Sen. Wyden to host meeting on health care

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, will host a community conversation on health care in Medford at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Smullin Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, on the campus of Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Wyden is inviting Southern Oregon residents to share their personal experiences with the health care system. The town hall meeting is part of Wyden's weeklong state tour to talk with Oregonians about their health care needs and what should be done to fix the health care system.

Parking is available in the garage next to the Smullin Center.

Elders are often targets of deceptive sales practices or financial scams because many of them have accumulated large sums of money from a lifetime of savings and asset appreciation.

To help elders and their families learn how to avoid insurance and financial abuse, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has scheduled a free workshop in Medford at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the Smullin Center, 2825 E. Barnett Rd., on the Rogue Valley Medical Center campus.

The program will explain how to avoid scams; recognize predatory marketing techniques used by insurance agents and security brokers, and choose suitable insurance and financial products.

The workshop is part of the department's senior and family education program on insurance and financial issues. It is co-sponsored by Senior and Disability Services of Rogue Valley Council of Governments.

For more information about the workshop, please call toll-free 888-877-4894, ext. 7275.

The following Jackson County library branches have made changes to their regularly scheduled preschool story times:

  • Butte Falls story times will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
  • Central Point story time will be every Monday at 11:30 a.m.
  • Phoenix story time has moved to Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Prospect story time will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about preschool story times throughout Jackson County, please contact your local branch library or check the library Web site at

The Crater High School class of 1963 will hold its 45th class reunion on Aug. 2 and 3, and the reunion committee is looking for classmates.

If you are a member of the class of 1963, or know the whereabouts of a member of the class, call Judy Childress Bamforth at 541-665-4452.

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