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OSPIRG to host forumon hunger, homelessness

Southern Oregon University's OSPIRG chapter will host "Ashland Unroofed," a forum on hunger and homelessness in Ashland, beginning at 6 tonight in SOU's Cascade Complex, Hawthorne classroom.

Panel members will include Keith Haxton and Kristi Wright, both of Legalize Sleep, Aaron Fletcher of Homefree Hostels and Oneta Cantlon, an SOU student representative.

Among the topics the panel will discuss are proposals to provide a shelter for Ashland's homeless residents.

Ashland Family YMCA offers free diabetes screening

The Ashland Family YMCA will offer free diabetes screening from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the YMCA lobby.

The Ashland YMCA, which is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University's School of Nursing, also will present a free lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, focusing on diabetes prevention through healthy food choices.

To learn more about the Ashland Family YMCA/OHSU free diabetes screening and diabetes lecture, contact Andy Eck at

Photos by homeless local children to be on display

Photos taken by homeless Medford children will be on display at a "Meet the Young Artist" celebration to be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at TC Chevrolet, 2045 Highway 99, Ashland.

Photojournalist Linda Solomon taught the children photography skills at The Salvation Army Hope House earlier this fall and will be at the event.

Fifteen children, ages 5 to 13, living at Hope House, were given the assignment to capture their hopes and dreams on film.

Their photographs will be featured on holiday greeting cards, which will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from the sale of the cards will benefit the individuals and families residing at Hope House, The Salvation Army's transitional living facility for homeless men, women and children.

The photos also will be enlarged on canvas and auctioned to raise funds for The Salvation Army.

Gourmet food will be served and the children will receive gifts courtesy of TC Chevrolet.

For more information, call 541-773-6965 or 541-482-2411.

Compiled from staff reports

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