Thursday, Jan. 18

Author Talk: Author Victoria Leo will offer a reading of her book, "101 Healthy Meals in 5 Minutes or Less," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see

Native Plant Society: Dr. Ann Rasmussen, Faculty Research Assistant at Southern Oregon research and Extension Center will present "Fire Ecology and Forest Fungal Communities" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Room 161 of the Science Building on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Learn about the the effects that fire suppression, prescribed burns and wildfires have on forest communities, and a case study on fire effects on ectomycorrhizal fungi in Southeastern US oak-pine woodlands. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Call 860-878-2049 or email at

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.

Hollis Peach: Singer and songwriter duo Dan Sherrill and Jacqui Aubert will perform original folk from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see

Friday, Jan. 19

Historic Park Tour: Take a self-guided tour through Lithia Park in Ashland using Ashland Parks and Recreation's story map, which highlights historic sites and features throughout the park. The map is available online at Call 541-488-5340.

Green Vehicle Meeting: The Southern Oregon Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Association  hosts Oregon Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 19, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Richardson will address the future of autonomous and self-driving electric vehicles in Oregon. For reservations email at or call 541-552-9393.

STEM Crafting: Learn how to make a flashlight out of an Altoids tin with John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. All tools, materials and step-by-step instruction will be provided. Free. Registration required. Call 541-535-4163.

Center for the Visual Arts: New art exhibits open with a reception with the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland. Look for Haley Summerfield's collection "Of the Body" in the Retzlaff Gallery; a multi-media collection by the Southern Oregon Fine Arts club in the Thorndike Gallery; Dewy's paintings "From Within" in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Sherry Amoore's black-and-white film photography "Framily" in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; Madeline Scannell's photography works "Interaction" in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and a series of multimedia artworks by students in the figure painting and drawing methods class, titled "Figure Forms" in the JELD WEN Gallery. The exhibit will be displayed through Wednesday, Feb. 14. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-552-8315.

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.

Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see

Rogue Valley Symphony: Electric violinist and composer Tracy Silverman will join the symphony orchestra to perform his "Love Song to the Sun," the third composition to be premiered by RVS during its 50th anniversary season. Also on the program, RVS celebrates the 100th birthday of composer Leonard Bernstein with "Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations" and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave.,at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Conductor Martin Majkut will host pre-concert talks one hour before each show. Ticket are $41 to $60 for the Ashland show; $20 to $53 for the Medford show; and $20 to $48 for the Grants Pass show. Tickets are $15 for ages 6 through 22 at all shows. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 541-708-6400. Tickets for the Medford show also can be purchased at or by calling 779-3000.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Rogue Modern Quilters Guild: The quilting group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month for sewing, demonstrations and show-and-tell projects at Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St. A business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Annual dues are $25. The first visit is free. Call 541-512-1442 or see

Low-cost Pet Vaccines: Bring your cat or dog to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20,  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.

Family Game Day: Families can play a variety of tabletop and video games from noon to 3:30 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See or call 541-774-6994.

Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitar player Jeff Kloetzel will play an acoustic mix of pop, folk and soul, along with original songs from his three albums, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see

Contra Dance: Dances are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners instruction begins at 7 p.m. and dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 20, the caller will be Erik Weberg with live music by The BFD. No perfumes or scented oils, and clean bodies and clothes are encouraged. Admission is $10, $6 for students. Call 541-821-0997 or 541-482-7751 or email at