plays a concert at Wildlife Safari from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1790 Safari Road, Winston.
The dreadlocked singer of “The Animal Song” has appeared on PBS’s “Between the Lions.” The Portland native tours regularly, performing at libraries, schools and art centers.
Tickets are $5 per person at the door.
The event is a benefit for Healthy Start Healthy Families of Douglas County.
CANYONVILLE: Old-Time Fiddlers to performSeptember 11, 2013 —
Listen to what Oregon’s original settlers listened to this Friday, Sept. 13, as the Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers play “Music of the Pioneers,” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Canyonville, one block east of Main Street.
Band leader Joe Ross will give a historical presentation on American music and tell stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition, Oregon and Applegate trails. Hear instruments used in the 1800s, such as the dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, Jew’s harp and concertina.
An hourlong set of traditional bluegrass and gospel music will close the show.
Admission is free; those attending should bring chairs and blankets.
Melon Festival returns to Winston-DillardSeptember 11, 2013 —
The Winston-Dillard Melon Festival is this weekend at Riverbend Park in Winston, off Thompson Avenue.
Melon-eating contests, food, crafts and live entertainment are planned, including the Beautiful Baby and Kute Kid contests, face painter Sarah Ivey, balloon release, bingo, animals from Wildlife Safari, parade and police canine exhibition. Food vendors will include shaved ice and barbecue. Activities run from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Chili Cookoff is 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Fly Tying Festival returnsSeptember 11, 2013 —
Tyers from up and down the West Coast will attend the North Umpqua Fly Tying Festival, which returns to Glide from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Glide Community Center, 20062 N. Umpqua Hwy., Glide.
Raffles, displays, vendors, casting pond and Danish casting games are planned. Phil Hager will present a talk on Diamond Lake and a special presentation from guest speaker Frank Moore is scheduled. It’s the fifth staging of the annual event.
Admission is free. Non-perishable food items will be collected at the door.
The event is sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers.
Information: 541-496-0770 or 541-496-3979.
Rodeo classic returns to CanyonvilleSeptember 11, 2013 —
The Fall Classic Rodeo comes to South County this weekend, specifically the Canyonville Rodeo Grounds, off Interstate 5 at Exit 101. The action starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
The Rough Stock Rodeo includes bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding and junior bull riding. Kids’ events include mutton busting, calf riding and pig scramble. Other events include team roping, invitational muley roping, junior barrel racing and women’s barrel racing.
$5 per person. Children 5 and younger free.
The event is sponsored by Seven Feathers Casino Resort.
Roseburg Concert Chorale seeks new singersSeptember 11, 2013 —
Rehearsals for Roseburg Concert Chorale’s 64th annual winter concert begin Tuesday, Sept. 17, and new singers are encouraged to attend.
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday through Dec. 3 at First Presbyterian Church at 823 S.E. Lane Ave., Roseburg. Singers will prepare for two concerts in December.
Singers are required to purchase scores. Scores are $10 and available at rehearsal.
New singers will be accepted through Oct. 1. It costs $7 to join.
Myrtle Creek: South County choir rehearsals to beginSeptember 11, 2013 —
The South County Community Choir will begin rehearsals preparing for its 2013 Christmas Concert beginning Monday, Sept. 16.
Rehearsals will be held every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Myrtle Creek Methodist Church, 4437 N.W. 2nd Ave., Myrtle Creek.
Auditions are not required and all ages are welcome.
Drain: Free showing of ChocolatJuly 31, 2013 —
A free showing of the 2000 film “Chocolat” will begin at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 at Sweet Thang Chocolates and Gifts, in the historic Hasard House at 105 West A. Ave., Drain.
The film recounts the story of a woman and her young daughter who open a chocolate shop in a French village. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards.
Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche star in the romance. The film is rated PG-13.
Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn will be provided. Other refreshments will be available for sale.
The event sponsored by the Sweet Thang chocolatiers. Shop-co-wner Ame Beard said she hopes the event will turn into a tradition during the warm summer months.
Information: 541-870-1622 or visit www.sweetthangchocolates.com.
Winchester Bay: Dunefest hits the sandJuly 31, 2013 —
The state’s largest ATV and motocross event hits the coastal dunes outside Winchester Bay July 31-Aug. 4.
The action goes until 6 tonight off Salmon Harbor Drive outside Reedsport and Winchester Bay. The event will feature a pancake breakfast, vendors, mini warriors quadcross, amateur- to expert-level races, ATV tug-of-war and monster truck rides.
The event takes place on the Winchester Bay Dunes in the Suislaw National Forest and is sponsored by the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Free concerts planned this weekJuly 31, 2013 —
Several of Douglas County’s summer music series will host free outdoor concerts in the week ahead.
Music in the Park — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Millsite Park in downtown Myrtle Creek. Hear roots rock group, Broadway Phil and the Shouters from Rogue River as part of the free series. 541-860-5846.
RiverBend Live! — 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, at Riverbend Park off Thompson Avenue in Winston. The family old West revival act Sons of the San Joaquin will be joined on stage by cowboy poet Jessica Hedges. It will be the final act of the 2013 free summer concert series. www.Riverbendlive.org.
