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Labyrinth walk, Global Peace Dance and more: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Friday, Dec. 27

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.

Geology Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Rocks, Minerals and Fossils” at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the Shady Cove Library, 22477 Highway 62. Learn about different types of rocks and minerals, how fossils are formed, Oregon’s geology and more. All participants will receive a free rock sample to add to or start their own rock collection. See jcls.com or call 541-878-2270.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape Street, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Saturday, Dec. 28

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 info@historicjacksonville.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 info@historicjacksonville.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 held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 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.

Wildlife Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Siskiyou Mountain Wildlife” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St. Jackson will discuss 14 different animals and share furs, pelts, and feathers from a wolverine, lynx, spotted skunk, bald eagle, fisher and marten. Also learn about the formation of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Following the program, each participant will receive a detailed animal-themed coloring page. See www.jcls.com or call 541-826-3313.

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.

Community Talk: Rob Schläpfer will lead a free conversation “It’s Getting Better All The Time” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Explore ideas related to the work of Steven Pinker, Hans Rosling, Bjorn Lomborg, and others. Email at rob@saveamerica.info or see saveamerica.info.

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.

Monday, Dec. 30

Author Talk: Local author Tom Tom will discuss his book “Hollywood D,” at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 51 N Main St, Ashland. Call 541-482-6414.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Teen Movie Matinee: Teens can watch the “Teen’s Choice of the Best Movie of 2019” as voted on by Medford area teens at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See www.jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.

“Visioning 2020: Embodying the New Story of Humanity”: Nia black belt and sacred movement leader Rachael R. Resch will facilitate the 16th annual Nia New Year dance celebration from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey, #10, in Ashland. The cost is $18. Call 541-301-3493, or email nia-ashland@jeffnet.org.

Labyrinth Walk: The 21st annual Ashland Sacred Labyrinth Walk will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 to Wednesday, Jan.1, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. New Year’s Day on the 11-circuit Chartres pattern labyrinth at Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main St. Contemplative music will accompany the walk. The event is open to everyone. Minors should be accompanied by parent or guardian. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted. For information, see facebook.com/AshlandSacredWalkToNewYear .

Global Peace Dance: The 28th annual Global Peace Dance with Sufi singing and dances of universal peace will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Geo Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Suggested donation of $10-$20. Call 541-890-1337.

NYE Dance Party: A 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve dance party will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Look for a dance theater performance by Zelenika, and music by ATYYA, SaQi, Morillo, Rorschack and Akal Dub. Tickets are $30 to $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Party is open to ages 21 and older only. Tickets are available online at liveatthearmory.com or at The Music Coop, 268 E Main St, Ashland. Call 541-488-7001.

Wednesday, Jan. 1

HAPPY NEW YEAR

*Please note: All libraries are closed*

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.

Thursday, Jan. 2

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, Jan. 2, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford. The topic to be covered will be a visual presentation on stamp essays and proofs. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and free stamps will be provided for children. Call 541-770-1689.

Ashlanders take part in a labyrinth walk. File photo