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ASHLAND SAFETY

Ashland Police Department

Monday 2:03 p.m. — Police investigated a report of possible child abuse in the Ashland area and found no evidence of criminal activity.

Monday 11:14 p.m. — Police arrested a 50-year-old man for driving under the influence of intoxicants during a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Siskiyou Boulevard. He was cited and released.

Tuesday 12:27 a.m. — Police arrested a 24-year-old man for driving under the influence of intoxicants in the area of Siskiyou Boulevard and Harmony Lane. He was issued a criminal citation and released to a sober adult.

Ashland Fire & Rescue

Monday 9:09 a.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 1600 block of Holmes Avenue.

Monday 4:32 p.m. — AFR responded to a citizen complaint in the 300 block of Avery Street.

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.

Events

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.

E.E. Cummings presentation

The public is invited to a free presentation sponsored by SOU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room D of the SOU Campbell Center on 655 Frances Lane. Marc Ratner will present readings and commentary on E. E. Cummings, one of the most imaginative and prolific poets of modern American writing. For more information, visit www.sou.edu/olli or call 552-6048.

Intro to Zen Meditation

Nov. 4 is beginner's night at Ashland Zen Center, 740 Tolman Creek Road. Teachers Jintei Harold Little and Etsudo Patty Krahl will offer an introduction to Zen Buddhism and meditation at 7 p.m., with time for questions and discussion. Donations are requested, but no one is turned away. Call 552-1175 for more information.

Growing Organic

A benefit titled "Growing Organic" will be held on Nov. 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Standing Stone Brewery. The event will support a new nonprofit — Semilla Nueva — that works with Guatemalan farmers to teach and develop sustainable and economical farming techniques. The benefit will have a three-course organic meal, presentations on Semilla Nueva's projects, a raffle and silent auction and a salsa dance and dance lessons. Entrance is $30 for one person (one raffle ticket included) or $60 for two people (six raffle tickets included). All proceeds go to help support Semilla Nueva. For more information, contact Brook Golling at 301-1742 or visit www.semillanueva.org.

Book group

The Elastic Mind Book Group invites the public to a discussion of Jill Bolte Taylor's "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey" on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. This monthly discussion group is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. For more information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 774-6996.

Transition Town Ashland

Transition Town Ashland invites the public to their next introduction meeting, where they can learn about the community-based movement to create a sustainable future. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain, just above SOU. For more information, visit www.TransitionTownAshland.org.

Women in pear industry talk

Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library will present "Pear Packing in the Rogue Valley: Traditional Women's Work" by Susan Reid on Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Meese Meeting Room (#305). This free lecture is sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library and is open to the public. For more information, call 552-6835.

Nature story time

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

WILPF meeting

The monthly meeting of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom will be held on Friday, Nov. 6, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Library. The organization will be writing to several members of the military who are currently jailed for resisting deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Anyone who is interested in supporting these resisters is urged to join the group for this meeting. The organization will also be sending a donation to the Courage to Resist fund and seeks donations from others. Call 488-9286 for more information. Light refreshments will be provided at the meeting.

Art exhibit

MAda Shell Gallery invites the public to the opening reception of "Satyricon and The Angels," a new body of work by ceramic/assemblage artist India Wise. The exhibit opens this first Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., and runs through Nov. 20. MAda Shell Gallery is located on the plaza and is open every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.. For information call 367-8963 or email madashellgallery@yahoo.com.

Kids night out at the YMCA

On Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., kids ages 3-10 can have fun while parents enjoy the First Friday Art Walk or a night out on the town. The YMCA provides a pizza dinner, gymnastics fun, crafts, games, a movie and popcorn. Cost is $17 for Y-members, or $22 for the community. Call 482-9622 for more information.

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. 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.

Bird walk

The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop sponsor free monthly bird walks led by an experienced birder from KBO on the first Saturday of the month. On Nov. 7 the bird walk will take place along the shores of Iron Gate Reservoir in Northern California. Participants should dress for fall weather, bring a lunch, and meet at 8 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. There is no charge. Call 482-3241 to sign up.

"Drive One 4 UR School"

On Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to raise money for Ashland High School by test-driving an all-new 2010 Taurus at Butler Ford as part of the Ford "Drive One 4 UR School" program. For each participant that test-drives a qualifying vehicle, Ford Motor Company and Butler Ford will donate $20 to the school. The community can raise as much as $6,000, which will be used toward athletic programs and extra-curricular activities. The event takes place at Butler Ford, 1977 Highway 99 North. Each test-drive will last approximately five minutes. Participants must be 18 or older, and have a valid driver's license. Limit one test-drive per household.

Sunday Tea Dance

On Sunday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., the public is invited to kick up their heels to the big band sound of the Easy Valley Eight. Cost is $6 per person at the door, and refreshments will be provided. Y members and the community are welcome. Call 482-9622 for more information or e-mail laurieevans@ashlandymca.org.

— Staff reports

Wisdom Seekers

Alison Bonds Shapiro will discuss her remarkable recovery from two strokes and her book "Healing Into Possibility" at the Wisdom Seekers meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 North Mountain Ave. A brown bag lunch will be at 12:30 p.m., and tea and cookies will be provided. All are welcome.

Piano concert

Pianist Kristina Foltz will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 4th St. Suggested donation is $14, but no one will be turned away.

Kristina will perform Mozart's Sonata K. 310 in A minor, works by Frederic Chopin and George Gershwin, and Franz Liszt's "Danse Macabre." Foltz is on the faculty at Southern Oregon University, and is the Artistic Director of Britt Festivals/SOU International Piano Institute. For more information, call 482-4755 or visit www.rvuuf.org.

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.

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.

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.

ongoing:

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.