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Vocalist to perform tonightat BLUE — Greek on Granite

Amanda Blue, vocalist for the South African-based H.A.M.M.A.C.K and New York rock band Spider in the 1970s and 1980s, will perform her new spiritual folk set accompanied by local musician Paul Briggs at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at BLUE — Greek on Granite restaurant, 5 Granite St., Ashland.

Blue, who also recorded her own album, "Medusa," for Warner Bros. in England, will sing songs from an upcoming show in Los Angeles. She released a remix of her work with Anton Fig, called "Blue.Fig," in 2010. Fig is the drummer for Paul Shaffer's band on "Late Show With David Letterman."

After a career in music, Blue raised a family and became a teacher in Core Energetics and other healing arts, studying with Helen Luke, Laurence Van Der Post and Ashland philosopher Jean Houston.

For more information, call BLUE — Greek on Granite at 541-708-5150.

Asante warns of possible scam targeting Lifeline users

Asante is warning Lifeline subscribers in the Medford and Grants Pass areas of a possible scam in which a caller claims the medical alarm equipment needs to be replaced.

Several Lifeline subscribers across the region have received calls from the apparent scam operation, Asante spokesman Grant Walker said in a news release Monday.

The suspicious caller calls multiple times and mentions a deposit has been paid and equipment can be installed that day. When subscribers try to return the call from caller ID information, the phone number doesn't work.

Walker said Lifeline would not inform subscribers of equipment replacement by phone and no replacement is necessary at this time.

He recommended that any Lifeline subscriber who gets such a call should hang up immediately. Asante advises Lifeline subscribers to never give out private information, especially credit card or bank account numbers, to an unknown caller.

Phillips Lifeline is aware of the situation and is investigating properly, Asante officials reported.

Subscribers who need more information can call 541-956-6201 in Grants Pass or 541-789-4440 in Medford.

Compiled from staff reports

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