Healthy Calendar: Sept. 22, 2008

Cardio Kickboxing
Fridays, 6-7 p.m. at Rogue Valley Family YMCA, 522 W. Sixth St., Medford. Free for YMCA members. For information, see or

Breast Cancer Support Group
First and third Thursdays of the month 12:30-2 p.m., Rogue Valley Medical Center conference room B. Join to enhance the quality of life for women with breast cancer. Come and share your challenges and coping strategies in a safe atmosphere of mutual support. Facilitated by oncology social worker Gail Kessler. Free. For information, call 789-4342.

Southern Oregon Brainstormers
First Tuesday of each month, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Providence Medical Center, birthplace conference room, 1111 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. This is a support group and social club for people who have had a brain injury. Speakers and social events have been scheduled. Space is available at the hospital for family members or caregivers who provide transportation and wish to wait at the hospital. Free. For information, call 621-9974.

Hospice Bereavement
Second and fourth Monday of the month, 11 a.m. to noon; every Monday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m., Asante Home Care and Hospice conference room, 2960 Doctors Park Drive. Free. For information, call 789-4831.

Men's Cancer Support Group
Every Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Washington Outpatient Center, conference room C, 1505 N.W. Washington Blvd., Grants Pass. Free. For information, call 476-3787.

Breast-feeding Class
Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ashland Community Hospital. This class covers the essentials for breast-feeding. We discuss what makes it the No. 1 choice for baby and mom and what you need to know to get started. Cost is $10. Call 201-4211 to schedule your class or leave a message at 201-4420.

Pregnancy and Toning
Oct. 30 and Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ashland Community Hospital. Learn how to support your posture by developing new awareness of your core strength; great preparation for birth. Class includes breathing, stretching and relaxing. We recommend signing up for this in your fifth month. Cost is $10. To register, call 201-4211 or leave a message at 201-4220.

Medicare 101
Sept. 25, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Jackson County Central Library Adams Room. The SHIBA Program (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) will present two informational seminars for people turning 65 and entering the Medicare system. Participants will learn the different parts of Medicare and the limited time period in which to choose a supplemental insurance plan, plus how to determine which Part D drug plan is most beneficial for their needs. Free. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call the SHIBA office at 857-7780.

Your Health: Wise and Safe Use of Rx
Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rogue Regency, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford. If you're like most adults age 45 and older, you take prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. We're here to help you manage your medications wisely for good health and better safety. Join AARP Oregon, Walgreens and the state's Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program to learn about how you can use prescription drugs safely and wisely, while also saving money, and also how to use and navigate resources like the Oregon Prescription Drug Program and Medicare. Free lunch provided. All participants will receive a free "Medication Made Easy" booklet, a personal medication record tracker and other tools and materials on wise and safe Rx use. Call 877-926-8300 to reserve your space. This is an educational seminar only, not a sales presentation.

Lithia Park Nature Walks
Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday until Sept. 28, 10-11:30 a.m. Rain or shine, trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks and Recreation will lead an easy 90-minute nature walk through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park, across from the plaza in Ashland. Free. For details, call 488-5340.

A Beauti-fall Pear Up
Sept. 25, 7-9 p.m., Oregon State University Extension Center auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. This workshop will showcase ways to preserve pears in butters, sauces, relishes and a wealth of other products. There will be something for beginners and advanced preservers, with concepts that will ensure your products are safe. Cost is $5. To register, contact Sheila Lee at 776-7371 or by e-mail,

Harvest Fair
Sept. 27-28, Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point. The fall festival celebrates the bounty of the harvest with many displays, livestock and home-economics exhibits, crafts and photos. The fair features antique cars, lawn-mower races, antique tractor pulls, grape-stomping and many other family activities. Local microbrews and wines are available for tasting. For information, call 774-8270 or go to

Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market
Tuesdays in Ashland at the Armory on East Main Street; Thursdays in Medford at the Armory on South Pacific Highway, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Nov. 20. Find the finest in locally grown produce, plants and flowers, along with gourmet and specialty foods, baked goods, handcrafted arts and crafts.

Eagle Point Saturday Market
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Royal Avenue between Butte Creek Mill and the Eagle Point Museum in Eagle Point. The market features handmade and one-of-a-kind items from local crafters and produce from local growers. New vendors welcome. Call Jacque at 826-2258 or Linda at 826-3760.

Saturday Market at the Wellsprings
Every Saturday this summer, 2253 Highway 99, Ashland. Outdoor market for local artisans, handicrafts, imports, produce and food. Live music, spa, swimming and sauna into the evening. Vendors welcome to set up under a canopy. Individual canopies not needed. For information, see or call 482-3776.

Creekside Sunday Market
Every Sunday through October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of Main and Park streets in Rogue River. Shop locally for artwork, crafts, fresh produce and food. For information, call 621-2730.

Talent Evening Market
Fridays through mid-October, 5:30-8:30 p.m., between City Hall (110 E. Main St.) and the Talent Library. Listen to live music while browsing produce, food and artisan craft booths at this brand-new market. If you have extra produce from your garden, why not set up a free booth? Bring toys and books for the toy/book exchange, too. Call Sharon at 535-9055 or e-mail

Home Winemaking
Tuesday, Sept. 23, at noon; and Thursday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m., Oregon State University Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. Linda Sue Donovan, winemaker at Cowhorn Vineyard, will teach this class on winemaking from the ground up. It will cover the complete process from selecting equipment, harvesting, crushing, fermentation, stabilization and racking. It will finish with wine-tasting and a lesson on detecting problem wines. Cost is $30. To register, call Sheila Lee at 776-7371 or by e-mail at

Reduced Cost Rabies and Vaccination Clinic
Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jackson County Animal Care and Control, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Cash only. Rabies shots and vaccinations $9; nail trims $5. Dog licenses are required by Oregon law. Be sure to check out the adoptable pets. For information, call 774-6654.

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