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Activities for teens will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on some Saturdays in January at the teen library in the Medford branch, 205 S. Central Ave. Here's the schedule:

  • Jan. 7: "Green Lantern," rated PG-13. A test pilot is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
  • Jan. 21: Chess Club. All levels of players are welcome, with basic instruction offered.
  • Jan. 28: Wii„¢ Game of the Month — "New Super Mario Bros."

Activities are sponsored by the Friends of the Medford Library. For more information, call 541-774-6413.

The city of Central Point once again will offer discounts to drivers who have had their licenses suspended through the Municipal Court.

The city will reduce fines by 25 percent for those who can pay the remainder in full. Those whose account has been sent to a collection agency can get a 25 percent reduction in fines and a 50 percent reduction in interest owing as long as the remainder can be paid in full. Payment plans do not qualify for either reduction.

The Amnesty Program will be available from Jan. 3 through April 30. For more information, call 541-423-1037.

The Crater Lake Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2900 Juanipero Way, Medford. All current and prospective members are welcome. For more information, contact Callie Marek at 541-245-6699.

The Elastic Mind Book Discussion Group will discuss "Soft Power vs. Hard Power in the 21st Century" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Participants are asked to read "Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics" by Joseph S. Nye or another book on the same topic.

The term "soft power" was coined by Nye in the late 1980s. It lies in the ability to attract and persuade. Hard power — the ability to coerce — grows out of a country's military or economic might, whereas soft power arises from the attractiveness of a country's culture, political ideals and policies.

The discussion group will be led by Joanna Fenn. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library. For more information, call the library at 541-774-6996.

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