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Food Bank

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank this week is in need of:

  • Canned fruit
  • Cooking oil

The food bank is also looking for help in receiving donated vegetables on Thursdays at 10 a.m. for one hour and Saturdays at noon for one hour. 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 541-488-9544.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Thursday — Measure For Measure, 1:30 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Ghost Light, 1:30 p.m., New Theatre, few; Love's Labor's Lost, 8 p.m., Elizabethan Stage, few; The Imaginary Invalid, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, few.

Friday — August: Osage County, 1 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Julius Caesar, 1:30 p.m., New Theatre, few; Henry IV, Part 2, 8 p.m., Elizabethan Stage, many; The African Company Presents Richard III, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Ghost Light, 8 p.m., New Theatre, few.

Call 541-482-4331 for tickets.

Camelot Theatre Company

Thursday — The Sunshine Boys, 8 p.m., many

Friday — The Sunshine Boys, 8 p.m., many

Saturday — The Sunshine Boys, 8 p.m., many

Sunday — The Sunshine Boys, 2 p.m., few

Camelot Theatre is located at the corner of Talent Avenue and Main Street in Talent. Tickets can be purchased at the theater from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, by phone at 541-535-5250 or online at www.camelottheatre.org.


Make blackberry wine

Ashland Parks & Recreation is offering a blackberry wine-making class from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. The abundance of blackberries provides an opportunity to pick for pies, jams and even wine. Blackberry wine is a well-known folk wine that is delicious and fun to make. In this hands-on class, learn the basic wine-making process and begin making your own personal gallons of blackberry wine. Please bring 31/2; pounds of fresh, or frozen and thawed (important) blackberries and a small bucket or pot (21/2; gallons or larger) with a lid for easy transportation. This class is for ages 21 and older and costs $25. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606. Instructor Carla David operates Wild Wines where she wild-crafts local, herbal fruit wines.

Historic walking tour

Historian Roxann Swain leads a historic walking tour every Thursday, rain or shine, to share stories about early Ashland history, Shasta Takelma cultures, Chautauqua, Lithia Park, the Shakespeare festival, historic architecture and more. All ages are welcome on this one and-a-half hour easy walk through Ashland's downtown and historic districts. Walks are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Sept. 1. Meet at the Plaza drinking fountains.

Call 541-488-5340 for more information.

Free lunch for kids

The Ashland School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture this summer to provide free lunches to all children ages 18 and younger. All children will be fed, no registration of any kind is necessary. Food will be served at Ashland Middle School from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 26. There will be games and activities as well as guests.

There will also be cooking demonstrations, reading, water and traffic safety lessons, and a couple of visits from the Girl Scouts to do projects. There also will be fresh produce from the school gardens.

History of carousels

Researcher Darrel Jabin will present an illustrated history of carousels from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

In Oregon, there are carousels all over the state, including Jantzen Beach and Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Seaside, and the Salem riverfront. Jabin visited those carousels, interviewed carvers and carousel operators, and produced a video covering the history of carousels and what it takes to create them. He will share this video and answer questions after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Medford Library and the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. For information, contact the Medford Branch Library at 541-774-6415.

— Staff reports

Housing Commission

There will be an Ashland Housing Commission meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Council Chambers at 1175 E. Main St.

Marijuana Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope to solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

An Ashland meeting, "Living in a Real World," is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the Guanajuato Room 315, upstairs in the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University.

Parking is free off Mountain Street, two blocks up from Siskiyou Boulevard. For information, call Bob at 541-520-3145.

Forest resiliency project

The Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project will host a tour on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how silvicultural prescriptions are used to guide forest managers in selecting and marking trees for ecologically-based thinning in the Ashland watershed. Meet at the Rotary Centennial Skating Rink parking lot across from the play ground in Lithia Park at 8:45 a.m. to carpool. Bring water and a snack, and wear sturdy shoes for hiking. Please RSVP by contacting Anne Crispino-Taylor at 541-552-2286 or taylora@ashland.or.us.

Urban composting

Learn how to divert food scraps and organic yard debris from the landfill at the Urban Composting class, Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon at the Recycle Center on Water Street. Park on Water Street and not in the Recycle Center parking lot. In time, this compost material can become valuable soil for your garden and yard. Learn how to set up a compost system in an urban setting with recommendations for keeping critters out of your pile. This class, for ages 13 and older (younger if accompanied by an adult) is free and sponsored by the City of Ashland Conservation Commission & Recology Ashland Sanitary Service. Pre-registration is not required. For more information call Recology Ashland Sanitary Service at 541-482-1471.

Instructor Rhianna Simes is an Oregon State University Extension Service instructor.

Mt. Ashland forum

A community forum will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library to discuss the Ashland watershed and proposed Mt. Ashland ski area expansion. Representatives from both sides of the issue will present the cases for and against the expansion and take questions from the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a social half hour and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

Cosponsors of this event are Jackson County Pacific Green Party, Ashland Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and Phronesis

Understanding soils

Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District announces their annual Understand and Managing Soils Class. This three-session class is designed to help landowners understand soil structure and texture, soil pH and its effects on plants, how to sample and understand soil test samplings, soils formation and parent materials, water and nutrient cycles, the soil food web, and a great deal more.

Participants are urged to being a sample of their own soil for testing.

There is no charge for the class however, pre-registration is required because of space limitations. Call JSWCD at 776-4270 for reservations at the seminar. Class dates are Tuesdays, Sept. 6, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., 573 Parsons Drive, suite 102, Medford.

Peace Choir sign-ups

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir is starting its ninth season on Sept. 8 and welcomes new members through Sept. 22. The Rogue Valley Peace Choir formed in 2003 and is led by Music Director Heather Hutton. The non-audition choir, which consists of 100 men and women from throughout the Rogue Valley, sings self-selected music that inspires peace, social justice and responsible stewardship of the earth.

The first practice for the 2011/2012 season will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St. at 7 p.m. New members should arrive at 6:15 p.m. for a brief orientation and registration. All vocal parts are welcome. For more information about the choir, visit the Rogue Valley Peace Choir's Facebook page or call Sally McKirgan at 541-488-1239.

Work on the PCT

The Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association will host a trail event Saturday, Sept. 24. Meet at the Ashland Ranger Station, 645 Washington St., at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to one of two locations near Mt. Ashland to work on the Pacific Crest Trail. Bring gloves, water and a sack lunch. AWTA will provide post-event pizza and beer. Your participation at this event will guarantee your entry into next year's SOB race or Mt. Ashland Hill Climb run, even if they are full.

Nature Story Time

The Northwest Nature Shop offers a free weekly nature story time for children of all ages at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the shop, 154 Oak St.

Children will hear stories on bugs, bears, birds, jungles and more. For more information, call 541-482-3241.

Scrabble Club

The Ashland Scrabble Club meets from 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays at The Beanery, 1602 Ashland St. All levels of expertise are welcome. For more information, call Travis at 541-227-9633 or e-mail travischaney@jeffnet.org.

Caregivers' support group

The Family Caregivers' Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the parish hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. For information call 541-488-0962 or 541-488-1992.