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Monday, April 17
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.
Tuesday, April 18
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.
Author Talk: Sea paddler Susan Conrad will give a free talk on her memoir "Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book recounts her 1,200 mile solo journey to Alaska. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Wednesday, April 19
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.
Comedy Movies: Movies featuring Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton are shown at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in April at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Admission and refreshments are free. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
Painting Party: Paint, brushes, easels, aprons and canvases will be provided for a painting party Wednesday, April 19, at the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and painting starts at 6:30. Admission is $35. Please bring food and drink with or without alcohol. Sharing is optional. Cake will be provided. Participants will paint an "Alice in Wonderland" scene of Alice in a haunting, tunnel-like forest. No experience is needed, and an instructor will provide guidance. To RSVP, see www.meetup.com/meetup-group-VgMwFjbf/events/239012626/.
Liz Jones: Singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Liz Jones will perform at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 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.
Thursday, April 20
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: The free reading features Paul Tipton, Lynette Bullard, David Shiah, Beate Foit, Anna Elkin, Chrisen Weber and Tressi Albee from The Applegate Poets at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
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.
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride: This sean-nos singer from The Emerald Isle is the 2009 winner of Ireland's national Corn Uí Riada, the Oireachtas sean-nos singing competition. Bhride will perform traditional music at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, accompanied by guitarist Declan McClafferty, at the Geos Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $15 to $20 at the door. Bhride will offer a sean-nos workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. The workshop costs $10 to $20, and registration is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 541-292-0641.
Charles Guy and Linda Powers: The guitar and violin duo will perform original music and select covers with Spanish flavors and flamenco flair at 6 p.m. 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.
The Polish Ambassador: Aka David Sugalski, the Polish Ambassador will use live sound mixing to present electro, breaks, hip-hop, dub, funk, chiptune and glitch Thursday, April 20, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show is open to all ages. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of show, and can be purchased online at liveatthearmory.com.
Friday, April 21
Breakfast: The Rogue Valley New Day Network breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, April 21, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The breakfast will focus on the role of media in an era when they have been called "an enemy of the people" and "the opposition party." Jeff Golden will be the guest speaker. The RV New Day Network promotes peace, justice and sustainability in the Rogue Valley. All are welcome and asked to bring utensils, plate, napkin, cup and food to share.
Pastors for Peace: Manolo De Los Santos of Pastors for Peace New York office will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Olsrud Room of the Southern Oregon University Art Building, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. A Cuba film series will precede the talk at 10 a.m. A 6 p.m. potluck dinner is also planned, followed by drumming and dancing by Las Senoras Locas. For more, visit www.pastorsforpeace.org.
Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Kloetzel will play a mix of acoustic folk, rock and jazz at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, 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.
Tutunov Piano Series: Flutist Luis Meireles and pianist Maria José Souza Guedes will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $20, free for students, and can be purchased online atsou.oca/performing arts, by calling 541-552-6348.