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Monday, July 3
Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at all Jackson County library branches. See jcls.org.
Summer Reading Program: Library branches in Jackson County will hold free summer reading programs for children, teens and adults to discover new books, win prizes and attend a variety of events. See cls.org/summerreading.
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.
Children's Chess Club: Kids ages 5 and up are invited to join the club that meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. An instructor will be available each Monday for kids wishing to learn or improve their game. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-774-6995 or see jcls.org.
Ann Feeney: Singer, songwriter and activist Ann Feeney and her band will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, July 3, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The concert is part of Feeney's "Summer of Resistance" national tour. Admission is free. Call 541-892-1999 for information.
Author Talk: Ellie Alexander will give a free talk on her Bakeshop Mysteries series set in Ashland at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Her latest book is "A Crime of Passion Fruit." Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Tuesday, July 4
Ashland City Band: The community band, directed by Don Bieghler, will present a program of patriotic music at noon Tuesday, July 4, in the Butler Bandshell in Ashland's Lithia Park. Look for “National Emblem March,” “American Civil War Fantasy,” "Armed Forces Salute" and more. Bob Jackson “Abraham Lincoln” Miner will recite the Gettysburg Address. Admission is free. Bring blankets or low-level folding chairs. Call 541-245-9494 for information.
Ashland Fourth of July Celebration: A two-mile Fun Run and 10K race start at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, with the start and finish lines at the Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Both races are chip timed. The cost for youths ages 12 and younger is $10 for either race. Prices start at $25 for those ages 13 and older. The event is a fundraiser for the Ashland and Phoenix high school cross country teams. See ashland.or.us/JulyRun to register. A downtown parade begins at 10 a.m. Spectators cannot place chairs, blankets and other place-holders on public property before 6 a.m. on July 3. Items cannot block sidewalks. Musical entertainment includes the Ashland City Band playing patriotic music plus a song to honor Ashland's sister city Guanajuato, Mexico, at noon and R&B SuperGroup and SOULIVERSE playing at 2 p.m. at the Lithia Park Bandshell along Winburn Way. In-between the city band and other groups, the Gettysburg Address will be recited and there will be an armed forces salute. A fireworks display begins at 10 p.m., with the launch site on Iowa Street.
Wednesday, July 5
Electric Automobile Association: Global technologist Guy Hall, who has years of international research and development and leadership experience with Hewlett Packard, will give an update on electric and self-driving vehicles at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
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 will be added in July and August. Topics include trees, plants, wildlife, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Call 541-488-5340.
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.
The Brothers Reed: Guitar and vocal duo Aaron Reed and Philip Reed will play original folk and pop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see www.bellefiorewine.com.
Thursday, July 6
STEM at the Libraries: Jackson County Library Services and the ScienceWorks museum have teamed up to offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities at local libraries. Participants will build skyscrapers out of doweling, construct amazing mazes for marbles and design rockets. These free, hands-on STEM challenges are designed for kids ages 5-14. Sessions are limited to 30 participants, so pre-registration at each library is required by calling the participating branch. The 45-minute "Build a Better World at the Library" events is at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at the Talent library, 101 Home St., 541-535-4163.
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 jcls.org.
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.
Ashland City Band: The community band, directed by Don Bieghler, will present "At the Shrine of the Rose," a march dedicated to the 1920 Shrine Convention that established the Shriners Hospitals for Children, along with "Mannin Veen," "Camelot" and John Philip Sousa's "Sound Off," at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. Jabberwocky Good Time Band will open the show. Admission is free. Bench seats are available. Blankets and low-level folding chairs may be used for lawn seating. Call 541-245-9494 for information.
Ed Dunsavage Trio: Guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon and drummer Gary Hirsh will perform jazz standards and arrangements at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see www.bellefiorewine.com.
Friday, July 7
Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues and R&B at 6 p.m. Friday, July 7, 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.
T.C. and the Reactions: The band will play blues and rock at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $6. See www.grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.
Salsa Brava!: The ensemble — Christina Marsilia, Anne Muth, Jeff Addicott, Tom Berich, Theresa McCoy, Mike Fitch, Joe Fascilla and Gordon Greenley — will play its trademark salsa, Latin, merengue, cumbia, bachata and cha cha music for dancing at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. A free dance lesson will be at 6:30. Admission is $10. See paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.
The Hamazons: The Hamazons: Warrior Princesses of Improv will present "Long, Hot Summer," a two act, unscripted improvisational comedy that smolders with the Southern Gothic world of playwright Tennessee Williams, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 7-8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Inspired by such Williams dramas as "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Glass Menagerie," The Hamazons will delve into such themes as sordid pasts, raw emotions and dysfunctional families ... all with lots of laughs. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at hamazons.com. Tickets will be $18 at the door.
Saturday, July 8
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.
Muskadine Blues Band: Harmonica player and vocalist Mark Adams, guitarist Steve O'Neill, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer Tom Stamper will perform original music by Adams, along with blues music by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Paul Butterfield and Jimmy Reed, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 8, on an outdoor stage at The Schoolhouse, 1219 N. Valley View Road, Ashland. Spring water and ice will be available. Gather at 3:30 p.m. Suggested admission price is $20.
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, July 8, 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.