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Ashland Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 4

Mah Jongg: Experienced and beginner adults 50 and older are invited to play Mah Jongg, a tile game of Chinese origin, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland. Free. Call 541-488-5342 or see www.ashlandseniorcenter.org.

Dominoes: Play Jamaican, Mexican train, Cuban or French dominoes games from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Meyer Memorial Trust Community Meeting Room in the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org.

Hearts and Spades: Adults 50 and older are invited to play card games from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Donations are accepted. Call 541-488-5342.

Oregon Health Plan Renewal Assistance: Individuals on the Oregon Health Plan can receive assistance with the changed renewal process in workshops offered from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11, and 18, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Representatives from La Clinica and Oregon Action will be available during the workshops. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

After-School Storytime: Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to a special after-school storytime with readings, rhymes and songs from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Younger kids are welcome to attend with their parents. The program will continue through May except during holiday library closures. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Ashland Sufi Heart Circle: Dances of universal peace, sacred phrases from world religions and practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis will be presented from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The suggested donation is $10. Call 541-708-0681 or see www.ashlandsufi.com.

Ashland New Plays Festival: Dramatic readings of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" by Tom Mula will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. The performance will feature veteran stage and screen actor Douglas Rowe in the humorous romp through the gritty side of Victorian Christmases. Tickets are $15. See www.ashlandnewplays.org.

Friday, Dec. 5

First Friday Art Show: Artist Catie Faryl's exhibit "Consider the Animals" will be on display during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Looking Glass Beads, 283 E. Main St., Ashland. Faryl be available to answer questions about her Sixth Extinction artwork. Call 541-535-1854.

SOU Percussion Ensembles: The percussion groups at Southern Oregon University, directed by Terry Longshore, will present “Contact,” featuring Daniel Kennedy of California State University, Sacramento and SOU percussion instructor Bryan Jeffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, off South Mountain Avenue, Ashland. The program will include the premiere of Jeff's third installment of the Rebel Frog trilogy, "The Revel Frog Wassails, along with his "Contactual Constellations," performed by the SOU Graduate Percussion Group. "Contactual Constellations" is a work for graphic musical scores printed directly onto drumheads. Performances are captured on video and projected to the audience. Tickets cost $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased online at wou.edu/performingarts, at the box office in the music hall, or by calling 541-552-6348.

Flamenco Concert: Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will present her latest show, "Noches de Invierno," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. She will be joined by internationally recognized Flamenco singer Jose Anillo of Spain and Bulgarian guitarist Bobby de Sofia. General admission is $22. Student tickets are $12, child tickets are $8 and VIP tickets are $35. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Project FeederWatch: Volunteers will assist birding experts from the Audubon Society in counting and identifying birds from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.Information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project. Preregistration is not required for the free event. Call 541-488-6606.

Low Cost Pet Shots: Grange Co-op Pet Country will hold its monthly low-cost shot clinic for dogs and cats from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2833 N. Pacific Highway, Medford. See www.grangecoop.com.

Jaxon Williams: The classical guitarist will play music by Barrios, Scarlatti, Tedesco, Merta and Britten at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent Admission is $15. Call 541-535-7957 or see www.paschalwinery.com. 

Sunday, Dec. 7

Jaxon Williams: The classical guitarist will play music by Barrios, Scarlatti, Tedesco, Merta and Britten at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent Admission is $15. Call 541-535-7957 or see www.paschalwinery.com. 

Hanukkah Fair: Temple Emek Shalom will offer a Hanukkah Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Hanukkah gifts including menorahs, candles, gift wrap, books and music will be available for sale. Local vendors will showcase craft and specialty items. Call 541-488-2909 or see www.emekshalom.org.

Musicians Swap Meet: Buy, sell and trade used and vintage music gear from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Admission is $1. Tables are $15 to $25 payable in advance. For information or to reserve a table, call Tom Frederick at 541-482-4830.

Legos in the Libraries: Learn Lego building skills with volunteer Helga Motley from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org. first Sunday of each month.

Concert and Chamber Choirs: Southern Oregon University's concert and chamber choirs will present “A Rose in Winter,” a mix of new and traditional carols, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the SOU Music Recital Hall, off South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The program will include the German chorale “Lo How a Rose” in settings by composers Michael Praetorius and Jan Sandstöm; “Ave Eva” by Ivan Hrušovský; two lyrical settings of “There is No Rose” by Robert Young and Paul Hillier; two settings of “O Magnum Mysterium,” by David Childs and Ivo Antognini; Christmas motets by Hans Leo Hassler; and traditional carols and spirituals from around the world. Tickets cost $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased online at sou.edu/performingarts, at the box office in the music hall or by calling 541-552-6348. Full-time students get in free.