What to do


  • Children of all ages are invited to celebrate May Day today at the Children's Museum at Fifth and C streets in Jacksonville. Participants will make May Day baskets and other crafts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dance around the Maypole from 11 to 1. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for children and seniors and includes admission to both Jacksonville museums. Call 899-8123.
  • Ashland Boy Scout Tanner Shumway will hold a hot-dog fundraising sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ray's Sentry Market, 735 N. Main St., Phoenix. Shumway is landscaping a portion of Blue Heron Park in Phoenix for his Eagle Scout Award. Ray's will donate all the hot dogs and buns that Tanner can sell to raise money to purchase plants for Blue Heron Park.
  • "Make It a Way of Life" is the theme for today's Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds at ScienceWorks Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Live entertainment and family activities will be presented throughout the day. Approximately 70 exhibits are planned, along with local food vendors serving earth-friendly fare and the Trashion Modeling Show, featuring fashion made from trash and recyclables. Admission is free. Walk, bike, carpool or ride a free shuttle to the event. See roguevalleyearthday.net or call 488-6606 for more information.
  • Children will be treated to a free bilingual storytime with Anna Campuzano at 1 p.m. at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Call 774-6423.
  • The music and drama departments at South Medford High School will present "Once Upon a Mattress," a musical comedy based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Princess and the Pea" at 7 p.m. at Stedman Auditorium, SMHS, 815 S. Oakdale. Enjoy the antics, the music and the dancing of the court as Prince Dauntless the Drab seeks to find the one true princess that can pass Queen Aggravain's sensitivity test. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 students.
  • "Annie," the musical, will be presented at 7 p.m. at The Performing Arts Center, 665 N. Third St., Central Point. This show is presented by the Crater Drama Department and features students from all over School District 6, ranging from second-graders to 12th-graders. Cost is $10 adults, $7 for kids, seniors or students. For more information, call 494-6300.


  • Medford's Railroad Park is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month through Oct. 25. Activities include rides for all ages on small-scale steam and diesel trains, exhibits of full-size and miniature trains, a historic locomotive and caboose and an antique telegraph service. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Call 779-3002 or 944-9176.
  • Pet and feed friendly barnyard animals at The Farm, 51 S. Stage Road, Medford. Pony rides and other activities also are offered. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn. The Farm is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $4. Fees apply to other activities. Call 535-1316.


Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional Mexican folk dances at various libraries this week and next. The schedule is: 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Point Library, 116 S. Third St.; 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Talent Library, 101 Home St.; 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.; and at 4 p.m. Thursday at the White City Library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 774-6423.


Learn about wild mushrooms that grow in our area at the Spring Mushroom Fair, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display. Local experts will be available to answer questions and identify mushrooms that people bring in. Bring your own mushrooms and learn how to identify the poisonous ones. There also will be some cooked wild mushrooms available for sampling. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 541-482-3241 or visit www.northwestnatureshop.com.

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