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Things To Do: April 12 - 19

Friday, April 12

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

Book It Group: Adults are invited to meet with Central Point library staff to discuss and share favorite reads in a casual book group setting at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, at La Burrita, 1501 N.E. F St., Grants Pass. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Evergreen Ballroom: Dance to a mix of ballroom, Latin and swing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Dance instruction in beginning ballroom is at 7:30 p.m. No partner or experience required. Admission is $8, $6 after 8:30, and $6 for kids. Age 12 and younger get in free but must be accompanied by an adult. See evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.

Saturday, April 13

Bake Sale: The American Legion Auxiliary Junior Girls Unit 15 will hold a bake sale beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at American Legion Post 15, 100 E. Jackson St., Medford. Proceeds will support the Junior Unit, which is raising money to attend the district meetings and convention. Call 541-776-9085.

Book Sale: Oregon Books and Games will hold a pay-what-you-want book sale for local nonprofit organizations from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, in the parking lot of the bookstore, 150 N.E. E St., Grants Pass. The April book sale profits will be split between Joe’s Place — a community group dedicated to giving youth a safe place to come, learn and engage in a healthy life structure — and the Josephine County Library Foundation. Call 541-476-3132 or see oregonbooks.com.

Lithia Artisans Market: Over 40 artisans display and sell 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.

Pear Blossom Festival: The annual Pear Blossom parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Beatty Street and North Central Avenue and travels to downtown Medford, where it turns right on West Main Street, then disperses at Mistletoe Street. A street fair in Pear Blossom Park, adjacent to Common Block Brewing Company, will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, April 12, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Food, art and handmade crafts will be available from over 150 vendors. Rock band 221 Fly, along with Seth Hansson, will perform a mix of Southern-style rock and blues at 6 p.m. Friday, and on Saturday, rockers Flat Patty and Not Too Shabby will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits in the amphitheater at the park. The Pear Blossom 5K, 10-mile and fun run races are set for 7 a.m., 7:50 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., respectively on Saturday. The Pedals ‘N Pears bicycling event starts at 9 a.m. See pearblossomparade.org for information.

Second Saturday Arts: Make seasonal crafts to share the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at the Applegate library, 18485 N. Applegate Road, and at 2 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-846-7346 or 541-774-6996.

4-H Rabbit Exhibit: Local 4-H members will display a variety of rabbits to pet and hold from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. 4-H members will also share their knowledge of raising and caring for rabbits. Admission is free. Call 541-499-2198.

Author Talk: Local author Andrea Children will offer a signing and discuss her book, “On the Edge — Help and Hope for Parenting Children with Mental Illness,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Oregon Books and Games, 150 N.E. E St., Grants Pass. Admission is free. Call 541-476-3132 or see oregonbooks.com.

Family Art Day: Kids and families can create and explore art from noon to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. All ages are welcome and materials are provided. Admission is free. No preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

Maker Day: Teens 11 to 18 can explore LEGO Mindstorm, Littlebits and Sphero electronics and robotic sets from noon to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children 8 through 10 may join in if accompanied by an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive, in-depth introduction to “As You Like It” at noon Saturday, April 13, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 541-482-4331 or see osfashland.org.

Poetry Discussion Group: Retired English teacher Burt Eikleberry will present poems from various poets and lead a discussion group at noon Saturday, April 13, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Share and talk about favorite poems from Shakespeare, Plath, Tennyson, Arnold, Cummings and others. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8850.

Introspective Writing Group: Join the group and learn tools and techniques for exploring your inner self through writing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

Saturday Handweavers Guild: Those interested in weaving, spinning and other fiber arts can meet at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month September through June. The April meeting will be held at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. All skill levels are welcome. Email at k.mallams1@gmail.com or call 541-292-7879.

Teen Random Fandom: Teens are invited to meet to discuss a variety of literary and pop culture topics from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. On Saturday, April 13, the topic is Christopher Paolini’s “Inheritance Cycle” series, from “Eragon” to “Inheritance.” Refreshments will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8685.

