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As part of the Medford Teen Library's summer reading program, the library will host a dreambox activity from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Teens will learn about the "legend of the dreambox" and make a dreambox of their own to take home.

For information, call 541-774-6413 or see www.jcls.org.

Phoenix Community Kitchen will host a Summer Kickoff Barbecue Block Party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at PC Phoenix, 121 W. Second St., Phoenix.

The free event will include hamburgers, hot dogs, kids' activities and the chance for kids to inspect firefighting equipment.

For information, call 541-535-1119 or email pcufirst@qwestoffice.net.

Following a tradition that began in 1907, Ashland Elks will celebrate Flag Day with a ceremony at noon Thursday, June 14, on the Ashland Plaza.

Officers and members of Ashland Elks Lodge No. 944 will carry and honor the various flags that have flown over the nation's Capitol since its inception, with a description of each provided by Exalted Ruler Michael Golden.

On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman, himself an Elks member, designated June 14 as Flag Day by signing an act of Congress.

Activist and writer Paul Cienfuegos will lead two workshops on community vs. corporate rights from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.

A morning workshop from 10 a.m. to noon will focus on why corporations have more constitutional rights than individuals, and ways people can take action. An afternoon workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. will focus on local issues.

Cost is $20 for one workshop or $35 for both. Lunch will be provided.

To register, call 541-772-8860.

Southern Oregon University's Full Circle Recycling Program and Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries are sponsoring the first "Raider Reclamation" event. The event will run throughout finals week, June 11-15, when students will donate usable items to collection sites at the dorms.

Items that will be rescued for resale by Goodwill include clothes, books, nonperishable food, office supplies, linens and furniture. All deposited items will be donated to Goodwill to be resold or recycled.

Resale of the items will benefit the agency's career services programs.

Compiled from staff reports