Saturday, Oct. 21
Day of the Dead Race: Talent will host its annual Day of the Dead Race beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, near City Hall, 110 E. Main St., and will feature a 1 mile fun run and 5K and 10K races. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.. Top three runners in each race will be awarded a Day of the Dead handmade skull. There will be entertainment and a post-race party. For registration fees, deadlines and race course see www.dayofthedeadrace.com. In conjunction with the race, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has sponsored a Dia de los Muertos Art Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the OSF Production Building, 408 Talent Ave.Attendees will be able to decorate their own Calavera (skull) for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Space is limited and reservations required, message the Day of the Dead Race Facebook page.
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.
Rogue Modern Quilters Guild: The quilting group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month for sewing, demonstrations and show-and-tell projects at Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St. A business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Annual dues are $25. The first visit is free. Call 541-512-1442 or see roguemodernquilters.wordpress.com.
Contra Dance: Dances are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners instruction begins at 7 p.m. and dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the caller will be Rich Goss, live music by Cascade Crossing. No perfumes or scented oils, and clean bodies and clothes are encouraged. Admission is $10, $6 for students. Call 541-488-0679 or 541-482-7751 or email at email@example.com.
Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Kloetzel will play an acoustic mix of folk, pop and soul at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 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.
Laundry Love Benefit Concert: Musicians Lisa Spencer, Karen Wennlund, Kay Aldrich, Trish Cook, Neil Holland, Crystal Reeves and Pam Vellutini will present contemporary folk music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Donations of $10 to $100 are suggested. Proceeds benefit those who need clean clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 22
Community Forum: ORD2 Indivisible will host a community forum from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Speakers will include Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Ashland Mayor John Stromberg, State Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, members of clergy and community members and more. The focus will be against hate, bigotry and oppression. See ord2indivisible.org.
International Animation for Grownups: Steven Mayerson and the Art Department at Southern Oregon University will host short films from Japan, Canada, Russia, Estonia and other places around the world at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in Meese Auditorium, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The films feature animation techniques such as clay painting, painting on the film stock and Mandelbox computer animation, along with cell and stop-motion animation. Admission is free. Call 541-625-3042.
Savanna: Rhythm guitarist Liz Jones, percussionist Anna Christensen and stand-up bassist Bob Rawlings will perform a mix of country, rock, folk and more from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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.
Broadway Phil and David Pinsky: The harmonica and guitar duo will perform original blues duets at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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.
Rogue Valley Symphonic Band: The community band, lead by Don Bieghler, will present "Dracula's Playlight ... With a Twist!" a program of Halloween-themed music featuring Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Saint Saens' Danse Macabre, Berlioz' "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique and more at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, $20 for a family of four, and can be puchased online at roguevalleysymphonicband.org or at the door. Call 541-227-3787 for information.
Monday, Oct. 23
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.
Colorful Mondays: Adults are invited to express their creativity through coloring from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies are provided. Call 541-744-6996 or visit jcls.org.
Author Talk: Author Nancy Mansfield will talk about her book, “28 Day Joy Challenge,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
'An Evening with Andre Dubus III': Chautauqua Poets & Writers will present "An Evening with Andre Dubus III" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dubus is author of six books: three that were New York Times bestsellers. He's best known for his novel "House of Sand and Fog," which is published in 20 languages and made into an Academy Award-nominated film. His newest, "Dirty Love," was chosen as notable literature by the New York Times and The Washington Post and is a Kirkus Starred Best Book of 2013. Other books include "The Garden of Last Days," "The Cage Keeper and Other Stories" and "Bluesman." JPR's Geoff Riley will host the discussion. Reserved seating is $20 and can be purchased at chautauquawriters.org. General seating is $15 and can be purchased at Bloomsbury Books, Bookwagon or at the door. Student tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door.