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Restaurants will donate proceeds to SMART

Nine Rogue Valley restaurants have pledged to donate a portion of their proceeds from Wednesday, May 15, to the Rogue Valley SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program.

Participating Medford restaurants are Asian Grill, 1200 Biddle Road (Blue Sky Plaza), Bambu, 970 N. Phoenix Road and Wild River Brewing & Pizza, 2684 N. Pacific Highway. Others are Greenleaf Restaurant, 49 N. Main St., Ashland; The Palms Cafe, 501 S. Front St., Central Point; Baci's Pizza, 510 E. Main St., Rogue River; The Grotto, 302 E. Main St., Talent; Wild River Brewing & Pizza, 595 N.E. E St., Grant Pass; and Wild River Brewing & Pizza, 249 N. Redwood Highway, Cave Junction.

SMART matches volunteer readers with students in kindergarten through third grade. This year, more than 600 Rogue Valley volunteers have read with about 1,000 local students.

For information, call 541-734-5628 or see www.getsmartoregon.org.


Memorial ceremony planned for fallen officers

The Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Department will honor fallen law enforcement officers of Jackson County with a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Singler Plaza, 787 W. Eighth St., Medford.

This open service is in conjunction with National Peace Officer Memorial week.

This is the centenary of the death of Sheriff August Singler, for whom the plaza in front of the Jackson County Jail is named. He was shot while trying to take a wanted man into custody and died on April 23, 1913. Singler, who killed his adversary, was the first law enforcement officer and the only sheriff in Jackson County killed in the line of duty. Oregon State Sheriffs Association reports that he is thought to be the first sheriff in Oregon killed in the line of duty.


Libraries will show you how to use Library2Go

The Central Point and Medford libraries will demonstrate how to use eReader and audio devices with Library2Go library software.

Those interested in the free workshops should have a basic knowledge of their eReaders. Time will be provided for questions and one-on-one assistance following an introductory session.

The Central Point presentation will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16at the library, 116 S. Third St., and the Medford presentation will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at 205 S. Central Ave. (Correction: The date of the Medford presentation has been updated in this story.)

For information, call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org.


Oregon first lady Hayes to help honor scholars

Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes will be guest speaker during Ashland AAUW's Celebration of Scholars, planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Community Room at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

AAUW-Ashland will honor the accomplishments of outstanding women students at Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will follow the ceremony. Tickets are $20 at the door.


Animal shelter awarded $10,000 for upgrades

The Jackson County Animal Shelter in Phoenix has received $10,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for equipment designed to improve the well-being of animals and increase the number of lost animals that are returned to their owners quickly.

The money will buy one pet identification tag engraver and tags; three universal microchip scanners; 54 Kuranda dog beds; and one Woods Lamp for identification of ringworm.

Barbara Talbert, Jackson County shelter manager, said in a press release that the microchip scanners will be used by officers in the field when they come across a lost dog with the hope they can immediately return it to its owner. Visit www.jacksoncounty.org/shelter.

Compiled from staff reports


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