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  • The Ashland Branch Library, at 410 Siskiyou Blvd., will hold a Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. today. Tea, hot cider and cookies will be served in the main lobby and kids will have a chance to decorate the Peace Tree in the Children's Department. Call 774-6995.
  • Children and their parents are invited to visit Santa, share Christmas wishes, receive a gift and enjoy holiday refreshments, music and games from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. The party will be held in the second floor dining room. Call 482-3911 or visit www.ashlandelks.org.
  • Hanley Farm will be open for holiday activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 1053 Hanley Road, between Central Point and Jacksonville. The farmhouse will be decorated with replicas of holiday ornaments, costumed interpreters will talk about holiday customs and there will be wagon rides, a sing-along and holiday food tasting. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children 3-12 and seniors over 65. SOHS members and children under 3 get in free.
  • The Christian Church of Ashland, 318 B. St., Ashland, will show Laurel and Hardy films beginning at 6:30 p.m. today. "Below Zero," depicts Laurel and Hardy as hapless street musicians performing in the winter cold. "The Fixer Uppers," features the boys as door-to-door Christmas card salesmen, and "Big Business," poses the two as Christmas tree vendors in sunny Southern California. At 8 p.m. the duo star in the 1934 fantasy film "Babes in Toyland." It's free. Doors open at 6 p.m. A snack bar will be open all evening. Call 482-1561.


  • Children are invited to make holiday crafts from around the world from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Inner Child Cafe, 310 Oak St., Ashland. It's free. Call 482-9453.
  • Ring in Christmas with handbell choirs from around the Rogue Valley during the Fourth Annual Handbell Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The program is free. An offering will be taken to cover expenses and support food banks.


Christmas songs and stories and a visit from Santa will be part of Family Storytime at 6 p.m. Monday at the Medford Library Children's Department, 205 S. Central Ave. Patrons are invited to bring new mittens and child-sized socks to decorate the mitten tree. Call 774-8678.


Kids 9-14 are invited to make holiday crafts from nature from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, across from Lithia Park. Cost is $7. Crafted items will include floral journals, dream pillows, cat toys, corn husk angels, herbal bath salts, gift boxes and ornaments. To register, call 488-6606.


The Gold Hill Friends of the Library's Family Christmas Program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Gold Hill Branch Library, 202 Dardanelles St. The evening will feature live music, a sing-along and Mrs. Claus will visit and share stories. Dessert and refreshments will be served. Call 855-1994.


Join astronomy enthusiast Richard Moeschl to celebrate the wonders of the winter solstice at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. All ages are invited to learn about seasonal constellations, celestial events, and the folklore and cultural importance of the season. Non-perishable food donations for ACCESS are welcome. Admission is $5 adults; $3 children. Call 488-6606.