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TONIGHT, April 12, poems of oregon: Local poets will read from "Deer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon" edited by Liz Nakazawa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Jonah Bornstein, Steve Dieffenbacher, Patricia Wixon and Vince Wixon will be reading their poems from the collection which feature the geographical area of Klamath Mountains. Call 488-0029.

poetry conference: The Rogue Valley Unit of the Oregon State Poetry Association will host the state organization's spring conference Friday and Saturday April 13-14, at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Two award-winning Oregon poets will lead workshops on the conference theme "Masks, Masques and Unmasking." There will be readings by the workshop leaders, open mic readings at Paschal Winery, a book table for attendees to display and sell their books, and the announcement of the Spring Poetry Contest prize winners. Registration is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. See .

book signing: Nate Lowe will read from his new memoir "To Be Somebody" from — to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Barnes Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road Medford. The book tells the true story of Lowe who was born and reared on a Mississippi sharecropping plantation, grew up without a father and faced extraordinary obstacles. Lowe will share his message of hope and encouragement and the power of believing in yourself. Call 858-0203.

lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library and the Media Collective at Southern Oregon University will co-sponsor "Technology in the 21st Century" a multimedia presentation by Nick Begich at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at SOU's Britt Ballroom, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $7 general and $3 for students. See or call 552-9119 between 2 to 6 p.m.

W.H. Auden's Poetry: Actor, dramaturg, and poetry lover Barry Kraft will read W.H. Auden's poetry at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 2007 marks the 100th year of 20th century British/American poet W.H. Auden (1907-1973). There will be different material read on each of the evenings. Call 488-0029.

Osf lecture: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Noon Lecture series will feature "About The Cherry Orchard," a talk by OSF artistic director Libby Appel at noon, Saturday, April 14, in Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Appel is the adapter and translator of this season's production of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" currently playing in the Angus Bowmer Theatre through July 8. She has also staged Chekhov's "Three Sisters" and "Uncle Vanya." Tickets are $7, $6 for OSF members, and $5.25 for youth 6 to 17.

lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Mastering Your Subconscious: The Secret to 'The Secret'" a presentation by Nancy Walsch from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 258 A St., Ashland. See or call 552-9119 between 2 to 6 p.m.

book lecture: As part of its free Siskiyou Views series, Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library lecture series will present "Sunken Gold, Artifacts, and Lawsuits: Northern California's Treasure Ship Brother Jonathan," a lecture by SOU emeritus Professor Dennis Powers based on his book "Treasure Ship: The Legend and Legacy of the S.S. Brother Jonathan," a tale of sunken gold, artifacts, and lawsuits, at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Hannon Library Meese Meeting Room (305), SOU, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 552-6835.

What it Means to Be Human: Horizon Institute will hosts its annual evening of poetry on the theme "What Does It Mean To Be Human?" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Twelve local poets will read one of their own poems and a poem by a favorite poet of theirs on the theme. Scheduled poets include Dori Appel, Carolyn Askar, Anna Beauchamp, Jonah Bornstein, Mary Brubaker, Scott Dalgarno, Alexis Rewcastle Delgado, Steve Dieffenbacher, Richard Hartley, Richard Moeschl, Patty Wixon and Vince Wixon. Free bookmarks will be handed out at the event. Call 488-0029.

local poets: Local published poets will read at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Featured poets include Darrelle Cavan, Joyce Epstein, Marcy Greene, Robert McDowell, Mitzi Miles-Kubota, Susanne Petermann, Pepper Trail and Liz Vesecky. Call 488-0029.

Film lecture: Filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer and Fulbright scholar Heather Courtney will be the guest lecturer at Southern Oregon University's Schneider lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at SOU's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Courtney's free lecture and film screening of "Letters from the Other Side" will tell the immigration story from the perspective of the women left behind in Mexico.

memoir writing: Ashland storyteller and author Debra Gordon Zaslow will present a class, "Writing Your Life" from 7 to 9:15 p.m. April 25 through May 30, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The course emphasizes in-class writing with a variety of inspirational prompts and writing exercises. The cost is $18 per session. Early registration is required as space is limited. E-mail dvorat@aol.com or call 482-0088.

poetry evening: Carolyn Askar will host an evening of poetry readings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Askar will read from her own work and invite the audience to participate in selecting topics. There also will be readings from "Touching Margins: Companion Voices for the Journey," a compilation by known and new writers aimed at comforting those preparing to die and those dealing with bereavement. Readers include Ellen Craine, Jeff Golden, Jerilyn Holt and Alexis Rewcastle Delgado with music and song by Nancy Rathlou. Call 488-0029.

slide show: William L. Sullivan will present "Hiking in Europe" a slide show presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Sullivan will present some of Europe's most interesting and least known hiking trails, from Greece and the Pyrenees to Norway and the Alps. Call 488-0029.

Lecture: The Jefferson Center will sponsor "Objective Ethical Truth without God," a lecture by DePauw University philosophy professor Erik Wielenberg, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Wielenberg's book "Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe" argues for a moral universe without religion, without God. His second book, "God and the Reach of Reason: C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell" will be published by Cambridge University Press in November. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. See .