Wednesday, Jan. 3

Bird Walk: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds free bird walks at Agate Lake the first Wednesday of every month. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. Meet at the main parking area on the east side of the lake opposite the boat ramp. For details, see

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.

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The museum features a variety of interactive science exhibits at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $2 the first Sunday of every month. See upcoming events, shows and activities at Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2-12 and 65 and older. See or call 541-482-6767.

Afternoon Movies: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Free refreshments will be available. Call 541-535-4163 or see

Presentation: Southern Oregon Pachamama will give an introductory presentation on "Project Drawdown, " a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Completing the introduction is required for anyone who wants to enroll in the follow-up series scheduled for Jan. 17and 30 and Feb. 20 and 27.  Email at

Thursday, Jan. 4

Snowshoeing Basics:Are you looking for a fun winter sport? REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will hold a free class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the basics of snowshoeing. It will focus on the appropriate selection of gear, as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. For details, see

Line Dancing: Jeannette Bournival leads line dancing Thursdays at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. Beginners are at 1:00 p.m. and intermediate dancers are at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $3. No partners are needed. Call 541-857-6819 or see

Author Talk: Author Ellie Alexander will offer a reading of her book, "Another One Bites the Crust, " at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see

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, Jan. 5

Slopes & Trails: Rogue Valley residents 21 and older can meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Centennial Grill, 1900 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Slopes & Trails is a nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational activities. See

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.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Frostbite Run: The annual event, featuring 5K and 10K races, takes place at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. The 10K starts at 11 a.m. and the 5K goes off at 11:30 a.m. The 5K goes out and back on Foss Road. The 10K takes the same route as the 5K but heads left onto Adams Road to Colver Road, with a turnaround past Pioneer Road. For details, see the race calendar at

Talent Garden Club: The club meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Email

Community Market: An indoor and outdoor community market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Produce, art, crafts, housewares, yard-sale items and other goods are available. Email for information.

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.

T.J. Elton: Multi-instrumentalist and singer T.J. Elton and company will play a mix of contemporary hits from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see

Sunday, Jan. 7

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 for schedule and admission information.

Sunday Mindfulness: The Ashland library will host a mindfulness practice from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month through March in the Guanajuato Room at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Certified yoga therapist Charlotte Nussle will lead the group in a combination of seated and walking meditations, explanations of mindfulness and other meditation techniques and sharing times. See or call 541-774-6996.

The Bad Film Society: A documentary about all things weird and strange in relation to "Star Wars" will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, in the basement of the Ashland Elks Lodge. Rare and weird short films will be shown before the feature. Bring any bad DVDs, tapes or books you'd like to give away and a dish for the potluck dinner. Enter the lodge through the entrance on Will Dodge Way - the alley between East Main Street and Lithia Way and First and Second streets. Look for the "Elks Dining." Admission is $4 and benefits The Elks.

Chamber Choirs: Willamette University Chamber Choir, a 41-voice ensemble, and Willamette Singers, a 17-member jazz-vocal ensemble, will sing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Ensembles from South Medford High School and Rogue Valley Youth Ensemble also will be featured. The program includes “O Lux Beata Trinitas,” “Hentakan Jiwa” and “Evening Prayer” by the Chamber Choir and “One Day I’ll Fly Away” and “Muddy Water” by the Willamette Singers. The performance will include several sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. Admission is free. A goodwill donation is encouraged.