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Ashland Police Department

Friday 3:22 a.m. — Police picked up a stray animal in the 900 block of Cambridge Street.

Friday 10:27 a.m. — Police responded to a report of theft in the 200 block of Hargadine Street.

Friday 8:51 p.m. — Police responded to a report of vandalism of a vending machine and theft of money at the Flagship Inn in the 1100 block of Siskiyou Boulevard. A Medford Police Department Detective located a suspect and is following up on the case.

Friday 9:23 p.m. — Police arrested an 18-year-old woman in the 800 block of Siskiyou Boulevard on a warrant from the Ashland Municipal Court for disorderly conduct.

Saturday 10:23 a.m. — A woman reported that a suspect had been using her elderly father's credit card fraudulently and that the father is the victim of identity theft. The case is under investigation.

Saturday 11:40 p.m. — Police arrested a 20-year-old woman for misrepresenting her age at the Hong Kong Bar in the first block of North Main Street. She was cited and released.

Sunday 3:54 p.m. — Police arrested a 25-year-old man for a felony assault, burglary, robbery, coercion, harassment, trespassing, attempted theft and strangulation. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail.

Sunday 8:48 p.m. — Police responded to a suicidal adult male. Ashland Fire & Rescue transported him to Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Sunday 2:05 a.m. — Police arrested a 25-year-old man on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of interfering with making a report.

Sunday 2:56 a.m.—Police arrested a 26-year-old woman for driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the 500 block of Siskiyou Boulevard.

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.


Camelot Theatre Company

Thursday, Nov. 19, Spotlight on Karen Carpenter, 8 p.m., very few

Friday, Nov. 20, Spotlight on Karen Carpenter, 2 p.m., very few

For tickets, call 535-5250

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Monday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Holiday Memories, many

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., Holiday Memories, many

Thursday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Holiday Memories, many

For tickets, call 488-2902.


SOU: 'Imagining America'

America's declining engagement in civic associations will be the subject of the next brown bag discussion in the SOU Tocqueville Imagining America series. The discussion will take place Tuesday, Nov. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library on the SOU campus. The discussion will be moderated by Prakash Chenjeri, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Daniel Morris, Professor of French, with special guest Dennis Dunleavy, Associate Professor in Communication at SOU.

Contact Morris at morris@sou.edu (552-6740) or Chenjeri at chenjeri@sou.edu (552-6034).

Giving Tree

The Ashland Library Children's Department invites the community to hang new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, and even socks on the Giving Tree at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., until Saturday, Dec. 5.

A Giving Tree is a tree that offers gifts to those who need them. This year, the gifts will be presented to all of the children attending Ashland's two Head Start programs. These programs serve approximately 150 children.

The library will again host a special gifting event to Head Start with the assistance of several Ashland High School Advanced Spanish-class students, who will read storybooks, and the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, who will provide healthy snacks.

The children range in sizes and ages, so any size or style of gift will be appreciated. For further information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 774-6995.

Youth art contest

Soroptimist International of Ashland invites girls and boys in grades K-12 to enter the "Live Your Dream" Art Contest, with entries mailed by Dec. 4 to Peggy Cossolius, 395 Ashland Loop Road, Ashland, OR 97520.

Entrants will draw a picture of a living woman who inspires them, and in 50 words or less, they will write why she inspires them. Local winners will receive recognition at Soroptimist International Ashland's March meeting. All entries will also be sent to the national competition, where national winners will receive $100 for themselves and their schools. Visit www.soroptimistrv.org/siashland.html for rules and entry form.

Children's OSF 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.

Shakespeare book talk

Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library will present Mary Maher on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Meese Meeting Room. Dr. Maher's new book, "Actors Talk About Shakespeare," features interviews with Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Stacy Keach, and other well-known actors from the U.S., Canada, and Britain. The actor's process within a Shakespeare play is explored, and the book has been noted by "Playbill" as treasury of talents, tactics, and tales, mining the hearts and minds and experience of those who have performed Shakespeare on the stage and in film.

This event on the SOU Ashland Campus is free and open to the public. Copies of Maher's new book will be available for purchase at the reading. For further information, call Hannon Library at 552-6835.

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. Lunch will be available for $7.50 per person. Attendees should RSVP by Nov. 10 by calling 488-1113. Maximum seating is 40 persons.

Astronomy meeting

The November Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the North Medford High School planetarium, 1900 N. Keene, Medford, starting at 7 p.m. Robert Back, planetarium director, will present on "The Kepler Mission: The Search for Earth Like Planets in Our Galaxy." Further details can be found on the club's web site at www.orskywatchers.org.

Musical Program

A musical performance of Broadway show tunes and classic standards will be given by Gini (VanNortwick) and Bill Abbott on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Temple Emek Shalom. The public is invited to see Gini and Bill share music, stories and syncopation.

