Friday, Nov. 6

Friday, Nov. 6

Ashland audiowalks: Ashland Audiowalks will guide listeners through the historic districts of Ashland through Sunday, Nov. 8. "Tour 1: The Essential Ashland" is a one-mile, one-hour tour that describes some events and culture of Ashland as it emerges from the frontier in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The tour begins in the Ashland Plaza and ends with a stroll down Granite Street. Simple press-and-play hand sets are available for $7.50, 24 hours a day at the front desk of the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 488-1700 to reserve a tour player.

CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY PLAY GROUP: Living Earth Circle sponsors a baby and young children's play group from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Friday of every month at Pioneer Hall, next door to the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Performers, teachers and families share in activities such as music, dance, puppet shows and crafts. Admission is $8 for one child with an accompanying adult, $4 for each additional family member or friend. Three-month sessions are available for $35 for families with one child attending, $50 for families with more than one child attending. See for information. Call 488-5340 to register.

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. Call 488-1040.

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.

Janet Essley exhibit: "She Is Here With Us," a series of paintings depicting women from around the world who sew the garments worn by U.S. citizens, will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. (during the First Friday Art Walk) Friday, Nov. 6, at the city of Ashland Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St. Call 482-8195.

open house: Blue Giraffe Day Spa will celebrate its seventh anniversary with an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the spa, 51 Water St., Ashland. The evening will include Roxy Ann wine, appetizers and live music by Calysta and The Paul Schmeling Trio. Bruce Reynolds, a plastic surgeon, will give a brief presentation on Botox and Ratiesse treatments offered at the spa, and massage therapists, aestheticians, make-up artists and hair stylists will providing live demonstrations. Call 488-3335.

souper bowl: Potato leek soup and fresh bread will be available between 5 and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Ashland Plaza during the First Friday art walk. The cost is $5; free for children under age 12. The event is a fundraiser sponsored by Pasta Piatti, and proceeds will benefit the completion of the Ashland Peace Wall, a community art project near the Ashland library. Call 482-1802.

Saturday, Nov. 7

Writers' presentation: Southern Oregon Willamette Writers will sponsor a talk, "ED ACE and Your Writers Group," by Eric M. Witchey, whose fiction has appeared nationally and internationally in magazines and anthologies, at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Central Point City Hall in the council chambers, 140 S. Third St., Central Point. The cost is $5. Witchey also will present "ED ACE and the ABC's of Character-Driven Fiction" at 1:15 p.m. For information call 621-8585.

ANIMAL SHELTER TOUR: The Friends of the Animal Shelter offers free tours of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from noon to 12:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Children are welcome with parental supervision. Call 774-6646.

Oregon Events Lecture: Connie Battaile, author of "The Oregon Book: Information A to Z," will use historical photos and maps as she revisits several unusual Oregon events from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238, Ruch. The program and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ruch Branch Library. Admission is free. Call 899-7438.

spaghetti feed: The Talent Chamber of Commerce is hosting a spaghetti feed and bingo night from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Call 535-3873.

Monday, Nov. 9

Kid time! discovery experience: Kid Time! is offering free scholarship memberships for families. Stop by the activity center and see if your family qualifies for a special membership. Youngsters and their parents or caregivers will find activities that educate and entertain at the nonprofit play space, 226 N. Ross Lane, Medford. Kid Time! offers interactive exhibits such as the grocery store, café, construction zone, into the woods, water works, medical center, art space, toddler town and the outdoor space, along with a café serving espresso and snacks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various crafts, activities and storytelling also are offered. Kid Time! hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for children, $3 for adults. A three-month family membership costs $40. See or call 772-9922.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

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.

Book Discussion: The Medford library will host a book-discussion group from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the library's Adams Room, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Refreshments will be provided. Call 774-6443.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Ceremony: The Veterans Administration's Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics will host a tribute to America's fallen soldiers at a Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the center, 8495 Crater Lake Highway, White City. The program will include a memorial tribute to the fallen Oregonian Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom heroes, a patriotic performance by the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and guest speaker Linda K. Sindt, retired colonel with the Air Force and a Vietnam War veteran. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will attend the event and introduce the guest speaker. Call 826-2111, ext. 3583 or 3796.

