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The Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will offer a birdhouse building class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Lee Web, local wildlife biologist, will lead the class in building a birdhouse and providing facts about birds. The project includes hammering and drilling. Participants are asked to bring a hammer.

Pre-register by calling the Northwest Nature Shop, 541-482-3241. For more information, visit www.northwestnatureshop.com.

Michael Kleinschmidt, the new canon for cathedral music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, will present an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall in Ashland.

The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Walther, Mozart, Pärt, Alain, Howells and Dupré. Admission is free and a reception will follow. For more information, call Margaret Evans at 541-482-3075.

Author Evan S. Connell, who has written award-winning fiction, poetry and essays, will be the subject of an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presentation at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, at Southern Oregon University.

Connell wrote a pair of novels that became the 1990 Merchant Ivory movie "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge," starring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

Lifelong friend Jean Conger will share a rare public television interview with Connell at this free presentation in Room A of the OLLI building on SOU's campus, 655 Frances Lane, Ashland. Call 541-552-6048 for additional information.

ASHLAND — A survivor of human trafficking will tell her story to help increase awareness of sexual assault at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. The event is presented by the Ashland Police Department, Southern Oregon University and Soroptimist International of Ashland. Admission is free.

Natasha Herzig was kidnapped and forced into prostitution when she was 19 years old. She was rescued by the New York Police Department and, after approximately 10 years, saw her kidnapper arrested after working with America's Most Wanted.

Herzig recently spoke on Capitol Hill regarding human sex trafficking and uses her experience to help others who have faced trauma in life. Her story recently aired on America's Most Wanted.

More information about Natasha Herzig can be found on the Ashland Police Department website, www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=13888.

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