Friday, Aug. 22
Nature Walks: Ashland Parks and Recreation hosts free guided nature walks at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Lithia Park. Meet at the Lithia Park entrance. Walks last about 90 minutes and cover a variety of topics about the park. No registration required. Call 541-488-5340.
Festival Noons: Professor Michael Warren of the University of California, Santa Cruz, will present a lecture, "Late Shakespeare: 'The Tempest,' " from noon to 1 p.m. at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St. Admission is $12, $10 for OSF members, and $8 for youth ages 6 to 17. Tickets are available at the box office. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
Friday Words and Wine: Local authors will read and discuss their recent work on the tasting room deck from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third or fourth Friday of every month at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd. Today's presentation will include a reading by author Molly Best Tinsley, and a discussion about her new book "Broken Angels," an international thriller featuring CIA operative Victoria Pierce, who stumbles onto a sex trafficking ring while on the trail of secret exports of enriched uranium from Ukraine. Wine and nosh plates will be available for purchase in the tasting room. Call 541-488-5989 or see www.weisingers.com.
OSF Green Show: Casey Lee Hurt will give a free performance at 6:45 p.m. on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The Southern California singer-songwriter describes his sound as "Pawn Shop Gospel" and is promoting his new record, "Half as Much as Love." The Festival offers free presentations and performances from local, national and international artists Tuesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 12. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
Saturday, Aug. 23
Growers Market: Fresh flowers, crafts, produce, plants, baked goods, artisan cheeses, locally raised meats and live music are available at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays on Oak Street, between East Main Street and Lithia Way, Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.
Festival Noons: Lydia G. Garcia will moderate and actor Kenajuan Bentley will present in the family-friendly lecture "An Actor's Process: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 'The Great Society,' " from noon to 1 p.m. at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St. Admission is $12, $10 for OSF members, and $8 for youth ages 6 to 17. Tickets are available at the box office. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
Scrabble: Play for free from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
Art Workshop and GMO Presentation: Local artist and activist Catie Faryl will present "Don't Shop with the G-Nome: How and Why I Avoid GMOs" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St. The event will include an hour-long lesson on botanical drawing and painting, a display of Faryl's work, and a dialogue on genetically engineered seeds and foods. The event is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lithia Artisans Market: The outdoor arts-and-crafts market features fine art and a variety of wares by local artists and artisans, as well as live music, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays on the Calle Guanajuato pedestrian walkway behind the Ashland Plaza. Call 541-301-9811 or see www.lithiaartisansmarket.com.
OSF Green Show: Dancing Spirit Native American Performance Group will give a free performance at 6:45 p.m. on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The group is led by Southern Oregon University Native American Studies professor Brent Florendo, who is a member of Wasco, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon. Florendo is the lead singer for the Dancing Spirit Drum, and other performers are Florendo's extended family. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
Music at Paschal Winery: Band du Pays — featuring singer Kacie Garner, alto and soprano sax player Stephen Gagne, bassist Merrill Smith, guitarist Tony Brussat and drummer Bryan Jeffs — will perform jazz and swing standards for dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is $12. Call 541-535-7957 or see www.paschalwinery.com.
Sunday, Aug. 24
Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Stage Operations Manager Thomas Curtis will lead a free park talk from noon to 1 p.m. at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Bill Patton Garden, outside Gate 1 of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
OSF Green Show: Tames Allen will will give a free living history lecture at 6:45 p.m. on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The actress, historian and fashion history teacher will discuss "Shakespeare's Time — Upper Class" in costume. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
Monday, Aug. 25
Tai Chi at Ashland Senior Center: Combination beginning and intermediate tai chi classes are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Holmes Ave. Cost is $3 or $4 per class. Call 541-552-0698.
Tai Chi at FMEC: Gene Burnett will lead tai chi classes from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays at Family Massage Education Center, 1081 E. Main St. Cost is $10. Call 541-482-3567.
Toddlerobics at the Library: Toddler exercise classes are offered at 11 a.m. Mondays at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.
Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5342.
Tuesday, Aug. 26
Growers Market: The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.
Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Records and Reference Archivist Debra Griffith will lead a free park talk from noon to 1 p.m. at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Bill Patton Garden, outside Gate 1 of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
Brain Books Discussion Group: The group will discuss “How Intelligence Happens” by John Duncan from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
Social Security Workshop: Charter retirement planning counselor Rich Todd will lead “Social Security Planning for Baby Boomers” at 5:30 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St. The workshop is meant for baby boomers who have not yet retired. Cost is $10. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-5340.
OSF Green Show: Eugene dance troupe DanceAbility International will will give a free performance at 6:45 p.m. on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The troupe consists of dancers with and without disabilities. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
Toastmasters Meeting: University Toastmasters meet to improve public speaking and leadership skills at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-324-8694 or see www.universitytm.org.
Trivia at Louie’s: Trivia games are played at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Louie’s Bar & Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Games are free to play. Call 541-482-9701.