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Calendar: Wednesday, Oct. 15

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. 

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.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Salmon Hike: Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands ecologist Rich Nawa will lead a one-mile hike along Bear Creek to see spawning chinook salmon from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. Hikers are encouraged to bring polarized sunglasses. Call 541-218-7973.

Monday, Oct. 27

GMO Seed Discussion: The Chamber of Commons will host a "Sacred Seed Panel Discussion" from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Panelists will include Rod Birney, Rick North and Jesse Schwartz moderated by Ray Sidler. A free potluck dinner will precede the event at 6 p.m. Call 541-535-1854.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Mystery Book Group: The Siskiyou Sleuths mystery book group will discuss "Havana Blue" by Leonardo Padura at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Saturday, Nov. 1

FOTAS Volunteer Training: Friends of the Animal Shelter will hold its monthly volunteer training from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Call 541-535-3390.

Emergency Preparedness Event: Ashland Fire & Rescue will hold its second annual "Ashland is Ready!" emergency preparedness workshops from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 N. Oak St. Registration is required. Cost is $10, and participants will take home an emergency kit. See www.ashland.or.us/air or call 541-482-2770.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Homeless Shelter Volunteer Training: The interfaith winter homeless shelters are in need of volunteers, and will hold an orientation and training event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Calvin Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland 1615 Clark Ave. The seminar will provide background information for those who want more information before volunteering, and it is not necessary for those who volunteered last year to attend. See www.tinyurl.com/homeless-sign-up.