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Ashland Police Department

Wednesday 9:51 p.m. — Police cited a female juvenile for minor in possession of alcohol in the 300 block of Oak Street.

Wednesday 10:39 p.m. — Police cited a man for theft after he was caught shoplifting at Safeway. He was additionally cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Thursday 2:27 a.m. — Police arrested a 25-year-old man for driving under the influence of intoxicants during a traffic stop in the 300 block of East Main Street. He was transported to Ashland Police Department where he blew a .08 BAC and was cited and released.

Thursday 2:27 a.m. — A woman was found to be too intoxicated to care for herself in the 300 block of East Main Street. She was placed into protective custody and lodged at detox.

Ashland Fire & Rescue

Wednesday 12:59 a.m. — Rescuers responded to a medical emergency in the 200 block of Maple Street.

Wednesday 8:16 a.m. — Rescuers responded to a medical emergency in the 900 block of Mountain Meadows Circle.

Wednesday 7:21 p.m. — Rescuers responded to a medical emergency in the 100 block of Hummingbird Lane.

Wednesday 7:27 p.m. — Firefighters responded to a natural vegetation fire in the area of Patrick Lane and Ashland Mine Road.

Thursday 12:16 a.m. — Rescuers responded to a medical emergency on northbound Interstate 5.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Macbeth, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many.


Paradise Lost, 1:30 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many

Call 482-4331 for tickets

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, many

Friday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, many

Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, few

Sunday, Oct. 25 1 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, many

Sunday, Oct. 25 8 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, many

Monday Oct. 26 8 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, many

Thursday, Oct. 29 8 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, many

Friday, Oct. 30 8 p.m., What's Goin' On — Music of the 70s, few

For tickets, call 488-2902.

Camelot Theatre Company

Thursday, Oct. 22, Doubt, 8 p.m., many

Friday, Oct. 23, Doubt, 2 p.m., many

Saturday, Oct. 24, Doubt, 8 p.m., many

Sunday, Oct. 25, Doubt, 2 p.m., few

For tickets, call 535-5250

Food Bank

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank this week is in need of:

Peanut butter

The food bank is at 2200 Ashland St., P.O. Box 3578. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month. For information call 488-9544.


To Olga Maldonado and Jose Jesus Esquivel, a boy, Dylan Uriel Esquivel, weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces, on Oct. 10, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Erika Nichols and Raul Chaparro, a girl, Jazper Illyanna Chaparro-Nichols, weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces, on Oct. 13, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Melissa and Daniel Delco, a girl, Tori Leeann Delco, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, on Oct. 13, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Trinity Davis, a girl, Lila James Davis, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, on Oct. 14, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Rosio and Adrian Rivera, twins, a girl, Brandy Ariana Rivera, weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and a boy, Eduardo Antonio Rivera, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, on Oct. 13, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Karen Carnival and Dana Greaves, a boy, Leo Emerson Greaves, weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, on Oct. 16, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Rachel and Andrew Whalen, a girl, Sophia Marie Whalen, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces, on Oct. 18, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.


'Don Quixote' Puppets

The Tudor Guild Gift Shop has for sale to the highest bidders a select number of the puppets from the play "Don Quixote."

Puppets are on display in the shop, with closed bid forms. The list includes the vulture, owl, geese, birds, Sancho's donkey and, of course, sheep. All of the puppets are made from recycled everyday items such as tires, socks, buttons, sweaters, etc.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays. Bids will be accepted through Nov. 2. The highest bidders will be notified on Nov. 7.

Tudor Guild Gift Shop is located "on the bricks" by the theaters.

Poetry reading

The Sisterhood of Temple Emek Shalom presents "An Evening with Dori Appel" on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Appel will entertain in her whimsical manner by reading selections of poems including some related to family, and some inspired by fairy tales. A dramatic monologue will also be presented.

In addition to her book of poems, "Another Rude Awakening," her poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, including "When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple" and "Poetry as Spiritual Practice."

Several of her monologues have been published, and she was the winner of the Oregon Book Award in Drama in 1998, 1999 and 2001. Light refreshments will be served.

— Staff reports

Temple Emek Shalom is located at 1800 E. Main St. For more information call 488-2909. This event is free.

Wolf presentation

"The Way of the Wolf," an educational multimedia presentation by Amaroq Weiss, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Talent Branch Library, 101 Home St., Talent.

Weiss will discuss wolf biology and behavior, its role in the ecosystem and more. As a biologist, lawyer, rural resident and livestock owner who has worked in the field of wolf conservation for over a decade, she provides a well-rounded perspective on wolves and the issues surrounding this species.

