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  • Siskiyou Institute adopts new, more apt name

  • The Siskiyou Institute, a local nonprofit arts organization that has brought performing artists to Southern Oregon for the past 12 years, is changing its name to the Siskiyou Music Project.
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  • The Siskiyou Institute, a local nonprofit arts organization that has brought performing artists to Southern Oregon for the past 12 years, is changing its name to the Siskiyou Music Project.
    The name change is intended to better reflect the organization's mission of expanding the cultural arts and educational opportunities for Southern Oregon and Northern California, officials wrote in a news release.
    The organization will present its 2013 fall series of seven concerts at The Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland, Paschal Winery in Talent, and the Artistic Piano Gallery in Medford.
    The Spiritual Care Department at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center will offer a one-day training for people interested in spiritual caregiving. There is no fee.
    The training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Smullin Health Education Center.
    Participants will learn about skills needed to provide spiritual care to people regardless of their faith or beliefs, and they will explore their own spiritual capacity to provide that care.
    The training is for people who wish to volunteer as interfaith spiritual caregivers for Asante; clergy who want to improve their pastoral skills; lay church members who visit the sick, dying and homebound people; or students needing additional class hours.
    Class size is limited to 20 people, and the registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 16. To register, contact instructor Larry Blight, lead chaplain at RRMC, at 541-789-3780 or lblight@asante.org.
    A free community lecture about how to conquer glossophobia, the fear of speaking in public, will be offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Southern Oregon University Campbell Center, Room A, 655 Frances Lane, Ashland.
    Dan Winterburn will distill his four decades of experience with the Toastmasters organization into a presentation titled "The Toastmasters Method for Better Communication."
    For details, call 541-552-6048 or see www.sou.edu/olli.
    At 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, on the steps of Fire Station 1 at Siskiyou Boulevard and East Main Street in Ashland, Ashland Fire & Rescue will offer a moment of silence and a bell ceremony on the 12th anniversary of 9/11 to remember and honor the thousands of emergency responders and civilians who perished.
    The public is invited. The station lobby will be open, allowing guests to visit the department's World Trade Center monument.
    The station will also feature a 9/11 painting by former Ashland firefighter William Phillips that hangs at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
    A six-week workshop for caregivers titled "Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving" will be offered from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 29, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 426 W. Sixth St., Medford.
    The workshop will focus on self-care and personalized action plans to reduce stress and help caregivers communicate effectively with family members and service providers. Cost is a suggested donation of $22 to help defray costs. Call 541-423-1363.
    Compiled from staff reports
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