Friday, Oct. 29
SPOOK-TAC-U-LAR BOOK SALE: Trick-or-treat your way through a used books sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Call 541-855-1994.
ROGUE GALLERY & ART CENTER: "Viva la Vida: Synthesis of Cultures," will be displayed through Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the gallery and art center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The Day of the Dead-inspired exhibit, organized by Avenue 50 Studio, a Latino community art center in Los Angeles, explores the ancenstral traditions shared by cultures worldwide. The display showcases paintings, drawings, prints, collage and sculpture by 24 artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 541-772-8118 or visit www.roguegallery.org.
ART EXHIBIT: A collection of work from the Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation, along with a variety of media by local artists, will open with a reception to be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Creator's Gallery & Art Center, 145 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Call 541-772-7408 or 541-772-2069 for information.
FILM FESTIVAL SERIES: The documentary "Waiting for Superman," which scrutinizes the U.S. public education system, will be shown at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. Tickets are available at the box office and at www.ashlandfilm.org with a $1 per ticket service charge. Proceeds benefit the Ashland Independent Film Festival.
COUNTRY-WESTERN DANCE PARTY: Country-western and West Coast swing dancing will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at The Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. County-western lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. No partner or sign-ups are required. Admission is $8, $6 after 8:30 p.m. and for youths. See www.evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-800.
Saturday, Oct. 30
BREAKFAST: An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. the last Saturday of every month at Warren Lodge No. 10 in Jacksonville, 135 Oregon St. Cost is $6.
SCARY-BOOKS SIGNING: Local author D.L. Snell will sign copies of "Demon Days" and "Blood Lite: Overbite" and give away treats from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Barnes & Noble, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. See www.exit66.net.
COUNTRY DANCE: Pat Summers and the Rogue Valley Playboys perform dance music at 7 p.m. Saturdays in the Rogue River Community Center annex, 136 Broadway St., Rogue River. Admission is $4. Call 541-951-5508.
NIGHT OWL SQUARE DANCE: The Star Promenaders will host a Halloween costume dance on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Rounds begin at 7:30 p.m., squares at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation. Call 541-665-5940.
Sunday, Oct. 31
BAD FILM SOCIETY: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Bad Film Society is holding a Halloween party at a new venue and is letting its fans choose the feature bad film. Go to www.badfilmsociety.org and vote for your favorite bad film. The winner will be shown during the party, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Short films and the third chapter of the campy 1935 serial "The Lost City" also will be screened. Wear a costume and bring a potluck dish to share. Admission is a donation of $4.
Monday, Nov. 1
LARGE-PRINT BOOK SALE: Large-print books are on sale for $1 beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in the Friends of the Medford Library Book Shop, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-779-3246 for more information.
THE ARTISTS WORKSHOP: The group of regional painters invites interested artists to join painting and drawing sessions and critiques at 10 a.m. Mondays. The group works outdoors, weather permitting, and indoors during colder months. Call 541-482-5837 for information.
WRITING SESSIONS: Put pen to paper at a series of free writing sessions led by writer Deborah Holmes from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 2, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. There will be writing exercises and a focus on first drafts. Call 541-774-6996.
AFTER-SCHOOL MOVIE SERIES: "My Neighbor Totoro," rated G, will be presented at 2:45 p.m. at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Admission is free and snacks are served. Call 541-535-7090.
CLOGGING: The Misty Mountain Cloggers meet at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Center, 930 Summit Ave., Medford. Dance instruction is available. Admission is $7. Call 541-772-1431.
ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH DANCE: The Ashland Country Dancers hold English and Scottish dances at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. Live music is played the first and third Monday of every month. Admission is $2, $3 when live music is performed. Call 541-482-9586.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
BALLROOM DANCE: Social Benefit Dance hosts easy ballroom dancing from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Dance to standards performed by keyboardist and horn player Dave Flick and vocalist and puppeteer Neila Moore. Call 541-770-2614.
SWEET ADELINES: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Rogue Valley Christian Church, 1440 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The four-part chorus offers lessons on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. The Sweet Adelines perform locally and in an annual, regional competition. Women interested in singing are invited. See www.sweetadelinesos.org or call 541-774-9606.
DANCE AND JAM: Lee Earl and his Out'a Gas Band host an open jam and dance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Rogue River Community Center, 136 Broadway St., Rogue River. Admission is $2. Call 541-899-1846.
JUGGLING CLUB: Talent Juggling Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the gymnasium at Talent Elementary School, 307 W. Wagner Creek Road, Talent. All jugglers, beginning to advanced, are welcome. Call 541-535-1163.
Wednesday, Nov. 3
WOMEN'S LUNCHEON: The Rogue Valley Women's Connection will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Ministries Center behind First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. Helen Bozzo of Yuba City, Calif., will present "Overcoming Fears and Circumstances." Music will be provided by Sue Andrews, and there will be a harvest bazaar and auction. Cost is $15. For reservations, call 541-245-1652 or 541-855-7695.
WINDOWS IN TIME LECTURE: "Southern Oregon At War: 1840-1856," a talk by military historian Joseph Jones, will be presented at noon Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and at noon, Nov. 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Jones' talk will explore the discovery of gold and how it ended peaceful relations between the settlers and American Indians. The lecture is part of the Windows in Time series sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Jackson County Library Services. Call 541-773-6536 or 541-774-8689.
TALK ON ANTIQUES: The Southern Oregon Antiques and Collectibles Club will present a talk titled "Collecting Antique Cars and Hallmark Pedal Cars" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Redmen Hall, 125 N. Holly St., Medford. Admission is free. Visit www.soacc.com or call 541-941-3537.
THE SCOOT-N-WEAVERS: The dance club offers an advanced square-dance lesson followed by a workshop and dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Admission is by donation. Call 541-772-8687.
WEST COAST SWING DANCE: Southern Oregon Swing offers dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at The Studio, 217 Fourth St., Ashland. Beginning and intermediate West Coast swing instruction is at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for a lesson and the dance, $3 for the dance only. See www.soswing.org or call 541-324-7981.
Thursday, Nov. 4
BOOK DISCUSSION: "The Social in Socialism" is the topic to be discussed by the Elastic Mind book group, sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Readings include "Europe's Promise" by Steven Hill and "Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy" by Anthony Giddens. Call 541-774-6996.
BOOK READING: Mari Gayatri Stein will read from her illustrated bedtime story, "Puddle Moon," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029.
ASHLAND SUFI HEART CIRCLE: Local dance leaders will present Dances of Universal Peace and practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. See www.ashlandsufi.com or call 541-482-4902.
Saturday, Nov. 6
POETRY READING: Lawson Inada, former poet laureate of Oregon, will offer a poetry reading and writing demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 6, at Lidgate Hall, Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-772-8860 or visit www.medforducc.org.
MILITARY MUSEUM BIRTHDAY: Visit the Camp White Military Museum between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at the VA's Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, Building 200, 8495 Crater Lake Highway, White City. It's the museum's 14th birthday. Call 541-826-2111, ext. 3674.
WILLAMETTE WRITERS: The Southern Oregon Chapter of Willamette Writers will present a talk by writer, playwright and teacher Bill Johnson, titled "Understanding Emotional Triggers," at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third St. Admission is $5. Another talk by Johnson, "The Spirit of Storytelling," will be presented at 1:15 p.m. Cost is $40. For information, e-mail email@example.com or call 541-301-9642.
MATERIAL GIRLS QUILT SHOW: The Material Girls of Shady Cove will hold their annual Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, at Shady Cove School, 37 Schoolhouse Lane, off Highway 62. The show includes a bazaar, bed-turning, raffles and vendors. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Oct. 29