The Downtown Roseburg Association is looking for volunteers to help decorate trees and lampposts Friday and Saturday for upcoming Christmas events.

The Downtown Roseburg Association said it needs volunteers to decorate in advance of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25.

With the help of local business owners and the community, the association raised about $4,000 for LED lights to decorate 110 trees, 65 lampposts and 60 wreaths and snowflakes on Main, Jackson and Rose streets downtown.

“We raised the money for the lights, but now we need help from the community to put them up,” said Alyssa McConnel, executive director of the Downtown Roseburg Association. “If you have 20-foot ladders or higher, please bring them.”

McConnel’s goal is to recruit as many people as possible to make the task easier, since working with old building electrical systems will be a challenge. Those interested in helping can meet from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Brown’s Shoe Fit Company, 526 SE Jackson St., Roseburg. Pacific Power Company will bring a bucket truck on Friday with Tim Allen Equipment helping as well.

Frank and Jere Bartley of Hanson Jewelers were among the downtown businesses who contributed funds for the lights.

“It’s going to be something to behold, with all the trees and the buildings lit up,” Frank Bartley said.

“It’ll be like stepping back into the past when small towns would do this a lot,” he said. “We’re excited to get that small hometown look going.”

Roseburg Book and Stationary will also transform the Flegel Center into Santa’s Castle, where children can come Saturday, Nov. 25, to take photographs with Santa Claus. At the same time, parents can partake in a holiday bake sale, a silent auction and holiday gift wrapping.

Students belonging to the Roseburg High School Future Business Leaders of America will provide gift-wrapping while Cascadian Coffee Company will donate free cocoa and hot cider for guests. The Kiwanis Club will also be on site to help children write letters to Santa.

Santa’s Castle will be open from 10 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, 1034 SE Oak Ave.

Later that Saturday, Santa will take a break from 5 to 6 p.m. to make a grand entrance at the County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that will take place from 4:45 to 6 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg.

This event will feature performances by RHS Vocal Fusion, Roseburg Junior Cheer and the Vintage Singers. The First Christian Church will provide a live Nativity scene.

Speakers at this event will be Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich, Douglas County Commissioner Gary Lief with Roseburg City Councilor Andrea Zielinski reading “’Twas The Night Before Christmas.”

The association is also partnering with the Umpqua Community College Small Business Development Center on Spruce Avenue to encourage and educate people to shop local.

“All we have left are local stores,” McConnel said, with more than 20 retail stores downtown participating in the Small Business Saturday event.

Once the lights are up this weekend, McConnel encourages people to stroll downtown on Fridays throughout the Christmas holiday season because businesses will be open until 8 p.m. with holiday carolers singing on the streets.

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