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Local news briefs: Feb. 4, 2014

ACCESS, the community action agency for Jackson County, is teaming with Cover Oregon to provide information and resources about health insurance opportunities available to county residents.

Through a Cover Oregon Grant, ACCESS has trained professionals to discuss insurance options with residents.

The two organizations also are holding town hall meetings in rural towns and having private conversations with area residents.

Scheduled town hall meetings are:

  • Ruch Library: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.
  • Butte Falls Community Center: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.
  • Prospect Community Hall: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
  • Phoenix Library: 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

A list of all scheduled ACCESS-Cover Oregon meetings is available on the Web at ACCESSHelps.org

For a private conversation, call 541-494-1201 or email coveroregonhelp@AccessHelps.org.

Two new art exhibits are set to go on display at Rogue Community College art galleries in February.

"Glorious Life" by Ming Zhour will be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Feb. 4-28, at the FireHouse Gallery in Grants Pass, located at the corner of Fourth and H streets.

The exhibit is a critique of China's new middle class, use of Western brands and how that has devalued the deeper spiritual parts of Chinese culture. Paintings by Britta Bocala will be on display in the Community Exhibits Room. A First Friday reception is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

The Wiseman Gallery, located on the RCC Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Highway, will feature Maria Shell's "The Art of the Grid" from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 5-28. Shell uses vintage and contemporary commercial fabrics to create patchwork textiles.

For information on either exhibit, call 541-956-7241.

Medford resident Karen Scott has written a book based on her connections with a homeless dog that eventually came to trust her.

"Sweet Pea: The Homeless Dog Who Could Not Be Caught" is published by Abbott Press.

Scott describes the book as "an inspirational true story about a feral, homeless dog, with eight puppies, who with love and trust became my life teacher."

Scott attended college at Southern Oregon State College and has lived in the Rogue Valley for nearly 40 years.

The book is available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, AbbottPress.com and several e-book venues.

The book is $16.95 for paperback and $25.95 for hard cover.

The history of the Rogue Valley's largest economy will be the focus of a talk titled "The Bountiful Land: Our Local Food Business," to be given by Margery Winter at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

The presentation will be repeated at noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Winter is a former docent and board member of the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum. Her presentation is part of the Windows in Time lecture series sponsored by the libraries and the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

Call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123.

Prospective Rogue Community College students can learn about financial aid at two workshops Wednesday, Feb. 5.

RCC's Riverside Campus Associated Student Government will host Financial Aid 101 sessions from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 124 of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St.

All prospective students are welcome. Call 541-821-9827.