Multicultural Fair, Recovery Festival and more: Sept. 27-Oct. 3
Friday, Sept. 27
Recovery Festival: The third annual Recovery Festival is from Friday evening through Saturday night, Sept. 27-28, at Harry & David Field, 2929 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday. People in recovery from addiction will compete against police department teams in two softball games at approximately 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday. Admission to the softball tournament is free. The tournament resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday with fire department, addiction counselor, faith leader, recovery and police teams playing for spots in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival includes music and a family fun zone with a bounce house, pony rides, face-painting, visits with Wildlife Images animals, carnival booths and more from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the family activities, food and raffle tickets for a Traeger grill and meat will be sold to raise money for recovery programs. See rocrecoverycenter.org or call 541-245-4673.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Margo’s Wine Shop & Tasting Room, 940 N. Phoenix Rd., Ste. 102, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
Rogue Gallery and Art Center: A reception for ceramics artist Baba Wagué Diakité and collage artist Penda Diakité will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 8. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.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 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 27, “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” 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. In case of inclement weather, visit facebook.com/silentmovementinternational for cancellation updates.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Central Point Woodcarvers Show: Carvers will display many styles of carving, including carving in the round, deep relief carving and bark carving, during the Central Point Woodcarvers sixth annual show and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St. Admission is free, and a nonperishable food donation will be accepted to benefit the Central Point Senior Center. Wood and carving supplies will be available, along with raffle items and refreshments. Call 541-944-4535 or see centralpointwoodcarvers.com.
Multicultural Fair: Come and explore various cultures at the 26th annual family-friendly Multicultural Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Pear Blossom Park, 312 E. Fourth St., Medford. Look for international bands, dancing, cuisine, art and more. Japanese drumming group Ashland Taiko will headline with two performances, at 10 a.m. and again at noon. Food vendors will serve meals and treats from Mexico, Argentina, Hawaii, India, Thailand and more. A variety of activities, including face-painting, jump houses and crafts, will be available for children. For details and a full entertainment schedule, see facebook.com/greatermedfordmulticultural.
Pet Adoption: Star Body Works will host a special SoHumane pet adoption day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Star Collision Center, 600 N. Central Ave., Medford. Meet dogs recently rescued from Central California on the Saving Train. These are healthy, adoptable pets who have been overlooked or have run out of time or space at overcrowded shelters. Every dog and cat will be up-to-date on routine vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, dewormed, microchipped and spayed/neutered before going home. Adoptable dogs and cats can be viewed at sohumane.org. For more information, call 541-779-3215.
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.
Saturday Crafternoon: Bring a T-shirt or tank top and create a polka-dotted piece at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.
Teen Maker Day: Teens can spark their creativity and practice building skills with a wide selection of Maker Day tech from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Have a robot battle using LEGO Mindstorms, create a piano out of fruit with Makey Makey, or use the Oculus Go virtual reality to explore Jurassic World. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
Teen Movie Matinee: Teens can watch “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The film is rated PG. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.
Math Help: Middle and high school students can get help with their math homework from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See. jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Library Celebration: The Ruch library will hold a celebration in honor of the Jackson County Library System’s 100th anniversary at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Activities, cake and other refreshments will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-899-7438.
Book Launch Party: Melissa Mathewson will hold a book-launch party for her new memoir-in-essays book, “Tracing the Desire Line,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Shiny Barn, 724 Yale Creek Road, Jacksonville. See melissamatthewson.com.
Medford AAUW Dinner & Dance: The Medford chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold a “Hoe Down” dinner and dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Bayer Family Estate, 11663 Agate Road, Eagle Point. Dinner will be provided by chef Alan Jackson. Also look for a silent auction, local wines, line dancing lessons and live music by Highway 99. Tickets are $65, and are available online at eventbrite.com/e/aauw-hoe-down-tickets-58603114493. 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. Call 541-621-4916 or 541-499-0350.
