Five Douglas County homeschool students placed third in the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament in Grants Pass on Dec. 6, earning them a spot at the state tournament.
The team includes fifth- through seventh-graders Jeremiah Stringer, Grant Middlekauff, Daniel Hunter, Stephen Hunter and Cean Quinn.Learn more »
The Douglas County Environmental Health Program seeks information about a dog involved in a biting incident.
A woman walking near Glide Elementary School, 1477 Glide Loop Road, was bitten from behind at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The dog was a dark, medium-sized mixed breed. The county wants to hold the dog for observation. Information about the dog or its owner may be provided to environmental health at 541-440-3574 or Douglas County Animal Control at 541-440-4471.Learn more »
Local law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual Shop with a Cop shopping spree for underprivileged children from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Roseburg Kmart, 2757 N.W. Stewart Parkway.
Officers with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg, Sutherlin and Winston police departments, and Oregon State Police will pair up with 25 children and give them money to buy Christmas presents for their families.Learn more »
The Umpqua Valley Humane Society is hosting its annual Holiday Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at its Thrift Shoppe and Resource Centre at 930 S.E. Stephens St.
Proceeds from the bake sale and thrift shop provide spay and neuter, emergency medical and temporary housing for pets in Douglas County.Learn more »
Children at Salvation Army Church are performing the play “An Unplugged Christmas” at 11 a.m. Dec. 14.
The play is about discovering the true meaning of Christmas when the electricity goes out.Learn more »
Balsam remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans in a ceremony at noon Saturday at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex. The Southern Oregon Patriot Guard Riders will present seven wreaths, one for each branch of the service and one for veterans missing in action and prisoners of war. Vietnam veteran and Sutherlin Mayor Denny Cameron will be the event’s guest speaker.
The public is invited. Event organizers recommend attendees bring their own chairs. At the closing of the ceremony, others are invited to lay their own wreaths.Learn more »
Douglas County soundly rejected Measure 92, but a recount completed Wednesday altered the final vote very slightly. After a board of eight laboriously pored over every one of the county’s 42,741 ballots this week, they found four more “yes” votes and five more “no” votes.
Douglas County Clerk Patricia Hitt said most of the changes were due to ballots on which the machines detected no selection for either yes or no. Human eyes were able to see votes the machines skipped because of problems like grease spots or wrong-color ink.Learn more »
The next pickup of food donated in the green shopping bags for the Roseburg Food Project is Dec. 13. The donations will be brought to the FISH Food Pantry between 9:30 and 1:30 p.m.
The pantry particularly needs baby food, boxed cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter and canned meat. Soup and canned vegetable donations are also appreciated.Learn more »
The elephants at Wildlife Safari are hosting their own version of a craft fair and invite human guests to participate.
At the annual Elephant Elves Holiday Workshop, African elephants and people work together to make painted holiday crafts. Coffee, hot cocoa and cookies will be served.Learn more »
The Umpqua National Forest will hold open houses around the county this month to share its Forest Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment. The plan would designate a system of roads, rails and areas open to motor vehicles in the forest.
Copies of the environmental assessment will be available for review at the Umpqua National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2900 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.Learn more »
Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses will have a free holiday memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday at 965 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg.
Anyone who has had a loved one pass away is welcome to attend. Share the holidays with those loved ones and celebrate their lives with music, a candle lighting and time to share memories. Sign in upon arrival and add the loved one to a list. The service will include a reading of those names. Light refreshments will be served.Learn more »
Santa will visit the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Myrtle Creek from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Dec. 9 and 23.
Children can take pictures with Santa. Parents can shop holiday bargains while there.Learn more »
Schools from Roseburg, Grants Pass and Eagle Point will compete in North Middle School’s Lego Robotics Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 6.
Of the 21 elementary and middle school teams competing, six will advance to the state competition in Portland this January.Learn more »
Boy Scout Troop 112 is having its 30th annual community food and gift basket program in the North Umpqua area.
Residents from Dixonville to Diamond Lake are asked to donate a new gift to a child or senior, or nonperishable food items. The “Community Gift Tree” is at Munchie’s Restaurant. Drop-off locations include Munchie’s, the Glide Rural Fire Protection District, X-Trim Hair Salon and all Glide School District schools.Learn more »
Alsea Midwifery Service and Douglas County Homebirth will screen the film “Microbirth” from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Winston Community Center, 440 S.E. Grape Ave.
The film raises questions about whether modern birth practices could be interfering with important biological processes. A panel discussion will follow. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for Umpqua Community College students. Children under 12 are free.Learn more »
The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley will host a health care forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Douglas County Library, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.
