Toy Run, Christmas parades and more: Dec. 6-12
Friday, Dec. 6
Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be open for skating every day through Feb. 17, weather permitting. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks are available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/icerink for schedule and admission information.
Holiday Greens Sale: The Jacksonville Garden Club will offer table arrangements, wreaths and swags from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, following the Victorian Holiday parade, near the Jacksonville Post Office on the corner of Oregon and California Streets. Sweet treats will be available for purchase. Proceeds support local scholarships and beautification projects. Call 541-899-2029.
Book Sale: Friends of the Medford Library will hold a pay-what-you-want book sale from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 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.
Holiday Craft: Make and take home a living holiday decoration using local greenery from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 7, 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, Dec. 6, at Hemi and Hogs Bar & Grill, 100 E. Jackson St., Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.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.
Providence Festival of Trees: Public tours of the trees are open Friday through Sunday at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Hwy.. Admission is $5, with seniors getting in for free Friday, veterans free (with ID) Saturday, and kids free Sunday, which is the day when kids can buy or bring a toy bear and take it to Teddy Bear Hospital for x-rays. Photos with Santa and the holiday store will be open,Friday through Sunday. Trees will be raffled, with raffle drawings at 3 p.m. Sunday. The festival has plenty of live entertainment, including South Medford High School Choir, Sacred Heart Catholic School Chorale, Eagle Point Choir, North Medford Jazz Band, South Medford Jazz Ensemble, Ballet Folklorico, One Voice, Turning Point Dance Studio, Merry Tuba Carolers, Medford Dance Arts Center, Siskiyou Violins, Rogue Valley Alphorns, America’s Best Kids Dance, Miss Diana’s School of Ballet, Fusion Academy Dance and D6 Elementary Choir. Details, tickets and schedules are available at providencefoundations.org/events/.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Oregon Toy Run: The 39th Annual Southern Oregon Toy Run, a benefit motorcycle ride that provides Christmas presents to hundreds of Rogue Valley kids, will be held Saturday, Dec. 7. It starts at 10 a.m. with a social hour at Touvelle Lodge, 9367 Table Rock Road in Central Point. Free donuts and coffee will be served. At noon, riders will travel down Table Rock Road to the Eagle’s Lodge #2093, 2000 Table Rock Road in Medford. Any street-legal motorcycle is welcome, and all are welcome at the Eagle’s Lodge for lunch and dancing. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation. Also look for raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, event T-shirts and live music by the rock and country band Perry Road. See thunderstruckcustombikes.com or call 541-779-0340.
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.
Traveling Lantern Theatre Company: Portland-based Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will perform “Peter Pan” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. 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.
Pet Adoption: A special SoHumane pet adoption day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Southern Oregon Subaru, 3101 Biddle Road, Medford. Dogs recently rescued from California on the Saving Train will arrive before the adoption event. 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 prior to going home. Adoptable dogs and cats can be viewed at sohumane.org. For more information, call 541-779-3215.
SOU Chemistry Club: The Southern Oregon University Chemistry Club will hold a holiday open house and crafting-with-chemistry session from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Science Building on the SOU campus, 1250 Ashland St., Ashland. Make a silver test tube ornament and colorful chromatography paper snowflakes. Families and children of all ages are welcome, and refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but a toy donation to Toys for Tots is requested. Email email@example.com or call 541-552-6341.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, through 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 email@example.com.
Wreath Making: Create a holiday wreath using materials gathered from nature at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Step-by-step instructions and a variety of seasonal greens will be provided. Bring garden clippers and gardening gloves. Admission is $15. To register visit the shop or call 541-482-3241.
Library Lecture: Learn the history of the Rogue River Library from former branch manager MaryAnn Ross and former employee Tish Manley at noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Rogue River Library, 412 E. Main St. See www.jcls.com or call 541-582-1714.
Book Sale: Friends of the Ruch Library will hold a book sale from noon to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Ruch Library, 7919 Highway 238. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds benefit programs, activities and collections at the Ruch library. See www.jcls.com or call 541-899-7438.
Holiday Art Exhibit: 49 regional artists will be featured in an exhibit titled “Holiday Treasures” to be displayed through December at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. A reception for the artists will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Look for artists’ interpretations of angels. The art center’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call 541-941-7057.
Holiday Needle Felting: Make a felted wool ornament or gnome for your holiday decorations from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St. See www.jcls.com or call 541-826-3313.
Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers: The Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers will host its monthly jam session from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at RoxyAnn Grange, 1850 Spring St., Medford. Look for traditional fiddle tunes and vocals at this family-friendly event. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in and dancing is encouraged. Admission is by donation. Call 541-779-8145 or see ootfa4.org for information.
Teen Gamer Day: Teens can play classic and new board games, Giant Jenga, Nintendo Switch 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.
Stories with Santa: Visit Santa and hear him read stories at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Gold Hill Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Treats will be provided. Bring your own camera to take photos with Santa. See www.jcls.com or call 541-855-1994.
Gingerbread Decorating: Frost gingerbread cookies, and decorate a bag to bring them home from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Phoenix Library, 510 W. First St. Pre-registration required. See www.jcls.com or call 541-535-7090.
