Siskiyou Film Fest, Red Hat Society and more: Feb. 7-13
Friday, Feb. 7
Center for the Visual Arts: New winter exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed Friday, Feb. 7, through Friday, Feb. 28, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Livia Eddins‘ paintings “Duality of Discomfort and Beauty,” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Rafael Ordorica-Rea’s photography, “Places and Spaces,” in the Thorndike Gallery; a photography exhibit from the 2019 Portrait Slam, curated by Travis Toll, in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Maeve Payne’s work “Hurt Me, Heal Me,” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery, and Sarah Shebaro’s exhibit “A Time and A Place,” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-621-6605.
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.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Jackson Creek Pizza Co., 317 E. Main Street, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
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.
Crab and Shrimp Feast: Medford Congregational United Church of Christ will host its 17th annual all-you-can-eat shelled crab and shrimp feast Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-9, at the church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. First seating is at 5 p.m. and a second seating will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Dinner also includes green salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Tickets are $37.50, $15 for children, and reservations are required. Pre-ordered take-out is available. For tickets, email at email@example.com or call 541-772-8860.
Daddy-Daughter Dance: Medford Parks and Recreation will hold its 17th annual Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, at the Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The night includes dinner, dancing, a DJ, a professional keepsake photo. Pre-registration is required and children must be 4 years or older. Tickets are $37 per person. To register see playmedford.com or call 774-2400.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Chinese New Year Celebration—Year of the Rat: The Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association will present its annual Chinese New Year celebration Saturday, Feb. 8, in Jacksonville. The festivities begin with a parade at 10 a.m. Look for large dragon and lion puppets, along with community groups, marching on California Street. Children’s activities will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., including jump houses on the City Hall grounds, 206 N. Fifth St., and lantern building, face-painting and games at IOOF Hall, 175 S. Oregon St. Tai Chi will be demonstrated at the Jacksonville community center, 160 E. Main St. Magician Calvin Kai Ku will present “Lunar Illusions,” at 2 p.m. at the Bigham Knoll Ballroom, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive. At the Jacksonville library, anthropologist Chelsea Rose will present a lecture, “From Jacksonville to John Day: Uncovering the History of Oregon’s Early Chinese Residents,” at 12:30 p.m. Many other events take place around the town during the celebration such as Chinese calligraphy, history and music presentations, and cooking and wellness demonstrations. See soccachinesenewyear.org for a full list of activities.
Pet Adoption: A special SoHumane pet adoption day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the South Medford Grange Co-Op, 2531 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Dogs recently rescued from central California on the Saving Train will arrive before the adoption event. These are healthy, adoptable pets who have been overlooked or have run out of time or space at overcrowded shelters. Every dog will be up-to-date on routine vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, dewormed, microchipped and spayed/neutered before going home. The Grange Co-Op will supply each pet and their new owners with an adoption package full of goodies to help the dogs settle in to their new homes. Also look for pet themed raffles. Adoptable dogs and cats can be viewed at sohumane.org. For more information, call 541-779-3215.
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.
Author Talk: Local author Sue DeMarinis will present a slideshow and talk about her new historical fiction novel, “The Station Master’s Wife — A Scandalous Life Exposed,” about the changes and scandals that the railroad brought to the Rogue Valley in the 1880s, at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St., Rogue River. Call 541-864-8850.
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.
Author Talk: Local author Sue DeMarinis will read excerpts and talk about her second historical novel, “The Station Master’s Wife: A Scandalous Life Exposed,” at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. See jcls.com or call 541-582-1714.
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.
Medford Teen Crafternoon: Teens can create duct tape roses and other sweet treat flowers to give or keep for Valentine’s Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
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 March, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and April through June at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. All skill levels are welcome. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ashland Teen Crafternoon: In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, teens can share their love with homeless dogs and cats at the Jackson County Animal Shelter by creating toys to be donated to the shelter, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.
Valentine Craft: Create a Valentine for someone special from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Paper, stickers, colorful pictures, yarn, bling, lace and more will be provided. See jcls.com or call 541-899-7438.
Love in the Library: Families and friends can join in an afternoon of live music by Dennis Caraher, Valentine crafts, and cookie decorating to celebrate Valentine’s Day at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.
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.
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, Feb. 9
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.
Jane Austen Society: The group will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Talent library, 101 Home St. There will be a reading of Lauren Gunderson’s play “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.
Rogue Valley Old Timer Car Club: People interested in old car mechanics, restoration and touring in their cars are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, 1130 Hazel St., Central Point. Membership is open to anyone who owns a car or truck 30 years old or older. Call 541-227-3030.
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.
