TODAY

TODAY

The 11th annual Multicultural Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Alba Park in downtown Medford. The free event will feature food, music and dancing from around the world. Children's activities will include a Japanese storyteller, face painting, chalk art, music making and inflatable jump houses. Call 774-2544, Ext. 3901 or visit www.medfordmulticulturalfair.com. Crater Lake National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day today by waiving the entrance fee. This is an annual event that gives the public an opportunity to participate in volunteer projects such as building trails and bridges, and removing invasive plants while enjoying the park and lake in all its fall beauty. Call Michael Justin at 594-3008. The 2007 Jackson County Harvest Fair runs today and Sunday at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park in Central Point. The Harvest Fair features a chili cook-off Saturday 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. There 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 and antique tractor pulls. Family activities will include sack races, egg and spoon races, a tug-o-war, a pie eating contest and water balloon tosses. Gate admission is $6 for adults, and free for kids 11 and under. Parking is free. Call 774-8270 or see www.jcfairgrounds.com. Pheasant Fields at 1865 Camp Baker Road in Phoenix, will hold its Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend in October. There will be a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, shooting gallery, pony rides, face painting and other kids activities. Admission is free; tickets are sold for some events. Call 535-3873. Wolf Creek will hold its 2007 Oktoberfest from noon to dusk Saturday and Sunday, with a shuttle service between Grants Pass and Wolf Creek. A parade begins at noon Saturday, and an Alpenhorn Serenade atop London Peak at 6 p.m. Events include polka music, wine tasting, an art gallery, German cuisine, an antique and classic car show, cooking demonstrations, a craft fair and a kindergarten featuring face painting and a bounce house. Admission is $3; free for kids under 5. The shuttle stops daily at Sunny Valley, Kelly's Market in Hugo, Ray's Market in Merlin, Chamber of Commerce at the Grants Pass Visitor's Center, and the downtown Big-5 Sporting Goods. Call 541-866-2474 or visit www.thewolfcreekinn.com.

SUNDAY

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the public is invited to bring their pets to The Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Refreshments will be provided. Call 482-2656.

COMING UP

Celebrate the connection between people and the wild salmon in the Bear Creek watershed during the fourth annual Bear Creek Salmon Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The free event will offer activities for all ages including a 350-gallon salmon tank for viewing live wild salmon. There will be a barbecue for $10 a plate, or a $5 vegetarian option, live entertainment, Native American demonstrations of salmon cooking, acorn grinding, basket weaving, drumming and storytelling. Participants can help create large salmon banners either during or prior to the festival and Middle Rogue Steelheaders will be teaching fishing skills. For more information, see www.BearCreekSalmonFestival.org.