Things to do: Friday, Dec. 14


    Medford’s designated Christmas tree lights up the north end of Pear Blossom Park at 312 E. Fourth St. Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune

    Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A short environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.

    Jacksonville Carvers: The club meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays for carving and coffee at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. Admission is free. Call 541-899-5571.

    Book Nook Sale: A book sale is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Friday at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Look for new and gently used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds help fund programs, activities and library collections. Call 541-878-2270 or see jcls.org.

    Color Happy Fridays: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Stories with Santa: Visit Santa and hear him read stories at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.

    Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will hold a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Rivers Edge Restaurant, 1936 Rogue River Highway, Grants Pass. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

    Winter Fine Arts Festival: Ashland High School will showcase student art at its 27th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Dec. 14, in the school’s Mountain Avenue Theatre and Commons, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Look for exhibits of fine art, including illustration, painting, textiles, digital art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and woodworking, along with and live performances by the school’s orchestra, band, dance troupe, vocal and theater ensembles. Exhibits open at 5:30 p.m. and are complemented by a light dinner prepared by culinary students. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Preston Mead of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be master of ceremonies. Tickets $15 and can be purchased at the door. Ages 4 and younger get in free. Proceeds support arts programs through Ashland High Arts Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to creating accessible arts programs for K-12. See ashlandarts.org for information.

    Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners necessary. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

    Saturday, Dec. 15

    Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee are served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The breakfast costs $7 or $5 for students with valid identification.

    Rogue Valley A’s: Model A enthusiasts meet at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Royal Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1055 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. You don’t have to own a Model A to attend. See roguevalleyas.org.

    Rogue Modern Quilters Guild: The quilting group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month for sewing, demonstrations and show-and-tell projects at Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St. A business meeting begins at 1 p.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Annual dues are $25. The first visit is free. Call 541-512-1442 or see roguemodernquilters.com.

    Siskiyou Lacemakers Guild: Anyone interested in lace-making — bobbin, tatting, knitting, crochet or needle — can meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m the third Saturday of each month, except for December and June, at Uniquely Yours, 3921 Highland Ave., Grants Pass. Email at dhami1000@aol.com or call 541-659-3096.

    Author Storytime: Pamilla Formeller will share her new children’s book, “Miracle on Fifth,” a Christmas story about a boy with magical, musical talents at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. See jcls.org or call 541-899-1665.

    Meet the Author: Meet regional authors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Bookmark Bookstore, 7561 Crater Lake Highway, White City. Authors will be on hand ask questions about writing and publishing. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-227-4877.

    Holiday Craft Party: Create a variety of holiday-themed crafts, play games and watch a holiday movie from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8850.

    Historic Bank Tour: Step behind the counter of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Beekman Bank Museum, 110 W. California St, Jacksonville. See the gold scales, look in the teller drawers and walk into the vault while costumed docents share stories about the bank’s founder, pioneer life and 19th-century banking practices. A $3 donation is suggested. Call 541-245-3650 or email at info@historicjacksonville.org.

    Lego Builder Time: Children ages 4 through 12 can build with Legos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Lego Duplo brinks will be provided for younger children. Call 541-899-7438 or see jcls.org.

    Low-cost Pet Vaccines: Bring your cat or dog to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, to get them vaccinated. Vaccinations available for dogs are rabies and distemper/parvo booster. Vaccinations available for cats are rabies and distemper/rhino/calici booster. Vaccinations are $10 each. Nail trims also are available for $5. This is a cash-only clinic and all pets must be at least 8 weeks old and in good health. Pets that are on antibiotics, in heat, or on cortisone products cannot be vaccinated. Call 541-774-6654.

    Historic Walking Tours: Hear about everything from old saloons to unsuccessful efforts to stop hogs and other livestock from roaming downtown markets and eating the produce when Ben Truwe leads free historic walking tours of downtown Medford from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. The tours start at the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s History Center, 106 N. Central Ave. To reserve a tour, call 541-773-8369.

    Beekman House Christmas Tour: See how Christmas was celebrated in the late 1800s and learn about holiday tradition origins during guided tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first four weekends in December, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5, $3 for senior citizens and students. On Wednesday, Dec. 26, tour admission is $2 with a canned food donation for ACCESS. Visitors who pay regular admission will have the difference donated to ACCESS. Call 541-245-3650 or email info@historicjacksonville.org.

    Bilingual Story Time: A combined English and Spanish story time is at noon Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 541-864-8880 or see jcls.org.

    Woodcarvers Club: Woodcarvers offer instruction from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The first visit is free, then club dues are $5 a month. Call 541-944-4535 or see centralpointwoodcarvers.com.

    Game Club: Play Scrabble, chess or cribbage for free from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

    Family Game Day: Play a variety of tabletop and video games from noon to 3:30 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6994.

    Movie Matinee: Family-friendly films are shown from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Free popcorn is served. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    DIY Holiday Crafts: All ages are invited to make penguin ornaments, sock penguins and holiday luminarias from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.