For information call the Talent Branch Library at 535-4163.

Halloween Aerial Silks Performance

On Friday Oct. 23 at 9 p.m., there will be a Halloween aerial silks performance featuring the Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company at the Black Sheep. Admission is free and minors are welcome until 11 p.m.

Senior Savour

Each Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Oct. 23 at the Talent Community Hall, there will be a drop-in senior gathering called "Senior Savour." Activities will include games, knitting, poetry, chatting, birthday month celebrations, guest speakers, entertainers, tea and cookies and more.

For more information, call Jill Iles at 535-9287.

Recycling event

On Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, at the Ashland National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Jackson County Recycling Partnership will host a drop-off location for numerous types of plastic, including grocery and dry cleaning bags, cereal and potato chips bags, to-go containers, buckets and tubs, lawn furniture, toys, nursery pots and trays, agricultural plastics, CDs and cases and much more.

A list of acceptable and unacceptable items is posted at www.jcrecycle.org. Participants must presort plastic into 3 categories: soft plastic, hard plastic and nursery plastic. Participants will be asked to haul away any dirty or other unacceptable items brought to the event; no garbage service will be provided.

Fees: Residential cars and pick-ups $5 per vehicle; Businesses and large loads $5 per yard.

Businesses and loads larger than a pick-up truck only may make arrangements to pick up large collection bags in advance and bring the plastic ready for drop-off by emailing info@jcrecycle.org, and include their name, phone number and the type of plastics for recycling.

Linda McNabb seminar

"The Wisdom of True Forgiveness" is the topic of a seminar by Linda McNabb, author of "One Again — A True Story of a Different Kind of Forgiveness," and popular teacher of "A Course In Miracles." The all-day, intensive seminar at the Best Western Windsor Inn will be Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be followed by a book signing. Call 541-973-3512 or visit www.ACIMblog.com for information. Cost is $45 in advance, or $50 at the door.

Puss 'n Boots ball

The Friends of the Animal Shelter's 18th annual Puss 'n Boots Ball will be on Oct. 24 at the Historic Ashland Armory. Last year more than 220 attended the event that raised about $24,000.

All proceeds went to support FOTAS programs including a medical fund for shelter animals needing special medical treatment to make them healthy and adoptable.

The fundraiser starts on 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $35 per person or $315 for a table of 10. Advance tickets are available at Paddington Station or by calling 541-821-8291.

The public is encouraged to purchase tickets early, as the event often sells out.

Wellness presentation

On Saturday, Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a free health and wellness presentation showing two films, "Processed People: Health Care or Sick Care?" and "The Water Crisis: Bottled Water, Tap Water, The Environment & Health, The Solution" at the Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Poker fundraiser

The Talent Historical Society Poker Classic, a no-limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 2 to 8 p.m. The event is a benefit for Talent Historical Society & Museum. Grand Prize is $400, second place is $200, third place is $100, 4th place is $70 and fifth place is $30. Cost to participate is an $80 buy-in, and 75% of the cost is tax-deductible.

For more information, or to register, call 512-8838 between 1 and 5 p.m., email info@talenthistory.org, or show up early on Saturday to sign up. The event takes place at Talent Historical Society & museum, 105 North Market Street, Talent.

Woodstock at the Havurah

On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., the Havurah will show "Woodstock" on the big screen in honor of the 40th anniversary of the notorious event. Attendees are invited to dress up in 60's garb, bell-bottoms and tie dye shirts, to recreate the atmosphere of the 60's. The event is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be for sale. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave. Call 488-7716 for more information.

Pumpkin carving contest

The Ashland Saturday Market will host its second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People can come to market, buy a pumpkin grown by a local farmer and carve their design in a pumpkin carving booth. The carved pumpkins will be displayed and ballots will be available for Market customers to vote for their favorite in three categories — "skill," "scary" and "favorite." Ballots will be counted, and prizes will be awarded at 12:30 p.m.

ACLU Taser Forum

On Sunday, October 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon will host a forum on the police use of Tasers at the Ashland Public Library. Panelists are

Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness, ACLU of Oregon's Executive Director, David Fidanque, and Southern Oregon Chapter Board Chair, Derek

Volkart. Attendees will learn about the guidelines for Taser use and the ACLU of

Oregon's work to limit its use to serious situations. The forum is free and open to the public.

"The Resurrection of Alice"

On Monday, Oct. 26, Perri Gaffney, an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will present a one-woman show based on her first novel of the same name. Inspired by a true story, "The Resurrection of Alice" captures the pathos of the times with colorful characters and poignant moments that linger long after the story ends.

