NOTABLE WOMEN QUILT INITIATIVE: Southern Oregon University will host the Notable Women Quilt Initiative in honor of Women's History Month at the Thorndike Gallery in the Art Building, continuing through March 20. The free show is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Quilting is no longer just geometric piecework creating blankets to keep you warm. Art quilts use nontraditional fabrics and colors, embellishment with unusual objects and fibers, abstract imagery, words, and different sewing techniques and quilting styles. Janis Stoker, moderator of the Ashland-based Rogue Art Quilters and award-winning quilt artist, is curating this show of wall hangings featuring notable women throughout history, from Queen Nefertiti to Marie Curie to Betty White.
MUSIC-INSPIRED CONDITIONING PRACTICE: Nia classes take place in the Sky Room of the Rasa Center, at 3132 State St, near Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. A one-hour class begins at 10:45 a.m.
Nia is a sensory-based movement practice for all body types, cultivating the joy of movement to integrate the mind, body, emotions and spirit. No previous dance or movement experience is necessary. Nia blends nine specific movement forms from dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. First five classes are free.
IT'S STORY TIME: Take the kids to the Central Point Library, 116 S. Third St., for story time at 11:30 a.m. If you miss that one, or just want to go for the doubleheader, check out Medford Library at 6 p.m., when the staff presents stories geared towards kids 2-6, along with music and finger plays.
Of course, there are more stories to be told in Ashland, where the Ashland Children's Library has added a new story time at 6:30 p.m. Mondays to allow working parents to participate with their children. Kids are invited to wear pajamas. It's geared toward toddlers and preschoolers and last about 30 minutes.
IRISH TRIBUTE DANCE: The Cyl-ebrity Dancers will again be dancing out in the community with Irish jigs, tapping and clapping in tribute to the Irish. The choreography is a blend of tradition and creative interpretation, all in honor of the Irish dance form. The music will be a variety from ballads to contemporary. Catch the spirit of the St Patrick's Day celebration at 6:30 p.m. at a variety of retirement communities.
Look for dancers at places such as Emeritus Mountain View, Ashland; Horton Plaza, Anna Maria Creekside, Veranda Park, Rogue Valley Manor, Medford; Fountain Plaza, Medford; Pioneer Village, Jacksonville; and the Springs, Grants Pass.
SOUTHERN OREGON MINIATURISTS meet from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St.
HIP-HOP POETRY OPEN MIC is 7 to 9 p.m. at the Black Swan Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The event is free. The first of the featured artists to host OSF's open mic sessions is the Q Brothers. Musicians, actors, writers, teachers and deejays. Brothers GQ and JQ created and starred in the award-winning productions of "Othello: The Remix" and "Funk It Up About Nothin'"‰" — both musical, hip-hop "add-RAP-tations" of Shakespeare's classics. All styles of poetry, music, dance and theater can be shared at the open mic sessions. See www.osfashland.org for more information.