Following is a list of upcoming events in the Ashland area. If you would like to have your event listed, please send items by email to email@example.com.
Thursday, May 2
Senior Luncheon: Senior Nutrition Services of Jackson and Josephine County put on a healthy, well-balanced luncheon for seniors from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Cost is $2.75 for those 60 and older, and $6.75 for everyone else. Call 541-664-6674.
Hearts and spades: Card games for adults 50 and older are held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 541-488-5342.
Elastic Mind: The Elastic Mind Discussion Group will discuss "Do We Have to Change the System to Revive the American Dream?" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Participants are encouraged to read Richard Wolff's "Democracy at Work: a Cure for Capitalism" or his article "Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages" found at www.billmoyers.com. The meeting will be the final meeting for the discussion group. Call 541-774-6996.
Play discussion: Lue Douthit, diector of literary development and dramaturgy at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. The event is free. Call 541-552-6816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHS PLay: The opening performance of Ashland High School's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the AHS Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com or at the door. Call 541-840-6410.
Queer night: SOPride hosts a Queer Night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Thursday at Taroko, 62 E. Main St. Call 541-890-3548.
Friday, May 3
Artwalk at Hannon Library: The Southern Oregon University Hannon Library will hold an open house featuring student photography exhibits from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the SOU Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Heidi Dalgarno will present "Homescape: An Exploration of the Meaning of Possessions" and Vanessa Devine will present "What it Means to be Devine." Call 541-552-6816 or email email@example.com.
Zumbathon: Southern Oregon University Zumba Fitness instructor Melody Condon will hold a Zumbathon fundraiser benefitting the Chrohn's & Colitis Foundation from 7 to 9 p.m. at the SOU McNeal Pavillion small gym. Cost is $10 in advace or $15 at the door. Visit www.wepay.com/events/ccfa-zumba or call 970-691-2069.
AHS PLay: A performance of Ashland High School's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the AHS Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com or at the door. Call 541-840-6410.
Saturday, May 4
Landscape Painting Class: Jeanine Moy will lead a class on plein air landscape painting for artists of all experience levels from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Cost is $15, and participants should bring their own art supplies. Call 541-488-6606 or register online at www.ashland.or.us/register.
CERT Event: Ashland CERT will hold "aCERT Yourself," a public awareness training from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Ashland Grove, 1195 E. Main St. The training will focus on citizen preparedness, and lunch will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required by calling 541-552-2226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
scrabble saturdays: Play Scrabble from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
AHS PLay: There will be performances of Ashland High School's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the AHS Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com or at the door. Call 541-840-6410.
Free Concert: The Firebird Wind Trio will perform a free concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163.
Celso Machado Concert: Acclaimed Brazilian composer, percussionist and guitarist Celso Machado will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets are $15 general admission or free for full-time students. Call 541-552-6348.
Hawaiian Dance: Ashland's Hula Halau School, Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue and Balinese dancer Bonnie Simoa will perform Hawaiian and Balinese dances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Ashland Oasis, 258 A St., Suite 21. Admission is a sliding scale $10 to $20. Call 541-292-4417.
Sunday, May 5
GMO-Free Jackson County: General meeting is 9 a.m. Mondays at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-708-3151.
Computer Instructions for Seniors: Ashland Parks and Recreation offers computer instruction for adults ages 60 and older by appointment from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. The cost is free, but an appointment is necessary. Call 541-488-5342.
Lego Sundays at the Library: Children ages 5 and older can learn new ways to play with Lego building blocks with instructor Heather Motley from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.
AHS PLay: There will be a performance of Ashland High School's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the AHS Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com or at the door. Call 541-840-6410.
Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for seniors 60 and older is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the center. Admission is $1. Call 541-488-5342.
Juggling Club: The Talent Juggling Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays in the gymnasium at Talent Elementary School, 307 W. Wagner Creek Road. Jugglers of all experience levels are welcome. Call 541-708-0704.
Monday Night Bingo: Games of bingo are played from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays at Louie's Restaurant and Bar, 41 N. Main St. All ages and families are encouraged to play. The event is free to play, and prizes are given. Call 541-482-9701.
Monday, May 6
Preschool Storytime: The library will hold a storytime for preschool children and their families from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. Call 541-774-6995.
Fire Safety Storytime: A local firefighter will lead a children's storytime on fire safety from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.
Resilience Workshop: Licensed Clinical Social Worker Allan Weisbard will lead a workshop on increasing resilience in challenging times at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the Ashland Food Co-op classroom, 300 N. Pioneer St. The event is free. Visit www.healthyoptimism.com.
Tuesday, May 7
GROWERS MARKET: Fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables, live plants, baked goods, crafts and gourmet foods are available at the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 26 at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.
Tai chi class: Easy tai chi classes are held from 10:30 to noon Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Avenue. Cost is a suggested donation of $3. Call 541-552-0698.
Preschool Storytime: The library will hold a storytime for preschool children and their families from 11:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. Call 541-774-6995.
