storytelling: Red Earth Descendants will host its third annual Winter Solstice Storytelling Conference on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tollman Creek Road, Ashland. A women's circle begins the day's events at 10 a.m., followed by storytelling beginning at noon. There will be a break for a dinner feast, after which more storytelling will continue into the evening

Storytelling: Red Earth Descendants will host its third annual Winter Solstice Storytelling Conference on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tollman Creek Road, Ashland. A women's circle begins the day's events at 10 a.m., followed by storytelling beginning at noon. There will be a break for a dinner feast, after which more storytelling will continue into the evening

yiddish theater: The Havurah's Jewish Film Series will present "Yiddish Theater — A Love Story" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. This documentary film, which debuted in 2007, focuses on Zypora Spaisman, the 84-year-old actress and Holocaust survivor who has kept Folksbiene, the oldest running Yiddish theater in America, alive. Although the films in the Jewish Film Series each Wednesday are usually free of charge, tickets for this show are $5 per person and will go to support the film's director, Dan Katzir. See havurahshirhadash.org or call 488-7716.

WONDERS OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE: Join astronomy enthusiast, writer and Tidings Arts and Entertainment Editor Richard Moeschl for a discussion of winter constellations and celestial events, along with the folklore and cultural importance of the season, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Call 488-6606 to register.

solstice: Trinity Episcopal Church's annual Winter Solstice event is Sunday, Dec. 21, at 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a candlelight labyrinth walk. At 6 p.m., there will be an informal interfaith talk in the Parish Hall with refreshments. Speakers include Rabbi David Zaslow, Lama Yeshe, Rev. Anne Bartlett, Richard Moeschl and Prakash Chenjeri. Call 482-2656.