TODAY

TODAY

The Carnival of Learning, a day of fun and learning for all ages, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. Classes covering such topics as crafts, cooking, technology and music will be offered. A $3 fee includes four 90-minute classes. See extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec or call 776-7371 for a complete list of classes and registration.The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink, 95 Winburn Way, Ashland, is open for skating, figure skating and hockey skating through March 15. Bring your own skates and skate for free from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays. Visit ashland.or.us/icerink or call 488-5340 for the rink's 2009 schedule and fees.Southern Oregon University Department of Theatre Arts presents its annual children's theatre offering, "Dick Whittington and His Amazing Cat," by Pat Hume at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, at Southern Oregon University Department of Theatre Arts on South Mountain Avenue, next to the SOU Music Hall, Ashland. This musical, in which Dick teams up with an extraordinary cat when he travels to seek his fortune in London, is filled with outrageous characters and will entertain children of all ages. Michael J. Hume of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directs. Tickets are $18 regular, $16 senior, $5 students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the box office at 552-6348. More information is available at sou.edu/theatre/calendar.

SUNDAY

As part of the Oregon Reads 2009 program, children and their families are invited to enjoy an afternoon exploring Japanese crafts from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Bill and Michiko Wisdom will teach basic origami. There also will be Japanese stories and activities. Call 774-6995.

TUESDAY

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with the National Read Across America Program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Shady Cove Library, 22477 Highway 62. The celebration begins with volunteers reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books to children, rotating between volunteer reading stations. At 4 p.m. Patrick Duffy, star of television's "Dallas," will read to all the children from his favorite Dr. Seuss book. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Shady Cove Branch Library.

WEDNESDAY

A Mother Goose on the Loose story time will be offered from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the Santo Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. A parent or guardian must be present. Day-care groups are welcome. Call 774-2400.

THURSDAY

Two performances of "Phantom Toll Booth," the acclaimed musical adaptation of Norton Juster's children's book, will be held at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The musical, recommended for kids 8 and up, is about a bored little boy who goes on a mind-expanding adventure. The first performance will be at 4 p.m., the second at 7 p.m. Ticket prices have been "rolled back" to $5 to celebrate Craterian Performances' 12th anniversary of operating the renovated Craterian. To order tickets, call 779-3000 or visit www.craterian.org.

COMING UP

As part of Teen Saturdays at the Medford Library, teens will get an opportunity to write a book review from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. They also will get a free ticket to participate in the library's pizza-tasting test. Call 774-6413 or 774-6411.