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Grange Co-op employees have helped raise a total of 3,959 food items to donate to various food pantries in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. Grange Co-op is matching the number of items the employees raised, adding 3,960 items, for a total of 7,919 food items to be donated.

Grange Co-op, part of the Southern Oregon community since 1934, will deliver the food on Monday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m., to the food pantry at St. Vincent DePaul in Medford, Josephine County Food Bank in Grants Pass and Klamath/Lake County Food Bank in Klamath Falls. They will deliver to Ashland Emergency Food Bank at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The Medford Branch Library's Children's Department invites the public to bring new and unwrapped mittens, gloves, hats, socks and underwear to hang on or place under the Mitten Tree beginning Saturday, Nov. 27, at the library, 205 S. Central Avenue.

The items will be given to Court Appointed Special Advocates for distribution to children who have been removed from their homes because of parental abuse or neglect and often have little more than the clothes they are wearing. Items will be collected through Dec. 20. All sizes are needed and handmade items are welcome.

For more information, call the children's department at 541-774-8678.

MEDFORD — Community Health Center announced its newest board members this week. They are:

Mark Chirgwin, branch manager and financial consultant with Stifel Nicolas.

John Littleton, owner of a Web-design service in the Rogue Valley.

Marlene Yesquen, a lawyer with Black, Chapman, Webber & Stevens.

To reach Community Health Center for an appointment, call 541-773-3863.

On Thanksgiving morning, Nia instructor Rachael R. Resch will facilitate the 11th annual Nia Thanksgiving DanceFeast, where participants can nourish their bodies with Nia movement and burn off some calories before Thanksgiving dinner.

The cost is $12, and the event takes place at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey, No. 10, in Ashland, from 9:30-11 a.m. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Participants will experience simple, fun moves, as well as free-form dance, done to eclectic, world beat music.

For information, contact Resch at 541-488-1192 or

Parade entries are sought for the Ashland Chamber's Festival of Light parade.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, near the library and ends in the Plaza, where Santa throws the switch that illuminates more than a million white lights throughout town.

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce invites nonprofit organizations, families, kids and neighborhood groups with a holiday theme to be a part of the Festival of Light parade. Parade applications are available at or by calling 541-482-3486.


Author T.B. Smith and Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor and dramaturge Barry Kraft will present a book signing and reading to celebrate the release of Smith's novel, "The Sticking Place," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

"The Sticking Place" (Hellgate Press, paperback, $19.95) is about a Shakespeare-quoting rookie cop who fights crooks and fellow officers as he learns to survive on the streets of 1970s San Diego.

Smith served as a police officer for 27 years with the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Unified School District Police Department, retiring as a lieutenant in 2003. He's a graduate of San Diego State University, where he studied English Literature and creative writing.

Hellgate Press ( is an Ashland-based publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles available wherever books are sold.

Girl Scouts seek item donations for Holiday Shoe Boxes

Girl Scouts in Southern Oregon are collecting items for Holiday Shoe Boxes, which they will fill with gifts and supplies for local children in need.

This year the goal is to fill more than 500 shoe boxes to be distributed to organizations such as Community Works, Head Start, LISTO, Northwest Seasonal Farm Workers and the White City sheriff's substation.

Donations of small gifts, hygiene items, hats, gloves and school supplies for children ages infant to 17 years old will be accepted at the Medford Service Center at 2001 N. Keene Way Drive in Medford until Friday, Dec. 10. For additional information, contact Jennifer Hackim at 541-773-8423, ext. 305, or e-mail

The Girl Scouts have been providing Holiday Shoe Boxes since 1988.

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