lecture: Art historian Allison Renwick of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University will discuss and show slides of her recent visit to the 16th century Italian Renaissance gardens of Villa Lante and Sarobosco. The talk will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 24, in the Rogue Room of the Skyline Plaza at the Rogue Valley Manor, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford. The presentation is free and open to everyone.




lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Introduction to Gaia University and 'Action Learning,'" a presentation by Shaktari Belew from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at 258 A St., Ashland. Gaia University offers affordable access to accredited bachelor's and master's degrees while students actively engage in practical experience creating innovative and sustainable solutions. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.




film: There will be a work-in-progress screening of "River of Renewal: Conflict in the Klamath," a documentary film about the water and wildlife crisis in the Klamath Basin, at 7 p.m. March 26, at Nuwandart Gallery at 258 A St., Ashland. The 45-minute film is based on Stephen Most's book "River of Renewal: Myth and History of the Klamath Basin." Most will be on hand to sign copies of the book, answer questions and take comments on the film. Admission is by donation, $5-$10 sliding scale, with proceeds and book sales benefiting Klamath Riverkeeper. See or call 821-7260.




book signing: Molly Gloss will discuss her novel, "Hearts of Horses," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Set in eastern Oregon in the winter of 1917, the book tells the story of 19-year-old Martha Lessen, a tall, big-boned young woman whose shyness around other people is in sharp contrast to her tender yet confident manner with horses. Call 488-0029.




lecture: Daniel Smith, a naturopathic physician, will be the guest speaker at noon Wednesday, March 26, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. One of Smith's topics will be high cholesterol and treating it without the use of prescription drugs. The talk is free. Call 488-2909.




film: The Jewish Film Series will present a free showing of "Half the Kingdom" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. In this documentary, seven women from Canada, Israel and the U.S. strive to find common ground between religious and cultural tradition and contemporary feminist principles. See or call 488-7716.




lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Conversations about Love," part of an ongoing discussion on the mysteries of romantic love facilitated by Marla Estes from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 31, at 258 A St., Ashland. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.




book signing: Dara Marks will talk about her book, "Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Bloomsbury Books 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book helps writers identify what their story is really about how they can turn that into the driving force behind all of their creative choices. Call 488-0029.