Thursday, Dec. 7
Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.
Paul Turnipseed Trio: Guitarist Paul Turnipseed, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer Mike Fitch will play will perform a mix of New Orleans and Latin rhythms, along with jazz and blues standards from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 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.
Friday, Dec. 8
Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.
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.
Winter Fine Arts Festival: Ashland High Arts Advocates - a booster club of parents, alumni and students - will host the 26th annual Winter Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Dec.8, in the school's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. The event is a showcase of students' work in music, theater, dance, digital and fine arts,emergent media and culinary arts. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a silent auction, art exhibits and dinner. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Actor David Kelly of the Southern Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be master of ceremonies. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., or at the door. All money raised goes to support the Ashland High School arts programs through AHAA. For further detail or to make a donation see AshlandArts.org or find AHAA on Facebook.
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.
Ed Dunsavage Trio: Guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon and drummer Gary Hirsh will perform jazz standards and arrangements from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 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.
Siskiyou Singers: The choir, directed by Mark Reppert, will present "Alleluia! Songs of Joy & Inspiration" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for classic and contemporary compositions, along with cultural expressions, pieces by local composers William Ashworth and I'lana Cotton and traditional carols. The singers will be joined by members of Siskiyou Violins. Musicologist Ed Wight will present a free pre-concert lectures an hour before Saturday's and Sunday's concerts. Tickets are $20, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at Music Coop or Paddington Station in Ashland or Grocery Outlet in Medford. See siskiyousingers.org or call 541-482-5290.
The Hamazons: The warrior princesses of improv comedy — Cil Stengel, Eve Smyth and Kyndra Laughery — will present "A Completely Improvised Holiday Classic," a ride on an impromptu sleigh ride of humor and hilarity inspired by such films as "It's a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "A Christmas Carol," at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Musical accompaniment will be by pianist Darcy Danielson. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at hamazons.com. Tickets will be $18 at the door. See hamazons.com for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Karma Workshop: Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe will explore the roots of karma and personal affects on lifetime habits from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at kagyu Sukha Choling, the Tibetan Buddhist Center, 109 Clear Creek Drive, Ashland. There will be explaniations, meditation sessions and discussion times. Suggested donation is $40 an no registration is required. see kscashland.org or call 541-552-1769.
Maker Day: Teens ages 11 to 18 are invited to innovate and explore LEGO Mindstorm, Littlebits and Sphero electronics and robotic sets from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children ages 8 through 10 may also join in if accompanied by an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6994.
Science Saturday: The Northwest Nature Shop will offer a free hands-on science project day for youths from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Develop an understanding about basic chemistry while learning how to make slimy worms, goo and more. Call 541-482-3241.
Library Crafternoon: Design and create a stuffed fabric kitten from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. All materials for this simple hand-sewing project and refreshments will be provided. Admission is free. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.
Le Cirque Centre: Dancers, storytellers, aerialists. singers and acrobats from the circus arts academy will present a holiday program titled "Portraits of Love" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Le Cirque Centre, 280 E. Hersey St., Ashland. Tickets are $12, $10 for students, and can be purchased by calling 541-301-6804.
Band du Pays Swing: The band will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Evergreen Ballroom's Jacob Jagger will offer East Coast swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 541-535-7957.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Herbal Gift-making: Youths can learn how to make natural bath fizzies and herbal massage oil at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is $10 and workshop is recommended for age 6-15. All materials will be provided. Register at the shop or call 541-482-3241.
Jon Galfano: Steel-string guitarist and composer Jon Galfano will perform original instrumentals from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 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.