With a three-day weekend looming, it's time to send summer out with a bang.

With a three-day weekend looming, it's time to send summer out with a bang.

Labor Day events are scheduled around the valley, with a little something for everyone.

Rubber Duck Races

The Upper Rogue Community Center will host its annual Rubber Duck Races beginning at noon Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Upper Rogue Regional Park off River Drive in Shady Cove. Adopt a duck for $5 (in advance or the day of the race), then show up to enter a series of races for adults and kids.

This year's event offers some $2,700 in prizes, ranging from rafting trips to beauty services and meals.

Races take place between Regional Park and the boat ramp. For details, or to register in advance, call 878-2702. There will be vendors, games for children and live music.

Art & Music Festival

In one of the valley's biggest Labor Day weekend shindigs, Central Point will host a party with live music, art exhibits and a stroll in the park. Events begin Aug. 31 with the city's Friday Night in Pfaff Park, an event with vendors, food, live music and a movie at dusk. This week's movie, "Facing the Giants," tells the tale of the Shiloh Eagles, a losing football team that finally finds victory.

Events continue Saturday, Sept. 1, with an Art & Music in the Park Festival from noon to 5 p.m. at Pfaff Park, 635 Manzanita St. The event features live music, art exhibits and food vendors. Groups to perform throughout the day include Bluegrass Country, Sons of Oregon, Goldman Family and Siskiyou Summit. At 7:30 p.m., a concert will be performed by Chuck Pyle, with Back Porch Swing as the opening act.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the second annual Andrews Sisters Musical Revue will begin at 8 p.m. on the Lithia Motors Amphitheater stage at the Jackson County Expo. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance through the fairgrounds box office.

Lon Skinner Memorial Race

A Labor Day race at the Southern Oregon Speedway, the 12th annual Lon Skinner Memorial 100, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, with a purse of more than $40,000. Admission is $15 for one day or $25 for both. Event coordinators are expecting up to 80 participants. For details, call 772-6264 or visit online, http://www.sospeedway.com.

Hyatt Lake Event

Hyatt Lake Resorts will hold three days of live music at both locations, 7900 and 7979 Hyatt Prairie Road, Ashland. Featured will be Ken Hart, the Lewis/Reddick Duo and Purple Heart on Friday, Aug. 31, and Hart, the Chinquapin Jazz Band and Purple Heart on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2. The resorts offer rentals of cabins, canoes, paddle boats, fishing boats and pontoon boats. For more information, phone 482-3331.

A Taste of Harry and David

Harry and David Country Village will offer tastings of gourmet foods and wines and live music from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at 1314 Center Drive, Medford. Cost is $15 and proceeds help local families in need. Bring five cans of food and save $5 on admission. For more information, call 864-2277.

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at buffypollock@juno.com.