author's night: As part of Author Night, John Fisher-Smith of Ashland will discuss his thoughts on place and value at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland. Fisher-Smith recently published two chapbooks, "Reflections" and "Opening My Eyes" incorporating a number of pieces he has written as commentaries for the Jefferson Public Radio and the Jefferson Daily news magazine. Author Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 774-6996.




peace training: Peace House will offer a five-week training course, "Building Peace In Our World One Person and One Conversation at a Time," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, at Peace House, 543. S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Anita Dygert-Gearheart will present the class. She is a clinical social worker trained in peace research, conflict management, mediation, negotiations and executive management based on a process developed by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and the book "Difficult Conversations: How to Talk About What Matters Most." Class fee is $50 per individual or $85 for couples. Deadline for registration is Jan. 4. Call 482-9625 to register and mail payment to Peace House P.O. Box 524, Ashland, 97520.




taoist thought: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Taoist Thought and the Balanced Lifestyle," a presentation by Isabeau Vollhardt from 7 to 9 p.m.. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 258 A St., Ashland. Vollhardt, a licensed practitioner in the healing arts of acupuncture and herbology, incorporates key concepts of Taoism in her treatments. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.




The Chinese in Jacksonville: Larry Smith will present "The Chinese in Jacksonville," the program to be presented by the Rogue Valley Genealogy Society at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Southern Oregon Uniserv Office, 2495 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford. Meetings are free and open to the public. See or call 512-2340.




vision board workshop: Ashland Parks Department will sponsor a Vision Board Workshop for setting and achieving life goals with KG Stiles using ancient principles of Feng Shui from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 15-22, at The Grove, Otte/Peterson Room, 1195 East Main St., Ashland. Stiles is a licensed and accredited MindBody therapist and advanced energy medicine practitioner, and the author of the "Success Breakthroughs," audio CD. Cost is $20 for two lessons. Participants will need to purchase their own materials: large foam core board, favorite magazines, a glue stick and scissors. See or call 488-5340.




jewish film series: The Jewish Film Series will present "A Vilna Legend," starring Ester Rokhl-Kaminska and Ida Kominska, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. A precursor to the 1937 classic The Dybbuk, "A Vilna Legend" is a tale of frustrated love and destiny with the breaking and fulfillment of vows. The film preserves a moment in Eastern European Jewish History, when such classical folklore figures as the prophet Elijah still held a place in the popular consciousness. Much of the film was shot on location in Vilna. 1933. Yiddish with English subtitles. 60 minutes. Admission is free. Call 488-7716.




astronomy: The January Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Terry Mickle will present on "Major Observatories of the World" and Gary Colgrove will talk about "Experiences With the Meade mySKY Personal Sky Guide." Further details can be found on the club's web site at .




films: KS Wild and the Ashland Food Co-op present a free winter film series beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Ashland Food Co-op Community Room, 195 A First St., Ashland, with, "Marching for Action on Climate Change: Five Days Across Vermont with Bill McKibben and Friends." Over Labor Day weekend, 2006, hundreds of people joined writers Bill McKibben and John Elder for a five-day march to Burlington in an effort to raise public awareness of global warming. McKibben and others discuss strategies for organizing grassroots actions and the realities of climate change. See or call 488-5789.




poetry tribute: A free poetry reading celebrating and commemorating Oregon's late poet laureate, William Stafford, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Meese Meeting Room 305 in Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Six poets will read a poem by Stafford and one of their own poems. The featured readers are Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada, Amy Miller, Jay Schroeder, K. Silem Mohammad, and Ann Magill. They will be introduced by host Patty Wixon. After the poets read, members of the audience will be invited to read one of their favorite Stafford poems. At the end of the evening there will be a video clip of Stafford talking and reading one of his poems. The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Hannon Library at SOU and Friends of William Stafford, an international nonprofit-organization. Call 552-6835.




Archaeology films: ArchaeologyFest is an international film mini-series celebrating the wonders of human diversity, culture and environment. This film series is now in its 2007-2008 season, with appearances scheduled in six communities across the state, including Ashland. The event features seven films from The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, held in Eugene in May. The series is produced by Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI) of Eugene, and co-sponsored by the SOU Film Studies and Anthropology Programs. Films to be screened include the following: Program 1, Jan. 18: Network (60 min.) Illicit Greek antiquities ensnare U.S. and world museums in an ethical nightmare.Signs Out of Time: The Story of Marija Gimbutas (59 min.) Neolithic Europeans are engaged in Goddess-worship.Program 2, Jan. 19:Genghis Khan-Rider of the Apocalypse (52 min.) A cast of thousands brings to life the lost world of Genghis Khan.Novgorod: Letters From the Middle Ages (52 min.) Letters on birchbark speak of life in a medieval Russian town.Program 3, Jan. 25: Journeys Into the Ring of Fire: (59 min.) Incas build a flourishing civilization in a bleak land.Unearthing the Lost Kingdom of Aratta (TAC Festival 2007 Best Film by Jury; 52 min.) A 5,000-year-old civilization found in southeast Iran challenges the Mesopotamian "Cradle."Program 4, Jan. 26:Tibet Tibet (TAC Festival 2007 Audience Favorite; 95 min.) A filmmaker searches for place, meaning and identity in the Tibetan high country.




All Ashland programs will take place at Southern Oregon University's Meese Auditorium, located in the Art Building, Center for Visual Arts, at Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street.




Tickets are $6. Ticket sales open at 7 p.m. at the door. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. on the dates indicated, and conclude by 9:30. To see descriptions and clips of the films, go to the ALI Web site, The Archaeology Channel, at /content/TACfestival2007.shtml. Call 541-345-5538.