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Things To Do: May 31 - June 7

Friday, May 31

Center for the Visual Arts: New spring exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed through Friday, June 14, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Leena Heisey’s collection “Wake” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Milo Thompson’s work “No One Wants to See That” in the Thorndike Gallery; Jessee JoLee’s “Money’s Worth” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; and CVA’s annual juried Student Art Show — a group exhibition of SOU students work, in the Meyer Memorial Gallery, Art Department Chairs Gallery and JELD WEN Gallery. An artists reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 31. Refreshments will be provided. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Email at cvagalleries@sou.edu or call 541-621-6605.

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.

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, 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 31, at Las Palmas Mexican Cuisine, 210 E. California St., Jacksonville. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Saturday, June 1

Ashland Airport Day: The family-friendly Ashland Airport Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Ashland Municipal Airport, 403 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission and parking are free. The event includes smoke jumpers, skydivers, radio-controlled plane exhibition, flying drones, helicopter rescue demonstrations, kids activities and more. Also look for opportunities to ride in planes and helicopters. Refreshments available for purchase from local food trucks. Call 541-482-7675.

Community Garden Tour: Take a self-guided tour through seven local community gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Admission is free. See jacksoncountymga.org or call 541-776-7371 for a full listing of gardens.

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 cjmuhr@yahoo.com.

Gold Dust Day: The town of Gold Hill will celebrate its colorful heritage all day Saturday, June 1. Festivities kick off with a pancake feed at 7 a.m. at the IOOF Hall; the parade will start at 10 a.m. on Second Ave. The town will transform into a sea of vendor and food booths, historical and educational displays, and activities for kids, including a bounce house. The Gold Hill Historical Society will be open with exhibits, mule wagon rides and gold-panning lessons, and the Friends of the Gold Hill library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also look for classic cars on display and live music by The Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers’ Association from noon to 2 p.m. at the Gold Hill Museum, 504 First St. Food, beverages and live music will be available at Sawyer Station through the afternoon and evening. Call 541-941-4373 or lorihettman@earthlink.net.

Walk through History: Take a walk though Jacksonville’s history during a one hour guided tour at 10 a.m. every Saturday through Aug. 31. The tour leaves from Jacksonville’s Courthouse Square, in front of City Hall, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Visit government and commercial buildings, fraternal lodges, and homes. Learn how gambling money built a church; how the Civil War ended a successful mercantile partnership; how fire reshaped the town and a railroad both destroyed and preserved it, and more. Admission is free. Call 541-245-3650 or email info@historicjacksonville.org.

AAUW Meeting: The American Association of University Women will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in the Rogue Credit Union building, 1330 Poplar Drive, Medford. A short program will be presented by Amanda Denbeck, AAUW scholarship recipient, graphic designer and roller derby athlete. The featured presenter will be Betty LaDuke, local activist, painter and printmaker, whose vibrant work focuses on the world’s multicultural issues, portraying indigenous life she experienced first-hand during 50 years of travel in Asia, the South Pacific, Central and South America, and Africa. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, with membership offered to women and men who hold degrees from four-year or two-year accredited colleges or universities. Email sgheath2@outlook.com or b.goldfein10@gmail.com.

Rose Festival: The Rogue Valley Rose Society will hold a rose festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in the Floral building at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass. Look for rose displays, presentations, kid’s activities, raffles, vendors selling potted roses and gardening items, and more. Bring cut roses from home for a display before 10 a.m. Admission is free. Call 541-878-2852 or 541-535-2672.

Living History Tour: Actors representing the early Beekman family will talk about life from the late 1800s into the 1930s Depression era during tours of the Beekman home. Tours begin every 20 minutes between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 1, at the Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Admission is $3, with proceeds going toward preservation maintenance of the historic landmark. Call 541-245-3650 or email info @historicjacksonville.org.

Water Safety Day: The YMCA will hold a family-friendly water safety day from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Rogue Valley Family YMCA, 522 W. Sixth St., Medford. Learn how to reduce your risk as professionals teach pool, lake and river safety. Also look for swim lesson evaluations, life jacket fittings and usage, safe boating practices and water rescue demonstrations. Admission is free, and approximately 100 life jackets will be given out. Email at hhawley@rvymca.org or call 541-772-6295 ext. 119.

Emigrant Lake Water Slide: Cool off with a ride down one of the 280-foot water slides at Emigrant Lake, 5505 Highway 66, Ashland. Slides are open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 16. Operating days expand to Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 p.m. beginning Monday, June 17, through Labor Day. The cost to use the slide for 1 1/2 hours is $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends. A three-hour pass costs $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Parking fee is $4 per vehicle. See jacksoncountyor.org or call 541-774-8183.

Brews, Bluegrass & BBQ: The seventh annual festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3283 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Look for brews from more than a dozen breweries including Walkabout, Bricktowne, 10 Barrel, Arch Rock, Wild River, Opposition and Lost Coast; food from Fired Up Food Truck, Off the Bone, Heart and Bowl, Victory Dogs and CABA Authentic Argentine Empanadas; and live music by Rainy and the Rattlesnakes, Waking Hazel, Rachel Baiman, The John Dough Boys and Dusty Green Bones Band. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at bbb2019.brownpapertickets.com, or at RoxyAnn Winery, Medford Food Coop, Music Coop in Ashland and Vinfarm, 111 SE G St. in Grants Pass. Admission includes commemorative pint glass and two half-pint tickets. Tickets are $20 for non-beer drinkers. Kids 15 and younger get in free. Proceeds benefit Rogue Valley Food System Network.

