Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Today — August: Osage County, 1 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Julius Caesar, 1:30 p.m., New Theatre, many; Henry IV, Part 2, 8 p.m., Elizabethan Stage, many; The African Company Presents Richard III, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many.

Friday — The Imaginary Invalid, 1:30 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Julius Caesar, 1:30 p.m., New Theatre, few; August: Osage County, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Julius Caesar, 8 p.m., New Theatre, many.

Call 541-482-4331 for tickets

Camelot Theatre Company

Today — The Sunshine Boys, 8 p.m., many

Friday — The Sunshine Boys, 8 p.m., many

Saturday — The Sunshine Boys, 8 p.m., many

Sunday — The Sunshine Boys, 2 p.m., many

Camelot Theatre is located at the corner of Talent Avenue and Main Street in Talent. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, by phone at 541-535-5250, or online at

Food Bank

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank this week is in need of:

Canned fruit Cooking oil

The food bank is also looking for help in receiving donated vegetables on Thursdays at 10 a.m. for one hour and Saturdays at noon for one hour. 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 541-488-9544.


Daniel Meyer Pool

Daniel Meyer Pool, an outdoor facility located in Hunter Park, at 1705 Homes Ave. will be open to the public through Sept. 5.

For information see or pick up a brochure at the Ashland Parks & Recreation office, 340 S. Pioneer St. in Lithia Park or call 541-488-5340 for more information.

Historic walking tour

Historian Roxann Swain leads a historic walking tour on Thursdays to share stories about early Ashland history. All ages are welcome on this one and-a-half hour easy walk through Ashland's downtown and historic districts.

Walks are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Sept. 1. Meet at the Plaza drinking fountains.

Call 541-488-5340 for more information.

Elastic Mind Book Discussion

The Elastic Mind Book Discussion Group will discuss "Disaster Capitalism" on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Participants are asked to read "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" by Naomi Klein or another book on the same topic. All are welcome to take part in this lively discussion group led by Joanna Fenn.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. For more information, please call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

WILPF meeting

There will be a general meeting of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on Friday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. in the Gresham Room at the Ashland Public Library. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. For information, contact Jill Mackie at 488-9286.

Writing Workshop

Build your writing skills and confidence while you write in a supportive, inspiring environment at a writing workshop on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The Writing Workshop, facilitated by Deborah Holmes, is open to both new and experienced writers of all genres. A variety of writing prompts will be provided. Spontaneous writing is balanced with voluntary reading of what is just written. There is a focus on generating and developing first-draft writing that is fresh, unexpected and convincing. Please arrive on time with your pen and paper, ready to write.

Although there is no charge for participating, registration is required and limited to 30 people. Call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996 for more information and to register. This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

Japanese bilingual story time

The Ashland Children's Department will offer a bilingual story time featuring Japanese on Sunday, Sept.4, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Children of all ages are invited to this interactive story time that will include book reading, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes in both languages.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call the Ashland Children's Department at 541-774-6995 for information.

Library closure

All branches of Jackson County Library Services will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

Understanding soils

Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District announces their annual Understand and Managing Soils Class. This three-session class is designed to help landowners understand soil structure and texture, soil pH and its effects on plants, how to sample and understand soil test samplings, soils formation and parent materials, water and nutrient cycles, the soil food web, and a great deal more.

Participants are urged to being a sample of their own soil for testing.

There is no charge for the class however, pre-registration is required because of space limitations. Call JSWCD at 776-4270 for reservations at the seminar. Class dates are Tuesdays, Sept. 6, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., 573 Parsons Drive, suite 102, Medford.

Marijuana Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope to solve a common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

An Ashland meeting, "Living in a Real World," is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Guanajuato Room 315, upstairs in the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University.

Parking is free off Mountain Street, two blocks up from Siskiyou Boulevard. For information, call Bob at 541-520-3145.

Demonstration garden

Explore the late summer bloom and colors while learning about the gardens at North Mountain Park with volunteer master gardener docents at a Demonstration Garden Tour, Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Discover how to attract wildlife in the Butterfly, Amphibian Reptile Gardens and Native Plants Gardens. Step into the past in the Heirloom Garden and enjoy the fragrance of the Herb Gardens. Private tours can be arranged. This tour is for ages 10 and older and is free, but please register ahead of time online at or call 541-488-6606.

Peace Choir sign-ups

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir is starting its ninth season on Sept. 8 and welcomes new members through Sept. 22. The Rogue Valley Peace Choir formed in 2003 and is led by Music Director Heather Hutton. The non-audition choir, which consists of 100 men and women from throughout the Rogue Valley, sings self-selected music that inspires peace, social justice and responsible stewardship of the earth.

The first practice for the 2011/2012 season will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St. at 7 p.m. New members should arrive at 6:15 p.m. for a brief orientation and registration. All vocal parts are welcome. For more information about the choir, visit the Rogue Valley Peace Choir's Facebook page or call Sally McKirgan at 541-488-1239.

