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Saturday, Dec. 20

Nia Event: Rachael R. Resch will facilitate "Here Comes the Sun: Nia Solstice 2014" from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. No previous movement or dance experience is necessary. Call 541-488-1192 or see www.rachaelresch.com.

Low-Cost Pet Shots: Jackson County Animal Care and Control will offer its monthly low-cost vaccination and nail trimming clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Vaccinations are $10 each, and nail trimmings are $5 per pet. Only cash will be accepted. Call 541-535-3390.

Teen Game Day: Teens can play new board games and Wii from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6985 or see www.jcls.org.

Craft 3-D Paper Trees: A free program making winter themed crafts will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.

Paddington Station Craft Event: Make "Jingle Bell Rock" jingling bell door hangers and meet Santa from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 541-482-1343.

Dancing People Company: The modern dance troupe will present its annual winter solstice show, “Call Back the Sun,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21,at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The troupe will be joined by various musicians, aerialists and dancers, including Darcy Danielson, Uphonic Sound System, Cornflower, the Curtain Climbers, a dance performance group from Southern Oregon University, Vanessa Nowitsky, West African Dancers and Robin Bryant's HeartDance. Evening shows will be followed by open community dances with live music by a band made up of musicians from the show. Tickets cost $10 for the 2 p.m. Saturday preview; $15 for the 2 p.m. Sunday show ($10 for age 11 and younger). Saturday and Sunday evening shows cost $17, $10 for age 11 and younger. Tickets are available at Music Coop, online at dancingpeople.com or at the door. Call 541-488-9683 or email info@dancingpeople.com for information.

Hanukkah Party: Temple Emek Shalom will celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Events will include arts and crafts for children, a Havdallah ceremony, a Hannukiah lighting, a potluck dinner, and an all-ages storytelling event. Attendees should bring their own Hannukiah with six candles, and a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 per family to help cover costs. Call 541-488-2909 or see www.emekshalom.org.

Havurah Hanukkah Faire: Rabbi David Zaslow and the Havurah community will hold its annual Hanukkah  Faire at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Events will include a community candle lighting, a storytelling with Debra Zaslow, and a Hanukkah sing-a-long, dreidle spinning, beeswax candle rolling and face-painting. Hot latkes with trimmings will be sold. Participants are encouraged to bring their own menorahs for the candle lighting. Admission is free. Call 541-488-7716.

Cyd Smith: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform progressive folk music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see www.bellefiorewine.com.

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The 60-voice choir, directed by Paul French, will present “The Holly and the Ivy," a program of carols from around the world, with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concerts will feature traditional and new compositions from England, Ireland, France, Africa and America. Look for "Silent Night" sung in Spanish, "Ave Maris Stella" by U.S. composer Mark Thomas, Fredrik Sixten's "There Is No Rose" and more. The singers will be accompanied by winds, harp, piano, organ, and a consort of viols. The choir will be joined by the North Medford High School Choir for several selections. Free preconcert lectures will be offered one hour before each concert. Tickets cost $22, $25 or $29, $5 for students, and can be purchased at Music Coop and Paddington Station. See www.repsinger.org or call 541-552-0900 for information.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Origami: Learn the art of paper folding during a hands-on demonstration from 12:30 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The sessions are appropriate for adults and children 5 and older. No experience necessary. Call 541-774-6995 or see ww.jcls.org.

Author Talk: Author Joanna Luloff will transport listeners to Sri Lanka when she shares her haunting, intertwined stories from her book, "The Beach at Galle Road," at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Ashland library, 410 Sisikyou Blvd. The stories by Luloff, a former Peace Corps volunteer, tell of the tumultuous civil war between the ruling Sinhalese and the Tamil Tigers. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Winter Solstice Event: A community Winter Solstice event begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. A gift potlatch regifting circle begins at 4 p.m., the GMO-free potluck dinner and dessert runs from 6 to 7 p.m., an ugly holiday sweater contest begins at 7:30 p.m., and a dance runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Call 541-535-1854.

Ben McReynolds: Hear piano ballads played by Ben McReynolds from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is free. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.

Trafficking Awareness Event: About 200 people will gather to practice yoga and hold a candlelight vigil to draw attention to children, teens and adults trapped in the commercial sex industry in Oregon and in India at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Southern Oregon University McNeal Pavillion, 1465 Webster St., Ashland. The nonprofit organization Shine a Light seeks to raise $25,000. See www.iwillshinealight.org.

Bad Film Society: Celebrate Bad Film Society's kooky Winter Solstice Santa Extravaganza at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in the basement of the Ashland Elks building. Use the entrance on Will Dodge Way, the alley between East Main Street and Lithia Way and First and Second streets, Ashland. The feature will be a schlocky 1964 holiday staple, "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." Filled with bad acting, props and sets, Martians kidnap Santa and force him to make toys. Will Santa make it back to Earth and his elves in time for Christmas? Two dark and hilarious Finnish short films about domesticating feral Santas also will be shown. Bring a potluck dish to share and a wrapped, totally bad present for a gift exchange. Admission is a donation of $4 to benefit the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. See www.badfilmsociety.org.