Things To Do: March 8 - March 15


    Piazza Risorgimento, main square of Alba (Piedmont, Italy) seen through the colonnade of Saint Lawrence Cathedral

    Friday, March 8

    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.

    Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, March 8, at The Horny Goat Gastro Pub, 234 S.W. Fifth Street, Grants Pass. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

    Evergreen Ballroom: Dance to a mix of ballroom, Latin and swing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Dance instruction in beginning ballroom is at 7:30 p.m. No partner or experience required. Admission is $8, $6 after 8:30, and $6 for kids. Age 12 and younger get in free but must be accompanied by an adult. See evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.

    Saturday, March 9

    Mountain Stars Quilt Guild: The guild will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Live Oak Grange, 120 Gardiner St., Rogue River. Learn how to make a fat hen pin cushion; bring two 5-inch squares for the body and various scraps for the tail. Lunch will be held at 11 a.m. Sandwich fixings and ice cream sundaes will be provided. Win fat quarters by bringing in a plaid patterned quarter. See msquilters.com or email mfinch@charter.net.

    Ashland Climate Change Youth Challenge: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now and students from Jim Hartman’s Ashland High School Climate Solution course will offer a presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The student presentations will focus on topics such as global support of women and transportation. Guest speaker James Stephens, president of Southern Oregon Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Association, will talk about buying electric cars, and a member of SOCAN will give an update on Oregon’s Clean Energy Jobs Bill. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided following the presentations. See socan.eco.

    Pet Adoption: Stone Cliffe Animal Rescue will host a special dog adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at PetSmart, 3279 Crater Lake Hwy, Medford. The rescue organization is arriving from California with 30 dogs of different breeds. Every pet will be up-to-date on routine vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, dewormed, microchipped and spayed/neutered before going home. Call 541-772-5564.

    Family Art Day: Kids and families can create and explore art from noon to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. All ages are welcome and materials are provided. Admission is free. No preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

    Maker Day: Teens 11 to 18 can explore LEGO Mindstorm, Littlebits and Sphero electronics and robotic sets from noon to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children 8 through 10 may join in if accompanied by an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

    Introspective Writing Group: Join the group and learn tools and techniques for exploring your inner self through writing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Saturday Handweavers Guild: Those interested in weaving, spinning and other fiber arts can meet at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month through June at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. All skill levels are welcome. Email at Just4this716@gmail.com or call 541-292-7879.

    Women’s Film Fest: The second annual Women’s Film Festival will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Films to be shown are Cici Brown’s “Wings & Sails;” Claudia Ballard’s “Eritrea with Love;” Ramie Streng’s “All for Money — A Painting by Mary Perry;” Kathy Roselli and Pat Somers’ “So. Oregon Women’s March 2019;” Laney D’Aquino’s “Right Now;” and Cici Brown’s “Two in a Million.” Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

    Star Promenaders: The club hosts A-1 and A-2 dancing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Pre-rounds are from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and plus dancing is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Square-dance attire is appreciated. Bring finger food to share. Suggested donation is $4. Call 541-855-7884.

    Sunday, March 10

    Breakfast: Lake Creek Grange will host a breakfast and farmers market from 8 to 10 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the grange, 1565 S. Fork Little Butte Road, Lake Creek. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, fruit, juice coffee and tea will be served. Cost is $7; $3 for children. Look for local jams, breads, pickles, crafts and more. Call 541-951-5681.

    Jane Austen Society: The group will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The topic of the meeting will be a report on “The Real Persuasion,” by Peter Bowman, and a discussion of “Pride and Prejudice.” Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.

    LUKEs: An instructive, play-together library ukulele session will be held at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Sessions will be led by Barbara Meredith, Patty Devon and Marlene Riegel of the Plaza Players. Ukulele kits are available to checkout from the Medford library for three weeks at time, with two possible renewals. Sheet music with uke chords and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-8689.

    Peace Corps Presentation: Local returned Peace Corps volunteers will present “Peace Corps Storytelling: Tales from Exotic Places” from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Hear stories of their experiences in Africa, Asia, South America and the South Pacific in celebration of the 58th anniversary of Peace Corps. Suggested donation is $8 for adults; children get in free. Refreshments will be provided. Email at southernoregonrpcvs@gmail.com.

    Community Chant: Explore chants from various global traditions at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. No singing experience necessary. Admission by donation. Call 707-382-8641.

    Geoffrey Riley: Jefferson Public Radio’s ‘Jefferson Exchange’ host Geoffrey Riley will speak about media literacy in the modern era from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Geoffrey will lead a wide-ranging discussion of media proliferation, its benefits and its problems.

    Documentary Film Screening: A free screening of the documentary “The Lost World of Tibet and Cremation of Chagdud Tulku,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The film explores traditional Tibetan Buddhist perspectives on death and dying. Popcorn will be provided. See tlcserves.org.

    Monday, March 11

    Center for the Visual Arts: New student and community art exhibits will be displayed through Friday, March 22, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Justin Berry’s work “Still Lives” in the Retzlaff Gallery; a group exhibition by the Women’s Resource Center, “Herstory” in the Thorndike Gallery; Clee Ferris, Paige Gerhard and Anna McGrath’s group exhibition “Layering Responses” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Kate Womack’s collection “Infinite Recursion” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; Ben Gradel’s work “The Making Of: Blindspot” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and a group exhibition by the Center for the Visual Arts printmaking class, “Inked,” in the JELD WEN Gallery. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-621-6605.

