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Saturday, May 6
Sixth annual Ashland Firewise Cleanup Day: Bring your green debris and drop it off for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Valley View Transfer Station, 3000 N. Valley View Road, Ashland. ID with local address will be needed for free disposal. All other disposal will require normal fees. Prohibited items include trash, stumps, logs and lumber. Only organic yard debris will be accepted. Plastic bags must be emptied on site and be taken home. Collected items will be composted. For more information, see ashlandfirewise.org.
The Hamazons: The Warrior Princesses of Improv will present "Venetian Blinds," an improvised story in the style of film noir, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. It's improvisational comedy meets the cold, hard-edged, hard-boiled detectives, capable gals, femme fatales and that strange person with an accent. The story, completely unscripted, will be presented in two acts. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at hamazons.com. Tickets will be $18 at the door.
Art Exhibit: An opening party for the "Becoming a Mother/Losing a Mother" art exhibit is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, at Project Space, 106 Talent Ave. Studio No. 5, Talent. The exhibit is up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7. Megan Headley, mother of a young child, explores the transformation and sacrifice involved in procreation using the inspiration of the octopus. Sarah F. Burns lost her mother suddenly in September 2016 and she journals her grief and memories through paintings. See www.artprojectspace.com.
Scrabble: Play for free from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
Festival Noons: Scenic-painting techniques from the 2017 Oregon Shakespeare Festival season will be demonstrated at noon Saturday, May 6, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Tickets are $12 or $8 for ages 17 and younger. Call the box office at 1-800-219-8161 or see www.osfashland.org.
Crafts for Mother's Day: Families are invited to make free crafts and gifts and decorate bags for mothers from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at participating downtown Ashland businesses in advance of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 14. Participating businesses are Paddington Station, Posh Organics, The Crown Jewel, Manzanita on Main, The Websters, Yogurt Hut, The Book Exchange, Unicorn Gifts & Toys, Tree House Book and Small Change Children's Store. Call 541-482-1343.
Community Market: An indoor and outdoor Community Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Vendors supply their own tables and set-up is on a first-come basis, with check-in at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $10 for a 10-by-10-foot space outside or table space inside. Vendors can sell produce, art, crafts, housewares, yard sale items or other goods. Email email@example.com for more information.
Talent Garden Club: The club meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rogue Valley Peace Choir: The 90-member choir will present its 14th annual spring concerts, "A Time for Peace," at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Ashland First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St. Look for music composed by Joni Mitchell, Sam Cooke, Cat Stevens, Harry Belefonte, Holly Near and more, along with poems by Wendell Berry and Langston Hughes set to choral arrangements. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.
Handbell Concert: Handbell musicians from the West Coast, conducted by Ellie Hodder, will present "Ringing Out Loud," a program of compositions for handbells and arrangements of familiar tunes, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker Ave. The concert is the culmination of the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, a weekend of workshops and handbell clinics. Admission is by donation. Call 541-324-0404 for information.
Sunday, May 7
Art Exhibit: The "Becoming a Mother/Losing a Mother" art exhibit is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at Project Space, 106 Talent Ave. Studio No. 5, Talent. Megan Headley, mother of a young child, explores the transformation and sacrifice involved in procreation using the inspiration of the octopus. Sarah F. Burns lost her mother suddenly in September 2016 and she journals her grief and memories through paintings. See www.artprojectspace.com.
Jefferson Baroque Orchestra: The early music orchestra will present "Trios and Triangles: Tales and Tunes from Shakespeare's England" at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program celebrates the Rule of Three, the idea that events that come in threes are more humorous and effective than any other number. Geoff Ridden will host this romp through musical excerpts from early English theater, and members of Classic Readings Theatre Company will perform scenes from early English plays. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door.
Jefferson Center: Peter Buckley, six-term representative in the Oregon Legislature, will talk about "Understanding the ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences" during the next Jefferson Center meeting, set for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. Buckley has been championing efforts to help better serve children from preconception to age 24 in Jackson and Josephine counties by understanding how past experiences shape the way they learn, their health and their mental well-being.
Monday, May 8
Hip-Hop Poetry Open Mic: Performance artist and writer Bryce Monroe will host a Hip-Hop Poetry Open Mic from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Black Swan Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is free. See www.osfashland.org.
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.
Author Talk: Portland writer Carolyn Wood will discuss her memoir, “Tough Girl: An Olympian’s Journey,” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book recounts her 1960 Olympics swimming experience in Rome and her journey on the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain more than 50 years later as she reconnects to the gutsy girl of her youth. See www.toughgirlmemoir.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, May 9
'Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces': Resolve (formerly Mediation Works) is holding a workshop for those wanting to be an active bystander when they see forms of hate in public places. The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Speaker is Rabbi Debra Kolodny, executive director of Resolutions Northwest in Portland. Participants will learn how to overcome inhibitions and practice skills for becoming a strong ally for those targeted in today's hostile climate. Preregistration is required at tinyurl.com/interruptinghate. For more information, phone 541-770-2468.
Talking Circle: Theme for May is "Vulnerability: The Doors It Closes and the Doors it Opens." All are welcome to attend any or all sessions. 11 a.m. to noon each Tuesday at the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission office, 33 First St., Suite 1, diagonally across Lithia Way from the Ashland Post Office. The May 9 gathering focuses on "How/when is vulnerability a detriment? How/when a benefit to you?" www.ashlandcpc.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.
Tech Talk: Tech Talks are from 1 to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. To sign up, call 541-774-6996 or visit the reference desk.
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, May 10
Lithia Park Nature Walks: Trained naturalists lead free 90-minute walks at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting at the entrance of Lithia Park on Winburn Way in Ashland through Sept. 29. Saturday walks are added in July and August. Topics include trees, plants, wildlife, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Call 541-488-5340 for more information.
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.
History Talk: Historian and restoration consultant George Kramer will give a free presentation called “The Show Started at the Sidewalk: The History of the Holly and Other Theaters” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. During his Windows in Time lecture series talk, Kramer will tell the story of local theaters, including the Holly Theatre, the largest movie palace in the region when it opened in Medford in 1930. Audience members are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The lecture series is cosponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services. See www.jcls.org.
Agatha Christie Movies: Movies based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mysteries will be shown at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in May at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
Thursday, May 11
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 Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will hold its monthly Open-Mic-Without-a-Mic reading Thusday, May 11, at the Down Towne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. with readings at 7 p.m. All are invited to read or listen. The suggested May theme is "Moms, and Loved Ones Gone." Call 541-512-1007.
Author Talk: Christopher Harding and Will Wilkinson will discuss their book, "Thriving: In Business and Life," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The talk is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.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.
Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull: Singers and songwriters Cris Williamson and Teresa Trull and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com, by calling 800-838-3006, or at Music Coop. Tickets will be $30 at the door.
Friday, May 12
Band du Pays Swing: The band will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Evergreen Ballroom’s Jacob Jagger will offer East Coast swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. See paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.