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Camelot Theatre Company

Thursday, Jan. 2, Rockin' Broadway, 7 p.m., many

Friday, Jan. 3, Rockin' Broadway, 7 p.m., many

Saturday, Jan. 4, Rockin' Broadway, 7 p.m., many

Sunday, Jan. 5, Rockin' Broadway, 2 p.m., many

Camelot Theatre is located at the corner of Talent Avenue and Main Street in Talent. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, by phone at 541-535-5250, or online at www.camelottheatre.org.

Food Bank

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank this week is in need of:

Cereal, cooking oil and hearty soups

The food bank welcomes donations of extra garden produce. The food bank is located at 560 Clover Lane. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month. Call 541-488-9544.

You Should Know

Studded tires

Drivers in Oregon can now put studded tires on their cars. Studded tires are legal November through March, but the Oregon Department of Transportation says they damage highways.

ODOT encourages drivers to consider chains or traction tires without studs because studded tires are more effective than all-weather tires on icy roads, but less effective in most other conditions because they may reduce traction.

Drop-In Knitting Circle

Due to popular demand, the Drop-In Knitting Circlewill continue. Learn new stitches, practice old ones, get help with a project, or come just for fun on Thursdays in January from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the study room at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Absolute beginner? No problem. Yarn and needles will be available to practice with during the sessions led by Lisa Nichols.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Please call 541-774-6996 for more information or visit www.jcls.org.

Jackson County Fuel Committee

During the last weeks of cold weather, 14 cords of firewood were delivered by volunteers from the Jackson County Fuel Committee to heat local homes. The wood was donated from the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) and is the result of forest thinning to reduce the threat of a severe wildfire to Ashland's watershed and community. The donated logs were dangling under a helicopter just a year ago during AFR fuels thinning operations.

Fuel Committee volunteers are collecting more firewood in the AFR project area this week. Interested volunteers or anyone with wood to donate can contact the Fuel Committee, located on Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland.

Ashland Forest Resiliency is a ten year stewardship project designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the watershed and to protect water quality, older forests, wildlife, people, property and quality of life.

Food & Friends volunteers

Food & Friends of Jackson and Josephine counties is seeking volunteers in Ashland to serve lunches to seniors and do general cleanup at the Ashland Multi-Purpose Center, 1699 Homes Ave.

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to two to four hours one day per week.

The service provides hot lunches to seniors, older than 60, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call Anna Wysocki or Jan Baker at 541-488-9850.

Kiwanis flag program

The Kiwanis Club of Ashland has been placing flags around town on national holidays for over 33 years. Over 250 flags are sponsored by Ashland businesses, a few individuals, and the Ashland Kiwanis Club itself. Flag program participants who choose to memorialize or honor a veteran or another special person will have their flag placed along Siskiyou Boulevard during the year on selected holidays, weather permitting. The annual $50 subscription fee for the flag program will help support children and community programs, including AHS scholarships, AHS Key Club, Special Olympics, youth baseball and football, Nature Center field trips, school and library reading programs, Christmas gifts for the needy and others.

If you are interested in joining the flag program, please call Russ Chadick at 541-482-0431 or Mike Bakke at 541-488-8065.

Entries sought for RCC student tattoo exhibit

Rogue Community College's Wiseman Gallery is looking for tattoo design submissions from students for a 2014 art exhibit. "Student Body Art" will be run April 9 through May 9, 2014, at the gallery. It will be devoted to celebrating the "sophistication and prominence of the contemporary art of tattoo," according to a release. A jury will select 25 designs and print them on 16-by-20-inch vinyl banners for display. The banners will become the property of the artists after the show.To enter, students should submit a digital image of their design to hgreen@roguecc.edu. The image should be saved as a 300 dpi jpeg. A title, intended body part for the design and contact information should be included.Deadline for entries is Feb. 15, 2014. Finalists will be notified by March 7.

ScienceWorks seeks helpers

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum is looking for people to volunteer in the Black Bear Garden. A new Adopt-a-Bed program is designed for residents to take an active role, and groups or individuals are encouraged to donate their time or service projects in the garden.

The program is a commitment for the gardening season, or an individual may choose to do one shift per week or as a drop-in gardener on Fridays. Find Black Bear Garden on the ScienceWorks website under exhibits.

For information, contact Isabel at volunteercoor@scienceworksmuseum.org or 541-482-6767, ext. 229.

Controlled burns

As part of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project forestry crews will conduct controlled burns this fall to decrease wildfire danger in the City's watershed.

The goal of controlled, or prescribed, burning is to consume fuels that might burn out of control in a summer wildfire, threatening our community, water supply, and way of life.

This past summer showed how smoke from wildfires can impact lives and livelihoods.

Unlike summer wildfires, controlled burns are done during moist conditions on days when winds are most likely to blow smoke out of the valley and away from town, though smoke will likely be visible.

Burn notifications will be posted on the City's website at www.ashland.or.us, at www.ashlandwatershed.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFR.Project, and the City's Smoke & Wildfire Hotline at 541-552-2490.

Signs will be posted to warn sensitive individuals who want to avoid smoke when hiking or biking in the forest.

RCC student planning

Rogue Community College is offering students free resources to help them manage their money and pay for school.

The program, called SALT, was created by the American Student Assistance nonprofit. It provides online tools to track and plan student loans, along with help finding scholarships, internships and jobs.

"Our goals are to help students pay for college, learn to manage finances, repay student loans and reduce student loan default rates," RCC Financial Aid Director Anna Manley said in a release.

For more information on the program, visit www.roguecc.edu/FinancialAid.

'Immense Possibilities'

"Immense Possibilities," a weekly series featuring Jeff Golden and community activists, will be shown statewide by Oregon Public Broadcasting this fall.

The weekly public television series shot and produced in Southern Oregon will be added to OPB programming in early October. The series showcases stories about people and projects intended to improve communities.

The show first aired on Southern Oregon Public Television in May 2011. It airs at 8:30 p.m. Fridays. SOPTV will continue to be its primary outlet.

Episodes of the show can be viewed online at www.immensepossibilities.org.

Weatherization program

Low-income residents within the Ashland city limits may qualify for an ACCESS weatherization program that includes free heat-pumps. Households whose gross income is below 60 percent of the Oregon State median income ($35,762, annually) and are City of Ashland electric heat customers are eligible. For information, contact James Raison at 541-779-6691, ext. 360.

Emergency shelters

Volunteers are requested to assist at the Emergency Cold-Weather Shelter scheduled to open Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 7:30 p.m. until 8 a.m. The shelter will open at the Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Siskiyou and Walker. For information contact Ruth Coulthard at ruthcoulthard@hotmail.com.

No—frills shelters are provided at the following locations/days/times: Monday — Presbyterian Church at Siskiyou & Walker, 541-482-2326; Wednesday — Trinity Episcopal Church at 44 N. Second Street, 541-201-3418; Thursday — Pioneer Hall at 73 Winburn Way.

The City of Ashland supports opening Emergency Shelters when the forecast falls within certain parameters; otherwise, there are several seasonal cold-weather shelter options for those seeking shelter throughout the winter season. For more information on Emergency Shelters visit the City of Ashland website. For more information on volunteering as a host at any one of these shelters contact Ruth directly.