Thursday, Jan. 14

Thursday, Jan. 14

Call To Poets: Poets 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 541-512-1007.

COMMUNITY CHORUS: A community chorus will meet from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Thursdays in Room 321 of the Rogue Community College/Southern Oregon University Higher Education Center, corner of Riverside Avenue and Eighth Street, Medford. All ages are welcome. Call 541-779-2796.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR!: Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland, has scheduled a full slate of authors reading from their works in the month of January. Author Fayegail Mandell Bisaccia will read from "Circles — Prayers for the End of Life," a book of comfort, a companion on the journey of conscious grief and healing. The reading begins at the bookstore at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion of the compelling prayers. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, Jan. 15

Ice rink: Bundle up! The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be operational, depending on the weather, from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Feb. 28. The outdoor rink, located in downtown Ashland across from Lithia Park at 95 Winburn Way, is open to the public for recreational and hockey skating. Skate rentals are available for toddler size 9 to adult size 13. Adjustable skate trainers for first-time skaters or those needing a little support can also be rented. Hot chocolate, coffee and water are available for purchase. Call 541-488-9189.

ASHLAND WALKING TOUR: Come enjoy a free, 11/2;-hour trip through Ashland's past with a walking tour. Hear stories of early Ashland history, Shasta and Takelma cultures, pioneer history, Chautauqua, Lithia Park, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, railroad history, historic architecture and more. Two-hour tours are also available and include a tour of Main Street and the Railroad District. Tours can be arranged for individuals, families, school groups and organizations. Call 541-482-8867.

Saturday, Jan. 16

CRAFTING WITH GOURDS: Create a natural bird feeder, bowl, vase or lamp from a gourd! Learn how to decorate a gourd with a wood burner and drill holes for threading colorful lashing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Pioneer Hall in Lithia Park. The cultivation and drying of gourds also will be discussed. The $10 cost includes one gourd and other materials, but participants are welcome to bring additional dried gourds. Persons aged 12 and older are welcome and must preregister at http://ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-6606.

roe v. wade dance: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and the Jackson County Legislative Action Team will celebrate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a U.S. Supreme Court decision, with a dance Saturday, Jan. 16, at Standing Stone Brewery, 101 Oak St., Ashland. The dance will begin at 8 p.m. with live music by rock 'n' roll band The Rogue Suspects. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $15. Call 482-2448.

old time movie night: Enjoy seeing many of the big movie stars of the Greatest Generation by attending the Christian Church of Ashland's double-feature Old Time Movie Night. First up, at 6:30 p.m., is RKO's biggest box-office hit of 1941, "Look Who's Laughing," starring Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Lucille Ball and Fibber McGee & Molly. A reel of nostalgic drive-in snack bar ads and vintage "coming attractions" precedes the 8:10 p.m. showing of the 1943 "Star Spangled Rhythm," featuring many of Paramount Studios greatest stars of the day, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Betty Hutton. The doors open at 6 p.m. at the Christian Church of Ashland, located at the corner of Second and B streets in Ashland. A snack bar is open all evening, admission is free and donations are gladly accepted. Call 541-482-1561.

CONTRA DANCE: The Ashland Folk Music Club will sponsor a contra dance with caller Woody Lane and live music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave. (off Walker Creek Road), Talent. Beginning dance instruction will be at 7 p.m. Admission is $8, $6 for members, $5 for high school students and free for middle school students, young children and watchers. Call 541-552-1039.

