DELTA BLUES are on tap at the Grass Shack Cafe tonight when steel guitarist Pete Herzog hosts the Ashland Blues Society's acoustic jam. It's the first of what the group hopes will be regular informal jams with just as much heart but without the electric blast. The jam runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at 2045 Fern Valley Road, Phoenix. Admission is free. See www.ashlandblues.org.
$10 OSF TICKETS? Have they gone mad? The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is offering tickets for a single sawbuck during its last week of the season in exchange for nonperishable food for ACCESS Inc. If you think about it, the idea is quite sane: fill up the theater and food pantries at the same time. The cheap seats will be available one hour before curtain on a first-come, first-served basis — don't try ordering them online or by phone. Today's tickets are for Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at 1:30 p.m. in the Bowmer; Shakespeare's "King Lear" at 1:30 p.m. in the Thomas; and Tanya Saracho's "The Tenth Muse" at 8 p.m. in the Bowmer.
WHAT'S PRETTIER than a Japanese maple? Learn the tricks for growing the ornamental trees from horticulturist Julie Gates from 7 to 9 p.m. today at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Cost is $18. Call 541-488-6606 or register online at www.ashland.or.us/register.
"JUST SAY BOO" and other Halloween favorites will be read by librarian Margie Cicerrella Thursday afternoon as a prelude to the Children's Halloween Parade. Bring your preschool princesses, ninjas and Supermans to the Ashland library at 2:30 p.m. for finger plays and stories such as "Ghosts in the House" and "The Little Old Lady Who is Not Afraid of Anything." Librarian Denise Wilson will tell some riddles and jokes, too. This is decidedly not scary, and masks aren't allowed in county buildings. It's all free.
MINIATURE SUPERHEROES, witches, ghosts, storybook characters, various animals, insects and mythological creatures will gather at the Ashland library at 3:30 p.m. for the immensely popular, fun-filled Children's Halloween Parade down Main Street to the Ashland Plaza. There'll be trick or treating, face painting, entertainment from the Ashland Middle School Band, the Ashland High School Band, Samba Like It Hot and others.
MAKE YOUR HALLOWEEN FUNKTASTIC with the Historic Ashland Armory's Spookadelic Halloween Funktacular, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at 208 Oak St. The fun includes dance music by Brooklyn funk bank the Pimps of Joytime, spins by a couple of DJs, and performances by several dance companies. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door at www.spookadelic.brownpapertickets.com, Music Coop in Ashland or Magic Man in Medford and Grants Pass.
HAUNTED HOUSES abound in the Rogue Valley, so there's really no excuse not to give yourself a fright this Halloween. Here's a roundup:
- Titans of Terror Nightmare Chamber, 7 to 10 p.m., Randall Theatre, 10 E. Third St., Medford. $10. See www.randalltheatre or call 541-632-3258.
- Circus of Screams, 7 to 10 p.m., 9512 Highway 62 between White City and Eagle Point. $10, $7 if you bring a non-perishable food item for local food pantries.
- A Carnival Nightmare, 6 p.m. to midnight, Rogue Valley Mall (downstairs entrance outside next to JCPenney). $7 with canned food donation for ACCESS, $9 without.
- Halloween Haunted House and Graveyard, 6 to 9 p.m., Gold Hill Museum, 504 First Ave., Gold Hill. $4 for children ages 12 and up, $3 for age 6-11, $1 for age 3-5, free for tots under 3.