Winter Fine Arts Festival, Christmas parties and more: Dec. 13-18
Friday, Dec. 13
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.
Brain Time: Seniors 55 and older can play a variety of word games and puzzles or color from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Friday of each month, except in December which will meet on Friday, Dec. 6, at Central Point Library, 116 S. Third St. See jcls.com or call 541-664-3228.
Stories with Santa: Visit Santa and hear him read stories at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Treats will be provided. Bring your own camera to take photos with Santa. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.
Author Talk: Author Lily Myers Kaplan will talk about her book, “Loss to Legacy: A stepping stone path to healing and transformation,” and give a synopsis of the stepping stone process of moving through mourning to find meaning, at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Art Presence Art Center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. See reshfoundation.org.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at River Station, 510 E. Main St., Suite G, Rogue River. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
Winter Fine Arts Festival: Ashland High School will showcase student art at its 28th annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Friday, Dec. 13, in the school’s Mountain Avenue Theatre and Commons, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Exhibits include illustration, painting, textiles, digital art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and woodworking, along with live performances by the school’s orchestra, band, dance troupe, vocal and theater ensembles. Exhibits open at 5:30 p.m. and are complemented by a light dinner prepared by Culinary Arts teacher Jake Taub and his advanced students. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Ages 4 and younger get in free. All ticket purchases include admission to the art exhibits, performances, silent auction and light dinner. Proceeds support arts programs through Ashland High Arts Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to creating accessible arts programs for K-12. See ashlandarts.org for information.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Holiday Boutique: The Talent Library Club will hold a holiday boutique sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Look for new or gently-used items such as CDs, movies, kids’ books, knick-knacks and puzzles. All donations received help provide programming and materials for the Talent library. See jcls.org or call 541-535-4163.
Second Saturday Arts: Make seasonal crafts to share the second Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Applegate library, 18485 N. Applegate Road, and at 3 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-846-7346 or 541-774-6996.
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 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Children’s Christmas Party: Visit Santa and hear him read stories at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the White City Library, 3143 Avenue C. Treats and activities will be provided. See www.jcls.com or call 541-864-8880.
Author Signing: Regional author Ellie Alexander will sign copies of her novel, “A Cup of Holiday Fear!,” the newest in her Bakeshop Mystery series, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8679.
Winery Christmas Party: Naumes Suncrest Winery will hold a holiday party and ugly sweater contest from 1 to 7 p.m. at the winery, 1950 Suncrest Road, Talent. Look for raffles and compete for prizes. Live music will be performed by Not Too Shabby. Tickets are $25, and includes a glass of wine and appetizers. Youth tickets are $12.50 for ages 21 and younger, and include choice of blackberry or clementine Izze and appetizers. A portion of ticket sale proceeds will benefit Every Child, an organization dedicated to helping children in foster care. See Naumes Suncrest Winery on Facebook.com or call 541-608-1755.
Santa’s Christmas Party: Santa and Mrs. Claus will throw a winter party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Take a picture with Santa and other characters and create holiday crafts. Also look for a guessing jar, treats and an ugly sweater contest. See www.jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Family Game Play Day: Play a variety a variety of ever-changing games from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Central Point Library, 116 S. Third St. See www.jcls.com or call 541-664-3228.
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.
Cookie Decorating: Decorate a gingerbread cookie with icing, sprinkles, and dried fruit from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Ruch Library, 7919 Highway 238. Gluten-free cookies will be available. See www.jcls.com or call 541-899-7438.
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.
Teen Crafternoon: Teens and pre-teens can learn to decorate cookies like a professional with Jolene Buccino, founder and owner of Jolene’s Sweets, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. A decorating contest will follow. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
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 email@example.com or call 541-292-7879.
Saturday Movie Matinee: Enjoy a movie and popcorn with family and friends at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Popcorn will be served. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.
Holiday Arts & Crafts: Kids 11 and older can make holiday decorations with recycled books, washi tape, markers, ribbon, stencils and more from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Gold Hill Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Children ages 5 to 10 years may participate with an adult. See www.jcls.com or call 541-855-1994.
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.
Christmas on a Covered Bridge: The McKee Bridge Historical Society will hold a holiday celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at historic McKee Bridge in Applegate. Look for cookie decorating, holiday music, displays of antique dolls, toys and Christmas decorating techniques. Hot cocoa, cider and tea will be served, and the Ruch Outdoor Community School will lead carols at 3:30 p.m. To get to the bridge from Jacksonville, travel 6.5 miles south on Highway 238 to Ruch. From Ruch, turn left on to Upper Applegate Road (County Road 859), and continue south approximately 8 miles to McKee Bridge Day Use Area.
First Frost Gala: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will host its annual “First Frost Gala” from 2:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 95 Winburn Way, across from Lithia Park, Ashland. Look for hockey exhibitions, figure skating performances, live DJ music and more. The ice rink will be open through Feb. 17. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks will be available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/IceRink for schedule and admission information.
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.
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.
Contra Dance: A Contra Dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners instruction begins at 7 p.m., and dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Becky Nankivell will call dance steps, and the Carr Family Band will perform live music. No perfumes or scented oils, and clean bodies and clothes are encouraged. No partners necessary. Admission is $8-$15, free for children and those not dancing. Call 541-821-0997.
Sunday, Dec. 15
Friendship Celebration: Equamore Horse Sanctuary will hold a year-end friendship celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Equamore Sanctuary, 4723 Highway 66, Ashland. Visit with the horses and enjoy a cup of hot cider and other refreshments. Admission is free. See firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-482-5550.
Monday, Dec. 16
Make It Art Monday: Adults can create a range of crafts from noon to 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month, except for January and February which will meet on the fourth Monday, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Winter Market: Seasonal produce, crafts, specialty foods, drinks and more are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 25, at the Phoenix Plaza Civic Center, 220 N. Main St.. See rvgrowersmarket.com.
Casual Memoir Writing: Learn how to write and complete a short memoir of a specific memory using a simple method from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, at the Central Point Library, 116 S. Third St. Writing samples and supplies will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.
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. Find Tuesday Afternoon Knitters on Facebook.
Travel Stories: History buffs and travelers Dan and Carol Nielson will give a free presentation “Christmas in Europe” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Learn about the different Christmas celebrations and customs in countries throughout Europe and how they differ from those found in the United States. See www.jcls.org or call 541-878-8870.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Color Happy: Coloring sessions for adults are held from 10 to 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Applegate Library, 18485 N. Applegate Road. Coloring supplies, hot drinks and treats are provided. See www.jcls.com or call 541-846-7346.
Guild Lecture: Paul and Barbara Young will present “Nepal and the Mystical Himalayas” at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The Youngs will discuss Nepali culture and customs, dispel a few myths, and share Nepal’s topography, natural history, and demographics. See www.jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Board Game Day: Play popular board games and Wii with friends from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the White City Library, 3143 Avenue C. See www.jcls.com or call 541-864-8880.
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.
Welcome Winter: Children ages 4 and older can celebrate the arrival of winter with a variety of activities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Look for beeswax candle rolling, cookie decorating, solstice stories and more. See www.jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.