I would like to thank the Medford Cruise board and volunteers, sponsors and vendors for a great family fun weekend in Medford over Father's Day weekend. What a great free event for our community to enjoy.

I also would like to thank the Coquille Indian Tribe for sponsoring the Concert in the Park Friday night. Again, this was a free family friendly event and my family and I really enjoyed the music of the Lovin' Spoonful. The atmosphere was fun and lively and we loved the music.

We are looking forward to next year! — Betty Summers, Medford

The Jackson County Animal Shelter at 5995 S. Pacific Highway, between Talent and Phoenix, is overflowing with lovely, adoptable cats and kittens. Many of them must have lived in a home at one time, because they are delightful and affectionate.

Why don't cat owners try to find their pets at the shelter when they go missing? (Open Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.)

Adopt a wonderful adult cat for only $45, a kitten for $70, or better yet, take advantage of the "2-Fur-1" offer and adopt two for the price of one. Cats love company. And while you're at it, contact SNYP (www.spayneuter.org, 541-858-3325) in July to buy a certificate to get your male cat fixed for only $10. Other low-cost spay/neuter options are also available.

If you feed 'em, fix 'em. Please be part of the solution to help bring down the number of homeless cats by adopting and spay/neutering. — Eliza Kauder, Friends of the Animal Shelter volunteer, www.fotas.org

Over the past three years, hundreds of individuals and many philanthropic foundations have helped ACCESS Food Share Gardens thrive.

It's a good thing. Each year the number of families and individuals needing emergency food assistance has increased.

Again In 2013, gardens in Central Point, Gold Hill, Medford, Rogue River, at the OSU Extension Center and VA-SORCC will grow vegetables so that people in need will find fresh produce at their ACCESS pantry.

Thanks to all our volunteer supervisors and garden helpers who put in many hours each week — and church, business and community groups that give days of service — to ensure others have access to seasonal produce. Their efforts resulted in more than 57,900 pounds of produce in 2012.

We hope to do even more this year. We are growing not just vegetables, but caring communities. To help, visit www.accesshelps.org, www.facebook.com/accesshelps or call, 541-779-6691 ext. 309. — Nan King, ACCESS Food Share Garden developer

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