Day of the Dead Race, First Friday and more: Nov. 1-7
Friday, Nov. 1
Day of the Dead Family Craft: Celebrate and honor loved ones who have passed with music and a sugar skull art project at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
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.
Center for the Visual Arts: New fall exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed through Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Syd Rvinsky ‘s work “People I’ve Been,” in the Retzlaff Gallery; a student group exhibition, “The Politics of Dead Rats,” in the Thorndike Gallery; and a group exhibition of SOU students, alumni and community artist’s work “The Tiny Art Show” in the Art Department Chairs, Meyer Memorial, And Boisie Cascade Galleries. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Email at email@example.com or call 541-621-6605.
Science Lecture: The Southern Oregon University Chemistry Club will present “Fall into Chemistry,” a live science demonstration show from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the science auditorium at SOU, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. In this all-ages presentation, chemistry students will turn pennies into “silver and gold,” melt solid metal in their hands and more. Admission is free. Call 541-552-6341 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Saturday, Nov. 2
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 email@example.com.
Day of the Dead Race: Talent will host its annual Day of the Dead Race beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, near City Hall, 110 E. Main St. It will feature a 1-mile fun run and 5K and 10K races. Registration will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. The top three runners in each race will be awarded a Day of the Dead handmade skull. There will be entertainment, including face-painting and a post-race party, and wearing costumes is highly encouraged. Live music will be performed by Mariachi Centella. For information, registration fees, deadlines and race course, see www.dayofthedeadrace.com.
AAUW Meeting: The American Association of University Women will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Rogue Credit Union building, 1330 Poplar Drive, Medford. Guest speakers will be Georgia Applegate, Oregon AAUW president, and Sue Klumph, Oregon AAUW president-elect. They will discuss specifics of the effective role state and national AAUW organizations are playing to support and advance current initiatives affecting the lives of women and girls in America and around the world. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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.
Quilt Show: The Material Girls of Shady Cove will host a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, in the gym at Shady Cove School, corner of Cleveland Street and Highway 62, Shady Cove. The show will include raffles, a silent auction, demonstrations, vendors and more. Admission is $2.
Author Talk: Local author Paul Fattig will speak about his new book “Madstone: The True Tale of WWI Conscientious Objectors Alfred and Charlie Fattig and Their Oregon Wilderness Hideout,” at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Rogue River library, 412 East Main St. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8850.
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.
Kid Craft Day: Children ages 8 and older, including teens, can create and take home their very own zombie from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. All materials will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.
Sunday, Nov. 3
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.
International Games Week: Celebrate International Games Week by playing a different board game with friends each day from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, Nov. 3-9, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Play a board game to be entered in a raffle to win a new game. The week will culminate with a Jenga competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Sunday Afternoon Movie: Watch the Disney-Pixar animated film “Coco” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Themed refreshments will be provided. Film is rated PG. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Monday, Nov. 4
Schneider Museum of Art: New fall exhibits featuring a variety of contemporary Latinx artwork, as well as masterworks will be on display through Dec. 14, at the Schneider Museum of Art, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana streets, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Featured artists are Justin Favela, V. Maldonado, and prints from Los Angeles’ “Self Help Graphics & Art,” including artwork from Judithe Hernandez and Frank Romero. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-552-6245.
Dementia Presentation: Sean Connolly will present “Understanding Dementia” from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. Connolly will cover basic information about dementia and current approaches to working with adults who are experiencing dementia. See www.jacksonvillecommunitycenter.org or call 541-702-2585.
Ashland Garden Club: A presentation, “Growing Natives and Milkweed,” will be given at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. Learn how to plant and grow native species from seeds. Admission is free. See ashlandorgardenclub.org or call 541-531-0929.
Video Game Tournament: Teens can battle for first place in a Wii Mario Kart Tournament from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. PS4 and other Wii games will also be available. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
Author Talk: Author Michael Lerner will talk about his book, “Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
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,, Nov. 5, “This is Your Life Harriet Chance,” by Jonathan Evison will be discussed. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.
Climate Discussion: Marion Moore, member of the Ashland Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission, will lead a community discussion “What to do About Climate Change” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, and again at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The discussion will focus on what opportunities each of us have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Call or text 541-601-9514.
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, Nov. 5, local historian and Southern Oregon Historical Society volunteer, Ben Truwe, will present “The Sixties Come to Southern Oregon.” Truwe will share film footage taken in the late 1960 in Jackson County, capturing the arrival of the counterculture, students protesting the Vietnam war, and Rogue Valley police and National Guard preparation for rioting that never became. Also shown will be some of the last footage ever taken of Bobby Kennedy, taken during his 1968 visit to Medford. Discussion time to follow presentation. Call 541-773-6536.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
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.
Local History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, historian Larry Mullaly will present “The Bounty of The Land: Southern Oregon Agriculture, 1850-1920 ”at noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The illustrated talk will explore the geographic and economic conditions that enabled Southern Oregon farming to thrive as early as the 1850s and eventually enter the international market. It contrasts the culture of the valley’s older ranching and mixed-use farms with the orchard industry. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Spark Space: Kids can design and build a fun maker project with electronics, cardboard, robotics and more from 2 to 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St., See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.
Spark Space: Kids ages 5 and older can create a different maker project at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.
Tree of Living & Dying: A Gathering for Sacred Story is an evening of storytelling, exploring the powerful relationships between life, death and beyond. Bringing photos or mementos to honor your lost loved ones is encouraged. The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Admission is $15 in advance, and can be purchased online at reshfoundation.org, or $20 at the door. To register, see reshfoundation.org/told
Film & Discussion: Southern Oregon University Student United Nations Club and Peace House will host a screening of the documentary film “The Corporate Coup D’ Etat” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Messe Room of the Hannon Library on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The film explores “sacrifice zones” and how multinational and transnational corporations affect our democracy. Jeff Cohen, a founder of the media watch group FAIR and RootsAction and co-producer of the documentary, will introduce the film and will lead a Q-and-A following the film. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, donations accepted. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Nov. 7
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.
Stamp Club: The Southern Oregon Philatelic Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, for its fall auction of stamps, postal history, cachet covers and collecting supplies. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and free stamps will be provided for children. Call 541-770-1689.
Author Talk: Terry Baum and her editor, Carolyn Myers, will discuss and read scenes from Baum’s anthology “One Dyke’s Theater” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Film Screening: The Ashland Independent Film Festival will hold benefit screening of the documentary film “Fire in Paradise” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. Through first-hand footage of the Camp fire disaster in Northern California and personal interviews with survivors and emergency responders, the film retells the terrifying survival stories from that day. The film won Best Short Film, at the 2019 Hamptons International Film Festival. A Q-and-A session with producer Gary Kout and Ashland Fire & Rescue will follow the screening. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at https://aiffyearroundevents.eventive.org/. All proceeds to benefit North Valley Community Foundation Fire Relief and AIFF. Call 541-488-3823.