Local law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for aprons and gourmet burgers at Red Robin restaurants in Oregon, including Medford, as part of the national Tip-A-Cop event benefitting Special Olympics.

Local law enforcement officers will trade in their handcuffs and badges for aprons and gourmet burgers at Red Robin restaurants in Oregon, including Medford, as part of the national Tip-A-Cop event benefitting Special Olympics.

Law enforcement in 35 states will collect tips and help serve Red Robin customers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26. In addition, Red Robin will donate 50 cents from every gourmet burger and Coke product sold through Friday to Special Olympics Inc.

Red Robin has been supporting Special Olympics programs across the country for the past six years and has helped raise more than $1.5 million for the organization.

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 8,000 participants with intellectual disabilities through participation in Olympic-type sports. For more information, visit the Special Olympics website at www.soor.org.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival was awarded $9,000 last week by the Oregon Arts Commission to support production of a video designed to increase the number of visitors who stay in Ashland. The grant was one of 10 cultural tourism awards totaling $89,058 and given to arts organizations statewide.

The OSF video will be used annually, reminding audiences there are good reasons to visit Ashland, according to a press release by the commission.

Twenty-two proposals with requests totaling $220,000 were reviewed by the commission.

For more information on the OSF grant, call Deborah Small at 541-482-2111, ext. 249, or email deborahs@osfashland.org.