Symphonic band starts second season

The Roseburg Community Symphonic Band began its second season this month. The band is open to all adult wind and percussion musicians beyond the beginning level. High school musicians are welcome if invited by their school band director.

Rehearsals take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Fremont Middle School, 850 W. Keady Court, Roseburg. No auditions required. Some instruments will be provided.

Information: 541 580-5943 or Roseburg Community Band on Facebook.


Oktoberfest fundraiser for youth

The fourth annual Oktoberfest benefiting the Taylor/Hatfield Memorial Youth Fund will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, at Backside Brewing Co.,1640 N.E. Odell Ave., Roseburg.

German food will be served with craft beer. Guests are encouraged to dress in German/Bavarian attire. Both Oregon football games will be televised. The Roseburg German Band will perform at 5 p.m. followed by the Tory Rose Band at 7 p.m.

Families are welcome until 9 p.m., after which it’s 21 and older. The $5 cover benefits Douglas County youth and young adults with special needs.

Information: 541-671-2552 or


Original works by Marvin Gelder

Local artist Marvin Gelder will be exhibiting his artwork through the end of September at the Clark Studio and Gallery. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 130 N.E. Exchange Ave., Roseburg.

Gelder is an 85-year-old Roseburg resident who is still working with his drawings. He works in colored pencil, watercolor and acrylic.

Information: 541-672-2180.


Glass button presentation

Suzie Cohen from the Roseburg Button Club will hold a PowerPoint presentation called “My Mother Called Them Jets” at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 at the Community Cancer Conference Room, 2880 N.W. Stewart Parkway.

This presentation about Victorian era black glass buttons is part one of a two-part series, with the second part planned for January.

Button collectors and fanciers are welcome to bring their note pads and black glass buttons to be identified.

Information: 541-440-5401.


Local meadery hosts summer fest

Oran Mor Artisan Meads will host an evening of mead and music to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the harvest from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, at Oran Mor Artisan Meads, 305 Melrose Road, Roseburg.

Musical guest is Roseburg’s Joe Ross providing an evening of Celtic music and more. Idleyld Lodge food truck will provide the nosh.

Oran Mor Artisan Mead is a small batch artisan meadery in Roseburg, dedicated to hand crafting meads inspired by ancient traditions. Each mead combines local and varietal honeys, fermented, aged and blended with local seasonal fruit, herbs and spices.

Information: 928-600-8138 or


A taste of Germany at Oktoberfest

The Elkton Oktoberfest will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Elkton Community Education Center on the ECEC greenhouse patio, 15850 Highway 38, Elkton.

German food and music will highlight the afternoon with bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, homemade pretzels, desserts, wine and beer available for purchase.

The 14-member Roseburg German Band that began in 1955 will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

Information: 541 584-2692.

Vera Westbrook is the education, nonprofits, and arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4216 or by email at

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