poetry: Horizon Institute will present an evening of poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Local poets will read one of their own poems and a poem by a favorite poet of theirs on the theme "What Does It Mean To Be Human?" Poets scheduled include: Claudia Alick, Dori Appel, Anna Beauchamp, Mary Brubaker, Ryan Foster, Richard Hartley, Sasha Lithman, Richard Moeschl, Patty and Vince Wixon. The event is free. Call 488-0029.




osf lecture: Alan Armstrong, dramaturg for Oregon Shakespeare Festival's current production of "Coriolanus," will present "Tear Him to Pieces!: Dissecting Coriolanus," a lecture at noon Saturday, April 26, in Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Armstrong served as dramaturg for OSF's production of "King John" in 2006. He is a professor of humanities and the director of the Center for Shakespeare Studies, Southern Oregon University, since 1986. Admission to the talk is $7; $6 for members; and $5.25 youths 6-17. See or call 482-4331.




talk: Catherine Coulson actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will speak about her roles in this season's plays "The Clay Cart" and "Our Town" at the Mavens meeting noon Wednesday, April 30, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Bring a bag lunch, refreshments and drinks will be provided. 858-8819.




tunes 'n' toots: For its Spring Lecture program, the Jefferson Center will present a lighthearted look at the contemporary American religion scene in this election year with special emphasis on the subject of the separation of Church and State, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Presenters are Steve Benson, 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning daily editorial cartoonist for the (Phoenix) Arizona Republic, and Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Admission is $10, and $5 for students. 488-9450.




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, April 28, at 258 A St., Ashland. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.




Lecture: Annette Lewis of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University will discuss three plays being presented this season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: "A Midsummers Night's Dream," "The Clay Cart," and "A View from the Bridge," at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, in the Rogue Room of the Skyline Plaza at the Rogue Valley Manor, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford. The event is free. See /olli or call 552-6048.




book signing: Author Dawna Curler and researcher Sue Waldron will discuss their book, "A lasting impression: The Art and Life of Regina Dorland Robinson" at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Branch Library. The program is sponsored by Friends of the Jacksonville Library. Call 899-1725.




jewish film series: There will be a free showing of the German film "Three Days in April" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Before the end of the war a train arrives in a small German village with three cattle cars of Jewish prisoners being moved to a concentration camp. In German with English subtitles. See or call 488-7716.




Wisdom Seekers: Gaea Yudron will discuss the gifts and tasks of age and how we can utilize them at the next meeting of the Wisdom Seekers at — p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 North Mountain Ave., Ashland. A brown bag vegetarian lunch takes place at 12:30 pm. Tea and cookies are provided.




israel at 60: Speakers will honor Israel's 60th Independence Day starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Speakers at the free event include Reverend Ann Bartlett, of Trinity Episcopal Church; Rabbi Zaslow; and Israeli Deputy Consul General Ismail Khaldi, a Muslim Bedouin, who will give the keynote address "Pluralism in Israel Today &

A View of Israel Through the Eyes of a Bedouin Israeli." The talk will be followed by a question and answer period. See /upcoming-events-at-a-glance.htm or call 488-7716 or 488-2909.




film: There will be a showing of the film "Living Luminaries on The Serious Business of Happiness" featuring Eckart Tolle at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at The Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, to coincide with the final Oprah-Tolle course broadcast. Other luminaries in the film include Marianne Williamson ("The Course in Miracles"), Don Miguel Ruiz ("The Four Agreements") and Rev. Michael Beckwith ("The Secret") Admission is $10 at the door. Call 482-5210.




Israeli Film night: As part of the "Israel at 60" celebration two award-winning Israeli films will be shown on Monday, May 5, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. "A Hope for Peace" presentation and discussion will take place from 5 &

6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by "It's About Time," an international award-winning film which humorously approaches the subject of Israeli time. "The Band's Visit" follows at 8:15 p.m. about a traveling Egyptian marching band that ends up stranded in a desolate little Israeli town east of nowhere in the heart of the desert. This film swept the Israeli Film Academy Awards, winning in the best picture and seven other categories, including best screenplay, best actor and best actress. The event is free. See /upcoming-events-at-a-glance.htm or call 488-7716 or 488-2909.




The Four Rabbis Speak on Israel: As part of the "Israel at 60" celebration there will be a free panel discussion featuring southern Oregon's four resident rabbis at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Rabbi Marc Sirinsky of Temple Emek Shalom, Rabbi David Zaslow of the Havurah Synagogue, Rabbi Avi Zweibel of Chabad of Ashland, and Rabbi Jackie Brodsky, board certified chaplain of Rogue Valley Medical Center Hospice and the South Coast Jewish Community. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. See /upcoming-events-at-a-glance.htm or call 488-7716 or 488-2909.