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  • A Bereaved Parent Support Group, designed for adults grieving over the death of a child of any age, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks starting Sept. 17.
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  • A Bereaved Parent Support Group, designed for adults grieving over the death of a child of any age, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks starting Sept. 17.
    Participants will learn about the process of grief and mourning, stress management, problem-solving and coping with intense feelings of loss.
    The group facilitators will focus on creating a safe and gentle atmosphere for participants to explore their emotions and experiences in a supportive way.
    For more information and location, call 541-552-0620, email info@winterspring.org, or visit www.winterspring.org. Preregistration for the group is necessary.
    Human Bean customers can get discounted drinks for donating nonperishable food items during the coffee chain's annual Human Bean Food Drive on Friday, Aug. 23.
    During the fourth-annual drive, customers at any of the 10 locations in Jackson County will receive 50 cents off any drink with the donation of one nonperishable food item or $1 off any drink with two or more donated items. The goal is to collect 7,500 pounds of food.
    All donated food will go to the ACCESS Food Share Pantry. Foods rich in protein, such as peanut butter, beans and canned tuna and meat, are sought, but any nonperishable food items will be accepted.
    Jackson County's Board of Commissioners will present the third-annual Chairman's Award to OnTrack Executive Director Rita Sullivan.
    County officials said Sullivan's work has benefited many people with substance abuse issues, giving them tools to overcome their addictions and become contributing members of the community.
    The Chairman's Award recognizes a local resident whose work makes a profound difference in people's lives around Jackson County.
    The presentation will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the board's weekly public meeting at the Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.
    Ashland Fire & Rescue will hold two classes on emergency preparedness and building an emergency kit Sept. 7 at the Ashland Historic Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland.
    The "Ashland Is Ready" classes will be from 8 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 5 p.m. Discussed will be Ashland's hazard assessment, Citizen Alert, seismic risks, fires, floods, weather emergencies, the Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corp.
    Participants will build a kit that includes water, first-aid materials, food bars, a flashlight, towelettes and a survival blanket.
    A $5 registration per person is required, and seating is limited. Call 541-482-2770 to register.
    Sierra, the Sierra Club magazine, listed Southern Oregon University as No. 26 on its annual list of green colleges and universities across the U.S.
    This is the fourth straight year SOU has been on the list. It was ranked 99th in 2010, 38th in 2011 and 45th in 2012.
    The ranking has to do with the school's commitment to environmental sustainability.
    Oregon State University is 11th and University of Oregon is 46th on this year's list.
    Compiled from staff reports
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