Smokey Appearance: Smokey the Bear will make a guest appearance from 11:30 to noon Tuesday, May 7, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children will learn about wildland fire prevention. Call 541-774-6995.
Meditation Class: Dr. Gokul Gokani will lead a weekly meditation class from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at 47 Garfield St. Participants are encouraged to bring a cushion. There is no fee, and registration is not required. Call 541-488-0575 or email email@example.com.
trivia tuesday: Join the fun at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Louie's Restaurant and Bar, 41 N. Main St. Free to play, and there are prizes. Call 541-482-9701.
Toastmasters Meeting: University Toastmasters members meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Members work to hone their speaking and leadership skills in a supportive atmosphere. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge. Call 541-324-8694 or visit www.universitytm.org.
Wednesday, May 8
Scienceworks Hands-on Museum: Year-round exhibits at the museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, explore energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and adults older than 65. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767 for a schedule of activities.
Preschool Storytime: The library will hold a storytime for preschool children and their families from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. A toddler storytime will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Call 541-774-6995.
Fire Safety Storytime: A local firefighter will lead a children's storytime on fire safety from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.
Windows in Time: As part of the Windows in Time lecture series, Dennis Powers will present " The Past from the Eyes of Gold Hill: The Town, Gold Mining, The River and More" from noon to 1 p.m.Wednesday, May 8, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or visit www.jcls.org.
Beginning Computer Classes: A series of free introductory computer classes will begin from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Classes will be held May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5. Reservations are required. Call 541-774-6996.
Trilingual Storytime: The Ashland library will hold weekly trilingual French, Spanish and English storytimes from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995 or visit www.jcls.org.
Spaghetti game night: Enoteca Wine Tasting and Bistro holds a Spaghetti Game Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at 17 N. Main St. The weekly event features eclectic board games and complimentary spaghetti with wine purchase. Call 541-482-3377 or visit www.ashlandenoteca.com.
Vegetarian Cooking Class: Kumud Gokul Gokani will lead Indian vegetarian cooking classes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 8, 15 and 22, at her home in Ashland. Cost is $30 per class, and includes a full meal and printed recipes. Reserve a seat by calling 541-488-0575.
SPELLING BEE: A spelling contest is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Louie's Restaurant and Bar, 41 N. Main St. Players can compete on their own or in teams. Free to play. Prizes for first place. Children and families are encouraged to participate. Call 541-482-9701.
Trivia Night: Play trivia from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at The Playwright Public House, 258 A St., Ashland. Cost is $5 per team, and the winner takes all. Register the day of the event on the pub's Facebook page and receive a free appetizer. Registrations also will be taken at the door. Call 541-488-9128 or see www.theplaywrightpublichouse.com.
Thursday, May 9
open-mic poetry session: Poets can read at an open-mic session at 7 pm. the second Thursday of every month at Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. Call 541-512-1007.
Grandmother Power: Photojournalist Paola Gianturco will speak on "Grandmother Power: a Global Phenomenon" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Southern Oregon University Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Visit www.paolagianturco.com or call 541-774-6996.
ASHLAND SUFI HEART CIRCLE: Dances of Universal Peace, sacred phrases from world religions and practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis are presented from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is a donation of $10. See www.ashlandsufi.com or call 541-708-0681.
Friday, May 10
PRESCHOOL PUPPET THEATER: Children ages 3 to 5 can gather round and see what Brenda Bear, Maven Raven, Trickster Coyote and a chorus of other animal friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. A brief ecology lesson will be followed by the puppet show, playtime, snacks and a kids craft activity. Cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required before the day of the program. To register, go to www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.
Artist talk: Local artist Stephanie Thomson will be available during her show "Art with Paper" from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or visit www.jcls.org.
Second friday History: The Ashland History & Railroad Museum holds Second Friday History programs at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the Gresham Room of the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-261-6605.
Monday, May 13
SOU Faculty Brass Concert: Southern Oregon University Faculty Brass will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain. The event is part of the Southern Oregon Arts & Research "SOAR" festival, running Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. Call 541-552-6101.
Thursday, May 16
AAUW Event: The Ashland Branch AAUW will hold a Celebration of Scholars, a scholarship and honors award ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of women students at Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St. The event will include a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, and guest speaker First Lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes. Tickets are $20. email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 18
Sunday, May 19
SOPRIDE Fundraiser: The fourth annual Southern Oregon Pride Festival fundraiser will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at 471 Lindsey Lane. Cost is a $20 donation at the door, and the event will include hors d'oeuvres, local wine, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Call 541-488-7495 or visit www.sopride.org.
Monday, May 20
E-Reader Workshop: The library will lead a workshop on "Beyond Library2Go," which will focus on sources for free ebooks and how to convert web pages into ebooks from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 20 at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-8679 or visit www.jcls.org.
Clarinet and Saxophone performance: Southern Oregon University will present a joint concert of the Cascade Clarinet Consort and the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave. Tickets are $5 general admission, or free for full-time students. Call 541-552-6348 or visit www.sou.edu/performingarts.