It's an open house at Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency today

The Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. today at its new office, 157 S. Main St., Phoenix.

The office's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and additional times will be available by appointment.

Executive Director Marla Cates can be reached at, and office assistant Genetta Hughes can be reached at

The mailing address remains P.O. Box 330, Phoenix, OR 97535, and the phone number remains 541-512-8703.

The Storytelling Guild and the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater will present two free shows of the award-winning story "The Ugliest Duckling," at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The Portland-based Tears of Joy Theatre production tells a recast version of Hans Christian Anderson's story featuring a platypus.

Donations of gently-used children's books for local outreach programs will be collected at the performances.

Books will be used at the Storytelling Guild's upcoming "Pass the Book" program.

For more information, call 541-210-1999.

The best Southern Oregon television commercials of 2011 were honored in the second annual "On The Mark" award program.

Goodwill, Butler Ford, La Strada Boutique, the Children's Advocacy Center and Taprock Northwest Grill are among the winners.

The awards were created in 2009 by author and marketing coach Mark Dennett to honor outstanding local creative work.

All winning spots are posted on YouTube (ON THE MARK AWARD - 2011).

Winner information also will be posted on Dennett's marketing blog,

Compiled from staff reports

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