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Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity is seeking families interested in its home-ownership program.

Applicants must have a need for adequate shelter (currently living in overcrowded conditions or rent is 50 percent or more of income); have the ability to pay a 30-year, no-interest mortgage with an average monthly payment of $500 to $600; and be willing to put in 500 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build their own home.

All who are interested in applying must attend a mandatory orientation session. Applications will be provided at the orientation, which will be held at the Central Library in Medford on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m.

Applicants are required to attend only one orientation.

For more information, call Denise James at 541-779-1983 or e-mail djames@roguevalleyhabitat.org.

Registration for The Salvation Army's holiday-assistance program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 2-4, and Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at The Salvation Army Church, 304 Beatty St., Medford.

People registering need to bring identification for all family members, along with income verification and proof of residence.

Families requesting assistance will receive traditional food items for a Thanksgiving dinner and a Christmas dinner, and their children 12 years of age and younger will receive toys.

The Salvation Army provided holiday food and toys to 964 local families last year and expects that number to be significantly higher this year.

Holiday distribution is scheduled to be held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22-23, for Thanksgiving and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 21-22, for Christmas. As in past years, Lithia Motors is donating use of its old Dodge building at 315 Fifth St. as the distribution site.

For more information, call 541-773-6965 or 541-772-8149.

Blackstone Audio founder, owner and CEO Craig Black recently presented fire chiefs John Karns of Ashland Fire & Rescue and Dan Marshall of Jackson County Fire District No. 5 with a check for $18,000 that the departments will split equally.

The money came from Blackstone's $5 Audiobook Sale & Family Fair that drew more than 1,000 people on Sept. 11 as a fundraiser for the fire departments. The money will be used by each department to purchase a thermal-imaging camera that will assist their firefighters in seeing into burning structures before they have to enter them.

Oregon Caves National Monument will conduct pile burning this fall as weather permits. Fire managers expect to start the burns as early as Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Approximately 43 acres of piles primarily in the northeast corner of the monument are planned for burning. The burns may be conducted for several weeks over the fall, winter and spring. Smoke and flames may be visible while visiting the monument during the burns.

All monument roads and trails are expected to remain open during the burns. For more information, call Oregon Caves National Monument at 541-592-2100.

Jackson County Animal Care and Control Center, at 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, will be closed to the public on Thursday, Nov. 4, for staff training, according to director Colleen Macuk. For more information, call the center at 541-774-6607.

The Southern Oregon Photography Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, there will be a judging and a critique of members' prints and electronic images.

The Tuesday, Nov. 9, meeting will include a program about photo workshops on the Southern Oregon coast presented by photographers Darlene Lyon Kruse, David Vanderlip, Sean Bagshaw, David Lorenz Winston and Vitaly Gryman.

Programs are free and visitors are welcome. For more information, call Dick Simonson at 541-772-7693.

Oregon Head Start will hold Family Days with activities for Head Start children and their families next week.

They will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 2602 Merriman Road, Medford; from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Foothills Baptist Church, 2722 Springbrook Road, Medford; from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at 409 Fourth St., Phoenix; and 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Merriman campus.

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