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California State Employees Association, Chapter 165 (Retired Employees Association) will hold its annual holiday/business luncheon meeting at Elmer's, 2000 Biddle Road, on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Sign-in will be at 11:30 a.m. Christmas music will be presented by the McLoughlin Middle School choir. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests.

Meetings are the first Thursday of every other month. For more information, call Bruce Eliason, membership chairman, at 541-779-2912.

The nonprofit greyhound adoption agency Homes for Hounds will offer photos with Santa and customers' pets three Saturdays in December at the Medford Petsmart store.

Photos will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at the store at 3279 Crater Lake Highway, Medford. The cost is $9.95.

The sessions are a fundraiser for Homes for Hounds, which also will have three retired racing greyhounds available for adoption at the store. Adoption fees are $250 per dog.

More information is available at www.homes4hounds.com.

Medford's Center for Spiritual Living plans a chili cook-off Saturday, Dec. 4.

It is set for 6 p.m. at the center at 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford. The fee is $5 to attend, vote and eat chili and salad (children get in free). Participants can bring a dessert, corn bread or another chili accompaniment.

A raffle also is planned.

Call 541-734-8581 or go to www.cslmedford.org for more information.

A Musicians Swap Meet will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Bellview Grange Hall, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland.

Participants may buy, sell and trade new, used and vintage music gear.

Sellers are asked to reserve tables in advanced because space is limited. The cost is $20 for 6-foot-long tables and $12 for a card table.

To reserve a table or for more information, call Tom Frederick at 541-482-4830.

Compiled from staff reports

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