Things To Do: May 24 - 31
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 Fridays 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.
Saturday, May 25
Daniel Meyer Pool: The outdoor pool at 1705 Homes Ave. in Ashland is open into early September. For information on swim schedules and lessons, see ashland.or.us/swim.
Buncom Day: Buncom, a ghost town in the Applegate Valley, will come alive for Buncom Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Activities include a noon parade, “chicken splat contest,” live music, a country store, kids activities and exhibits. Also look for pony rides, goat-milking, plant sale and book-signing by Peggy Dover, Sharon Johnson and Paul Fattig. Victory Dogs and a concession stand will offer food and beverages. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Proceeds go toward historic preservation. To reach Buncom, take Highway 238 to Ruch, turn south at Ruch onto Upper Applegate Road, travel three miles, turn left on Little Applegate Road and go another three miles to Buncom at the intersection with Sterling Creek Road. Parking is along the road or in a field mowed for the occasion. See buncom.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 541-245-3650.
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.
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, May 25, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Book purchases, made by cash or check only, support FOTAS programs. See fotas.org.
Teen Movie Matinee: Teens can watch “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25,at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The film is rated PG-13. See jcls.org or 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, May 26
Jacksonville Farmers Market: The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays through October 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.
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.
Sundays at the Farm: Historic Hanley Farm hosts open houses from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 1, at 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Visitors can stroll the Shakespeare garden, orchards, vineyards and producing fields at the farm, see the chickens, sheep and lambs, bring a picnic lunch and hear live music. Each Sunday, a different main activity will be offered. 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.
Jane Austen Society: The group will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Discussion will focus on the Jane Austen fragment Sanditon and the upcoming eight-part PBS series. Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.
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, May 26, painter Linda Dixon, will share her work with a variety of materials, including mixed media combining found objects with painting and drawing. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6996.
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.
Short Film Screening: A screening of short films, “Adventures in Bugtown,” will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26, in the Meese Auditorium of the Art building, on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. A wide variety films will be shown, focusing on insects dressed like people, including a hand-colored film made in 1903. Short films from Russia, France and the U. S. will be shown during this family-friendly screening. Admission is free. Call 541-301-3859.
Monday, May 27
Make It Art Monday: Adults can create a range of different crafts from noon to 2 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Teen Gamer Time: Teens ages 11 through 18 are invited to play a variety of Wii and PlayStation 4 games from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. 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.
Tuesday, May 28
Brain Books Discussion Group: The group meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.
Quilts and Genealogy: The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents Quilts & Genealogy at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. On Tuesday, May 28, Judy Tonn will present “Aunt Marg’s Quilt,” and will the story of the Dresden Plate quilt. The quilt was hand-pieced by Judy’s great aunt after the family emigrated from Denmark in 1881; in 1894 they settled in Oregon. Judy will share stories about how she inherited her Aunt’s quilt tops, and talk about the family’s trek across America. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the genealogy library for information.
Sip & Origami: Kids can create a variety of themed origami from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. A different beverage will be served at each event. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
SOCAN: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will host a general meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Kristina Lefever from The Pollinator Project Rogue Valley will outline trends in insect populations worldwide; Alan Journet will discuss why insects are especially susceptible to current climate trends; and Robert Coffan from Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates will provide an update on the recent plummet in the western monarch population, along with a climate-related prediction on their overwintering sites. Admission is free. See socan.eco.
Wednesday, May 29
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.
Movies and Popcorn: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.
Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group: The book group discusses mysteries and welcomes new readers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.
Thursday, May 30
Author Talk: Chris Rush will discuss his memoir, “Light Years,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Friday, May 31
Balloon and Kite Festival: The 2019 Grants Pass Balloon and Kite Festival will be held Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, at Parkside Elementary School, 735 S.W. Wagner Meadows Drive, and just off Lower River Road, approximately 1.7 miles past Lincoln Road, Grants Pass. Hot-air balloons will launch at 5:45 a.m. each day. Admission is $5 per person on Friday and Sunday, $10 Saturday. Look for balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, a 10,000 square-foot American Flag kite, colorful giant kites in special shapes, food vendors, kite making and other kid-friendly activities, live music and more. Proceeds from the event will support the nonprofit groups Every Child, Safe Families for Children and CASA of Josephine County. For a full listing of activities and times, see gpballoonfest.com.