Model Railroad Club open house set for March 16

The Umpqua Valley Model Railroad Club will be holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at its clubhouse, 870 SE Jackson St., Roseburg.

Visitors will be able to watch trains, see some interesting videos, talk with club members about the hobby and actually operate trains themselves. All ages are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The club is open to new members and provides a friendly introduction and entry into the hobby.

Information: 541 217-6095.


Call for poetry submissions for 2019 Earth Day Contest

An Association of Writers is seeking poetry submissions from all ages for the 2019 Earth Day Poetry Contest.

The theme this year is “Beauty in Nature.” Poems should be mailed to E. Blakely, 16444 Nonpareil Road, Sutherlin, OR 97479. The deadline is midnight on March 30.

Four winners will be chosen from each age level (adult, teens and children). The winners will then be invited to read their poems at the Earth Day and Energy Fair on April 20 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

Information: 541-459-9830.


Roseburg Concert Chorale spring concert this weekend

Under the direction of Dr. Jason Heald, the Roseburg Concert Chorale will present its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Umpqua Community College’s Centerstage in the Whipple Fine Arts Building, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg.

The featured piece is “Come Let Us Sing,” a cantata by Felix Mendelssohn based on the 95th psalm. Accompanied by Tammy Finch Johnson, the program will also include a short selection by Mozart, Stephen Foster and a number of Spanish ballads and pop songs.

Admission is $10 per person. Students enter free with a student ID. Tickets are available at While Away Books, 932 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg, and at the door.

Information: 541-496-0748.


Presbyterian annual Lenten Meditations in Music returns

The First Presbyterian Church’s annual Lenten Meditation in Music will begin at 12:10 p.m. Friday and continue every Friday through April 19 at 823 SE Lane Ave., Roseburg.

Each year, various artists come together in the church’s sanctuary to offer music for meditation and prayer during the season of Lent. This year’s lineup includes the First Presbyterian Women’s Trio, the Umpqua Community College Chamber Choir, Christopher Glenn, the Evenson Handbell and Celestial Tollers Handbell choirs, Karen Gibbs and Wylde River Duo. Traditional Good Friday Readings and Music will be read by Rev. Vicky Brown, Rev. Jane Baker and Rev. David Thompson on the final day.

Due to kitchen reconstruction, lunches may not be served until later in the season.

Information: 541-673-5559 and

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native Roseburgian. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, UCC and Western Oregon University. She can be reached at or 541-957-4218.

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