Holiday Night at the Museum: The Guardians of the Eagle Point Museum will host a holiday party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the museum, 202 N. Royal Ave., Eagle Point. Live music will be preformed by Mostly Country. Also look for carol sing-alongs, door prizes, raffles and refreshments. Admission is free.
Medford Winter Lights Festival: Medford Parks and Recreation will hold its all-ages holiday celebration from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Pear Blossom Park near the Commons, at Fourth and Bartlett streets. Kids can win prizes in a coloring contest, get their peppermint fix at the candy cane hunt at 4:30 p.m., and see Santa Claus light up the park’s Norway spruce at 5:30 p.m., among other holiday-themed performances. Also look for a fireworks display. For more info, call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.
Jacksonville Victorian Christmas: Jacksonville decorates the town in natural greenery with white lights to evoke Christmases past. A Christmas parade is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. On weekends between Dec. 7 and Dec. 22, visitors can take family pictures with Father Christmas, enjoy strolling carolers — some in vintage costumes — and find complimentary hot cider and Jolly Holly Trolley rides. For details, see jacksonvilleoregon.com/victorian-christmas.
Central Point Christmas Parade: Central Point will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 7, with the city’s annual parade and tree lighting, with crafts, games, free hot cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa and trolley rides. The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. at Central Point City Hall on East Pine Street, and the tree will be lit at 6 p.m. For details, see “Special Events” at www.centralpointoregon.gov/parksrec
Grants Pass Christmas Parade: See the community in action as floats, bands and other entertainment march by in the annual Grants Pass Christmas Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sixth and K streets and heads north on Sixth. For details about the parade, see https://travelgrantspass.com/events/christmas-parade-2/
Gold Hill Christmas Celebration: See Santa ride on a vintage fire engine and lead the community lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the park next to the Gold Hill Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Following the tree lighting, the celebration continues at the Gold Hill I.O.O.F. Hall, 483 Fourth Ave., with dinner, visits with Santa and holiday sing-a-longs. Chili and pizza will be served for dinner, along with beverages and deserts. Donations welcome for Can-DO, IOOF, Gold Hill Historical Society.
Sunday, Dec. 8
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.
Local Author Fair: Support and celebrate local literary culture from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Look for author readings and short talks, signed books available for purchase, and prize drawings. See www.jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.
Presentation: Dr. Judith Boice will present “Essential Oils for the Whole Family” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Natural Grocers, 1990 N. Pacific Highway, Medford. Learn how to safely and effectively use essential oils to support you and your family’s health. Following the presentation, attendees can create essential oil ornaments. Call 541-245-0100.
Abundance Swap: Bring three items you own that someone might like to give as a gift and pick out items for your friends and family during the free,18th annual Abundance Swap from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Doors open at 1 p.m. The event is a community celebration of giving and community. See abundanceswap.org.
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, Dec. 9
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.
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.
Community Discussion: Marion Moore of the Ashland Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission will host a community discussion on what you as an individual can do about climate change at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call or text 541-601-9514.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
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, Dec. 10, at Elmer’s Restaurant, 2000 Biddle Road, Medford. The club chapter encompasses all of Southern Oregon. For reservations, call 541-951-1972.
Art Escapades: Adults can paint watercolor constellation greeting cards, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Supplies and tea will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.
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.
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. The book to be discussed Tuesday, Dec. 10, will be “Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think” by Peter H. Diamand. 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. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, botanist and forest ecologist Ken Carloni will present “The Friends of the Enemies of Your Enemies are Your Friends: The Fascinating Ecology of the “Parasitic” Orchids of SW Oregon.” Carloni will discuss hypotheses to explain the intriguing ecological web of relationships that connect forest trees, mycorrhizae, mycotrophic orchids, and their pollinators in a complex mutualism to defend their alliance against insect pests. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. See siskiyousummits.weebly.com.
Southern Oregon Photographic Association: The local camera club will host landscape and travel photographer Sean Bagshaw, who will present a slide show, “Adventures In Light,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Town Hall at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Bagshaw will share images and stories from his early adventures that led to him becoming a landscape photographer, as well as what he has learned about light, weather, composition and creative vision along the way. Bagshaw’s expeditions take him to all corners of the globe. He is a founding member of Photo Cascadia, a Pacific Northwest-based photography team, and a digital image enthusiast and photography educator. Admission is free, and coffee and desert will be served. See sopacameraclub.com.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
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.
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. 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. 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.
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.
Peppermint Crafts: Friends and families can learn how to create a peppermint spray using essential oils at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Phoenix Library, 510 W. First St. Registration is required, and materials will be provided. See www.jcls.com or call 541-535-7090.
Thursday, Dec. 12
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.
An Evening with The Hearth: Six diverse community leaders will share a memorable experience from their personal life during “An Evening with The Hearth: Night of the Storytellers” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Storytellers include Danielle Mancuso from The Lantern; Cesar Flores from Noche de Cuentos; fiddler and storyteller Kevin Carr; writer and poet Alma Rosa Alvarez; story coach and author Jay Golden; and Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli. Live music will be performed by Hollis Peach. Admission is a $10 to $20 donation requested at the door to benefit The Hearth’s community-building efforts. See thehearthcommunity.com/.