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Ashland artist David Bjurstrom won best of show as well as first place in drawing and printmaking at the Beverly Hills, Calif. "Affaire in the Gardens" art show May 21-22. Both awards are based on the entire body of work an artist shows at the event.

The juried fine art and fine craft show features the work of 250 artists from across the country in a wide array of media and styles and is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the Los Angeles area. This is the first time an artist working in graphite pencil has received the best of show award.

The White City branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley received $2,100 through District 77 Employee Giving through the Safeway Foundation.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley provides a positive, fun and safe place for children after school and during the weekdays in the summer. The White City Branch has been providing programs and opportunities for kids ages 6-18 for 11 years. Last year it served 453 members and 841 other youths through outreach at community events and teen nights.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.safewayfoundation.org.

Medford filmmaker Martin Vavra's documentary "Patrick's Story" has been accepted into Colorado's Breckenridge Festival of Film.

"Patrick's Story" follows a gay man, Patrick, who was removed from a Portland hospital as his partner lay dying.

Vavra explores what the word "marriage" means in American culture, taking a look at the social confusion associated with registered domestic partnership rights.

Another Vavra project, "The Last Stand," a zombie-apocalypse Web series filmed in Portland, recently won three awards at the LA Web Fest. "The Last Stand" has been distributed by three other Web sites and translated into three other languages. It will soon be available on Hulu and Netflix.

Established in 1981, the Breckenridge Festival of Film is one of the oldest film festivals in the country. Breckenridge 2011 runs June 9-11 and will feature 56 independent dramas, comedies, documentaries and big-picture premieres.

For more information on Vavra or "Patrick's Story," visit http://galaxysailor.com/patricks-story.

The Rogue Valley community is encouraged to participate in the final stages of an outreach communications project to help reduce water pollution in local rivers and streams by completing an online survey.

The Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and local communities seek information on how local community members' habits affect water pollution. The online survey is available at www.roguewaterquality.org and will be available for public comments until June 2.

Cancer survivors, patients and their families are invited to celebrate Cancer Survivor Day and Family Night with Rogue Valley Medical Center staff at the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2. A special event for children and pediatric cancer patients will be held from 3:30-6 p.m.

Complimentary rodeo tickets for cancer survivors and patients are available at RVMC Cancer Services. There will be special "family-pack" pricing of four tickets for $36, with a large slice of Papa John's pizza included with each family-pack ticket.

RVMC will sponsor a bannered area of the Rodeo for all of its Cancer Survivor Day guests and will recognize cancer survivors and patients.

Call 541-789-4263 for more information.

A hearing on a proposed 100-unit, low-income apartment complex in east Medford has been postponed until noon Friday, July 1, at the Medford City Council Chambers, 411 W. Eighth St.

The Jackson County Housing Authority asked for a continuance from the Medford Site and Architectural Commission. The meeting was originally scheduled for June 3.

The apartments would feature 16 buildings totaling 94,550 square feet on 6 acres.

Many residents have sent the Medford Site and Architectural Commission a letter opposing the Jackson County Housing Authority project, which would be located at the corner of Spring Street and North Berkeley Way, adjacent to Donahue-Frohnmayer Park.

ASHLAND — An underwater mushroom found growing in the swift and cold upper Rogue River in 2005 has been named one of the Top 10 New Species of the year by a group of taxonomists working with the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.

The mushroom was discovered by Robert Coffan, a consulting hydrologist at Southern Oregon Uiniversity, while walking in the river. His discovery was confirmed by SOU Biology Professor Emerita Darlene Southworth and Biology Research Technician Jonathan Frank. They named the mushroom Psathyrella aquatica, which means a gilled mushroom that grows in the water.

The Top 10 New Species list is announced annually on the anniversary of the birth of Carolus Linnaeus — the "grandfather" of taxonomy who popularized the genus/species designations in his best-selling 18th century work, the "Systema Naturae."

Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls will conduct flyovers in Eagle Point and Grants Pass on Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day.

The Eagle Point flyover will take place at 11:15 a.m. and the Grants Pass flyover at noon. All flyovers will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. The Oregon Military Department says flights could be canceled or times changed because of inclement weather or operational contingencies.

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