— Staff reports

Evening owl class and walk

Join the Northwest Nature Shop and local owl expert, Vince Zauskey for an evening to learn about, hear and possibly see owls on Sept. 9. The owl walk begins with a brief informational session at the Northwest Nature Shop where Zauskey will present an introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls. Following the introduction, Zauskey will lead the group to Mt. Ashland. During several stops, the group will call various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.

Meet at the Northwest Nature Nature Shop at 154 Oak St. at 7 p.m. for class and then to carpool to Mt. Ashland. Call 541-482-3241 for more information or The cost is $20 per person. Space is limited so call the Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241 to reserve a space or comment on Northwest Nature Shop's facebook page.

Eat Local Challenge

Rogue Valley residents are invited to celebrate locally produced food by pledging to eat from the greater Rogue Valley during the week of Sept. 9-18. Food producers, restaurants and grocers all over Southern Oregon will offer a week full of delicious food events highlighting ingredients grown, raised or produced in our region.

This is a week of activities intended to raise awareness about the benefits of eating locally. Restaurant specials, store tastings, a farm tour, and the Rogue Flavor Dinner & Auction at RoxyAnn Winery are included in the festivities. Full details are on the web at

People are invited to participate in the challange at the following levels.

Locavore Supreme — All foods consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles. Coffee, chocolate and non-local spices will be given up. Locavore — All foods consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles, but coffee, chocolate and non-local spices will still be used. Taster — All foods consumed during one meal per day throughout the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles Sampler — All foods consumed during two meals during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles

People who pledge online at, will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Rogue Valley Local Foods, an online farmers market found at

Harvest Festival book sale

Join the Friends of the Talent Library for a Harvest Festival Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Talent Branch Library, 101 Home St.

For information, call the Talent Branch Library at 541-535-4163.

Windows in Time series

Jackson County Library Services presents "Devils and Dancing Girls" as the next topic in the "Windows in Time" history series offered in partnership with the Southern Oregon Historical Society at noon Wednesday, Sept.14, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Costumed social events played a significant role in late nineteenth-century Victorian life, and served as barometers of existing social, political, and economic views. Presenter Tina Reuwsaat will bring examples of this era's attire.

Reuwsaat is the Associate Curator of Collections for the Southern Oregon Historical Society. She holds a masters degree in the history of American decorative arts from the Smithsonian Associates/Corcoran School of Design in Washington, D.C. She and husband Tim have restored five historic homes around the country and have recently completed restoration of a local 1908 orchard house. The home, known as Darkwing Manor, is open to the public in October as a fund-raising event for local charities. Featured are period Halloween decorations, a collection of 19th century mourning and funerary items, and live actors in "haunted" vignettes.

The free lunchtime lecture series continues monthly on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689, or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123.

Edible and medicinal plants

Join the Northwest Nature Shop and herbalist Jon Carlson to identify common edible and medicinal plants in Southern Oregon. In the setting of the North Mountain Park, explore the edible and medicinal properties of common garden plants and weeds, as well as native trees and shrubs. Meet at the Northwest Nature Shop on Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at 154 Oak St.

Call 541-482-3241 for more information or visit $20/participant.

Work on the PCT

The Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association will host a trail event Saturday, Sept. 24. Meet at the Ashland Ranger Station, 645 Washington St., at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to one of two locations near Mt. Ashland to work on the Pacific Crest Trail. Bring gloves, water and a sack lunch. AWTA will provide post-event pizza and beer. Your participation at this event will guarantee your entry into next year's SOB race or Mt. Ashland Hill Climb run, even if they are full.

Siskiyou Challenge registration

This multi-sport Siskiyou Challenge relay race is a benefit for Rogue Valley Farm to School, a non-profit whose programs link school children with local farms.

The event will be based at the Lithia Park Bandshell and will be run on Sept. 24. The 6-leg race includes cycling 13k, kayaking or paddling a 3k loop at Emigrant Lake, cycling 31k, running 10k, mountain biking 14k up and back, and running 5k to the finish at the bandshell.

The race can be run solo or in teams of two to six. Team formation will be facilitated by postings on the Siskiyou Challenge Facebook page or by emailing the Race Director.

There will also be a 1.4-mile Fun Run loop in the park, a non-strenuous event within the event.

The event website has route maps and registration details.

The Siskiyou Challenge is a Zero-Waste Event which means that participants are urged to bring only durable and recyclable materials to the event.

Racers meet at 7:15 a.m. at the bandshell and the relay races starts at 7:45 a.m.

Fun run registration is at 9 a.m., and race starts at 9:30 a.m.

Nature Story Time

The Northwest Nature Shop offers a free weekly nature story time for children of all ages at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the shop, 154 Oak St.

Children will hear stories on bugs, bears, birds, jungles and more. For more information, call 541-482-3241.

Scrabble Club

The Ashland Scrabble Club meets from 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays at The Beanery, 1602 Ashland St. All levels of expertise are welcome. For more information, call Travis at 541-227-9633 or e-mail

Caregivers' support group

The Family Caregivers' Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the parish hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. For information call 541-488-0962 or 541-488-1992.