Things To Do: May 17 - 24
Thursday, May 16
Rogue Valley Flying Club: Aviation enthusiasts can meet the third Thursday of each month January 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.
Author Talk: Contributing editor Jim Reiland will discuss his book, “Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Author Talk: Julia Corbett, professor of Communication and Environmental Humanities at University of Utah, will discuss her book of environmental essays, “Out of the Woods,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Call 541-482-3069.
Ashland World Music Festival: Ashland Parks and Recreation will host its fourth annual world music festival beginning Thursday, May 16, and running through Sunday, May 19, at various locations around Ashland. The festival kicks off with “Heart Beat Stories” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Rogue Valley Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St. Hear stories of all types, from around the globe. Admission to the storytelling event is a $10 donation. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, the Arab Rhythm Ensemble will perform at Southern Oregon University, and adults 21 and older are invited to a dance party from 8 to 11 p.m. at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St. On Saturday, look for live music and dance performances, family friendly activities, world food and more, in Lithia Park from noon to 6 p.m. An intercultural percussion session will be held at the Thalden Pavilion on Walker Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to make your own electronic music and beats from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum. See rogueworldmusic.org/concerts/ashland-world-music-festival
SO Swing Convention: The Southern Oregon Swing Convention will be Thursday through Sunday, May 16-19. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St., Ashland, with a lesson at 7 p.m. and dance beginning at 8 p.m. The SO Swing Convention starts Friday with registration at 10 a.m. and runs all weekend with workshops, competitions and social dancing. A free dance party will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday at Standing Stone Brewery, 101 Oak St., Ashland. For more information, see soswingdance.com.
Friday, May 17
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. 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.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Trium Wines, 203 E. Main St., Talent. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
American Legion Dinner: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 will host a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the post, 100 E. Jackson St., Medford. Sweet and sour chicken with fried rice will be served along with sides and desserts. Admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds support local veterans’ families. Call 541-601-9241 or 541-776-9085.
Art du Jour Gallery: A reception for watercolor artists Marianne Nielsen and Marilyn Zupan will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 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. Pottery artist Susan Paul Williams will also have work on display. 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.
Rogue Gallery and Art Center: A reception for artists Katy Cauker, Cammy Davis and Nadine Gay will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 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 in the Community Gallery through Friday, May 31. Davis and Gay’s exhibit “Surface and Structures,” featuring Davis’ Abstract Expressionist paintings and Gay’s playful ceramic figures will be shown in the Main Galley through June 21. 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, May 18
Oregon Honey and Mead Festival: Taste honey and mead from Oregon and honeys from all over the world at the sixth annual Oregon Honey Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St. Taste varieties of honeys, meads, cheeses and chocolates. Watch how honey bees work together to raise their families and learn how honey and mead are made. Kids can make seed Bombs and get hands-on experience with putting together hive components. Also look for live music by the Information Jazz Club, and a silent auction. The festival is part of the Cascade Girl Organization’s Bee Weekend in Ashland. Admission to the festival is $10. Kids 8 and younger get into the festival free. See oregonhoneyfestival.com for tickets and information.
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; $5 for students with valid identification.
North Valley Soroptimist Garden Tour: Take a self-guided tour through six beautiful and diverse gardens in Medford and Phoenix from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Admission is $20, or $70 for carpool groups of four. For ticket information, see soroptimistinnorthvalley.com/garden-tour. Picnic tables will be available at two locations for those who wish to bring a lunch. The garden tour is the organization’s major fundraiser for the year, and proceeds go directly to benefit women and girls in the region. Call 541-890-7490.
Rogue Valley A’s: Model A enthusiasts meet at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Royal Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1055 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. You don’t have to own a Model A to attend. See roguevalleyas.org.
Rogue Modern Quilters Guild: The quilting group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month for sewing, demonstrations and show-and-tell projects at Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St. A business meeting begins at 1 p.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Annual dues are $25. The first visit is free. Call 541-512-1442 or see roguemodernquilters.com.
