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Ashland Police Department

Monday 1:26 a.m. — A person in the 200 block of Fourth Street was transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

Monday 8:15 a.m. — An unidentified suspect broke into five vehicles near the 100 block of Garfield Street. The suspect attempted to steal three of the vehicles by breaking open the steering column and stripping the ignition wires. The case is under investigation.

Monday 8:50 a.m. — An unidentified suspect broke the rear driver's side window of a vehicle near the 100 block of Garfield Street.

Monday 8:58 a.m. — An unidentified suspect unlawfully entered three vehicles parked in the first block of Garfield Street. The suspect broke the windows of two vehicles to gain entry, stole multiple items and attempted to steal two of the vehicles by pulling the ignitions.

Monday 5:46 p.m. — A motorcycle was reported stolen in the 300 block of A Street.

Monday 7:26 p.m. — Police responded to a burglary report in the 100 block of Lincoln Street. The case is under investigation.

Monday 7:48 a.m. — Two people reported the theft of two iPods and two sets of headphones in the first block of North Mountain Avenue.

Tuesday 12:21 a.m. — Police arrested a 22-year-old woman for driving under the influence of intoxicants and hit and run property damage in the 100 block of North Second Street. She was lodged at Jackson County Jail.

Ashland Fire & Rescue

Monday 10:50 a.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the first block of Mount Ashland Ski Road.

Monday 2:33 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 2300 block of Ashland Street.

Monday 9:54 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 500 block of Clay Street.


Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Holiday Memories, sold out

For tickets, call 482-2334

Camelot Theatre Company

Wednesday, Dec. 23, Secret Garden, 8 p.m., sold out

Thursday, Dec. 24, Secret Garden, 2 p.m., matinee, sold out

Saturday, Dec. 26, Secret Garden, 8 p.m., very few

Sunday, Dec. 27, Secret Garden, 2 p.m., matinee, sold out

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. Call 488-9544.


Christmas Eve service

The Christmas Eve service at Grace Lutheran Church will feature award-winning Portland pianist John Nilsen at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 660 Frances Lane. Nilsen, formerly of Ashland, also will play at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. For directions or more information, call 482-1661.

Tribute to Robin Lawson

Rogue Valley Community Television Channel 9 will remember Robin Lawson this Christmas and New Year's eves. An accomplished jazz keyboard player, teacher, composer and arranger, Lawson was a radio and television journalist, an aide to Congressman Bob Smith, and worked for five years at RVTV developing programming and playing a vital role in the transition to the new RVTV Multi Media Center.

Lawson and Dave Marston, another well-known Ashland musician, both died of a rare brain disease in 2009. A memorial video produced by Mark Brown will start and end the programming night at 4:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. Other shows will showcase Lawson family travels, Lawson performing in many musical tributes, and a Winston Churchill tribute of quotes and stories Lawson wrote and hosted.

Joe Brett, RVTV operations manager, will add some reflections and background information between programs. Air dates are Dec. 24 and December 31 from 4:30 pm until 2:30 am are the air dates. For more information, call 621-7037 or visit www.roguetv.org.

Jewish holiday class

On Monday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi David Zaslow, spiritual leader of the Havurah community, will teach about the holidays and festivals associated with the four seasons in ancient Israel, and how the planting and harvesting cycles impacted and shaped the Jewish holidays. In addition, the holidays will be looked at from a psychological point-of-view, and how one's personal life actually mirrors the four seaons outside. The class fee is $2. Please call to pre-register at 488-7716. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave.

Historic open house

The annual historic open house and celebration of historic restoration of the JK Van Sant Building at 542 A St., will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Built between 1902 and 1905, the JK Van Sant Building is one of the few remaining wood-frame commercial buildings and the only simple false front-vernacular storefront within the Railroad District. The building's first business was a restaurant which boasted "the best meal in the city of Ashland with hot coffee." It currently houses the Palace Café and Helena Darling Fine Catering.

During the open house, historic photos and restoration plans will be available, along with samples of award-winning Rogue Creamery blue and cheddar cheeses.

Free showing of "Up"

Watch a free showing of the movie "Up," rated PG, on Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Another collaboration of Pixar and Disney, this animated film tells the story of 78-year old Carl Fredricksen, who ties thousands of balloons to his home, hoping to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America.

This free movie is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Snacks will be provided. For more information, please call 774-6996.

Global Peace Dance

On New Year's Eve from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Building, 4th and C streets, the public is invited to participate in a joyous annual Ashland tradition with dances of universal peace in its 16th year of celebration. These easily learned dances and songs are an interfaith celebration of people's common divine inheritance.

Ashland Sufi Heart Circle's local event aligns with many similar circles throughout the world. All are welcome to attend. Admission is a $5 to $10 requested donation. For more information, call 482-4902.

Aromatherapy workshop

Ashland Community Hospital will hold a workshop about the application of aromatherapy in health care from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 30 and when the program is repeated on Feb. 27. There is a one-hour break for lunch, and attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch or purchase one from the ACH cafeteria. The class will be held on both dates in Conference Room 1 & 2 at the hospital, 280 Maple St. The morning sessions on Jan. 30 and Feb. 27 cover "Aromatherapy: Basics for Use in Health Care," while the afternoon sessions cover "Aromatherapy: Methods of Administration" and a hands-on lab. The workshop costs $60 with a special early-bird rate of $50 for those who register by Dec. 31. Materials and essential oils are included in the fee. The class instructor is Deonne Wright, RN, a nationally registered aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council and a member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. Certificates of class participation will be provided at the end showing hours completed.

For more information or to register to attend on either date, contact Patty Adams at 201-4482 or padams@ashlandhospital.org. Space is limited.

— Staff reports

Ice rink open

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be operational (weather permitting) through Feb. 28. The outdoor rink is located in downtown Ashland, around the corner from the Plaza and directly across from Lithia Park at 95 Winburn Way, corner of Nutley Street and Winburn Way.

Skate rentals accommodate toddler size 9 to adult 13. The rink can also rent adjustable skate trainers for first-time skaters or those needing a little support. Skaters should come prepared to skate, as there are no changing rooms.

The rink is open to the public for recreational and hockey skating. For more information, prices, daily schedule, and extended holiday schedules, visit www.ashland.or.us/icerink, call the ice rink directly at 488-9189, or call the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department at 488-5340.


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 free weekly nature story time for children of all ages every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the shop, 154 Oak St. Attendees are invited to make themselves comfortable in the toy room as kids are delighted with stories of bugs, bears, birds, jungles and more. For more information, call 482-3241.

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.