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The Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings kicked off a new video contest this week asking entrants to shoot and direct videos that show why Rogue Valley summers are so great.

Videos in the contest, "Love Letters to Summer," should not be longer than three minutes. Entrants should think of them as actual letters or homages to summer. They will be judged on how well they capture Rogue Valley summers, technical merit and originality.

The Mail Tribune/Daily Tidings Web team will select the top videos. Cinemark gift cards will be awarded to the top three winners. A $20 Mellelo's gift card will be awarded to the People's Choice award winner.

Video submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 6. Winners will be announced Sept. 2. For more information, see www.mailtribune.com/llts.

ASHLAND — "South of the Border," Oliver Stone's new film, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave.

Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore social and political movements, as well as the U.S. mainstream media's misperception of South America. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina) — as well as her late husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner — Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Raúl Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light on transformations in the region.

For information, call 541-482-8915 or see www.pastorsforpeace.org.

The July 2011 Jackson County Community Service Award will be presented to Wayne Breithaupt, a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

Breithaupt has represented CASA as a volunteer since June 12, 2007. During that time, he has advocated for 11 children, volunteered more than 550 hours and attended more than 100 hours of training. He advocates for children on every level and is always looking out for their emotional, physical, medical and educational needs, award organizers said.

Breithaupt is known to be strong, diplomatic, relentless and honest in his approach to complicated cases. He is constantly advocating for the child's best interests and continues to monitor cases closely with a collaborative approach, according to award organizers.

In addition to his exemplary CASA work, Breithaupt also is a member of the Siskiyou Velo — League of American Bicyclists, the Jackson County Bicycle Committee, a volunteer for Search and Rescue and the Citizen's Review Board.

CENTRAL POINT — A presentation on the use of compressed natural gas in fleet vehicles in Jackson County will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Jackson County Parks Auditorium, 7520 Table Rock Road.

Presented by Rogue Valley Clean Cities, "CNG: A Rogue Valley Vision for a Local Fleet Supply" highlights the benefits of utilizing compressed natural gas as an alternative energy which will improve air quality.

Speakers include Garry Penning of Rogue Disposal & Recycling and Mike James of Jackson County, as well as Tim D'Alessandro of the Rogue Valley Transportation District; Matt Samitore of the City of Central Point; Kathleen Fritz, General Services Administration; Kris Ransom, Avista Uitlities; and Mike Montero, Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition.

There will be a demonstration of alternative-fuel vehicles in the parking lot, including street sweepers, a bus, a waste truck, pickups and hybrids.

Once converted to CNG, local fleets can operate at lower cost to allow enhanced and expanded services to Jackson County residents. The methane gas created at Dry Creek Landfill is now converted to electricity and creates enough power for 3,000 homes annually.

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