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Oregon Action will sponsor a community forum, "Think Strategically, Act Locally," on Monday, Nov.15, to discuss the issues of health care implementation, green jobs, the state budget deficit and immigration reform. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Ron Williams, Oregon Action executive director, state Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, and local community organizers will review the latest election and participate in a community discussion about how people can be involved in addressing the economic needs of the Rogue Valley and Oregon.

For more information, call 541-772-4029.

The 2011 Medford American Cancer Society Relay for Life holds a kick-off celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Wild River, 2684 N. Pacific Highway, Medford.

The celebration includes music and prizes, and a portion of the proceeds of all food and beverage purchases will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

The Medford Relay for Life, June 5-6, 2011, is a 24-hour team event that celebrates survivorship, remembers those who have lost their battle, and fights back to one day find a cure for cancer. Teams are formed within community groups, businesses, families and friends. Most teams are formed in honor or memory of someone with cancer who has touched their lives.

Medicare beneficiaries can begin making changes to their Part D prescription drug plans Monday, Nov. 15, and local help is available.

Many plans have changed premiums, some plans have left the Jackson County coverage area and some new companies are being introduced.

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program, or SHIBA, is a Medicare advocacy program that helps, free of charge, with benefit explanation, plan comparisons, enrollment and billing questions.

If you would like help determining which plan would best suit your needs for 2011, call SHIBA at 541-857-7780.

People have from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 to make changes to their Part D plans.

To speak with a SHIBA volunteer, call 541-857-7780.

Southern Oregon Animal Rights will present "Peaceable Kingdom," a documentary that looks at raising animals for food, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at CultureWorks, 310 Oak St., Ashland. There will be an organic, vegan buffet, with hors d'oeuvres, entrees, vegetables, salad, dessert, beverages and a no-host wine bar. Singer and songwriter Antonette Goroch will perform folk music.

Reservations are required before Sunday, Nov. 14. Cost is $20.

"Peaceable Kingdom" explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in a traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic premises of their inherited way of life. It also illustrates the social, psychological and economic forces that have shaped that way of life.

For reservations, e-mail heretiznr@hotmail.com or call 541-973-1998 between 9 a.m. and noon.

GRANTS PASS — After almost 10 years of service at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, Executive Director Danette McCann is stepping down, but she will continue to serve as a board member.

Jeff Cox will serve as the interim executive director while the board searches for McCann's replacement.

Cox, director of the Grants Pass branch, has been with the club for 13 years.

The club has other locations in Cave Junction, White City, Shady Cove, Talent and Phoenix.

Bats are our friends, and to better understand these helpful creatures a special display of mummified bats and educational materials, provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensic Laboratory, will be featured during November at the Eagle Point Branch Library, 239 W. Main St., Eagle Point.

Also, a "Third Thursday at the Library" presentation on the workings of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Forensic Laboratory will take place Thursday, Nov.18, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Outreach educators from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University will show specimens from the lab and tell stories about specific cases involving the lab.

For more information call the library at 541-826-3313.

Fall Health Fair is freeand open to the public

Avamere Health and Fitness Club hosts its annual Fall Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 760 Spring St., Medford, in the Avamere at Waterford Retirement Community. The event is free and open to the public.

Free use of the club and classes is included in this event. Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided. Presentation topics include yoga, strong women/strong bones, martial arts and skin health.

Avamere Health & Fitness Club specializes in exercise programs for adults 40 and older and features a large warm water pool, spa, fully equipped fitness equipment rooms, specialized exercise classes and personal training. For more information, call 541-773-7718.

The Friends of the Medford Library offers "Alexander's Conquest and the Foundation of the Hellenistic World" presented by Ean Roby from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Medford library Large Community Meeting Room, 205 S. Central Ave.

Alexander is one of the most remarkable figures in world military and political history. His empire existed for little more than a decade, but its influence over the Middle East and West Asia lingered for centuries. This lecture will concentrate first on Alexander's conquests and his unexpected death and then turn to describe the complex Hellenistic world that arose from the efforts of his successors to hold and extend their power.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 541-774-6415.

ASHLAND — Allen Drescher, attorney at law, will speak on elder law at noon Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St. The program is free and open to the public.

Drescher earned his juris doctorate at Columbia School of Law. He has practiced law in Southern Oregon since 1973 and is a member of the Southern Oregon Estate Planning Council.

He will speak and answer questions on elder law, which includes asset protection, tax planning, guardianships and trusts. Bring a bag lunch; beverages and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 541-858-8819.

ASHLAND — The Rose Circle Mentoring Network will hold a meeting on circle mentoring for adult mentors working with youth from 7-9 pm. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland public library Anyone interested in learning more about mentoring is welcome to attend.

The presenters will share favorite activities mentors can use in their circles. Mentors will have an opportunity to share about their experiences mentoring youth.

The Rose Circle Mentoring Network matches men and women with boys and girls ages 10-17 for one-on-one mentoring relationships and/or mentorship circles in our community and in the Phoenix-Talent School District. For more information, see www.therosecircle.org, e-mail Ellen Craine, ellencraine@ashlandhome.net, or call 541-488-2361.

A Parkinson's support group meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Wynwood Rogue Valley, 3033 E. Barnett Road, Medford.

For more information, call facilitator Joni Hickey at 541-776-7600.

For more information about local Parkinson's programs and services, see www.parkinsonsresources.org or call 1-800-426-6806.