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Chinese New Year kickoff, Casino Night and more : Jan. 24-30

Friday, Jan. 24

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.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Morrton’s Bar & Grille, 980 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Bacon and Barrels: Sample extensive varieties of bacon, bacon-inspired appetizers and distilled spirits while attending whiskey lectures and live entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and from noon to 3 p.m., and from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Three sessions will be offered, each with a different focus. On Friday evening, “Winter Warm-Up” will feature a tournament-style competition for local bartenders. A panel of judges will select the best drink. Customers will be able to sample up to 10 drink selections. The first Saturday session, “Rise and Shine,” will feature bacon and drink samples along with a full bacon-themed Bloody Mary bar. The Saturday evening session, “For the Love of Bacon,” will feature a couples game — who knows who best— bacon and drink samples. Tickets are $40 per session and include drink and appetizer samples and a souvenir tasting glass. Must be 21 or older to attend. For tickets see attheexpo.com.

Saturday, Jan. 25

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.

Wildlife Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Siskiyou Mountain Wildlife” at noon Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Jacksonville Library, 340 W. C 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 541-899-1665.

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, Jan. 25, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Book purchases, made by cash or check only, support FOTAS programs. See fotas.org.

Author Talk: Author Francis Pring-Mill will give a talk on his book, “In Harmony with the Tao: A Guided Journey into the Tao Te Ching,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 Nevada St., Ashland. This event will kick off Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association’s annual Chinese New Year celebration. See soccachinesenewyear.org .

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.

Teen Crafternoon: Teens can create “bad art” and showcase it in a contest to win a “tacky trophy” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

Kid Crafts: Children 10 and older can make Valentines and other arts and crafts with recycled books, paint, markers, and other materials from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Kids ages 5-9 may attend with an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.

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. 26

Art & Soul Gallery: Learn how to create a “memory necklace” with artist Eve Margo Withrow from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Art & Soul Gallery, 247 E. Main St., Ashland. Bring any mismatched earrings, necklaces, pendants, favorite beads, one to three necklace chains, and a pair of small needle-nosed pliers. Filler beads and jump rings will be provided. Tickets are $40, and registration is required. Email at info@artandsoulgallery.com, find the event online at eventbrite.com or call 541-488-9006.

Author Talk: Irving Lubliner, son of Holocaust survivor Felicia Bornstein Lubliner, will talk about his mother’s published stories, “Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust,” about her internment in Polish ghettos and two concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rose, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

Library Design Squad: Kids ages 8 and older can join in an afternoon of creativity and collaboration designing and decorating the Children’s Library bulletin board from 1 to 3 p.m. the last Sunday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Call 541-774-8678 or see jcls.org.

Friendship Force: Friendship Force of Southern Oregon will host presenters Debbie and Howard Miller at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Royal Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1055 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. FFSO members and friends will be going to Varel and Hamburg, Germany, this June, and there are still openings. The Millers will show photos and tell about their trip with Friendship Force to Varel and Hamburg in July 2019, hosted by the same clubs that will host this June. Friendship Force is a nonprofit, cultural organization focused on promoting understanding and cultural education through home stays. Admission is free. Call 541-482-4558 or see ffsoregon.org.

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.27

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.

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 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 fourth Monday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

Chili Cook-Off: River’s Edge Academy Charter School will hold its fourth annual chili cook-off fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Monday, January 27, at the REACH School, 290 N.E. C St., Grants Pass. This year’s theme is country western, and the event will also include a country swing dance lesson. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, free for children 10 and younger. Tickets are available at the Cowboy Corral , 421 S.E. Sixth St., Grants Pass or by calling 541-659-3739 or at the REACH School office.

Author Talk: Author and Paradise fire survivor T.K. Banner will talk about her book, “Phoenix Rising From the Ashes,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan.27, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Quilts and Genealogy: The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents Quilts & Genealogy at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Native American and historian Tom Smith, keeper of several quilts made by his grandmother and mother, will share the quilts’ stories and their unique histories. Mostly hand-stitched and embellished with embroidery, ribbons and lace, the ladies made the quilts to commemorate weddings, births, and family celebrations from the 1920s to 1995. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340, email reception.jcgl@gmail.com or stop by the genealogy library for information.

Brain Books Discussion Group: The group meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society” by Nicholas A. Christakis will be discussed. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.

Library Ukuleles: Bring your own ukulele or check one out at the library and join friends in the “play along” ukulele group for adults 18 and older from 2:30 to 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, except December, at the Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

Friends of the Library Reception: Meet the White City Friends of the Library and learn how you can enhance Library programs and services at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Light refreshments will be served. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.

Lego Robotics: Children ages 10 to 14 can build Lego models using Lego Mindstorms and program them to move and react at 3:30 p.m. the fourth 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.

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.

SOCAN: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will host a general meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The documentary film “The Human Element” will be screened, which features subjects who are often overlooked victims of climate change. The film is 80 minutes long. Admission to this event is free. See socan.eco.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Movies and Popcorn: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.

Art in the Library: Children 8 years and older can explore a variety of art projects and mediums from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 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.

Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group: The book group discusses mysteries and welcomes new readers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org for book selection.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Bird Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Birds and Bird Nests” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Talent Library, 101 Home St. Learn about local backyard birds, including how they live, their importance to the world and their life spans. The program includes examples of nests, feathers, birdcalls and local bird trivia. See jcls.org or call 541-535-4163.

History Lecture: Kevin Keating will discuss new interpretations of the Rogue River Indian Wars of the 1850s at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Keating will provide an overview of the history of relations between the American Indians of Southern Oregon and the locals, the Indian agency, and others from the pioneer era to today. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

Author Talk: Author and cancer survivor Lisa Manyon will talk about her book, “The Silver Lining of Cancer,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Author Francis Pring-Mill will give a talk on his book, “In Harmony with the Tao: A Guided Journey into the Tao Te Ching,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 Nevada St., Ashland. This event will kick off Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association’s annual Chinese New Year celebration. See soccachinesenewyear.org . Courtesy photo