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Oregon State University Extension will host Get Yer Goat Education Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

The event will feature workshops from seasoned goat owners about all aspects of raising goats, along with raffles and prizes. A cheese-making class also will be offered.

Cost is $35 for adults, $20 for youths. Cost for the cheese-making class is $50 for adults, $30 for youths. Both events include materials and lunch.

For more information, call 541-776-7371, ext. 208.

Pathways to Healing, a grant-funded program of the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, is designed to help victims of sexual assault in the healing process.

The 10-week support group will be open to 12-15 pre-screened women and meetings will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Medford library. This is a closed group, meaning drop-ins won't be allowed. Sessions will begin Oct. 4 and end Dec. 13 (no meeting Thanksgiving week).

The group format is considered "psycho-educational," more similar to a class than a traditional talk therapy group. A new topic will be introduced each week, such as "Managing the Effects of Trauma," "Discovering the New 'Normal,' " "Re-building Trust," etc. Classes will include incorporating a new skill or activity, such as breathing exercises, art, music, movement, writing, etc., plus homework to reinforce the practice of the skill into participants' everyday lives.

Pathways to Healing is a pilot group, so each week participants will complete a brief survey regarding the usefulness of the topic and skill introduced during that week.

Organizers will conduct follow-ups with participants to determine their process and status at one month, six months and one year after the sessions are over.

For more information, call 888-603-4279 or visit www.jcsart.org.

Ashland Kiwanis will hold a car wash from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Les Schwab Tire Center, 2308 Ashland St., Ashland.

Tickets cost $5 each and are available from a Kiwanis member or at the car wash.

All proceeds support various Kiwanis children and community projects, including Special Olympics, Ashland High School Key Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Pop Warner football and Little League.

For more information, call 541-488-0532.

Avamere Health & Fitness Club, 760 Spring St., Medford, will host a free women's health fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The club will offer free classes, including Aqua Zumba, along with health tests, demonstrations and raffles.

Sharon Johnson, associate professor in health and human sciences at Oregon State University and health columnist for the Mail Tribune, will give a talk about women's health.

For more information, call 541-773-7718, ext. 400, or see www.avamerehealthandfitness.com.

Jackson County Library Services will host a free introduction to Facebook from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Adams Community Meeting Room of the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The presentation will cover the basics of the site, how to use it, and how users can protect their privacy. Demonstrations and one-on-one assistance will be offered.

Attendees should have basic working knowledge of computers and a working email account, and attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops if they have WiFi capability.

For more information, call the library at 541-774-8679.

Workshops will be held in Central Point and Grants Pass to learn about "disability etiquette for businesses."

The Central Point workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, 155 N. First St.

The Grants Pass workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the HASL Independent Abilities Center, 305 N.E. E St.

Cost is $40 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required.

For more information, call Patricia Alvarez at 541-479-4275.

A "Grandparents as Parents" support group will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Boys & Girls Club, 203 S.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass.

The group will feature guest speaker Scott Bosse, case manager for the Department of Human Services, and Kris Quicker, CASA volunteer. The group is free.

For more information, call 541-479-9407.

Lovejoy Hospice will hold a volunteer training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4, at 939 S.E. Eighth St., Grants Pass.

Volunteers offer friendship and support to patients and their families, animal-assisted therapy, brief respite for family caregivers, bereavement support and clerical help in the office.

Lovejoy Hospice provides hospice care and bereavement services in Josephine, Jackson and parts of Douglas counties.

For more information, call 541-474-1193 or see lovejoyhospice.org.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host the "Spirit in Hand" Holiday Boutique from Nov. 11 through Dec. 23. This is a juried show and sale of one-of-a-kind, handmade gift items, such as textiles, pottery, ceramics, glass, metal, woodwork, jewelry and more. Small framed artwork will also be considered.

Artists interested in applying should submit photographs or a CD of 10 items for the jury's consideration before Friday, Oct. 7, postmarked or hand-delivered to 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, OR 97501.

For details or an application form, see www.roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118, ext. 305.

Compiled from staff reports

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