In rural South Carolina in 1948, fifteen-year-old Alice eagerly looks forward to attending college on the full scholarship she's been awarded. Her hopes and plans are instead devastated when she is forced to honor her parent's secret marriage arrangements. Despite the next twenty years of battling social and emotional hurdles, her broken spirit is reborn, a testament to the power of nurturing and healing.

This event will be held in Room D of the Southern Oregon University Campbell Center, 655 Frances Ln., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more details about this performance, call 552-6048 or visit www.sou.edu/olli/public.html.

Spiritual poetry

On Monday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi David Zaslow will offer a Spiritual Poetry Class on three consecutive Mondays. Rabbi David will guide the class in the techniques for writing sacred, liturgical poetry in the style of King David and Rumi. Ecstatic poetry is rooted in deep metaphor. Participants will learn how to access images of the Divine that make up a great poem.

Attendees should bring a writing book and pen. Class fee is $15 for three sessions. Call 488-7716 to pre-register. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave.

Mt. Ashland board meeting

The Mt. Ashland Association will hold its annual public Board of Directors meeting on Monday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at D&S Harley Davidson in Medford.

The agenda will include an operations report, a finance overview of the previous season and an overview of youth and environmental programs.

The public is invited to get to know the Mt. Ashland Association board of directors at the meeting. Two retiring directors will be honored at the event, and a question and answer period will follow the presentations. D&S Harley Davidson is located at 3846 South Pacific Hwy., Medford. For more information, call 482-2897.

For the specific agenda, visit the Mt. Ashland website at www.mtashland.com under "events."

The Aging Eye

The public is invited to a free presentation on The Aging Eye sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. David England, OD, is a therapeutic optometrist at the Siskiyou Eye Center who provides complete primary eye care services. His presentation details some of the degenerative changes that occur with aging eyes, including cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration and presbyopia, as well as the latest treatments. The program will be held in Room D of the SOU Campbell Center on 655 Frances Ln. More information is available at www.sou.edu/olli or by calling 552-6048.

Geriatric Care Managers speak

Certified geriatric care managers Ellen Waldman and Linda Bellinson of Senior Options will speak at Temple Emek Shalom on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon. Both speakers provide personal services to people aged 65 and older by developing personal relationships with their clients. Senior Options has resources available to help clients and their families cope with the challenges of aging. Geriatric care managers are not primary care givers, but act as "grand coordinators" of clients' entire teams, including physicians, attorneys, financial planners and family members.

All are welcome to attend the free meeting. Attendees should bring a bag lunch, and light refreshments will be served. The temple is located at 1800 East Main St. Call 858-8819 for more information.

Jewish film series

The Jewish Film Series at the Havurah presents, "Live and Become," on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. This Israeli-French collaboration tells the epic story of an Ethiopian boy who is airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses. The film is140 minutes and shown in Hebrew and French with English subtitles. Although the films are usually free, there will be an admission of $2 per person to cover screening rights for this film, which is not part of the Havurah's collection. For more information, call 488-7716. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave.

Bloomsbury book signing

On Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation and book signing with award-winning architect and author Charles Durrett at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. Durrett will discuss his book, "The Senior Cohousing Handbook, A Community Approach to Independent Living." The book is described as a comprehensive guide to creating and living in a cohousing community, and outlines how seniors can custom-build their neighborhood to fit their needs and aspirations.

Poetry reading

Mark Doty, National Book Award-winning poet and best-selling author, will read and discuss his work as part of the Chautauqua Poets & Writers series on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., at Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theater.

Tickets to the reading may be purchased at Bloomsbury Books, Bookwagon and Tree House Books. Student tickets are available at the main office of Ashland High School. Cost is $25 for patrons, $15 for general admission, or $12 for students with I.D. Tickets may also be purchased in Medford at Grilla Bites.

For information call Kathi Bowen-Jones at 482-3632 or visit www.chautauquawriters.org.

"Creepy Carnival"

A three-day Haunted House for kids 14 and under will be held at the Lodge, 255 E. Main Street, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, Friday, Oct. 30 and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 31 after the Children's Halloween Parade. A suggested $2 donation will benefit the Lodge's fund for youth activities and sports teams in the valley.

Call 482-3911, or visit www.ashlandelks.org for information.

'Jesus Culture' conference

"Jesus Culture Southern Oregon" is a youth/young adult conference designed to empower, equip and encourage those from the Southern Oregon region. All ages are welcome. This is the fifth annual conference held at Rivergate, and is an opportunity for attendees to connect with other youth and young adults, as well as spiritual leaders in the area.

