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Internet safety class scheduled for parents, kids

A class on Internet safety for parents and kids is planned tonight in Phoenix.

The event, organized by the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Phoenix High School, 745 N. Rose St. It's open to all, but parents should be aware that some material might not be suitable for younger children, organizers said.

The two-hour class will cover social-networking sites, chat rooms, online gaming, virtual worlds and Internet sexual predators.

The task force includes representatives from several local police departments, the FBI and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office. It investigates and prosecutes people involved in online sex crimes involving children.

The band Great American Taxi performs tonight at the Applegate River Lodge, the first of two concerts planned at the lodge this week.

Great American Taxi performs at 8 p.m. at the lodge at 15100 Highway 238 in the Applegate. The cover charge is $10.

The Colorado-based Great American Taxi (www.greatamericantaxi.com) is a jam band performing blues, bluegrass, New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, country, gospel and rock. California jazz/soul/folk/rock duo Dayan Kai and Keith Greeninger performs at the lodge at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 (There is an $8 cover).

Workshops that provide an introduction to converting a conventional vehicle to a hybrid or electric vehicle are planned tonight and Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Phoenix library.

The workshops, offered by an energy-conservation advocate, are set from 6 to 8 each night at the library at 510 First St. The cost is $20 on a sliding scale.

Topics will include battery technologies, parking infrastructure, electric vehicles and the future of electric charging stations. Also it will cover the use of multimeters, reading schematics, Ohms law and reducing carbon in the transportation area.

Participants will be able to check out a recently converted, plug-in hybrid Nissan Frontier pickup.

The sessions' presenter is Patrick Box, who in 1999 converted his Toyota pickup to a hybrid and since has worked on other projects.

For more information, call Box at 541-951-0599.

Ashland's outdoor ice rink will open Friday, Nov. 12, and will remain open through February, weather permitting, the city has announced.

The outdoor rink is near 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.

On the Nov. 12 opening day, a free public skating session is set from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Skate rental, available in toddler size 9 through adult 13, costs $2.50 Regular admission prices are $4 for adults and $3.25 for kids.

Hot chocolate, coffee and water are available for sale.

The complete schedule is available at http://ashland.or.us/Files/IceRinkScheduleOnline_1011.pdf.

ASHLAND — Events at Ashland's Historic Railroad Museum this week mark Veterans Day.

The museum at 258 A St., Suite 7, will be open at noon Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, with the exhibit "We're Going Over — World War I: Ashland Goes to War by Train." A free showing of World War I films is planned.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, Southern Oregon University professor Robert T. Harrison will speak about the history of World War I as part of the museum's ongoing Second Friday History Night program.

For details, go to www.ashlandrrmuseum.org or call 541-261-6605.

Working with the surprise ingredients of rabbit and oysters, a female chef for the first time won top honors in a cooking competition at the annual Food and Wine Classic in Ashland.

Chandra Corvin of Cucina Biazzi was named the winner Sunday among eight chefs competing in the fourth annual event. She cooked against Franco Console of Omar's Restaurant in the finals.

The fast-moving, highly focused Corwin cooked up a duo of raw oysters, one with lemon sabayon and the other a mignonette, complemented with potato gnocci with pancetta, rabbit ragout and rabbit chuck with tomato-carrot sorbet.

Console in the final round went with grilled rabbit loin, sheep's milk feta, melted shallots and bacon with potato salad and fried Brussels sprouts in port butter sauce.

ASHLAND — Ashland Community Hospital's Hospice and Palliative Care program invites the public to its annual Lights For Life Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

The program offers a way to remember departed loved ones through the reading of names and a musical program. There also will be a Table of Memories for photographs and small memorabilia. For more information, call 541-552-9900.

Seniors from North and South Medford high schools who are doing research for their senior projects can take advantage of one-on-one assistance from Jackson County Library staff from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Senior Project Day gives students a chance to do their research when the library is not open to the public. All library resources will be available to students exclusively, including reference librarians. This time gives students the opportunity to delve into their topics with increased access to all computers, materials and staff.

With the added advantage of wireless Internet throughout the library, students are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Seniors should check with their English teachers or media specialist for details, or call the Medford Teen Library at 541-774-6413.

ASHLAND — The Council for Exceptional Children's Club of Southern Oregon University is seeking donations of children's books that will be distributed during the Festival of Light parade in Ashland on Friday, Nov. 26.

