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Asante's hospice team is looking for volunteers to provide companionship for patients undergoing end-of-life care, along with respite for family members.

Volunteers run errands, do light housekeeping and perform some clerical work.

The group will host a free, five-session course for volunteers starting Friday, Nov. 1. Call 541-789-6859 to set up an interview and request an application.

In observance of National Food Day, ACCESS will offer healthy meal ideas and tastings of local squash and pears from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Peach Street Market and Deli, 424 S. Peach St., Medford.

The event will include after-school food activities for kids.

See www.foodday.org or call 541-779-6691, ext. 320, for more information.

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