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First Friday, lantern-light tour and more: Jan. 3-9

Friday, Jan. 3

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.

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.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Common Block Brewing Company, 315 E. Fifth St., Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 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. On Saturday, Jan. 4, Terry Sullivan of Upper Five Vineyard in Talent, will present “Principles of Organic and Biodynamic Farming.” Learn about the history of Upper Five Vineyards along with their reasons for farming organically and biodynamically and the results they have observed. Email cjmuhr@yahoo.com.

AAUW: All are invited to join the members of the Medford The American Association of University Women at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, for a guided tour of the Holly Theater, 226 W. Sixth St., Medford. Learn about the renovation project and plans for its completion. 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 sgheath2@outlook.com or b.goldfein10@gmail.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.

Crafternoon: Teens and adults can make a new 2020 calendar at noon Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. See jcls.org 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 jcls.org or call 541-899-7438.

Children’s Sing-along: Kids can join in a sing-along to the movie “Frozen” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

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.

Historic Lantern-light Tour: Explore the secrets and mysteries of Jacksonville’s historic Beekman Bank Saturdays, Jan.4, and Feb. 1. Regional historian Ben Truwe pursues secrets lost with the last Beekman in 50-minute candlelight tours beginning at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. each night. Admission is $5. Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people, and reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the preservation and maintenance of the landmark. Email info@historicjacksonville.org or call 541-245-3650.

Sunday, Jan. 5

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.

Monday, Jan. 6

Ashland Garden Club: A presentation, “Growing Backyard Fruits for Flavor and Fun,” will be given at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. Learn how to plant and grow a variety of produce at home. Admission is free. See ashlandorgardenclub.org or call 541-531-0929.

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, Jan. 7

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.

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, Jan. 7, the book to be discussed will be “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. 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.

Teen Library Challenge: Teens are invited to keep quiet while encountering and enduring unique and weird “challenge” games from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

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, Jan. 7, George Kramer, principal of Kramer & Company, a restoration consulting firm based in Ashland, will present “Tales Of Rehabilitation.” Kramer has crawled through basements, found long-hidden tile under carpet, painted signs under siding, found a cannon ball (or a shot put?) in an attic, and the occasional newspaper buried inside a wall. 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.

Historic lantern-light tour