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Documentary at the library

A free showing of the award-winning documentary "Two in a Million: A Lasting Legacy," will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The film tells the stories of musicians Dave Marston and Robin Lawson, who died within weeks of each other in the summer of 2009 after contracting Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease, an extremely rare, noncontagious brain disorder that affects just one in a million people.

The event also offers a chance to visit with the filmmakers on the documentary, which played at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

The free film showing is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. For more information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

Havurah writing classes

Ashland author Debra Gordon Zaslow is taking registration now for an eight-week workshop, "Honing the Craft of Writing," which will take place from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday evenings, beginning Oct. 18 and running through Dec. 6, at the Havurah synagogue in Ashland. Participants bring in written pieces with the goal of honing skills and shaping each piece into its full potential. There also will be discussion of and exercises in the craft of writing, and some short in-class writing.

The class is limited to eight participants. Cost is $20 per class. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, email dvorat@aol.com or call 541-482-0088.

— Staff reports

Marijuana Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope to solve a common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction. Ashland's "Living in a Real World" is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Guanajuato Room 315, upstairs in the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University. Parking is free off Mountain Street, two blocks up from Siskiyou Boulevard. For information, call Bob at 541-520-3145.

University Toastmasters

University Toastmasters holds an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. this week. This is both a party and a meeting in one gathering. Light refreshments will be served and attendance is free. Visitors will have a chance to meet members, learn about the club and see how meetings might benefit them personally or professionally. Toastmasters is all aboutdeveloping better speaking and presentation skills, learning to speak with clarity extemporaneously, building strong leadership abilities and honing your listening skills

University Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Ashland library's Gresham Room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For information, call 541-324-8694, email shannon@sandhammer.com or see the website universitytm.org.

— Staff reports

Floral arrangements

"The Art of Ikebana" will open the 2011-12 lecture series presented by Friends of Hannon Library, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library in Meese Room 305.

Ikebana, the art of floral arrangement, emphasizes aspects of the plant — blossoms, stems, leaves — along with beauty in texture, line and form. Ikebana has had a presence in Japan for more than seven centuries. The oldest ikebana school was founded by Buddhist priests in the 15th century.

In the 1930s and postwar period, interest in ikebana spread and today it is estimated to be practiced by 15 million people in Japan, and thousands more around the world.

Barbara Longhurst will discuss ikebana and demonstrate the ancient art. Longhurst has extensive background in Asian studies and Japanese language, and was a 10-year resident of Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. A student of ikebana since 1995, Longhurst will be assisted by members of the Southern Oregon Sogetsu Study group.

For more information, call Sachi Fujikawa, 541-482-0756.

Pacific Crest Trail film

The Pacific Crest Trail Association will hold a free showing of the National Geographic Channel's "America's Wild Places: The Pacific Crest Trail" on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Southern Oregon University's Art Building at the Meese Auditorium. Two showings will be available at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This 50-minute film offers visually stunning highlights of the Pacific Crest Trail's unique features and breathtaking beauty. The film follows the 2650-mile trail through California, Oregon and Washington from the borders of Mexico to Canada.

Ian Nelson, the Big Bend Regional Representative of the Pacific Crest Trail Association, will be on hand to answer questions.

For information, contact Ian Nelson at the Pacific Crest Trail Association at 541-778-3252.

Newcomers welcome

New to Ashland? Come join the monthly gathering of an informal group of new and not-so-new members on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. for refreshments and conversation. Call Liz Murphy at 541-488-5407 or email liz.murphy@raymondjames.com for location and directions.

Women voters

League of Women Voters-Ashland has merged with League of Women Voters-Rogue Valley and will hold joint meetings from now on. The October meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Talent Library, 101 Home St. in Talent. An optional brown bag lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the program to begin at noon. Featured speaker will be Herb Rothchild, retired political science professor from LSU who wlll discus "The Federal Budget, Myths and Realities."

Dues will be collected from new and returning members for the coming year. For more information, contact Mickey Ketchum 541-773-2968.

OSF town hall

The public is invited to join the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Executive Director Paul Nicholson and Artistic Director Bill Rauch for a Town Hall meeting titled "Community, Connection & Conversation." The free event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the New Theatre. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Coming to the end of this season, Nicholson and Rauch, on behalf of the entire company, would like to take the opportunity to thank and connect with the community, who helped OSF weather the biggest crisis in the Festival's 76 year history, and offer the chance for attendees to ask about the upcoming season, OSF's financial position, and discuss any other topics.

The public is invited to submit items for discussion online to: townhall@osfashland.org<mailto:townhall@osfashland.org>. Please submit comments by end of day, October 21.

'Bin Laden's Legacy'

Author Daveed Gartenstein-Ross speaks at the Havurah Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m on "Bin Laden's Legacy" at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave.

Gartenstein-Ross, the author of "Bin Laden's Legacy," is often featured as a speaker at conferences sponsored by academic institutions, policy institutes, and the U.S. military, and has been called upon as a consultant to deal with problems ranging from hostage negotiations and border security to story development for major media companies.

Suggested donation of $2-$12 accepted. Books will be available for sale. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

Brain Books Discussion Group

Enjoy a savvy, witty guide to neuroscience when the Brain Books Discussion Group examines chapters four through seven of "Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique" by Michael S. Gazzaniga, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? Gazzaniga pinpoints the change that made us thinking, sentient humans different from our predecessors. He explores what makes human brains special, the importance of language and art in defining the human condition, the nature of human consciousness, and even artificial intelligence.

The group will finish the discussion of this book at the November meeting. For more information, please call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

Author Night: Greg Jemsek

Learn about "Quiet Horizon: Releasing Ideology and Embracing Self-Knowledge" by author Greg Jemsek on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Jemsek is a transpersonal psychotherapist, organizational consultant, coach, and author.

Quiet Horizon is written for people who want to pursue self-knowledge without doing so ideologically. It is for those who have explored ideologies and realized that despite the wisdom they contain, accessing that wisdom is never worth the price of compromising one's sovereignty.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. For more information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

Siskiyou Sleuths

The Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group will be discussing author Harlan Coben's "Caught" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

For more information, please call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

Ski Patrol volunteers

The Crater Lake Ski Patrol is seeking volunteers. Two mandatory training sessions at Crater Lake National Park are scheduled for Nov. 5-6 and Dec. 3-4. During these sessions, volunteers will sign up for three ski patrol weekends between December, 2011 and April, 2012. Housing is provided for these mandatory training and patrol weekends

Members of the ski patrol learn wilderness first aid, survival and ski skills, map, compass, and GPS use, winter shelter construction, ropes, avalanche awareness, search and rescue protocols, trail breaking and maintenance, and helicopter safety. Additional training sessions are offered to give patrollers the skills they need to handle emergency situations in a winter environment that can be life threatening for those who are unprepared.

For more information and an application, check out the ski patrol website at www.craterlakeskipatrol.org. Additional questions may be emailed to Ellen at elrube@mind.net.

Nature Story Time

The Northwest Nature Shop offers a free weekly nature story time for children of all ages at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the shop, 154 Oak St.

Children will hear stories on bugs, bears, birds, jungles and more. For more information, call 541-482-3241.

Scrabble Club

The Ashland Scrabble Club meets from 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays at The Beanery, 1602 Ashland St. All levels of expertise are welcome. For more information, call Travis at 541-227-9633 or e-mail travischaney@jeffnet.org.

Caregivers' support group

The Family Caregivers' Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the parish hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. For information call 541-488-0962 or 541-488-1992.