Monday, Jan. 18

WINTER READING: Adults whose New Year's resolutions include reading more books should drop in at their local Jackson County branch library, pick up a Reading Log and join in the fun of the Winter Reads program sponsored by Jackson County Library Services. Fill out the log by writing down the titles of books as you read them; listening to audio tapes also counts. Five titles fill up the log, which you return to your library and then get another reading log. Each week, at each branch, one form is picked from those turned in and the winning reader gets to choose, and keep, a gently used book. After Feb. 13, the last day of the fun, everyone who has dropped off reading logs will have their name put into a drawing for the grand prize — a dinner certificate. Call your local branch library or 541-774-6996.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

good winter reads: The Friends of the Ashland Library report that many newly donated books, including mysteries and best sellers, can be found at its "Third Tuesday Book Sale" Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The sale starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. — if there are still books that haven't found a new home before then. Call 541-774-6996.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

AUTHOR, AUTHOR!: Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland, has scheduled a full slate of authors reading from their works in the month of January. Local naturalist and poet Pepper Trail will read from "Shifting Patterns: Meditations on the Meaning of Climate Change in Oregon's Rogue Valley." Lyrical, contemplative and ultimately hopeful, Trail's book is an artistic response to the prospect of climate change in the Rogue Valley and provides a thoughtful vision of possible futures. The reading begins at the bookstore at 7 p.m. Call 541-488-0029.

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 541-482-9677.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

AUTHOR, AUTHOR!: Author Maile Meloy provides a double treat at Bloomsbury Books by reading from "Half in Love," a collection of vivid stories mostly set in the modern American West, and from "Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It," featuring 11 stories in which the characters are caught between opposing forces: innocence and experience, impulse and stability, fidelity and desire. The reading begins at the bookstore at 7 p.m. Call 541-488-0029.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

SEED SWAP: Bring seeds saved from your garden and swap them for other local gardeners' seeds at North Mountain Park's seed swap from 7 to 8 p.m. at the park's Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. You can save money, grow plants that are locally acclimated and exchange information with other gardeners. Bring some bags or envelopes for taking seed home. The Nature Center also will be selling low-cost seed harvested at the park by volunteers. Call 541-488-6606.

Thursday, Jan. 28

AUTHOR, AUTHOR!: David Kirkpatrick's "In Praise of Strong Women: A Psychiatrist's Memoir" is featured at Bloomsbury Books. Kirkpatrick, who practiced psychiatry and psychotherapy in Southern Oregon from 1981-95, celebrates the strong women who have influenced and benefited him during his life, including his late wife, Betsy, with whom he lived in Ashland, and his daughter, Mindy, who still resides in Southern Oregon. He'll share insights derived from many years as a couples counselor. The reading begins at the bookstore at 7 p.m. Call 541-488-0029.

Saturday, Jan. 30

BREAKFAST: An all-you-can-eat breakfast of sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. the last Saturday of every month at Warren Lodge No. 10 in Jacksonville, 135 Oregon St. The cost is $6.

Monday, Feb. 1

DROP IN & DRAW: The Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, today will begin offering its winter program of supervised art workshops for children ages 6-13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Mondays that the Medford School District has no scheduled classes. Cost is $3 per hour per child and includes art supplies. No pre-registration is required, length of stay is flexible and parents are welcome to stay. Call 541-772-8118.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

lecture series: Nancy Appling will discuss "Trees: An Arboreal Tour of Oregon" as the February topic in the monthly Windows in Time history lecture series co-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Jackson County Library System. The free talks will be held at noon on the first Wednesday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and at noon on the second Wednesay of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call SOHS at 541-899-8123 or the Medford library at 541-774-8689.

PLAY WITH SCIENCE: Year-round exhibits at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, explore energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more. Visitors can play with soap bubbles in the Bubble-ology Room; pedal a bike to send power to an electric train; challenge their senses in the Hall of Illusions; and explore their creativity in Einstein's Art Studio. There also are crazy mirrors, big blocks and a climbing structure in the Kids Space. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors older than 65. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

Thursday, Feb. 4

ASHLAND SUFI HEART CIRCLE: Local dance leaders will present Dances of Universal Peace and practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. See ashlandsufi.com or CALL 541-482-4902.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR!: Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland, has scheduled award-winning playwright Victor Lodato to read from his debut novel "Mathilda Savitch." A year after the mysterious death of her sister Helene, crushed under a train, 13-year-old Mathilda is on the trail of the killer. Unsupported by her dysfunctional family, precocious Mathilda lives in an elaborate world of her own invented logic as she attempts to overcome tragedy. The reading begins at the bookstore at 7 p.m. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, Feb. 5

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 Fridays 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 livingearthcircle.org for information. Call 541-488-5340 to register.

