Ashland and surrounding region
Friday, May 22
annual ashland run: Runners, joggers and walkers can register for the 34th annual event to be held Saturday, May 23, in Ashland. Registration is at 8:15 a.m. at Hargadine and Fork streets and costs $1.25 — the same price it's been since 1975. The course covers 4.8 miles of hilly terrain. There will be drawings for prizes, refreshments and trophies for the top male and female winners. Call 482-4919 or 488-0504.
boatnik 2009: The marathon jet boats will be missing from the annual Boatnik Festival this year in Grants Pass, but plenty of fast boats still will be displayed, and there will be drag and sprint boat exhibitions and the annual whitewater hydroplane race on Monday, May 25. A whirlwind of activities, including a carnival, arts and crafts, food vendors, a pizza-eating contest and more will be available throughout the weekend at Riverside Park in Grants Pass, with fireworks displays at dusk Friday and Sunday. The Boatnik parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Grants Pass Active Club sponsors the event, and the money raised will benefit nonprofit youth programs in the area. See boatnik.com for a schedule of events.
NATURE WALKS: Explore the natural history of Lithia Park. Naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead easy walks through the park on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesday through Sept. 30. Topics such as trees, flowers, birds, climate, water and geology will be discussed. Participants should dress for weather and meet at 10 a.m. at the park's entrance. Free. Call 552-2266.
NATURE STORY TIME: Kids of all ages can enjoy stories about bugs, bears, birds, jungles and other nature subjects at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 482-3241.
THE FARM: Pet and feed friendly barnyard animals at The Farm, 51 S. Stage Road, Medford. There also are pony rides and other activities for kids. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to The Farm is $4. Fees apply to other activities. Proceeds from the Farm benefit Kids & Critters, a nonprofit organization that provides programs for at-risk youths and foster children in Jackson County. Group tours are available weekdays by appointment. Call 535-1316.
film screening: "On Paper Wings," a film by Ilana Sol that documents the lives of American and Japanese civilians affected by a World War II balloon bomb, will be screened at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Naversen Room at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. Sol will be present at the screenings. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the Jacksonville Visitor Information Center (next to the Post Office) or by calling 899-8118.
Saturday, May 23
pancake breakfast and community market: A pancake breakfast will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. A community market of local produce, teas, imports, hand-crafted items and second-hand treasures will be open until 1 p.m. The breakfast costs $5 to $7 on a sliding scale. Volunteer for an hour or two in the kitchen and get your breakfast free. Call 482-6692 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASHLAND SATURDAY MARKET: Local and organic produce, bedding plants, home-baked goodies and crafts will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31 at the Ashland Saturday Market held in the parking lot at Lithia Way and First Street. Oregon Trail cards and Senior and Women's Infants and Children's Farm Direct Nutrition Program vouchers are welcome. Call 261-0577.
LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET: Arts, crafts and live music will be available weekends through Nov. 15 at the outdoor market held along Calle Guanajuato behind the Ashland Plaza. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Julian and Jeff Jones will present Celtic and old-time acoustic music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23. Call 488-1040.
BARRELS AND BARBECUE: Wine samples from barrels, an aromatic station and barbecued food pairings will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 23-25, at EdenVale Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road. Cost is $10. Call 512-2955.
Sunday, May 24
rogue river sunday market: Vendors will sell goods and services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday through October at the outdoor market in the parking lot of the Umpqua Bank on Pine Street in Rogue River. New vendors are welcome. Call 621-2730.
RAILROAD PARK: Medford's Railroad Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of every month through Oct. 25. Rides for all ages on small-scale steam and diesel trains, along with exhibits of full-size and miniature trains, a historic locomotive and caboose and an antique telegraph service will be available. The park is home to the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club, the Southern Oregon Live Steamers, the Southwest Oregon Large-Scale Trains and the Morse Telegraph Club. Handcar and motorcar rides are available. The park is at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue, just a few blocks from the Rogue Valley Mall. Admission is free; donations to maintain and expand the park are accepted. Call 779-3002 or 944-9176.