Veterans Day celebration: A Boeing KC-97 airplane will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Medford Air Service, 4002 Cirrus Drive, Medford. The tours are part of a Veteran's Day celebration sponsored by the Veterans Advisory Committee. Handicap facilities will be available. Admission is free. Call 855-9087.

History Lecture: William Emerson will present "The Applegate Trail of 1846" at noon Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Emerson will use prose, diaries and recollections to tell the story of a 15-man exploring party that forged the Southern route to Oregon. The lecture is part of the "Land of the Empire Builders" series to be presented throughout 2009. Larry Mullaly will present "Whistles in the Canyons" in December. The lectures are free. Call 899-8123 or 774-8689.

SPELLING BEE: A spelling contest will be held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of Louie's by 10 p.m. The winning contestant will take the pot plus a dollar-for-dollar match by Louie's. Call 482-9677.

Thursday, Nov. 12

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 from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. on Thursdays in the new Rogue Community College presentation hall, corner of Riverside Avenue and Eighth Street, Medford. All ages are welcome. 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.

CALL TO POETS: Rhymers of all types may sign up for an open-mic session to be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month, at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups will be at 6:30 p.m. Call 512-1007.

Author reading: Author Jane Kirkpatrick will read from her book, "A Flickering Light," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book is about the life of Jessie Anne Gaebele and her pursuit of a career in photography. Call 488-0029.

Friday, Nov. 13

Flea market and antiques: The Five and Dime Antique Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, on the upper decks of the Compton Arena at the Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Admission is free. Call 324-8570.

Lecture: Master of Zen arts Shozo Sato will present "Active Empty Space?" from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Carpenter Hall, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Sato was awarded the medal "Order of the Sacred Treasure" by the Emperor of Japan in 1992. He is a master in the highest order of Japanese Tea Ceremony, flower arrangement and black ink painting. Todd Barton, a local artist and composer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will play the Japanese bamboo flute to introduce the lecture. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 482-5435.

Saturday, Nov. 14

COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING CLUB: Shoot 'em up Western-style with the Table Rock Rangers at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday and first Sunday of every month at the Jackson County Sports Park, 6900 Kershaw Road, Central Point. The entry fee is $13 and includes five scenarios during each event. Arrive early to register. The club members shoot in accord with the Single Action Shooting Society and wear period clothing. Admission to the park is free. Call 772-9941.

Science and art of wine: Four Upper Rogue wineries will use educational displays and presentations to teach participants about the science and art of wine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Agate Ridge Vineyards, 1098 Nick Young Rd., Eagle Point; Crater Lake Cellars, 21882 Highway 62, Shady Cove; Folin Cellars, 9200 Ramsey Road, Gold Hill and Del Rio Vineyards, 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill. Complimentary wine tasting will also be available. Call 855-2062.

Gaming Day: Families are invited to come and play board games at the second annual celebration of "National Gaming Day at Your Library," from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Medford Branch Teen Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. The event is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association. Call 774-6413.

LEATHER CRAFTS: The Rogue Valley Leather Guild meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The hobbyist group teaches and shares ideas about tooling leather and saddle-stitching. Call 826-3177 or 899-3663.

Two's company: The Friends of the Eagle Point Library will host its "Second Saturday" featuring the musical duo Two's Company from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Community Room at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. The duo, J.C. Cook and Larry Cavalier, will perform keyboard and vocal selections from composers such as Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Irving Berling. Call 826-3313.

book sale and auction: The Friends of the Ashland Library will host its annual holiday book sale and silent auction from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Items for sale or for auction include gently-used books, gift baskets and gift certificates. Call 774-6996.

Havurah Auction: Havurah Shir Hadash will hold its annual auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. This year's event will be themed, "Tradition! A Year of Abundance," and the silent auction will feature gift certificates and items from local restaurants, spas and crafters. The live auction will feature holiday getaways to the Oregon Coast, Arizona and a vacation home in Maine. "The Priestly Blessing," a stained glass window by local artist Mitch Sherman, also will be on the auction block. Admission is $30 and includes food, wine and entertainment. Call 488-7716.

