films about cuba: A series of films about Cuba will be presented for free at 7 p.m. Mondays May 19 and June 9, at Peace House, 543 South Mountain Ave., Ashland. The films are presented in anticipation of the visit of the Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan to Ashland on Thursday, June 19. Call 482-8915 or 482-0102.
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237;n Prechtel will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Bellvew Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. The cost is $3 to $20 on a sliding scale. Call 488-1192.
lecture: Siskiyou Views Lecture will present "Ovid's Metamorphoses: Barry Kraft Celebrates the Roman Masterpiece of Transformation and Love" at 4 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the Hannon Library Meese Meeting Room (LIB 305), Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. On this 2000th anniversary of the creation of "Metamorphoses" by Ovid, and in conjunction with the Southern Oregon University Theatre Arts spring 2008 production of Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses," Kraft will talk about and read from fresh translations of this classic text. Kraft has been a professional actor for over 40 years, including 22 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and seasons at San Diego's Old Globe, Utah Shakespeare, and several years at A.C.T. He has acted in all 38 of Shakespeare's plays. Call 552-6835.
writing class: Rabbi David Zaslow will teach a free class at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The class will include the techniques for writing sacred, liturgical poetry in the style of King David and Rumi. Participants will learn how to access images of the Divine that make up a great poem. Participants are requested to bring a writing book and pen. Call 488-7716.
geology: Benson Lanford will present a free talk "American Indian Names and Naming Patterns," at the meeting of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Southern Oregon Uniserv Office, 2495 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford. See or call 512-2340.
film: Havurah Synagogue will host a screening of "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Using footage from Arabic television rarely seen in the West and interviews with former terrorists, this award-winning documentary is an expose of radical Islam the inner workings of extremist theology, and how it absolutely does not represent real Islam. See .
reading: As part of its free Thursday at the Library events, the Eagle Point Friends of the Library will host Lawson Inada, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Eagle Point Branch Library, 239 West Main St., Eagle Point. Twice Oregon's Poet Laureate and winner of the 1992 American Book Award, Inada will talk about "You Too Can Write Poetry." He will speak of writing styles, the creativity we all have dwelling inside us, and demonstrate how much fun it is to create poetry. Call 826-3313
astronomy: The May Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Wes Reynolds will talk about the Ashland Fiber Network, ScienceWorks and the club's telescope-lending program. He will also present a free session on "An Introduction to Astronomy." This lecture will be in two sections. The first is entitled "A Guide to the Night Sky" and the second is called "How to Use a telescope." See .
reading: Jeff Golden will read from his new book, "Unafraid: A Novel of the Possible," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Bloomsbury Books 290 East Main St., Ashland. The book poses the question: what if the fatal bullet fired on that sunny Dallas afternoon had veered three inches off target? At the center of this parallel history is a leader with the simple belief that a primary reason that idealistic goals are "impossible" to achieve is that we needlessly decide that they're impossible to achieve. Call 488-0029.
poetry reading: Students of Willow Wind Community Learning Center's On The Go poetry class will read their poetry at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Bloomsbury Books 290 East Main St., Ashland. Students will share their personal poetry as well as poems by authors who have inspired them. Free. Call 488-0029.