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Five best bets for Friday

Happy Friday. There's plenty to do around Jackson County today. Here are some of your best bets:

The feature film "Redwood Highway," made in Southern Oregon, opens today. The film, starring Shirley Knight and Tom Skerritt, will be shown at Ashland's Varsity Theater. There are 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. showings. Visit www.catheaters.com for more information.

If you'd prefer to stay outside, it's the perfect day for it. The National Weather Service is reporting high temperatures in the mid-80s today. Why not go for a stroll through Ashland's Lithia Park or Bear Creek Park in Medford? Take a camera along, maybe send a few shots to the Mail Tribune photo department for our reader galleries.

You can also take in some history on your walk. The Ashland Heritage Committee and the Ashland Historic Commission will lead a walking tour of the Skidmore Academy Historic District at 10 a.m. The walk starts at 51 Winburn Way in Ashland.

It's also a great day to go for a scenic drive. Crater Lake National Park reopens its North Entrance Road today. Visitors can now take in spectacular views of the lake from the West Rim Drive. Park officials are calling the opening an early one, due to recent warm temperatures and this winter's low snowpack.

Lastly, if you can stay up until it's dark out, NASA says to look skyward for a potentially rare, free show. The agency announced today that Camelopardalid meteor shower could peak overnight and Saturday. The streaks that may cross the sky would be fragments from Comet 209/P LINEAR, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Facebook page. The best viewing times in North America are 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., Pacific Standard Time.

For better views, get away from city lights and give your eyes a purer view of the night sky. Even if you don't see any meteors, it'll still be a great view.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

— Ryan Pfeil