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Friday, April 26

Gem and Mineral Show: The Rogue Gem and Geology Club will hold its 34th annual Gem and Mineral Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass. Admission on Friday is free; admission on Saturday and Sunday is $2, $1 for seniors and students. Kids 11 and younger get in free. Vendors will display and sell items including rocks, gems, minerals, handcrafted jewelry, rough rock, rock slabs and more. Also look for raffles, door prizes, silent auction, exhibits, kids games and activities. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Call 310-675-6771.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Jefferson Spirits, 404 E. Main Street, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Empty Bowls Supper: Ashland Peace House will hold its annual Empty Bowls Supper fundraiser from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. A second seating will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Choose a handmade bowl created by a local potter, and enjoy soup prepared by area restaurants. Local bakeries will donate bread and dessert. Admission is $25, $10 for students and children 12 and younger get in free. Tickets can be purchased at peacehouse.net or at the door. Proceeds will benefit ACCESS, Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Food Angels and Uncle Foods Diner. Email info@peacehouse.net of call 541-482-9625.

Rogue Gallery and Art Center: A reception for local teen artists will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The exhibition, on display through Friday, May 3, is a culmination of Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s annual project which pairs professional artists with Rogue Valley high school students for intensive study and interaction. Look for a variety of media and styles, including pastel, acrylic and oil painting, printmaking and photography. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

Spring Dance Showcase: Evergreen Ballroom will host its annual Spring Showcase Friday, April 26, at the ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and dance shoes from The Glass Slipper will be available. A beginners dance lesson will be offered at 7:30, dance demonstrations and open dancing will be from 8 to 9:30, and dancing to ballroom, Latin and swing will be from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Admission is $8, $6 for kids and free for ages 12 and younger. Call 541-826-8000 or see evergreenballroom.com.

Artist Talk: Artist Katy Cauker will give a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Cauker’s work, “Finding Form”, a collection of paintings which explore the shape and form of water and the farmlands of the Rogue Valley, will be displayed through Friday, May 31. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

Saturday, April 27

Breakfast: The Jacksonville Odd Fellows will host a sourdough pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Jacksonville Odd Fellows Hall, 175 S. Oregon St., Jacksonville. Hash browns, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and homemade biscuits and gravy will also be served. Admission is $8, for all you can eat, $4 for children 12 and younger. See Independent Order of Odd Fellows Historic Lodge #10 on Facebook.

Car Show: A car and motorcycle show will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Eagle Point High School, 203 N. Platt Ave. The show, hosted by Eagle Point High School’s Skills USA Chapter and the industrial mechanics students, will feature over 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles. Also look for raffles, food trucks, an auto swap meet and more. The proceeds and donations from this event will help fund two $500 college scholarships for industrial mechanics students and helps finance all of the traveling expenses to the state convention and Skills USA competitions for students. Admission is free, $15 to enter a vehicle. Call 541-830-6397 or find Thomas Ussary Memorial Car & Motorcycle Show on Facebook.com.

Medford Garden Club: The club will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Umpqua Bank parking lot, 1211 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. Look for a variety of plants, gardening items and books. Proceeds to benefit high school horticultural student projects. Find Medford Oregon Garden Club on Facebook or call 541-773-6884.

Doll Show: The Dolls of the Attic club will hold a doll show and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Rogue Valley Christian Church, 1440 Oakdale Ave., Medford. The sale will feature dolls, bears, furniture, clothes and other related items. Also look for displays of collectors’ favorite dolls, door prizes and a raffle for two Terri Lee dolls. Admission is $2; ages 12 and younger get in free. Raffle tickets are $1 each, $5 for six or $20 for 30 tickets. Call 541-535-8955 or 541-441-7840.

Bling Fling: The Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center will host its annual used jewelry sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at the Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center, 228 N. Holly St., Medford. Modern costume jewelery, vintage designs, collectible pieces and more will be available for purchase. All sales benefit the vision and hearing programs of the Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center. Call 541-779- 3653.

