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Local briefs for Jan. 26

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help coordinate a Ginger Rogers fashion show scheduled for May 1. An informational meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the History Center, 106 N. Central Ave., in Medford.

The fashion show will feature 22 of Rogers' dresses, which are on loan from her estate.

Volunteers are sought to assist with coordinating and producing the show. For more information, call Allison Weiss at 541-494-0273 or e-mail director@sohs.org.

Trail-building, tree-planting, blackberry-removal and sheet-mulching will be among the activities awaiting volunteers at an Ashland Creek Ponds riparian restoration project work party scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. The work site is located along the Bear Creek Greenway just north of the Ashland dog park at Nevada and Helman streets. Participants should park at the dog park, walk to the Greenway and head left for about 100 yards.

Attendees will learn about stream-side restoration and efforts being made to reclaim the zone located at the confluence of Ashland and Bear Creeks.

Outdoor work clothes, rain gear and sturdy footwear are suggested. Snacks and hot apple cider will be provided.

For more information, e-mail info@lomakatsi.org or call 541-488-0208.

Southern Oregon University will participate in a statewide earthquake drill today called "The Great Oregon Shakeout." At 10 a.m., SOU will test its alert system that sends text messages, e-mails and voicemails to the campus community.

The largest earthquake drill in state history, 24,000 Oregonians are expected to "drop, cover and hold on" as part of the drill.

The goal of the drill is to raise awareness of the potential for earthquakes in Oregon and to educate people on what to do when a quake happens.

For more information, see www.shakeout.org/oregon.

Students from 20 rural Oregon schools will receive tuition help for summer youth programs at Southern Oregon University following a $55,000 grant from Oregon GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

The grant will underwrite tuition for five programs: Academy, Konaway Nika Tillicum, Oregon Outdoor Adventure Camp, Camp M.D. (Medical Detectives), and Academia Latina.

  • Academy, June 19-25, is a weeklong campus experience for 300 talented and highly able students who are completing grades five through eight.
  • Konaway Nika Tillicum, July 16-23, is an eight-day program for 25-45 American Indian students completing grades six through 12.
  • Oregon Outdoor Adventure Camp, July 17-23, takes students on camp-outs to Crater Lake, the headwaters of the Rogue River, Klamath Lake, Deer Creek, the Oregon Caves and the Oregon Coast.
  • Camp M.D., Aug. 1-4, provides high-school students with an understanding of the work of healthcare providers.
  • Academia Latina, Aug. 14-20, is a one-week program for 60-75 Southern Oregon Latino students completing grades seven through nine.

For information about these programs, see www.sou.edu/youth.

The Britt Festivals is looking for volunteers for its 2011 season to serve in a variety of roles on Britt hill and in the group's office.

If interested, call Britt volunteer coordinator Bow Seltzer at 541-690-3842, e-mail bow.seltzer@brittfest.org or stop by the Britt office at 216 W. Main St., Medford. Potential volunteers must apply by March 31.

The Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association will host a trail-work event Saturday, Jan. 29, to cut a new nature trail along the Bear Creek Greenway.

The project is being coordinated by an Eagle Scout named Andrew Blocker.

People who would like to help can meet at the Ashland dog park at 8:30 a.m. to walk to the work site. The park is at Nevada and Helman streets.The project should take between four and five hours, depending on the number of volunteers.

For more information go to www.ashlandtrails.org or call Rob at 541-482-4392.

The Geos Institute will present the PBS film "A Wild American Forest" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 in Southern Oregon University's Meese Auditorium.

The film tells the story of how the Klamath-Siskiyou region has remained one of the largest strongholds of old-growth forest in the nation despite decades of logging. Filmmakers Doug Prose and Diane LaMacchia will speak following the film. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. For details, call Julie Norman at 541-482-4459, ext. 305, or e-mail julie@geosinstitute.org.

Food and Friends needs volunteers to deliver and serve meals to seniors in Jackson and Josephine counties. Volunteers are asked to commit one weekday morning each week from about 9:30 a.m. to noon (or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ashland). Mileage reimbursement is available for home-delivery drivers. For more information, call Jan at 541-734-9505, ext. 4.