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call for labyrinth volunteers: Organizers for the Ninth Annual Labyrinth Walk to New Year's are seeking "Labyrinth Angels" to greet and assist visitors. Call 944-3409. Musicians and other performers are being scheduled. Call 201-0372. The event will again be held starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Call 482-4132.

jewish film series: The Jewish Film Series will present "Chasing Shadows," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The documentary tells the story the filmmaker's father who returns to his village of birth at the foot of the Carpathian mountains for the first time since leaving as a youth in 1945. The film evokes the vibrant world of his childhood that has all but vanished. The film at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 will be "The Quarrel," winner of eight international awards. This full-length feature films focuses on a chance reunion in 1948 of two Holocaust survivors &

one a deeply religious man, the other a secular journalist. Admission is free. Call 488-7716.

book group: The Elastic Mind book discussion group sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library will meet at — p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The group led by Joanna Fenn will discuss Afghanistan and what is happening there today. Suggested readings include "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini, or a book of your choice that fits the subject. Call 774-6996.

author's night: As part of Author Night, Douglas Noakes of Ashland will read from and discuss his novel "Cursed Spite" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland. The book is a combination whodunit, time-travel science fiction piece, tale of murder, love, and authorship which involves the answer to who really wrote those Shakespeare plays. Author Night has moved to the first Monday night of the month. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 774-6996.

call for poetry: Peace House is seeking poetry submissions for the "Peace Poems" book to be published in February, 2008. Poems should be uplifting, visionary, and solution-oriented designed to be inspiring. Subject matter may include peace, justice, social and sustainability concerns. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 31. Poems should be no longer than one page 8.5 x 11. Include name, age and contact information. Send submissions via e-mail: editor@peacehouse.net or by mail to Peace House P.O. Box 524, Ashland, OR 97520. Call 482-9625.

unite for peace conference: The Unite For Peace Conference organizers are inviting workshop presenters and or speakers to submit a proposal on one of the three conference themes: peace, social justice, or environmental sustainability, Presenters should go to the Peace House Web site, , to see the call for proposals, registration, cover sheet and more. Proposal deadline is Monday, Jan. 7. The Unite For Peace Conference, Friday, Feb. 29 and Saturday, March 1, is a partnership between Peace House and the Southern Oregon University Psychology Club. Conference cost is $25 adults and $5 for students including morning refreshments and lunch. Call 482-9625.

peace training: Peace House will offer a five-week training course, "Building Peace In Our World One Person and One Conversation at a Time," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 10-Feb. 7, at Peace House, 543. S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Anita Dygert-Gearheart will present the class. She is a clinical social worker trained in peace research, conflict management, mediation, negotiations and executive management based on a process developed by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and the book "Difficult Conversations: How to Talk About What Matters Most." Class fee is $50 per individual or $85 for couples. Deadline for registration is Jan. 4. Call 482-9625 to register and mail payment to Peace House P.O. Box 524, Ashland, 97520.

equity for women: The Medford chapter of the American Association of University Women will focus on "Equity for Women" at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, in the O.E.A. building, 2495 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Speakers include Pamela Green, coordinator of the Rogue Community College Discovery Program, Moving On; Barbara Campbell, gender equity coordinator at the Table Rock Campus of RCC; and Naurine McCormick, a former Medford branch president and AAUW lobbyist in Congress. Call 282-8547 or 245-1117.