Students from across Oregon were honored at a celebration at the Oregon State Library on May 11 for their winning entries in the 2012 Letters About Literature contest.

Students from across Oregon were honored at a celebration at the Oregon State Library on May 11 for their winning entries in the 2012 Letters About Literature contest.

Sinead Pyle of Ashland took first place in Level 1 and will receive $100. Lucia Hadella of Talent took first place in Level 3 and also will receive $100.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, sponsored in partnership with Target Stores.

Local co-sponsors are the Oregon Center for the Book at the State Library, Oregon Library Association's Children's Services Division and Young Adult Network, Oregon Association of School Libraries and Oregon Reading Association. There were 856 contestants from Oregon and 59,000 nationally.

The Oregon judges were authors Linda Crew, Susan Blackaby and Leah Wilcox; school librarians Kathy Otto, Steve Cox and Linda Bilyeu; and public librarians Marianne Coalson, Victoria Campbell and April Witteveen.

Dogs for the Deaf's 21st annual Dog Walk is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Hawthorne Park.

The event will include a costume contest, kids' zone, photo booth, search-and-rescue demonstrations, agility demonstrations and a presentation on dog allergies.

Registration is open until Friday, May 25. To register, see www.dogsforthedeaf.org/dog-walk or call 541-826-9220.

Registration costs $25, which includes a hot dog lunch and raffle ticket.

Oregon drivers now can purchase "wine country" license plates that will benefit Oregon's tourism efforts.

Wine country plates have been added to the other specialty license plates available to Oregon drivers, depicting salmon, Crater Lake and the cultural trust.

The illustration on the new plates shows rows of grape vines in a vineyard with blue tree-lined mountains on the horizon and was designed by artist Judy Phipps.

No references to wine will be allowed, as the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles prohibits references to sex, drugs, alcohol and bodily functions.

The new wine country plates cost $54 per set, which includes a $30 surcharge that goes directly to Travel Oregon, the state's tourism marketing group. Travel Oregon will use the money for a grant program benefiting groups interested in promoting wine and food tourism around the state, according to Oregon Wine Board spokesman Charles Humble.

According to a study commissioned by the Oregon Wine Board, the industry contributes more than $2.7 billion a year to the state's economy and provides more than 13,000 jobs.

All of the plates available in Oregon can be viewed on the Oregon Department of Transportation website, www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/vehicle/plateregular.shtml.

Local chiropractor Joel Goldman will discuss chiropractic care, the many conditions it can treat and stories of patient success at noon Wednesday, May 23, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Call 541-858-8819.

An opening reception for the exhibit "Pedaling History: the Role of Bicycles in Jackson County," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The exhibit is part of Southern Oregon Historical Society's "History: Made By You," a series of traveling exhibits.

The exhibit runs from May 24 through June 17.

Call 541-773-6536 or see www.sohs.org.

Presenter Susan Moulder will tell the history of wagon trains that traveled what was known as the "Overland Trail" from St. Louis to Oregon in a from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Gold Hill Branch Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Call 541-855-1994 or see www.jcls.org.

Compiled from staff reports