Oregon Public Broadcast’s daily radio program “Think Out Loud” is taping one of its shows at Umpqua Community College this week to discuss the campus shooting in October and the ways it continues to affect the community.
Host Dave Miller will talk with audience members and guests including Umpqua Community College Interim President Rita Cavin and Publisher of The News-Review, Jeff Ackerman. Students, community members and other local leaders will also speak.Learn more »
Chris Goodwin of SOCO Coffee Company believes like many others in our community that no one should be hungry. For that reason, SOCO Coffee Company will support the UCAN Food Bank from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 11. For every order, SOCO will donate 10 percent of the ticket price to UCAN Food Bank. Jeanine Coffey, Resource Development Coordinator for the Food Bank, said, “It is reassuring to know that we have business owners who are willing to go the extra mile to help us fight hunger in Douglas County.”
SOCO Coffee Company is located at 411 N. Main St., Myrtle Creek. Patrons can sit inside or use the drive through. For more information call Denise Ware at 541-860-5555.Learn more »
A green ribbon tied to a car antennae or side mirror through the holidays will be a sign of love and prayer support for those impacted by the Umpqua Community College shooting. A “Love Them Through It” Christmas candlelight service is also planned for 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in Jacoby Auditorium at UCC, 1140 Umpqua College Road. The event honors the nine slain, as well as students, faculty, survivors, first responders, family and friends.Learn more »
Mercy Foundation will host its largest fundraising event of the year, the annual Mercy Foundation Festival of Trees Thursday through Sunday at Seven Feathers Casino and Resort.
The festival is in its 22nd year. To date, Festival of Trees has raised more than $4.5 million to support Douglas County children and families with challenging healthcare needs.Learn more »
Phoenix Charter School students will host a holiday party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Umpqua Local Goods store at 736 S.E. Cass Ave.
Students hope to bring the community together and promote local shopping with a “Buy Local, Give Local” campaign and free family activities such as photos with Santa, face painting, Christmas music and an opportunity for kids to send letters to the North Pole. The store will host a gift-wrapping station for newly purchased presents.Learn more »
Officials with the U.S. Forest Service and the Douglas Forest Protective Association officially declared the Stouts Creek Fire out Wednesday morning.
A statement from the two agencies said they are confident the fire lines will hold and prevent another fire from stoking up, though smoke can sometimes be seen randomly within the fire’s contained area.Learn more »
The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have extended the protest period for their recent proposal to amend their land management plans as part of the upcoming pipeline.
The public now has until Dec. 21 to file written protests to BLM and the U.S. Forest Service in response to the proposal that they amend their land management plans to meet specifications from the final environmental impact statement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.Learn more »
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The 26th annual Celebration of Caring, a benefit for Greater Douglas United Way non-profit agencies, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Macy’s on Nov. 19.
The Celebration of Caring is a 21 and older event featuring thousands of dollars in prizes and exclusive offers, live music, food and beverages from more than 20 of the best eateries, wineries, breweries and caterers in the Umpqua Valley. Guests will also save money by shopping with Macy’s pre-holiday sale prices that night.Learn more »
The Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering grants for the construction or restoration of veterans and war memorials.
“The program is designed to honor Oregon’s soldiers and veterans by commemorating their service to the country,” said Kuri Gill, coordinator for the program. “Local governments may apply to build or repair monuments on public land.”Learn more »
A temporary clinic will open this week to provide mental health services for people struggling with the aftereffects of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.
The Umpqua Wellness Center opens Wednesday and will be available through February. Schedules and hours of operation are being finalized, but space has been donated by Harvard Medical Park at 1813 W. Harvard Avenue, Suite 140 in Roseburg.Learn more »
Douglas County Senior Services in partnership with the Senior Services Advisory Council will hold a town hall meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Riddle Community Center, 123 Parkside St.
The town hall is part of a series of meetings throughout Douglas County to solicit input on the development of its four-year Area Agency on Aging Plan. The plan will be used to help determine priorities for funding, service development and community partnerships to assist seniors to live independently in their communities.Learn more »
The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host a community meeting about the county’s Parks Master Plan at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ford Room at the Douglas County Library, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.
Douglas County Senior Planer Stuart Cowie and Douglas County Parks Director Gary Groth will give presentations at the event.Learn more »
A large crowd helped The Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park Association raise the $4,000 the Douglas County Parks Department requested to fix the Underwood Barn roof.
The collaborative event featured Triple Oaks Wine tastings, an online and silent auction, and music by Neil Johnson and Steve Erickson in historic downtown Oakland.Learn more »
A 38-year-old Roseburg man was killed Friday after he was hit by two vehicles while walking across Highway 42 near Grange Road in Green.
The accident took place at approximately 9:42 p.m., and closed the highway for three hours as police investigated the scene.Learn more »
The terms of two members of the Douglas County Historic Resource Review Committee are expiring, and applicants are sought to fill the positions. The committee advises the Douglas County Board of Commissioners about the county’s historic resources.
A county ordinance requires the committee contain one professional historian or history instructor, two representatives of historical organizations, a representative of the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, and three members at large with knowledge of history, architecture or related subjects. One historical organization member and one at-large member are sought to fill the vacancies.Learn more »
Applicants are sought for positions on the Douglas County Park Board. The board consists of seven members who advise the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the County Parks Department on issues related to the county’s parks.