Monday, May 25
open house: Winemakers from Daisy Creek will host an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the vineyard, 675 Shafer Lane, Jacksonville. The event will showcase the vineyard's new Sangiovese Red Rose, as well as its 2004 Bonne Fete Merlot. Madrone Mountain Winery will pour dessert wines. Wine tasting will be free and featured with food pairings. Call 899-8329.
ACCORDION CLUB: The Medford Accordion Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Anyone interested in playing or listening is invited to attend. Admission is $1. Call 488-7777.
Tuesday, May 26
GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. Call 261-5045.
Birthday Book Program: The Friends of the Shady Cove Library sponsor a book gift program for children living in Shady Cove, Trail and surrounding areas. Children 2 through 5 are eligible to receive a free book on their birthdays. Registration is available from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the library, 22477 Highway 62, Shady Cove. Parents will receive information to help spark their children's interest in reading. Call 878-2270 for more information.
Juggling Club: The Talent Juggling Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the gymnasium at Talent Elementary School, 307 W. Wagner Creek Road, Talent. All jugglers, beginning to advanced, are welcome. Call 535-1163.
SWEET ADELINES: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue Valley Christian Church, 1440 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The four-part chorus, directed by Martha Segura, is a nonprofit music education association and offers lessons on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. Segura is the lead singer for Razzcals, an international award-winning quartet. The Southern Oregon chapter of Sweet Adelines performs locally and in an annual regional competition. Women interested in singing with the chorus are invited to attend. See sweetadelinesos.org or call 774-9606.
Wednesday, May 27
armchair trip to china: Get a first-hand look at the people and history of China at noon Wednesday, May 27, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Steve Stolzer will give a digital presentation of his family's trip to sites such as Beijing, Shanghai and the Yangtze River. Admission is free, and light refreshments and beverages will be served. Call 858-8819.
Cheerful Facts About the Square of the Hypotenuse: Math instructor Bob Smith will explore the enigmatic equation that holds three important constants and two vital numbers from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 655 Frances Lane, on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Free. Call 552-6048.
DROP IN AND DRAW: A supervised after-school art workshop for children ages 6 and older will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through June 4 at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. This class follows the Medford School District's schedule and is not held on school holidays such as summer breaks. Cost is $3 per hour per child and includes art supplies. Projects include weaving, sculpting, drawing, watercolor and others. Call 772-8118.
movies at the library: "The Incredibles," an animated film that tells the hilarious adventure of a superhero family forced back into action, will be presented at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The film is rated PG-13. Admission is free. Call 774-6996.
Thursday, May 28
GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 19 at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. The market offers fresh flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. Call 261-5045.
COMMUNITY CHORUS: A community chorus will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in the new Rogue Community College presentation hall, corner of Riverside Avenue and Eighth Street, Medford. All singers are welcome to participate without audition. Call 779-2796.
MEN'S BARBERSHOP SINGING: Men interested in four-part harmony are invited to attend the Rogue Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Society meetings at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Men interested in four-part harmony are invited. Call 779-7118.
WOMEN'S BARBERSHOP SINGING: The Rogue Valley Women's Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Boys and Girls Club, 203 S.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Visitors may enter the club at the G Street entrance. The chorus is looking for new members and preparing for its 2010 show. No auditions are necessary. Women interested in singing are invited. Monthly dues cost $15, but a free 30-day trial membership is available. Funds generated by the club benefit high school students in Grants Pass and Rogue River, the Junior Honor Choir and the Boys and Girls Club. Call 476-7006 or 474-4447.
AUTHOR READING: Richard Engeman, historian and author of "The Oregon Companion," will read from his book at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Free. Call 488-0029.
wild rogue pro rodeo: The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 28-30, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. On Thursday, admission is $13 in advance and $15 at the gate. Friday's admission is $14 in advance and $16 at the gate. Saturday's admission is $14 and $16. Reserved seats for Saturday's rodeo performance are $16 in advance and $18 at the gate. Admission for children 12 and younger is $6 in advance and $7 at the gate. Tickets are available at all branches of PremierWest Bank, Sherm's Thunderbird and Food 4 Less in Medford; Big R in White City; and Cowboy Corral in Grants Pass. Ticket booths open at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds, and the gates open at 5:30 p.m. The rodeo will be held alongside the 4-H and FFA Spring Fair Friday through Sunday at the fairgrounds, with a buyer's barbecue and livestock auction at 2 p.m. Sunday. See jcfairgrounds.com or call 774-8270.
