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As part of the Southern Oregon Historical Society's "Windows in Time" series, Pat Harper will present "From Russia to Medford: Reginald Bretnor's Life and Writings" at noon Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and noon Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For details, call 541-899-8123 or visit

Psychologist and author Alison Gopnik will speak about the minds of children at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland.

Gopnik is the author of the best-selling books, "The Scientist in the Crib" and "The Philosophical Baby," and more than 100 journal articles. Admission is free, but a $10 suggested donation will be accepted. For details, call 541-482-6767 or visit

During August, Tark's Market will host a Round-Up fundraiser for the Talent Boys & Girls Club. All money raised will support programs at the Talent club.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley has been in transition, with the White City club scheduled for closure. The Talent club, however, will remain open and the funds raised by Tark's will help ensure it can offer a full slate of programs.

The Boys & Girls Club provides membership to youths for $40 a year, and provides a safe place for children to go after school, to get help with homework and to get a free nutritious meal. The actual cost to run the programs is more than $500 a year for each member.

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