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The holidays are here, and for many parents, it’s all about managing their kids’ expectations. They think they need to give their kids the biggest presents, the most presents and the coolest presents. But trust me: Little Sally won’t be scarred for life if she doesn’t get a pony.

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A Eugene-based forest products company that has a large footprint in Douglas County dating back 30 years is celebrating the planting of its 40-millionth tree.

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Each and every year, we as a family try to take the entire month of November to show and share our gratefulness and thankfulness to those around us.

Celebrations
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Roseburg may be the largest city in Douglas County, but it’s certainly not the only town that knows how to put together a good holiday party.

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Last weekend I attended 4-H leader training. I was hesitant to really jump in because, obviously, with four kids, homeschooling and all that fun stuff, I don’t have enough to do.

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TODAYOld Fashioned Christmas Bazaar — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Canyonville Histroric United Methodist Church, 130 NW Pine St. Homemade baked goods, candies, cookies and lots of hand crafted items. Kathy Hammond, 541-784-7723.

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I remember the day that I realized my dad was one of my heroes.

Announcements
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Business Champions for Kids (Biz4Kids) is launching a program intended to encourage businesses to adopt family-friendly practices in an effort to support early childhood development.

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Lisa Austin will host a Baby 101 workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at CHI Mercy Health's Conference Room A/B on 2700 NW Stewart Parkway.

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A library is like a garden. It inevitably changes over time, adapting to best serve the environment and community in which it resides. But how does a library learn how to best serve its community?

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“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” —Maureen Dowd

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SATURDAYRiversdale Grange Benefit Breakfast — 7:30 a.m., Grange building, 4856 Garden Valley Road. Proceeds support Grange Hall. Menu: pancakes, meat, eggs, juice, coffee. Adults $7 per plate, kids 10 or younger $4. 541-673-0369.

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The FISH Food Pantry’s annual fall food drive took place Saturday at four area supermarkets.

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Winter squashes not only bring to mind Autumn leaves and pumpkin pies but, are highly versatile vegetables. They can become soup, stew, bread, pies, cakes, cookies, side dishes and main courses.

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TODAYHalloween Comicfest 2019 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Heroes Haven, 635 SE Jackson St., Roseburg. Get a free comic book in celebration of comics and the season. One comic per person while supplies last. Limited to the comics purchased specific for this event. 541-673-5004.

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Halloween came early at the Douglas County Museum on Saturday as the exhibit halls were covered with spider webs, bats and other creepy crawlies, and rumor has it there may have even been a Sasquatch sighting.

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I feel at home in Roseburg now, but for a long time it wasn’t mine. My first years here were full of loneliness — what Mother Theresa called “the poverty of the West” — and community, by my pretentious big-town standards, was difficult to find.

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TODAYFEATT Training: Sensory Processing — 9 a.m., Southern Oregon Regional Brokerage, 2930 NE Stephens St., Roseburg. Hands-on presentation designed for parents and caregivers. Register at katherine.keesee@providence.org and 541-732-5958.