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Calendar: Thursday, Oct. 23

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, and solar viewing glasses will be available for $2 each beginning Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland. The event is free. call 541-482-6767 or see www.scienceworksmuseum.org.

Jeff Kloetzel: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will play an acoustic mix of rock, folk and soul from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 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.

New West Guitar Group: John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein combine acoustic and electric guitar for their signature jazz and pop sound. Graduates of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, the trio will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $25, $10 for students, and reservations can be made online at siskiyoumusicproject.com, by emailing mail@siskiyoumusicproject.com or by calling 541-488-3869.

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.

Death and Dying Discussion: Rabbi David Zaslow will host "Explorations of Death and Dying" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave. Local author Donna Corso will discuss her book about end-of-life choices, "When the Wind Chimes Chime." The event will also include a 45-minute film titled "Smiling at Death: A Closer look at Dying," which focuses on hospice workers' experiences. Cost is $10. Call 541-488-7716.

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.

Art Exhibit: Gregory Martin will exhibit large mixed-media assemblages and paintings exploring the "visual voice" found in neglected areas of urban civilization, in the top floor SU Gallery in Stevenson Union on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 p.m. to noon Saturdays. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31.

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."

Peace Documentary: The documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" will show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Congregational United Church of Christ of Ashland, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. The film tells the story of a how women banded together to end civil war in Liberia. The event is free. Call 541-488-9286.

Mary Maudlin & Mad Tom: Aka Pat O'Scannell and Kevin Carr, the duo will present Halloween songs and stories from the borders between worlds at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is $10 to $15. Call 541-301-5306 or email events@rogueworldensemble.org for information and reservations.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Natural Resources Discussion: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts will host a conversation titled "Your Land, My Land: Using and Preserving Oregon's Natural Resources" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Gresham Room of the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Moderating will be Portland State University professor Veronica Dujon. Call 503-719-4732 or email mike@oregonlandtruts.org.

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.

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.

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The Repertory Singers, under the direction of Paul French, will present "The Bright Orb of Harmony" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave. The concert will include music by Purcell, Tallis, Baldings and Rheinberger, and John McGrosso of the Arianna String Quartet will play violin during the concert. Tickets range from $22 to $29, and admission for students and SNAP card holders is $5. Call 541-552-0900 or see www.repsingers.org.

Monday, Oct. 27

GMO Seed Discussion: The Chamber of Commons will host a panel discussion about GMOs 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 be held at 6 p.m. Call 541-535-1854.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Public Meeting: A special meeting of the Ashland Planning Commission will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St. Call 541-552-2041.

Brain Books: The Brain Books Discussion Group will continue its discussion of "The Age of Insight" by Eric Kandel from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

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.

Raw Foods Potluck: Dr. Jim Said will give a talk about "Genetics, Epigenetics and Detoxing" at a raw, vegan potluck at YOGA SOULutions, 801 Forest St. Attendees should bring a raw, organic dish. Call 541-552-0108.

Patty Griffin Live: Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin will perform with guest John Fullbright at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Tickets cost $35 for all ages. See www.liveatthearmory.com.