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  • Saturday, Aug. 30
    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.
    Lithia Park Nature Walks: Ashland Parks and Recreation leads free guided walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the park entrance at the Ashland Plaza. Walks last about an hour and a half and cover a variety of topics about the park. No registration is required.
    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 downtown Plaza. Call 541-301-9811 or see www.lithiaartisansmarket.com.
    Festival Noons: Dramaturg Gina Pisasale, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" director Sarah Rasmussen, and artistic director of Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company Lisa Wolpe will present "Women Playing Men: A Look at Gender and Shakespeare's Characters"  from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Carpenter hall, 15 S. Pioneer St. Admission is $12, $10 for OSF members or $8 for youth ages 6 to 17. Tickets are available at the OSF 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.
    Astronomy Event: Dave Bloomsness and Robert Black will talk about NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a modified Boeing 747 with a 2.4-meter telescope, and discuss their experience as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Following the talk will be the opportunity to peek through telescopes with assistance from Southern Oregon Skywatchers. Pre-registration is not required. Call 541-488-6606.
    Live Folk Performance: Independent singer-songwriter Jefferson Parson will perform folk and Americana music from his new album "Hillbilly Hook" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 N, Ashland. Admission is $10. See www.reverbnation.com/jeffersonparsonmusic or call 707-923-3499.
    Sunday, Aug. 31
    Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Kate Hurster will lead a free park talk from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the OSF Bill Patton Garden, outside gate 1 of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.
    Fundraiser Dinner: Cucina Biazzi will donate proceeds to Friends of the Animal Shelter from the seating at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at 568 E. Main St. Beverage dessert and tip are excluded from the restaurant's donated proceeds. RSVP at 541-488-3769.
    OSF Green Show: Artists from "Family Album" will give a free performance at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The group, consisting of Brooklyn-based musicians and actors performing in OSF's musical production "Family Album," will lead a performance with funk instrumentals, lullabies, vocals and improvisation. 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.
    Monday, Sept. 1
    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.
    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.
    ACIM Meetings: A Course in Miracles group meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Fridays in Ashland. Meetings are free. For information and location email innerpeaceforyou@live.com.
    Tuesday, Sept. 2
    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.
    Preschool Storytime: Preschool children and families can attend storytimes at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.
    Trapeze Class: Karen Bolda will lead single-point trapeze dance classes for all levels from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Dancing People Company, 310 Oak St. Cost is $15 per class. Call 541-890-1883.
    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.
    Wednesday, Sept. 3
    Free Admission at ScienceWorks: The museum, 1500 E. Main St., hosts exhibits year-round that explore energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more. Admission costs $9, $7 for children 2 to 12 and adults older than 65. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of every month. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 541-482-6767 or see www.scienceworksmuseum.org.
    Thursday, Sept. 4
    Ashland Sufi Heart Circle: Dances of universal peace, sacred phrases from world religions and practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis will be presented from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The suggested donation is $10. Call 541-708-0681 or see www.ashlandsufi.com.
    Friday, Sept. 5
    Poetry Reading: Poets Sheila Bender and Jonah Bornstein will read from their collections at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. Bender is a poet, author and writing instructor, and founder of the online writing community Writing It Real. Bornstein has taught poetry and creative writing at Universities in New York City and Oregon, and has published collections of poems including "The Art of Waking", Treatise on Emptiness" and "Voices of the Siskiyous." The event is free. Call 541-488-0029.
    Saturday, Sept. 6
    Electric and Hybrid Car Show: The Southern Oregon Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St. The show will include both commercially produced and converted electric vehicles, and participating in the event will be a gathering of electric and hybrid vehicle dealers, equipment suppliers, electric vehicle converters and local electric vehicle owners. A raffle will be held for an electric bicycle. Admission is a requested donation of one nonperishable food item. Call 541-227-9316 or email pete@ashlandcreek.net.
    Volunteer Orientation: Friends of the Animal Shelter will hold an orientation for new volunteers from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Call 541-944-2021 or see www.fotas.org.
    Monday, Sept. 8
    Indian Cooking Class: Kumud Gokul Gokani will lead vegetarian Indian cooking classes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, at her home, 47 Garfield St., Ashland. The class includes printed recipe handouts, and a full meal will be served. Cost is $30 per class. Call 541-488-0575 or see www.cookingwithkumud.com.
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