Friday, Oct. 6
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.
Center for the Visual Arts: Fall exhibits feature student, faculty and community artists and are open Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for photography by Matika Wilbur, "Project 562," in the Retzlaff gallery; the annual "Tiny Art Show" can be found in the Thorndike, Meyer Memorial, Art department chairs, Boise-Cascade and JELD-WEN galleries. A reception for the artists will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 6. The galleries' hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
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.
Film screening and Q&A: "Rebels on Pointe," a film that follows Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — a male drag ballet company founded in 1974 by a group of New York City ballet enthusiasts, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. The film, directed by Southern Oregon University alumnus Bobbi Jo Hart, juxtaposes behind-the-scenes access and intimate stories of its dancers, highlighted by playful, entertaining performances of traditional classical ballet in parody form and "en travesti." Hart will attend the screening and host a Q-and-A. An after-party dance will be at 9:45 p.m. at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Tickets are $25 for the movie and the dance, or $15 for the dance party only, and can be purchased on ashlandfilm.org.
Sonic Gravity Jazz Quartet: The jazz quartet will preform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Hearts and Hands, 225 E. Main St., Ashland. The quartet features David Bylsma on cello, Eric Foster on piano, Steve Schein on tenor saxophone and Kathy Dorris on percussion.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Talent Harvest Festival: The annual Harvest Festival in downtown Talent kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The 5K, 10K Run and Walk takes off at 8 a.m. The main attraction, the Grand Parade will travel along Main Street at 10 a.m. Live music by Ur Mom, Ashland Taiko and The Rogue Suspects starts at 11 a.m. on the City Hall Stage. A clown and puppet show and dancing by Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre will be at the Skate Park. Look for growers' booths, food vendors, children's activities and a car and motorcycle show. There will be arts and crafts booths and a car and motorcycle show.
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.
Community Market: An indoor and outdoor community market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Produce, art, crafts, housewares, yard-sale items and other goods are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for 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 email@example.com.
Bear Creek Salmon Festival: Look for salmon returning to Bear Creek at the 13th annual Bear Creek Salmon Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Enjoy live music, games and activities, a demonstration of Native American traditional salmon cooking and much more. Refreshments will be available from Sultan's Delight food truck. See bearcreeksalmonfestival.net or call 541-488-6606.
Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers: The Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers will host its monthly jam session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Phoenix Grange, 209 N. Main St. The jam will feature traditional fiddle tunes and vocals. Acoustic musicians may sit in, and dancing is encouraged. Admission is by donation. Call 541-779-8145 or see ootfa4.org for information.
Rod Petrone: The classical guitarist will play a mix of music from Brazil, Latin America and France, along with his own arrangements of Italian compositions at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 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.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration: The two day celebration kicks off at 6:15 p.m Sunday, Oct. 8, with performances by Dancing Spirit and Supaman on the Courtyard Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. A full day of activities will take place Monday, Oct. 9, starting with a salmon bake and social at 11 a.m. in the Southern Oregon University courtyard, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., and a Decolonizing Plays workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Rogue River Room in SOU's Stevenson Union. A Decolonization Celebration will take place at 6:15 at OSF's Courtyard Stage, and a "Off the Rails" will be presented at 8 p.m. in the Angus Bowmer Theater. Tickets and information for "Off the Rails" is available at osfashland.org or by calling 800-219-8161.
Bob Rawlings and Alan Berman Trio: Pianist Alan Berman, sax player Bob Rawlings and bassist Jeff Addicott will play a mix of jazz standards from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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.
Jon Galfano: Steel guitarist and composer Jon Galfano will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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.