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Melinda Henningfield will discuss how to search various types of public records during the second in a series of beginning genealogy classes, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Road, Phoenix.

Records that will be discussed include census, land, court, military, immigration/naturalization, church, newspaper directories and vital records, as well as how to document what you locate.

Cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Call 541-512-2340 for reservations.

The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County and Charter Business will hold a Primetime Networking Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

The goal is to help local small businesses and entrepreneurs promote their services and products. Open to chamber members and nonmembers, the event will showcase a variety of exhibitors, including banks, cosmetic products, massage therapists, real estate, insurance, technology, weight loss and theater.

Admission is free. For information, call Nicole Richey at 541-608-8523.

Darkwing Manor & Morguetorium Museum will be open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, Oct. 28, 29 and 31, at 4192 Coleman Creek Road, Medford, between Camp Baker Road and Pioneer Road.

Darkwing Manor offers live actors, animatronics, strobes and fog machines, and is not recommended for the faint of heart or children younger than 10.

The suggested donation is $7 and benefits the domestic violence prevention programs and the Dunn House sponsored by Community Works.

For information, see www.darkwingmanor.com.

A free "Howl-O-Ween" party and haunted house will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford.

Free activities include a "bounce house city," a cupcake walk, Halloween-themed games, candy and refreshments.

The annual 'Puss 'N Boots' ball, fundraiser on Oct. 29

The 20th Annual "Puss 'N Boots" costume ball will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

The event is a fundraiser put on by Friends of the Animal Shelter.

Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at Paddington Station in Ashland, by calling 541-261-6206 or at the door. Tables of 10 also are available for $315.

For more information, visit www.fotas.org.

Five of the "worst" movies ever made will be presented from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday afternoons in November at the Central Point Branch Library, 116 S. Third St.

Attendees will make fun of giant rocket-powered turtles, dangling saucers from outer space, fashion-challenged martians, a Bigfoot costumed by K-Mart and a tropical Frankenstein. Anyone with the fortitude to sit through all five of these turkeys from beginning to end will win a free hat.

Movies will be preceded by a classic cartoon or short film. Free popcorn will be provided at each showing.

Free refreshments and admission. For more information, contact the library at 541-664-3228.

Compiled from staff reports