Festival of Light, Railroad Show and more: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
Friday, Nov. 29
Fine Art Show & Sale: The Ashland Zen Center will hold a fine art show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Welcome Center, 76 E. Main St., Ashland. Hundreds of items including paintings, sculpture, photography and prints, textiles and clothing, jewelry and pottery will be available. Also look for raffles, a silent auction, food and more. Proceeds to benefit Ashland Zen Center. See ashlandzencenter.org or call 541-201-1160.
Holiday Community Celebration: Northwest Nature Shop will hold a community holiday celebration and open house from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Look for local holiday craft vendors, wine tastings, a holiday magic show performed by Magical Michael at 1:30 and 3 p.m., and live music performed by Robbie DaCosta from 4 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. See northwestnaturehop.com or call 541-482-3241.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at El Molcajete Cantina, 960 N. Phoenix Road, Suite 103, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Railroad Show: Explore railroad history and hobby model trains at the 42nd annual Rogue Valley Railroad Show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in Seven Feathers Event Center at the Expo, 1 Penniger Road, Central Point. More than two dozen exhibits will display model trains, toy trains, train rides and historically real full-sized trains. Look for model train vendors, history displays, raffles and more. Admission is $5, $1 for ages 6 through 12, free for ages 5 and younger. Proceeds benefit the programs at Medford Railroad Park. Email firstname.lastname@example.org oor call 541-613-1638 for information.
American Legion: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 15 will hold a craft and bake sale to raise funds for local veteran families in need and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars office, 241 E. Barnett Road, Medford, located behind Winco, next to the Southern Oregon Moose Lodge. Call 541-601-9241.
Wreath-making at Hanley Farm: Learn to make your own holiday wreath from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Wreath-making kits will available for $15 for nonmembers or $10 for SOHS members. Kits include a grapevine base, choice of greens and berries, wire and clippers. Volunteers will be on site to give wreath-making advice. Some ribbon will be available, along with warm drinks and snacks for purchase. Santa and one of his elves will be there, with activities for children. For details, see sohs.org/node/185006.
Beekman House Christmas Tour: See how Christmas was celebrated in the late 1800s and learn about holiday tradition origins during guided tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 29, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. Also look for “Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar,”which has antiques, collectibles, old-fashioned toys, hand-crafts, holiday items, and more available for purchase. Proceeds from both the tours and the bazaar go toward maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings, programs and events. Call 541-245-3650 or email email@example.com.
Historic Bank Tour: Step behind the counter of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30- Dec. 29, 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, gold shipping, and 19th-century banking practices. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds go toward maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings, programs and events. Call 541-245-3650 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Waggin’ Tales Used Book Sale: Friends of the Animal Shelter’s pay-what-you-want book sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Book purchases, made by cash or check only, support FOTAS programs. This sale will be the last one of the year. See fotas.org.
Sunday, Dec. 1
Soroptimist Holiday Home Tour: The 28th annual Soroptimist Holiday Home Tour features five private homes decorated for the holidays around Medford and Central Point, including two bed-and-breakfasts. The homes will be open for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Tickets cost $20, and proceeds benefit local community organizations. Tickets are available at Essentials Home Decor 114 W. Main St., in downtown Medford; Medford Visitor Center, 1314 Center Dr.; Judy’s Central Point Florist, 337 E. Pine St.; Country Quilts, 214 E. California St., Jacksonville; and Tom Randall State Farm office in Grants Pass. For more information, see si-medford.org.
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.
Northwest Bird Club: Owners of pet birds meet 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.
Book Restoration Presentation: Book restoration expert Sophia Bogle will present “Save Your Books & Save Civilization: Preservation Treatments and Options for Broken Books” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Bogle, author of “Book Restoration Unveiled: An Essential Guide for Bibliophiles,” will talk about archival methods of book repair and restoration. See jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.
Monday, Dec. 2
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.
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.
Traveling Lantern Theatre Company: Portland-based Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will perform “Peter Pan” at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the Ashpole Center in the Eagle Point City Hall, 17 S Buchanan Ave., next to the Eagle Point library. The children’s play flies away with the Darling children to Neverland, where Peter — a daring, courageous and mischievous boy — battles with a band of pirates and his archenemy, the villainous Captain Hook. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Traveling Lantern Theatre Company: Portland-based Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will perform “The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge, or A Christmas Carol” at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the Rogue River library, 412 East Main St. The children’s play tells the story of a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer with no care for anything other than his money. His one and only friend visits him as a ghost and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for and giving to others. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Teen Video Game Tournament: Teens can battle for first place in a video game tournament from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Play on PS4, Nintendo, Wii or computer. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
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, Dec. 3, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance 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.
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, Dec. 3, historian Mary Tsui will present “Nuggets from the Archives.” Tsui has been transcribing Jackson County Commissioners’ minutes from the first 20 years, 1852-1874, and she will share what’s she’s learned, such as 150 years ago Jackson County was multi-cultural, residents were obsessed with transportation of all kinds, and the county was “awash in liquor.” Discussion and Q-and-A time will follow the presentation. Call 541-773-6536.
Southern Oregon Photographic Association: The Southern Oregon Photographic Association will meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Projected and printed images of the club’s monthly competitions will be presented. Admission is free. See sopacameraclub.com.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
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, reference librarian Julie Drengson will present “The Amazing and All-Too Short Career of Sheriff August Singler” at noon Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. August Singler was a Medford police constable and for a brief time Jackson County Sheriff until he was killed in the line of duty in April, 1913. He was called “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sleuth Singler” for the way that he pursued clues and perpetrators in the name of justice. His life and career were cut short while attempting to arrest a young man wanted for robbery. 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-Maker 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.
Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group: The book group dedicated to discussing mysteries will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd, to discuss “Ill Wind” by Nevada Barr. The book group typically meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library and welcomes new readers. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.
Discussion Group: Ashland Death Cafe will hold a discussion group at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 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, Dec. 5
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.
Author Talk: Author and former Ashland resident Peg Bowden will give a reading of her book, “Stranger at my Door: A Memoir,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Also look for an art exhibit by Betty LaDuke reflecting her recent visit to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gallery Opening: Trace West will hold a grand opening of its contemporary art and furniture gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at 469 B St., Ashland. Look for contemporary artisans’ works in a range of mediums, including textiles, lighting, ceramics and other applied media. See tracewest.com or call 503-856-5465.
Poetry Reading: Rabbi Joshua Boettiger and Rabbi David Zaslow will give a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Boettiger will read new poems from his in-process collection, “The Trouble With Omens.” Zaslow will read poems, old and new, with a focus on the soul in the world of time and space. Call 541-292-0805.