Plant Sale: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will hold its annual Hanley Heritage Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, between Central Point and Jacksonville. Offerings include lilacs, hellebores, columbine, peonies, iris, daylilies, herbs, rose bushes and green fig trees. Many of the items were cultivated from plants, shrubs and trees on the historic farmhouse property. Wagon rides, children’s activities and food will be available. See sohs.org.

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.

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.

Living History Tour: Interact with Beekman family and friends the fourth Saturday of each month through May. Experience Depression-era Jacksonville, where miners are digging up streets, hobos are hoping for handouts, and the Beekman children are closing up their 1873 Jacksonville home, going through family belongings, commenting on current affairs, and sharing memories of life in the late 1800s. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. at the Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Admission is $8 adults, $5 seniors and students. Proceeds benefit local historic preservation projects. Email at info@historicjacksonville.org or call 541-245-3650.

Wildlife Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will give a presentation, “Mammals of Southern Oregon,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. This program features 16-plus real animal skulls and furs for the audience to handle and interact with, as well as a hands-on activity making your own animal tracks. No live animals will be present. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.

LEGO Time: Kids are invited to build and display their own creations based on monthly themes from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

A Taste of Ashland: The Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fundraising event, A Taste of Ashland, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday April 27-28, at 17 different venues throughout town. Restaurants, wineries, galleries and others team up to offer food and drink pairings for participants who stroll about viewing art. Tickets are $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only, or $45 for Sunday only. A free shuttle will be available to offer rides to all galleries, though most are within walking distance. For more information and tickets, call 541-951-9442 or see atasteofashland.com. Tickets and commemorative wine glasses can also be purchased and picked up at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday through Friday, April 20-26, or at the Ashland Art Center 357 East Main St., Ashland.

Tales and Tunes: The Kingston Trio — Bob Haworth, John Hollis, and Andrew Brock — will present a tribute to 25 of The Kingston Trio’s most popular tunes from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. The band will also share stories about the band. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8850.

Waggin’ Tales Used Book Sale: Friends of the Animal Shelter’s pay-what-you-want book sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Book purchases, made by cash or check only, support FOTAS programs. Call 917-602-9074.

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive, in-depth introduction to “Mother Road” at noon Saturday, April 27, 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.

Rainbow Storytime: LGBTQ+, friends and family can listen to “A Family is a Family is a Family” by Sara O’Leary, “A Tale of Two Daddies” By Vanita Oelschlager, and more at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Following the storytime, cupcakes will be available for decorating. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.

Book Signing: Oregon author G. A. Cockerham will offer a signing of her novels “Murder On The Oregon Coast” and “Murder On The Wind,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. The books are the first two in her O’Toole/Starker murder-mystery series. Cockerham will also provide a sneak preview of her latest book, “Murder Replete.” See colorandwordsbygeorgia.com or call 541-858-0203.

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.

Taste of the Rogue: Note: This event is sold out. The annual auction and food and wine festival that features more than a dozen local restaurants and wineries will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley headquarters, 203 S.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $125, and all proceeds benefit local Boys & Girls Clubs. See begreat4kids.com.

Sunday, April 28

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.

Bright Line Eating: A no-host luncheon will be held at noon Sunday, April 28, at Larks Restaurant, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. A presentation will be given about Bright Line Eating. Call 541-659-1196 or 541-499-6662.

Rogue Valley Rose Society: The Rogue Valley Rose Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 3625 N. River Road, Rogue River. Barbara Gordon will present “ Rose Design and Arrangements.” Admission is free. Call 541-218-2130 or 541-287-2268.

Art Salon: Local artists will present digital images of their work and discuss the evolution of their art at 2 p.m. the last Sunday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. On Sunday, April 28, Micah Ofstedahl will share his inspiration and work through the mediums of painting, sculpture and ceramics. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6996.

