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Local news briefs: Jan. 9, 2014

The science of fire and ice will be the topic of sessions this weekend at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum.

The Fire & Ice Weekend will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, and Sunday, Jan. 12, at the museum at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland.

The event will feature numerous exhibits and experiments devoted to fire and ice, including cutting ice with a knife, creating different colors of fire and making liquid nitrogen ice cream. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 2 to 12, and $7 for senior citizens 65 and older. Teachers get in free with ID.

Visit www.scienceworksmuseum.org for more information.

A support group devoted to healing those who have lost loved ones or are experiencing health and mobility issues due to aging will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 13, at the Ashland Family YMCA.

Attendees of the WinterSpring Aging Loss and Support group will use the peer-to-peer grief support model and share stories. WinterSpring Executive Director Julie Lockhart will facilitate the group.

For more information on attending, call 541-552-0620 or visit www.winterspring.org.

A workshop on the benefits of writing for health reasons will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Adams Room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

Linda Barnes, president of the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, will lead the workshop. The event is for poets, writers, teachers, health care professionals and religious leaders.

The event is sponsored by the Oregon Poetry Association's Rogue Valley Chapter. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Email marisahp9@gmail.com to register or for more information.

The Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center will hold a class for hay producers from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

The class will cover hay types, nutritional content and quality, soil management to optimize production, cutting and curing, necessary equipment and more. A class for hay buyers will be held in the spring.

The class costs $15. To register, or for more information, call 541-776-7371 or visit www.extension.oregonstate.edu online.