Things To Do: May 3 - 10
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-245-3650.
Saturday, May 4
Talent Garden Club: The club meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Talent library, 101 Home St.Email email@example.com.
Wildflower Show: The 38th annual Wildflower Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, at the Shady Cove School gym on Cleveland Street, one block off of Highway 62. More than 200 local labeled wildflowers will be on display. Garden plants, house plants, garden gifts, used gardening books and other items will be for sale. Also look for a silent auction, face painting and monarch butterfly display. Admission is by donation. Proceeds benefit Jackson County Fire District No. 4. Call 541-878-3420.
Central Point Artisan Market: Food and handcrafted items are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday May through September on the Artisan Corridor near Rogue Creamery, 419 N. Front St., Central Point. This open air market includes arts, crafts, farm and foraged goods, coffee, pastries and more. Call 541-664-5301 or see centralpointchamber.org.
Writing Presentation: Willamette Writers will host Southern Oregon University professor Craig Wright, who will present “Works of the Imagination: Occurrences” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third St. Learn about how what occurs on the page affects the reader. Admission is $10. See willamettewriters.org or call 971-200-5385.
Chihuahua Races: The 10th annual “Chihuahua and Small Amigo Dog Races” will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Howiee’s on Front, 16 N. Front Street, Medford. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Race registration is free. Also look for costume contests and raffle drawings. Friends of the Animal Shelter will be selling raffle tickets and other race-related merchandise, with proceeds supporting FOTAS programs benefiting the animals at Jackson County Animal Services. Call 541-774-6651.
Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive, in-depth introduction to “Mother Road” at noon Saturday, May 4, 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.
Bats in the Library: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Bats in the Library” at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Learn about these flying mammals and their important role in the ecosystem. The program features six different species of preserved bat specimens, a bat skeleton and bat echolocation sounds. The audience will receive instructions on building a bat house, bat ID sheets and coloring pages following the presentation. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8850.
Art Presence Art Center: A reception for fabric artist Diana Rasmussen will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the art center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Rasmussen’s work, “A Season of Kimono,” will be on exhibit through the month of May. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Call 541-941-7057.
Teen Gamer Day: Teens can play classic and new board games, Giant Jenga, or Wii from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Arbor Day Celebration: The city of Medford will hold a free Arbor Day Celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Hawthorne Park, corner of East Jackson and Hawthorne streets, Medford. Highlights include a Tree City USA award presentation, keynote speaker Arborist Mario Vaden, ceremonial tree planting and live animal ambassadors for Badger Run Wildlife Rehab. Also look for information booths, children’s activities, bounce house, police car display and free tree seedlings. Call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.
Queer Coffee House: The Ashland library will host a social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland Librarian Elanna Erhardt will facilitate group introductions, LGBTQ+ current events, a queer book talk, and a roundtable discussion. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.
Hearts & Hops: Sample beer and food from local and regional vendors at the Hearts & Hops charity fundraiser from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Pear Blossom Park, 312 E. Fourth St., Medford. Live music will be performed by The Brothers Reed with Buckle Rash, and The John Dough Boys band. Also look for a food and beer pairing competition and a silent auction. Tickets are $75. Must be 21 or older to attend and a dress code of resort casual (collared shirts for men required) is required. All proceeds will fund grants for local organizations actively working to serve, educate and help prevent domestic violence in our region. For tickets see heartsandhops.com or call 541-770-0189.
Jazz Fest: Grants Pass High School Band Boosters will host “Swingin’ Through the Ages” 2019 Jazz Fest, Saturday, May 4, at Grants Pass High School, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. The evening kicks off with a silent auction and a $10 bento-style dinner with meat or vegetarian options from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with live music performed by the GP Middle School jazz bands. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., look for performances featuring special guests the Quadraphonnes, an all-female saxophone quartet from Portland, Western Oregon University Latin Jazz Ensemble, Portland State University Vocal Collective, Rogue Gold, and the GPHS Jazz Band. Tickets for the show are $15, $10 for seniors and students. Desserts will be available for purchase at intermission. Tickets are available in Grants Pass at Roe Motors, 201 N.E. Seventh St.; Kelly Automotive, 1661 N.E. Sixth St.; at the GP high school main office, or at the door. Proceeds to benefit GPHS band programs.
Sunday, May 5
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.
Northwest Bird Club: Owners of pet birds meet at 1 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at Rogue Valley Meadows, 2385 Table Rock Road, Medford. Refreshments are provided. Call 541-826-4133.
Documentary Film Screening: The nonprofit group, TLC Transitional Life Care, will hold a free screening of the documentary films “The Lion’s Roar — The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa,” and “Advice from Yangthang Rinpoche” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Admission is free, and popcorn will be served. Call 510-652-1895.
Cico De Mayo Celebration: The Phoenix Clubhouse will hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the clubhouse, 310 N. Main St., Phoenix. Look for live music performances by The Shaky Harlots, TBA, The Elephant, Sam Warner & Friends, Taurie Michele Music, Chase Valentine Music and Joel Zimmerman. Food and margaritas will be available for purchase. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets at $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets available online at phoenixclubhouse.com/upcoming-events.
