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Peace Officers' Memorial Day celebrated today

A ceremony in honor of Peace Officers' Memorial Day is set for 10 a.m. today at August D. Singler Plaza between the Jackson County Courthouse and the Jackson County Jail in downtown Medford.

An invocation, color guard ceremony and bagpipe performance, as well as speeches from community leaders, will be a part of the event honoring officers around the region who have died in the line of duty, organizers said.

Singler Plaza was named for the only sheriff of Jackson County who was killed in the performance of his duties. Singler was sheriff for three months before being shot April 22, 1913, while serving an arrest warrant at a mountain cabin. He returned fire and killed the man who shot him, then succumbed to his wounds two days later, news reports say.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 a day to honor law enforcement. Federal government buildings fly flags at half-staff on the day to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.

The Talent Walmart will host its annual Kidz Day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at 300 W. Valley View Road.

The event will have games, prizes, balloons, a bike safety course and live entertainment.

Elvis impersonator Clint Ingbretson will perform from 1 to 3 p.m., and free hot dogs, snow cones and cotton candy will be served.

Call 541-535-9170 for more information.

Events are planned this week as part of Bike to Work Week, announced Monday by Jackson County and Rogue Valley Transportation District.

People interested in participating can pledge to ride and find out more at www.goRogueValley.org/GoByBike.

A free Lunch and Learn class is planned from noon to 1 p.m. today in the Adams Room at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. It will cover bike commuting, including tips for beginners. Participants can bring a lunch if they wish.

On Wednesday, Siskiyou Velo will host a Ride of Silence to honor fallen cyclists and promote sharing the road. It will start at 7 p.m. in Hawthorne Park in Medford at the parking lot off of East Main Street. Helmets are required and lights are recommended.

Rogue Community College's annual block party will run from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, on the Medford campus. There will be free barbecued burgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers, along with games, raffles and a faculty dunk tank. A deejay will spin music, and Ballet Folklórico will perform Mexican folk dances on the plaza near the RCC bookstore on East Bartlett Street. Call 541-245-7730.

A Ruch woman involved in a rollover crash Friday remained in critical condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center on Monday, hospital officials said.

Dorothy Livingston, 85, was driving eastbound on Highway 238 near milepost 28 at 10:37 a.m. Friday when her car left the roadway and flew into a ditch, Oregon State Police said. The car hit a culvert and a stop sign before launching into the air and flipping several times, then coming to rest on its wheels.

Livingston was taken by ambulance to RVMC with critical injuries, police said.