Friday, March 9
Jacksonville Carvers: Join the Jacksonville Carvers for carving and coffee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at The Woodcarving Place, 255 E. D St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. Call 541-899-5571.
Colorful Fridays: Adults can express their creativity through coloring from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every Friday through April 27 at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Coloring supplies and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-664-3228 or visit jcls.org.
Slopes & Trails: Rogue Valley residents are invited to a meet-and-greet social at 5 p.m. Friday, March 9, at The Vine Restaurant, 1610 SW Allen Creek Rd., No. 111, Grants Pass. Slopes & Trails is a nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational activities. See www.slopes.org.
Oregon Chocolate Festival: The annual Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off with live music, beer and wine from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the lounge at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St. The festival follows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, at the hotel. Look for creations by dozens of chocolatiers, along with demonstrations, educational sessions, a panel discussion featuring chocolatiers and chefs, and a lecture about the health benefits of chocolate. A chocolate and dessert competition will be judged by Chef Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America. During the festival, discounted tickets to performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be available using the code CHOCOLATE. Festival tickets are $15 for the kick-off party, $20 per day, or $30 for Saturday and Sunday. See oregonchocolatefestival.com for the festival schedule and ticket reservations.
Climate Documentary: Rogue Climate will host a screening of the documentry film "Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story," and a discussion on the campaign to stop the proposed pipeline in southern Oregon, Friday, March 9, at the Medford library, 250 S. Central Ave. Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the film beginning at 6:30 p.m. "Black Snake Killaz" is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Please note the is film is not rated and contains strong language and violent imagery. Call 541-840-1065.
Emergency Preparedness Presentation: Come and learn how to put together a 72-hour emergency kit at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 110 Linn Road, Eagle Point . A simple meal will be provided using typical food that would be available during an emergency. Call 541-826-2011.
Movie and Discussion: A film and discussion "How Can We Improve Our Thinking?," will be presented from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Explore ideas and learn tools aimed at broadening personal perspective. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. See bridging.online.
Square Dance: Rogue Squares Dance Club hosts round dancing at 7:30 p.m. and mainstream and plus dancing at 8 p.m. the second Friday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. The caller will be Ed Kremers. Admission is $6. Call 541-660-8020.
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.
Blowin' Smoke: Rockin' country band Blowin' Smoke — with singer and songwriter Beth Henderson — will play at 6 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $7. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
Saturday, March 10
Breakfast: The Jacksonville Odd Fellows will host a sourdough pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Jacksonville Odd Fellows Hall, 175 S. Oregon St., Jacksonville. Admission is $8 for all you can eat. Find Independent Order of Odd Fellows Historic Lodge No. 10 on Facebook.
Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a talk, "Magic, Mystery, Mayhem and Muses: An Inside Look at the 2018 Season," by Amrita Ramanan at noon Saturday, March 10, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 800-219-8161 or see osfashland.org.
Saturday Handweavers Guild: Those interested in weaving, spinning and other fiber arts can meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, September through June, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. All skill levels are welcome. Call 541-282-3040.
Open Jam Session: Carl Howard hosts jam sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at The Landing, 820 Laurel St., Butte Falls. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. Call 541-865-3344.
Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will join forces to perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre: This Hispanic folk-dance troupe will celebrate its 20th gala performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. The show will feature Seattle-based Ballet Folklorico Angeles de Mexico de Aurelia Ramos and will honor founder Victoria Snow Mountain, who is retiring after managing the troupe for 24 years, and instructor Juan Martinez, who passed away last fall. Founded as a small, after-school club, Ballet Folklorico flourished under Mountain's enthusiasm. Tamales and other refreshments will be available at intermission. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for ages 11 and younger, and can be purchased at the door. See balletfolkra.org.
Rogue Valley Chorale: Scottish and Irish folk artists Men of Worth will join the choir, directed by Laurie Anne Hunter, to present "Gifts of the Emerald Isle," a program of lively Celtic folk songs accompanied by traditional instruments such as octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina and bodhran. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $10 or $20, $5 for students and children, and can be purchased at craterian.org, the box office at 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.