Monday, May 6
Student Art Exhibit: Rogue Community College will hold its annual student art exhibit beginning through Thursday, May 9, at the RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Look for a broad range of media and subjects. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rogue Fly Fishers Club: Learn or hone fly casting skills at 6 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 10, at Hedrick Middle School’s athletic field, 1501 E. Jackson St, Medford. The group does not meet on holidays or rainy days. Lined fly rods are available or bring your own. The lead instructor is a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting instructor. See rogueflyfishers.org.
Film & Trivia: Join film buff Steven Mayerson and librarian Elanna Erhardt for an evening of camp film and trivia featuring “Sextette” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6996.
Author Talk: Ruth Anne Rhine will discuss her book, “Pocket Guide for Lightworkers from Archangel Metatron,” at 7 p.m. Monday May 6, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Tuesday, May 7
Spring Storytime: Preschoolers are invited to a spring-themed story time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Children will have the opportunity to plant seeds in the Medford Children’s Garden following the story time. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8678.
Books at Noon: This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.
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.
Pub Talk: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host a free historical talk at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. On Tuesday, May 7, Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Archivist, Pat Harper, will present “Survivors of War: Indian Women in Jacksonville.” Most indigenous Americans in the Rogue Valley were forced onto the Table Rock Reservation in the 1850s, and then on to the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations, though some Indian women remained in Jacksonville and surrounding settlements. Harper will explore who these ladies were, where they lived, and how they managed to get by. Call 541-773-6536.
Cuba Film Series: The documentary film “Salud (Health)” will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The film explores neighborhood health clinics in Cuba and the Latin America School of Medicine. A Q-and-A session and discussion will follow the film. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:40 p.m. See pastorsforpeace.org or call 541-482-8915 for information.
Wednesday, May 8
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 8, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. 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.
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.
Origami for Kids: Children ages 5-12 can learn how to fold a variety of interesting origami creations from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Writer’s Critique: A writing critique will be held at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. The group is open to eight writers of any genre with work in progress. Writers must present their own writing for supportive critiques, as well as provide the same to fellow writers. Group members commit to reading five pages per month of each group member’s work. Registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Author Talk: Local author James Adams will discuss his new book, “Artificial Intelligence- Confronting the Revolution,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Thursday, May 9
Phoenix Book Club: Discuss books on select topics at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Phoenix Library, 510 W. First St. Readers can choose fiction or nonfiction as monthly topics. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6408.
History Lecture: Local historian Bill Miller will present “Voices of the Modoc War” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. The Modoc War of 1872 to 1873 lasted a little over five months. Miller will bring the conflict to life by sharing military transcripts, letters, newspaper clippings and memories of Modoc survivors to articulate the thoughts and feelings of those who were closely involved in the struggle. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.
Birding Lecture: Natural history author Harry Fuller will present “Klamath Basin: Water and Waterfowl” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Hannon Library, located on Southern Oregon University’s campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Fuller will explain why the Klamath Basin is such a rich birding location, as well as how the area came to be one of the first wildlife refuges. Fuller’s birding journal can be accessed online at atowhee.blog. Admission is free. Email at email@example.com or call 541- 552-6816 for free parking information.
Mountain Climbing Presentation: Nick Meyers, Climbing Ranger & Avalanche Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Mount Shasta Ranger District, will present “ Climbing Mount Shasta: Tips for All Climbers,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Meyers will talk about the Avalanche Gulch route and some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Admission is free. See northwestnatureshop.com or call541-482-3241.
Open Mic Without a Mic Poetry Reading: The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will host its open-mic readings at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Registration is at 6:30 p.m., and readings at 7 p.m. The suggested theme for January is “Mom, and Loved Ones Gone.” Call Dave Harvey at 541-512-1007 for information.
Makers & Hackers Night: Join Rogue Hack Lab to exercise your creativity and tap into your inner geek with DIY projects from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Author Talk: Leslie Compton will discuss her nonfiction narrative book, “That’s Just The Way Life Is,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Friday, May 10
Quilt Show: Rogue Valley Piecemakers will hold its 39th annual quilt show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass. More than 200 quilts will be displayed with this year’s theme “Wild Things.” Look for demonstrations, door prizes, raffles and more. Tickets to win the quilt “Wild Poppies” will be sold with proceeds benefiting the Women’s Crisis Center and Joe’s Place. Vendors will offer fabric, patterns and notions. Admission is $5; kids 12 and younger get in free. See rvpiecemakers.com.
Book Sale: A book sale will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 10, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Look for new or gently used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds help fund library programs, activities and collections. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.
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.
Children’s Author Talk: New York Times bestselling children’s author, Dan Gutman, will present a talk geared toward third-sixth grade students and their parents from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Gutman will also offer book signing of his books, such as “My Weird School” series, the “Baseball Card Adventures,” and “The Genius Files.” See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Author Talk: Author Peggy Dover will read discuss and excerpts from her book “ “Trips and Tangents” at 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Call 541-941-7057.