Author Book Signing:Claire Krulikowski will sign copies of her travel memoir, “Moonlight on the Ganga,” from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rebel Heart Books, 157 W. California St., Jacksonville. Call 541-702-2665.

Author Talk: Ashland-based outdoor writer, John Soares will talk about his books “Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions,” and “100 Classic Hikes: Northern California,” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8685.

Poetry Recitation: British actor John Rainer will present a poetry recitation “The British Poets Laureate: 1616 to the Present” at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Rainer will present poems from all the British poets who have been named poet laureate. Admission is $5 to $10. Call 541-774-8679.

Star Promenaders: The club hosts A-1 and A-2 dancing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Pre-rounds are from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and plus dancing is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Square-dance attire is appreciated. Bring finger food to share. Suggested donation is $4. Call 541-855-7884.

Sunday, April 14

Breakfast: Lake Creek Grange will host a breakfast and farmers market from 8 to 10 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the grange, 1565 S. Fork Little Butte Road, Lake Creek. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, fruit, juice coffee and tea will be served. Cost is $7; $3 for children. Look for local jams, breads, pickles, crafts and more. Call 541-951-5681.

Sundays at the Farm: Historic Hanley Farm hosts open houses from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through May 26. Visitors can stroll the Shakespeare garden, orchards, vineyards and producing fields at the farm, see the chickens, sheep and lambs, hear live music and take part in gardening activities from 11:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch prepared by local chefs using farm-fresh food. Farmhouse tours are available from noon to 3 p.m. Admission to the farm is free; Hanley house tours are $5, $3 for kids 12 and younger. See sohs.org.

Medford Railroad Park: The park, at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue in Medford, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month April through October. Visitors can ride diesel trains and a motor car, see unique model railroad layouts and the Hogwarts Express, send and receive telegrams, tour historical railroad equipment and more. Also visit the park’s new butterfly garden. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. See ci.medford.or.us.

Big Tree Tour: Friends of Lithia Park will guide a 40-minute walking tour of large, legacy trees at noon Sunday, April 14, at Lithia Park in Ashalnd. Learn about firs, redwoods, sequoias, cedars, pines and more. Meet at the picnic tables between the Sycamore Grove and the Japanese Garden on Granite Street All ages welcome, and admission is free. See tinyurl.com/FirGrove or call 541-488-9474.

Jane Austen Society: The group will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The influence of “Pride and Prejudice” on Elizabeth Gaskell’s “North and South” will be discussed. Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.

Author Talk: Ashland-based outdoor writer John Soares will talk about his books “Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions,” and “100 Classic Hikes: Northern California,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

LUKEs: An instructive, play-together library ukulele session will be held at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Sessions will be led by Barbara Meredith, Patty Devon and Marlene Riegel of the Plaza Players. Ukulele kits are available to checkout from the Medford library for three weeks at time, with two possible renewals. Sheet music with uke chords and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-8689.

Community Chant: Explore chants from various global traditions at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. No singing experience necessary. Admission by donation. Call 707-382-8641.

Monday, April 15

Center for the Visual Arts: New student and community art exhibits will be displayed through Sunday, April 28, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Jae Lamar’s work “High Yellow Redbone Blues” in the Retzlaff Gallery; “Unity,” a group exhibition of work by SOU students and community members, in the Thorndike Gallery; and a group exhibition throughout the Marion Ady building, “Best of the Best,” made up of work by Rogue Valley high school students. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-621-6605.

Teen Movie Monday: Teens can watch “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The film is rated PG-13. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

Author Talk: Sierra Faith will discuss her new book, “Absolutely Adored – Stop Choosing Narcissistic Men and Finally Be a Well-Loved Woman,” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Astrology in Ashland: Local astrologer Steve Wolfson will speak about heart-centered chart interpretation at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is $7. Call 541-482-8988 or see astrologyinashland.org.

Tuesday, April 16

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: Seasonal fruits and vegetables, crafts, specialty foods, drinks and more are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See rvgrowersmarket.com.

