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Comic Con presentation, dog adoptions and more: Feb. 28-March 5

Friday, Feb. 28

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 cvagalleries@sou.edu or call 541-621-6605.

Pet Adoption: The South Coast Humane Society will host a National PetSmart Adoption Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1, at PetSmart, 3279 Crater Lake Hwy, Medford. Ten shelters and rescue organizations will be present with a variety of adoptable animals. Every dog and cat will be up-to-date on routine vaccinations and spayed/neutered, and rabbits will be available, as well. On Saturday, food and gifts will be available for purchase from local vendors. Nail clipping for rabbits will be available on Saturday and Sunday. See petsmartcharities.org.

Comic Con Presentation: Learn about the Medford Comic Con and what to know before you go, from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S Bartlett St., Medford. Terra McLeod, Medford library branch manager, and Brystan Strong, JCLS youth services coordinator, will provide details about this successful, all-age friendly event and what to expect at this year’s Comic Con. Admission if free, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. To register, see inside.sou.edu/olli, email olli@sou.edu or call 541-552-6048.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Margo’s Wine Shop & Tasting Room, 940 N. Phoenix Road, Suite 102, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Listening Party: Local psych-soul band Astrofauna will hold a listening party for its new album “#Powerchill” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Admission is free. Find Astrofauna on Facebook.com.

Saturday, Feb. 29

Girls Rock: Girls ages 9 to 13 can attend a STEM event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Grants Pass High School, 830 N. E. Ninth St. The “Girls Rock” event will offer 10 hands-on activities designed around science, technology, engineering and math, such as boat building, video editing, computer design, pollinator projects and more. Characters from “Star Wars” will be available for photo opportunities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free. Registration is required either online or at the event. To register, see girlsrockgrantspass.org, or call 541-476-8676 for further information.

Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.

Book Sale: A book sale to benefit the SMART Reading Program in the Rogue Valley will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Look for hardback and paperback books priced from $1 to $3. Call 541-773-3594.

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.

Pet Adoption: A special SoHumane pet adoption day will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Southern Oregon Humane Society shelter, 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford. These are healthy, adoptable pets who have been overlooked or have run out of time or space at overcrowded shelters. Every pet will be up-to-date on routine vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, dewormed, microchipped and spayed or neutered before going home. Some pets will have special adoption fees. Veterans and active service members receive an adoption fee discount on any dog or cat. Adoptable dogs and cats can be viewed at sohumane.org. Call 541-779-3215 for information.

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, Feb. 29, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 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: 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 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. See jcls.com or call 541-855-1994.

Teen Movie Matinee: Teens can celebrate Leap Day watching he movie “Leap Year” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Spaghetti Dinner: The Gold Hill Odd Fellows Lodge #129 will host a Roaring ’20s-themed spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in the historic ballroom at the lodge, 483 Fourth Ave., Gold Hill. Live music will be performed by Rogue Big Band. Also look for photo opportunities. Costumes encouraged but not necessary. Admission is $8, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children 5 years and younger. Call 541-727-1636 for advance tickets.

Mardi Gras Dinner: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will host a Mardi Gras-themed dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. A four-course Cajun dinner will be served featuring Cajun shrimp, chicken or vegetarian gumbo, beignets for dessert, and a no-host beer and wine bar. Live music will be performed by Barret O’Brien. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by emailing at catiefaryl@hotmail.com, calling 541 535-1854 , or at the door, subject to seating availability. The ticket price includes a copy of Julia Seidler’s book, “Living with the Enemy or How Chemical Toxins in Your Home Affect Your Health.” Proceeds benefit SOCAN to support regenerative agriculture action and global-warming education. See socan.eco.

Sunday, March 1

Rogue Valley Old Timer Car Club: People interested in old car mechanics, restoration and touring in their cars are invited to meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 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.

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 film “My Sister’s Keeper” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 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. The film is rated PG-13. See livingdyingalliance.com or call 541-708-0766.

Monday, March 2

Ashland Garden Club: Rosenelle Florencechild, Master Gardener, will present “In Love with Lavenders — Growing Lavender in Southern Oregon” at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. Learn about why this type of plant is ideally suited to our region, how to identify varieties and how it can be used in the garden, home and more. Admission is free. See ashlandorgardenclub.org.

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, March 3

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, March 3, the book to be discussed will be “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger. 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.

Author Talk: Local author Jennie Englund will offer a reading of her new book for tweens, “Taylor Before & After,” and answer questions at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.com 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, March 3, 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 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, March 4

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, actor Shirley Patton and retired librarian Amy Blossom will present “Selections from ‘As It Was:’ Celebrating Women’s History Month” at noon Wednesday, March 4, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. In celebration of Women’s History Month, a short collection from the more than 3,000 episodes of the JPR daily historical radio vignettes “As It Was: Tales from the State of Jefferson” will be read by Patton and Blossom. Each story selected in this presentation features women from the Rogue Valley, their experiences and their impact on the valley. See jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.

Spark Space Makers: Kids and teens can design and build a fun maker project with electronics, cardboard, robotics and more from 2 to 4 p.m. the first 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.

Teen Video Game Tournament: Teens can battle for first place in a video game tournament from 3 to 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, except April, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Play on PS4, Nintendo Switch, or computer. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

Thursday, March 5

Knitting Social: Bring your own project for an afternoon of unstructured sit-and-knit from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. See jcls.com or call 541-899-1665.

Central Point 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.

Stamp Club: The Southern Oregon Philatelic Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, for a “Show & Tell” program of members’ stamps, postal history and exhibits. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served, and free stamps will be provided for children. Call 541-770-1689.

Author Talk: Jess Wells, author of the novel “Straight Uphill: A Tale of Love and Chocolate,” will talk about the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Learn about the Medford Comic Con and what to know before you go, from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S Bartlett St., Medford. Terra McLeod, Medford library branch manager, and Brystan Strong, JCLS youth services coordinator, will provide details about this successful, all-age friendly event and what to expect at this year’s Comic Con. Admission if free, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. To register, see inside.sou.edu/olli, email olli@sou.edu or call 541-552-6048. Photo by Mary Wilkins-Kelly