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.

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.

Bark in the Park: Baseball fans are invited to bring their dog out to watch the Medford Rogues play the California Bees, Saturday, June 1, at Harry & David Field, 2929 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Dogs must be friendly around other dogs and people, up to date on shots and not in heat. Wading pools and drinking water will be provided to keep dogs cool during the game. Also look for pet-themed booths. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. Come early and participate in the pregame “Parade of Dogs.” Game tickets are available online at rogues.isportstix.com/events or purchased at the gate. Dog tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the gate. Proceeds from the sale of dog tickets will go to SoHumane, a local pet adoption facility. See sohumane.org or call 541-779-3215.

Sunday, June 2

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.

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.

Northwest Bird Club: The club will hold its annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Holmes Park, 185 S. Modoc Ave., Medford. The club, consisting of owners of pet birds, typically meets 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.

Rogue Valley Old Timer Car Club: People interested in old car mechanics, restoration and touring in their cars are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, 1130 Hazel St., Central Point. Club activities include driving tours and restoration projects. Membership is open to anyone who owns a car or truck 30 years old or older. Call 541-227-3030.

Monday, June 3

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.

Gardening Presentation: Rosenelle Florencechild, Jackson County Master Gardener, will present “Growing Lavender in Southern Oregon,” at 2 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Learn how to grow lavender, identify different varieties and ways the plant is used. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

Poetry Reading: Rob Lewis, Barret O’Brien and Manya Orescan Campos will read select poems from their respective work, focusing on climate change, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Theatre Talk Series: The Ashland New Plays Festival presents its Theatre Talk series at 7:30 p.m. Mondays on four select dates, at Oregon Shakepeare Festival’s Carpenter Hall, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. On Monday, June 3, moderator John Rose will talk with OSF actor Jessica Ko about the process of character development, performance and storytelling. Admission is $10 each at the door 10 minutes before each talk, or $32 for all four talks in advance. See ashlandnewplays.org.

Tuesday, June 4

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, June 4, Larry Smith, semi-retired elementary schoolteacher, will present “From Gold Mines to Woodland Trails: How Fifth Graders Impacted the Preservation of Jacksonville.” Smith will share the story of how Jacksonville citizens banded together to preserve the city’s historic woodlands and how a group of Jacksonville fifth graders gained national attention for their efforts to help protect Jacksonville’s natural and cultural heritage, resulting in a $1.5 million gift to the people of Jacksonville. Call 541-773-6536.

Cuba Film Series: The documentary film “All Guantanamo Is Ours” will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The film examines the effects on villages near this U. S. base. A Q & A session and discussion will follow the film. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:40 p.m. Call 541-482-8915.

Wednesday, June 5

History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, Ron Kramer will present “A Century Of Fellowship: The University Club,” at noon Wednesday, June 5, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The Rogue River Valley University Club was founded in 1910 and continues today. Kramer will share the story of how the club influenced the development of the Rogue Valley. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

Discussion Group: Ashland Death Cafe will hold a discussion group at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, to explore ideas about mortality and the way death can inspire the way people live. There is a $10 suggested donation, and registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To register, see ashlanddeathcafe.com. Location will be provided upon registration.

Thursday, June 6

Jackson County Genealogy Library: Guest speakers Marilyn Ayres and Barbara Grimes will present Plan your Successful Family Reunion and Create a Reunion Memory Book,” at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Learn how to plan a successful reunion, how to develop a memory book, gather information, photos and stories, and decisions on self -publishing. Admission is $20. To register, call 541-512-2340, email reception.jcgl@gmail.com or stop by the genealogy library.

Friday, June 7

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, 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.

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.

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. See the new Spring Exhibition featuring the work of Inger Nova Jorgensen, Corey Kahn, Nicole Wasgatt, Gabriel Mark Lipper and Jay Gordon at Enclãve Studios, 1661 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. For a full listing of events and participating galleries, see ashlandgalleries.com.

Silent Disco: Ashland Parks and Recreation will host Silent Disco in the Park from 5 to 11 p.m. the first Friday of each month through Oct. 4, near the lower duck pond in Lithia Park in Ashland. DJs will spin a mix of music. Two channels will be available. Rent a pair of wireless headphones for a $5, then walk freely about the park and Ashland Plaza. Young children can make their own music on the interactive “Wiggle Wagon” which broadcasts on the Kid’s Channel. Call 541-488-5340 or see ashlandparksandrec.org. In case of inclement weather see Facebook.com/silentmovementinternational for cancellation updates.

Haunted History Tour: Costumed docents lead hourlong tours at 7 and 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month through Sept. 6, in downtown Jacksonville. The 7 and 7:30 p.m. courthouse tour features brothels, epidemics and hangings. The 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. Britt Hill tour shares tales of arson, saloons and Oregon’s first Chinatown. Tours are $5. Proceeds go to the maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings. Call 541-245-3650 for reservations. See historicjacksonville.org or email at info@historicjacksonville.org for information.

Feast of Will: The Ashland Lions Club will celebrate the opening of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor season, a tradition since 1956, with food, flowers and music from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Lithia Park in downtown Ashland. On the menu is barbecued chicken or vegetarian lasagna, with sides, dessert and beverage. Live music will be performed by the Siskiyou Singers and Southern Jefferson Pipe Band. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online at osfashland.org, at the OSF box office, 15 S Pioneer St., or at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St. in Ashland. Call 800-219-8161. (OSF photo)