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Local Warming centers to open as temperatures fall below freezing. (New) Warming centers to open as temperatures fall below freezing.
The Egan Warming Centers plan to open Saturday, November 29, as temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing overnight.

Lane Transit District offers free rides to Warming Centers for people seeking shelter from the cold.

In Cottage Grove, the Beds for Freezing Nights coalition announced plans to be open Saturday and Sunday night.

How not to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving

How not to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving »Play Video
Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Damon Simmons explains why you never put water on an oil or grease fire.

Fried turkey is a delicious way to prepare the bird for Thanksgiving, but it can also pose some serious fire risks if it is done incorrectly.

Shoppers line up early for 'Grey Thursday'

Usually it's the day after Thanksgiving that people associate with shopping, but some are calling the day “grey Thursday,” with stores offering deals a day early.

Humane Society: Keep an eye on pets during holiday

As guests swing by to drop off gifts or holiday tidings, it can create a lot of chaos for pets who aren't used to constant interruptions. In response, some animals try to bolt, and a constant stream of visitors can provide the perfect opportunity for animals to take off.

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'
Kurt Ingeman, a researcher from Oregon State University, surveys reefs in the Bahamas to study the predatory nature of lionfish. (Image courtesy of Oregon State University)

If you live in lionfish territory in the Atlantic Ocean, the last thing you want to be is a small fish with a long, skinny body, resting by yourself at night, near the bottom of the seafloor.

If so, your chances of being gobbled up by a lionfish increase by about 200 times.

These Thanksgiving cupcakes are the cutest

These Thanksgiving cupcakes are the cutest
Cupcakes these days are usually adorable - but Trophy Cupcakes have outdone themselves this year with their Thanksgiving Dozen. We're especially taken with the little mini pie-cupcakes. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Cupcakes these days are usually adorable - but Trophy has outdone themselves this year with their Thanksgiving Dozen.

Helicopters help harvest Christmas trees

Helicopters help harvest Christmas trees »Play Video
Holiday Tree Farm relies on helicopters to help harvest Christmas trees from its 8,500 acres near Corvallis, Oregon.

Holiday Tree Farm relies on helicopters to help harvest Christmas trees from its 8,500 acres near Corvallis, Oregon.

Holiday Tree Farms is the biggest Christmas tree farm in Oregon. The Beaver State is the nation's leading producer of Christmas trees with $110 million in annual sales.

From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers

From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers »Play Video

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag  Indians in attendance played a  key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.