Thursday, April 13
Climate forum: "Nature’s Trust, Our Children’s Trust: A Climate Forum on Litigation to Save the Future" is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program will feature Mary Christina Wood, author of "Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age," and four young climate activists. The forum is being sponsored by ECOS Sustainability Resource Center at Southern Oregon University and the League of Women Voters Rogue Valley. Admission is free, but donations to Our Children’s Trust legal fund will be accepted.
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.
Poetry Reading: Barry Kraft will read some of his favorite selections from centuries of poems celebrating nature at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Poetry Reading: The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association holds its monthly Open-Mic-Without-a-Mic reading Thursday, April 13, at the Down Towne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Signups begin at 6:30 p.m., with readings at 7 p.m. All are invited to read or listen. The suggested April theme is “Celebration of Poetry.” Call 541-512-1007.
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.
Jef Ramsey Duo: Guitar and mandolin duo Kathryn Casternovia and Jef Ramsey will play vintage country and traditional music at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 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.
Friday, April 14
Preschool Puppet Theatre: Gather around to see what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating will be allowed.
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. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 66 and older, and free for ages 18 and younger and full-time students. Call 541-324-7981.
Paul Turnipseed Trio: Guitarist Paul Turnipseed, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer Mike Fitch will perform a mix of New Orleans and Latin rhythms, along with jazz and blues standards, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 14, 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.
Saturday, April 15
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, April 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.
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.
Game Day: Teens, adults and kids ages 8 and over are invited to play new and classic board games, video games and Magic card games from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in the Ashland library teen department, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6994 or see www.jcls.org.
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 April 15, calling is by Noah Grunzweig with Hands4 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.
Sunday, April 16
Bil Leonhart: The seven-string jazz guitarist will play improvisational instrumentals with Bach-like chordal movements at noon Sunday, April 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.
Ben Gault: The pianist will play "pre-bop" improvisational jazz at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 16, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Gault's list of favorite composers includes W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Ballroom Dance: Ballroom dances are from 2 to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the lower level of Ashland Family YMCA, 541 YMCA Way. Pianist Alan Berman will play music for fox-trot, swing and Latin dancers and listeners. Admission is $7 or $5 for ages 19 and younger. Call 541-488-1154.
Monday, April 17
Tap House Talk: Kerry Metlen will discuss “Climate, Fire, and Forest Restoration: Ashland Watershed Success” during a free talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at The Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org.
Artist Competition: Registration is open for the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2017 outdoor painting competition running from Thursday, June 29, through Saturday, July 1, at various locations. Registration by May 15 costs $65 and includes a pre-event "Cork and Fork" dinner with no host wine bar Wednesday, June 28, at Paschal's Winery and Vineyard in Talent. Registration from May 15 through the deadline of June 3 costs $75. Artists will have an opportunity to display their finished paintings. More than $1,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded. See www.soartistsworkshop.com.
Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at all Jackson County library branches. See www.jcls.org/programs-and-events/storytimes/ for dates and times.
Southern Oregon University Art Exhibits: Exhibits continue through April 27 at the Center for the Visual Arts Galleries in buildings near the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University. Regular gallery hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Another exhibit is in the Stevenson Union Building, with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 541-552-8315.
Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is held at 1 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.
Teen Movie: A free Star Wars movie about the Rebel Alliance trying to steal Death Star plans is at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the Ashland library teen department, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6994 or see www.jcls.org.
Poetry Reading: The free reading features poets from a new anthology on the theme of drought at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Pepper Trail, Amy Miller, Quinton Hallett, Laura LeHew and Catherine McGuire are contributors to "The Absence of Something Specified." Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Tai Chi: The Ashland Senior Center offers beginning/intermediate tai chi from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Sliding scale, $3-4 per session. 541-552-0698.