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Several city of Ashland employees — including

City Administrator Martha Bennett and Mayor John Stromberg — will be playing with the Ashland City Band during its annual Norwegian Night Thursday, July 28, in the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park, Ashland.

A pre-concert show by the Swing Kings starts at 6 p.m., and conductor Don Bieghler strikes up the band at 7 p.m.

The city employees will join the band for "Deep River Fantasy," arranged by Harold Walters.

Other tunes will include "Norwegian Folk Rhapsody" by Arlen Nesrud, Norway's national anthem, "His Honor March" by Henry Fillmore, "Concord Overture" by Ralph Hermann, "Alpine Fantasy" by Erik Leidzén, featuring horn trio Jenifer Castensen, Cynthia Hutton and Linda Harris, "A Disney Spectular," arranged by John Moss and featuring guest conductor Steve Kessler, "Landsighting" by Edvard Grieg, "From the Homefront: Musical Memories of World War II," arranged by James Christensen, and "Pride of the Wolverines" by John Philip Sousa.

A free art workshop for children will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30, at the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St., Ashland. Volunteers will assist children as they explore drawing, painting and working with clay.

All ages are welcome with parental supervision. Materials and smocks will be provided, but wear proper painting attire.

The artwork created will be on display for the First Friday Art Walk in August and then available for viewing at the Art Center.

The workshops are organized by Project ArtKids, whose mission is to give kids of all ages a voice and identity to create and display works of art in a free-form, creative and nurturing environment.

These workshops will continue on the last Saturday of each month.

The all-volunteer effort is looking for community support. For more information or to volunteer, call Steve Barnard at 541-301-1103.

Volunteers are needed to help during the setup, sale, and tear-down for Dress Dash, a charity wedding gown sale set for 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, in the Padgham Pavilion at the Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

All dresses are $150. The event benefits Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to terminal breast cancer patients.

Volunteers can sign up at or call Brittney Wolf at 503-491-8091.

A Celebration of Gifting is planned from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the parking lot of the Ashland United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. People are invited to bring, take or exchange items. Financial gifts will go toward buying tents for those without shelter. Call 541-482-9625 to arrange early drop-off or for more information. No computers or broken items will be allowed.

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