Books can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at Absolute Realty, 526 Washington St., No. 1, Ashland. To arrange pickups, call Josh Brown at 541-840-7178 or e-mail him at joshchbrown@hotmail.com.

Bring your unwanted or expired medications for safe and environmentally responsible disposal at a drug turn-in event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Macy's Home Court in Rogue Valley Mall, 1800 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

Any unneeded over-the-counter or prescription medications not being used by a family member or pet will be accepted free. Leave all medications in the original container, and cross out personal information on bottles. All medications will be incinerated.

Only household medicines will be accepted. Do not bring medicines from businesses such as nursing homes, pharmacies or medical facilities or thermometers, needles or other medical wastes.

For more information, e-mail Pam Olsen at npolsen@gmail.com.

The Rogue Valley Orchid Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Anna Maria Creekside, 822 Golf View Drive, Medford.

The group will vote on new officers, have an orchid exchange and sell orchids.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in orchids.

For more information, visit the website at roguevalleyorchidsociety.org or call 541-245-9815.

A discussion on Oregon's water supply and quality is planned for a League of Women Voters-Rogue Valley meeting in Medford on Thursday, Nov. 11.

The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave. An optional brown-bag lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.

The league will discuss a "Water in Oregon — Not a Drop to Waste" proposal by the statewide league.

For information, call Eileen Adee at 541-773-4450.

Supporters of the University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State University Beavers are out for blood, donating blood and platelets in a friendly competition to help bolster supplies for the American Red Cross.

Until Saturday, Nov. 20, donors will be entered to win two tickets to the Civil War football game in Corvallis. In addition, every presenting donor will receive a customized Civil War key chain. Visit www.CivilWarBloodDrive.com for more information.

To make a blood donation locally, call 541-842-4700.

The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host a Victorian tea party this weekend at Hanley Farm. A new mini-exhibit on Peter Britt also is being unveiled.

The Victorian era of high society will be presented during The Victorian Hostess, a program offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, between Jacksonville and Central Point.

Hosted by Miss Victorian Manners, Ann Wilton, participants will learn how to set their holiday table in elegant Victorian style, how to arrange fruits and flowers for decorations, and the intricacies of Victorian etiquette. This program will be followed by a tea party, at which participants can put their newly learned manners into practice.

The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for teenagers; SOHS members receive a 10 percent discount. To register, contact SOHS educator Marnie Kapule at 541-773-6536 ext. 1003.

Meanwhile, the SOHS Research Library is hosting a new exhibit on Peter Britt, the famous photographer and local resident of Jacksonville, featuring some of his photography books and manuals; photos of his children, Mollie and Emil; an address book belonging to Mollie; and a cookbook that Emil gave to his sister as a present. A hand-drawn map of his property is also on display.

The SOHS Research Library is located at 106 N. Central Ave. in Medford. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the library at 541-773-6536 ext. 1000.

The Ashland Branch of American Association of University Women is hosting a community forum on Saturday, Nov. 13, to explore the issue of women's under-representation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

A panel of local, active STEM women will speak, including Southern Oregon University chemist Laura Hughes; Melody Noble Noraas, retired Ashland science teacher and member of the Parks and Recreation Commission of Ashland; and Priscilla Oppenheimer, architecture consulting engineer for Cisco Systems. Girls from GECOS, Girl's Engineering Club of ScienceWorks, also will share their projects.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Lodge, 570 Clover Lane, Ashland.

For more information, call 541-779-4449

Jackson County's top canine models will show off the latest pet fashion outfits and accessories at the fifth annual Pet Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 13, at North Medford Pet Country. The show is an annual fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Animal Shelter.

"Pet Daze" starts out the day's pet events from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free popcorn, cotton candy, balloons, pet products, vendors, prizes, giveaways and special bargains throughout the store at 2833 N. Pacific Highway in Medford.

Following Pet Daze is the Pet Fashion Show main event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Rescued and other local dog "models" will walk the runway modeling special outfits with local residents, Grange Co-op employees and animal shelter volunteers taking them down the red carpet.

Other pet parents are welcome to bring their pets to watch the show while enjoying the evening's fun and entertainment.

A silent auction, benefitting the Friends of the Animal Shelter, will feature items such as a six-month's supply of dog or cat food, weekend getaways, a jogging stroller, rafting trip, large cat trees and an assortment of affordable items for the whole family.