Friendship Force: Sarah Sissum, a Jacksonville resident studying at Southern Oregon University, will talk about her experiences both at the University of Winchester in England and beyond through the Study Abroad program during fall 2018, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Royal Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1055 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Friendship Force is a nonprofit, cultural organization focused on promoting understanding and cultural education through home stays. Admission is free. Call 541-896-1232 or see ffsoregon.org.

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 29

Poetry Reading: The “Somewhat Rogue” group, comprising Ann Lovett, Linda Jaffe and Kim Hamilton, will read a selection of their poems at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, April 30

Writing Presentation: Learn how to write a short memoir in a single sitting using a simple method from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Participants will be given a simple method and offered sample sentences as prompts and a chance to share what they’ve written. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.

Wednesday, May 1

Lithia Park Nature Walks: Naturalists lead free, 90-minute walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays through Sept. 29. The walks are available on Saturdays 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, Alice Mullaly, retired educator and current researcher, will present “Central Point: A Crossroads Through Time,” at noon Wednesday, May 1, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The third largest city in Jackson County, Central Point has a rich history. This illustrated talk will introduce the audience to some of the people and events that made Central Point what it is today. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

Film Screening: The 2018 documentary “Eating Animals” will be shown at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The film looks at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Admission is free.

Thursday, May 2

Stamp Club: The Southern Oregon Philatelic Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, for its semi-annual auction of stamps, postal history, album, postcards and collecting supplies. Collectors of all ages may share their interests. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-770-1689.

Hiking Presentation: Historian and backcountry adventurer William Sullivan, author of “100 Hikes” books on Oregon, will give presentation, “New Hikes of Central and Southern Oregon,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak. St., Ashland. Learn about the Jack-Ash Trail and updated trail information related to recent fire effects. Sullivan will also make note of the geology, wildlife, and history of many of the trails in his presentation. Admission is free. See northwestnatureshop.com or call 541-482-3241.

Author Talk: Local author Clay Dickerson will present his book of memoirs, “Fire At My Feet,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Friday, May 3

Center for the Visual Arts: New student and community art exhibits will be displayed through Friday May 24, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Anna McGrath’s work, “When I Live My Dream,” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Thomas Fisher’s work, “The Company I Keep,” in the Thorndike Gallery; Hayley Weak’s “Home Away from Home” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Patrick Vogel’s work, “Beautiful View, Magnificent Desolation,” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; Rafael Ordorica’s collection, “On Form and Function,” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; and a group exhibition, “The Voice of the Art Students,” by the Contemporary Drawing & Painting Art Class in the JELD WEN Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, and refreshments will be provided. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-621-6605.

First Friday Craft: Make seasonal craft projects the first Friday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Applegate library, 18485 N. Applegate Road. Refreshments will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-846-7346.

Artist Reception: A reception for artist Wendy Daniel will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at La Baguette Music Cafe, 340 A. St., Ashland. Daniel’s solo exhibition features acrylic paintings and multimedia collage. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. See labaguettemusiccafe.com.

First Friday Art Walk: Galleries, restaurants and studios in downtown Ashland and its Railroad District unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Some artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues. Art & Soul Gallery will hold an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. for watercolorist Charlotte Peterson’s work “Come the Spring with All Its Splendor.” For a full listing of events and participating galleries, see ashlandgalleries.com.

Historic Candlelight Tour: Explore the secrets and mysteries of Jacksonville’s historic Beekman Bank on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4. Regional historian Ben Truwe pursues secrets lost with the last Beekman in 45-minute candlelight tours beginning at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people, and reservations are required. Flashlights also are required. Proceeds benefit the preservation and maintenance of the landmark. Email info@historicjacksonville.org or call 541-245-3650.

The Avengers and Super Mario Characters hold a photo shoot during the Medford Comic Con at the Jackson County Library on Saturday. (Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune)