Friday, Oct. 24 | MORE EVENTS
Drive the new flyover
The circuitous cloverleaf from Interstate 5 northbound to Betline Highway westbound's time is running out as crews put the finishing touches on the cathedral-like new flyover, scheduled to open early on Friday, Oct. 24. | STORY
Saturday, Oct. 25 | MORE EVENTS
Mutants take over aquarium, sing karaoke
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will close at 4 p.m. and reopen with jack-o-lanterns lighting the way through the 16th annual Creatures of the Night, the Aquarium’s annual Halloween Party, this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | STORY
Run! It's a monster!
No bones about it, this year’s Monster Dash promises to be a frightfully good time. There will be three main events: a 10-mile run, a 5K run/walk and a 5K-9 Doggie Dash. Runners and their canine companions will be eligible for best-costume awards. | MORE
Sunday, Oct. 26 | MORE EVENTS
Learn more about mushrooms
The Mount Pisgah Mushroom Festival, co-sponsored by the Cascade Mycological Society and Lane Community College, is Sunday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Billed as one of the largest mushroom festivals on the West coast, more than 350 specimens will be on display in the White Oak Pavillion.
Neonatal ICU reunion has a Halloween theme
More than 500 former patients and their families are expected to attend the 31st Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. The media is invited to attend this unique reunion, happening in the 2nd floor conference room, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
If you were sailing across the Pacific Ocean to Oregon, the first light you'd see on the horizon would be the lighthouse at Heceta Head. Visitors can tour the lighthouse 13 miles north of Florence and hike Heceta Head and the wild beach beyond. | MORE | BEACH BLOG
Visit a black fortress in the Cascade Mountains
From the smoothly sloping paved trail through the rocky lava field, the black basalt walls of the Dee Wright Observatory resemble some medieval fortification in an ancient European setting -- but it's along the McKenzie Pass Scenic Highway.
Get down at Crack in the Ground
Tourists seeking out huge open spaces and interesting places make up a trickle of visitors who hike, camp and enjoy a brief respite from the high-speed world in large cities a half-day drive away. One of the most interesting spots near Christmas Valley is a geological formation with a tourist-trap name: Crack In The Ground.