Things to do: Friday, Oct. 19
Dozens of artisans display handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting, through October at the Lithia Artisans Market along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. The market also features live music by local musicians. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.
Friday, Oct. 19
Halloween Art Exhibit: Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will open its annual “October Imaginarium,” an artfully twisted Halloween exhibit showing through Sunday, Oct. 28. The venue is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call 541-941-7057.
Folk Music: Tim Holt will present “Woody Guthrie and the Soul of America,” the story of Guthrie’s life and a sing-along, at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Medford Garden Club: The club meets at 1 p.m. the third Friday of the month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. On Friday, Oct. 19, the meeting will focus on flower arranging for your home. Participants are asked to bring a small flower container, flowers, greenery, and clippers to create an arrangement. Find Medford Oregon Garden Club on Facebook.
Folk Music: Tim Holt will present “The Songcatchers: John and Alan Lomax and the Search for American Roots Music” at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Holt will share such songs as “Cindy,” “John Henry,” “Old Joe Clark,” “Midnight Special” and “Home on the Range.” Call 541-864-8850 or see jcls.org.
Jurassic Quest: Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Admission is $20. For advance tickets see jurassicquest.com.
Make and Take: Kids 10 and older can learn about magnetism and make magnetic slime from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. See jcls.org or call 541-535-4163.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will hold a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Howiee’s on Front, 16 N. Front St., Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
Southern Oregon Social Singles: Southern Oregon Social Singles, a social group for single, divorced, widowed, separated or never married singles ages 50-70, will host a meet-and-greet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Friday of every month in the sports lounge at Lava Lanes, 2980 Crater Lake Highway, Medford. Admission is free. See meetup.com/southern-oregon-singles.
Spaghetti Feed: The Bellview Grange will host its third annual spaghetti dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Organic pasta and sauces, salad and desert will be served. A short comedy, “The Lift” by Diane Nichols, will follow dinner. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 541-535-1854.
Author Talk: Guy Finley will discuss his new book, “Relationship Magic: Waking up Together,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. A Q-and-A session and book-signing will follow. Admission is free. Call 541-476-1200 or see guyfinley.org.
West Coast Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. the third Friday of each month through December at Jazzercise Studio, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite O and P, at The Shoppes at Exit 24, Phoenix. Beginners’ instruction is at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for instruction and dance or $10 for dance only. High school students get in for half price with student ID. See soswingdance.com or call 541-324-7981.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee are served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The breakfast costs $7 or $5 for students with valid identification.
Poetry Reading: Poet Vince Wixon will present “What Prompted Me to Write This Poem?” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Wixion will share some of his poetry along with tips about how to use writing prompts to help the writing process. Call 541-774-8689.
British Car Club: British Car Club of Southern Oregon, now in its 32nd year, will hold a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the New Beginnings Christian Center, 270 W. Evans Creek Road, Rogue River. Look for a historical display and original art pieces by Grants Pass artist Jeff Hildreth, which will be raffled during the car show. It’s $10 to show a car, which must be a British make. Spectators get in free. Call 541-621-5505.
Lithia Artisans Market: Dozens of artisans display handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.
Victorian History Tour: Hear about Victorian mourning customs during a tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at the Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. The house will be decorated as a Victorian house in mourning and costumed docents will share the fashions, home décor, funeral etiquette, social behavior and personal mementos that honored the dearly departed in the late 1800s. Admission is $5. Call 541-245-3650 or email email@example.com.
Meet the Author: Meet regional authors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Bookmark Bookstore, 7561 Crater Lake Highway, White City. Authors will be on hand ask questions about writing and publishing. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-227-4877.
Historic Walking Tours: Hear about everything from old saloons to unsuccessful efforts to stop hogs and other livestock from roaming downtown markets and eating the produce when Ben Truwe leads free historic walking tours of downtown Medford from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. The tours start at the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s History Center, 106 N. Central Ave. To reserve a tour, call 541-773-8369.
