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Ashland Police Department

Thursday 11:03 p.m. — Police received a report of physical harassment from Lithia Springs Girls Home in the 600 block of Mistletoe Road.

Thursday 1:10 p.m. — Police checked on two dogs reported as abandoned at the dog park in the first block of West Nevada Street.

Thursday 2:19 p.m. — Police arrested a 28-year-old woman for driving under the influence of intoxicants in front of Helman School after a witness reported the woman's reckless driving near Helman and Randy streets. She later refused to submit a breath test.

Thursday 8:29 p.m. — Police observed a woman operate a motorized bicycle as she ran through two red traffic lights in the downtown area. Police stopped her on Lithia Way and Helman Street, and found that her license was misdemeanor suspended. She was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device and a misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended.

Friday 12:03 a.m. — Police arrested a 25-year-old woman for driving under the influence of intoxicants after she was in a motor vehicle crash on Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street.

Friday 12:29 a.m. — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the Ashland area. During the investigation, a man was taken into protective custody and transported to the Rogue Valley Medical Center Psychiatric Care Unit for a mental health evaluation.

Friday 5:07 a.m. — A woman reported a motor vehicle collision involving an Ashland Fire & Rescue apparatus and a vehicle in the 1400 block of Tolman Creek Road during the Siskiyou fire that the woman discovered at a later date. The case is closed.

Ashland Fire & Rescue

Thursday 1:17 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 200 block of Grant Street.

Thursday 4:37 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 600 block of Normal Avenue.

Thursday 7:39 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 200 block of Gibson Street.

Thursday 7:42 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 200 block of South Mountain Avenue.

Friday 12:04 a.m. — AFR responded to a motor vehicle accident with no injuries in the 1900 block of Siskiyou Boulevard.

Friday 1:04 a.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 700 block of South Mountain Avenue.


Oregon Stage Works/Ashland Children's Theatre

Friday, Nov. 6, "Jack and the Greenstalk," 7 p.m., many

Saturday, Nov. 7, "Jack and the Greenstalk," 7 p.m., many

Sunday, Nov. 8, "Jack and the Greenstalk," 2 p.m., many

For tickets, call 482-2334.

Camelot Theatre

Thursday, Nov. 5, "Doubt," 8 p.m., many

Friday, Nov. 6, "Doubt," 8 p.m., many

Saturday, Nov. 7, "Doubt," 8 p.m., many

Sunday, Nov. 8, "Doubt," 2 p.m., many

For tickets, call 535-5250.

Food Bank

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


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 Leilani and Evan Alvord, a boy, Jackson Thomas Alvord, weighing 6 pounds, on Oct. 28, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Casey and Landon Georgianna, a girl, Hazel Isabella Georgianna, weighing 8 pounds, 6.5 ounces, on Oct. 29, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.

To Mithra and Mark Carter, a boy, Kelen Steve Carter, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces on Oct. 30, 2009, at Ashland Community Hospital.


Soup fundraiser

Enjoy hot potato-leek soup and freshly baked bread in the downtown Ashland Plaza during First Friday Art Walk, Nov. 6 between 5 and 8 p.m. The "Souper" fundraiser is sponsored by Pasta Piatti to support the completion of the Ashland Peace Wall, a community art work located in front of the Ashland Public Library. Two mosaic panels have been installed, but $17,000 is needed to complete the remaining six. There will be a canopy tent on the Plaza covered with a few of the original cloth peace banners that hung on the A Street railroad fence.

Suggested donation is $5 per bowl (children under 12 years are free), with all receipts supporting the Peace Wall. Additional donations are always appreciated. Checks, which are fully tax deductible, may be made payable to Peace House with Peace Wall on the notation line. Mail checks to Peace House, P.O. Box 524, Ashland, OR 97520. For more information, contact 482-1802.

Aerial dance showing

There will be a free aerial dance showing this First Friday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dancing People studio, 310 Oak St.

Spa open house

On Nov. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., The Blue Giraffe Day Spa Salon, 51 Water St., will hold an open house with prizes, food, wine, art and live music with Calysta and the Paul Schmeling Trio. Presentations will include information on Ashiatsu, Thai massage, mineral make-up, body wraps, day to night makeover and CZ organic skin products. For more information, call 488-3335 or email jimmy@bluegiraffespa.com.

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 a 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 extracurricular 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.

Kids night out at the YMCA

On Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., kids ages 3 to 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.

