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  • Ashland High Arts Advocates will host the annual Winter Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Dec. 7, at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theater.
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  • Ashland High Arts Advocates will host the annual Winter Fine Arts Festival on Friday, Dec. 7, at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theater.
    The festival showcases Ashland High students' work in theater, dance, orchestra, choirs, jazz and symphonic bands, fine arts and video.
    Doors open for a silent auction, art displays and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Performances begin at 7 p.m.
    The program and silent auction, featuring as many as 200 items donated by local businesses, is AHAA's major annual fundraiser. Last year, the organization awarded nearly $4,700 in scholarships to AHS arts students to help cover the costs of private lessons, music camps and other arts-related learning opportunities.
    The organization also grants thousands of dollars in stipends to arts teachers to help cover costs of instrument repair, classroom materials and supplies, and helps pay expenses for arts students at state competitions.
    Admission to the festival costs $10. Tickets are available in advance at Paddington Station and online at www.ShowTix4U.com. Tickets also will be sold at the door the night of the event.
    Donations — as checks payable to AHAA — may be sent directly to Ashland High School at 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, OR 97520.
    For information, see www.ashlandhighartsadvocates.webs.com or email AHAA at arts.advocates@ashland.k12.or.us.
    Vintage and collectible eyeglasses will be for sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Southern Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Center, 228 N. Holly St.
    The sale is a fundraiser for the center.
    Rayban, aviators, cat eyes, military, geek and other styles will be available, organizers said.
    Call 541-779-3653 for more information.
    The Jacksonville Garden Club's annual Holiday Greens Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. A variety of table arrangements, designer baskets and swags will be available at sale tables near the Jacksonville post office on Friday, and at the intersection of Oregon and California Streets on Saturday.
    The event benefits local students and beautification projects with proceeds from table arrangements, holiday baskets and swags made from fresh-cut greens, cones, candles and bows.
    Funds go to Oregon Stewardship, which works with high school students on environmental and restorative projects, and the Rogue Community College Foundation, which uses the funds for scholarships to students who wish to study horticulture, landscape, botany, environmental studies, forestry and conservation.
    In addition to providing scholarships, club members are involved in several local beautification projects, including caring for the Jacksonville post office garden, annual maintenance of Scheffel-Thurston Park, and development of the Peter Britt Garden.
    Compiled from staff reports
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