Friday, Dec. 29
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Rogue Suspects: The rock, funk and soul band — singer Shae Celine, guitarist Dirk Price, bassist Greg Frederick, drummer David Bolen and keyboard player Don Harris — will perform Friday, Dec. 29, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $7. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
Saturday, Dec. 30
Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be open every day through Feb. 19. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks are available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/IceRink for schedule and admission information.
Bob Rawlings Trio: Sax player Bob Rawlings, pianist David Scoggin and bassist Jeff Addicott will play an acoustic mix of classic jazz and bossanova reminiscent of Stan Getz and Paul Desmond from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 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.
Sunday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve Fancy Pants Dance: A mulitgenerational dance party — for kids, parents and grandparents — will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dance to old-time rock 'n' roll by DJ Dave the Z-Man. Healthy snacks will be provided, and the ball drops at 9 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 for kids 11 and younger. Call 541-488-7716 for information.
Stolen Moments: Guitarist Dan Fellman, vocalist and guitarist Conny Lindley and Walter Lindley on upright bass will play American jazz standards, Latin jazz and Gypsy jazz from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 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.
'The Concert for New Year’s Eve': This New Year's Eve concert — a tradition since 2001 — will feature music for flutes, classical guitar, voice, harp and piano played by some of the Rogue Valley's best-known musicians. Look for Alexander Tutunov, Joseph Yungen, Laurie Anne Hunter, Lisa Nichols, Sherril Wood, Lindsay Panero, Shelly Cox-Thornhill, Tamara Marston, John Stadelman and Wenjun Qi to perform works by composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, James MacMillan, Claude Debussy, Alexander Scriabin, Franz Doppler, Dave Brubeck, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The concert will close with a sing-along of "Auld Lang Syne," and a reception will follow. The concert begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark St. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
New Year's Eve Blast Off: This space-themed New Year's Eve party will feature music by DJs Alcyon Massive, NoWa, G-Rad and Jeffrey Smith, along with live painting, flow artists, aerial silk dancers and food and beverage vendors at the historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9. The party is open to ages 21 and older. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show, and can be purchased at liveatthearmory.com or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. Bring a food donation for the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and receive a $2 discount on day-of-the-show tickets.
Monday, Jan. 1
First Day Hikes: For the seventh year in a row, certain Oregon state parks are offering free guided hikes on New Year's Day. In Southern Oregon, one-mile interpretive hikes are being held at TouVelle State Recreation Site and Valley of the Rogue State Park. The usual $5 parking fees will be waived Jan. 1. Both hikes start at 1 p.m. Hikers can register online for the hike at TouVelle by going to http://bit.ly/TouVelleFDH2018. Register for the Valley of the Rogue hike at http://bit.ly/VORogueFDH2018. For information on both hikes, call 541-582-1118.
Clog Dances: Dance with the Misty Mountain Cloggers at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Center, 930 Summit Ave., Medford. Instruction is available. Admission is $8. Call 541-772-1431.
Tuesday, Jan. 2
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.
Color Tusdays: Adults are invited to express their creativity through coloring from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month through March at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First st. Coloring supplies and refreshments are provided. Call 541-744-6996 or visit jcls.org.
Books at Noon: The readers group discusses various books and offers suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.
Children's Movies: Free films are shown at 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Free snacks will be available. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.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.