Thursday, Oct. 12
North Mountain Park & Nature Center: The Nature Center offers a variety of programs and interpretive exhibits that teach about local natural and cultural history and sustainable living. Explore the park’s demonstration gardens, nature trails, pavilion, picnic and play areas. The North Mountain Park & Nature Center is next to Bear Creek at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Park is open sunrise to sunset, nature center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 541-488-6606 or see northmountainpark.org.
Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.
Ed Dunsavage Trio: Guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon and drummer Gary Hirsh will perform jazz standards and arrangements at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Friday, Oct. 13
Call to Teen Writers: The Medford Teen library is sponsoring a scary story writing contest through Oct. 21. Teens are invited to visit the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., to pick up a writing prompt then write a scary story of 500 words or fewer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories and featured at the annual Spooky Story Read-Aloud Oct. 30. Call 541-774-8685 or see jcls.org.
Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.
Southern Oregon Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. every second and fourth Friday at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners' instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 66 and older, and free for ages 18 and younger and full-time students. Call 541-324-7981.
Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners needed. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.
Joe Cohoon Trio: Acoustic bassist Joe Cohoon — along with a revolving cast of players — will perform classic, instrumental jazz at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
American Brass Quintet: Chamber Music Concerts will present the American Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Friday's concert will feature consort music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, music by Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda, French chansons by Josquin des Prés and music by American composers Steven Franklin, Steven Sacco and Joan Tower. Saturday’s program includes a variety of music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Robert Fuchs. Tickets are $33 or $38, $5 for full-time students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. Ages 19 through 35 can purchase Sunday's tickets for $20.
Saturday, Oct. 14
Coffee and Cars: Snikwah Motor Werks and Aaron's Autowerks Co-hosts a meet up Saturday, Oct.14, from 8 to 11 a.m., for coffee, doughnuts and German cars in the Brammo parking lot, 300W. Valley View Road, Talent. For more info call 541-227-1758 or 541-535-1355 or see snikwahmotorwerks.com/german-cars-coffee.
Open Studio Tours: The Ashland Gallery Association will host its fourth annual Ashland Open Studio Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15. Regional artists will open their studios to art enthusiasts, offer demonstrations and discuss their techniques. Admission is free. See ashlandost.com for a list of participating studios.
Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will join forces to perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Band du Pays Swing: The band will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Evergreen Ballroom's Jacob Jagger will offer East Coast swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. For reservations, call 541-535-7957.
Allison Scull and Victor Martin: Guitar and saxophone duo Allison Scull and Victor Martin will play a mix of jazz, blues and folk with European and Latin influences at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Papadosio and Phutureprimitive: Sonic rock rockers Papdosio and Phutureprimitive will perform Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at liveatthearmory.ticketspice.com. Tickets will be $30 at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.