giant house spider

It's not uncommon for spiders to be found in the mail room of The World like the giant house spiders that are known to hitchhikers. According to information found this Oregon spider is not an obvious web-makers.

Benjamin Brown, The World

ELKTON — Elkton Community Education Center isn't really closed for the season, they're still open with local educational events. Students and some staff have returned to school so tours of the Butterfly rearing project and Fort Umpqua have ended, and the produce stand is closed until spring. They still have produce, it's just on the patio.

Meanwhile education and community events continue at the center.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, Rick Ahrens will be giving a Spider Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the ECEC. Spiders seem spooky but there is no reason to fear them. Ahrens is a naturalist from the Willamette Valley with more than 30 years of knowledge to share with more than a decade of studies on just spiders. Join Ahrens as he discusses misinformation about spiders common to Western Oregon, their ecology and their life cycles. The suggested donation is $10 per person.

Looking for a hearty fall harvest dinner? Make reservations for the Thursday, Oct. 19, meal while you're at the spider workshop or call before Oct. 16 to reserve your plate of pork shoulder, Camas Country Mill bread and all the other fixin's. Cost is $12.50 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, and younger dine for free with their paying adult. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. at ECEC.

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To RSVP, call 541-584-2692.