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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.

Ed Dunsavage Trio: Guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon and drummer Gary Hirsh will perform jazz standards and arrangements at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 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.

Poetry: The Friends of Hannon Library present Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library on Southern Oregon University's Ashland campus. Woody will discuss how drawing on nature and multicultural experiences of humanity and heritage can influence creativity. An artist and author of short fiction, essays and poetry, Woody is Oregon's first Native American poet laureate. The event is free. For free parking during the event, enter code FHL0511 into any SOU parking meter. Email libraryevents@sou.edu or call 541-552-6816.

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.

'Summer People': Southern Oregon University's production of Maxim Gorky's play about turn-of-the-century Russia will run 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 at the Stevnson Union Arena on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Other performances will continue Tickets are $21, $18 for seniors or $6 for students. Call 541-552-6348 or see www.oca.sou.edu/box-office.

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.

Art Exhibit: A reception with artists is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, to celebrate the latest Five Friends art exhibit. Paintings by Martha Abshear, Midge Black, Denise Souza Finney, Joan Franklin and Mary Hills will be on display through June 30 at the winery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 541-535-1206.

Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners needed. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

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 play will perform a mix of New Orleans and Latin rhythms, along with jazz and blues standards at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12, 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: Alexander Tutunov, professor of piano and artist in residence at Southern Oregon University, will play the final concert in his annual namesake piano series. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the SOU campus in Ashland. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 541-552-6348 or at the door.

Puppeteers for Fears: The ensemble will present "Trilogy of Terror," featuring three original short pieces from different directors using custom-made puppets at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 12, 14, 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. Sundays, May 14 and 21, at Oberon's Three-Penny Tavern, 45 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $8 at the door. The R-rated performances are not suitable for children. See www.puppeteersforfears.com.

Saturday, May 13

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: Jackson County residents are invited to help with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by leaving non-perishable food items and toiletries in bags by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 13. U.S. Post Office carriers will pick up the donations and volunteers will take the items to ACCESS to help people in need. Cash donations can also be made on the ACCESS website at accesshelps.org.

Rogue Valley Bird Day: The theme is "The Importance of Stopover Habitats" for migratory birds during Rogue Valley Bird Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free. Wildlife Images will show birds of prey, experts will lead guided bird walks and participants can compete in a bird-calling contest for all ages at 11 a.m. Call 541-552-2474.

Talent City-Wide Yard Sale: A city-wide yard sale and other events are planned for the day on Saturday, May 13. Maps are available at the Outdoor Discovery Program's school, 309 W. Main St. The Talent Historical Society will sell Heirloom Talent Tomatoes and Talent Tomato t-shirts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the society's museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. The sale is the society's major fundraiser of the year. Call 541-512-8838. The Talent Library Club will hold a fundraising book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Talent library, 101 Home St. See www.jcls.org. Recyclables can be dropped off at Talent City Hall, 110 E Main St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Acceptable items include used electronics, metals, used but still useful household items, household building materials, compact fluorescent light bulbs but not tubes, oil-based paint and Styrofoam peanuts.

Plant Sale: The Ashland Garden Club will hold its 38th annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13, in the Safeway parking lot, 585 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland. Items include pollinator plants, butterfly way station plants, Mother's Day bouquets and many other annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Proceeds support Southern Oregon University scholarships and grants. Call 541-482-4558.

Talent Plant Sale: The Talent Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Ray's Food Place parking lot, 215 E. Wagner St., Talent. Items for sale will include flower and herb baskets, vegetable and flower starts and 40 varieties of tomato starts.

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The museum features a variety of interactive science exhibits at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Check the calendar of upcoming events, shows and activities at www.scienceworksmuseum.org. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 for ages 2-12 and 65 and older. Admission is $1 the first Sunday of every month. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

German Cars and Coffee: Owners of German and European cars and enthusiasts meet from 8 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month in the Brammo parking lot, 300 W. Valley View Road, Talent. Complimentary coffee and donuts are provided.

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.

Lee Stewart: Pianist Lee Stewart will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 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.

Rogue Valley Peace Choir: The 90-member choir will present its 14th annual spring concert, "A Time for Peach," at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. 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.

Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will team up to perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 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.

Salsa Fiesta: A fundraising Salsa Fiesta starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The event includes Salsa dance lessons, dinner by Karen Caird, Grizzly Peak Winery tasting and margarita tastings, plus gift certificates available for purchase for body work, theater, entertainment and local getaways. A week-long vacation at Lake of the Woods and a week-long vacation at the Inn of the Seventh Mountain outside Bend are also available. Admission is $15 at the door. Call 541-488-7716.