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Southern Oregon University has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2010-11 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Since April 2006, the EPA's Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.

SOU beat its conference rivals by purchasing more than 33 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 287 percent of the school's annual electricity use.

EPA estimates that SOU's purchase of more than 33 million kilowatt-hours of green power has the equivalent impact of reducing the CO2 emissions of nearly 5,000 passenger cars annually.

For details, see www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

"Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris' Oscar-winning documentary on an underground railroad that saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children at the dawn of World War II, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, as part of its free Jewish film series.

Through interviews and archival footage, the survivors recount being taken from their families and sent to live with strangers in the relative safety of England. Judi Dench narrates.

On Friday, April 29, all Dutch Bros. Coffee locations will donate their coffee-sales proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The annual "MDA Day," held in conjunction with ALS Awareness Month in May, is held in honor of company co-founder, Dane Boersma, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and passed away in 2009.

Limited-edition MDA mugs will be available for $7, with all proceeds going to the MDA.

Last year, Dutch Bros. contributed $110,000 to the MDA for research and family-services funding.

Mediation Works, a community dispute resolution center based in Medford, has expanded its services into Josephine County. The Josephine County Board of Commissioners voted to ask Mediation Works to pick up the services that were previously performed by Common Ground, whose board disbanded the nonprofit late last year.

Mediation Works provides mediation services to those in conflict in the court system, in workplaces and in the community. It also provides training in the art of mediation and conflict resolution. A Fundamentals of Mediation five-day training will begin May 12 at the Higher Education Center in downtown Medford.

For more information or to register for the class, call 541-770-2468 or see www.mediation-works.org.

Cascade Christian High School's choirs will present a night of music and dessert at their 14th annual concert entitled "Showtime — Anything is Possible."

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 28-30, in the school's pavilion, 855 Chevy Way, Medford.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children. Admission includes beverages and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance from the school office. For more information call 541-772-0606.

Peace House will hold two sessions on the Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan, which is scheduled to stop overnight in Ashland on July 7.

The sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland and 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The Pastors for Peace Caravan delivers construction supplies and tools, medical supplies and equipment, and education material to Cuba, via Mexico, challenging the U.S. embargo of Cuba and ban on travel there. The sessions will include a short film and discussions with previous caravan members.

For information call 541-482-8915 or see www.pastorsforpeace.org.

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