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Providence Medford Medical Center will host "Women and Heart Disease: 10 Things Every Woman Should Know" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Presenters will be cardiologists Christopher Cannon and Melike Arslan of Providence Medical Group.

Attendees will taste heart-healthy recipes prepared by Café Dejeuner from the "2012 Northwest Guide to Heart-Healthy Living," a guide attendees will be able to take home.

To register or for details, call 541-732-6753.

The Siskiyou School will host a lecture with pediatrician Susan Johnson from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the school, 631 Clay St., Ashland.

Dr. Johnson will explore the importance of warmth, breathing, nutrition, rhythms, sleep, movement and unconditional love.

Tickets cost $10 at the door. See www.siskiyouschool.org for details, or call 541-482-8223.

Southern Oregon Education Service District will host a bowling event for elementary through high-school students who are deaf or hard of hearing from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Lava Lanes Bowling Alley, 2980 Crater Lake Highway.

For information, call 541-245-4626 or email mark_moskowitz@soesd.k12.or.us.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners signed an order Wednesday proclaiming Feb. 12-18 Southern Oregon Human Trafficking Awareness Week.

The commissioners urged "the residents of Jackson County to support efforts and take action to end human trafficking," a statement in a news release said.

A number of events are set for the week. See them below:

  • Film "Pornland" 3 p.m., Feb. 12; at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass; free admission;
  • Youth gathering (ages 14 to 19) on modern-day slavery and prevention; 7 p.m., Feb. 15; River Valley Community Church, 420 N.E. Seventh St., Grants Pass;
  • Awareness candlelight vigil; 6 p.m., Feb. 16; Grants Pass Courthouse steps, 500 N.W. Sixth St., Grants Pass;
  • Speakers from Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force and Shared Hope International; 9 a.m. to noon; River Valley Community Church, 420 N.E. Seventh St., Grants Pass.

For details, visit www.ACTSouthernOregon.com.

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, will host its annual book sale to benefit the SMART reading program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11.

Book donations will be accepted through Feb. 10, and can be dropped off at the church office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

SMART provides volunteers to local schools, where they help children in kindergarten through third grade improve their reading skills.

ACCESS Inc. and the Southern Oregon Housing Resource Center will offer an ABC's of Homebuying class Saturday, Feb. 11.

The class is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rogue Community College Table Rock campus, 7800 Pacific Ave.

The cost is $35 for up to two people, and pre-registration with RCC is required. To register, call 541-956-7303 or see www.roguecc.edu/ce

Britt Festivals has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation that will be used to make improvements on the Britt hill in Jacksonville, as well as for marketing and fundraising.

Britt Executive Director Donna Briggs said the donation will also be used to support the Classical Festival and education programs.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation's Arts and Culture Program contributes to artistic programs throughout Northwest.