Red Earth Descendants, a Southern Oregon indigenous-based organization, will celebrate the winter solstice today with a day of traditional storytelling, gathering and feasting at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd., Ashland. The day will begin with a women's circle at 10 a.m., followed by feasting and storytelling at noon. After the dinner break at 4:30 p.m., there will an evening session of stories and native teachings beginning at 6 p.m. For more information see www.redearthdescendants.org. Crater Rock Museum, 2002 Scenic Ave., Central Point, will offer free admission today. The museum houses an extensive display of rocks, minerals and gems in addition to a replica of a dinosaur, dinosaur teeth, bones, eggs and dung, fluorescent rocks, "friendly ghost" agates and Indian artifacts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 664-6081. Get a photograph taken with Santa Claus today and tomorrow at The Farm, 51 S. Stage Road, Medford. Proceeds will benefit Kids & Critters, the nonprofit organization that provides pony rides and a petting zoo at The Farm. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4. Call 535-1316. Free photos with Santa also will be offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in front of the Ashland Chamber, 110 E. Main St., Ashland. The fifth annual Children's Sugarplum Teas will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The teas provide a chance for children to meet some of the "Nutcracker" dancers. Participants enjoy tea and light refreshments, hear the "Nutcracker" story read aloud and have their pictures taken with the dancers. Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children under 12. The Darex Family Ice Rink, across from Lithia Park in Ashland, is open for skating, hockey and adult recreational skating. The rink does not have a cover this year and will close with inclement weather. For a full schedule, see www.ashlandparksandrec.org, or call 488-9189.
Storytelling with Mrs. Claus will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. Toy Science is at ScienceWorks through Jan. 20. Explore classic and modern toys from Slinkys to robots. The highlight of the festival is a model train set in a townscape that includes tunnels and a river. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for children 2-12 and seniors over 65. Call 482-6767 or see scienceworksmuseum.org. Children are invited to make holiday crafts from around the world 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Inner Child Cafe, 310 Oak St., Ashland. It's free. Call 482-9453.
Roller Odyssey will hold a "CheapSK8" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26, at 2425 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford. Admission is $1, $2 with quad rentals, $3 with inline rentals, 772-1400.
The Storytelling Guild presents a preschool story time at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford.
Southern Oregon Drug Awareness Teen Leadership Group will throw a New Year's Eve party for high school-aged youth at 9 p.m. Dec. 31, at Vibes Main 1 in Medford. Deejay Tim Poppa from "Spotlight's on You" will play a variety of music. There will also be a dance-off competition. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Get tickets at Bad Ass Coffee, 143 S. Riverside Ave., Medford, or Six One Nine in the Rogue Valley Mall. Info at 618-VIBE.