Wednesday, March 7
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. See current exhibits, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. 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. Admission is $2 the first Sunday of every month. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.
Presentation: Robert Pippel,local estate planning attorney, will present "Estate Planning in Oregon: An Essential Guide to End of Life Planning," from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Learn about the basic essentials of planning your estate and other important end of life legal documents. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 541-488-5342 or email at email@example.com to register.
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 jcls.org.
Poetry Reading: Susanne Petermann will read from her newly published book of translations, "When I Go," poems written by Rainer Maria Rilke, in French at 3 p.m Wednesday, March 7, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Rilke’s largely unknown and rarely translated French poetry appears for the first time in this book. Susanne will explain Rilke’s mysterious switch to the French language near the end of his life, and she will tell the story of these poems, along with her own story about finding and translating this body of work. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6996.Discussion Group: Ashland Death Cafe will hold a discussion group at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, to explore ideas about mortality and the way death can inspire the way people live. $10 suggested donation and registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. To register, see ashlanddeathcafe.com.
Gaibe Carroll: Singer and songwriter Gaibe Carroll will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Thursday, March 8
History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, historian and former U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jeff LaLande will present "When Timber was King" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Meese meeting room in the Hannon Library, located on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Learn about the rise and decline of Southern Oregon's wood products industry. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Peter Sellars: Join experimental director Peter Sellars and moderator Geoffrey Riley of JPR's Jefferson Exchange" for a Q-and-A discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Meese Auditorium in the Art building on Southern Oregon University's campus, 555 Indiana Ave., Ashland. Sellars theater and opera to push boundaries and explore tough subjects. He will discuss his career achievements and answer questions from the audience. Admission is free, but registration is required. See oca.sou.edu/box-office or call 541-552-6348.
Jefferson State Toastmasters: Learn and practice skills used for public speaking in a group setting from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Guests are welcome to listen for free as members practice skills in prepared presentations, impromptu speeches, and more. See Universitytm.org or call 541-708-1991.
Open Mic: The Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will hold its monthly open-mic-without-a-mic reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30. This month's suggested theme is "“Lions and Lambs.” March 8 is the deadline for all entries to this year’s contest. Winners will be announced at the April meeting. Call 541-512-1007.
Author Talk: Author Jan Harrell will discuss her book, "Love Now: Untangling Relationships," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Dart Tournament: Dart matches for seasoned and novice players start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry is $5 and the pub will match the pot up to $50. Call 541-482-6414.
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.
Game Knights: No matter what kind of "Knight" you are, there is a board game for you to play at 8 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. All ages welcome until 11 p.m. Call 541-482-6414.
Michael Whipple: Keyboard player, percussionist and composer Mike Whipple will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Friday, March 9
Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.
Oregon Chocolate Festival: The annual Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off with live music, beer and wine from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the lounge at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St. The festival follows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, at the hotel. Look for creations by dozens of chocolatiers, along with demonstrations, educational sessions, a panel discussion featuring chocolatiers and chefs, and a lecture about the health benefits of chocolate. A chocolate and dessert competition will be judged by Chef Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America. During the festival, discounted tickets to performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be available using the code CHOCOLATE. Festival tickets are $15 for the kick-off party, $20 per day, or $30 for Saturday and Sunday. See oregonchocolatefestival.com for the festival schedule and ticket reservations.
Southern Oregon Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. every second and fourth Friday at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners' instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 66 and older, and free for ages 18 and younger and full-time students. Call 541-324-7981.