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AIFF volunteer info, author talks and more: Jan. 10-16

Friday, Jan. 10

Center for the Visual Arts: New winter exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed through Friday, Jan. 24, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Megan Ross‘ photography exhibit “Unpeel,” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Katie Vermillion’s multimedia work, “Art Expressing Emotion,” in the Thorndike Gallery; Chella Foster-Flynn’s paintings “Mudlark,” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery, and a group exhibition of work by the Ingram Studio group in the Art Department Chairs and Boise-Cascade Galleries. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Email at cvagalleries@sou.edu or call 541-621-6605.

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, at Central Point Library, 116 S. Third St. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Weekend Beer Company, 550 S.W. Sixth St., Grants Pass. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Winter Bird Walk: Stroll through North Mountain Park in search of over-wintering birds with Rogue Valley Audubon member Vince Zauskey, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Participants should bring binoculars; the Nature Center will have a few available for check-out. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.

Mountain Stars Quilt Guild: The guild will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Live Oak Grange, 120 Gardiner St., Rogue River. Learn Daisy Chain, straight stitch and French knots during the early bird craft time at 9:30 a.m. Bring a ten inch square crazy block already assembled to join in. A potluck lunch will be held at 11 a.m. Bring a dish to share, any quilts you wish to show, and win fat quarters by bringing in an Asian- or Australian- themed quarter. See msquilters.com or email mfinch@charter.net.

Wildlife Presentation: John Jackson f Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Siskiyou Mountain Wildlife” at noon Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Rogue River Library, 412 E. 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 jcls.org or call 541-582-1714.

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.

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 jcls.org 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.

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.

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 k.mallams1@gmail.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.

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.

BYO Campaign Party: Talent Zero Waste Team and the Grotto Pizzeria will host a community party to launch the community’s Bring Your Own campaign at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Grotto at 302 E. Main St., Talent. Look live gypsy jazz performed by Dayton Mason, drawings for reusable items, prizes for the best “trash fashion,” displays of sample BYO containers and more. The campaign is directed to reducing the use of single-use products for food service by using one’s own containers for beverages, takeout and utensils. Call 541-535-9055.

Second Saturday Arts: Make seasonal crafts to share the second Saturday of every month at 3 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-846-7346 or 541-774-6996.

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.

Sunday, Jan. 12

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.

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, Jan. 13

Music Lecture: The Rogue Valley District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the Nellie Tholen fund presents a free music lecture from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Jan. 13, at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland. Johnandrew Slominski, former theory and aural skills faculty at the Eastman School of Music, will present “Acquiring Aural Skills: Listening Deeply,” a discussion about teaching and learning through a nuanced aural curriculum. Skills discussed include sight-singing, solfege and solmization, dictation, playing by ear, improvisation and more. Admission is free. See roguevalleyomta.wixsite.com

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.

Teen Crafternoon: Teens can create a time capsule of hopes and goals for 2020 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 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.

Author Talk: Author and former Oregon lawmaker Les AuCoin will talk about his book, “Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

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.

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, Jan. 14, will be “Frog Music,” by Emma Donoghue. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

AIFF Volunteer Opportunity Info Night: The Ashland Independent Film Festival will give an informational presentation on the many volunteer opportunities available for this year’s festival from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at ScienceWorks Museum 1500 E. Main St. Ashland, and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the new AIFF Film Center 839 E. Main St., Ashland. For more information or to fill out a 2020 volunteer form, see ashlandfilm.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. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. See siskiyousummits.weebly.com.

Southern Oregon Photographic Association: The local camera club will host local photographer Debra Harder, who will share her photographic journey of the past year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Town Hall at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Harder will include images from her travels to Venice, Rome, Paris and the Faroe Islands. She will also discuss her various portrait projects and making the transition from still photography to video. Admission is free, and coffee and desert will be served. See sopacameraclub.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

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 jcls.org or call 541-846-7346.

History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, Ashland Fire & Rescue Wildfire Division Chief Chris Chambers will present “Fire History: Indigenous Burning to Recent Wildfires, What Have We Learned?” at noon Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Chambers will talk about the state of wildfires and forests, exploring how we got here and what we need to learn from traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous tribes of the area along, with recent science to help us chart a new path to resiliency in a changing climate. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

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 jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.

Art in the Library: Children ages 8 years and older can explore a variety of art projects and mediums from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 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.

Wildlife Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Mammals of Southern Oregon” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Explore more than 16 real animal skulls, furs, scat, and tracks. This program includes a hands-on activity making your own animal tracks. No live animals will be present. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Schneider Museum of Art: New winter exhibits featuring “Two Generations: Joe Feddersen & Wendy Red Star,” will be on display through March 14, at the Schneider Museum of Art, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana streets, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. This exhibition presents the work of two Northwest Indigenous artists who work across media and whose work responds, on their own terms, to historic and contemporary misrepresentations of Native Americans. Highlights from the Permanent Collection and Masterworks on Loan will also be on display in the Entry Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-552-6245.

Open Mic Without a Mic Poetry Reading: The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will host open-mic readings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and readings begin at 7 p.m. The suggested theme is “L’Cheim! To Life!” Call 541-512-1007 for information.

Author Talk: Author Glenn Hill will talk about his novel, “The Violin Maker,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will give an informational presentation on the many volunteer opportunities available for this year’s festival from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at ScienceWorks Museum 1500 E. Main St. Ashland, and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the new AIFF Film Center 839 E. Main St., Ashland. For more information or to fill out a 2020 volunteer form, see ashlandfilm.org.