Historical society plans Children's Heritage Fair

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is reviving the Children's Heritage Fair at a new location: Hanley Farm. The fair is open to school groups from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 3, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the general public on Saturday, June 4.

The Children's Heritage Fair is a day of children's history-related activities, arts and crafts and entertainment. Children will get a taste of pioneer life by engaging in a variety of activities, including a mock archaeology dig, gold panning, butter churning, cheese making, grinding wheat into flour and pioneer toys and crafts. Draft horses will be plowing the fields on both days, and tractor rides will take visitors on a tour of the farm.

Admission is $4 per child or $2 for SOHS members. Adults are admitted for free. Hanley Farm is at 1053 Hanley Road (Highway 238), between Jacksonville and Central Point.

For more information, see www.sohs.org.

The State of Jefferson Alpaca Association is sponsoring an alpaca gathering and pen sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at 6515 Truax Road, Central Point.

More than 30 regional farms will offer alpacas for sale to the public at a silent auction. See www.sojaa.com for more details.

The Ashland chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold its annual spring garden tour Sunday, June 5.

The tour features six private gardens, including an iris garden, one garden featuring more than 75 varieties of antique and contemporary roses, a garden featuring themed outdoor rooms, lots of garden art and artists, peony gardens, vegetable gardens and creek-side plantings

Live music will be played all day at two of the gardens, and one garden will feature refreshments, including hibiscus tea, lemonade and homemade sweets.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ashland Grange Co-op, 421 A St., Ashland, the Medford Grange Co-op, 2531 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, and Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland.

Cost is $15 for adults. Children 10 and younger get in free. Raffle tickets will be on sale at each of the gardens. This year's winner will receive a trip for two (round-trip air, two nights in a deluxe hotel, two-day pass) to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle next February.

Funds raised from the raffle will go toward scholarships for women attending Southern Oregon University or Rogue Community College.

For more information, including a map of the gardens, see www.aauwashland.org. The tour also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ashland.aauw.garden.tour.

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