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ASHLAND — WinterSpring is offering a general bereavement support group for people grieving the death of a loved one. It meets Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ashland.

A focus is to create a safe environment where members can share experiences while supporting each other through the grief process. Pre-registration is required. For more information or for registration, call 541-552-0620 or visit www.winterspring.org.

State Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, will host a legislative town hall at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the Adams Meeting Room at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The event will allow Rogue Valley residents to express their views on issues pending in the Oregon Legislature, including the budget crisis.

The Rogue Valley Flyers will hold its annual Swap and Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, in the Flower Building of the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2 at the door.

This event will include a wide range of radio-control hobbies — from aircraft to cars and boats. Those interested in trying their hand at radio-controlled flight will be able "take the sticks" at a flight simulator that realistically portrays an actual R/C aircraft in flight.

For more information, contact Len Barker, 541-956-9384 or see the website at http://home.earthlink.net/~roguevalleyflyers.

Mt. Ashland Ski Area is giving away a free all-day, all-lift ticket on Sunday, March 27, to anyone bringing five or more cans of nonperishable food. The giveaway is part of Mt. Ashland's annual "Ski & Snowboard Against Hunger Day," with all donated food going to the ACCESS Food Share Pantry Network to feed the hungry through 23 pantries throughout Jackson County.

All-day lift tickets are good from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 27. They regularly cost $39 for adults and $29 for kids and seniors on the weekend.

Foods rich in protein are needed, including peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat and beans. However, donations of any non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, cold and hot cereals always are welcome.

ACCESS also accepts secure donations online at www.accesshelps.org and clicking the "Donate Now" button. For each dollar donated, ACCESS can provide five meals, or approximately five pounds of food, for local residents experiencing hunger.

For more information, please contact Philip Yates, ACCESS nutrition program director, at 541-774-4320 or pyates@access-inc.org.

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