    Art Faculty Exhibit: A group exhibit featuring works by the professors of art at Rogue Community College will be displayed through March 21, in the Wiseman Gallery on the RCC Redwood campus, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Call 541-956-7481.

    Schneider Museum of Art: A group exhibit, “From Ignorance to Wisdom,” will be displayed through March 16 at the Schneider Museum of Art, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana streets, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for work by Robert Arellano, David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Robin Strangfield, Adam Bateman, Miles Inada and Maria de Los Angeles. “From Ignorance to Wisdom” will be displayed alongside a solo exhibit, “Suds Ur Duds/Fermentation Elastic,” by visiting artist and scholar Ryan Kitson. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-552-6245.

    Teen Gamer Time: Teens ages 11 through 18 are invited to play a variety of Wii and PlayStation 4 games from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

    Siskiyou Koi and Pond Club: Those interested in koi and koi ponds can attend a potluck meeting at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Club meetings are held to educate, support and assist other members with the hobby. Learn about building a pond or solving problems in an existing pond. Call 541-772-8721 or 541-601-5525 for directions to the meetings and information.

    Author Talk: John Wendell Ames will discuss his book, “Liberty to the Rescue: How Liberty Can Get Us out of the Mess We’re In” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com or libertytotherescue.com.

    Tuesday, March 12

    Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: Seasonal fruits and vegetables, crafts, specialty foods, drinks and more are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See rvgrowersmarket.com.

    Color Happy: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Coloring supplies, coffee and donuts will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Rogue Valley Handweavers Guild: Learn weaving, spinning and other fiber arts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month through June with the Rogue Valley Handweavers Guild at the First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. Email at jpurcell2629@charter.net or call 541-482-2629.

    Rogue Valley Rovers: Chapter 37 of the Escapees RV Club will hold its monthly informational meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Elmer’s Restaurant, 2000 Biddle Road, Medford. The club chapter encompasses all of Southern Oregon. For reservations, call 541-659-7208.

    Art Escapades: Adults can create collaged articulated paper birds from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.

    Friends Book Club: This book group meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Read the books, then join in the discussions. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    Sip & Origami: Kids can create a variety of themed origami from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. A different beverage will be served at each event. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

    Teen Advisory Group: Motivated teens in grades 7–12 can meet to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, and make crafts at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

    Book Chat: This book group meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Read the books, then join in the discussions. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, March 12, is “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards. Refreshments are served. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

    Rock Garden Society: The Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month from September through May in Lidgate Hall behind Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. On Tuesday, March 12, Alex and Lillian Maksymowicz will present “Alpine Plants of Wyoming’s Beartooth and Bighorn Mountains.” The Maksymowicz’s will describe their 2016 and 2018 trips to explore and photograph flowers in northern Wyoming’s Beartooth and Big Horn mountains. Refreshments will be served. See siskiyousummits.weebly.com.

    Wednesday, March 13

    Bird Presentation: Shannon Rio, wildlife educator and Klamath Bird Observatory board president, will give a presentation on how to create a welcoming space for birds in your yard at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

    Writer’s Critique: A writing critique will be held at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. The group is open to eight writers of any genre with work in progress. Writers must present their own writing for supportive critiques, as well as provide the same to fellow writers. Group members commit to reading five pages per month of each group member’s work. Registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.

    Thursday, March 14

    Medford Growers Market: Fresh and organic seasonal produce, crafts and food carts are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hawthorne Park, corner of East Jackson and Hawthorne streets, Medford. See rvgrowersmarket.com.

    Phoenix Book Club: Discuss books on select topics at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Phoenix Library, 510 W. First St. Readers can choose fiction or nonfiction as monthly topics. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6408.

    Dramatic Storytelling: Leta Neiderheiser, author of “Jesse Applegate: A Dialogue with Destiny,” will take on the persona of Cynthia Applegate, to share a story of life on the Oregon Trail at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Neiderheiser is the great-great granddaughter of Oregon pioneer Jesse Applegate, and she will share Cynthia’s story and some highlights of the Oregon Trail, early Oregon history, and a few highlights of the Applegate Trail. Call 541-826-3313 or visit jcls.org.

    Makers & Hackers Night: Join Rogue Hack Lab to exercise your creativity and tap into your inner geek with DIY projects from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Friday, March 15

    Medford Garden Club: The club meets at 1 p.m. the third Friday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. On Friday, March 15, the meeting will feature a panel of Master Gardeners. They will answer questions such as what is the best fertilizer to use, which plant nursery sells native plants or to how to make an irrigation system. Find Medford Oregon Garden Club on Facebook or call 541-773-6884.

    Book Sale: Book sales are held from 1 to 4 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Costs are by donation. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Southern Oregon Art Show: Medford First Christian church will host an art show and sale, featuring more than 20 local artists and artisans, from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15; noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Look for works by Lane Hall, Desmond Serratore, Sue Kupillas, Marilyn Zupan, Judy Hubler and more. On Friday, an artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. A portion of sale proceeds go to support the church. Call 541-772-8030.

    Art du Jour Gallery: A reception for featured artist Mary Jo Heath and guest artist Carl Seyboldt will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford. Look for pastel work by Heath, as well as fine art paintings and illustrations by Seyboldt. Regular galley hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Find the gallery on Facebook, see artdujourgallery.com or call 541-770-3190.

    Evergreen Ballroom: Dance to a mix of ballroom, Latin and swing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Dance instruction in tango and swing is at 7:30 p.m. No partner or experience required. Admission is $8, $6 after 8:30, and $6 for kids. Age 12 and younger get in free but must be accompanied by an adult. See evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.

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