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White City teacher honored for innovation in science

Janel Reed, a science teacher at White Mountain Middle School in White City, has been named a regional winner in the National Science Teachers Association's Shell Science Lab Challenge, a new competition for middle and high school science teachers.

The challenge encouraged teachers of grades six through 12 to share innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources. Reed is one of 17 regional winners. In the next round, five national winners will be chosen, then they will vie for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.

As a regional winner, Reed and her school will receive donated science lab equipment or gift certificates, a grant to purchase additional science lab tools and resources, and a $300 gift certificate to the NSTA Bookstore. The school will also receive memberships to the association and paid registration for two teachers at the school to attend an NSTA conference.

Mother's Day document will be read Friday in Ashland

Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation, written in 1870 to protest the carnage of the Civil War, will be read at the monthly meeting of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, May 6, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The meeting is open to all. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call 541-488-9286.

United Methodist opens student art gallery

A new gallery, "Gradient Gallery," at the First United Methodist Church in Ashland, across the street from Briscoe School on Laurel Street, will hold a grand opening from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday, May 6.

The gallery will be a place where students can show their art and be recognized.

The gallery's first art walk will feature the work of students from Walker Elementary School. The focus will be on fifth-grade art, but work from other grade levels will be shown also.

Women, girls encouraged to attend science conference

An all-day conference for girls and women will be held Friday, May 6, at the Table Rock Campus of Rogue Community College.

Funded by a grant from the American Association of University Women, the conference is part of the program "STEM Careers for Planet Earth."

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and those subjects will be highlighted by keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and women mentors who have worked in the fields.

Medford AAUW women hope to inspire the attendees, many of them high-school girls, to take STEM classes, enroll in college and work toward a higher-paying career in one of these fields.

High-school girls interested in attending the conference should contact their school counselors as soon as possible. Transportation to the campus by bus is free. A box lunch will be provided.

For more information and registration, visit www.roguecc.edu/STEM.

Historical Society series spotlights 'Bozo the Clown'

"Bozo The Clown: The Story of Vance Colvig," will be the next topic in the "Windows in Time" history series offered by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services.

Lectures are at noon on Wednesday, May 4, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and Wednesday, May 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Stephanie Butler, who has written for Southern Oregon Heritage Today, a publication of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, will discuss Colvig's youth and inspiration, gathering details from his two unpublished manuscripts — "Clowns is People," in which he details memories of his youth, and "It's a Crazy Business," featuring his later life in Hollywood.

The free lunchtime lecture series continues monthly on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year.

For more information, call 541-774-6996 or 541-899-8123.

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