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Get Up & Go: April 15, 2014


DID YOU FILE YOUR TAXES? If not, you've got until the end of the day when the post office closes. And no, it doesn't stay open late on Tax Day anymore, so get there by 5 p.m. If you can't meet that deadline, you can use the self-service station until midnight, but expect a long line.


IT'S JAZZ AT ITS FINEST. The 15-piece Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra will perform swing, Latin and other arrangements from the big-band era from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Imperial Events Center. If you've never been, it's a cool space at 40 N. Front St., Medford. Cost is $5. Call 541-499-8855 or 541-779-2042 for information. The orchestra features vocalist Dianne Strong, pianist Alan Berman and horn players Frank Hunnicutt, Danny Chavez and Pat DeBellis.


VIRTUOSO Jon Nakamatsu, who won the gold medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for his performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tonight he'll perform works by Schubert, Chopin and Schumann. Tickets cost $50, $6 for ages 18 and younger, and can be purchased at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., online at www.craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000. His appearance is sponsored by the Jackson County Community Concerts Association.


SUPPORTERS OF A GMO BAN in Jackson County are sponsoring an informational session on genetically modified organisms from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Speakers include Chuck Burr, president of Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association (which has not taken a stand on the measure), and researchers Dr. Alma Piñeyro and Remy Vandame. The evening is being sponsored by Our Family Farms Coalition, which opposes Measure 15-119, and other groups. The measure goes before voters May 20 and would ban the cultivation of GMOs in Jackson County. For more, visit www.ourfamilyfarmscoalition.org.


THERE ARE STORY TIMES all over the valley today at local libraries. All are free and are a great way to help kids get and stay interested in reading:

  • Talent — 10:30 a.m., 101 Home St.
  • White City — 10:30 a.m., 3143 Avenue C.
  • Ashland — 11:30: a.m., 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland.
  • Applegate — 2:30 p.m., 18485 N. Applegate Road, Applegate.
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SUE NAUMES will give a presentation on "The History of the Pear Industry in Southern Oregon: from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. She'll talk about Naumes and other families in the industry, give the locations of the packing houses past and present and display some of the colorful fruit crate labels from her vast collection. She is retired from Naumes Inc., where she worked for 30 years. Call 541-512-2340 or email info@rvgslibrary.org to register.


DIG UP YOUR FAMILY'S PAST during "Diggin' In The Dark: Genealogy After Hours" from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Jackson County Genealogy Library 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. No previous genealogy experience is necessary. Just bring what you know, a USB flash drive for saving what you find and your supper. Admission is free. Register by calling 541-512-2340.