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Calendar: Saturday, Oct. 25

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.

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.

Hotel Open House: The newly renovated Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites will hold open house events showcasing the first phase of the hotel's renovations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26 at 2525 Ashland St. The hotel, formerly known as the Windmill Inn, will feature bright and colorful 1970s retro-modern designs and artwork created in Paris in the 1960s and 70s. See www.neumanhotelgroup.com.

Autumn Arts and Crafts: Becka Kern from Ashland's Little Maker Space will lead a free children's craft event using pumpkins, leaves and glue from 1 to 3 pm. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Crafts will include 3D paper pumpkins and "stained glass" leaf crafts. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

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.

Community Potluck: Bellview Grange will hold a GMO-free, organic potluck with gluten-free options at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1050 Tolman Creek Road. Following the meal will be a talk at 7:30 p.m. with Gus Frederick of the Green Grange in Silverton. Call 541-890-4149 or email bellviewgrange1930@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

Halloween Pet Parade: Dressed-up pets can get treats, and owners have the opportunity to win prizes at noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Ashland Grange Co-op, 421 A S. See www.grangecoop.com.

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 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 GMO 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.

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 vegan, raw and living foods potluck at YOGA SOULutions, 801 Forest St. Attendees should bring a raw, organic dish. Call 541-552-0108.

Patty Griffin Live: Grammy-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.

Friday, Oct. 31

Canned Food Drive: The Ashland High School Booster Club will hold a community canned food drive from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Ashland high school in front of the gym on Morse Street. The club will gather nonperishable food items, and for each two items participants will receive a raffle ticket. The organization will raffle gift cards to local restaurants, grocery stores and coffee shops. Call 541-905-0992.

Halloween at the Armory: The second annual Spookadelic Halloween Funktacular will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The event will include performances by Afrolicious, uPhonic SoundSystem and DJ El Papachango. Admission is $30 at the door for those 21 and older. See www.liveatthearmory.com.

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.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Author Talk: Author M.J. Daspit will speak about her historical novel "Lucy Lied" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The book is set in 1870s Monterey, Calif. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Books@Noon: The monthly Books@Noon book group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6407.

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.

Saturday, Nov. 15

MARA Fundraiser: Mount Ashland Racing Association will hold a fundraiser dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Rogue River Room at the Southern Oregon University Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Events will include and auction, dinner and dancing with live music by the Frankie Hernandez Band. Tickets are $50. See www.mtashlandracing.com.

Oregon Honey Festival: The Oregon Honey Festival will be Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St. General admission for the tasting expo is $5. Luncheon tickets are $29, and tickets are available at the Music Coop.