Thursday, Jan. 21

Thursday, Jan. 21

COMMUNITY CHORUS: A community chorus meets 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.

Saturday, Jan. 23

herbal living: Karen Tassinari, who has studied herbal medicine since 2005 and taught gardening, farming and cooking for seven years, will discuss the various roles herbs play in our daily lives from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 North Mountain Ave., Ashland. Bring empty containers to take home the medicines and treats that will be made. Anyone 15 years of age and older is welcome. The cost is $40 and registration is required. Visit ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-6606.

COMMUNITY MEAL AND MARKET: The Local Alliance for Food and Peace Village 365 is sponsoring a meal made entirely with produce sourced from the Rogue Valley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. For $7-$9, enjoy tasty food such as spinach and kale frittata, strawberry crepes, butternut squash lasagna, potato and leek soup and more. Local vendors also will have homemade and homegrown products. Get your meal free by volunteering a few hours of your time. To volunteer or to arrange to have a table at the market, e-mail LocalAllianceForFood@gmail.com. Include your phone number.

Sunday, Jan. 26

BURNS CELEBRATION: Kilts and plaid are a must for The Black Sheep's Robert Burns celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the pub and restaurant, 51 E. Main St., Ashland.The Black Sheep will honor the 251st birthday of Scotland's favorite son with a Scottish Caelidh, a Gaelic social dance event. The party will feature all the traditional elements of a Burns Supper (celebration) — poetry, traditional music, bagpipes, Scottish dancing and food items including haggis, a dish containing a sheep's heart, liver and lungs. For more information, call 541-482-6414.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

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 Maile Meloy provides a double treat tonight 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 North 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 presents "In Praise of Strong Women: A Psychiatrist's Memoir." Kirkpatrick, who practiced psychiatry and psychotherapy in Southern Oregon from 1981-95, celebrates the strong women that 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. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at Bloomsbury Books. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, Jan. 29

interplay with masankho banda: InterPlay is a creative approach to improvisational dancing, singing and storytelling for all ages that is intended to bring inner peace to those who participate. African-born drummer and dancer Masankho Banda will lead an InterPlay session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Bellview Elementary School, 1070 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Admission is $10. The event will kick off a three-day InterPlay retreat in Ashland. Call 510-465-2797 for information and registration.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

AUTHOR, AUTHOR!: Award-winning playwright Victor Lodato will 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 7 p.m. at Bloomsbury Books. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, Feb. 5

SOUPER ART: Ashland restaurants Tabu and Pasta Piatti will be serving bowls of hearty black bean-chorizo soup and tortillas on the Ashland Plaza (look for canopy tents) during Ashland's First Friday Art Walk between 5 and 8:30 p.m. The suggested donation of $5 per bowl (children under 12 years free) will be used to fund completion of the Ashland Peace Wall, a community art work located in front of the Ashland library. Call 541-552-0736.

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, apple sauce, rolls and apple crisp from noon to 3 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 5 South Shasta Ave., Eagle Point. Cost is $6; $3 for children under age 6. 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

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, continues 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Wednesday, Feb. 17

THE GUILD & ANCIENT GREECE: Brush up on some history of ancient Greece by attending the second lecture of The Guild Lecture Series' three-part presentation of "From Xerxes to Alexander: Ancient Greece in War and Peace" by Ean Roby. The lectures, sponsored by the Friends of the Medford Library, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Large Community Meeting Room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-6443. Today's lecture, "The Peloponnesian War Itself," focuses on the main events and personalities of the epic struggle between Athens and Sparta that started in 431 B.C. and lasted until 404 B.C.

March 17: "The Aftermath of the Peloponnesian War"

Friday, Feb. 19

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. 20

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 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at the First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. See www.sosega.com or call 541-472-1216.

TEEN Chess club: Come play one of the oldest games on Earth! Teens interested in playing the game of chess are welcome to come to the Medford teen library, 205 S. Central Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. All levels of players are welcome, with basic instruction offered. Call 541-774-6413.

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 541-773-8369 for reservations.

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

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.

Sunday, Feb. 21

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 Lane, Rogue River, and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 541-956-5958 or 541-476-6137.

Saturday, March 6

little league fundraisING PREMIERE: Broken Sky Films, the maker of "Calvin Marshall," a film about a lovable loser with big-league dreams, is bringing its baseball/romantic comedy to Medford for a special fundraising preview to benefit the Medford National Little League. The film stars Steve Zahn, Alex Frost, Michelle Lombado and Diedrich Bader and was shot almost two years ago on location around the Rogue Valley, with many local landmarks and local residents featured in supporting roles, including Medford little leaguers. The funds raised will go towards covering the $50,000 annual operating costs of the little league fields in west Medford. The film (rated R for strong language and not recommended for children) will be shown at the South Medford High School Auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). All seats are $20 and are available online now at http://medfordcalvinmarshall.eventbrite.com The first 100 patrons will receive a Calvin Marshall poster and if 500 tickets are sold ticketholders will be eligible to win a trip to a Major League spring training site. There will be pre-show door prizes and a silent auction.

Wednesday, March 17

THE GUILD & ANCIENT GREECE: Brush up on some history of ancient Greece by attending the last lecture of The Guild Lecture Series' three-part presentation of "From Xerxes to Alexander: Ancient Greece in War and Peace" by Ean Roby. The lectures, sponsored by the Friends of the Medford Library, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Large Community Meeting Room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-6443. Today's lecture, "The Aftermath of the Peloponnesian War," focuses on the seven decades from the end of the Peloponnesian War to the beginning of the conquests of Alexander the Great as Athens again rises to power and contends with the Spartans, the Persians and others.