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Oregon Action will show the movie "Northern Lights," about the North Dakota State Bank, an alternative to Wall Street banks, in which money is kept local and recirculated.

The film will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Adams Room at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. The movie will help launch a campaign to create a similar bank in Oregon. For more information, call Oregon Action at 541-772-4029.

A workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in Medford to help homeowners facing the possibility of foreclosure.

The workshop will address issues surrounding foreclosures and provide a supportive atmosphere where homeowners can come together with others in similar circumstances. It is sponsored by Good Grief America, an organization of local homeowners working to stop foreclosures and to improve transparency on loan issues in Oregon. There is a suggested $20 donation per household to cover the cost of the program.

The location site will be provided upon registration. To reserve a spot, call 541-690-8334 or see http://goodgriefamerica.ning.com.

For more information, call Nancie Koerber at 541-690-8334 or see http://goodgriefamerica.ning.com.

Local author Carol Jo Pettit will discuss her new book, "Lies of Mercy, Lies of Grace: Tales of a Pennsylvania Dutch Girl in Miami," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

She is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Matter of Trust, a nonprofit organization working to revitalize beaches impacted by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pettit won the "Bloomie Award" writing contest for Southern Oregon women older than 55 at Bloomsbury Books for her short story, "Mahoney's Baloney," which is included in the book.

The Jackson County Chapter of Stand for Children will hold a Medford Stand Summit from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The summit is free and open to the public.

The summit will include a panel discussion on Oregon school funding and legislation with state Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. That will be followed by workshops on supporting educators, working for stable and adequate education funding, recruiting and electing school board members and a review of the Medford School District budget.

Contact Steve Neuberger at 541-292-4017 or sneuberger@stand.org for more information.

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