There will be two speakers for the evening meetings: Matthew Oliver from Orangevale, Calif. Family Christian Center, and Lance Jacobs from Bethel, in Redding Calif. There will be a worship team from Bethel led by Joel Kilmer.

The conference begins on Friday, Oct. 30, and registration begins at 6 p.m. The weekend conference fee is $30 per person, and the group rate is $20 per person. No childcare will be provided.

For more information visit email jcso@rivergateaog.org, call 482-2546 or visit www.rivergateaog.org. The church is located at 188 Garfield St.

Halloween Storytime at the Library

Little ghosts, goblins, princesses, and superheroes are invited to a special Halloween Storytime on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the Children's Department of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Not-too-scary Halloween books, rhymes, and songs will be featured during this holiday storytime which will be followed by the annual Ashland Halloween Parade beginning in front of the library at 3:15 p.m.

For more information please contact the Ashland Branch Library at 774-6995.

Halloween party

On Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will have their fifth annual "Come as You Are" Halloween party. There will be free door prize drawings every 15 minutes, and free refreshments and treats. The event takes place at 258 A Street, across from Ace Hardware in the Railroad District. Costumes are optional, and the event is family friendly and alcohol free.

Evolution lecture

Eugenie Scott, Ph.D. heads for Ashland and Southern Oregon University for a fall lecture of The Jefferson Center's Thomas Jefferson Memorial Lecture Series. In cooperation with the Biology Department of SOU, Dr. Scott will speak on "Why Evolution is Fact and Intelligent Design is Fiction," at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 2, in the Science Building Lecture Hall (SC118) on the SOU campus. General admission is $10, students with ID are admitted without charge.

This is the fall lecture of The Jefferson Center, an Ashland-based non-profit educational organization which "promotes critical thinking and a secular, humanistic world." For additional information, visit The Jefferson Center Web site at www.thejeffcenter.org.

Author Night at the Library

Ashley Offill will read from his newly published book, "Compressed Leaves," as part of the continuing Author Night at the Library series on Monday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

A former bookstore owner, Offill was educated in philosophy, literature, and psychology, with a passion for music and art, all of which were important in the writing of his book.

Author Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call the Ashland Branch Library at 774-6996 for more information.

AIFF volunteer meeting

The public is invited to join the Ashland Independent Film Festival for an informational meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

The festival dates are April 8 through 12, 2010.

Volunteers help out before and during the festival with everything from office work, events, ushering, and much more. Volunteer perks include vouchers for festival screenings, a 2010 AIFF T-shirt, a volunteer appreciation party and more.

Those interested in attending the meeting don't need to need to RSVP. For more information on the different volunteer areas and to fill out a volunteer form visit: www.ashlandfilm.org, email volunteers@ashlandfilm.org or call 488-3823.

Singing harmony by ear

The public is invited to come learn a quick-start method for singing harmony by ear. No note reading, no bogging down in music theory — participants will learn to hear harmony intuitively. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to figure out high harmony parts on your own to hundreds of songs.

The class will be held in Ashland on Nov. 7. Cost is $20 for one workshop, or $35 for both the introductory workshop and the more advanced session. For registration, call Barbara at bchey@ashlandhome.net or 482-2067. Space is limited.

West Coast Live at OSF

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Jefferson Public Radio will again host a Nov. 9 episode of "West Coast Live," a radio variety show hosted by the Bay Area's Sedge Thompson.

West Coast Live airs each Saturday on Jefferson Public Radio and features interviews with writers, musicians, actors and West Coast Live's resident jazz musician, Mike Greensill. Episodes are recorded at live locations around the West Coast.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on the OSF campus. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and theatre doors at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 general admission and available at Paddington Station or online at the Cascade Theatre or by calling 530-243-8877. The OSF Box Office is not handling any ticketing.

For questions, call 482-6811. Any access questions should be directed to 482-2111 ext. 224. Tickets are non-refundable.

Fundraising begins for 2010 Relay for Life

After raising over $30,000 in 2009, event organizers are preparing for the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay For Life with a kick-off event to draw awareness to the on-going fight against cancer.

The Ashland Relay For Life, tentatively scheduled for mid-May 2010, is the cumulative effort of teams assembled by those affected by cancer in various means. While collectively walking for 24 hours, typically teams are put together by loved ones of those either victorious over the disease and more commonly in memory of those lost.

