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September 13, 2013
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Let Your Gourd Down — Riverbend Park in Winston will host the melon-eating contests, live music and other sweet relief of the 45th annual Winston-Dillard Melon Festival, through Sunday. Activities from 1 to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 541-679-0118.

For the Birds — The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society hosts a mass landing of the Vaux’s swifts in the Clay Place chimney at sundown tonight — officially at 7:28 p.m. — at Fir Grove Park on Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. Bring a blanket or a chair. The migrating birds can be seen every night for the rest of the month, but Audubon members are only on hand Wednesdays and Fridays. Free. umpquaaudubon.org.

A Fiddle Wrapped in an Enigma — “Music of the Pioneers,” a historical presentation on the songs and instruments of the Old West, starts at 7 tonight at Pioneer Park, one block east of Main Street in Canyonville. The Old-Time Fiddlers will perform. Sponsored by the Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers Association. Free. 541-839-4502.

Get blasted to Stay Clean — The Blast! for Recovery and Prevention goes on from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Stewart Park in Roseburg. Get color blasted and take part in a 5K fun run and walk that starts at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Information about addiction recovery will be available. Live music by Shasta Ray and the Down Home Band. Sponsored by Peer Power Prevention Program. 541-672-2691, ext. 270.

Sportmens’ Warehouse — The Roseburg Rod and Gun Club hosts its fall Gun and Knife Show Saturday in Douglas Hall of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, off Interstate 5 Exit 123, Roseburg. Tickets are $6 for one day, $8 for both. 541-957-0889.

Knotty Fun — The North Umpqua Fly Tying Festival returns to Glide from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Glide Community Center, 20062 N. Umpqua Hwy. Come for raffles, display and sales tables and a guest presentation by angler Frank Moore. Try out the casting pond and play Danish casting games. 541-496-0770 or 541-496-3679.

They call it ‘Rodeo’ — Bulls, blood, dust and mud will mingle in Canyonville this weekend at the Fall Classic Rodeo. Activities begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the rodeo grounds off Interstate 5, Exit 101. Sponsored by Seven Feathers Casino Resort. Tickets are $5 per person. Children 5 and younger get in free. 800-548-8461.

Bluegrass in the Park — Sutherlin’s weekly free outdoor concert series will feature a bluegrass band from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Central Park stage off Everett Street. Bring a blanket or chairs. Vendors will be selling food. 541-459-4522.

Bring Your Partner — The Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38 West, hosts a barn dance party from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Small Town Rumor will perform country and rock and roll at the center’s greenhouse. Soda, wine and beer will be for sale. Tickets are $10 per adult. Children 12 and younger get in for $5. 541-584-2692.

Oooh, Aaah — The Umpqua Astronomers, the Douglas County Museum and the city of Roseburg Parks Department present the Community Star Party, beginning about 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the Fir Grove Park soccer fields, off Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. Participants will view the moon, stars, planets and various space objects. Information: 541-673-1081.

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