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Monday, May 8
"Constellations": Ashland New Plays Festival will present a dramatic reading of British playwright Nick Payne's "Constellations," a romantic exploration of one relationship in multiple universes, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Jackie Apodaca directs, and Alejandra Escalante and Daniel Jose Molina are the cast. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at ashlandnewplays.org and at the door.
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.
Art Exhibits: Exhibits continue through May 26 at Center for the Visual Arts galleries on Southern Oregon University's Ashland campus and feature young creators from the 2017 Oregon Fringe Festival, which breaks art out of its traditional boundaries. See oregonfringefestival.org.
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.