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Puppet show in Gold Hill to teach meaning of manners

Puppets, face-painting and singing from "Ms. Annie's Mischievous Puppets" will liven up the Gold Hill Branch Library, 202 Dardanelles St., from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.

The event will demonstrate to children the meaning of good manners in different cultures in an interactive program where the audience helps teach naughty puppets.

Admission is free. For information, call 541-855-1994 or see www.jcls.org.

Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery will host "The Causes of the Civil War" at the Jacksonville Branch Library, 340 W. C St., from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

For information, call 541-899-1665.

The Ashland Branch Library will hold a free cloud-computing workshop from 11 a.m. to noon today at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Attendees will learn how to use cloud-computing services for business and personal use. Participants may bring a laptop or portable computer, but it is not necessary.

For information, call 541-774-6996.

As part of the Medford public library's summer reading program, teens will be able to play "Just Dance 2" and "Just Dance 3" for Nintendo Wii from 2-4 p.m. today at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

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

In recognition of 10 years of "Not Straight Not Sure," the Equity Foundation and Lotus Rising Project will host "My Story Your Story," an evening of storytelling from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church, at the corner of Main and Laurel streets in Medford.

The event will include an intergenerational panel discussing their coming-out stories.

For information, see www.lotusrisingproject.org.

As part of the Medford Teen Library's summer reading program, the library will host a "steampunk-style" jewelry-making activity from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

The event, for ages 12 and older, will include tips about summer books to read. Call 541-774-6413 or see www.jcls.org.

The Ashland office of Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services, 600 Tolman Creek Road, will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26-27, for a short remodeling project.

It will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 28.

Audiologist Barbara Street, founder of Ashland's "Barika Audiology," will speak on the "concierge" approach to hearing loss at noon Wednesday, June 27, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

The "concierge" approach emphasizes service and education over sales.

Street has a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and a master's in audiology, and is licensed by the state to practice audiology and to dispense hearing aides.

Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. The talk is free.

For information, call 541-858-8819.

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold orientation sessions for low-income families at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

Rogue Valley families interested in applying for a home through the program are encouraged to attend either session.

Families must be able to pay a 30-year, no-interest mortgage with an average monthly payment of $500 to $600. They also must put in 500 hours of "sweat equity" to help to build their own home.

For information, call 541-779-1983.

The American Red Cross will hold a pediatric CPR class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at 60 Hawthorne St., in Medford.

Students will receive a two-year certification after demonstrating their skills and passing a written test. Preregistration is required. Call 541-779-3773.

Compiled from staff reports