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A lane of traffic on Bartlett Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

During the closure, the Medford Water Commission will conduct right-of-way work. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic. Motorists in the area should plan for delays and consider alternate routes. Call Medford Public Works at 541-774-2100.

Britt Festivals will join with South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville on the second Rising Stars competition, in which local musicians compete and the public votes for its favorite.

Applications for the contest now are being accepted.

The competition is open to solo, duo or trio acts in jazz, folk, classical, blues, country, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, flamenco, soft rock, a capella, contemporary and original music.

From those who apply, musicians will be selected to perform at South Stage Cellars' Jacksonville tasting room at weekend performances, beginning March 9. Admission is free, and in the initial rounds, the public can vote for their favorite performer for $2 per vote. All voting proceeds will be donated to La Clinica. The final rounds will take place on April 26-27 on the Britt stage, with the winner chosen by a combination of public voting and a panel of judges.

The winner will receive a monetary prize and a chance to perform on the Britt stage as an opening act in the 2013 season. The competition began last year and included 32 performances over an eight-week period, raising $7,000 for charity.

To apply, artists can start their application by sending a music link and photo to Porscha Schiller at porscha111@gmail.com or by messaging South Stage Cellars on Facebook.

Application forms can be picked up at South Stage Cellars' tasting room in Jacksonville. There is no entry fee.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host a free, public event in memory of those injured or killed by drunk drivers at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Jackson County Community Justice Center, 1101 W. Main St.

The ceremony will include the lighting of a Tree of Remembrance. Then people in attendance can hang a star on the tree to remember loved ones killed or hurt in drunk driving crashes.