Thursday, Sept. 22
Blood Donation: Donate blood from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Latter-day Saints - Ashland Ward, 111 Clay St., Ashland.
Mah Jongg: Experienced and beginner adults 50 and older are invited to play Mah Jongg, a tile game of Chinese origin, at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland. Free. Call 541-488-5342 or see www.ashlandseniorcenter.org.
Hearts and Spades: Adults 50 and older are invited to play card games at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Donations are accepted. Call 541-488-5342.
Sketching and Painting: Sketch and paint with local nature artist Paula Fong at scenic Grouse Gap on Mt. Ashland from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Carpool leaves at 2:30 p.m. from Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Learn to observe the natural world with an artistic eye, discuss landscape patterns, natural forms, technique and palette choices. Bring your art supplies of choice, sun protection, layered clothing, water and a camp chair (optional). Admission is free. For more information call 541-488-5789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish-English Conversation Group: The conversation class meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6980 or see www.jcls.org.
Chess Club: Weekly Chess Club with Ed Hirsch, for children ages 7 and up, meets from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Children's Department at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.
After-School Story Time: Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to after-school story times from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The session will focus on readings and rhymes. Younger kids are welcome with an adult. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
Green Party Candidates: The Jackson County Pacific Greens is holding an educational event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Gresham Room at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The evening will include conversations about Measure 97, comments by Erik Navickas, U.S. Senate candidate, and information about the Jill Stein campaign. Lawn signs, bumper stickers and handouts for Jill, Erik and other Green races will be available. For more information call 541-482-0102.
Author Reading: Jack Weins, author of "Tending Our Grief" will do a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. "Tending Our Grief" is a practical guide for the disorienting emotional journey which is our normal, human response to loss. Call 541-488-0029.
Cosmic Mass: Matthew Fox, musicians, DJs, artists, community faith leaders and audience members will celebrate the theme "Elders and Youth in Community" during a Cosmic Mass from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets in advance are $20 or $15 for students and available at matthewfoxinashland.eventbrite.com. Tickets at the door are $25. Kids ages 11 and under get in free with an adult. Local Musicians will include Cornflower, Daniel Sperry, Phoenix Sigalove, Jeffri Carrington, Phoebe Knowles, Bill Baird, Harmony Haynie, Jorah Haynie, Clark and Company Generations Dance troupe and Diane Horbacewicz.
Friday, Sept. 23
Lithia Park Nature Walks: Naturalists lead walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30. Meet at the park entrance on Winburn Way across from the downtown Ashland Plaza. The 90-minute walks are free. Call 541-488-5340 or see www.ashlandparksandrec.org.
History Walk: Local historian Terry Skibby will lead free 90-minute walking tours of Ashland's Historic Railroad District at 10 a.m. every Friday through Sept. 30. Meet at the gazebo in the Railroad Park on A Street between 6th and 8th Streets. Call 541-488-5305.
Cooking Class: Health Coach and Cookbook Author, Rhoda Mozorosky, will walk you through how to prepare healthy meals with age-defying antioxidants. Learn how to prepare milk from almonds, cashew nuts, and hemp seeds, and more from noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Ashland Food Co-op Classroom, 300 N. Pioneer St, Ashland. Cost is $35 for owners, $40 for non-owners. To register visit ashlandfood.coop/calendar or call 541-482-2237. This class will be filmed.
Words & Wine: Louis Sahagun will discuss his non-fiction book "Master of the Mysteries," a biography of Manly P. Hall that tells the story of modern American Spiritualist movements at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 541-488-5989 or see weisingers.com.
Jeff Kloetzel: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform an acoustic mix of rock, pop and folk at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Sports Massage: In this 90 minute presentation, learn and discuss the benefits of Sports Massage, different types of sports massage and the roles it can play for your body and fitness from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Ashland Institute of Massage, 280 Hersey St., Suite A-8, Ashland. Call 541-482-5134.
Green Show: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts free Green Show performances at 6:45 p.m. six nights each week except Mondays through Oct. 16 on its outdoor Courtyard Stage at its Ashland campus, 15 S. Pioneer St. Heiwa Taiko will perform on Friday, Sept. 23. Diverse performers for the 117 shows include Ashland Taiko, NANDA, Misner & Smith, BROTHER, Dancing People Company, the Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company, Cedric Lamar, the OSF House Band, Cassie Fetty and the Gals of Country Music, the Bathtub Gin Serenaders, Hamfist and the Rogue Valley Gospel Choir. See www.osfashland.org.
The Picture of Dorian Gray Opening: Randall Theatre Company opens its production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" set in the 1980s at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 E. Third St., Medford. Reserved seats for the opening event are $22, and include dinner and drinks at an opening reception. The production continues through Oct. 2, and unsold tickets are Pay What You Want. For tickets and showtimes call 541-632-3258 or see www.randalltheatre.com.
Community Folk Dance Party: Omada Kosmos — Kevin Carr on violin, bagpipes, oud, mandolin and tamboura, Olof Soderback and Steve Boyer on accordions, Bryan Jeffs on drums, Stephen Gagne on clarinet and alto and soprano saxophones, and Merrill Smith on standup bass — will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, for a folk dance party at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Singers will be from Rogue World Ensemble, a choir that draws from musical traditions of Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, the British Isles and American roots. Join in traditional folk dances from around the world. Admission is $10 to $15 on a sliding scale and includes a dance lesson at 6:30 p.m.
Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets every Friday at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, for dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners needed. Admission is a donation of $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.
Southern Oregon Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. every second and fourth Friday at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners' instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $10. Admission for dancers older than 65 is $5. Youth younger than 18 and full-time students get in free. Call 541-324-7981.
Activist Folk Concert: Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice will host New York-based singer/songwriter George Mann at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Local folk singer Gene Burnett will open the performance, and a social hour precedes the concert at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Call 541-690-2807.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Harvest for the Hungry: ACCESS will hold a fresh fruit and vegetable donation/collection day Saturday, Sept. 24, called Harvest for the Hungry. Residents are encouraged to harvest produce from their gardens and donate it at one of three locations, between 9 a.m. and noon: ACCESS, 3630 Aviation Way, Medford; city of Talent Offices, 110 E. Main St., Talent; Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 745 N. 10th St., Central Point. ACCESS will station refrigerated vehicles and staff at each of the locations to receive any size of donation. For information, call Philip Yates at 541-774-4320 or at email@example.com.
Rod Petrone: The classical guitarist will play a mix of music from Brazil, Latin America and France, along with his own arrangements of Italian compositions at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Poetry: Open mic poetry reading focused on peace, justice and sustainability is from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. Call 541-774-6996 or see 100TPC.org.
Sunday, Sept. 25
Evolfo: The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. The up-and-coming band includes keyboard player Rafferty Swink, formerly of Ashland. Swink attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he met his bandmates. Evolfo's new EP, "Last of the Acid Cowboys," was released Sept. 16 on King Pizza Records. It is the first of two EPs that will be released early next year as a whole called "Golden Curses." The EP will be available at the show. Admission is $8, $5 for students. See www.grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.