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Ashland Calendar, Sept. 16, 2016

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.

Indian Bazaar: See pieces curated from Indian states and unique handcrafts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16-18, at 47 Garfield St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0575 or 541-864-9620 for more information.

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.

Lithia Park Nature Walks: Naturalists lead walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30. Meet at the park entrance on Winburn Way across from the downtown Ashland Plaza. The 90-minute walks are free. Call 541-488-5340 or see www.ashlandparksandrec.org.

History Walk: Local historian Terry Skibby will lead free 90-minute walking tours of Ashland's Historic Railroad District at 10 a.m. every Friday through Sept. 30. Meet at the gazebo in the Railroad Park on A Street between 6th and 8th Streets. Call 541-488-5305.

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.

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.

'Warped Mirrors': Emmy winner Slater Penney and former Cirque du Soleil performer Jaron Hollander will present "Warped Mirrors" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Le Cirque Centre, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 12, Ashland. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Le Cirque Centre or Music Coop.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Ben Gault Trio: The piano-driven trio will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 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.

Origami: Learn the art of paper folding at 12:30 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. Call 541-774-6995 or see ww.jcls.org.

Jeff Kloetzel: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform an acoustic mix of pop, folk and soul from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free. See www.weisingers.com or call 541-488-5989.

Plant Walk: Learn more about the abundance of edible and medicinal plants found in the gardens and on the ethnobotanical trail from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $8. Preregister by calling 541-488-6606 or at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Ballroom Dancing: New classes in choreographed ballroom dancing will begin on Sundays, Sept. 18 and 25, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. The beginning class starts at 6 p.m. and the intermediate class follows at 7:30 p.m. Classes on these dates are free. The suggested donation thereafter is $6 per person. No experience is necessary, and couples, singles and LGBTQ+ are welcome. For more information call 541-488-1518.

Monday, Sept. 19

Tai Chi: The Ashland Senior Center offers a combination of beginning/intermediate tai chi classes from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Cost is a sliding scale of $3 to $4 per class. Call 541-552-0698 for more information.

Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission costs $2. Call 541-488-5342.

Cycling for Women: A forum dedicated exclusively to the performance, style and comfort of female cyclists—performance riders, recreational ones or absolute beginners at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in the Otte-Peterson Room at the Grove. Admission is $30. The session will cover every aspect of cycling, from bicycles and gear, to nutrition, fitness and health, along with tips on how to shop for the right bike, what to wear, eat, drink and much more. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Free Lecture: Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders, Lydia Doleman of Flying Hammer Productions, Chris Keefe of OrganicForms Design, and other presenters will introduce you to their natural building specialties from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in the Ashland Food Co-op Classroom, 300 N. Pioneer St, Ashland. Admission is free, no registration required. For more information see ashlandfood.coop/calendar or call 541-552-5460.

Author Talk: Sharon Medhi will discuss her book "Eleanor Bobbin and the Magical, Merciful, Mighty Art of Kindness" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.