Local briefs

The Jewish Film Series at the Havurah will present "The Goldbergs, Part I," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Writer-actress Gertrude Berg stars as Jewish-American matriarch Molly Goldberg in this long-running family sitcom that she originally created for radio audiences some 20 years earlier. The episodes featured here find Molly struggling to make friends with her new suburban neighbors; Uncle David (Eli Mintz) entertaining an invitation from a cousin to visit the old country; and Rosalie (Arlene McQuade) getting schooled on her singing. Part 2 is scheduled for Jan. 12.

The event is free. For more information, call 541-488-7716.

The Rogue Valley Family YMCA has received more than $30,000 for after-school programs from several foundations, including $10,000 from the Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation, $10,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation, $8,370 from JCPenney and $2,500 from MDU Foundation (Knife River).

YMCA programming provides children and teens with physical education, homework assistance, arts activities, sports and snacks.

The grants are designed to help the YMCA provide financial assistance to students who otherwise could not afford to participate in after-school programs.

For more information, call Stephanie Brooks, development director, at 541-772-6295, ext. 223, or e-mail sbrooks@rvymca.org.

Ashland Christian Fellowship will hold its 31st annual Free Ashland Christmas Dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland.

Each year merchants and community members volunteer to feed more than 800 people a traditional Christmas dinner. The menu will include turkey, gravy, potatoes, yams, stuffing, tossed salad, and desserts of homemade pies and ice cream.

The dinner is open to seniors, families, singles and those without homes. Local rides and dinner deliveries to those in need can be pre-arranged by calling Steve Christensen at 541-326-6526.

"Havurah Women Illuminate the Darkness with Story and Song" is planned at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, at the Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

The concert will feature Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Rabbi Sarah Etz Alon, storyteller Devorah Zaslow, Laura Berman Benelli of 4 Stories High, Cyrise Beaty Schachter, artistic director of the Rogue World Ensemble, singer Andrea Shupack and chantress Mia Shoshana Cohen.

For more information, call 541-488-7716. The event is free but donations will be accepted.

The Olsrud family, including Sherm and Wanda Olsrud and Steve and Linda Olsrud, donated a semitrailer of food to ACCESS Inc. Friday morning to help feed hungry families in Jackson County.

The donation weighed a total of 23,000 pounds.

The Olsruds, owners of Sherm's Thunderbird Market and Food 4 Less, are longtime supporters of ACCESS and its food programs. They have donated a truckload of food to ACCESS since 2000 and were instrumental in the building of the ACCESS Community Kitchen.

The Olsruds have been helping ACCESS meet the community's needs for more than two decades. Since 1984 they have provided all the grocery bags for the annual ACCESS/Mail Tribune "Food For Hope" food drive and are involved in countless community activities.

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