Project UP brick campaign

Ashland resident Elizabeth Fairchild has created a wonderful way to involve more community members and young people in raising funds for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Access for All Campaign” to rebuild the bricks so all theater patrons have safe access to OSF theaters. She has coordinated “Project UP” participants and other volunteers to donate one dollar per signature on a lovely cloth red brick designed by OSF’s costume department.

"Project UP’s plan gives everyone a chance to be a philanthropist. Donate a dollar and write your name on a ‘brick,’ ” said Project UP Club President Julia Laurenson. “Our red cloth bricks will be tied together at the opening ceremony to make a Brick Path to Access.”

Project UP is a volunteer-run nonprofit program offering arts education to individuals who experience special needs by pairing them with volunteers from the community. Project UP Club at Ashland High School exposes students to dance, improvisation and performance.

Volunteers will continue collecting signatures at the OSF opening ceremony from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 15 at the Green Show. In addition to collecting funds, Project UP will perform at the Bricks Opening Ceremony.

For information about Project UP and the brick campaign, contact Linda Detweiler, projectupwest@gmail.com, 541-292-4900. Elizabeth Fairchild is at elifair@gmail.com, 972-814-1042.

Jean Conger

Ashland

Gardens for pollinators

Ashland is hosting its first Pollinator Garden Tour.

Bee City USA Ashland, a subcommittee of Ashland Parks and Recreation, invites everyone to take a few hours on Sunday, July 9, to explore and enjoy local gardens that support our local pollinators. These gardens are not only beautiful, but the plants and landscape provide year-round forage and habitat for bees, butterflies, flies, moths and hummingbirds.

The tour features 17 pollinator gardens created by residents of Ashland. In 2016, gardeners submitted a nomination form indicating how the gardens met specific criteria, and each approved garden now displays a sign to mark the pollinator-friendly landscape.

Gardens range in style from "a bit on the wild side" to "carefully designed." On this self-guided garden tour, you choose which gardens to visit. The gardeners will be in their gardens to welcome you and answer any questions.

Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9. For the $10 fee, you will receive a booklet, which serves as your ticket, with a description of each garden and a map.

Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. Learn more at http://www.ashland.or.us/BeeCity.

Shari Shattuck, vice chair of Bee City USA Ashland and a member of Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association