The official date for the kick-off event will be Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the gym at Southern Oregon University. Information on creating teams, fundraising, and personal messages from cancer survivors, including event Grand Marshal, Frank Dalziel, will be shared. Additional committee roles will look to be filled and sponsorship availabilities discussed as well. For more information, call Stephanie Elmore at 261-1664 or walk2save@gmail.com.

Transition Town Ashland

On Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Ashland AAUW invites the public to a free community forum to discuss what it takes to create a sustainable community. The event will be at the Masonic Lodge, 570 Clover Ln.

"Art Affair"

The Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University will host its ninth annual "Art Affair" on Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening offerings include a four-course meal, music by the Back Porch Swing jazz band, a "live" painting demonstration by local artist Charlotte Abernathy and the eclectic antics of emcee Saxon Warlord Heiland Hoff.

Additionally, paddle auctions are planned during the evening to help sponsor exhibitions as well as exhibitions in the community and surrounding region. Cost for the event is $75 per person and seating is limited. Dress is artful evening attire.

For more information on tickets for the event call 552-6245 or visit the Art Affair Web site at www.smaash.org.

S. Ore. Book & Author Fair

The 2009 Southern Oregon Book & Author Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Northwest authors interested in participating can receive additional information by e-mailing oregonbookfair@gmail.com.

The author registration fee is $25 for half a 6 ft. long table. Both fiction and non-fiction authors are welcome. Authors will be on-hand selling and autographing their books personally throughout the day.

Nominations for the Book & Author Fair's "Featured Author" are also being accepted by email. Send messages with the subject line "Featured Author Nominee." Basic nominee requirements are: That the author is an Oregon or Northwest resident, the author has received an award for his or her book. The author must be either well-known nationally or the books must be well-known within their genre. In order to be considered, all emails nominating the featured author must include the author's website and email address as well as a brief description of how the author's work meets the basic three criteria.

"A Holiday Bizarre Bazaar"

MAda Shell Gallery invites local artists to show in "a Holiday Bizarre Bazaar," a holiday craft fair featuring 10 local vanguard artisans and artists. A Holiday Bizarre Bazaar will provide unique and unusual hand made gifts, music and other entertainment to create a festive holiday ambiance. There will also be a hands-on craft table for children. MAda Shell Gallery is located on the plaza at 27 Main #7.

The bazaar will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 8 p.m. from Nov. 27 through Dec. 19, as well as Sunday, Dec. 20 through Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Spaces are still available. For more information, email Amy Godard at amyfolk@yahoo.com, or call 482-2969.


A Sufi Evening

People are invited to join Ashland Sufi Heart Circle for group practices in the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, the first Thursday of every month, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd. $10 suggested donation. For more information see www.ashlandsufi.com or call Khalil at 482-4902.

Nature Story Time

The Northwest Nature Shop offers a weekly nature story time for children of all ages every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. For information call 482-3241. Free.

Alzheimer's support

The Alzheimer's Association support groups meets the second Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at Ashland Community Hospital, 280 Maple St., conference room 2. For more information, contact Sheila Ettlich at 488-0962.

"Getting Started: Alzheimer's Resources and Planning Ahead" is held the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library. For more information, call 774-9348.

Scrabble Club

The Ashland Scrabble Club meets at The Beanery, 1602 Ashland St., Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. All levels of expertise. Call Travis at 227-9633 or travischaney@jeffnet.org.

No wheels, no meals.

Food and Friends are in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals in Rogue River, Jacksonville and Central Point. Volunteers are also needed to help out at meal sites.

Food and Friends and its volunteers work hard to assure that hundreds of homebound seniors are provided one hot meal daily, Monday through Friday.

Volunteers usually commit to one day a week, 9:30 a.m. to noon. To volunteer please call Paula Seitz at 734-9505.

for summer:

Farmers markets

Purchase fresh, locally grown fruit, produce and plants with the addition of a new Saturday Market downtown.

The new market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at First Street and Lithia Way every Saturday through October.

Other markets are open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ashland Armory and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Medford Armory on South PacificHighway just south of Stewart from mid-March through Nov. 20.

Saturday artisans market

Every Saturday this summer Jackson Wellsprings will host a Saturday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring local artisans, live music, local produce, handcrafts, imports, jewelry, collectibles, food, a sauna, hot springs and swimming. Sellers can get a space for $10 each. For more information, call 482-3776 or e-mail info@jacksonwellsprings.com.

Growers market

The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ashland Armory (corner of East Main and Wightman) and every Thursday at the Medford Armory (on South Pacific Highway just south of Stewart) through Nov. 13.