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What to Do

TODAY

  • The Darex Ice Rink is available for open skating, hockey and adult recreational skating. The rink does not have a cover this year, and will close with inclement weather. Call Ashland Parks and Recreation at 488-5340 for a schedule or call the rink directly at 488-9189. For a full schedule, visit the Web site at www.ashlandparksandrec.org.
  • Free storytelling sessions are held at 11 a.m. Saturdays in the children's book section of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road Medford. Call 858-0203.
  • Community members 12 and up to are invited to create beautiful natural bird feeders, bowls, vases and other items from locally grown gourds from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, across from Lithia Park in Ashland. The "Crafting with Gourds" class is $8, which includes materials. Participants will also learn how to grow and dry gourds. Call 488-6606.

FRIDAY

  • A preschool puppet theater, play time, snack and related craft activity is held from 10:30 to 11:45 the second Friday of each month at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The class is intended for 2- to 6-year-olds. Cost is $5 per family, which includes two children, $2 for each additional child. Space and parking is limited. Reservations are only guaranteed until 10:30 a.m. Call 488-6606.
  • Robert Greygrass will tell Native American stories and perform songs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $18 advance, $28 at the door, teens 12-17 $10, children under 12 free with paying adults. Call 535-3562 or see www.greygrass.org.

COMING UP

  • The Annual Parent & Daughter Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. This is a special day for girls 11-14 to spend with a parent or caring adult. Doors open at 8:45 for registration and refreshments. The day begins with a teen theater performance, followed by small group workshops and sessions. Topics include: Growing up Female, Body Image, Family Communication, Self-Defense, Jazz Dance, and cooperative games. The fair is free, and no preregistration is required. For information, call 770-3331, Ext. 1015. The event is sponsored by Planned Parenthood, American Association of University Women and Ashland Community Hospital.
  • Southern Oregon Youth Programs offers kids ages 11-14 a chance to explore the world of technology from the latest podscast technologies to designing your own Nike shoes online, during two sessions, Saturdays Feb. 9 and 23, 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $59. Preregistration required. See www.sou.edu/takeaclass or call 552-6452.

On the Web

Local events, stories on family issues and links to other useful information are all available at www.mailtribune.com/family

"What To Do" is a weekly listing of local events available to Rogue Valley families. For a complete rundown, see Tempo listings Fridays in the Mail Tribune, or the Mail Tribune calendar at www.mailtribune.com. If you have an item of interest, send it to: What to do, Mail Tribune, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501.