History Presentation: Historian Larry Smith will present “Lost and Marooned at Crater Lake,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Smith will share the fate of a 19-year-old traveler lost at Crater lLke, and tell the story about the 12-year-old boy who was “marooned at Crater Lake” for the winter in 1915. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340, email reception.jcgl@gmail.com or stop by the genealogy library for a full listing.

Tuesday Afternoon Knitters: Crocheters, knitters and tatters of all skill levels can gather, share ideas and create new pieces from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-326-2035 or find Tuesday Afternoon Knitters on Facebook.

Travel Stories: History buffs and travelers Dan and Carol Nielson will give a free presentation on Texas at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Hear travel stories and history of the Alamo, San Antonio and Riverwalk, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett. See jcls.org or call 541-878-8870.

Author Talk: Rick Snyder will discuss his new book, “Decisive Intuition: Use Your Gut Instincts to Make Smart Business Decisions,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Wednesday, April 17

Documentary Film Screening: The film “Rogue Heroes,” a documentary filmed at Medford Comic Con and Meadowlark Comic Con in 2018, which examines comic con culture, will be shown at noon Wednesday, April 17, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The filmmaker, Kitty Cable, speaks with fans, organizers, supporters and enthusiasts about their sources of inspiration and the ways in which people use this inspiration in their lives. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8685.

Harry Potter Trivia Night: Kids 13 and older can match wits, compare costumes and compete for prizes against other “Muggles” and “Wizards” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Children 12 and younger may participate with an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-535-4163.

Thursday, April 18

Bridging the Divide: Marla Estes and Rob Schläpfer will lead a free conversation “How Do We Get Beyond Left and Right?” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Explore ideas on how to move toward effective political change based on cooperation. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

Rogue Valley Flying Club: Aviation enthusiasts can meet the third Thursday of each month through November at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, 1501 Sage Road, Medford. A no-host dinner and social time begins at 6 p.m. The business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. See rvfc.club.

Poetry Reading: Kim Stafford, Oregon’s ninth poet laureate, will give a reading of select poems, featuring “How to Sleep Cold” and “Wild Honey, Tough Salt” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Rock Garden Society: The Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Medford First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford. The group usually meets the second Tuesday of each month from September through May, with the exception of April. On Thursday, April 18, plantsman Ger van den Beuken from the Netherlands, will present a special program as part of the North American Rock Garden Society International Speakers Tour. His talk will spotlight some of the plants we can grow here in the Pacific Northwest, including saxifrages, Androsace, Dionysia and Daphne. Refreshments will be served. See siskiyousummits.weebly.com.

Friday, April 19

Medford Garden Club: The club meets at 1 p.m. the third Friday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. On Friday, April 19, Scott Ford, manager of Lowe’s Garden Center, and his associate, Yesenia Delaotostano, will discuss new gardening tools, products, and supplies as well as other services that Lowe’s offers. Find Medford Oregon Garden Club on Facebook or call 541-773-6884.

Book Sale: Book sales are held from 1 to 4 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Costs are by donation. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

Science Lecture: Carolina Livi, professor of biology at Southern Oregon University, will present “Diet Interventions: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the science auditorium at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. This presentation will focus on diet interventions and the validity of health benefit claims made, and scientific research projects. This lecture is a follow up to the June 2018 talk “Anti-Aging Interventions.” Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Call 541-552-6341 or email at tuckera1@sou.edu.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Joe’s Sports Bar & Grill, 2061 Roberts Road, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Art du Jour Gallery: A reception for watercolor artists Marianne Nielsen and Marilyn Zupan will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford. Look for watercolor paintings of animals, flowers, England’s country landscapes and rustic stone homes and bridges. Live music will be performed by Rod Petrone. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Find the gallery on Facebook, see artdujourgallery.com or call 541-770-3190.

Evergreen Ballroom: Dance to a mix of ballroom, Latin and swing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Dance instruction in waltz and cha cha is at 7:30 p.m. No partner or experience required. Admission is $8, $6 after 8:30, and $6 for kids. Age 12 and younger get in free but must be accompanied by an adult. See evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.

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