    Wii Teens: Kids 11 and older can play a Wii video games from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Author Signing: Victor Lobato and James Anderson will sign their books from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. All sales of Lobato’s and Anderson’s books will be matched to support Equamore Horse Sanctuary. Lobato is author of “Edgar & Lucy” and “Mathilda Savitch” and Anderson wrote “The Never-Open Desert Diner” and “Lullaby Road.” Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

    Origami Christmas Trees: Make and decorate colorful trees to decorate your table, tree or holiday packages from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. See jcls.org or call 541-899-7438.

    Author Signing: Mike Walters, author of “The Rogue River Incident” and “Hidden Beneath the Pines,” will offer a reading and book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. See barnesandnoble.com.

    Library Tour: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will offer free tours of its research archive library from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the library, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. The collection includes the original 1883 Medford town plan, the Pinto Colvig (Bozo the Clown) papers, and the Peter Britt collection of 5000 glass plate negatives and prints, along with thousands of original newspapers, maps and photographs. Following the tour, vistors can ask questions, conduct research, or ask library volunteers to retrieve particular documents, photos or files. Regular library hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 541-773-6536.

    Uke Pub Jam: Southern Oregon Ukulele Players will hold its Uke Jam from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. The all-ages event is free and the audience will be encouraged to sing along. Compatible stringed instruments are also invited to join in.

    The Polar Express at Kid Time: Kid Time! Children’s Museum, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford, will host its sixth annual Polar Express celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Kids should wear pajamas to this holiday extravaganza filled with crafts, music, games, cookies, cocoa, a snowball fight, and a whole lot more including a reading of “The Polar Express” by The Conductor and a visit from Santa with a gift for each and every child. Tickets are $12 for kids, $10 for adults. Financial assistance is available. Call 541-772-9922 or stop by Kid Time! for tickets and information.

    Holiday Night at the Museum: The Guardians of the Eagle Point Museum will host a holiday party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Eagle Point Museum, 202 N. Royal Ave. Live music will be preformed by Mostly Country. Also look for carol sing-alongs, door prizes and a bake sale. Admission is free, but donations of canned food are welcome. All food donations will benefit the Eagle Point Senior Center. Call 541-826-4166.

    Contra Dance: Dances are held the third Saturday of each month at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners instruction begins at 7 p.m. and dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 15, calling will be by Brooke Friendly with live music by The Cornerboys. No perfumes or scented oils, and clean bodies and clothes are encouraged. Admission is $10, $6 for students. Call 541-482-7751 or email at info@socontra.org.

    Sunday, Dec. 16

    Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be open every day through Feb. 18, weather permitting. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks are available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/IceRink for schedule and admission information.

    Magical Christmas Murals: Downtown Grants Pass will sparkle with the fiber-optic dazzle of 20 musical Christmas murals and giant nutcrackers through New Year’s Day. The murals weigh 400 pounds each and include sound systems that play old-fashioned Christmas music. A map of mural locations is available in the downtown welcome center.

    Friendship Celebration: Equamore Horse Sanctuary will host a year-end friendship celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Equamore Sanctuary, 4723 Highway 66, Ashland. Visit with the horses and enjoy a cup of hot cider and other refreshments. Admission is free. See equamore@charter.net or call 541-482-5550.

    Santa’s Christmas Party: Santa and Mrs. Claus will throw a party from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Take a picture with Santa and create holiday crafts. Also look for a guessing jar, treats, and an ugly sweater contest. Santa will hand out a new book to all kids. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Friendship Celebration: Equamore Horse Sanctuary will hold a year-end friendship celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Equamore Sanctuary, 4723 Highway 66, Ashland. Visit with the horses and enjoy a cup of hot cider and other refreshments. Admission is free. See equamore@charter.net or call 541-482-5550.

    Monday, Dec. 17

    Schneider Museum of Art: “Terrain: The Space Between,” from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, featuring work by Vija Celmins, Judy Pfaff and Ed Ruscha in the Entry Gallery, along with Patrick Collier’s work “Field Burns” in the Main Gallery, and works by Susan Murrell and Carl Diehl, “Outland About,” in the Heiter and Treehaven galleries, will be displayed through Jan. 5 at the Schneider Museum of Art, 555 Indiana St., at Southern Oregon University. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-6245.

    Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.

    Color Mondays: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-744-6996 or see jcls.org.

    Stitchers of All Kinds: Bring needle-craft supplies and participate in embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilting, knitting, crocheting and more at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Call 541-864-8850 or see jcls.org.

    Kid Time!: Kids in elementary school and younger can explore interactive exhibits and learn about the history of Oregon, construction and engineering, water systems and more at Kid Time! 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $10 for kids. Call 541-772-9922 or see kid-time.org.

    Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for ages 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5342.

    Movie Classics: Classic films will be shown at 1 p.m. Mondays at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Homework Hub: Children 5 through 12 who need help with homework, studying and comprehension can drop in and work with small groups and experienced tutors from 3 to 5 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Admission is free, and one-on-one sessions are available with advanced scheduling. Call 541-774-8678.

