Food Bank

Food Bank

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

Hearty soups, canned meat and cooking oil

The food bank is located at 560 Clover Lane. 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.

Events

Musician jam

Want to jam with other musicians but not sure how or where? Want to play at that open mic, but not quite sure you're ready? Then Song Share & Jam Night is for you.

Musicians can come and play together in a relaxed and supportive environment from 7 to 8 p.m. each Monday from today through April 2, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. All playing levels are encouraged.

Participants, ages 12 and older, will learn how to play with other musicians, how to lead a song so others can join in, and perform basics for stepping up to the mic. Songs played in class will be determined by the students. Nearly all instruments are welcome. Bring drinks or snacks to share (no alcohol).

Cost is $40 for four lessons. Attendees can register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. For more information, call 541-488-5340. Instructor Mich Lewis is a local singer-songwriter who has helped Rogue Valley guitar students of all ages reach their goals for more than 13 years.

Macintush users meet

The Ashland Oregon Macintosh Users' Group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Ashland Community Hospital Conference Room, 280 Maple Street.

Free and open to the public, the next meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Two veteran AshMUG members will present highlights from MacWorld 2012. Alan Oppenheimer's overview of MacWorld 2012 will include products and consumer interactivity, while Paul Collins will present a video from MacWorld 2012.

For more information go to www.ashmug.com.

Growers & Crafters Market

The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market marks its 25th anniversary when it opens Tuesday, March 13 in Ashland.

There will be an abundance of fresh produce grown by local farmers. The start of the market season offers greens such as kale, mustard greens, spinach and chard; leeks, onions and carrots; bedding plants and vegetable starts; eggs, cheese, meat, honey, jam, baked goods and other specialty foods; as well as many hand-made crafts.

The original Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market has two locations. Tuesdays at the Ashland National Guard Armory, and Thursdays at the Medford Armory. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at both sites.

All of the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Markets accept Oregon Trail, debit and credit cards, as well as cash. The Ashland Saturday Market opens May 5 downtown on Oak Street.

For more information, contact Heidi Dawn, Ashland Saturday market manager, at 541-951-5756. You can also follow the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market on Facebook and Twitter or see www.rvgrowersmarket.com.

Cuba film

"With or Without Fidel," a documentary about Cuban society and the hopes and frustrations of the people, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 541-482-8915.

Food films

The Havurah's Food for Thought film series presents "Food Stamped" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14.

This documentary film follows a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget.Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America's broken food system.

Following the film will be a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers via Skype. A suggested donation of $5 is requested for attendance. The Havurah is at 185 N. Mountain Ave. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

The Self-Sustaining Garden

Come learn about The Self-Sustaining Garden from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave.

Items discussed will include using permaculture to increase plant vitality and resilience naturally, cycle nutrients, creating optimal soil without spending money, selecting edible plants that are easy to grow and maintain, managing weeds in an environmentally sustainable way, and enjoying gardens in all seasons.

This class is for ages 9 and older and costs $15. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/ or call the nature center at 541-488-6606. Instructor Cynthia Care teaches classes in permaculture, biodynamics and poultry care. She writes a gardening almanac and offers garden counseling services.

"Draft Dodgers of WWI"

Jackson County Library Services hosts "Draft Dodgers of WWI: An Untold Story," the next topic in the "Windows in Time" history series offered in partnership with the Southern Oregon Historical Society. The lecture will be held at noon Wednesday, March 14, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Brothers Alfred and Charles Fattig, who refused Uncle Sam's summons when they were drafted in April of 1917, hid out in the mountains of Southern Oregon for several years before turning themselves in. Both would serve nearly a year in prison for their stance.

Their story will be presented by their nephew, Paul Fattig, a Mail Tribune reporter and columnist. A Marine Corps veteran, he is a graduate of the University of Oregon, majoring in journalism. He is nearing completion of a book that focuses on his uncles' decision and their self-imposed exile in the rugged mountains.

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

Newcomers meeting

New to Ashland? Come join the monthly gathering of an informal group of new and not-so-new members at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15, for refreshments and conversation.

For more information, location and directions, call Liz Murphy at 541-488-5407 or email liz.murphy@raymondjames.com.

Barn dance benefit

The John Muir School presents a barn dance with raffle and silent auction from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Middle School Commons, with live fiddle music by Duane Whitcomb and friends, and dance caller Erik Hoffman.

The grand prize for the raffle is a 16 gigabyte iPad. There also will be scores of other prizes from local businesses. The silent auction will include handcrafted items, and goods and services from local merchants, artists and children. Event activities also include jump rope making, a cakewalk and a pizza dinner.

Admission is a $1 suggested donation at the door. Proceeds from this event will fund outdoor education and the arts at John Muir School. For more information, call John Muir School at 541-482-8577.

Count birds

Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with expert help during Project FeederWatch from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

This is an opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort.

Ages 10 and older are invited to meet at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Cost is free and pre-registration is not required.

For more information, visit www.NorthMountainPark.org or call 541-488-6606. Instructors are Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers.

— Staff reports

Legos for kids

The "Let's Go Lego" building events will continue in the Ashland Children's Department from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays through March 25 at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children ages 5 to 14 are invited to discover new ways to build with Legos. Participants are encouraged to play with the provided Legos and leave the creations to be used again next week.

Led by volunteer Helga Motley, this program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call the Ashland Children's Department at 541-774-6995 for information.

Animal shelter benefit

The Camelot Theatre in Talent is holding a benefit performance for Friends of the Animal Shelter on opening night of the musical "Gypsy," Wednesday, March 21.

The majority of the ticket price for this performance and all refreshment proceeds for the evening will be donated to FOTAS.

FOTAS is hosting a "social hour" at 7 p.m., and the performance will begin at 8 p.m.

Purchase Tickets online at www.camelottheatre.org or by contacting the box office at 541-535-5250. The Camelot Theatre is located at 101 Talent Ave., Talent.

For more information, go to www.fotas.org or call 541-482-8172.

Spring garden work party

Celebrate spring's arrival while volunteering as a gardener at North Mountain Park on Wednesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. North Mountain Park staff and volunteers will provide an orientation to the Demonstration Gardens, greenhouse, and composting facility to kick off the season. Tools and snacks provided. For more information call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606.

North Mountain Park Nature Center is at 620 N. Mountain Ave.

Housing Commission meets

There will be an Ashland Housing Commission meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Ashland Civic Center at 1175 East Main St.

Free senior tax prep

AARP is offering free eFiling and tax preparation. This free tax-aide program will take place through April 16 at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St. No appointment is necessary — drop in only on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; or Wednesdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact the Ashland Parks & Recreation office at 541-488-5340. The Ashland Parks & Recreation Department is located at 340 S. Pioneer Street in upper Lithia Park. For more information, visit www.AshlandParksandRec.org.

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 Boulevard Coffee, 555 Siskiyou Blvd. Suite 2. All levels of expertise are welcome. For more information, call Travis at 541-227-9633 or e-mail travischaney@jeffnet.org.

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.