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Western Spaghetti — The Riddle First Baptist Church hosts a spaghetti feed fundraiser for the South Douglas Food Bank from 5 to 7 tonight at 351 N. Second St., Riddle. Meat-free sauce will be available. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children aged five to 12 and free for children younger than 5. 541-863-4362.

Asian Occasion — The First Presbyterian Church will be the site of an Asian Heritage Celebration at 7:30 tonight at 823 S.E. Lane Ave., Roseburg. Japanese koto player Mitsuki Dazai will perform alongside her student, Kelli Sum. Kamishibai storyteller Joe Ross will tell a tale in the paper drama technique. $15 at the door. 541-670-9120.

Retooled School Pool — After four years of maintenance and delays, Umpqua Community College reopens its outdoor pool with a party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg. Come for open swimming, games, contests, prizes, music and food. Lifeguards will be on duty. All ages. Free. 541-440-7809.

Look out! — Umpqua Community College stages its sixth annual dodgeball tournament this weekend during its pool reopening party. The deadline to sign up has passed, but the public is invited to watch teams of adults throw balls at each other beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in the UCC gymnasium. 541-440-7747.

Early Birds Wanted — The city of Oakland holds its 23rd annual citywide garage sale Saturday. Maps of sale sites will be available from Bart’s Oakland Market and Stearn’s True Value Hardware. The Oakland Playschool will sell tacos. Free. 541-459-4531.

PUSHING THE Pugnacious — Henry Estate Winery Pugapalooza, its second annual celebration of the pug breed, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua. The event will feature pug-centric contests, wine tasting, food and beverage, a silent auction and raffle. All breeds welcome. The event is sponsored by Douglas County Low Cost Veterinary Services. 541-672-3161.

Ha Ha, Good One — Fifty-seven beer makers will take part in the first-ever Brew Ha Ha Microbrew Festival, going from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Douglas Hall of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 S.W. Frear St., Roseburg. Three bands will perform and homebrew educator Denny Conn will instruct in beer tasting in his “Brewniversity” course. The event is a benefit for Umpqua Valley Habitat for Humanity. At noon, the Umpqua Velo Club sponsors a bicycle tour of Habitat projects. For information on the Brew Ha Ha: 541-679-3653. Information about the bike ride: 541-672-1757 or umpquavelo.org.

Bye, Bye BlackBird — Jazz band Party of 5 says goodbye to the Blackbird Bar & Grill with a farewell show from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at 647 S.E. Jackson St., Roseburg. The Blackbird is closing its doors after three years operating in downtown. No cover. Reservations recommended. 541-672-8589.

Banjo Unplugged — Musicians and the public are invited to attend a bluegrass jam at the Evergreen Grange from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 5361 Grange Road, Roseburg. The open jam is sponsored by the Oregon Bluegrass Association. 541-679-0553.


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