    Pub Trivia: Family-friendly games of trivia are available from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. Participation is free, and there are prizes for winning teams. Call 541-779-4455.

    Clog Dances: Dance with the Misty Mountain Cloggers at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Center, 930 Summit Ave., Medford. Instruction is available. Admission is $8. Call 541-772-1431.

    The Ashland Country Dancers: English and Scottish country dancing will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. These community dance forms inspired square and contra dances. Instruction is available and no partner is necessary. Admission is $4.

    Tuesday, Dec. 18

    ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum: A variety of interactive science exhibits are available at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Find upcoming events, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2 through 12 and 65 and older. Admission is $3 the first Sunday of every month. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

    Art Exhibit: Phil Young will display his collection of acrylic paintings, titled “Narratives,” through January at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Young worked for Disney Inc. before he retired. He teaches at Rogue Community College and is a member of Art Presence in Jacksonville.

    Books at Noon: This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.

    Coloring and Cookies: Coloring is available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Coloring supplies and refreshments are provided. Call 541-826-3313 or see jcls.org.

    Medford Cribbage Tournament: Compete at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 2640 E. Barnett Road, Medford. Admission is $4.50. Call 541-773-2898.

    Ballroom Dancing: Keyboard and horn player Dave Flick plays live music for ballroom dancing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Lessons are offered for $3, sign-ups at 12:15 p.m. with lessons beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. First-time visitors can dance for free, otherwise it’s $5. No partners are required. Call 541-664-3176.

    Children’s Movies: Free kids’ films are shown at 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Free snacks are available. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.

    Lego Time: Ages 5 through 12 can build with Legos from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Tuesday Afternoon Knitters: Crocheters, knitters and tatters of all skill levels can gather, share ideas and create new pieces from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-326-2035 or find Tuesday Afternoon Knitters on Facebook.

    Sweet Adelines: The Southern Oregon Sound Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, offers instruction on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. Rehearsals are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. The group, under the direction of Martha Segura, performs locally and in an annual regional competition. Call 541-595-8247 or see southernoregonsoundchorus.com.

    Talent Historical Society: The society will hold its annual Holiday Social and business meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Talent Historical Society Museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. After the short business meeting, there will be a musical presentation and holiday entertainment. There will be a raffle for a Harry & David gift basket and a basket full of items from the Talent Historical Society. Please bring a plate of cookies or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided. The museum hosts lectures the third Tuesday of every month. Admission is free. Call 541-512-8838.

    Trivia Night: Tuesday Night Team Trivia is held at 7 p.m. at Louie’s Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and winning teams will receive prizes. Call 541-482-9701.

    Wednesday, Dec. 19

    Jacksonville Museum Quilters: The group meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. Call 541-941-2463.

    Hands-All-Around Quilters: Work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-482-4692.

    Book Sale: Book sales are held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Call 541-826-3313 or see jcls.org.

    Origami: Children can practice the art of Japanese paper folding, or origami, at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Materials and instruction are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    Afternoon Movies: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Free refreshments are available. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

    Yarnia: A knitting and crochet group for all ages meets at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Materials and instruction are provided or you can bring your own supplies. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    Winter Solstice Family Celebration: Join with family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the winter season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. A variety of crafts and activities will be available. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6995.

    Ballet Barre: Dance with the Medford Civic Ballet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dance Arts Center, 9 Hawthorne St., Medford. Instruction is available. Admission is $8. Call 541-772-1362.

    Trivia Night: Howiee’s on Front hosts trivia games from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 16 N. Front St., Medford. Call 541-773-5767.

    Thursday, Dec. 20

    Holiday Caroling: The Medford Senior Center will be hosting a caroling program of traditional Christmas songs led by Bob and Miki Goddard at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the senior center, 510 E. Main St. Lunch will follow the caroling. Meal is $6 and caroling admission is free. Call 541-772-2273.

    Line Dancing: Jeannette Bournival leads line dancing Thursdays at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. Beginners meet at 1 p.m. and intermediate dancers meet at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $3. No partners necessary. Call 541-857-6819 or see jbournival.wordpress.com.

    Spanish Conversation: English speakers learning Spanish can attend free conversationals from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-744-6996.

    Comedy Improv Sessions: Mighty Medford Improv-ers host free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The sessions are led by Thomas Hartmann, new to the Rogue Valley from Chicago, where he trained with Second City. All levels of experience are welcome. Email forinfoman44@gmail.com for information.

    Men’s Barbershop Singing: Men interested in singing four-part harmonies can meet with the Rogue Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Society from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. See rvhsings.com or call 541-840-2055.

    Dart Tournament: Dart matches for skilled and novice players start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry is $5, and the pub will match the pot up to $50. Call 541-482-6414.

    Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia games from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.

    Game Knights: No matter what kind of “knight” you are, there is a board game to play at 8 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. All ages welcome until 11 p.m. Call 541-482-6414.

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