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  • The Inner Child Cafe at 310 Oak St., in Ashland offers kids a chance to play on a climb-on pirate ship, castle and fairy tower, while parents enjoy lunch, espresso, tea or a smoothie. The cafe also offers clothes swaps, book exchanges, and a retail shop with toys, stuffed animals, games and clothing made by local residents. The Inner Child Cafe is open from 9 to 6 p.m. every day. Cost is $4 for the first child and $2 for each additional child, good for all day. See www.innerchildcafe.net.
  • Kid's Imagination Discovery Place, 226 N. Ross Lane, Medford, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Today's project will be making an Irish carnation. KIDS' also has a literacy corner, a child-size grocery store, construction zone, waterworks, toddler town, art space and a cafe for adults. Admission is $2 for adults, $5 for children. See www.discoveryspace.org or call 772-9922.
  • Southern Oregon University Youth Programs will offer an introduction to fencing for kids 9-14 from 3-5 p.m., today at Southern Oregon Fencing Center, 1090 Benson Way, No. 3, Ashland. Kids will learn the basics of fencing along with respect, ethics and camaraderie. Fee: $39. For details or to register, call 552-6331 or see www.sou.edu/youth.
  • Southern Oregon University Youth Programs will offer "Return of the Mad Scientists" for children 6-8 from 1-4 p.m. today at Campbell A at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Learn to make mixtures and perform experiments. Class fee is $39. For details or to register, call 552-6331 or see www.sou.edu/youth.
  • Aga-Boom, a theatre of physical comedy and circus arts will bring its clown theater, appropriate for all ages, to Medford at 3 and 7 p.m. today at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave. Tickets are $23-38. Call 779-3000.


  • This week storyteller Will Hornyak will tell tall tales, Native American myths, stories of Mexico or South America or Russian fairy tales at five Jackson County Library branches. The Oregonian said Hornyak is a "storyteller with an ability to transport children and adults into an amazing world." Hornyak's schedule of appearances — especially suitable for children — is as follows:
  • Monday, March 19: 5:30 p.m., Central Point Branch, 116 S. Third Street. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. Call 664-3228.
  • Tuesday, March 20: 3:45 p.m., Ashland Branch, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Refreshments will be served at 3:15 p.m. Call 774-6995.
  • Tuesday, March 20: 6:30 p.m., Eagle Point Branch, 239 W. Main Street. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. Call 826-3313.
  • Wednesday, March 21: 4 p.m., Central Medford Library, 205 S. Central Avenue. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. Call 774-8678.
  • Thursday, March 22: 4 p.m., Ruch Branch, 7919 Highway 238. Call 899-7438.


Craterian Performances presents Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group at 8 p.m. Friday at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central, Medford. Regulars on "A Prairie Home Companion," the group offer a blend of bluegrass, folk and acoustic country music. Tickets are $12-$18, adults; $8-$14, youth to 18. For details see www.craterian.org.


The fifth annual free trout fishing derby for kids 16 and under will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Takelma Park, Lost Creek Lake. No membership or entry fee required. Registration and sign in 8:30 to noon at Trout Central Tent, Takelma Park.