HOLDING A WINE TASTING is always a good idea before a fundraising auction — it loosens people's grip on their wallets — and Jefferson Public Radio has been doing a bang-up job of it for 33 years. If you haven't been, you need to check it out. Thirty-four regional wineries will pour their wines, while food will be provided by many local restaurants and caterers. "Jefferson Exchange" host Geoffrey Riley and emcee Colleen Pyke will host the live auction, and Gayle Wilson & the Djangoholics will perform in the Grand Ballroom and The Ed Dunsavage Trio in the Crystal Room. The fun runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St. Cost is $60. 1-800-782-6191 or www.ijpr.org.
WHAT LOVE IS THIS, lass / that you should be so broken / not light with fair wings? OK, that's our late-night attempt at a haiku, but we're sure you can do better. Poets and wanna-be poets can read their works during an open-mic session at 7 tonight at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. This month's theme is "What Love is This?" Register at 6:30 p.m. Chapbooks welcome. 541-512-1007.
WE'LL SEE SHIRLEY PATTON in whatever she plays in. We've followed her career for years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and now she's back on stage in "Driving Miss Daisy" at the Camelot Theatre. She and Steven Dominguez play Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, a Southern lady and her African-American driver, in this poignant Pulitzer Prize-winning play that was made into a movie starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Showtime is at 8 p.m. at 101 Talent Ave., Talent. For tickets, visit www.camelottheatre.org.
A STITCH IN TIME could save your knitting projects. Find out how, and learn new stitches, during a drop-in knittign circle led by Lisa Nichols from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Yarn and needles are available so beginners can practice. Participation is free; for more details call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
YOU'VE GOT MAIL! Now find out how to organize it at a computer class from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The session, led by Blaire Finney and Janet Anderson, will provide tips on using your email's address books and staying safe on the Internet. Participation is free; for more details call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
PLAY WHAT SUITS YOU from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, as adults age 50 and older are invited to play hearts and spades at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. The games are free, although donations are accepted. Call 541-488-5342 for details.