Bilingual Story Time: A combined English and Spanish story time is at noon Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 541-864-8880 or see jcls.org.
Slime Sessions: Children are invited to make slime of all sorts from 12:30 to 2 p.m. every Saturday in October at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.
Movie Matinee: Family-friendly films are shown from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Free popcorn is served. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.
Wii Teens: Kids 11 and older can play a Wii video games from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.
Teen Mystery Event: Teens can help solve a murder mystery during the Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8685.
Celebration of Mind Gathering: In celebration of American mathematician Martin Gardner’s legacy, the Ruch library will host its second annual Celebration of Mind Gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the library, 7919 Highway 238. Learn how to fold a trihexaflexagon, draw pursuit curves, do card tricks, or explore optical illusions. See jcls.org or call 541-899-7438.
Teen Sew: Teens can learn to make a pattern and use a sewing machine to sew a flannel pillowcase from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. All materials and supplies, including sewing machines and fabric, are provided for this free program, open to youth ages 12 and older. To register, call 541-535-71090 or see jcls.org.
Kids Environmental Program: Kids and teens can participate in an interactive program and learn how their choices affect the Rogue River, as well as faraway life in the Pacific Ocean, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Environmental educator Hannah Kolni will teach kids and teens how the young environmentalist Boyan Slat and others inspired by him are helping to solve the problem of ocean trash. Participants will create a recycled art sculpture. Admission is free. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Library Tour: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will offer free tours of its research archive library from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the library, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. The collection includes the original 1883 Medford town plan, the Pinto Colvig (Bozo the Clown) papers, and the Peter Britt collection of 5000 glass plate negatives and prints, along with thousands of original newspapers, maps and photographs. Following the tour, vistors can ask questions, conduct research, or ask library volunteers to retrieve particular documents, photos or files. Regular library hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 541-773-6536.
Folk Music: Tim Holt will present “Ramblin’ Round Songs of the Open Road” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Look for songs by Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Woody Guthrie and others. Holt also will recite poems by Walt Whitman. Call 541-826-3313 or see jcls.org.
Puttin’ on the Glitz: Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host its annual fundraiser “Puttin’ on the Glitz” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Rogue Valley Country Club, 2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, and swing dancing with live music by Band du Pays Swing. Also look for live and silent auctions. Items on the block include art and collectibles, wine tours, cultural events, family adventures, restaurant gift certificates and more. All proceeds support Rogue Gallery & Art Center, a nonprofit art center in Southern Oregon. Tickets begin at $65 and are available online at roguegallery.org or call 541-772-8118.
Taste of Alba: Stroll through downtown Medford and taste local food paired with wine or beer from the Piedmont region of Italy from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Participating restaurants include Porters, Common Block Brewing, Larks, Grape Street and Elements. Tickets are $30 and include a complimentary wine glass and map and can be purchased at Vogel Plaza, corner of East Main Street and Central Avenue or online at medfordalba.com. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a raffle drawing at Porters for a trip to Alba. Tickets cost $100, with only 200 tickets for sale.
Celebrate the Rogue: The Rogue River Watershed Council will host a dinner and auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Food will be prepared by Chef Trullijo of Larks Restaurant, and live music will be preformed by Eight Dollar Mountain. The artist of this year’s “Celebrate the Rogue 2018” poster contest will be available for meet-and-greet, and an auction will be held. Tickets are $40 and available online at rogueriverwc.org or by calling 541-423-6158.
Contra Dance: Dances are held the third Saturday of each month at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners instruction begins at 7 p.m. and dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 20, calling is by Rich Goss with live music by Carr Family Band. No perfumes or scented oils, and clean bodies and clothes are encouraged. Admission is $10, $6 for students. Call 541-482-7751 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Oct. 21
Jacksonville Farmers Market: The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14 at the Historic Jacksonville Courthouse, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. More than 70 vendors offer local produce, fresh-baked goods, naturally raised beef, local seafood, beverages, treats, prepared foods, arts and crafts. Live music begins at 11:30 a.m. Pets are allowed. See jville.market.
