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The Steinman bridge at milepost 3.7 on Old Siskiyou Highway, or Oregon State Highway 273, will be closed to all traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians, from today until the end of June.

The closing is part of a $997,000 project to rehabilitate the historic Dollarhide and Steinman bridges on Old Siskiyou Highway. Completion date for both bridges is Aug. 31.

Sarah Red-Laird will teach a class called "Introduction to the Honey Bee" from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland.

The class is the first of three Red-Laird will teach at the store. The other classes are Honey Bee Products and Apitherapy, scheduled for Thursday, June 2; and Honey Bee Keeping, planned for Thursday, June 9.

Thursday's class will discuss the history and the basics of the honey bee dating back to ancient Egyptian times, how the bees came to America, and how they ended up in our backyards and orchards. She also will discuss the biology of the honey bee, including life cycle, jobs during a bee's life and roles of the queen, worker and drone.

Classes cost $15. To register, call the store at 541-482-3241. For details, call Red-Laird at 541-708-1127 or see www.beegirl.org.

Kid Time! Discovery Experience will celebrate its grand opening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at its new home, the Southern Oregon Historical Society building at 106 N. Central Ave., Medford.

Many of the new exhibits are from SOHS' former Children's Museum in Jacksonville. Kid Time! provides a variety of early childhood activities and programs in addition to exhibits.

For details, call 541-772-9922 or visit www.kid-time.org.

Senior Aces PC Computer Club, for those older than 54, will offer a classroom session on "Security and Privacy" at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Masonic Temple, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. For details, call 541-773-4226.

The Southern Oregon University United Nations Club will sponsor a day of films and discussion on the Arab Spring and other revolutions from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Rogue River Room of the Stevenson Union at SOU. Admission is free and the public is invited.

"Public Knowledge and Revolutions" will present discussions on the state of social and political relations around the world, especially in the Mideast and Northern Africa.

The day's events begin with a potluck lunch at noon, followed by documentaries about Wikileaks, recent revolutions and the contexts within which they emerged.

At 6 p.m., SOU professors and students will discuss the nature of revolutions, their history and prospects. Panelists include professors Jim Phillips, Robert Harrison, Shamsul Alam, Bill Gholson and Dustin Walcher.

Eagle Point National Cemetery will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30. The ceremony will include patriotic music, flag displays, a rifle salute and a fly-over.

The program includes music by Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band, a joint color guard to include all branches of the military, advancement of colors by veteran service organizations, echo taps, Civil War cannon re-enactment and vocal selections.

Speakers will include Rep. Dennis Richardson; Jim Willis, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Administration; Dave Dotterer, U.S. Marine Corps retired colonel; and Sgt. 1st Class Mark Dalton, U.S. Army National Guard.

The ceremony will be held in the assembly area near the flagpole. More than 120 U.S. flags, donated by veterans' families, will be flown along the Avenue of Flags.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, students from Scenic Middle School will place small U.S. flags on approximately 16,000 graves at the cemetery.

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