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Varsity World Film Week, Scarecrow Festival and more: Oct. 4

Friday, Oct. 4

Book Sale: Friends of the Medford Library will hold a pay-what-you-want book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Look for new or gently-used books, including fiction, science fiction, children’s, history, cookbooks, travel, self-help, gardening, decorating, spirituality, biography and vintage books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds benefit programs, activities and collections at the Medford library. See medfordfriends.org or call 541-864-9242.

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.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Daisy Creek Vineyard, 675 Shafer Lane, Jacksonville. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Center for the Visual Arts: New fall exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed through Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Isabel Underwood’s collection “Divinely Inspired” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Cole Lyons’s work “Winter’s Light” in the Thorndike Gallery; a group exhibition “It’s Easy to be a Holy Man at the Dairy Queen in Roseburg” by the Art 498 and Art 375 classes in the Boise-Cascade Gallery and the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and Clee Ferris’ work “Inquiries” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Email at cvagalleries@sou.edu or call 541-621-6605.

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. For a full listing of events and participating galleries, see ashlandgalleries.com.

Living Sculpture Exhibit: The Cascade Bonsai Society, in collaboration with Ashland Art Center and local Ikebana artists, will exhibit a collection of bonsai and art representing nature and the changing of the seasons from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the art center, 357 E. Main St., Ashland. A collection of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) created by local ceramic and Ikebana artists will also be on display. These seasonal works of art will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the art center. See cascadebonsai.org.

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.

Varsity World Film Week: The 30th annual Varsity World Film Week will feature 13 films and one short film representing 11 countries — Bulgaria, Siberia, France, Mexico, Paraguay, Denmark, Kenya, Iceland, Israel, Egypt and the U.S. The films will be shown from 12:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Friday, Oct. 4-11, at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St, Ashland. Look for opening and closing night festivities, including Q&As with film directors and after-screening parties. Tickets for the opening and closing night films and parties are $15 and can be purchased at ashlandfilm.org. All other tickets are $9.25, $7.25 for seniors, students, military and kids, and can be purchased at catheatres.com or the box office. A six-film pass is available at the box office for $42; $37 for seniors, students, military and kids. For a full listing of films and events, see ashlandfilm.org.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Art Along the Rogue: The 17th annual street-painting and music festival will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, along H Street in downtown Grants Pass. Professional street-painters and student groups will fill the street with pastel drawings following this year’s theme, “Bounty of the County.” Also look for live music at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, during the city’s downtown art walk. For further information, see travelgrantspass.com/art-along-the-rogue.

Pumpkin Palooza: The Medford United Church of Christ will hold an arts and crafts fundraising sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Look for decorated fabric pumpkins, table runners, baskets, jewelry, baked goods and more. All proceeds go to the Philanthropical Educational Organization, which provides scholarships and loans for college education for women. Call 541-326-2883.

Talent Garden Club: The club meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, with the exception of Nov., at the Talent library, 101 Home St. In Nov. the club meets the second Saturday of that month. Email cjmuhr@yahoo.com.

Willamette Writers: The Southern Oregon Willamette Writers group meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, September through June, except December, at Central Point City Hall Council Chambers, 140 S. Third St. Each month features a presentation on a different aspect of writing. Admission is $10. See willamettewriters.org or call 971-200-5385.

Bear Creek Salmon Festival: Look for salmon returning to Bear Creek and celebrate the local watershed at the 15th annual Bear Creek Salmon Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Local experts will be on hand with outdoor activities for all ages, including crafts, games, spin-casting, the Salmon Story Tent, a demonstration of Native American salmon cooking, the Salmon Spiral Labyrinth and more. Live music will be performed by Montana Soul. Refreshments will be available for purchase from a local food truck. This a zero-waste event; bringing a reusable water bottle or cup is encouraged. See bearcreeksalmonfestival.net or call 541-488-6606.

Scarecrow Festival: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host the ninth annual scarecrow festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Admission is free, $15 to make a full-sized scarecrow with all materials provided, then enter it in the Scarecrow Contest and compete for a People’s Choice Award, or take your scarecrow home with you. Look for hayrides, apple-bobbing, pumpkin painting and more. Tours the Hanley House will be available for $ 5. See sohs.org or call 541-664-2079.

