White City will hold its ninth annual Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Burns Park, 7800 Division Road, White City. The event includes lots of family fun with booths for spin art, fishing, soap carving, a preschool discovery station, a bean bag throw, ring toss and more. Medford Air Service will hold a two-day open house and fly-in that the entire family will enjoy on Saturday and Sunday at the Air Service building, 4002 Cirrus Drive, at the west end of the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, adjacent to the KC-97 Air Force plane. This free event allows young people to see the careers and opportunities possible in aviation. There will be aircraft displays including an Oregon Air National Guard F-15 and Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter, a U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter, fly-bys, radio-controlled model flight demonstrations, airplane and helicopter rides, free morning rides for kids from the Young Eagles, a flour bombing competition and educational and recreational activities for young people in the main hanger. EAA will hold pancake breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings and there will be food items available during the event. Call 779-5451. Hot air balloons will take to the skies in Shasta Valley Saturday and Sunday during the Montague Balloon Fair. To get to downtown Monague, take Interstate 5 to Yreka. Follow Highway 3 east to Montague and turn north on 11th Street. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Many activities are planned around Montague for the weekend to celebrate the balloon fair. The Elks will offer breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. both days at the launch site. On Saturday, there will be an arts and crafts show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Railroad Park in downtown Montague, and a parade at 12:30 p.m. The Rotary Club of Shasta Valley will offer a street dance. The dance will begin at 9 p.m. in downtown Montague. Call 530-468-2707 for the cost of breakfast or other information. A Safari Adventure — a barbecue party and fundraiser for Wildlife Images — will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Club Northwest, 2160 N.W. Vine St., Grants Pass. The event will include a Wildlife "CSI Mystery Challenge," an art and vacation auction, live music, costume contests, live wildlife presentations and a separate kids' carnival in Club Northwest's Kidzone with games, coloring contests, food, prizes and other activities. Proceeds benefit Wildlife Images. For more information, call Chip Weinert at 541-476-0222.
The Medford Railroad Park is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Kids can enjoy rides on small-scale steam and diesel trains, see miniature train exhibits and send telegrams on an antique telegraph service. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Call 535-7952.
"Sassy Cassie" will offer face painting and animal balloons for kids from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday through September at the Inner Child Cafe, 310 Oak St., Suite 4 Ashland. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Call 497-3881.
Bite of the Rogue Valley runs Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, and the 2007 Jackson County Harvest Fair overlaps on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds & Expo Park in Central Point. Bite of the Rogue kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with food and wine tasting in the Lithia Motors Amphitheater. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Harvest Fair features a chili cook-off in the morning, with public tasting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by an ice-carving event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday. There also will be a Grape Stomp Championship on Saturday and Sunday. Other highlights include craft and food booths, classic cars, beef and sheep shows, calf and heifer sales, stock dog demonstrations, a mountain man encampment, flint knapping, leather work, ax throwing, lawn mower races, antique tractor pulls, and family games including sack races, egg and spoon races, tug-of-war, a pie-eating contest and water balloon tosses. Gate admission is $6 for adults, and free for kids 11 and under. This includes admission to both the Harvest Fair and the Bite of the Rogue Valley. Parking is free. Call 774-8270 or see www.jcfairgrounds.com.
Crater Lake National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. This is an annual event that gives the public an opportunity to participate in volunteer projects such as building trails and bridges, removing invasive plants and other projects. The park will waive the entrance fee on this day and the public is invited to enjoy the park and see the lake in its fall beauty. For more information, call Michael Justin at 594-3008.