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Tuesday, March 14

Freedom of Speech Forum: Panel discussion of how to respond to the assault on free speech and freedom of the press during the current administration. OPB host Jeff Golden will moderate; others on panel include Tidings columnists Jeffrey Gillespie and Chris Honore and Editor Bert Etling, as well as Wolfe Hoppe, an expert in constitutional law. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Mountain Meadows Clubhouse, 855 Mountain Meadows Drive. Hosted by Mountain Meadows Democrats Plus Club, all welcome, free admission.

PubTalk: SOREDI’s March LAUNCH Ashland PubTalk for area start-ups features MaskIT founder Shallan Ramsey. Appetizers and coffee/tea provided, beer and wine available for purchase. PubTalks are free to attend. Register at www.soredi.org/events Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, Ashland Springs Hotel Ballroom, 212 East Main St.

Tech Talk: Tech Talks are from 1 to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The March 14 topic is about a database service that allows users to research health and medical information. The April 11 topic is genealogical research. Call 541-774-6996.

Second Tuesday Book Club: The Second Tuesday Book Club meets at 3 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The March 14 book is "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt about murder and six classics students at an elite American college. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: Fruits and vegetables, crafts, specialty foods, drinks and more are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.

Recorder Group: Recorder players of all ages and skill levels can join the Recorder Group of Talent at noon Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or seewww.jcls.org.

Spanish-English Conversation Group: Join in the Spanish-English Conversation Group at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Chat about interesting ideas and help each other learn a new language. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Trivia Night: Tuesday Night Team Trivia is held at 7 p.m. at Louie's Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded. Call 541-482-9701.

Wednesday, March 15

Cuba Film: A 33-minute film ("Maestra") about Cuba's 1961 literacy campaign in which students became teachers in remote areas will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Spanish with English subtitles, 33 minutes. A question-and-answer period and information about the 2017 Cuba Caravan follows. See www.maestrathefilm.org. Call 541-482-8915. Sponsored by Peace House.

Author talk: Author Susanne Severeid of Ashland discusses her new book, "When Someone You Love is Dying: Some Thoughts to Help You Through." Free. 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Ashland Senior Center.

Memoir Writing: Peter Gibb demonstrates how to use mindfulness to improve memoir writing from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Register by calling 541-774-6996.

Liz Jones: Singer and rhythm guitarist Liz Jones will perform a mix of country, folk and more at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 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.

Hands-All-Around Quilters: Visitors can work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall in the First United Methodist Church,175 N.Main St., Ashland. Call 541-732-0141.

Train Movies: Classic films set on trains will be shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in March at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4132 or see www.jcls.org.

Storytime and Art: Writer and Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Barret O'Brien will read some of his favorite inspirational children's stories by various authors at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. After the storytime, kids can create their own artwork with a variety of craft materials. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

Thursday, March 16

Native Plant Society: Jan and Dave Dobak will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, about the flora of Nevada's Ruby Mountains and Wheeler Peak, and California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. Refreshments are at 6:45 p.m. in Room 161 of the Southern Oregon University Science Building, Ashland. Call 541-535-5355.

Author Talk: Beckie Elgin will discuss "Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7" about a wandering wolf at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Charles Guy and Linda Powers: Guitarist Charles Guy and violinist Linda Powers will perform Latin-flavored original instrumentals and songs along with familiar cover tunes at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 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.

Spanish English Conversation Group: Practice a new language from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6980 or see www.jcls.org.

Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts a free trivia night from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.

Friday, March 17

Brava! Opera: Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti's 1843 comic opera, "Don Pasquale," will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the Mountain Avenue Theatre on the Ashland High School campus, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Directed by Willene Gunn and conducted by Martin Majkut, this fully staged opera will be performed in English. The show will feature a cast of professional singers and instrumentalists, and Donizetti's hilarious plot and sublime music combine to create a masterpiece. Tickets are $35, $15 for students and can be purchased at bravaopera.com or by calling 800-901-7173, ext. 3.

Saturday, March 18

Rogue Modern Quilters Guild: The quilting group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month for sewing, demonstrations and show-and-tell projects at Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St., Talent. A business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Annual dues are $25. The first visit is free. Call 541-512-1442 or see roguemodernquilters.wordpress.com.

Contra Dance: Dances are held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Dance instruction will be available at 7 p.m. On March 18, calling is by Karen Olsen with Siskiyou Celt providing live music. No perfumes or scented oils, and clean bodies and clothes are encouraged. Admission is $10, $6 for students. Call 541-488-0679 or 541-482-7751 or see www.socontra.org.

Bob Rawlings and Alan Berman Trio: Pianist Alan Berman, sax player Bob Rawlings and bassist Jeff Addicott will play a mix of jazz standards at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 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.