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A community walk planned Saturday strives to bring about suicide awareness and raise money for research and prevention programs.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at Bear Creek Park in Medford.

One of many community walks held nationwide, the event is meant to bring attention to the 38,000 people in the U.S. who die at their own hand each year, according to the Out of the Darkness website. It raises money for improving understanding of suicide and the psychiatric illnesses that can lead to it, as well as efforts to prevent suicide.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. For more information or to donate, visit

An end-of-summer block party is planned from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the park blocks at Sixth and Bartlett streets in downtown Medford. Activities will include arts and crafts, games, jump houses, live music, a barbecue and a showing of the movie "Up."

The free event is presented by the Medford Parks and Recreation Department.

Asante Physician Partners Family Medicine will make it possible to meet several physicians at once during an open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at 691 Murphy Road, Suite 107, in Medford.

Visitors can tour the new facility, and the doctors will be available for a free conversation about their medical practice and how they care for patients. It will be possible for visitors to schedule an appointment before they leave. Refreshments will be served.

The doctors at the clinic are Charles Marcelin, Rosemary Chiedozi, Goran Dvijanovic, Reginal Molokwu and Rodney Pray.

Book lovers will have a reason to wag their tails Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter will hold a Waggin' Tales Book Sale from noon to 4 p.m. at 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Attendees can purchase a bag of books for $5, with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Animal Shelter.

See for more information.

Shooting Star Nursery will host a gardening class on potted containers from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the nursery, 3223 Taylor Road, Central Point.

Ideas on spicing up potted containers, along with use of grasses, perennials and shrubs, will be discussed. The use of pumpkins as containers will also be discussed. Children are welcome and get in free with an adult registration, which costs $10 per person.

For more information and to register, see

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