Friday, March 30
Pear Blossom Baby Contest: The 33rd annual Pear Blossom Baby contest will be held on Saturday, April 7. The contest is open to babies ages 5 to 15 months, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the contest starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of Macy’s Home Store on the lower level of Rogue Valley Mall, 1600 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The entry fee is $10 per category the child is entered in and entry forms are available at Kid to Kid, Little Feet, Clas E Professor, the website si-medford.org or the Soroptimist International of Medford Facebook page. All entrants are eligible for the overall category of Baby Bud for boys and Baby Blossom for girls. Other categories are Quickest Smile, Bluest Eyes, Darkest Eyes, Prettiest Hair and Chubbiest. Winners ride in the annual Pear Blossom Parade in downtown Medford Saturday, April 14. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations that help women and girls.
Pear Blossom Run: Register for the 42nd Annual YMCA Pear Blossom Run happening April 14 in downtown Medford. There will be a 10-mile race, a 10-mile handcycle or wheelchair race, a 5K race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs. Registration is $30, $23 or $8 for the 10-mile, 5K and fun runs, respectively. Registration will be $40 for the 10-mile and $33 for the 5K after April 8. Proceeds benefit YMCA’s programs for low-income kids, teens, families and seniors. See pearblossomrun.com or call 541-324-8348.
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 necessary. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.
Saturday, March 31
Seed and Scion Faire: The Seed and Scion Faire will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Short presentations about seeds, soil, plant propagation and pollinators will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon. Free seeds, agricultural and garden vendors, kids’ activities and more will be available from noon to close. Look for live music and refreshments.
there will be short 20-minute presentations on seeds, soil, plant propagation and pollinators. From noon to close look for free seeds, vendors selling agricultural and garden items, kids’ activities and more. Music and refreshments will be available.
Lithia Artisans Market: Dozens of artisans display handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.
Phoenix Easter Egg Hunt: The city of Phoenix and Jackson County Fire District 5 present an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Phoenix High School, 745 N. Rose St. Egg hunters will be divided into groups from toddlers through age 11. The event includes prizes, face painting, fire trucks, refreshments by Iron Skillet Restaurant & Bakery, drawings for gift baskets, Easter buckets for kids while supplies last and child fingerprint kits for parents from the Phoenix Police Department. Service animals only.
Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk, offering an interactive in-depth introduction to “Manahatta,” at noon Saturday, March 31, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 800-219-8161 or see osfashland.org.
Bilingual Story Time: A combined English and Spanish story time is at noon Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 541-864-8880 or see jcls.org.
Waggin’ Tales Used Book Sale: Friends of the Animal Shelter’s pay-what-you-want book sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Book purchases, made by cash or check only, support FOTAS programs. Call 917-602-9074.
Will Hornyak: Storyteller Will Hornyak will present “Waking Finn Mac Cool” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the GEOS Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $15 cash at the door. The show is open to ages 14 and older. For reservations email at hornyak.will@gmail.com.
Matt Dorris: Guitarist and Southern Oregon University alumnus Matt Dorris will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Sinne Eeg and Larry Koonse: Danish jazz vocalist Sinne Eeg and guitarist Larry Koonse will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Eeg 2014 album, “Face the Music,” won a Danish Music Award for Best Jazz Vocal, along with a Ben Webster Prize and a Prix du Jazz. Tickets are $25, and reservations can be made at siskiyoumusicproject.com.
Sean Watkins and The Bee Eaters: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek fame and The Bee Eaters ­— fiddle champions Tristan and Tashina Clarridge and hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman — will perform tunes from Watkins’ new album, “What to Fear,” and other “new string nation” music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Fiddle and mandolin duo Rainy and the Rattlesnakes open the show. Tickets are $22 in advance and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will be $25 at the door. See grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.
Sunday, April 1
Ashland Rotary Easter Egg Hunt: The Rotary Club of Ashland presents its annual Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1, by the tennis courts in Lithia Park along Winburn Way. Families are encouraged to arrive early. The hunt will be over in a minute or two. Kids in age groups of 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 years old will hunt for more than 3,000 Willamette Egg Farm eggs boiled and dyed by Southern Oregon University dining hall staff, candy and two golden eggs good for special prizes. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos.
Will Hornyak: Storyteller Will Hornyak will present “The Mythic Land: Poems, Songs, Legends and Lore from the Heart of Ireland” at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free.
Monday, April 2
Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.
Tai Chi for Seniors: Tai Chi for adults 50 and older is held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays for beginners at the Grove, 1195 E Main St., Ashland. Advanced class is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Admission is $4. Call 541-488-5342.
Color Mondays: Adults can express their creativity through coloring from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-744-6996 or visit jcls.org.
Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5342.
Children’s Chess Club: Kids 5 and older can play chess from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-774-6995 or see jcls.org.
Author Talk: Denise Kester will discuss her book “Drawing on the Dream: Finding My Way Through Art“ at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.