Holiday meal table setting. Photo from: Pixabay Holiday Meal Recipes for Alternative Diets Holiday Meal Recipes for Alternative Diets As the holiday season approaches, many people may be planning something a little different than traditional American food staples such as meat and potatoes. When walking through grocery store isles the words “gluten-free,” “vegan,” “keto friendly,” “plaeo”, jump up at us. Diet trends are sweeping the nation and  many individuals are looking for a change. We also may have guests visiting with food intolerances or allergies and may want to ensure everyone is feeling satisfied at the dinner table. There is a plethora of unique andRead More →

“Santa Steve”Photo provided by Kellie Trenkle, Captivating Photography The Real St. Nick The last thing a parent wants during an annual Christmas photo op with Santa is a perfunctory visit, or a terrified screaming toddler. Or, worse yet, an un-vetted, un-safe Santa. For the last 12 years, local families have avoided all of those problems with a Santa who is not a neophyte, Steve Barfield, known as Santa Steve, has been filling the role of Santa locally since 2007. Barfield strives to make each child feel important. “My goal is to give each child as much time as they will allow, within reason of course,”Read More →

Photo from the White House History of the annual White House turkey pardon According to the National Turkey Federation, every Thanksgiving, nearly 88% of Americans eat turkey. Most don’t bat an eye towards feasting on the holiday bird, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “ What did the turkey ever do wrong?” In a long-standing annual tradition, one lucky turkey is granted an official pardon from the president of the United States, absolving them (and one other lucky turkey) from the dinner table. For years, historians have disagreed as to who officially started the yearly event. Some argue it was President Truman, whileRead More →

Kamilah Mirza / The MainstreamBrett White owns the local Heroes Haven, a store he started at 15 years old. Heroes Haven: How a love for comics became a tool for higher education In a time before Facebook, cellphones and even graphic novels, there were comic books. The pages of superheroes versus villains captivated the hearts of young people, filling many boxes beneath beds and hitting the wallets of many groaning parents. That comic book craze had become more than a hobby for Roseburg business owner Brett White. As much as he loved his comics about universal monster films, G.I. Joe and Weird War Tales featuringRead More →

Katelyn Buxton/ The Mainstream Andrew Laniohan as Professor Richard Pierson, and Jesika Barnes as reporter Carl Phillips in The War of the Worlds. Historic radio play “War of the Worlds” captivates audience in Wayne Crooch classroom American radio listeners were shocked on Oct. 30, 1938 to learn that aliens had supposedly landed in New Jersey. On October 31, 2019, an audience at UCC was captivated by the same historic radio production of “The War of the Worlds” that had caused a mass panic over 80 years earlier. While people may no longer bat an eye at stories of aliens invading the earth, “The War ofRead More →

Inventors of lithium ion batteries awarded Nobel Prize Ever wondered what is powering your portable electronics or what will energize the new electric vehicles? John Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino changed the world with their discoveries on lithium ion batteries. Just a few weeks ago Goodenough, Whittingham, and Yoshino were awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in chemistry for their creation and development of the lithium-ion battery. The Nobel Prize is awarded annually for innovation in academic, cultural and science fields including physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economic sciences. The Nobel awards were created by Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel in 1895. Read More →

Josh Whetzel/ The Mainstream Riverhawks break four game losing streak with win over Cougars UCC’s volleyball team sought retribution Oct. 19 against Clackamas Community College after previously conceding a 3-0 loss to the Cougars. The RiverHawks (17-14, 3-7 NWAC South Region) managed to clinch a win against the Cougars (10-20, 2-8 South) that went to five sets. The win broke their losing streak of the past four games in spite of facing a team that had defeated them in three sets previously. Set scores were 25-14, 22-25, 18-25, 26-24, 15-9. This match earned UCC  their third win in the Northwest Athletic Conference in the SouthRead More →

Most wedding couples are looking for a venue that is not only elegant but also truly unique. They want their guests to let out a big “Wow!” when walking into the wedding. Loft 753, a new event space in Roseburg, Oregon, is being billed as that type of unique event space. It is located in downtown Roseburg at      753 SE Main Street. During a recent phone interview, event planner and Loft 753 curator Andrew Calvert explained how he got started. “Don Martinez, the owner of the professional center on the site, had the third floor vacated. He didn’t know what he could do with that.Read More →

“Joker” is being talked about for the wrong reasons in media. Some of the news about the movie says it will inspire violence, or that it encourages sympathy for a murderer. I don’t believe these are the appropriate conversations for us to be having about “Joker” in 2019. David Ehrlich writes for Indie Wire and says the film is “a toxic rallying cry for self-pitying incels.” “Joker” pays homage to other films before it. Joker brings new ideas to film discussions. The film is more art than entertainment, and this means conscientious viewing, not mind-less consumption. Joaquin Phoenix gave an intoxicating performance; he has manyRead More →

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Remembering George A. Romero May, what a wonderful month! We get to celebrate Mothers Day, Memorial Day, spring flowers. May is also for the zombie lovers. Yes, zombie appreciation month is in May, far from October and Halloween. Who knew we’d be celebrating freakish corpses during this sunny month? Zombie appreciation month was established in 2010 because most zombie films were made in the month of May, such as “Night of The Living Dead” directed by George A. Romero. This month just everyone can reflect on the great George Romero and how far the evolution of zombies has come. Supporters of the campaign are wearingRead More →

Douglas County Bees bring glass beehive to this year’s Wildflower Show Over 600 species of flowers, shrubs, grasses, ferns, lichens and mosses… all in one room? Yes. The Glide Wildflower show, April 27 and 28, at the Glide Community Center displayed rare and unusual flowers, noxious weeds, medicinal plants, natural dyes and photographs of rare and endangered plants in one of the nation’s premiere native plant events. The wildflowers and native flora of the northwest are gathered annually by dozens of collection teams who traveled from southwest Oregon to the Cascade Mountains to the Oregon Coast. Inside, the plants were displayed in various pots, containersRead More →

“It’s Not You It’s Me” features work by UCC students Angle Mae Bioy, Jayden Dukes, Colleen Jackson, Lillian Meier, and Serena Swanson. The work looks to express and explore the variety of ways that they view themselves internally as well as how they feel about the way the world views them. There is also a portion of work that goes beyond this idea and is more of an embodiment of themselves. The artists describe their work. The work can be seen at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association starting May 17. The opening reception will be from five until seven in the evening. The show willRead More →