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Camelot Theatre Company

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., many

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.


Ice rink opens

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be operational (weather permitting) through February 2012. Opening Day is Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The outdoor rink is 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.

YMCA Family Swim Night

Looking for something fun to do as a family? Come to the YMCA from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, for Family Swim Night. The lap lanes come out and the big toys go into the pool. Call 541-482-9622 or visit www.ashlandymca.org for more information.

WinterFaire event

The Siskiyou School's Annual WinterFaire holiday event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 631 Clay Street. Dip your own beeswax candle, choose a treat in the Crystal Cookie Room, pick a treasure from the Pocket Person, visit the magical throne room of the Fairy Queen, and more. Many other enchantments, crafts, and activities, along with a food court, more than 25 vendors, and a Waldorf store, will be on hand. Admission os free. For information, see www.siskiyouschool.org or contact the school at 541-482-0488.

Bagel Brunch and Teaching

Rabbi David Zaslow, spiritual leader of the Havurah, leads an intimate gathering and free bagel and lox brunch on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. The Tish (yiddish for "table") and Nosh (eating a little) is an old Chassidic custom of gathering around the rabbi's table to break bread and enjoy a teaching. The topic of the rabbi's teaching will be The Family of Abraham. Rabbi David will discuss the archetypal nature of Abraham, his wives, children, and grandchildren. Using the tools of Jungian psychology and Chassidut he will share how each of the members of the family present a unique character trait in each of us. Attendance is free and open to all. Call to reserve a place at 541-488-7716. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave.

KSKQ fundraiser

KSKQ, Southern Oregon's only independent, grass roots community radio station with 45 local producers and syndicated shows from Pacifica Radio, holds a free potluck where organizers will solicit tax deductible donations on Saturday, Nov. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at the KSKQ 89.5 FM headquarters, 330 East Hersey St. No. 2.

This non-profit, volunteer-run community radio station has an urgent need for $2,000, according to organizers. Visitors will have a chance to meet the DJs and see the station.

Parks commission meeting

The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a study session on Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Parks office, 340 S. Pioneer St. in upper Lithia Park.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact the Parks office at 541-488-5340.

— Staff reports

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 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 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ashland, 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.

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."

Brain Books Discussion

The Brain Books Discussion Group examines the last chapters of "Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique," by Michael S. Gazzaniga, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? Gazzaniga pinpoints the change that made us thinking, sentient humans different from our predecessors. He explores what makes human brains special, the importance of language and art in defining the human condition, the nature of human consciousness, and even artificial intelligence.

For information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

Soroptimist awards

Soroptimist International of Ashland is looking for applicants for the Violet Richardson Award which recognizes girls volunteering in their community. The program honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 whose volunteer efforts include helping other disadvantaged girls; fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. The local award is $200 and comes with the opportunity to compete for an additional $1,000 award. For more information, please visit the local website www.soroptimistRV.org. The application deadline is Dec. 1.

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.

Jewish film series

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., the Havurah's Jewish Film Series presents a Czech film, "Divided We Fall." In Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, Josef and Marie Cizek grudgingly agree to shelter David, a Jewish concentration camp escapee, in their tiny apartment. When Josef takes a job with a Nazi collaborator to ease suspicion, mayhem consumes the household. Jan Hrebejk's film skirts a fine line between comedy and tragedy. The film is free and open to all. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave. Call 541-488-7716 for more information or visit www.havurahshirhadash.org.

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

Nia Thanksgiving DanceFeast

On Thanksgiving morning, Rachael R. Resch will facilitate the twelfth annual Nia Thanksgiving DanceFeast. The cost is $12, and the event takes place at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, on Thursday, Nov. 24, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Since 2000, Resch has led this holiday dance ritual where participants can nourish their bodies with Nia movement and burn off some calories prior to Thanksgiving dinner.

Participants will experience simple, fun moves, as well as free-form dance done to eclectic, world beat music.

For information, contact Rachael Resch at 541-488-1192, or nia-ashland@jeffnet.org. You can also visit the Nia Southern Oregon web site, www.niasomoves.com, and the Nia international web site at www.nianow.com, to learn more.

Free film at the Library

There will be a free film showing on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 2 to 3:45 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts star in "Larry Crowne," a 2011 romantic comedy about a man who feels his life has stalled, but will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library who provide monthly movie showings served with popcorn. For more information call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group

The Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group will discuss "The Collaborator of Bethlehem" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

This first novel from British journalist Matt Rees humanizes the struggle of the West Bank, where Omar Yussef, a modest 56-year-old schoolteacher in the Dehaisha Palestinian refugee camp, becomes an unlikely detective amid the uncertainties and violence of modern Bethlehem. All are welcome to join in the conversation.

For information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

'Healing Abraham's Family'

"Healing Abraham's Family: Perspectives from Two Peacebuilders, a Muslim and a Jew, For Bridging the Israeli-Palestinian Divide." Eliyahu McLean and Ghassan Manasra, peace ambassadors from the Holy Land, will speak at the Havurah synagogue on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. McLean is the director of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, a network of religious leaders and grassroots peacebuilders in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Manasra is the director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Nazareth, a center promoting tolerance and interfaith dialogue. The event is co-sponsored by the Ashland United Church of Christ, Whitecloud Press & Imagine Adventures and Havurah Shir Hadash. Suggested donation is $10. The Havurah is at 185 N. Mountain Ave. Call 541-488-7716 for more information or visit www.jerusalempeacemakers.org.

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.