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Ashland Police Department

Monday 7:43 a.m. — A Parks and Recreation employee found two bloody latex gloves and blood smeared on a picnic table at Sherwood Park. A local resident reported that she heard a possible altercation in the park the previous night. The scene was processed for evidence, and there are no victims or suspects at this time.

Monday 11:19 a.m. — Police stopped a 45-year-old man for traffic violations on Tolman Creek Road near Ashland Street. He was found to have a criminally suspended license and was lodged at Jackson County Jail. He was additionally cited for driving uninsured, failing to wear a seat belt and failing to register his vehicle.

Monday 11:53 a.m. — Police received a report of possible sex abuse in the Ashland area. The case is currently under investigation.

Monday 12:19 p.m. — Police responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash in the 200 block of North Pioneer Street. There were no injuries, and one car was towed away from the scene.

Monday 2:52 p.m. — Police investigated possible child neglect in the 1300 block of Quincy Street. The case is closed due to lack of evidence of criminal activity.

Monday 10:48 p.m. — Police arrested a 24-year-old man for unlawfully entering a vehicle and stealing an iPod near Glenn and North Main streets. He was lodged at Jackson County Jail.

Monday 11:21 p.m. — Police took a man into protective custody in the 2300 block of Ashland Street and transported him to the Medford Detox Center.

Ashland Fire & Rescue

Monday 8:30 a.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 900 block of Skylark Place.

Monday 9:04 a.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 4000 block of Clayton Road.

Monday 9:35 a.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 800 block of Pavilion Place.

Monday 11:29 a.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 400 block of Siskiyou Boulevard.

Monday 12:12 p.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 200 block of Greenbriar Place.

Monday 12:17 p.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 500 block of North Main Street.

Monday 12:20 p.m. — AFR responded to a non-injury motor vehicle crash in the 200 block of North Pioneer Street.

Monday 1:57 p.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 100 block of Maple Street.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday: Paradise Lost, Angus Bowmer Theatre, 8 p.m., many.

Wednesday: Equivocation, Angus Bowmer Theatre, 8 p.m., few.

Call 482-4331 for tickets

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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. 29, Doubt, 8 p.m., many

Friday, Oct. 30, Doubt, 8 p.m., many

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.


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 Lane. 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 E. 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 is 140 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.

— Staff reports

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.

'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 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 St., 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.

"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.

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.

'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 Sundays 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.

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.