Friday, Sept. 22

Volunteers Needed: Ashland Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help at the upcoming Bear Creek Salmon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7. Many volunteer opportunities are available, such as ushers for our musicians and exhibitors, parking and info booth attendants, zero waste helpers and assisting children with a variety of activities. Contact Lori Ainsworth at 541-552-2264 or lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us.

Call to Artists: Artists working in any media are invited to submit pieces of the theme Hats and Masks to Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. A new art exhibit, "Imagnarium," will be displayed Oct. 6 through Oct. 29. There also will be an "Imagnarium Small Works" exhibit, offering smaller, more affordable pieces. Call 541-941-7057 for information.

Call to Teen Writers: The Medford Teen library is sponsoring a scary story writing contest through Oct. 21. Teens are invited to visit the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., to pick up a writing prompt then write a scary story of 500 words or fewer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories and featured at the annual Spooky Story Read-Aloud Oct. 30. Call 541-774-8685 or see jcls.org.

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.

Son Ravello: Singer and songwriter Mysha Caruso, singer Manda Bryn Severin and pianist Jason O’Neill-Butler will perform original folk at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Waking Hazel: Rachel Buklad, Mindy Lindgren, Jessie Monter, Dave Brendlinger and Michael Lindgren will play acoustic bluegrass and Americana at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is $10. See paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Lithia Artisans Market: Dozens of artisans display handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.

Benefit Dinner: Crater Renaissance Academy Drama and Dance will host a benefit dinner to raise money for Crater High School students to visit Edinburgh, Scotland. Look for a harvest-style dinner created by chef Neil Clooney of Smithfields Restaurant and Smithfields Pub and Pies. Clooney will use products from Montgomery's Meats, Rogue Creamery and Fry Family Farm, and there will be wines from Quady North Winery and Irvine & Roberts Winery. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Arrival time is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $80. For tickets, reservations and directions, email matthew.reynolds@district6.org or call 541-494-6348.

Occidental Gypsy: The New England-based group will perform new world Gypsy jazz — a blend of Gypsy swing, jazz and world music — at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is $25. Reservations are available at siskiyoumusicproject.com or by calling 541-488-3869. See paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.

Sunday, Sept. 24

Rogue Rage Duo: Harmonica player Harpo DeRoma and guitar and Dobro player Dan Tiller will perform Delta and country-style blues from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

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

Jef Ramsey Duo: Mandolin player Jef Ramsey and guitarist Kathryn Casternovia will play bluegrass, Cajun, Tejano and vintage country at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Monday, Sept. 25

Author Presentation: Local author Leslie Compton will discuss her historical novel, "Dearest Minnie," at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org

Simulcast Presentation: Ashland At Home will host a live simulcast of Dr. Atul Gawande speaking on "Being Mortal's Villages; The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older," at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. This is a free presentation. Dr. Gawande's talk will address aging, living with purpose and how to transform possibilities for people's later chapters in life. Call 541-613-6985 or email at info@ashlandathome.org.

Book Reading: Author Dennis Rasmussen will read from his book, “Guys in Their 20s in the 60s: a Novel Inspired by Actual Events,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Children's Author Presentation: Author and illustrator Jose Lucio will read from his newest book, "Free Rain" and host a drawing workshop at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.

Brain Books Discussion Group: The group meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Sept. 26, is "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion," by Jonathan Haidt. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.

Lecture: The Talent Historical Society hosts presentations the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Talent Historical Society Museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. Tuesday, Sept. 26, Stephanie Craig will give a talk on local Native American culture, weaving and tools. A short workshop will follow where participants can learn how to make a tule duck decoy. The lecture is free, workshop admission is $15. For reservations, call 541-482-3447. For info, call 541-512-8838.