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  • The Heart of Medford Association will host a series of free workshops on strengthening Main Street Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12, in Room 129 at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford.
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  • The Heart of Medford Association will host a series of free workshops on strengthening Main Street Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12, in Room 129 at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford.
    Known as "Main Street Boot Camp," the presentations cover creating an organization to coordinate downtown revitalization, encouraging good design, planning promotions, and understanding economic forces affecting Main Street.
    The speakers are Sheri Stuart, coordinator of Oregon Main Street, a State Historic Preservation Office program that strives to preserve and revitalize traditional business districts; and Scott Day, principal of Urban Development Services, a Texas firm that specializes in such revitalization.
    Workshop organizers say the presentations are helpful for planners, officials, property and business owners, civic groups and the public. Those interested in attending must pre-register at www.msbootcamp2013.eventbrite.com by Feb. 6.
    Registration takes place at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. The workshops will start after a 3 p.m. introductory session. The workshops will continue at 8 a.m. Tuesday and conclude at 12:15 p.m.
    Visit www.heartofmedford.com for more information.
    Ascension Lutheran Church will hold its annual book sale to support the SMART reading program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford.
    Book donations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 1. Books may be dropped off at the church office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    Rogue Valley SMART matches community reading mentors with children in kindergarten through third grade in local schools.
    For information, call SMART at 541-734-5628.
    A Legos Technics demonstration is planned from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.
    "Building with Technics" session requires advanced skills and is open to adults, teens and children ages 5 years and older.
    This program is supported by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. For more information, call the Ashland Children's Department at 541-774-6995 or visit www.jcls.org.
    The Monday Movies series continues on Mondays from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St.
    On Monday, Feb. 4: In "Planet 51," American astronaut Capt. Chuck Baker lands on a planet thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world. Their only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders ... like Chuck.
    On Feb. 11: In "How to Train Your Dragon," a hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.
    On Feb. 25: In "We Bought a Zoo," a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo.
    All films are free and snacks are served, courtesy of the Friends of the Phoenix Branch Library. For more information, call the library at 541-535-7090 or visit www.jcls.org.
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