Thursday, Oct. 26

Foot and Ankle Talk: Dr. Merrill and Dr. Gerber from Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle will give a talk about practical ways to keep feet and ankles healthy while maintaining an active lifestyle from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Ashland Outdoor Store, 37 Third St., Ashland. There will also be a chance to win a pair of custom orthotics and three free office visits to Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle. Admission is free. To register, see Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle's page on eventbrite.com.

Author Talk: Author Lydia Doleman will discuss her book, “Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: Complete Step by Step,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Friday, Oct. 27

Reptiles and Amphibians Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us will be discussing the differences between reptiles and amphibians at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The program will include presentation of a live box turtle, bearded dragon and various frogs. All attendees will receive a handout for identification of local species. Call 541-535-4163 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.

Monster Ball Pasta Party: Non-runners and runners in Saturday's Monster Dash are invited to a pasta party to benefit Ashland public schools from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Events include dinner, silent auction, DJ music, kids' activities and costume party. See ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197..

Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 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.

Monster Ball Pasta Party: Non-runners and runners in Saturday's Monster Dash are invited to a pasta party to benefit Ashland public schools from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Events include dinner, silent auction, DJ music, kids' activities and costume party. See ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197.

Saturday, Oct. 28

No Pet Left Behind Benefit: Haircuts for men, women and children will be available for $17, $13 for seniors, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at The Gentlemen's Den, 820 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. There will be a raffle for free haircuts. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit No Pet Left Behind. Call 541-776-3020.

Monster Dash: The ninth annual Monster Dash Run for Education is Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning in Lithia Park in Ashland. The 10K run begins at 8:30 a.m., a one-mile fun run/walk is at 10 a.m., followed by 5K run/walk at 10:45. Winners receive cash prizes. Age group winners receive gift card prizes. Proceeds benefit Ashland public schools. All races are chip timed, and costumes are encouraged. See ashlandmonsterdash.com or call 541-482-8197 to register.

Creepy and Crawly Halloween Celebration: ScienceWorks will host Creepy and Crawly, a family Halloween celebration, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. The museum will have Halloween-themed activities and demonstrations all day, such as story dramas, costume parade and contest and more. Wildlife Images will present its Not-So-Creepy-Animals. Admission is $12, $10 for age 2-12 and 65 and older. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

 be Ashland Literary Arts Festival: Topics from William Shakespeare to pop culture icons such as Wonder Woman. Free. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, with most events at Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. A full schedule of events is at http://litfest.sou.edu.

Pheasant Fields Farm: Harvest Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the 20-acre farm, 1865 Camp Baker Road, Phoenix. Activities include a corn maze, hay rides, face painting, pear shooting gallery, animal display, 10-passenger cow train and country store with local organic produce, handcrafted items, bread, caramel apples, espresso drinks and meal choices. Activity tickets are $1.25. Check the farm's Facebook page for updates, call 541-535-3873 or see www.pheasantfieldsfarm.com.

Waggin' Tales Used Book Sale: Friends of the Animal Shelter's pay-what-you-want book sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highwaym Phoenix. Book purchases support FOTAS programs. Call 917-602-9074.

Puss 'n Boots Ball: The 26th Annual Puss 'n Boots Costume Ball and Auction is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $45 and include dinner and dessert by The Arbor House of Talent and dancing to live music by The Rogue Suspects. Additional activities include Halloween costume contests, silent auctions and several opportunities to make donations. The event benefits Friends of the Animal Shelter efforts to increase pet adoption, foster pets and promote spay and neuter programs. Tickets can be purchased at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland, or at fotas.org/pnb.

Rogue Valley Harmonizers: The a cappella ensemble — the Southern Oregon chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society — will present "Songs of Broadway," along with award-winning quartet Vocal Spectrum, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Look for famous songs from "South Pacific," "Porgy and Bess," "Hair" and "Ziegfeld Follies," sung in close four-part harmonies by Vocal Spectrum and the Harmonizers, along with a women's quartet and antics by Tone Deaf comedy quartet. Tickets are $20 or $25, $15 for students, and can be purchased at rvhsings.com or craterian.org, at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The singers, under the direction of Paul French, will present "The Heart's Reflection," a program of big-hearted music by Giovanni Palestrina, J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms, along with music by contemporary composers Eriks Esenvalds, Sean Kirchner and Moses Hogan. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $26 or $32, $5 for students and SNAP card holders, and can be purchased at repsingers.org or by calling 541-552-0900.