Food Bank

Food Bank

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank this week is in need of:

Cereal, cooking oil and hearty soups

The food bank welcomes donations of extra garden produce. The food bank is located at 560 Clover Lane. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month. Call 541-488-9544.

You Should Know

RCC student planning

Rogue Community College is offering students free resources to help them manage their money and pay for school.

The program, called SALT, was created by the American Student Assistance nonprofit. It provides online tools to track and plan student loans, along with help finding scholarships, internships and jobs.

"Our goals are to help students pay for college, learn to manage finances, repay student loans and reduce student loan default rates," RCC Financial Aid Director Anna Manley said in a release.

For more information on the program, visit

Skundrick in Shady Cove

Jackson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Skundrick plans a second series of town hall meetings, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62.

Additional meetings will be held throughout the county in coming months. The next is set for Nov. 12 at the Applegate library.

"This process is a valuable experience for gaining a comprehensive understanding of our entire county," Skundrick said in a news release.

Topics will include county capital projects. A similar series of community meetings was held in the past year.

'Immense Possibilities'

OPB to broadcast 'Immense Possibilities' TV series

"Immense Possibilities," a weekly series featuring Jeff Golden and community activists, will be shown statewide by Oregon Public Broadcasting this fall.

The weekly public television series shot and produced in Southern Oregon will be added to OPB programming in early October. The series showcases stories about people and projects intended to improve communities.

The show first aired on Southern Oregon Public Television in May 2011. It airs at 8:30 p.m. Fridays. SOPTV will continue to be its primary outlet.

Episodes of the show can be viewed online at

Road Diet comments

The City of Ashland invites citizens to comment on the Road Diet using Open City Hall, an on-line forum for civic engagement and a tool for people to voice their opinions. Read about the topic and then post your own statement. You can read what others are saying about the Road Diet, and share your own opinion.

Click on Open City Hall under Hot Topics on the City homepage or go directly to The North Main Road Diet was implemented as a pilot project in October 2012 to improve travel and safety on North Main Street. The City will evaluate the success of the Road Diet this fall and welcomes comments about this project.

— Staff reports

Service club projects

On Saturday, Oct.12, several service clubs in Ashland will come together to begin a series of joint service projects to benefit the Ashland community and its residents. The first service project will be street cleaning.

The following clubs will join together in this kickoff event: Ashland Lions, Ashland Rotary (both morning and noon clubs), Ashland Soroptimist and Ashland Kiwanis. Selected streets will be assigned a crew consisting of several volunteers from each club. They will pick up refuse and trash along the assigned streets. The time you will see the volunteers at work is from 9 to approximately 11 a.m. The street cleaning crews will meet at the 1st Baptist Church for coffee and proceed from there.

Soroptimist mentors

Soroptimist International of Ashland is looking for women mentors for young girls one half-hour a month during a Thursday lunch. Through their Soroptimist Strong Girls Strong Women program at Helman Elementary, girls in grades two to five are gaining self-confidence and discovering new possibilities for their future. The Lunch Buddy program has been a big part of this success.

Learn more a at or contact Sara Brown, 541-941-8185 or

Kiwanis Monster Dash

On Saturday, Oct. 26, monsters, ghouls and goblins will be racing again through Ashland's Lithia Park as part of the 5th annual Monster Dash Run for Education. The event, presented by the Ashland Kiwanis Club and leading sponsor Yogurt Hut, will raise money for Ashland Schools Foundation's Impact Grants in the Ashland public schools.

Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with a costume contest, followed by the 1-mile run/walk, 5K and 10K runs. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes available by age group. Electronic chip timing will be introduced for the first time this year. A pasta party will be held at the Historic Ashland Armory the night before the races, Friday, Oct. 25, with a dance and silent auction.

For information, or to register, go to or call 541-482-8197.

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.

Food & Friends volunteers

Food & Friends of Jackson and Josephine counties is seeking volunteers in Ashland to serve lunches to seniors and do general cleanup at the Ashland Multi-Purpose Center, 1699 Homes Ave.

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to two to four hours one day per week.

The service provides hot lunches to seniors, older than 60, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call Anna Wysocki or Jan Baker at 541-488-9850.

Weatherization program

Low-income residents within the Ashland city limits may qualify for an ACCESS weatherization program that includes free heat-pumps. Households whose gross income is below 60 percent of the Oregon State median income ($35,762, annually) and are City of Ashland electric heat customers are eligible. For information, contact James Raison at 541-779-6691, ext. 360.

Kiwanis flag program

The Kiwanis Club of Ashland has been placing flags around town on national holidays and special occasions for more than 32 years. More than 250 flags are sponsored by Ashland businesses, a few individuals, and the Ashland Kiwanis Club itself.

The subscription fees for the flag program help support children and community programs, including AHS scholarships, AHS Key Club, Special Olympics, youth baseball and football, Nature Center field trips, school and library reading programs and Christmas gifts for the needy.

The next planned fag days are Veteran's Day on Nov. 11 and Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7.

The annual fee to sponsor a flag is $50. To join the flag program, call Russ Chadick at 541-482-0431 or Mike Bakke at 541-488-8065.