The forum will feature four local health care leaders: Bob Dannenhoffer, board chairman of the Umpqua Health Alliance and CEO of the Architrave Family of Companies; Umpqua Community Health Center Director Linda Mullins; Douglas County Public Health Director Dawnelle Marshall; and Community Health Alliance Director Janet Holland. Light refreshments will be provided and audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions.Learn more »
A Roseburg man was stunned with a Taser by a Myrtle Creek police officer Thursday evening after he reportedly punched a police car while carrying his 9-month-old baby.
Police responded to a call from the Myrtle Terrace Apartments on Simpson Lane at about 7 p.m. A woman there reported that a man had kicked in a door at the apartment complex and assaulted her in the presence of her grandchildren. The woman also reported the suspect took away her phone, allegedly attempting to prevent her from calling for help.Learn more »
The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club will hike the Tahkenitch Dunes north of Reedsport Dec. 6. The adventure hike will include a bushwhack route to hidden Butterfly Lake. It will be about a 7.5 moderate loop hike with lots to see, including woods, streams and ocean.
Hikers should plan to meet up before 8 a.m. in the Douglas County Courthouse parking lot, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg. Bring lunch, water, clothes for wet conditions and money for car pooling expenses.Learn more »
Shaun’s Precision Lube & Tune will hold its annual toy drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at both of its locations.
All proceeds from that day’s work at either the Garden Valley Boulevard location or the Roseburg Valley Mall shop will go to buy Christmas gifts for children in Douglas County. Gifts will be purchased locally and then distributed through the Department of Human Services office in Roseburg.Learn more »
Photos illustrating the four seasons on public forest lands may be entered into a contest at the annual Sportsmen’s and Outdoor Recreation Show in February.
The Bureau of Land Management and Umpqua National Forest are hosting the photo contest. Contestants may enter up to two photos for each of the four seasons. The deadline to enter is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the supervisor’s office of the Umpqua National Forest, 2900 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.Learn more »
Visitors to the Umpqua National Forest planning to soak in the Umpqua Hot Springs should be prepared to hike, snow shoe or ski the last 2.5 miles because the gate leading to the hot springs will be closed intermittently in the winter.
During severe winter weather, the gate just past the junction of Roads 34 and 3401 will be closed to prevent vehicles from getting stuck in the snow.Learn more »
The city of Myrtle Creek has several vacancies for volunteer committee and commission seats.
Three positions are available on the Budget Committee. Applicants must have residency inside the city limits for 12 months prior to serving. It meets once or twice in April.Learn more »
Myrtle Creek is decorating and illuminating their outdoor Christmas tree the weekend of Dec. 5 and 6.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade and the public works crew will decorate the tree with their handcrafted decorations from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 5.Learn more »
The Douglas Education Service District is inviting the community to help buy presents for children this Christmas.
Gift suggestions for 19 children hang from tags on the Family Gift Tree in the Douglas ESD lobby at 1871 N.E. Stephens St., Roseburg.Learn more »
Sutherlin will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 1310 W. Central Ave. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will give out candy canes and Santa will pose for pictures. The Oakland Singers will sing Christmas carols and cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider will be served.
Information: 541-459-5820.Learn more »
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Several Myrtle Creek area businesses are helping St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in its “Stock the Shelves” drive.
The businesses are offering various discounts to customers who bring non-perishable food items to donate.Learn more »
November 24, 2014 —
Grange sets benefit breakfast
The Riversdale Grange will begin its monthly breakfast fundraisers on Dec. 6.
The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Grange building at 4856 Garden Valley Road. Proceeds from the event will be used to continue renovation of the Grange hall and for its activities.
The menu will be pancakes, meat, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.
Information: Peggy Fine, 541-673-0369.
Thanksgiving service offered in Tri CitiesNovember 19, 2014 —
The Tri City Church of Christ is hosting an area-wide Thanksgiving service at 4 p.m. on Nov. 23.
The theme of the service is “Overflow” and will feature singing from different choir groups.
A collection will be taken during the service to help the needy.
Snacks are provided after the service and attendees are requested to bring finger food.
For more information , call 541-863-6657.
Umpqua Community College hosts free Riverhawk gameNovember 18, 2014 —
Umpqua Community College’s men’s basketball season opener will be free at 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the UCC gymnasium.
The Riverhawk team will host Concordia College.
Local players are from Roseburg, Sutherlin and Canyonville. They are joined by teammates from Colorado, Washington and Australia.