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Calendar: Friday, Oct. 17

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.

Bob Haworth: The singer, songwriter and guitarist of The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four fame will play from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. A barbecue supper will be available. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see www.bellefiorewine.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.

The Haven Open House: As part of The Haven Cultural and Healing Arts Center's grand opening, there will be a free Ecstatic Dance session with local DJs Ra-Ra and Solus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1970 Ashland St. An afternoon event will feature short demonstrations about qigong, yoga, sound healing, tango, ukelele and women's dance from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. Call 541-488-6233 or see www.ashlandhaven.net.

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.

Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta: Singers, songwriters and steel-string guitarists Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.stclairevents.com, at Music Coop in downtown Ashland, or by calling 541-535-3562. Tickets will cost $22 at the door, $10 for ages 12 through 17. Kids 11 and younger get in free.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Border Crisis Presentation: Southern Oregon University professor James Phillips will present "Asylum, Refugees and the Border Crisis" at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Ashland, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. Phillips will review the ancient historical and religious tradition of providing asylum to the vulnerable, discuss the difference between regular immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and highlight basic legal principles relevant to refugees. Phillips will also look at conditions in Central America driving young asylum seekers north. Call 541-482-1981.

The Haven Open House event: As part of The Haven Cultural and Healing Arts Center's grand opening, there will be an event will feature short demonstrations about qigong, yoga, sound healing, tango, ukulele and women's dance from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1970 Ashland St. Call 541-488-6233 or see www.ashlandhaven.net.

Monday, Oct. 20

Astrology in Ashland: Julia Bondi and Doug Kellogg will speak about the midterm elections during the Astrology in Ashland meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Boulevard. Admission is $7, or $6 for those age 62 and older. Call 541-482-8988 or see www.astrologyinashland.org.

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

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum and Southern Oregon Skywatchers will host a viewing party for the partial solar eclipse from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St. The eclipse is set to begin at 1:44 p.m. and reach its peak by 3:09 p.m. Filtered telescopes for viewing will be available. The event is free. call 541-482-6767 or see www.scienceworksmuseum.org.

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.

Winery Harvest Celebration: Dana Campbell Vineyards will hold a Harvest Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1320 N. Mountain Ave. The event will include live music from the Electrix Duo, bocce ball games and an outdoor fire pit. Food will be available for purchase from Sultan's Delight. Admission is free, with charges for food and wine. No minors or infants are allowed. Call 541-482-3798 or see www.danacampbellvineyards.com.

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 cost $45 and include a catered meal. Call 541-482-8172 or see www.fotas.org.