Hot dogs, lavender, fudge and live music were among the offerings of vendors at the NeighborWorks Block Party on Rose Street in downtown Roseburg on Saturday.

Also featured was an electric car, made by Craig Rundle entirely out of recycled materials from Heartwood Resources. Heartwood Resources is a division of NeighborWorks.

Rundle is a former teacher and global warming activist who said building the car became a bit of an obsession.

“It keeps me out of the pool room,” he joked.

Marla Zoeter, the manager of Heartwood Resources, said displaying the car Saturday was a way of getting out the message that just about anything can be made from recycled materials, from chicken coops to crafts.

“We’re just trying to show that anything’s possible,” she said.

Kristin Chiesna said she hopes to get out the message that people should check with Heartwood first, because they often have what people need — even parts for old electrical appliances.

Charlene Rainville, the owner of Round 2 Redux antique store, dropped by Saturday to enjoy the music and look around. She was particularly interested in getting some pastries from a stand run by Goodog Bakery of Myrtle Creek.

Monica Wallick and Victoria Romero were happy about the free coffee and interested in the lavender products at one of the booths. Romero said she came down because Wallick asked her.“I’m glad she called me,” she said.

Wallick said she was enjoying the band, which was playing oldies from the ‘70s. She said part of the reason she came was she had heard about the efforts of NeighborWorks.

“I thought we should just go down and support a good organization,” she said.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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