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Photography association members gather at Twin Creeks tonight

CENTRAL POINT — Southern Oregon Photo Association members will meet at 7 tonight at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing.

Members will assess one another's prints and digital photos. Visitors are welcome to the free event. For information, call 541-772-7693.

Pay your downtown Medford parking fee using your smartphone

Drivers parking on certain downtown Medford streets now can pay for parking using their smartphones.

The City Council approved the pay-by-phone option in February, and it is now active.

Parking on Central Avenue between Eighth and 10th streets and on Ninth Street between Riverside Avenue and Front Street still is free for one hour, but drivers can pay $1 via the phone system and park for two hours.

The system previously was in use in downtown parking lots.

Sign up for a free PaybyPhone account at www.paybyphone.com or m.paybyphone.com. The site offers links to apps for iPhones, Androids and BlackBerries. Users also can call 1-866-234-7275.

Once users have provided credit card information to PaybyPhone, they can pay for parking by simply going to the app or calling to enter a parking location number found on signs on the streets or in the lots, and their license plate number.

Rogue Valley Manor spring book sale set at St. Mary's High School

Rogue Valley Manor will have its annual spring book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, in the multipurpose room of St. Mary's High School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford.

Hundreds of books will be available for purchase at discounted prices. Hardcover books are available for $2, soft cover books are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents each. Books on tape will be available for $2.

Proceeds from the sale will go to benefit community services supported by the Manor Foundation.

For more information, contact book sale co-chairman John Bjorkholm at 541-857-6147.

Compiled from staff reports

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