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  • Get Up & Go: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

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    NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF OREGON: Justin Rohde will share stories about early-day botanists of the Siskiyou Mountains and the historic trails they explored at the Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 171. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m., and a meeting and the program will begin at 7. Free. All are invited. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.
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    ROOTS MUSIC: Multi-instrumentalist David Brewer and fiddle champion Rebecca Lomnicky will perform Scottish music at 7:30 p.m. at Geos Institute Headwaters, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Brewer has toured with the Old Blind Dogs and Molly's Revenge. Lomnicky won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition in 2005. The concert is part of a series presented by the Roots Academy Scottish Festival. Look for piper Dick Hensold, fiddler Andrea Beaton and guitarist Dirk Freymuth on Thursday, Jan. 23, and multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Pat O'Scannell and Kevin Carr on Friday, Jan. 31. Admission costs $20, $15 if you're wearing a kilt. Call 541-301-5306 for reservations.
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    MEDFORD AUTHOR WALT POLZIN will sign copies and read excerpts from his Western novel "Badman," complete with bank robberies, train heists and lots of outlaws, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.
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    COMPUTER HELP: This session, led by Blaire Finney and Janet Anderson, will explore the standard elements of Windows, including the desktop, start menu, task bar and quick-start menu. The free session runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org. Reservations are required.
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    POETRY READING: In celebration of the 100th birthday of former Oregon poet laureate William Stafford, who died in 1993, poets Lawson Inada, Jonah Bornstein, Amy MacLennan, Joan Peterson, Paul Suter and Priscilla Hunter will read poems by Stafford, as well as some of their own. Audience members also are invited to read their favorite Stafford poems. Patty Wixon will emcee. The program, at 7 p.m. in the Meese Meeting Room in the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University Campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, will conclude with a short excerpt from the documentary "What the River Says" of Stafford reading and discussing one of his poems. Free. Call 541-552-6835.
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    KNITTING CIRCLE: Get help on your knitting projects and learn new stitches at a drop-in session led by Lisa Nichols from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Yarn and needles will be available so beginners can practice. Free. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
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