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TODAY

  • Learn to identify bird species today with the help of Audubon Society volunteers while helping count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. All levels of bird-watchers, age 10 and up, are invited to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders from 9 to 10 a.m. It's free. Call 488-6606.
  • "Building on the Dream: Equality in Health Care," a family-oriented, multiracial event that will include music, poetry, skits and activities for children is set for 1 p.m. today at the Central Library's large meeting room, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Oregon Action will host the celebration, saluting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work for justice with a focus on community actions for health-care equality.
  • Storyteller Thomas Doty shares traditional and original American Indian stories and myths during "Doty and Coyote" at 7:30 tonight at the Talent Historical Society Museum, 150 N. Market St., Talent. He will be joined by John Michael Greer, who will give a talk on the Takelma Indian language. The performance is recommended for kids 6 and older. Call 512-8838 or see www.dotycoyote.com.

MONDAY

  • The 20th annual Ashland Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Rogue Valley Food banks. This year's theme is recommitment to the ideals of civil rights and social justice through nonviolence, compassion and courage. Bill Rauch, the new artistic director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will give the keynote speech. Students from the Ashland School District, Southern Oregon University, OSF actors and various community groups will contribute songs, dances and dramatic performances. Multimedia excerpts from King's speeches and video archives also will be on the program. All ages are welcome, but parents are urged to stay with their children during the event. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Thomas Doty will share traditional and original native stories and myths at 7 p.m. Monday at the Southern Oregon University library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The performance is recommended for kids 6 and older. He will be joined by John Michael Greer, who will present a talk on the Takelma language.

WEDNESDAY

The high-flying national tour of the Broadway musical "Peter Pan" comes to Medford at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $52, $46 and $40. To order, call 779-3000 or purchase online at www.craterian.org.

FRIDAY

ScienceWorks will celebrate its "Hi-Five Birthday Bash" Jan. 25-27. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, a special members-only event for all ages kicks off the weekend with a performance by Sassy Cassie and her balloon animal antics from 6 to 7 p.m., live music by Hamfist from 6 to 8 p.m., and Dave Clay entertaining audiences with his amazing juggling feats at 7 p.m. There also will be Orbitron rides, Segway rides and birthday cake for all.

On Saturday and Sunday, the doors will open to the community and the whole weekend will be free for all. One of ScienceWorks' most popular exhibits, "Sportsology," returns with the Wheelchair Racer, Hang Time and Vertical Vault, giving participants a chance to test their strength, endurance and flexibility in this full-body exhibit experience. The celebration will include wandering performer "Not your Average Joe" Joe Mishkin from 1 to 4 p.m., face-painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., crafts throughout the day and a birthday cake at 2 p.m. with ice cream donated by Umpqua Dairy.

On Sunday, the party continues with face-painting from noon to 2 p.m., amazing balloon creations with Clark Z., special hands-on crafts, and birthday cake and ice cream from Umpqua Dairy at 2 p.m.

ScienceWorks is at 1500 East Main Street near Walker Avenue in Ashland. Call 541-482-6767 or visit www.scienceworksmuseum.org.