Siskiyou Lacemakers Guild: Anyone interested in lace-making — bobbin, tatting, knitting, crochet or needle — can meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, except for December and June, at Uniquely Yours, 3921 Highland Ave., Grants Pass. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-659-3096.
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.
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.
Uncorked Barrel Tour: Visit 17 wineries in the Applegate on a self-guided tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Each winery will offer an appetizer and a wine for tasting plus an educational opportunity to learn more about the wine-making craft. Designated drivers don’t need to purchase a ticket and may sample the food. Tickets are $49 and include a commemorative Wine Trail wine glass. Tickets available online at applegatewinetrail.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 to discuss writing and publishing. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-227-4877.
Low-cost Pet Vaccines: Bring your cat or dog to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, to get it vaccinated. Vaccinations available for dogs are rabies and distemper/parvo booster. Vaccinations available for cats are rabies and distemper/rhino/calici booster. Distemper/parvo vaccinations are $15 each; all other vaccinations are $10 each. Nail trims also are available for $5. This is a cash-only clinic, and all pets must be at least 8 weeks old and in good health. Pets that are on antibiotics, in heat, or on cortisone products cannot be vaccinated. Call 541-774-6654.
Family Game Day: Play a variety of tabletop and video games from noon to 3:30 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6994.
Hummingbird Presentation: Laura Fleming of Wild Birds Unlimited will present “Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden” at noon Saturday, May 18, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Discover species of hummingbirds that you can attract in Oregon, the pros and cons of various feeders, being a responsible caretaker of a hummingbird feeding station, how to solve potential problems and learn about nest boxes. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8850.
Author Talk: Local author Amira Makansi will discuss her book “Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Applegate library, 18485 N. Applegate Road. See jcls.org or call 541-846-7346.
Teen Crafternoon: Teens and pre-teens can use duct tape to create wallets, lanyards and flowers from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
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, May 18, Lynn Ackerson will call dance steps, and the Carr Family Band will perform live music. 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 email@example.com.
Sunday, May 19
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.
Japanese Field Day: The Japanese Association of Southern Oregon will host a Undoukai, or Japanese Children’s Field Day, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Fitchiner Mainwaring Park, 334 Holmes Ave., Medford. This family-friendly event starts with traditional Japanese warm-up moves followed by races, tug-of-war, hanging doughnut eating contest and more. All equipment will be provided. A potluck will follow the games. Admission is $5, $3 for students or $10 per family. See ja-so311.org or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Presentation: Journalist and author Jennifer Margulis will present “Heck Yeah, I Can Write That!” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Learn about the process of writing and publishing nonfiction books. Call 541-744-6996 or see jcls.org.
Kids Lego Creator: Children age 4 through 12 can build with Legos and display their creations from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Lego Duplo bricks will be provided for younger children. Call 541-744-6996 or see jcls.org.
Art Show: Art Colony at Rogue Valley South will hold an art show and sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Rogue Valley South, 4624 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Look for watercolors by Dorothea Stoke, oil paintings by Lynn Davidson, mixed media works by Jim Roy and Linda Jacobs, and vellum collages by Diane Grant. Email at email@example.com.
Rogue Valley Rose Society: The Rogue Valley Rose Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 3625 N. River Road, Rogue River. Dave Erickson, Agricultural Research Service horticulture judge, will present “Preparing Roses for Exhibition.” Learn how to safely transport roses, select the perfect stem length and stage of bloom, and the importance of water temperature and food. Erickson will also demonstrate the techniques for final grooming before exhibiting and how to complete entry tags. Admission is free. Call 541-218-2130 or 541-287-2268.
Friendship Force: Gudrun Gill, who met with Navajo and Hopi tribe members beyond the typical tourist encounters, will give a presentation on “American Indian and Spanish Influence in the Southwest,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 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.
Monday, May 20
Daniel Meyer Pool: The outdoor pool at 1705 Homes Ave. in Ashland will open for lap swimming only beginning Monday, May 20. The pool will officially open for the season Saturday, May 25, and remain open through September. For information on swim schedules and lessons, see ashland.or.us/swim.
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. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-621-6605.
