Wine Walk scheduled for Nov. 17

The Eighth Annual Winter Wine Walk in Myrtle Creek is scheduled for 4 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Myrtle Creek downtown businesses will serve local wine and food. Souvenir glasses will be sold for $10 each in front of Soco Coffee Company and maps will be available at participating businesses.

A holiday gift basket will be available for a Raffle Prize. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or $5 for six tickets. Made in Home Artisan Market will host its grand opening in conjunction with the Wine Walk Nov. 17 at 213 Main St., Myrtle Creek. Information: 541-817-6762.


Applications open Tuesday for forest jobs

Applications for more than 100 summer jobs in the Umpqua National Forest must be submitted online at between Tuesday and Nov. 20. Open positions range from archeology to trails and fire.

Seasonal Forest Service employees help provide clean water, wildlife habitat, sustainable forest products, wildfire support, recreation and more across the nearly one-million acre landscape of the Umpqua National Forest. Job opportunities can be found at this site using the interactive map:

Applications will only be accepted through the USAjobs website. Information: 541-957-3200 or the Umpqua National Forest’s Facebook and Twitter sites.


State park fees waived for ‘Green Friday’

Oregon State Parks plans to celebrate “Green Friday” by waiving day-use parking fees at 26 parks Nov. 24.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation plans to offer free hot drinks and snacks at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Rooster Rock State Park, Silver Falls State Park and Cape Blanco State Park. The refreshments will be donated by Starbucks Coffee, Nossa Familia Coffee, Smith Tea, Stevens Cocoa and KIND Bars.

While parking is free year-round at almost all state parks, the waiver applies to the 26 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver will apply all day for the parks except for Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. The list of parks can be found online at


Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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