Thursday, Dec. 14
Teen Crafternoon: Youths 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 should 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 email@example.com.
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.
Friday, Dec. 15
Call for Student Films: The Ashland Independent Film Festival is 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 shorter than 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. See ashlandfilm.org/launch or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Kloetzel will perform an acoustic mix of songs, including some from his new holiday album "Merry & Bright," from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at StoneRiver Vineyard, 2178 Pioneer Road, Talent. Admission is free. Call 541-864-9234.
Son Ravello: The trio — singer and songwriter Mysha Caruso, singer Manda Bryn Severin and pianist Jason O’Neill-Butler — will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 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.
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 can be purchased at michalandjodi.brownpapertickets.com. Call or text 541-227-1710 for information.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Low Cost Pet Vaccines: Bring your cat or dog to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway. Phoenix, Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get them vaccinated. Vaccinations are $10 each and nail trims are also available for $5. This is a cash-only clinic and all pets must be at least 8 weeks old and in good health. Call 541-774-6654.
Hanukkah Fest: Celebrate Hanukkah with family, friends and neighbors at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. A latke meal will be available, as well as activities such as dreidel games, menorah and candle crafting and more followed by a community candle lighting. The evening will culminate with storytelling and a Hanukkah sing-along. Admission is free and all are welcome. Bring a menorah for the community candle lighting. Call 541-488-7716.
Hula for the Holidays: Hula school Ka Pi’o O Ke Anuenue will present a holiday-themed hula show at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, across from Lithia Park. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and a buffet of traditional Hawaiian food — pulled pork, lomilomi salmon, tofu poke, potato and macaroni salad, rice, green salad and haupia, a dessert made with coconut milk — will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. Aaron Ortega will play ukulele and sing Hawaiian songs. The show begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes holiday hulas such as "Christmas Luau, "Here Comes Santa in a Red Canoe," "Mele Kalikimaka" and "Hawaiian Santa," along with hulas to holiday standards such as "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." The hula school's ukulele group will lead a sing-along of Christmas carols. Tickets are $10 for the show only, $17 for dinner and the show, and can be purchased at the door.
Gypsy Soul: Acoustic rock, folk and blues duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit, along with multi-instrumentalist Mikey Stevens, will present “A Gift Within The Song,” a program of innovative arrangements of traditional holiday songs, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The show is Gypsy Soul's 17th annual holiday benefit concert for WinterSpring. Tickets can be purchased at gypsysoul.com or at Music Coop.
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The choir, directed by Paul French, will present "The Snow Lay Deep on the Ground," a program of festive music to include works by a range of Renaissance, classic and contemporary composers, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The program will include an appearance by North Medford High School's Chamber Choir and carols from around the world. Musicologist Ed Wight will present a free lecture one hour before each concert in Room 132 of the SOU Music Building. Tickets can be purchased at repsingers.org or by calling 541-552-0900.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Ashland YMCA Dance: Dance to music by Al Berman and Friends from 1:30 to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at Ashland YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland. A beginning dance class with Dave Kahn will be at 1:30 p.m. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served. Admission is $7, $5 for youths. Children 12 and younger require adult supervision. Call 541-488-7781.
David Pinsky and Phil Newton: The guitar and harmonica duo will play original '60s-style Chicago blues duets from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 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.