Called the "Senior Pleasers" for their always-appreciated entertainment programs at retirement facilities, Gini and Bill bring a wealth of talent and experience to their shows. Gini, a retired RN, is a talented pianist and professionally trained soprano who has appeared with the Sacramento Opera Company, the Rogue Opera, Rogue Valley Chorale and other groups. Bill, who served as postmaster for many years in Central Point, has been a professional drummer since age 15 and now performs with the Bear Creek Jazztet in Ashland.

Concert goers should come at noon, and bring a bag lunch. Light refreshments will be served at the free event at 1800 East Main St. Call 858-8819 for more information.

Osteoporosis screening

Residents living in and around the Ashland community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The Ashland Branch Library will host Life Line Screening on Nov. 19. The site is located at 410 Siskiyou Blvd., and appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

— Staff reports

Film presentation

A presentation and film by the non-profit group, "Invisible Children," will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Center, Fourth & C Streets. The talks and film are part of the group's attempt to raise awareness of the atrocities in Uganda, including the kidnapping of young children forced to become soldiers. The group is traveling from San Diego to Alaska.

The presentation is sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Boy Scouts food drive

Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs from the area launched their annual Scouting for Food drive Saturday, Nov. 14. Scouts hung instructional door tags on every house in Ashland. Donated food will be picked up by the Scouts on Saturday, Nov. 21. Place non-perishable food items in a bag in plain sight in front of your house to be picked up. Donations will be delivered to Ashland Emergency Food Bank to support local families in need.

For information call the Food Bank at 488-9544 or Troop 112 Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Jones at 488-0178.

Book & Author Fair

The 2009 Southern Oregon Book and Aughor Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main Street. There will be over fifty authors selling and autographing their books in time for the holidays. Admission is free. For more information and to see a list of participating authors, visit wwww.southernoregonbookfair.com

Waldorf Winter Faire

The Siskiyou School invites the public to join them for Waldorf Winter Faire at 631 Clay St. on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Festivities focus on the joy of the season and activities include: puppeteers, storytelling, candle dipping, henna art, window stars, pocket people, and the "crystal cookie room." Amidst a rich variety of musical entertainment, people can enjoy lunch and other treats in the Winter Berry Café and shop for beautiful handcrafted gifts in the North Pole Store. For more information call The Siskiyou School at 482-8223.

Weekend Satsang with Marlies Cocheret

Asked by Adyashanti to teach, Marlies Cocheret will be at the Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., on Friday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both events are open to men and women, and will include silent meditation, spiritual talks, and time for questions. The cost for Friday's session is $12, and Saturday's day-long silent retreat is $65. Payment will be accepted at the door. On Sunday, Nov. 22, Marlies will join with Sarah Rose Marshanks to offer a Co-ed Embody Satsang involving movement at The Studio, 217 Fourth St., from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost for this event is based on a sliding scale, $15 to $20. Marlies will also be available to meet individually by appointment. For more information, contact Mariann Rodriguez at 488-3503, or mrodriguez@jeffnet.org.

Interfaith Thanksgiving service

The 26th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith service will be held this year on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26, from 10 A.M in Wesley Hall, at the First United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main St. (corner of N. Main and Laurel streets).

More than a dozen traditions will be represented. This year's topic: "Honoring oneness in diversity."

The event is free and all are welcome.

For more information, contact David Gabriel at 944-6450 or thegabrielman@aol.com, Norma Burton at 601-6163 or nburton999@gmail.com, or Rev. Ruth Tipler at 482-1025 orwizardangel101@gmail.com.

30th Annual Harvest of Fine Woodworking

The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild presents its 30th Annual Fine Woodworking Show, hTanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 27 through 29 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Great Hall. Twenty members will exhibit an artful display of styles and pieces made from local, domestic and imported wood. There will also be elegant furniture, musical instruments , carvings and turned bowls. Admission is free. The show opens daily at 10 a.m., and closes at 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

12th Annual Musicians Swap Meet

At 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 6, there will be a musicians swap meet at the Bellview Grange Hall, 1040 Tolman Creek Rd. Attendees will be able to buy, sell or trade new, used and vintage music gear. Admission is $1, and kids 12 and under are free.

Costs for sellers are $20 to rent a large table or $12 for a small table. For more information, or to order a table at the event, call Tom at 482-4830 or email cabinfeversound@yahoo.com.

"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.

7th annual Holiday Fine Art & Craft Sale

There will be a holiday arts and crafts sale from 4 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Morning Glory Restaurant, 1149 Siskiyou Blvd.

This is a special event with crafts, art, gifts, food and drinks, and more. There is no admission fee, and the event is open to the community

Conservation Forum

On Dec. 17 at noon at the Ashland Community Center, the conservation forum will feature Pepper Trail, a noted local ornithologist. Trail will share the work accomplished to set aside over 23,000 acres of land as wilderness in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and how this project benefits the region.

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


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.