Saturday, Feb. 6

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 541-774-6646.

Sunday, Feb. 7

GROUNDHOG DINNER: No matter what Punxsutawney Phil's forecast is, the Eagle Point Grange is celebrating with a dinner that includes sausage (ground hog, get it?) patties, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, applesauce, rolls and apple crisp at the grange hall, 5 S. Shasta Ave., Eagle Point, from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $6; $3 for children under age six. Parking and entrance is at rear of building. Call 541-973-8417.

COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING CLUB: Shoot 'em up Western-style with the Table Rock Rangers at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday and second Saturday 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. Spectators are welcome and admission to the park is free. Call 541-772-9941.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

ROCK GARDENING: Frank Callahan is the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St. Callahan is the second recipient of the Fellows Award from the Native Plant Society of Oregon (2009), he authored a chapter on calochortus in "Bulbs of North America" and manages a source for western native tree seed. Everyone is invited to the lecture, a show-and-tell of special garden plants and to partake of refreshments. Call 541-664-5934.

medford library book discussion: The Medford Library Book Discussion Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Carpenter Room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Today's book discussion will be about "A Prayer for Owen Meany," written by John Irving.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Medford Library. Call 541-774-6443. Future book discussions:

March 9: "Three Cups of Tea," by Greg Mortenson April 13: "1421: The Year China Discovered America," by Gavin Menzies

Wednesday, Feb. 10

lecture series: Nancy Appling will discuss "Trees: An Arboreal Tour of Oregon" as the February topic in the monthly Windows in Time history lecture series co-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Jackson County Library System. The free talks will be held at noon on the first Wednesday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and at noon on the second Wednesay of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call SOHS at 541-899-8123 or the Medford library at 541-774-8689.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Call To Poets: Poets 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 541-512-1007.

Friday, Feb. 12

PRESCHOOL Puppet TheatER: The North Mountain Park Nature Center will host a Preschool Puppet Theater for preschoolers and kindergartners (ages 3 to 5) from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the nature center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The session will begin with a brief lesson followed by a puppet show with Bucky Beaver and his friends, play time, a snack and a related craft or activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive early; there will be no late seating. Admission is $5 per child. Registration prior to day of program is required and reservations are guaranteed only until 10:30 a.m. To register, see http://ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-6606.

DROP OFF & DRAW DATE NIGHT: The Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, continues a winter program designed to allow children ages 6 to 13 to stay busy creating art at the center while parents have a few free hours to have a "date night" out. The sessions will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. The cost is $15 per child for the three hours and children must be preregistered. Call 541-772-8118.

Saturday, Feb. 13

COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING CLUB: Shoot 'em up Western-style with the Table Rock Rangers at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday and second Saturday 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. Spectators are welcome and admission to the park is free. Call 541-772-9941.

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 541-826-3177 or 541-899-3663.

Monday, Feb. 15

DROP IN & DRAW: The Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, today will begin offering its winter program of supervised art workshops for children ages 6-13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Mondays that the Medford School District has no scheduled classes. Cost is $3 per hour per child and includes art supplies. No pre-registration is required, length of stay is flexible and parents are welcome to stay. Call 541-772-8118.

Saturday, Feb. 20

CHINESE EXHIBIT: ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, in partnership with St. Mary's School, will present "Connect with China," an exhibit on Chinese culture, beginning Feb. 20. The rotating, interactive exhibits will be on a variety of subjects, including kung fu; calligraphy; ancient Chinese thinkers, science and technology; and Chinese folk music and food. Grand-opening activities on Feb. 20 and 21 include taking a photo in Beijing Opera costumes and paper-cutting of Chinese horoscope animals. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors older than 65. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.