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The Oregon Department of Transportation has extended the studded tire season through Monday, April 4, as weather forecasts call for winter driving conditions in some snow zones over the coming weekend.

Motorists must have studded tires removed from their vehicles by 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, April 5.

Typically, studded tires must be removed by April 1. Transportation department officials encourage drivers to not wait until the deadline if they aren't driving in snowy conditions.

Studded tires cause at least $40 million in damage each year on city streets, county roads and state highways, while only about $11 million is spent each year repairing studded tire damage, ODOT reported.

Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles in Oregon after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violation, which carries a minimum $190 fine.

A C-SPAN digital bus, a customized coach that provides an interactive, multimedia look at C-SPAN's public affairs programming, will stop from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The bus will park in front of the library.

Visitors can watch the network's programs, explore its online video library and see and hear demonstrations of its radio and social-networking offerings. Some resources are tailored to civics teachers and students, promoters said. The bus visit is sponsored by Charter.

Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to audition for "YOU ROCK! A Teen Variety Show," to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Ashland.

Auditions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at CultureWorks, 310 Oak St., Ashland; and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Kids Unlimited, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

All creative expressions are welcome: musical, dance, drama, poetry, prose, comedy etc. All acts will be reviewed by a jury and are subject to jury approval for acceptance into the show. Acts will be judged on creativity, stage presence, technical skill, appropriateness and preparation.

To sign up for auditions, visit the Facebook page "YOU ROCK! A Teen Variety Show," and go to the Discussions tab, or contact Harmony Haynie at 541-613-4572 or harmonysue23@gmail.com.

The show is a benefit for the Rose Circle Mentoring Network, which provides mentoring for youth in the Rogue Valley. For more on the program, see www.therosecircle.org.

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