Teen Movie Monday: Teens can watch “Aquaman,” from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The film is rated PG-13. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
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.
Author Talk: Local author Sue DeMarinis will discuss her debut novel, “Oh Baby! An Adoption Story,” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Astrology in Ashland: Eugene astrologer Dale O’Brien will speak about American Empire’s current final dark phase — the Fool, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is $7. Call 541-482-8988 or see astrologyinashland.org.
Tuesday, May 21
Genealogy Lecture: Historian and professional genealogist Kate Eakman will present “The Suicide of William A. James,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. William James’ death certificate reported his violent death was a suicide. But the family story claimed he was murdered. Eakman will explore how “reasonably exhaustive research” provided important details not included in the death certificate and offered an alternate version of William’s story. Admission is free. To register, call 541-512-2340, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the genealogy library.
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.
Photography Presentation: A celebration and presentation “Terry Skibby: A Life With Camera,” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Hannon Library, at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Southern Oregon Digital Archives will recognize Historic Commissioner and photographer Terry Skibby for his lifetime of photography in Ashland and to celebrate the launch of the Terry Skibby Photographic Collection in the Southern Oregon Digital Archives. The archives are available at soda.sou.edu/stories. Call 541-488-5305.
History Stories: History buffs Dan and Carol Nielson will give a free presentation, “Gunslingers,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Hear stories of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday. See jcls.org or call 541-878-8870.
Wednesday, May 22
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.
Genealogy Lecture: Historian and professional genealogist Kate Eakman will present “A Dorty Spotted Cow, Six Old Baggs, and a Looking Glass,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Eakman will discuss how to decipher the handwriting, puzzle out the purpose of “one pair of large Stilyearts,” and other unusual items in a probate inventory. She’ll use the details contained in the inventory to learn more about our ancestor’s occupations, hobbies, interests, lifestyle, and income level. Admission is free. To register call 541-512-2340, email email@example.com or stop by the genealogy library.
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.
Poetry Reading: Poets Carlos Reyes and Alma Rosa Alvarez will read selections from their respective poetry work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Thursday, May 23
Student Art Exhibit: A group exhibit featuring works by Rogue Community College Art students will be displayed Thursday, May 23 through June 13, in the Wiseman Gallery on the RCC Redwood campus, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass. Look for a broad range of mediums and a vast array of subjects. An awards reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Call 541-956-7481.
Book Fair: The Grants Pass Museum of Art will hold a book fair from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the museum, 229 S.W. G St., Grants Pass. Local writers and illustrators from a wide variety of genres will be available to chat about their craft. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. See gpmuseum.com or call 541-479-3290.
Author Presentation: Local author David Lee Myers will give a presentation on butterflies of the Rogue-Siskiyou area and his book ““Wings in the Light: Wild Butterflies in North America,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak. St., Ashland. Myers will show slides from his book and discuss how and where to find butterflies and other wild fauna and flora. Admission is free. See northwestnatureshop.com or call 541-482-3241.
Author Talk: Michael Niemann will discuss his book, “No Right Way,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Friday, May 24
Historic Tour: Step behind the counter of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Mondays, May 25 through Sept. 2, at the Beekman Bank Museum, 110 W. California St, Jacksonville. See the gold scales, look in the teller drawers and walk into the vault while costumed docents share stories about the bank’s founder, pioneer life and 19th-century banking practices. A $3 donation is suggested, and proceeds go toward preservation and maintenance of the bank. Call 541-245-3650 or see historicjacksonville.org.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Eagle Point Golf Club, 100 Eagle Point Dr., Eagle Point. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
Movies in Lithia Park: Find family movie fun under the stars the second and fourth Saturdays through Sept. 27, at the Butler Bandshell, 150 Winburn Way in Lithia Park, Ashland. Movies begin at dusk. On May 24, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be shown. Wireless “Silent Disco” headphones will be available to rent, and refreshments will be available for purchase. A $5 donation is requested. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ashland Parks Foundation. All movies will be rated PG. See ashland.or.us/parks or call 541-488-5340.