Friday, May 29
THE SCIENCE OF WINE: Explore the world of wine and wine making during ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum's annual fundraising event to be held Friday through Sunday, May 29-31. The fun will begin with "Bottle Shock," a film about the early days of California wine making, at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland. The film's producers will be available for a Q&A session. Tickets cost $7.50. A reception will follow at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Tickets cost $39 and include a flight of wines and appetizers. The School Bus Wine Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The bus will leave Ashland Springs Hotel and head to RoxyAnn Winery and South Stage Cellars, with wine expert Rachael Martin on board. Tickets cost $49 and include a gourmet box lunch. The Science of Wine Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, and will feature jazz by The Tritone Trio and food and wine from local wineries and restaurants. An auction will begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by swing music by The Mixers. Tickets cost $60, $50 for members, and registration will be required. A series of eight workshops about growing and producing wine will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum. Cost is $49 for four workshops, and registration will be required. The winemakers' dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Winchester Inn in Ashland. Winemakers from Velocity Cellars, Trium Wines, Red Lily Vineyards and Pebblestone Cellars will be at the dinner. Tickets cost $59. Proceeds from The Science of Wine will benefit the museum's educational programs. Information, registration and tickets are available at scienceofwineashland.com, at the museum or by calling 482-6767, ext. 32. See story on page 3.
author reading: Kami Gray, author of "16 Simple Habits to Get You Into Your Dream Pair of Jeans," will share her blueprint for healthy eating at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Free. Call 488-0029.
Saturday, May 30
BREAKFAST: A breakfast offering sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Warren Masonic Lodge, 135 Oregon St., Jacksonville. Cost is $6 for all you can eat.
dog walk 2009: Bring your dog or walk with your friends at the 18th Annual Dog Walk to benefit Dogs for the Deaf to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Hawthorne Park, across from the Medford Center. There will be a kids' fun zone, a silent auction, a raffle and contests. Cost is $20, $50 per family or $75 per team. Registration forms are available at dogsforthedeaf.org, Pet Country, Mini Pet Mart, Batteries Plus and local veterinarians. Call 826-9220.
hanley farm: The historic farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point, will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Sept. 5. Visitors may picnic on the grounds and tour the gardens. Family activities and entertainment will be offered on the first Saturday of every month. See sohs.org/hanley or call 773-2675.
Sunday, May 31
open rose gardens: Three private Rogue Valley rose gardens will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Rosarians George and Mary Jennings will show more than 800 varieties of roses at 2924 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Master gardeners Dan and Mary Heath will show organically grown roses, perennials and shrubs at 425 Modoc Ave., Medford. Janet Inada will show shrub, hybrid tea and climbing roses at 2368 Terri Drive, Phoenix. Inada's gardens will open at 10 a.m. To get there, go east on Fern Valley Road off I-5. Turn left at Payne Road, right on Terri Drive. The garden tours are free. Call 773-5938 before the day of the event.
book sale: Books will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library, 340 W. C St., Jacksonville. Call 899-1665.
Monday, June 1
AUTHOR READING: Dennis Powers will read from his book, "Taking the Sea," at 7 p.m. Monday, June 1, in the Gresham Room at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Powers' book is a true story about seagoing captains known as the Master Wreckers — men who salvaged wrecked ships and their cargoes. Free. See dennispowersbooks.com or call 774-6996.
Wednesday, June 3
WOMEN'S LUNCHEON: The Rogue Valley Women's Connection will host a buffet luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. Charlene Brown will present a talk on Oregon's 150th anniversary of statehood and the Rogue Valley's pioneer women. Lynn Hansen will give a motivational talk, and there will be live music by Barbara Matchett. Cost is $15. Free child care is available. Call 245-1652 or 855-7695 for reservations.