Music Off Central — 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3, Central Park stage off Everett Street, Sutherlin. Alamojo western swing band will perform. Bring blankets and chairs. Vendors will offer food. Free. 541-459-4522.
Music on the Half Shell — 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Nichols Band Shell, Stewart Park, Roseburg. Brass virtuoso Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue plays. Free. www.halfshell.org.
Canyonville summer outdoor music series — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Pioneer Park in Canyonville. Douglas County’s premier jazz quartet, Moment’s Notice will perform. Free. 541-375-0407.
Music in the Park — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Millsite Park in downtown Myrtle Creek. Karaoke led by Mike’s Mobile DJ. Free. 541-860-5846.
Riverfront Rhythms — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Umpqua Discovery Center, 409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport. The blues, rock and roll and jazz band Jitterbug Jammers performs as part of the free summer concert series. 541-271-4816.
Celebrate the Sea Day at Roseburg shopJuly 31, 2013 —
A local bookstore will hold a special event recognizing the ocean beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at Mystic Earth, 309 S.E. Jackson St., Roseburg.
The event will begin with an open mic session for poetry, prose and music about the ocean. It will run until 6 p.m. Participants may use up to five minutes. Native American drummers and singers will perform. A kids craft table will offer free mask-decorating.
All ages are welcome to attend. There is no cost of admittance.
Roseburg: Artist to host garden and art viewingJuly 31, 2013 —
Artist Lisa Joyce-Hill invites the public to her gallery and garden Aug. 2-4.
Joyce-Hill’s old home in the Laurelwood neighborhood, behind Roseburg High School, features a shaded back garden where the artist will display her landscape paintings. Guitarist Tim Stephanos will perform in the evenings.
Joyce-Hill’s studio is located at 327 W. Riverside Drive, Roseburg. It will be open to the public from 8 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
She says the annual event, in its 17th year, is “as much for garden lovers as for art lovers.”
Light refreshments will be available.
Boo! Hiss! Traditional melodrama returns to OaklandJune 19, 2013 —
The Oakland Melodrama will present “Shoot Out at Sadie’s Saloon,” a traditional melodrama, 7 p.m. June 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. June 23 at the Washington School Gym, 637 Locust St., Oakland, behind Oakland City Hall.
The play is described as a tall tale from the old West, where Dirk Devious vies with the ladies of the Temperance Movement for control of Sadie’s saloon.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Popcorn and soda will be available for sale.
‘20th Century’ continues runJune 12, 2013 —
The Umpqua Actors Community Theatre’s production of the Depression-era farce “20th Century” continues its run this weekend at the Betty Long Unruh Theatre.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 15 and Saturday and 2 p.m. June 16.
The play features an ensemble cast and tells of the comic misadventures of the 20th Century Limited, a passenger train traveling from New York City to Chicago.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.
Danish breakfast to benefit food pantryMay 29, 2013 —
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church of Roseburg will serve a traditional Danish breakfast to benefit a Roseburg food pantry from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 2 at 820 W. Kenwood St.
Sausage, fruit, juice and round Danish pancakes called ableskivers will be served.
Donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to the Fish Food Pantry in Roseburg.
Sutherlin: Grange to host flea marketMay 29, 2013 —
Sutherlin Grange No. 724 will hold a flea market and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at 851 S. Comstock Road in Sutherlin.
For sale will be new, used and craft items, including collectibles, books, household items, hand-crafted jewelry and more. A canned food drive will also be held to benefit the Sutherlin Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable food items, paper products and pet food.
Elkton: Music fest vendors soughtMay 15, 2013 —
The group Support Music In Little Elkton is seeking vendors and artists for its first music festival on June 29.
The music festival, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38, will support S.M.I.L.E.’s fund for a full-time music teacher for kindergarten through 12th grades at Elkton Charter School.
Vender spots are available for $20 each to sell food, wine and beer, crafts and art or provide activities for children.
S.M.I.L.E. is also seeking sponsors and donations.
Roseburg: Entrepreneurs wantedMay 15, 2013 —
The second annual Douglas County Entrepreneur Fair will be held from noon to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Aspiring small business owners can learn about marketing and business fundamentals, as well as new business opportunities.
Speakers include former University of Oregon students Keeley Tillotson and Erika Welsh, who turned a kitchen creation into a national corporation. They will speak at 3 p.m.
Nikos Ridge, founder of Ninkasi Brewing, will speak at 6:30.
Tickets are $5. Information: 541-440-0995.
Mare Wakefield returns to Lookingglass grangeMay 15, 2013 —
Nashville-based country-folk singer Mare Wakefield will play at 7 p.m. on May 22 at the Lookingglass Grange, 7426 Lookingglass Road.
A product of Southeast Texas, Wakefield got her start in Central Oregon, playing gigs in Douglas County while living in Eugene. The Berklee-trained musician and songwriter has previously played the grange with a full band. This time she’ll be accompanied by her piano-playing husband, Nomad Ovunc.
The suggested donation is $10.