Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Thursday — The Taming of the Shrew, 1:30 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, few; A Streetcar Named Desire, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, few; King Lear, 8 p.m., Thomas Theatre, many.

Friday — King Lear, 1:30 p.m., Thomas Theatre, many; The Taming of the Shrew, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many.

Call 482-4331 for tickets

Camelot Theatre Company

Spotlight on Willie Nelson & Friends runs through Sunday, May 5.

Thursday (preview night ,$10) — Spotlight on Willie Nelson & Friends, 8 p.m., few

Friday (opening night) — Spotlight on Willie Nelson & Friends, 8 p.m., few

Saturday — Spotlight on Willie Nelson & Friends, 8 p.m., few

Sunday — Spotlight on Willie Nelson & Friends, 2 p.m., very few

Camelot Theatre is at the corner of Talent Avenue and Main Street in Talent. Tickets can be purchased at the theater from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, by phone at 541-535-5250, or online at

You Should Know

Firewise Clean-Up Day

The Ashland Firewise Commission and Ashland Fire & Rescue will host the second annual Firewise Clean-Up Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

The event is intended to promote fire safety before fire season starts. Residents should remove leaves, pine needles, small branches, brush and other yard debris around their homes and drop it off for free at the Lincoln School dirt parking lot across from Ashland High School. Enter from Beach Street.

Assistance unloading debris from vehicles into Dumpsters will be provided by the Ashland Firefighters Association. Donations for the Firefighters Association's charitable fund will be accepted.

Green debris disposal will be available at Valley View Transfer Station for a half-price fee ($4/yard) on Sunday, May 5, only. This event is for Ashland residents only. No contractor or commercial debris will be accepted.

Prohibited materials: trash, stumps, logs, firewood, treated lumber. Only organic yard debris will be accepted. Collected debris will be composted. Plastic bags must be emptied on-site and taken home. Contact Ali True at 541-552-2231 for more information.

Library carpet

The Children's Department of the Ashland library will have limited service during the week of May 13-19 due to carpeting installation.

Preschool storytimes will occur on Monday evening, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m. There will be no storytimes on Wednesday, May 15. Wobblers will be held on Tuesday at 10:10 a.m. and Babies in the Library will follow at 10:45 a.m.

The children's collection will be available on Sunday, May 12, but access will be limited during the rest of the week. The Children's Department will be closed to the public from Wednesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 19.

If you have any further questions, call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

Siskiyou Velo Bicycle Club

The Siskiyou Velo Bicycle Club is hosting a series of five rides for adults designed to get people back on a bicycle in a pleasant and supportive way. The rides take place on sections of Bear Creek Greenway and will begin with 11-mile distances and progress slowly. The group doesn't ride fast — 5 mph to 10 mph — and stays together.

Each ride includes a stop for a cup of coffee to have social time together. Participants will learn techniques, skills and etiquette in safe, Greenway settings. Participants in this ride series must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube and as a nonmember, sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability.

The next ride will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 4. Start at Newbry Park in Talent and ride to U.S. Cellular Park in Medford. The length of the ride is 11 miles.

To register, contact Phil Gagnon,, 541-488-4289.

Firewise grants

Grants of up to $500 are now available to Ashland residents to remove and modify fire-prone vegetation near homes. Fire-prone landscaping, such as juniper, cypress and other conifers, may pose a hazard to homes in a wildfire. To participate in the program, residents must first obtain a Wildfire Safety Home Assessment that will include site-specific recommendations for creating defensible space around a structure.

This grant program is for city residents who have not previously participated in a fuel-reduction grant program. To be eligible for reimbursement, work has to follow the suggestions made during the Wildfire Safety Home assessment, and be within 30 feet of a home within the city limits.

A homeowner or a contractor can do the work. All debris must be removed from site before reimbursement. Work must be completed by December 2013 to be eligible for reimbursement. To get started, schedule a Wildfire Safety Home assessment by calling Ali True, Firewise Communities Coordinator at Ashland Fire & Rescue, at 541-552-2231.

This same grant will be used to fund fire-prone vegetation removal within recognized Ashland Firewise Communities, neighborhoods who have received national certification for completing a simple process of preparing for wildfire in their neighborhoods. All 12 Ashland Firewise Communities will be eligible to receive grant money, as will any new neighborhoods that pursue Firewise Communities national recognition.

Teen Day volunteer

The Ashland library is looking for an adult to volunteer to help out for about four hours from 11 a.m. until about 4 p.m. during Teen Day, the third Saturday of each month.

The Teen Day hosts approximately 25 teens a month who come to socialize, eat snacks, and play video and board games.

Those interested should contact the library or email

Food drivers needed

Food & Friends of Jackson and Josephine counties is seeking volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors and to assist at sites. Meal deliveries are weekdays between 10 a.m. and noon. Mileage reimbursement is offered. Ashland needs site help. Talent and Phoenix need home delivery drivers. For details, call Jan Yost, volunteer coordinator, at 541-734-9505, ext. 4.

— Staff reports

Emergency training

The Ashland Community Emergency Response Team is offering Community Emergency Response Team training. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to perform basic disaster responses such as small fire suppression, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations. When disasters occur, you will know how to respond by being prepared to give critical support to your family, friends, neighbors and professional responders.

Basic training curriculum encompasses basic disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, such as disaster first aid, light search and rescue, the CERT organization, disaster psychology, terrorism and radio communications followed by a disaster scenario simulation. Training is provided in different formats including lecture, interactive, and hands-on to target a wide audience.

Training is free and open to those ages 14 and older. Contact CERT for minor participant details. CERT is a national Citizen Corps program. Ashland CERT is a division of Ashland Fire & Rescue. CERT members may provide critical support to local emergency responders.

Training dates include:

Friday, April 12 — 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 — 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19 — 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 — 8 am to 5 p.m.

For more information or to register contact Ashland CERT at 541-552-2226 or You can also visit

ScienceWorks seeks helpers

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum is looking for people to volunteer in the Black Bear Garden.

A new Adopt-a-Bed program is designed for residents to take an active role, and groups or individuals are encouraged to donate their time or service projects in the garden and future projects.

The Adopt-a-Bed program is a commitment for the gardening season, or an individual may choose to do one shift per week or as a drop-in gardener on Fridays. Find Black Bear Garden on the ScienceWorks website under exhibits.

For information, contact Isabel at or 541-482-6767, ext. 229.