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.

Gardening Symposium

On Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Jackson County Master Gardener Association, an extension service of Oregon State University, will present their 11th annual Gardening Symposium, "Winter Dreams, Summer Gardens," a day of classes on sustainable gardening at the RCC/Higher Education Center, 101 Bartlett St., Medford. Class pre-registration fee is $40 or $20 for full-time students, and the fees include lunch. For more information or to register, call 776-7371 or email robert.reynolds@oregonstate.edu.

Open house

On Saturday, Nov. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m., Ashland Emergency Food Bank will have a Thank You Open House at 2200 Ashland St. Light refreshments will be provided.

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.

Piano concert

Pianist Kristina Foltz will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth 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.

Parking lot closed

The parking lot on Winburn Way at the corner of Nutley Street will be closed for parking at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, to allow Ashland Parks and Recreation staff to construct the Rotary Centennial Ice Rink for the 2009-10 season. The ice rink will open for skating on Friday, Nov. 20, and will close at the end of February. The parking lot will reopen on or about March 8.

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.

Children's audition

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions for children for the 2010 production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Needed are two girls and one boy, loud and outgoing, ages 6 to 11. Rehearsals start Jan. 5, and the show closes July 4, 2010, with 46 performances. There is pay. For audition information, call Susan Whitmore at 482-2111 ext. 298, after Nov. 9.

Mt. Ashland job fair

The Mt. Ashland ski area will host a job fair from 4 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker Ave.

This year's job fair is for new applicants only, and is an opportunity for applicants to meet the managers and learn about the benefits of working at Mt. Ashland, such as a free season pass. Information and applications are available at www.mtashland.com, and at the Mt. Ashland business office, 693 Washington St. For more information, call 482-2897.

Guided hike

Vern Crawford, a local conservationist and naturalist with a deep knowledge of the flora and fauna of this area, offers regular guided outings at the Oredson-Todd Woods. The next hike will be Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit LandConserve.org, email info@landconserve.org or call 482-3069.

Water conservation workshop

The Ashland Bed and Breakfast Network is sponsoring a lecture on "Tips, Techniques, and Programs for Water Conservation" on Nov. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Winchester Inn. The guest speaker is Robbin Pearce of the city of Ashland. This discussion is offered to all businesses in the small lodging industry. Lunch of either soup and salad or Black Forest ham and cheese croissant with side will be available for $7.50 per person. Attendees should RSVP by Nov. 10 by calling 488-1113. Maximum seating is 40 persons.

Veteran's Day photo exhibit

Through November, Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library will host a photography exhibit, "Service, Honor, Respect," by local photographer and SOU student Richard W. Balzer. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. Balzer will present a free slide show and talk about his photographic exhibit in the Meese Meeting Room (No. 305) of the Hannon Library. The show — inspired by visits to the Traveling Wall, The Presidio in San Francisco and a Memorial Day visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. — reflects on the range of emotions felt by visitors to the wall. For more information, call 552-6835.

'How the Allies Won WWII'

The public is invited to a free presentation sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. From the vantage point of the present, the Allied victory in World War II seems foreordained. However, during the years of the conflict, from 1939 to the surrender of the Germans in 1945, the outcome was not at all certain. John Fox will outline the forces that the allies brought to the table to prevail against the Germans. 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.

— Staff reports

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.

Holiday book sale and silent auction

The public can enjoy bargains and support the library at the same time. The Friends of the Ashland Public Library Book Sale and Silent Auction is on Saturday, Nov. 14 from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 15 from noon to 3 p.m., in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

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.

Havurah Annual Auction

The Havurah Annual Auction presents "Tradition! A Year of Abundance" at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. The silent and live auctions offer hundreds of donations from local businesses, artists, body workers and service providers — ranging from massage to an eBay workshop. Following the silent auction, there will be live musical entertainment featuring Eastern European women's ensemble Samovila.

The live auction begins at 7:15 p.m. with a variety of vacations, such as a week in a condo anywhere in the world, a week in a luxury vacation home in Arizona, a week in an elegant home on Penobscot Bay in Maine and coastal getaways, as well as themed gourmet dinners, a local wine tasting for 12 and much more. Items featured in the live auction may be viewed online at www.havurahshirhadash.org, where one may also register to attend for $30, which includes an abundance of food, wine and entertainment. To register by phone or for more information, call 488-7716. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave.

"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.


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.

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.