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Transit Equity Day, Pub Talk and more: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Friday, Jan. 31

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Centennial Grille, 1900 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Casino Night: Young Professionals Network will host a casino night from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The night will kick off with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Blackjack, Texas Hold ’em and roulette tables will open at 7 p.m. At the end of the event, cash in chips for a chance to win prizes. Admission is $45 or $65 for a double ticket, and cocktail party attire is suggested. Must be 21 or older to attend, and registration is required. See medfordchamber.com or call 541-779-4847.

Short Films Screening: The Ashland Independent Film Festival will hold a screening of Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. Animated films will be screened first with an intermission followed by live action shorts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at ashlandfilm.org or at the theatre box office. Call 541-482-3321.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 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. On Saturday, Feb. 1, the club will host their annual seed exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Bring seeds, cuttings, bulbs or plants to share and take those that interest you. A small donation is requested. Email cjmuhr@yahoo.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.

AAUW Meeting: The American Association of University Women will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Rogue Credit Union building, 1330 Poplar Drive, Medford. The featured presenter will be Eric Dittmer, who will present “Earthquake Preparedness.” The short program will be an overview of KidTime, the nonprofit children’s museum in Medford that offers classes, events and exhibits for children ages 8 and younger. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, with membership offered to women and men who hold degrees from two-year or four-year accredited colleges or universities. Email sgheath2@outlook.com or b.goldfein10@gmail.com.

Valentine Craft Time: Make a Valentine and Valentine’s Day-themed craft Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Rogue River Library, 412 E. Main St. Children can create from 11 a.m. to noon, teens and adults are invited from noon to 1 p.m. 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. Items are $1 each or fill a grocery bag for $5. Proceeds benefit programs, activities and collections at the Ruch library. See jcls.org or call 541-899-7438.

Library of Things Mystery Lab: Discover Jackson County Library System’s “Library of Things,” the collection of items other than books and media that you can borrow with your library card from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Try out sewing machines, puzzles, a giant Connect 4 game and more during this hands-on program. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Art Presence Art Center: The art center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will hold a grand reopening from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, featuring guest artists and the Calligraphers’ Guild exhibits “Wit and Wisdom” and “On the Same Page” in the Main Gallery. Also look for gallery members exhibiting works in watercolor, acrylic, oil and photography. The Galleria will display handmade gifts, jewelry, small paintings, woodworkings of boxes and bowls, and unusual colored-glass items. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Call 541-941-7057.

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 Saturday, 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. 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, Feb. 2

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.

Film Screening: The Living/Dying Alliance of Southern Oregon will hold a screening and discussion of the 2011 film “The Descendants” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Explore death and dying as it relates to family dynamics, challenges and opportunities. Admission is free; donations accepted. Film is rated R. See livingdyingalliance.com or call 541-708-0766.

Monday, Feb. 3

Ashland Garden Club: Sherri Morgan, Master Gardener, will present “Nourishing Your Garden with Fertilizers & Soil” at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way. Learn about why plants need fertilizer, what fertilizer to use, how best to use it and more. 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.

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. 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.

Author Talk: Author Heather Ash Amara, via web chat, and Kathy Green will talk about Amara’s book, “The Warrior Heart Practice: A Simple Process to Transform Confusion into Clarity and Pain into Peace,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

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, Feb. 4, the book to be discussed will be “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. 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 Mini Golf: Teens can play a round of mini-golf through the beautiful “vistas” of the Medford Teen Library’s bookshelves from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8685.

Transit Equity Day: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will host a Transit Equity Day in honor of the 107th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ birth and the rights of all people to high-quality public transportation powered by clean, renewable energy from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions across the United States to promote public transit as a civil right. Speakers will include Linda Peterson Adams of the Ashland Transportation Commission, Misha

Hernandez (Regional Staff Oregon AFL-CIO), Marion Moore (Ashland Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission), and RTVD’s Paige West. See socan.eco.

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, Feb. 4, Anna C. Sloan, University of Oregon PhD student and participant in the archaeological research project at Nunalleq in Alaska, presents “Archaeology in Western Alaska: Exploring Ancient Identities at the Nunalleq Site.” Sloan will explore the social identities of Nunalleq’s past peoples through artifacts found at the site, ethnographic accounts, and interviews with Yup’ik elders from Quinhagak. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

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.

History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, former Southern Oregon University President Roy Saigo will present “Southern Oregon University: Its History and Significance” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Saigo will review the history of SOU from 1872 to 2016, focusing on the impact and significance of its presence in the Rogue Valley. He then will share some of the environmental, fiscal, social, institutional and cultural challenges he and his staff faced from 2014 to 2016. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Spark Space Makers: 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.

Spark-Maker Space: Kids ages 5 and older can create a different maker project at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.

Natural History Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present “Natural History of the Oregon Trail” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Gold Hill Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Learn about the animals, plants, and geology of the Oregon and Applegate Trails, including game animals like bison, elk, deer and quail, as well as the predators like coyotes. Touch animal hides, horns, and feathers from all of the mammals and birds discussed. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.

Film Screening: The Oregon premiere of the post-apocalyptic sci-fi indie feature film “Atomic Apocalypse” will be screened at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. The movie, filmed in Weed, Calif., follows Kate as she struggles with her family to survive in a post-apocalyptic wilderness. Without gasoline, electricity or communications, humanity is devolving into a barbarous society of hunting and pillaging. Strange mutated black flowers grow from the radioactive rubble and like humans, the flowers can kill or they can heal. Will self-interest or community win the day? Tickets are $12.96 and are available online at eventbrite.com.

Thursday, Feb. 6

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.

Seed Swap: Bring your vegetable and flower seeds to trade with other gardeners from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The Nature Center will have low-cost seed available for purchase. Please bring containers or envelopes to take seed home. Admission is free. See ashlandparksandrec.org or call 541-488-6606.

Stamp Club: The Southern Oregon Philatelic Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, for its winter auction of stamps, postal history, cachet covers and collecting supplies. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and free stamps will be provided for children. Call 541-770-1689.

Author Talk: Author Susanne Severeid will talk about her book, “Be the Author of Your Life: Writing and Publishing the Book of Your Dreams,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

People wait to catch the bus at the Rogue Valley Transportation District depot on South Front Street in Medford.{ }File photo / Mail Tribune