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Oregon Chocolate Festival, First Friday and more: March 6-12

Friday, March 6

Center for the Visual Arts: New winter exhibits featuring student artists will be displayed Friday, March 6, through Thursday, March 26, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Clee Ferris and Patrick Vogel’s group exhibit, “Identifying Leg Traps,” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Madeleine Farmer’s work, “The Shape of Memory,” in the Thorndike Gallery; Isabella Saavedra’s work, “Egocide,” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Madeline Palllant’s embroidery exhibit, “Stitched Nostalgia,” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery, and a Women’s Resource Center group exhibit ,“Herstory: Feminist Futures,” in the Boise-Cascade and Jeld-Wen Galleries. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 6. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Email at cvagalleries@sou.edu or call 541-621-6605.

Book Sale: Friends of the Medford library will hold a pay-what-you-can book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, March 6, and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds benefit programs, activities and collections at the Medford library. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

MULTI-DAY EVENT: Oregon Chocolate Festival: The 16th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off with live music, beer and wine and chocolate at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Cosmos Ballroom at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St. The festival follows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, at the hotel. Look for creations by dozens of chocolatiers, along with demonstrations, educational sessions, discussions featuring chocolatiers and chefs, a chocolate and dessert competition, and more. Festival tickets are $15 for the kickoff party, $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. See oregonchocolatefestival.com for the festival schedule and ticket reservations.

Book Talk Club: Share what you are reading, and find your next read at 3 p.m. the first Friday of every month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. See jcls.com or call 541-855-1994.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. 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.

Saturday, March 7

Oregon Chocolate Festival: See Friday's listing.

Talent Garden Club: The club meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, with the exception of November, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. On Saturday, March 7, John Kobal, Rogue Valley Master Gardener, will speak on how to prepare raised beds in early spring for summer garden plantings. Kobal’s talk will emphasize soil preparation and how it will the bring the best results in the summer. Email cjmuhr@yahoo.com.

AAUW Meeting: The American Association of University Women will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Rogue Credit Union building, 1330 Poplar Drive, Medford. The featured presenters will be Kim DeSimone and Jenifer Perry from College Dreams, an innovative program that offers academic encouragement and support, along with paid work experience and community connections for disadvantaged youth with “college dreams.” A shorter program will be presented by Linda Otto, who will share an overview of Grandmas-2-Go, a local program providing volunteer family coaches to support struggling new families to help their children thrive. 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.

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.

Uke Time: Learn how to tune and play a ukulele and other string instruments with local musician Scott Carey at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Applegate library, 18485 N. Applegate Road. Bring your own uke; a few will be available to borrow. All levels and ages welcome. See www.jcls.com or call 541-846-7346.

Open House: Medford’s historic Holly Theatre will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the theatre, 226 W. Sixth St., Medford. View the Holly’s restored first and second floor lobbies and restrooms as well as the new box office. See hollytheatre.org.

Gamer Day: Kids and teens can play video games on the Nintendo Switch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. See jcls.com 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.

Poetry Out Loud: Nine students representing high schools from Southern Oregon will recite poetry they’ve selected at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Room 132 of the RCC-SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S Bartlett St, Medford. Finalists from this annual regional event will move on to a state competition the next week and have a chance to represent Oregon at the national contest in late April. Call 541-821-4832.

Crafternoon: Use decoupage techniques to create a one-of-a-kind flower pot at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. See jcls.com or call 541-535-7090.

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, March 7. Regional historian Ben Truwe pursues secrets lost with the last Beekman in 50-minute candlelight tours beginning at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Begun as a gold dust office in 1856, the Beekman Bank is the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest and was the first bank north of California. 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.

Gallery Opening: The Dream Portal Gallery will host a grand opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the new gallery in the Underground Market, 33 Third St., Suite #5, Ashland. Look for the art of Lindy Kehoe and live painting by Kristyl Visions, with music by DJ Sasha Rose and Xamada. Also look for raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. See lindykehoe.com.

Sunday, March 8

Oregon Chocolate Festival: See Friday's listing.

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, March 8, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The group will read aloud the play ”Lovers’ Vows” from “Mansfield Park.” Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.

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.

Film Screening: The nonprofit group TLC Transitional Life Care will present a free screening of the film “Cry of the Snow Lion” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 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, March 9

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 Monday, March 9, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Paws to Read: Children in grades K-3 are invited to read aloud with a trained and registered therapy dog from 3 to p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. See jcls.com or call 541-582-1714.

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 the club’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday March 9, at Elmer’s Restaurant, 2000 Biddle Road, Medford. 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. On March 9, the program will focus on preparing your pond for spring opening. The club meets the second Monday of each month. Call 541-601-5225.

Author Talk: In honor of International Women’s Day, Ashland poets Karen Austen, Tia Hatch and Diane Morely join forces to read their work on women’s themes and experience — from housework and mothering to matriarchy — at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, March 10

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.

Art Escapades: Adults can create vintage wooden necklaces from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Supplies and tea will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.

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.

Anime Club: Teens can draw manga, watch the latest anime from Japan and discuss all things anime and manga from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. See jcls.com or call 541-826-3313.

Children’s Literacy Playtime: Pierre (Kwe`) Tchetgen presents an interactive afternoon of African drumming, rhythmic sounds, movement in nature and computer multimedia design to enhance early literacy skills for children 3 years and older at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.

Truth or Myth Science Presentation: Children and teens can find out if you can really power a clock with a lemon or make lava in a cup during a program of fun-filled science experiments at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 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 on Tuesday, March 10, will be “Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

Poetry Reading: Poet Andy Anderson will perform readings of his poems along to rhythms by George Rubaloff at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Bloomsbury Blends Cafe and Wine Bar, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-708-0608.

Film Screening: The documentary film “Disturbing the Peace” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. The film tells the story of Combatants for Peace, former Israeli and Palestinian soldiers who come together to listen to each other’s stories and eventually work together for peace. A discussion will follow the film. Admission is free.

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 Adam Marland, award-winning landscape and travel photographer from Wimer, who will present “The Mindful Approach to Improving your Photography,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Town Hall at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Marlan will talk about under-utilized practices and techniques to challenge photographers of all levels to get past creative plateaus. Admission is free, and coffee and snacks will be served. See sopacameraclub.com.

Wednesday, March 11

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 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. 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.

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.

Safety Presentation: Ron Kohl, retired detective and crime prevention specialist with the Ashland Police Department ,will give a free presentation, “Avoiding Frauds, Scams and Cons,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland. Learn tips on ways to identify and protect yourself from scams. Admission is free, registration is required. To register, call 541-488-5342, email at seniorinfo@ashland.or.us or stop by the Ashland Senior Center.

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.

Ashland Teen Crafternoon: Teens can learn to knit a simple bracelet with the instruction of an expert knitter from The Web-sters from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.com or call 541-774-6980.

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, March 12

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 Series: Local authors will read from their work and discuss their writing process at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. On Thursday, March 12, Ellie Alexander, author of the mystery series “Bakeshop Mysteries,” and the “Sloan Krause Mysteries,” will read from her novel “A Cup of Holiday Fear,” as well as from the newly-released “Beyond a Reasonable Stout.” See jcls.com or call 541-899-1665.

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, March 12, 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 “Lambs and Lions.” Call 541-512-1007 for information.

Author Talk: Ronin Demele will present his book, “Pacific Crest Trail: Encounters of a Wilderness Ranger,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

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