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Ashland Calendar, Sept. 14, 2016

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Demonstration Garden: Explore the late summer blooms and colors while learning about the gardens at North Mountain Park with master gardeners and volunteer docents at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free. Preregister by calling 541-488-6606 or at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Hands-All-Around Quilters: Visitors can work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-732-0141.

Ginger Rogers Movies: Watch a film starring Ginger Rogers at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in September, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Showtime starts with an interesting introduction to the star and the film's production. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Bil Leonhart: The seven-string jazz guitarist will play improvisational instrumentals with Bach-like chordal movements from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Winter Gardens: From fragrant blooms to colorful berries and stems, there are many ways to add life to your weary winter yard even if it’s only to be enjoyed from inside your cozy home. Learn about the many brilliant options from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $15. Preregister by calling 541-488-6606 or at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Spaghetti Game Night: Play board games at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Enoteca Wine Tasting and Bistro, 17 N. Main St., Ashland. Complimentary spaghetti will be served with the purchase of a glass or bottle of wine. Call 541-482-3377 or see www.ashlandenoteca.com.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Chess Club: Weekly Chess Club with Ed Hirsch, for children ages 7 and up, meets from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Children's Department at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

After-School Story Time: Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to after-school story times from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The session will focus on readings and rhymes. Younger kids are welcome with an adult. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Opus 3: Pianist Dave Scoggin, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer and percussionist Theresa McCoy — will play a mix of classic jazz, jazz standards, newer Brazilian music, gospel instrumentals and pop tunes, along with Scoggin's original compositions at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Candidate Forum: The Mountain Meadows Democrats Plus Club is sponsoring a non-partisan Candidate's Forum for candidates vying for three City Council seats and the two mayoral candidates at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Clubhouse at Mountain Meadows, 855 Mountain Meadows Dr. This is an opportunity to see all of the candidates together answering questions about the future of Ashland. Bring your questions for the audience participation portion of the program. Arrive early for the best seats.

LOVEBITE: The band — guitarist Jeff Pevar, vocalist Inger Nova Jorgensen, drummer Matthew Kriemelman, guitarist Paul Turnipseed and bassist Jacob Ackerman will host a rock concert to benefit Eyes to Burma at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Eyes to Burma is a nonprofit, community organization committed to the aid of Burmese migrant workers and economic refugees in Thailand. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased online at http://eyestoburmagiving.org/benefit-concert, at Music Coop or Hilltop Music Store. Tickets will be $35 at the door.

Friday, Sept. 16

New Day Breakfast: New Day Breakfast will meet at the Rogue Valley Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. A pot luck breakfast served at 8, program starts at 8:30. The health care measure and Measure 97 will be discussed. All are welcome.

Golf Benefit: The Rogue Valley Association of Realtors will host a golf benefit at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Oak Knoll Golf Course, 3070 OR-66, Ashland. The benefit is for Habitat for Humanity. Everyone may attend; no handicap or league membership required. Call 541-482-4311.

Blood Donation: Donate blood from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland.

Writing Wild: A two-day event will begin Sept. 16 with a talk and poetry reading at 6 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Scholar and writer Pepper Trail will lead a hike in the Monument from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

Green Show: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts free Green Show performances at 6:45 p.m. six nights each week except Mondays through Oct. 16 on its outdoor Courtyard Stage at its Ashland campus, 15 S. Pioneer St. Berkeley Morris will perform on Friday, Sept. 16. Diverse performers for the 117 shows include Ashland Taiko, NANDA, Misner & Smith, BROTHER, Dancing People Company, the Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company, Cedric Lamar, the OSF House Band, Cassie Fetty and the Gals of Country Music, the Bathtub Gin Serenaders, Hamfist and the Rogue Valley Gospel Choir. See www.osfashland.org.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Open House: The Ashland Gun Club will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18, at the Ashland Gun Club, 555 Emigrant Creek Road, Ashland. Club members will be available to explain our gun and archery shooting opportunities and to give tours of the facilities. Free Rifle Sight-In Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17, 18 and 24. Range Safety Officers will be present to monitor shooting and safety. Club members with spotting scopes will be available to assist with shot adjustment. Bring your rifle(s), ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Families welcome to both events. For more information call 541-622-5152 or email info@ashlandgunclub.com.

Big Barn Bazaar: The Big Barn Bazaar has a wide variety of new and lightly used items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Equamore Sanctuary Barn, 4723 Highway 66, Ashland. The bazaar is a fundraiser for Friends of the Animal Shelter and the horses of Equamore Sanctuary. See www.fotas.org or www.equamore.org.

Pet Vaccinations: The Jackson County Animal Service’s Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the animal shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Vaccinations are $10 and nail trimming is $5 per pet. Cash only. Call 541-774-6654.

Chess: Ashland Contemporary Theatre, in association with Livia Genise Productions, presents the Tony Award winning musical, "Chess" in Concert. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 and 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way; and at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 and 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Reserved seats are recommended. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford or online at www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org. The collaborators on “Chess” are giants of rock music and rock musicals (“Mama Mia!”) and they have created a complex rock opera that played to full Broadway houses and standing ovations. Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. Call 541-646-2971 for more information.

Park Clean-up: The Ashland Kiwanis club will team up with the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs to help the Parks and Rec Department do some more weeding and gardening-type work at Scenic Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Both clubs have “adopted” this park for quarterly work of this nature. Many volunteers from the clubs are expected to participate. If you want to help, please come out and join in this clean-up effort. Call 541-488-0532 with questions.