Tuesday, Dec. 12
North Mountain Park & Nature Center: The Nature Center offers a variety of programs and interpretive exhibits that teach local natural and cultural history and sustainable living. Explore the park’s demonstration gardens, nature trails, pavilion, picnic and play areas. The North Mountain Park & Nature Center is next to Bear Creek at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The park is open sunrise to sunset, and the nature center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-488-6606 or see northmountainpark.org.
Trivia Night: Tuesday Night Team Trivia is held at 7 p.m. at Louie's Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded. Call 541-482-9701.
John Nilsen: The composer, pianist and recording artist will present his annual holiday shows at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Upper Rogue United Methodist Church, 18977 Highway 62, Shady Cove (admission by donation); 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Newman United Methodist Church, 132 N.E. B St., Grants Pass ($10 at door); 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent ($10 at door); 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford (admission free); and noon Saturday, Dec. 16, at Gold Hill United Methodist Church, 416 Fourth St., Gold Hill ($10 suggested donation). Nilsen is a 1979 graduate of Southern Oregon University, and he lived in the Rogue Valley for nearly two decades before relocating to the Portland area.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Hands-All-Around Quilters: Visitors can work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-732-0141
History Lecture: Part of the "Windows in Time" history lecture series, local author and historian Dennis Powers presents "Believe it or Not: The Stange and Unique Stories of Southern Oregon" at noon Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Learn about Southern Oregon's more unusual history, such as local stories surrounding Bigfoot and more. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Bear Creek Jazztet: Pianist Ben Gault will play "pre-bop" improvisational jazz from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Gault's list of favorite composers includes W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms: Americana singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Klauder and singer and guitarist Reeb Williams will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Mountain House, six miles east of Ashland. Klauder and Reeb are touring behind Klauder's new album titled "Innocent Road," a full-length recording of his original songs. Portland-based Klauder is founding member of Foghorn Stringband and is a regular performer at the West Coast Country Music Festival in Greensprings. Tickets are $20, $10 for ages 18 and younger. Reservations and directions are available by calling 541-552-1665.
Thursday, Dec. 14
Teen Crafternoon: Teens and youths ages 10 and older are invited to design a sock snowman 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Talent library, 101 Home St.. All materials and snack will be provided. Admission is free. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Native Plant Society: Thomas Doty, award-winning storyteller and author, will share stories about "Plant People and Place" at the Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society Holiday potluck at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Admission is free. Participants are asked to bring their own utensils, plate, napkin, cup and food to share, as well as a food donation for the Talent Food Project and packets of seeds to contribute to the native plant seed exchange. Call 860-878-2049 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Mic: The Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will hold its monthly open-mic-without-a-mic reading Thursday, Dec. 14, at Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. and readings begin at 7 p.m. This month's suggested theme is "Families Gather." Call 541-512-1007.
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.
Joe Cohoon Trio: Acoustic bassist Joe Cohoon — along with a revolving cast of players — will perform classic, instrumental jazz from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 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. 15
Call for Student Films: The Ashland Independent Film Festival is now accepting films made by young people, grades K through college undergraduates for the 2018 Film Festival. All film genres are accepted: animation, documentary, or narrative. Young people who live in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties in Oregon, or Del Norte or Siskiyou counties in California can submit films under 5 minutes for free to AAIF’s LAUNCH Student Film Competition. All film creators who submit a film will receive two tickets to the festival, April 12-16, 2018. Winning films are screened during the festival, and the filmmaker will receive cash prizes and a pass to all AIFF films and special events. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 5, 2018. See ashlandfilm.org/launch or email at email@example.com.
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.
Michal Palzewicz and Jodi French: Celebrate the holiday season with an intimate concert of chamber music when Michal Palzewicz on violin, viola, cello and viola da gamba and Jodi French on harpsichord perform music by Bach, Mozart, Telemann, Corrette and Palzewicz, along with a short selection of Christmas carols, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at michalandjodi.brownpapertickets.com. Call or text 541-227-1710 for information.