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Ashland Calendar: May 9

Wednesday, May 9

Garden Tour: North Mountain Park offers free tours of its demonstration gardens at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month through August. Learn about herb, heirloom and butterfly gardens during the hour-long tour. Admission is free but registration is required. See ashland.or.us or call 541-488-6606.

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.

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The museum features a variety of interactive science exhibits at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. See upcoming events, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2-12 and 65 and older. Admission is $2 the first Sunday of every month. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

Lithia Park Nature Walks: Naturalists lead free, 90-minute walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays through September. Additional Saturday walks are available in July and August. Learn about the plants, trees, animals, water, geology and history of the park. Meet at the park entrance on Winburn Way across from the downtown Ashland Plaza. No registration required. Call 541-488-5340.

History Lecture: Part of the “Windows in Time” history lecture series, Paul Christy presents “The Civil War (With Its Effects) Comes to Southern Oregon,” at noon Wednesday, May 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. This presentation will explore the ways that Southern Oregon, its people and places played a part in the national conflict. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.

Afternoon Movies: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Free refreshments are available. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

Author Talk: James Ziskin will discuss his book “Cast the First Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Thursday, May 10

Spanish/English Conversation Group: English speakers learning Spanish and Spanish speakers learning English can attend a free conversation hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-744-6996.

Literature Lecture: Local author Tod Davies will present “Monster Hit: 200 Years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Room 305 of the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Learn about the impact “Frankenstein” continues to have 200 years after being published. Admission is free. Email at libraryevents@sou.edu or call 541-552-6816.

Hiking Presentation: William Sullivan, author of “100 Hikes” books on Oregon, will give a slide show presentation “New Hikes in Oregon,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak. St., Ashland. Learn about a reopened waterfall trail in Central Oregon, find out what has changed in the Columbia Gorge, sample a new section of the Oregon Coast Trail, and explore hot springs in Eastern Oregon. Sullivan will also make note on the geology, wildlife, and history of many of the trails in his presentation. Admission is free. To register see northwestnatureshop.com or call 541-482-3241.

Climate Presentation: Rogue Climate Talent will give a presentation “Take Part in Talent’s Energy Revolution Today,” at 6:30 p.m. Tursday, May 10, at the Talent Community Center, 104 E. Main St. Learn about how managing energy wisely through conservation and efficiency are inexorably connected to economic well-being and the environment. See rogueclimate.org/talent.

Open Mic: The Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will hold its monthly open-mic-without-a-mic reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30. This month’s suggested theme is “Moms, and Loved Ones Gone.” Call 541-512-1007.

Author Talk: Eli Jaxon-Bear will discuss his book “An Outlaw Makes it Home: The Awakening of a Spiritual Revolutionary,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Dart Tournament: Dart matches for skilled and novice players start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry is $5, and the pub will match the pot up to $50. Call 541-482-6414.

Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia games from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.

Game Knights: No matter what kind of “knight” you are, there is a board game to play at 8 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. All ages welcome until 11 p.m. Call 541-482-6414.

Emily Turner and Greta Gardiner: Bass and banjo duo will play acoustic folk rhythms at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Friday, May 11

Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.

Spring Book Sale: A book sale will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds help fund programs, activities and library collections. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

Young at Art: Seniors are invited to express their creativity with watercolor paints and learn a few tips and techniques from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. Admission is free but registration is required. Email at natalie.mettler@ashland.or.us or call 541-488-5342.

Science Lecture: Anna Oliveri, Southern Oregon University Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, will present “Inorganic Nanoscale Clusters: Solution Dynamics and Structure Probed via NMR,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Room 151 in the Science Building on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. In this talk, Oliveri will discuss the science that is depicted in the cover art that she created. Each of these projects focused on a different aqueous metal species (Ga3+, Al3+, UO22+) via Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy. These metals form complex cluster systems depending on the conditions of the solution, and the symmetry of these polyatomic ions allows for diagnostic NMR patterns. This work was noticed by the publishers at WILEY and for each of these stories cover art was requested. Dr. Oliveri used tissue paper on canvas to depict the cluster species and the relevant chemistry/structural analysis that each manuscript discussed. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-552-6341.

Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners necessary. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

Eric Leadbetter: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Eric Leadbetter will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Saturday, May 12

Rogue Valley Bird Day: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day during Rogue Valley Bird Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free. Wildlife Images will show birds of prey, experts will lead guided bird walks, and participants can compete in a bird-calling contest for all ages. Call 541-488-6606 or email at brigette.cooke@ashland.or.us.

Talent Yard Sale: A citywide yard sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in Talent. The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at old Town Hall from 8 to 11 a.m. Also look for an heirloom tomato plant sale, next to the library; a plant sale in Ray’s Market parking lot; a bake sale at Talent Outdoor Discovery; a book sale at the library and more. Maps of sales will be available at Ray’s. See city of Talent on Facebook.com.

Ashland Plant Sale: The Ashalnd Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, in the Safeway parking lot, 585 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Perennials, trees, vegetable starts, herbs, bouquets and more will be available for purchase. Profits go towards a Southern Oregon University scholarship.