Rogue Valley Rose Society: The Rogue Valley Rose Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 3625 N. River Road, Rogue River. Scott Goode, a retired environmental scientist, will talk about soil alchemy, exploring the role and interaction of the biological and mineral components of rich, healthy soil and provide tips and techniques to create fertile soils. Admission is free. Call 951-813-1940 or 541-680-6363.
Monday, Oct. 22
Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.
Schneider Museum of Art: “Terrain: The Space Between,” from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, featuring work by Vija Celmins, Judy Pfaff and Ed Ruscha in the Entry Gallery, along with Patrick Collier’s work “Field Burns” in the Main Gallery, and works by Susan Murrell and Carl Diehl, “Outland About,” in the Heiter and Treehaven galleries will be displayed through Jan. 5 at the Schneider Museum of Art, 555 Indiana St., at Southern Oregon University. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Adam Bateman, artist and Southern Oregon University faculty member, will give a lecture at 12:30 p.m. in the Meese Auditorium in the Art building. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-6245.
Color Mondays: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-744-6996 or see jcls.org.
Kid Time!: Kids in elementary school and younger can explore interactive exhibits and learn about the history of Oregon, construction and engineering, water systems and more at Kid Time! 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $10 for kids. Call 541-772-9922 or see kid-time.org.
Movie Classics: Classic films will be shown at 1 p.m. Mondays at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.
Children’s Chess Club: Kids 5 and older can play chess from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-774-6995 or see jcls.org.
The Ashland Country Dancers: English and Scottish country dancing will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. These community dance forms inspired square and contra dances. Instruction is available and no partner is necessary. Admission is $4.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: Fresh and organic produce, crafts and food trucks are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ashland National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See rvgrowersmarket.com.
ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum: A variety of interactive science exhibits are available at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Find upcoming events, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the museum. Southern Oregon Skywatchers will provide telescopes and a guided tour of the Moon, planets and other celestial objects. This event is free. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2 through 12 and 65 and older. Admission is $3 the first Sunday of every month. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.
Coloring and Cookies: Coloring is available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Coloring supplies and refreshments are provided. Call 541-826-3313 or see jcls.org.
Quilts & Genealogy: The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society hosts Quilts & Genealogy at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Sue Steward will talk about her mother and the numerous quilts her mother made in her lifetime; her “celebrity” family member, a sidekick of Gene Autry, and actor who played Mr. Haney in the television series, Green Acres; and more. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340 or email email@example.com for information.
Ballroom Dancing: Keyboard and horn player Dave Flick plays live music for ballroom dancing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Lessons are offered for $3, sign-ups at 12:15 p.m. with lessons beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. First-time visitors can dance for free, otherwise it’s $5. No partners are required. Call 541-664-3176.
Children’s Movies: Free kids’ films are shown at 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Free snacks are available. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.
Halloween Origami: Kids 5 through 12 can fold Halloween-inspired origami from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Refreshments will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Lecture: The Talent Historical Society hosts lectures from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Talent Historical Society Museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Jan Wright Admission will offer a talk about her experiences writing her newest book “Oregon Outcast: John Beeson’s Struggle for Justice for the Indians 1853-1889.” The book will be available for purchase and Wright will offer a signing following the presentation. Admission is free. Call 541-512-8838.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Lunchtime Movies: Free movies are shown from noon to 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Refreshments are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Book Sale: Book sales are held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Call 541-826-3313 or see jcls.org.
Origami: Children can practice the art of Japanese paper folding, or origami, at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Materials and instruction are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.
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.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Medford Growers Market: Fresh and organic produce, crafts and food carts are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hawthorne Park, corner of East Jackson and Hawthorne streets, Medford. See rvgrowersmarket.com.
Comedy Improv Sessions: Mighty Medford Improv-ers host free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The sessions are led by Thomas Hartmann, new to the Rogue Valley from Chicago, where he trained with Second City. All levels of experience are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Author Talk: Mark Gibson will discuss his book “How to Find Love Through Online Dating” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.