Presentation: Umpqua Watersheds will host Robbin Schindele, Crater Lake wilderness grassroots organizer, who will present “Wilderness: The Secret Economic Engine,” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Unity Church of Medford, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Schindele will present research gathered in Oregon and across the nation and talk about economic prosperity that follows the establishment of permanently protected public lands. A discussion time will follow the presentation. See umpquawatersheds.org or call 541-391-1285 or 541-672-7065.

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.

Author Talk: Frank Romano, author of “Love and Terror in the Middle East,” will discuss the newest edition of his book, which includes an all new chapter, and offer a signing from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. See stores.barnesandnoble.com or call 541-858-0203.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Northwest Bird Club: The club will hold its 39th annual “Birdmart” sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. The will have a variety of pet birds on exhibition and for sale. Look for parrots, doves, canaries and other species, bird supplies, books, raffle and more. A “safari” photo opportunity will be available with exotic birds and animals. Admission is $2; children 12 and younger get in free. See northwestbirdclub.org or call 541-941-7844.

Kids Lego Creator: Children from 4 through 12 can build with Legos and display their creations from 1 to 3 p.m. the first 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.

Gardening Presentation: The Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society will host an interactive gardening presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Italio Gardens, 2825 Cummings Lane, Medford. Learn how to sow the different types seeds provided and each participant will be able to practice sowing pots of seed. Admission is free. Parking is limited,so carpooling is recommended. For reservations, call 541-944-6271 or 541-830-0602.

Monday, Oct. 7

Ashland Garden Club: A presentation “Bulbs and Other Things,” will be given at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. Learn how to identify, plant and care for bulbs, tubers, rhizomes and corms. Admission is free. See ashlandorgardenclub.org.

Author Talk: Manyan Orescan Campos, author of “A Look of Defiance. Radiant,” Ann Southcombe, author of “Tales from Gorilla Girl: The Magic and Mystery of My Life with Animals,” and MaryAnn Shank, author of “The Mystical Land of Myrrh,” will talk about their work at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Color Happy: Coloring sessions for adults are held from 10 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Coloring supplies, coffee and donuts are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

Rogue Valley Rovers: Chapter 37 of the Escapees RV Club will hold its monthly informational meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Elmer’s Restaurant, 2000 Biddle Road, Medford. The club chapter encompasses all of Southern Oregon. For reservations, call 541-951-1972.

Family Tree Group: Learn how to make the best use of the computer program Family Tree Maker, for both PC and Mac computers, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Admission is $5. Call 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or stop by the genealogy library to register.

Friends Book Club: This book group meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Read the books, then join in the discussions. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

German Interest Group: Those interested in German ancestry, history and research can meet from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Admission is $5. To register, call 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or stop by the library.

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.

Teen Advisory Group: Motivated teens in grades 7–12 can meet to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, and make crafts at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

Book Chat: This book group meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Read the books, then join in the discussions. On Oct. 8, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles will be discussed. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

Rock Garden Society: The Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month September through May in Lidgate Hall behind Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. See siskiyousummits.weebly.com.

Southern Oregon Photographic Association: The local camera club will host photographer David Vanderlip, who will give a presentation on Photoshop, including layer masking and compositing techniques, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Town Hall at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Vanderlip has 35 years of experience in the photography industry, is a professional digital photography instructor and has written books on Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and depth of field. Admission is free. See sopacameraclub.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Demonstration Garden Tours: Join master gardeners on a tour of the butterfly, amphibian-reptile, native plants, heirloom plants and herb gardens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free, and donations to the Nature Center are welcomed. See ashlandparksandrec.org or call 541-488-6606.

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.

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. 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. 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.

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.

Art in the Library: Children 8 years and older can explore a variety of art projects and mediums from 2 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Kids 7 and younger may attend with adult. Materials will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.

Lego Architects: Children ages 5 through 12 can build with Legos at 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.

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 is held at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. The group is open to 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.

Poetry Reading: Poets Gary Lark and Clemens Starck will read selections from their newest poetry work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Irish Interest Group: Explore the history of your Irish ancestors, culture and more from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Admission is $5. For registration, call 541-512-2340 or email at reception.jcgl@gmail.com or stop by the genealogy library.

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.

WeDo Robotics: Children ages 7 to 10 can build Lego models using Lego WeDo and program them to move and react from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Pre-registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.

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: Author Nevada Barr will talk about her new novel, “What Rose Forgot,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

A scene from "Yommedine," to be shown during Varsity World Film Week. Courtesy photo.