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Calendar: Tuesday, Oct. 14

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Books@Noon: Readers can discuss their favorite books and get new ideas for their reading lists at noon second Tuesdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

TED Talk at the Library: The Ashland library will show TED Talks videos about parenting from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Guanajuato room of the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-8679.

International Ada Lovelace Day: Southern Oregon University will host an Ada Lovelace Day event from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Meece Room of Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Historian Victoria Law will give a presentation on the life of Lovelace and her role as the "first computer programmer." Following will be a panel discussion "Increasing Diversity in the STEM Fields." The event is free, and refreshments will be served. Call 541-552-6141 or email victoriangeek2014@gmail.com. 

Extreme Sports Film: Powderwhore will show its latest extreme sports film "Some Thing Else" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Diversions nightclub at the Southern Oregon University Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. The all-ages film will include filmed extreme winter sports. See www.powderwhore.com.

Spiritual Talk: Ganga and Tara will give a talk titled "Secrets of the Siddhas — Health, Longevity and Enlightenment" from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 N. The event is free, and donations are accepted. Email gangatara108@gmail.com.

Public Meeting: The Ashland Forest Lands Commission will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Fire Station No. 2, 1860 Ashland St. Call 541-488-5587.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers Preview: Ed Wright, Board Member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, will present a concert preview with commentary on some of the pieces to be performed, at 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Room A of the Campbell Center, 655 Frances Lane, Ashland. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 541-552-6048 or see www.sou.edu/olli.

Adventurer Talk: Athlete, author and 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis will read excerpts from her new book "Called Again" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org 

Spiritual Talk: Ganga and Tara will give a talk titled "Women of Wisdom" from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 N. The event is free, and donations are accepted. Email gangatara108@gmail.com.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Newcomers Meeting: A group of Ashland newcomers will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, for refreshments and conversation. For information and location, call 541-488-5407 or email liz.murphy@raymondjames.com.

Author Event: Pete Fromm will speak about his book "If Not for This" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. Free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Spiritual Talk: Ganga and Tara will give a talk titled "The Rainbow Body" from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Jackson Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 N. The event is free, and donations are accepted. Email gangatara108@gmail.com. 

Friday, Oct. 17

Friday Words and Wine: Mary Z. Maher and Alan Armstrong will read from their new book "Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story" from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd. The book is a compendium of interviews with local stage personalities including Mark Bedard, Michael Elich, Nell Geisslinger and Anthony Heald. Call 541-488-5989 or see www.weisingers.com.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Paint Pumpkins: Kids and families can paint free pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Grange Co-op stores in Ashland, Central Point, South Medford and White City. See www.grangecoop.com.

Low Cost Pet Vaccinations: Jackson County Animal Care and Control will hold its monthly low-cost pet vaccination and nail trimming clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the animal shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway. Vaccinations cost $10 each, and nail trimmings cost $5 per pet.  Only cash will be accepted. Call 541-535-3390.

Teen Game Day: Teens can play board and video games from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Ashland teen library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6985 or see www.jcls.org.

Salmon Hike: Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands ecologist Rich Nawa will lead a one-mile hike along the Bear Creek to see spawning chinook salmon from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. Hikers are encouraged to bring polarized sunglasses. Call 541-218-7973.

Monday, Oct. 20

Book Event: Elizabeth Enslin will speak about her book "While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. The event is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Novel Talk: Gloria Boyd will read from her book "Runaway Mama" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Thursday, Oct 23

Author Event: Sonja Grace will speak about her book "Become an Earth Angel" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. The reading is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Chautauqua Poets & Writers: Poet Mary Szybist will read at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Szybist is the author of the poetry compilation "Incarnadine & Granted," and is a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. Tickets cost $15 at the door, or $20 for reserved seats. See www.chautauquawriters.org or call 541-826-8776.

Friday, Oct. 24

Monster Dash Pasta Party: An all-you-can-eat pasta party will be offered the night before the Monster Dash race from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The event will include dancing and live music by the family-friendly East Main Band, Oregon Duck football fans will be able to watch the game on the big screen, and there will be a silent auction to benefit Ashland Schools Foundation. Call 541-482-8197 or email susan.bacon@ashland.k12.or.us.

United Nations Day at SOU: Honduran singer, feminist and activist Karla Lara will perform as part of events commemorating United Nations Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Meese Room of Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Providing the introduction will be professor James Phillips. The event will also include a screening of the documentary "Honduras, Crisis and Hope — An interview with Padre Melo."

Saturday, Oct. 25

Monster Dash: Events for the annual Monster Dash costume contest and Fun Run begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Butler Band Shell at Lithia Park. The costume contest starts at 9:30 a.m. The one-mile fun run/walk begins at 10:15 a.m., the 5K walk/run and 10K run will begin at 11:15 a.m. Call 541-482-8197 or email susan.bacon@ashland.k12.or.us.

Native Documentary Screening: Red Earth Descendants will present a screening of the film "Dancing Salmon Home" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. The award-winning documentary follows the Winnemem Wintu tribe's struggle to return salmon to the McCloud River near their Mount Shasta-area homeland. Chief Caleen Sisk and filmmaker Will Doolittle will speak and take questions. Roasted buffalo and light appetizers, beverages and dessert will be served. A raffle will be held for a Pendleton blanket. Admission is a sliding scale $15 to $25. All proceeds benefit the Winnemem Wintu people. Call 541-622-5358 or email shanesmith78@gmail.com.

Puss 'N Boots Costume Ball: Friends of the Animal Shelter will hold its 23rd annual fundraiser, the Puss 'n Boots Costume Ball and Auction, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 B St. The event will include live music by the Robbie DaCosta Band, a silent and live auction and costume contests. Tickets are $45 and include a catered meal. Call 541-482-8172 or see www.fotas.org.