Siskiyou Film Festival: KS Wild will present its 18th annual Siskiyou Film Festival from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Grants Pass High School Preforming Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St. The Siskiyou Film Fest focuses on the activism, science and history of the environmental movement and features award-winning films about people creating real world solutions to today’s challenges on a local, regional and global scale. Also look for booths showcasing more than 20 local organizations, raffles, a special tribute to Grandma Aggie and Q-and-A sessions with filmmakers and producers. Dinner from Jefferson Farm Kitchen and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the one-hour intermission. Doors open at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online at siskiyoufilmfest.org or at Oregon Books and Games, 150 N.E. E. St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students at the door.
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.
Film Screening: The nonprofit group TLC Transitional Life Care will present a free screening of the film “Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. This film is part of TLC’s “Teaching of the Masters” film series. Popcorn will be served. Email at TLCashland@icloud.com.
Monday, Feb. 10
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.
S.T.E.A.M. Coding Lab: Kids ages 10 to 14 years can learn how to use “Scratch,” a programming language, to create animated programs at 3:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. See jcls.com or call 541-864-8880.
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, maintaining and populating a safe environment for fish and water plants, or solving problems in an existing pond. Call 541-601-5225 for directions to the meetings and information.
Author Talk: Nancy C. Mansfield, author of “28 Day Joy Challenge,” and Kate Ingram, author of “The Grab & Go Grief Kit,” will talk about their books at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
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.
Red Hat Society: Women of all ages — dressed in red hats and purple attire — are invited to meet for a social lunch the second Tuesday of each month. Time and location will be provided upon registration. The Red Hat Society is an international social organization that aims to provide women with opportunities for pleasant social interaction. For further information or to register, call 541-702-2311.
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.
Makey-Makey Music: Children 7 years and older can explore the possibilities of making all kinds of music using Makey-Makey electronic invention kits at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. See jcls.com or call 541-864-8880.
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, Feb. 11, will be “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.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 Jim Ingraham, professional photographer from Grants Pass, who will give a presentation about the use of artificial light for portraiture and how it can be used in landscape and most other types of photography, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Town Hall at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Ingraham has been a portrait and wedding photographer since 1993. He specializes in graduation photos, weddings, family portraits, business headshots and team photos. He also enjoys landscapes and wildlife, but his strongest passion is candid street photography, especially black and white images. Admission is free, and coffee and desert will be served. See sopacameraclub.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
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. 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. 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 541-774-6980.
Lunchtime Movies: Free movies are shown at noon the second Wednesday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Popcorn will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Art in the Library: Children 8 years and older can explore a variety of art projects and mediums from 2 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 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.
Lego Architects: Children ages 5 through 12 can build with Legos at 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Origami for Kids: Children ages 5-12 can learn how to fold a variety of interesting origami creations from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Writer’s Critique: A writing critique is held at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. The group is open to writers of any genre with work in progress. Writers must present their own writing for supportive critiques, as well as provide the same to fellow writers. Group members commit to reading five pages per month of each group member’s work. Registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Lego WeDo: Children ages 7 to 10 years can build LEGO models using LEGO WeDo and program them to move and react from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Pre-registration is required. See jcls.com or call 541-664-3228.
Author Talk: Local author Sue DeMarinis will present a slideshow and talk about her new historical fiction novel, “The Station Master’s Wife — A Scandalous Life Exposed,” about the changes and scandals that the railroad brought to the Rogue Valley in the 1880s, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Porters Restaurant, 147 N. Front St., Medford. Call 541-857-1910.
Wildlife Lecture: Kim Aufha?user, former park ranger, will present “Wildlife Encounters: How to Avoid Them and What to Do If You Cannot” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point. Learn how to avoid or manage encounters with bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes and other creatures. Aufha?user has degrees in wildlife management, experience-based leadership training and program development. He worked as a park ranger in six different national parks and has taught extensively in the areas of law enforcement, search and rescue, wilderness survival and emergency preparedness. Admission is $15 or $25 for couples. To register, see bit.ly/LandStewardClasses or call 541-776-7371.
Makers & Hackers Night: Join Rogue Hack Lab to exercise your creativity and tap into your inner geek with DIY projects from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
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, Feb. 13, 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 “What Love is This?” Call 541-512-1007 for information.
An Evening with The Hearth: Six diverse community leaders will share their personal love stories during “Love Stories: The Hearth’s 10th Anniversary Celebration” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Storytellers include Evren Odcikin, Val Nowak, Daniel Sherrill, Eve Smyth, Gina DuQuenne and Jacqui Aubert. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli with live music by Wendi Stanek, Duane Whitcomb, Tate Oliva and Hollis Peach. An assortment of local wines and baked goods will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 to $15 at the door; those 35 and younger can get in free by contacting The Hearth. All proceeds to benefit SOPride. See thehearthcommunity.com.