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Camelot Theatre Company

Thursday — Spotlight on The Blue Divas, 8 p.m., many

Friday — Spotlight on The Blue Divas, 8 p.m., many

Saturday — Spotlight on The Blue Divas, 8 p.m., many

Sunday — Spotlight on The Blue Divas, 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 theatre noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, by phone at 541-535-5250, or online at www.camelottheatre.org.

Food Bank

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


The food bank is located at 560 Clover Lane. 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.


Libraries closed

All branches of Jackson County Library Services will be closed on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

Frisbee golf clinic

A Frisbee golf clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the school in-service Day, Friday, Nov. 11, for kids ages 11-14. The clinic includes instructional lessons, practice and a chance to play a modified course in Lithia Park. Space is limited. For information, call 541-482-9622 or see www.ashlandymca.org.

Veterans Day celebration

A Veterans Day celebration is schelduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, on the Plaza. Occupy Ashland welcomes Rogue Valley Veterans for Peace to honor all veterans. Veterans Daniel Guy and Allen Hallmark will speak at 3 p.m., and there will be an open mic for all vets. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Havurah auction

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, for the annual Havurah auction, Meet Me at the Copa! with a silent auction featuring holiday gift items and gift certificates from local artisans, body workers, restaurants, shops and service providers.

At 7:15 p.m., the live musical entertainment begins, featuring Bob Minor, followed by a live auction. The live auction features vacations, such as a dream home that sleeps nine in Oahu, weekend coastal getaways, annual movie passes, wine tastings and an electric bike. Live auction raffle tickets are available for purchase for $50 with only 99 tickets being sold.

The winner, who will be announced prior to the start of the live auction, will get to choose (some exclusions apply) from among the live auction offerings.

Registration is available online at www.havurahshirhadash.org or by calling 541-488-7716. The Havurah is at 185 N. Mountain Ave.

Giving Tree at the library

The Ashland Library Children's Department invites the community to hang new gloves, mittens and hats on the Giving Tree through Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

A Giving Tree is a tree that offers its gifts to those who need them. This year, the gifts from the Giving Tree will be presented to all of the children attending Ashland's two Head Start programs. These programs serve approximately 150 children. Any size or style of gift will be appreciated. Handmade items are most welcome.

For more information, call 541-774-6995.

Join the Peace Choir

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir, directed by Heather Hutton, is accepting new members through Jan. 12. Experienced singers who sing soprano, tenor or bass are welcome to join. The choir, now in its ninth season, practices on Thursday evenings at the United Methodist Church in Ashland from 7 to 9 p.m. and sings songs that foster peace, social justice, and good stewardship of the Earth. Contact Heather Hutton at huttonheather@hotmail.com or 541-531-1933 for information.

Marijuana Anonymous

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

University Toastmasters

University Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Ashland library's Gresham Room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For information, call 541-324-8694, email shannon@sandhammer.com or see the website universitytm.org.

— Staff reports

Livia Genise speaks

Livia Genise, artistic director for Camelot Theater, speaks Wednesday, Nov. 16, at noon at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. She will discuss current shows and those being performed in 2012 in the new theater in Talent. The event is free and open to the public.

Genise's acting career spans 42 years, beginning with the St. Louis Muni Opera, continuing on Broadway and television and in more than 30 live productions in the Bay area. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Oregon University and has been a member of Actors' Equity Association since 1969. She is both founder and artistic director of Camelot Theater.

Bring a lunch and a friend; light refreshments will be served. Temple Emek Shalom is located at 1800 East Main St. in Ashland. For more information, phone 541- 858-8819.

Natural cleaning products

Ashland Parks & Recreation is offering a Natural Cleaning Products class on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, across from Lithia Park. Learn how to combine familiar ingredients to make a variety of "green" cleaning products for your home or to give away as gifts. Participants ages 13 and older (younger if accompanied by an adult), will make and take home five different products and receive recipes for several more. This class will help you save money and the environment at the same time. Cost is $12 and you can register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Instructor Kari Gies is the Education Coordinator at North Mountain Park Nature Center.

Ice rink opening

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be operational (weather permitting) November 2011 through February 2012. Opening Day is Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The outdoor rink is located near downtown Ashland, around the corner from the Plaza and directly across from Lithia Park at 95 Winburn Way, corner of Nutley Street and Winburn Way. Skate rentals accommodate toddler size 9 to adult 13. We also rent adjustable skate trainers for first time skaters or those needing a little support. Come prepared to skate, there are no changing rooms. Hot chocolate, coffee and water are available for sale. Open to the public for recreational and hockey skating. For information see ashland.or.us/icerink, call the ice rink directly at 541-488-9189, or call the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department at 541-488-5340.

AHS Orchestra

The first Ashland School Orchestra Concert of the school year is Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the AHS Theater. All ASD String players, grade 6-12 will be performing. The program is free and includes music from "Harry Potter," "Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space," Grieg's "The Holberg Suite," "Prairie Song from China," "Baltic Suite from Latvia" and even "Hot Cross Buns" from our Beginning 6th graders. This will also be the debut concert of the 2012 Bass Section: 12 Bassists performing the Mahler Symphony Theme and the music from "Jaws."

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.