The board meets once a month. Applications are available online at co.douglas.or.us and in person at the Board of Commissioners Office in Room 217 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave.Learn more »
Cheryl and Allyn Ford of Roseburg Forest Products were among the recipients recognized Monday by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Notable individuals and organizations were honored at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel.Learn more »
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning this afternoon about a door-to-door vacuum sales scam. Quinn Ellis, age 45 of Roseburg, is allegedly contacting citizens at their homes claiming to be a salesperson for Q and A Distributing, a legitimate business. According to police, he is conducting a demonstration of a Kirby vacuum cleaner and making a sales pitch. Following the demo, Ellis makes a sales offer and collects payment. However, he never delivers the vacuum cleaner.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate and arrest Ellis on theft charges. He is a white male adult approximately 5’10’’ and 250 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with knowledge as to his whereabouts may contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.Learn more »
DIAMOND LAKE — Biologists found a single tui chub in Diamond Lake during a routine test last month and with it resurfaced old frustrations for fishing enthusiasts and biologists who still remember the havoc wreaked by the invasive fish species in past years.
“This is extremely frustrating when you consider the amount of time and effort put into the restoration of Diamond Lake by so many,” wrote Greg Huchko, a fish biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife, on Tuesday night.Learn more »
Umpqua Community College will have a patrol officer courtesy of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.
The move is designed to increase safety and bring a sense of security to students and staff at the college, in the wake of the Oct. 1 mass shooting tragedy.Learn more »
The 26th annual Celebration of Caring, a benefit for local nonprofit agencies, will be held at Macy’s from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19.
The Celebration of Caring is an event for people 21 and older featuring thousands of dollars in prizes and exclusive offers, live music, food and beverages from more than 25 Umpqua Valley eateries, wineries, breweries and caterers.Learn more »
Food may be donated in lieu of overdue book fines at any Douglas County Library branch throughout the month of November.
All food collected will be donated to the United Community Action Network for distribution to food pantries serving needy families in the county.Learn more »
A benefit golf tournament Saturday will benefit UCC Strong.
The four-person scramble tournament costs $100 per player and includes golfing, cart, range balls and prizes.Learn more »
The group Roseburg Business & Professional Women invites the community to its 54th Annual Craft Show to help support the UCAN Food Bank, which it has done for more than 20 years. Admission is a canned food item or a monetary donation. All proceeds will go directly to the UCAN Food Bank and help provide food to people in need throughout Douglas County.
Shoppers will find unique handcrafted items from more than 100 quality crafters.Learn more »
Myrtle Creek Elementary School begins its annual Clothe-a-Child Program fundraiser.
The event, sponsored by the Myrtle Creek Fire Department, awards $100 to each participating underprivileged South County student for clothing needs. Before the holidays this year, students will be taken with a chaperone to Fred Meyer, which will provide a discount, to choose clothing items the children need the most. For many, these are the only new clothes they will receive. Different students are chosen every year. The MCFD extended the program this year by including Tiller, Riddle, Canyonville and Tri-City students, and it will do so again next year.Learn more »
Value Clean Laundromat will conduct a UCC Strong fundraiser from 8.a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the UCC Strong committee for distribution to affected families.Learn more »
Methodist Church hosts annual holiday bazaar and dinnerOctober 28, 2015 —
The United Methodist Women will host its annual holiday bazaar from noon until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church on 1771 W. Harvard Ave.
Attendees can expect to find baked goods, jam and jelly, handmade gifts, decorative items and collectibles for sale. Dinner will be served to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday night, with a silent auction held before and during dinner.
This bazaar is a major fundraiser for the group that benefits local and world mission projects. Local beneficiaries include FISH Food Pantry, Casa de Belen, Habitat for Humanity, UCAN and the Family Development Center. For more information, call the church office at 541-672-1629.
Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-957-4216.
Myrtle Creek throwing downtown Halloween Street FairOctober 28, 2015 —
Downtown Myrtle Creek will be haunted with a Halloween bash. From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, the Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce will have people trick-or-treating at various downtown businesses. A costume contest will also be held at Computer Solutions, where photos will be taken and cash prizes awarded.
At the free event, the Myrtle Creek Elks Lodge will also offer games and food for $1. Cotton candy will be doled out by the Myrtle Creek Lions Club.
FISH Food Pantry holds fall food driveOctober 28, 2015 —
A fall food drive for FISH Food Pantry will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market. The event will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the following four Roseburg grocery stores: Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, Safeway and Albertsons. The goal of the food drive is to reduce hunger in Douglas County.
A variety of donated food items is needed to enhance the options for FISH Food Pantry patrons. The pantry is in particular need of baby food, boxed cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter and canned meat. Donations of beans, rice, canned vegetables and toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, etc.) also will be appreciated, and cash donations to FISH of Roseburg will also be accepted.
Requests for emergency food assistance from low-income families in Douglas County remain high. FISH Food Pantry provides emergency food parcels to an average of 1,050 households per month, which includes more than 4,000 people, 30 percent of whom are children. The typical household seeking food assistance from FISH Food Pantry will visit the pantry up to four times yearly.
Food donations from the community are vital to FISH Food Pantry’s effort to reduce hunger.
Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached by email at email@example.com or call 541-957-4216.