Ashland Police Department
Wednesday 2:34 p.m. — Police responded to a non-injury motor vehicle accident on East Main and Second streets. A driver was cited for driving while suspended and driving without insurance.
Ashland Fire & Rescue
Wednesday 12:19 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 500 block of North main Street.
Wednesday 1:09 p.m. — AFR responded to a power line down in the 800 block of Walker Avenue.
Wednesday 1:55 p.m. — AFR responded to a good intent call in on northbound Interstate 5.
Wednesday 10:33 p.m. — AFR responded to a cooking fire confined to its container in the 200 block of B Street.
The Ashland Emergency Food Bank this week is in need of:
The food bank is at 2200 Ashland St., P.O. Box 3578. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month. Call 488-9544.
Friday, Dec. 11, Secret Garden, 8 p.m., few
Saturday, Dec. 12, Secret Garden, 8 p.m., many
Sunday, Dec. 13, Secret Garden, 2 p.m., Matinee, sold out
For tickets, call 535-5250.
The public is invited to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah on Friday, Dec. 11, at Temple Emek Shalom with a party for all ages followed by a Shabbat Shirah service at 7:30. Temple Emek Shalom is located at 1800 E. Main St. New crafts for children begin at 4:30 p.m., and a vegetarian potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Attendees can also enter their favorite latke recipe in the "2nd Annual Latke Cook-Off." Bring a Hanukkiah and two candles for candle lighting and songs after dinner.
To volunteer, call 482-3110. For more information, call 488-2909 or go to http://emekshalom.org.
Boy Scouts Christmas tree sale
Boy Scout Troop 112's 51st annual Christmas tree sale has been set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The sale will take place in the Elks Lodge parking lot at Lithia Way and First Street in downtown Ashland. Tax-deductible donations for the trees help to support the troop's activities. For information about the tree sale, call Jeff Jones at 488-0178.
YMCA Sunday Dance
On Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 to 4 p.m. the public is invited to pick up their heels to the big band sound of the Easy Valley Eight. Cost is $6 per person at the door. Refreshments provided. YMCA members and community welcome. Call 482-9622 for more information or e-mail email@example.com.
On Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to the Havurah's Annual Hanukkah Faire. Children will make beeswax Hanukkah candles and a Hanukkah Menorah. There will be dreidel playing, the traditional spinning top game, and Hanukkah cookie decorating. Greenleaf Latkes will be available for purchase with all the trimmings, and the Hanuukah Gift Shop will be open
Rabbi David Zaslow will lead a community candle lighting followed by storytelling by Devorah Zaslow. The evening will culminate with a Hanukkah sing along led by Rabbi David, Deborah-Miriam Leff, Cyrise Beatty, Allen Kenner and the Havurah Choir. Everyone is invited to bring a Menorah to participate in the community candle lighting. The entry fee is $2 per person. Call 488-7716 for information. The Havurah is at 185 N. Mountain Ave.
— Staff reports
Childrens' author reading
Former Hollywood screen writer and a publicist Hal Dresner and his wife Joy Fate will read their children's book "The Amazing Menorah of Mazeltown" on Monday, Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ashland Branch Children's Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
Following the reading, cookies and hot cider will be served. The public is invited to come visit with one another, talk to the authors and their daughter, Grace, and enjoy an evening of Hanukkah.
The Council sub-committee on Values and Vision will meet on Dec. 11 and 18, at 1 p.m. in the Siskiyou room at 51 Winburn Way. These meetings are open to the public.
The December Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec.16 at the North Medford High School planetarium, 1900 N. Keene, Medford, starting at 7:30 p.m. Club members will discuss projects they have been working on and Robert Back, planetarium director, will use the planetarium to show what to look for in the winter sky. Further details can be found on the club's web site at www.orskywatchers.org.
— Staff reports
On Dec. 17 at noon at the Ashland Community Center, the conservation forum will feature Pepper Trail, a noted local ornithologist. Trail will share the work accomplished to set aside over 23,000 acres of land as wilderness in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and how this project benefits the region.The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit LandConserve.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 482-3069.
MAda Shell Gallery will hold a "Holiday Bizarre Bazaar," a craft fair featuring 10 local artisans and artists with unique and unusual handmade gifts, music and other entertainment. There will also be a hands-on craft table for children and adults. MAda Shell Gallery is located on the Ashland plaza at 27 Main St. No. 7. The bazaar will be open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. through Dec. 19 as well as from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 20 to Dec. 23. For information e-mail email@example.com or call 324-9036.
Rabies shots and vaccinations
On Saturday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be rabies shots and vaccinations for $10, and nail trims for $5. The event is cash only, and takes place at Jackson County Animal Care and Control, 5595 S. Pacific Hwy., Phoenix. For more information, call 774-6654.
Senior Savour, a drop-in gathering at the Talent Community Center on Main Street, is taking place every Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 2010. The group aims to create a comely atmosphere for an active program of games, knitting, tea and cookies, poetry, birthday month celebrations, guest speakers/entertainers and more. For more information, call Jill Iles 535-9827.
A Sufi Evening
People are invited to join Ashland Sufi Heart Circle for group practices in the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, the first Thursday of every month, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd. $10 suggested donation. For more information see www.ashlandsufi.com or call Khalil at 482-4902.
Nature Story Time
The Northwest Nature Shop offers a weekly nature story time for children of all ages every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. For information call 482-3241. Free.
The Alzheimer's Association support groups meets the second Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at Ashland Community Hospital, 280 Maple St., conference room 2. For more information, contact Sheila Ettlich at 488-0962.
"Getting Started: Alzheimer's Resources and Planning Ahead" is held the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library. For more information, call 774-9348.
The Ashland Scrabble Club meets at The Beanery, 1602 Ashland St., Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. All levels of expertise. Call Travis at 227-9633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No wheels, no meals.
Food and Friends are in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals in Rogue River, Jacksonville and Central Point. Volunteers are also needed to help out at meal sites.
Food and Friends and its volunteers work hard to assure that hundreds of homebound seniors are provided one hot meal daily, Monday through Friday.
Volunteers usually commit to one day a week, 9:30 a.m. to noon. To volunteer please call Paula Seitz at 734-9505.
Purchase fresh, locally grown fruit, produce and plants with the addition of a new Saturday Market downtown.
The new market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at First Street and Lithia Way every Saturday through October.
Other markets are open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ashland Armory and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Medford Armory on South PacificHighway just south of Stewart from mid-March through Nov. 20.
Saturday artisans market
Every Saturday this summer Jackson Wellsprings will host a Saturday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring local artisans, live music, local produce, handcrafts, imports, jewelry, collectibles, food, a sauna, hot springs and swimming. Sellers can get a space for $10 each. For more information, call 482-3776 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ashland Armory (corner of East Main and Wightman) and every Thursday at the Medford Armory (on South Pacific Highway just south of Stewart) through Nov. 13.