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, Sept. 29
Pheasant Fields Farm: The farm opens its 16th annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, and then 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the 20-acre farm, 1865 Camp Baker Road, Phoenix. Activities include a corn maze, hay rides, face-painting, pumpkin carving, animal exhibits, 10-passenger cow train and country store with local organic produce, handcrafted items, bread, caramel apples, espresso drinks and meal choices. Live music will be performed from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $6, $4 for children 6 and younger. Check the farm’s Facebook page for more information and updates, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or see pheasantfieldsfarm.com.
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, Sept. 29, painter Karen Staal will present. Staal specializes in oil paintings of the human figure, seeking not to depict people as they are, but to interpret them by creating new harmonies with line, shape and color. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6996.
Monday, Sept. 30
Homework Hub: Children 5 through 12 who need help with homework, studying and comprehension can drop in and work with small groups and experienced tutors from 3 to 5 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Admission is free, and one-on-one sessions are available with advanced scheduling. Call 541-774-8678.
Author Talk: Phil Busse will discuss his book, “Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Central Point Garden Club: The club will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Italio Gardens, 2825 Cummings Lane, Medford. Baldassare Mineo will give a presentation and a tour of the gardens. Bring a sack lunch and wear outdoor shoes for touring the gardens. Call 541-840-0996 or find Central Point Garden Club on Facebook.
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.
Eagle Point Friends Book Club: Discuss popular titles with this reader’s group from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler will be discussed. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.
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.
Yarnia: A knitting and crochet group for all ages meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Materials and instruction are provided or you can bring your own supplies. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.
Pub Talk: The Southern Oregon Historical Society hosts a free talk at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Phil Busse, author of “Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History,” will present. In mid-19th century Jacksonville, two pioneering brewers competed to quench the thirst of miners and ranchers, and when the railroad arrived in the 1880s, breweries began popping up in Jacksonville and elsewhere. Busse will trace the origins of brewing here in Southern Oregon. Discussion time to follow presentation. Call 541-773-6536.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Bird Walk: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society leads slow-paced, 1 1/2-mile walks at 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Denman Wildlife Area, off Touvelle or Agate roads, in Eagle Point. The numbers of different species observed by participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife parking permit. See roguevalleyaudubon.org for directions and information.
History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, historian Jeff LaLande will present “On the Home Front: Southern Oregon’s Unique Experience During World War II” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Learn about how Oregon became the only one of the 48 states to be attacked by enemy aircraft, and, later, the only state to suffer civilian fatalities from an enemy bomb. LaLande will also talk about military bases, removal of Japanese-Americans to internment camps, gas rationing and other local aspects of the so-called “Good War.” Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Bats in the Library: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Bats in the Library” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Ashland library, 410 SIskiyou Blvd. 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 541-774-6995.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Teen Advisory Group: Motivated teens in grades 7-12 can meet to plan events, decorate bulletin boards, recommend materials for the Young Adult collection, and more at 4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.
AAUW Meeting: The American Association of University Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, the Sun Oaks Lower Clubhouse, 2485 Sun Oaks Drive, Medford, off Black Oak Drive. The featured presenter will be Linda Schott, president of Southern Oregon University, who will speak on “SOU — Now and into the 2020s.” A short program will be presented by Stormi Backus, Rogue Community College student government leader and competitor in the InventOR Challenge. 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation: Will Tuttle, author of the book “The World Peace Diet,” will give a presentation, “Healing Our World,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 , at a house in Ashland. A vegan potluck will begin at 6 p.m. Call for 541-552-0108 for reservations and location address.
Author Talk: Author Lily Myers Kaplan will talk about her book, “Loss to Legacy: A stepping stone path to healing and transformation,” and give a synopsis of the stepping stone process of moving through mourning to find meaning, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Admission is free. See reshfoundation.org.
Stamp Club: The Southern Oregon Philatelic Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford. Members will present a “show-and-tell” of stamps and hold a mini-auction. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and free stamps will be provided for children. Call 541-770-1689.
Author Talk: Melissa Mathewson will offer a reading of her new memoir-in-essays book, “Tracing the Desire Line,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.