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SO Pride, Lunacy Fest and more: Oct. 11-17

Friday, Oct. 11

Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A short environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.

Haunted History Tour: Costumed docents lead hour-long tours Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, in downtown Jacksonville. Tours begin at 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45 and 7 p.m. each night. Britt Hill will be the first, third, and last tour on Friday night; the courthouse route will be the second and fourth tours. On Saturday, the courthouse tour begins the evening. The courthouse tour features brothels, epidemics and hangings. The Britt Hill tour shares tales of arson, saloons and Oregon’s first Chinatown. Both tours include haunted houses. 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.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Oregon POUR Authority & Pizza Studio, 235 S.E. Seventh St., Suite 2, Grants Pass. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

SOPride: The annual SOPride Festival kicks off with a drag show and dancing at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Ashland Hills Hotel, 2525 Ashland St., Ashland. The SOPride Parade will begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, on Main Street in downtown Ashland to the Band Shell in Lithia Park. This year’s grand marshal of the SOPride Parade is the executive artistic director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Nataki Garrett, and the theme is “Celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots — Honoring the Past, Forge the Future.” The festival, featuring live entertainment and vendor booths, will begin at noon at the Lithia Park Band Shell. Tickets for the kickoff dance in advance are $20, $15 for students, or $25 at the door. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland, or online at sopride.org. All proceeds go to the SOPride Scholarship Foundation and the SOPride Parade. For more information, see sopride.org.

Farming Presentation: Our Family Farms will host soil scientist Ray Archuleta, who will present “The Future of Farming” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Star Dust Lounge in the Ashland Hills Convention Center, 2525 Ashland St., Ashland. Archuleta will talk about his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as the 150 acre family farm he now manages. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets include appetizers, no host bar, and opportunity for a happy hour visit with the speaker, and after party. For tickets and more information see ourfamilyfarms.org/the_future_of_farming_session_6 .

Saturday, Oct. 12

German Cars and Coffee: Owners of German and European cars and enthusiasts can meet from 8 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month, April through October, in the Brammo-Cummins parking lot, 300 W. Valley View Road, Talent. Complimentary coffee and donuts are provided. For information, call 541-227-1758 or 541-541-535-1355.

Book Sale: Oregon Books and Games will hold a pay-what-you-want book sale for local nonprofit organizations from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, in the parking lot of the bookstore, 150 N.E. E St., Grants Pass. Proceeds will be donated to a different local non-profit organization each month. Call 541-476-3132 or see oregonbooks.com.

Pet Adoption: A special SoHumane pet adoption day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Petsmart, 3279 Crater Lake Highway, Medford. Meet dogs recently rescued from 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 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.

Genealogy Research Lecture: People who have hit a “brick wall” in their research efforts and are not sure of what to do next can meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Rogue Valley Genealogical Society members will present tips and tools for moving your genealogy research forward. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or stop by the library to register.

Medford Open Streets: Walk, bike, explore local business, dance and play in the streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in downtown Medford where the streets will be closed to auto traffic at Pear Blossom Park to Liberty Park on Bartlett St. See medfordopenstreets.org or call 541-774-2395 for more information.

Second Saturday Arts: Make seasonal crafts to share the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at the Applegate library, 18485 N. Applegate Road, and at 2 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-846-7346 or 541-774-6996.

Family Art Day: Kids and families can create and explore art from noon to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. All ages are welcome and materials are provided. Admission is free. No preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

Maker Day: Teens 11 to 18 can explore LEGO Mindstorm, Littlebits and Sphero electronics and robotic sets from noon to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children 8 to 10 may join in if accompanied by an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

Storytelling Performance: Storyteller Thomas Doty will present “Coyote, Columbus, and Beeson” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Doty’s presentation contrasts Native American and European world views, sheds light on the native people from their homelands, and tells the story of John Beeson, Oregon’s first human rights activist during the Rogue River War of the 1850s. Admission is free for this all-ages performance. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.

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.

Introspective Writing Group: Join the group and learn tools and techniques for exploring your inner self through writing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

Saturday Handweavers Guild: Those interested in weaving, spinning and other fiber arts can meet at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month September through June, at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. All skill levels are welcome. Email at k.mallams1@gmail.com or call 541-292-7879.

Teen Random Fandom: Teens are invited to meet to discuss a variety of literary and pop culture topics from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8685.

Jacksonville Art Walk: Galleries, restaurants and studios in Jacksonville will show new exhibits, host art demonstrations and more from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Saturday of every month. Over 20 business participate in the Art Walk, showcasing local art, music and wine. Look for the neon-green pennant for additional participating locations. On Saturday, Oct. 12, have your picture taken in the Selfie Corner while enjoying the Mischief and Magic of Art in the Imaginarium at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. For more information, call 541-941-7057.

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, Oct. 13

Breakfast: Lake Creek Grange will host a breakfast and farmers market from 8 to 10 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the grange, 1565 S. Fork Little Butte Road, Lake Creek. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, fruit, juice coffee and tea will be served. Cost is $7; $3 for children. Look for local jams, breads, pickles, crafts and more. Call 541-951-5681.

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.

LUKEs: An instructive, play-together library ukulele session will be held at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Sessions will be led by Barbara Meredith, Patty Devon and Marlene Riegel of the Plaza Players. Ukulele kits are available to checkout from the Medford library for three weeks at time, with two possible renewals. Sheet music with uke chords and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-8689.

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.

Monday, Oct. 14

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.

Advanced DNA Interest Group: A meeting for people who have had their DNA tested and are advanced in working with DNA genealogy will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 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.

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.

Siskiyou Koi and Pond Club: Those interested in koi and koi ponds can attend a potluck meeting at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Club meetings are held to educate, support and assist other members with the hobby. Learn about building a pond or solving problems in an existing pond. Call 541-772-8721 or 541-601-5525 for directions to the meetings and information.

Monday Night Lecture: Cheryl Harrison, long-term care specialist, and Abraham Carroll, owner and administrator of Cornerstone In-Home Care, will present “What Your Plan for Long Term Extended Care?” at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct.14, at Ashland Food Co-op, 300 N. Pioneer St., Ashland. Factors and risks will be discussed along with the cost of care, what Medicare covers and doesn’t and funding solutions to pay for long-term care. Admission is free. See ashlandfood.coop.

Author Talk: Author Beth Kander will talk about her novel, “Original Syn,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Genetic Genealogy Interest Group: This group will focus on the tools used to work with DNA test results and provide resources and advice on genealogy research from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 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 library to register.

Discussion Group: Ashland Death Cafe will hold a discussion group for members of the LGBTQ community at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 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 in Ashland will be provided upon registration.

Thursday, Oct. 17

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: Local author Sue DeMarinis will offer a talk about her new novel, “The Station Master’s Wife,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

The Rogue Valley Pride! Celebration begins with a parade through downtown Ashland. Mail Tribune file photo