Sunday, Nov. 15

Flea market: Antiques, collectibles and crafts will be available at a flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Call 772-8211 or see

SOUTHERN OREGON WOOD TURNERS: Learn how to turn wood on a lathe at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month with the Southern Oregon Wood Turners Club. The group meets at 175 Royal Ave., Rogue River, and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 956-5958 or 476-6137.

Monday, Nov. 16

Author Reading: John Major Jenkins, author of "The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History," will read from his book at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book explores the origins of the date and examines its roots in Mayan cosmology, modern astronomy and ancient prophecy. Call 488-0029.

Saturday, Nov. 21

BREAKFAST: A breakfast of biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee will be offered from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The cost is $6.

Book and author Fair: Book lovers and authors are invited to the 2009 Southern Oregon Book and Author Fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. The fair is an opportunity for writers to promote their works and gain a new audience of readers. Some of the participating authors include L.J. Sellers, Donald Ball, Barbara Corrado Pope, Lorena McCourtney, Debra Murphy, Diane Goeres-Gardner, George Byron Wright, Dawna Curler, Jill Livingstone, Kathryn Golden, Rick Johnson, R. Hawk Starkey, Barbara Irvin, Theresa Gooch, Ann Gonzalez, Mabel Armstrong, Betty Grant Henshaw, Fayagail Mandell Bisaccia, Claire Krulikowski, Janis Hunt Johnson, George F. Skipworth, David Daigle, Jura Sherwood, Jo-Brew, David L. Israel, Marshall Umpleby, Amy Miller, KatSue Grant, Bonnie Johnson, Joseph Frederico, Bob Mayer, David Churchman and Judy C. Reynolds. Call 535-3390.

Winter fair: The Siskiyou School will host its Waldorf Winter Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the school, 631 Clay St., Ashland. The festivities will include puppeteers, storytelling, candle dipping, henna art, window stars, pocket people and the "crystal cookie room." Lunch will be available in the Winter Berry Café, and handcrafted gifts will be in the North Pole Store. Call 482-8223.

HISTORIC WALKING TOURS: Ben Truwe will unlock the secrets of the past during his "Haunted Brothels and Opium Dens of Medford" walking tours offered at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Find out where Medford residents "lynched the knocker and burned the hammer." The free tours last about two hours and are suitable for all ages. Participants should dress for the weather and meet at the Southern Oregon Historical Society's History Center, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Call 773-8369 for reservations.

SOUTHERN OREGON STITCHERS: Needleworkers and embroiderers are invited to join the Southern Oregon Stitchers, the local chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America. The group will meet at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. See or call 472-1216.

Monday, Nov. 23

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.

Friday, Nov. 27

Holiday open house: The Northwest Nature Shop will host its annual holiday open house from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at the shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. The festivities will include wine tasting from Winter's Hill Winery from 1 to 3 p.m., samples of holiday treats from Pete's Gourmet Confections and award-winning cheeses from Rogue River Creamery from noon to 4 p.m., magic shows by Magical Michael from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and storytime by author Kim Zwemer-Margulis at 10:30 a.m. Susan Calla, editor of "A Rare Botanical Legacy," will sign books from noon to 3 p.m. and Pepper Trail, author of "Shifting Patterns: Meditations on the Meaning of Climate Change in Oregon's Rogue Valley," will sign copies of his book from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Call 482-3241 or see

Open house: Del Rio Vineyard will offer a Thanksgiving open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29, at its tasting room, 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill. The open house includes hors d'oeuvres, weekend specials and complimentary wine tasting with a purchase. Call 855-2062.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Breakfast: An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26, at Warren Lodge, 135 Oregon St., Jacksonville. The menu will include sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice for $6. Call 899-1463.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Musicians swap meet: Buy, sell and trade for new, used and vintage music gear at the 12th annual Musicians Swap Meet from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bellview Grange Hall, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children under 12 years old. Call 482-4830.