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Ashland Police Department

Wednesday 3:07 a.m. — Police transported an adult to Rogue Valley Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

Wednesday 5:02 a.m. — Police arrested a 25-year-old man for disorderly conduct. He was lodged in jail.

Wednesday 10:50 a.m. — Police received a confidential report of a sexual assault in the Ashland area.

Wednesday 5:05 p.m. — A woman reported sexual abuse in the Ashland area. The case is under investigation and was turned over to detectives.

Wednesday 8:05 p.m. — A 52-year-old man was contacted at Churchill Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus by SOU Campus Public Safety. The man was found to have two outstanding warrants, one for contempt of court and one for failure to appear in court for interfering with public transportation. Police arrested the man and transported him to Jackson County Jail.

Ashland Fire & Rescue

Wednesday 9:34 a.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 400 block of South Valley View Road.

Wednesday 2:49 p.m. — AFR responded to a medical emergency in the 500 block of A Street.

Thursday 6:49 a.m. — AFR responded to the 200 block of Maple Street.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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

Friday: Equivocation, 1:30 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many.

Call 482-4331 for tickets

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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

Saturday: What's Goin' On — Music of the '70s, 8 p.m., many

Sunday: What's Goin' On — Music of the '70s, 1 p.m., few; What's Goin' On — Music of the '70s (last performance), 8 p.m., many

For tickets, call 488-2902.

Camelot Theatre Company

Thursday: Doubt, 8 p.m., many

Friday: 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.


Senior Savour

Senior Savour, a drop-in gathering at the Talent Community Center on Main Street, is taking place every Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 2010. The group aims to create a comely atmosphere for an active program of games, knitting, tea and cookies, poetry, birthday month celebrations, guest speakers/entertainers and more. For more information, call Jill Iles 535-9827.

SOU ghost tour

The public is invited to join Ashland High School Senior Carly Cottle, her mentor Joey Ngan and members of the Southern Oregon University Paranormal (S.O.U.P) club as they guide a ghost tour of SOU. This tour, part of Cottle's senior project, is sure to thrill the ghost hunter in everyone! Attendees should bring their camera, flashlight and walking shoes. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The free tour will take place on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The group meets at Susanne Homes Hall, off Indiana Street. Register online at http://ashlandparks.recware.com or call 488-5340.

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 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, call 774-6995.

Halloween at the YMCA

Little goblins and their families are invited to enjoy carnival games, costumes, face painting, a monster maze and more. Admission is $1 per child accompanied by an adult. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Halloween party

On Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library, 258 A St., 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. Costumes are optional, and the event is family friendly and alcohol free.

"Creepy Carnival"

A three-day Haunted House for kids 14 and under will be held at the Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St., 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.

The Wizard of Oz

On Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m., the Siskiyou School, 681 Clay St., invites the public to celebrate the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" with a performance by the seventh grade class. Donation admission and bake sale proceeds will benefit the eighth grade trip.

Tish 'N Nosh

On Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 a.m., the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., will host a Tish 'N Nosh, a bagel brunch and teaching, with Rabbi David Zaslow. Tish 'N Nosh is an old Hassidic tradition of gathering around the rabbi's table ("tish" in Yiddish) to eat and enjoy a teaching in an informal setting. The title of the teaching is "Brothers Who Love/Brothers Who Hate." Rabbi Zaslow will teach about the brothers in the Genesis stories who reflect the struggles of humanity and what these Bible stories teach individuals, religions and nations about how to get along with each other. Call 488-7716 for more information.

Planning Commission

The Ashland Planning Commission will hold its annual retreat on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Siskiyou Room, 51 Winburn Way.

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. Perks include vouchers for festival screenings, a 2010 AIFF T-shirt, a volunteer appreciation party and more. For more information, visit www.ashlandfilm.org, email volunteers@ashlandfilm.org or call 488-3823.

— Staff reports

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.

Author Night at the Library

Ashley Offill will read from his new 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 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.

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.

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.