wellness seminar: Five local authors and presenters, representing diverse professional backgrounds in medicine, psychology, hypnotherapy, engineering and digital media, will offer a day-long seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library, 238 A St., Ashland. The event will feature both lectures and experiential aspects on "Harmony and Healing: Five Keys That Bring Wholeness Into Your Life." Scheduled presenters include: Dean Shrock, Nancy Walsch, Bruce Rawles, Robert Arnot, and Leonard Laskow, M.D. A panel discussion will conclude the day featuring all five presenters. Presenters will respond to questions and comments from participants. Cost is $45. See .
conference: "Co-Creating Community Sustainability'" is the theme for the 6th Annual Grandmother Council Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday May 31, at The Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd., Ashland. Native American Takelma Elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim, chairwoman of The International Alliance of The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers who counsel world leaders on the healing of the Earth will present a current update of the group's work and teachings. The 2008 Grandmother Council Honorees will speak at the event, sharing their expertise and insights. There will be live music throughout the day. Admission is $25 and includes lunch. See or call 201-0372.
author night: Jeff Golden will share and discuss his new novel "Unafraid: A Novel of the Possible" at 7 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The novel is based on the premise what if the bullets fired on Nov. 22, 1963 had not killed John F. Kennedy, and he was able to live out two terms as the American president? What kind of world would we be living in now? Call 774-6996.
lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Soul Mates, Tantra and Manifesting the Beloved," a presentation by Julie Avena from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at 258 A St., Ashland. Tantric educator and love coach Avena will share her understanding of sexual healing and spiritual awakening to help transform lives and embody more love. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.
book group: The Elastic Mind book discussion group will discuss humor at — p.m. Thursday, June 5, in the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Suggested readings include anything that makes you laugh out loud. The group is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 774-6996.
photography workshop: Rabbi Marc Sirinsky will present a workshop, "The Spirituality of Photography," from — to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 East Main St., Ashland. Following the lecture and discussion participants will use their own digital cameras to apply newly learned concepts. They will focus on the synagogue's architecture and landscape to explore the sacred and mundane. Cost is $25. The class is limited to the first 30 registrants. Call 488-2909.
film: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will host 10 free showings of "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose," with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday nights June 11-Aug. 13, at 258 A St., Ashland. These showings will be hosted by Ruth Kirby, spiritual director of The Living Truth Center. See or call 552-9119.
films about cuba: A series of films about Cuba will be presented for free at 7 p.m. Monday June 18, at Peace House, 543 S. 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.