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  • The Gold Hill community garden and ACCESS Food Share garden are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to help manage the vegetable garden for ACCESS.
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  • The Gold Hill community garden and ACCESS Food Share garden are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to help manage the vegetable garden for ACCESS.
    ACCESS will provide training and support, seeds, starts and other garden materials.
    The produce grown at the Gold Hill garden is donated to the emergency food relief pantry operated by ACCESS at the Gold Hill Christian Center Church. Area residents who volunteer at the garden are also encouraged to take produce home.
    Over the last three years, the garden on Lampman Road has donated more than 83,600 pounds of produce.
    The garden will need helpers starting in May. For more information about being a garden manager, supervisor or helper, contact Nan King, ACCESS Food Share garden developer, at 541-779-6691, ext. 309, or email freshaccess@accesshelps.org
    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University invites Rogue Valley adults to try its spring 2014 term for $75.
    The program, geared for people 50 and older, which usually costs $125 for an annual membership, offers nearly 100 courses this term in Ashland and Medford.
    There is no fee per course, and members can enroll in as many classes as they want, space permitting.
    Spring term begins March 31. Registration starts March 5, and course assignments are made by a computerized lottery on March 19.
    Courses offered this spring include art, dance, film, games, health, history, literature, music, personal development, science, technology and writing. Classes are open to all, with no prerequisites.
    Classes focus on lively discussion, with no tests to take, papers to write or final grades.
    For information about OLLI, including a complete list of the courses offered this spring, see www.sou.edu/olli or call 541-552-6048.
    The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has distributed $133,250 it raised during the festival's 2013 Daedalus Project to 10 local and international organizations dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting those affected by the disease.
    The organizations to receive funds are the Alan F. Collins AIDS Project at OnTrack, Inc.; the HIV Alliance serving Josephine, Douglas, Coos and Curry Counties; Siskiyou County HIV/AIDS Foundation (SCHAF); Africare; G.R.A.C.E. USA; Strength for the Journey; Light; Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; S.A.F.E. Ghetto; and SCHAP Community School in Kenya.
    The Daedalus Project, in its 27th year, includes several fundraising events, including a play reading and variety show.
    The 2014 Daedalus Project, titled "Act V — The End of AIDS," will take place Aug. 18 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
    For more information about The Daedalus Project 2014, see www.osfashland.org/daedalus.
    La Clinica plans to open a health center at Scenic Middle School this week.
    Starting on Monday, students at the Central Point school will have the opportunity to visit a nurse or nurse practitioner every day during school hours. A mental health therapist will be available several times a week starting in the fall. The center also will be open to 2- to 18-year-old siblings of students enrolled at the school.
    Scenic, at 1955 Scenic Ave., is the fifth Central Point district school to offer La Clinica services on campus. La Clinica operates health centers at Jewett Elementary School and Crater High School and provides outreach services at Central Point and Mae Richardson elementary schools.
    Services available at the school will include routine physicals, sports exams, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses and chronic health issues, treatment of minor complaints and injuries, and behavioral health screenings and assessments, treatment and counseling.
    Health center employees bill insurance, including the Oregon Health Plan, for students who are insured. They offer service on an income-based sliding scale for uninsured students. They also can help families get kids signed up for Oregon Healthy Kids, an Oregon program that makes most children eligible for free or low-cost health care.
    Students must have parents' permission to be seen at the center. Registration forms are available at the school office.
    Compiled from staff reports
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