What To Do: Sept. 27-Oct. 3


Aircraft and helicopter rides, displays of military aircraft and vehicles, skydiving and flight demonstrations and more will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at Medford Air Service, 4002 Cirrus Drive (off Biddle Road), Medford. Admission is free. Call 779-5451.

Pheasant Fields Farm will be open for their annual Harvest Festival this weekend at 1865 Camp Baker Road, Phoenix. Hours will be from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. The Festival will continue every weekend through October. Activities will include a pumpkin patch, kid's corn maze, horse-drawn hayrides, antique farm equipment display, a shooting gallery, pony rides, a farm animal exhibit, miniature horse demonstration, face painting and kid's activities This weekend, the following groups will also make appearances. From 1 to 3 p.m. today, Cliff Bartyzal of Bartyzal Farms will demonstrate "the way it used to be" on the farm with demonstrations of horse-drawn antique farm equipment, and from noon to 2:30 p.m., local musician Matt Fawcett will provide entertainment with his steel guitar and original songs. On Sunday, the local band Montana Soul will perform country/folk rock from 1 to 4 p.m. The "Country Store" will be open with a good selection of fall produce and seasonal items, and "Grandma's Country Kitchen" will serve apple cider, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, and her famous caramel apple. Admission is free; tickets are sold for other events. For more information, call 535-3873.

The Grants Pass Caveman Coin Club will sponsor the 43rd Annual Coin, Currency, Token and Stamp Show this weekend at the Josephine County Fairgrounds on Redwood Highway in Grants Pass. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 476-0629.

It's National Public Lands Day and from 1 to 3 p.m. today the Crater Lake National Park Trust will celebrate the day with free admission, ranger presentations, tribal dancing and free ice cream floats for the first 500 visitors.

The Jackson County Harvest Fair begins at 10 a.m. today at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Highlights include a draft horse pull competition, Southern Oregon Brewfest; chili cook-off; Australian Shepherd-sanctioned stock dog trials (dogs don't have to be an Australian Shepherd to enter), dog eye and ear clinics (leashes required), Dave Nourie BMX performances, the Jackson County Stockmen's Club Calf Sale and Heifer Futurity, Cargill Fitting Clinic by Frank Ward, a grape stomp, dancing Morgans trick horses; Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo Drill Team; free paint-ball competition; grower's market with fruits and vegetables; Dutch oven cooking; Annie the Clown; 4-H scavenger hunt; pumpkin carving and painting; hot rod and custom car show; and over 500 arts and crafts open entries. There will also be a variety of wine and food, international food favorites, including Cajun, Mexican, Portuguese, American and bakery favorites. A live music festival will be held on the Harvest Fair Stage throughout the weekend, featuring acts that include The Rhythm Kings and the Rogue Suspects.


Enjoy a barbecue, birthday cake and pickin' and grinnin' at the Second Annual Beer and Barbecue for Books to benefit the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. The event is presented by Geppetto's Cafe and Pilaf. The party starts at 1 p.m. and goes until dark at Eagle Mill Farm (at the corner of Eagle Mill and South Valley View Roads). There will be music, face-painting and free books and fun for the family. Proceeds from donations, the sale of food, drink and auxiliary activities will benefit the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. For more information call 541-482-3632.

The Medford's Railroad Park is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month through Oct. 26. Rides are available on small-scale steam and diesel trains and new to the park this year are handcar and motorcar rides. There are also exhibits of full-size and miniature trains, a historic locomotive and caboose and an antique telegraph service. The park is at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue, a few blocks from Rogue Valley Mall. Admission is free, donations are accepted.

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