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The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will hold its Concerto Competition at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free to the public.

Thirteen Youth Symphony musicians will compete for the opportunity to perform as a soloist in an upcoming concert series. The musicians will perform excerpts from works by Bach, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Strauss, Hanson, Boccherini and other composers.

The Winter Concert Series is scheduled for Feb. 18-20. For information, call 541-858-8859 or visit www.ysso.org.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is recruiting volunteers for a variety of tasks, including placement of the Radar Reader board, security, enforcement of handicapped-parking laws and other community-service programs.

Applications can be picked up at the front desk of the Sheriff's department, 787 W. Eighth St., Medford, and must be returned by Feb. 10. Background checks are required. Interviews will be held in February. For more information, call 541-774-6809.

Four Utah musicians will perform songs of the late Bruce "Utah" Phillips Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

The musicians are Duncan Phillips (Bruce Phillips' son), Kate McLeod, Doug Wintch and Gigi Love.

Admission to the concert, cosponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Southern Oregon Jobs for Justice, costs $15 at the door or $10 with a nonperishable food donation to the Ashland Food Bank.

For information, call Nancy Spencer at 541-488-1561.

Melanie Sunday will lead a "treasure map" workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1119 Ellen Ave.

The treasure map will enable participants to work on their unconscious minds. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

For information, call the Center for Spiritual Living at 541-734-8581.

Hear about the proposed trail system in the Ashland Watershed in one of two public hearings, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, or Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Public Library.

The Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association, or AWTA, is encouraging attendance at the hearings on the Ashland Watershed Master Trail plan, cooperatively developed by walkers, runners, bikers, equestrians and other interested users of the watershed.

Jan Wright, Talent historian and author of "Talent, A Pictorial History," and Bud Gleim, president of the Wagner Creek Cemetery Association, will share stories of the pioneers buried at the Stearns Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Talent Historical Society, 105 N. Market St., Talent. The event is free.

Established in 1857 about a mile south of Talent on Anderson Creek Road, the Stearns Cemetery has been operated and cared for by community volunteers ever since the first pioneer to die in the Wagner Creek area was buried there.

Gleim will discuss the present operation of the cemetery and provide information about volunteer opportunities, one of which is the annual cemetery cleanup held just before Memorial Day each year.

Ashland Parks & Recreation will present a basic bike-maintenance workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St.

The beginning-level repair class will cover the names of important bicycle and frame parts, removal and installation of wheels, tire and tube removal, patching, wheel reinstallation and repair-kit options.

This class will also include basic diagnosis of problems and home maintenance, such as cleaning the bike, proper lubrication, checking bolts and pedals. All tools are provided for use during the class. Parts and tools will be available for purchase, as well.

The workshop is intended for ages 14 and older. Cost is $25. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-5340.