Friday, Jan. 2
Birthday Book Program: The Friends of the Shady Cove Library will sponsor a book gift program for the children of Shady Cove, Trail and surrounding areas. Children 2 through 5 are eligible to receive a free book on their birthdays. Registration is available from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the library, 22477 Highway 62, Shady Cove. Parents will receive information to help spark their child's interest in reading. Call 878-2270 for more information.
CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY PLAY GROUP: Living Earth Circle sponsors a baby and young children's play group from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Friday of every month at Pioneer Hall, next door to the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Performers, teachers and families share in activities such as music, dance, puppet shows and crafts. Admission is $8 for one child with an accompanying adult, $4 for each additional family member or friend. Three-month sessions are available for $35 for families with one child attending, $50 for families with more than one child attending. See livingearthcircle.org for information. Call 488-5340 to register.
THE FARM: An indoor Winter Festival with hands-on activities for kids, a petting zoo, food and music will be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of February at The Farm, 51 S. Stage Road, Medford. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to The Farm is $4. Fees apply to other activities. Proceeds benefit Kids & Critters, a nonprofit organization that provides programs for at-risk youth and foster children in Jackson County. Group tours are available weekdays by appointment. Call 535-1316.
Saturday, Jan. 3
ANIMAL SHELTER TOUR: The Friends of the Animal Shelter offers free tours of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from noon to 12:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Children are welcome with parental supervision. Call 774-6646.
WOOD CARVERS CLUB: The club meets from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Anyone interested is invited to attend at no charge. Call 665-3634.
TEEN SATURDAYS AT THE MEDFORD LIBRARY: Teens can make wallets and bookmarks using "ductigami," with duct tape, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Admission is free. Call 774-6413 or 774-6411.
Sunday, Jan. 4
COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING CLUB: Shoot 'em up Western-style with the Table Rock Rangers at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday and first Sunday every month at the Jackson County Sports Park, 6900 Kershaw Road, Central Point. The entry fee is $13 and includes five scenarios during each event. Arrive early to register. The club members shoot in accord with "The Single Action Shooting Society" and wear period clothing. Admission to the park is free. Call 772-9941.
RADIO-CONTROLLED CAR RACES: The Rogue Valley RC Club hosts radio-controlled car races at 1 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Thursdays — weather permitting — at Fast Time Race Way at the Jackson County Sports Park, 6900 Kershaw Road, White City. Registration is $8. See roguevalleyrc.com or call 890-6217.
STORYTELLING: A free story time for children ages 3 and older is at 3 p.m. Sundays at Unicorn Gifts & Toys, 53 N. Second St., Ashland. Call 488-5943.
Monday, Jan. 5
BOOK EXCHANGE: A free book exchange is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. Call 774-2400.
Kid time! discovery experience: Youngsters and their parents or caregivers will find activities that educate and entertain at the nonprofit play space, 226 N. Ross Lane, Medford. Kid Time! offers interactive exhibits such as the grocery store, café, construction zone, into the woods, water works, medical center, art space, toddler town and the outdoor space, along with a full-service café. Various crafts, activities and storytelling also are offered. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for children; $2 for adults. Family memberships cost $35. See kid-time.org or call 772-9922.
Tuesday, Jan. 6
SWEET ADELINES: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, rehearses from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Rogue Valley Christian Church, 1440 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The four-part chorus, directed by Martha Segura, is a nonprofit music education association and offers lessons on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. The chorus performs locally and in an annual regional competition. Women interested in singing with the chorus are invited to attend. Call 774-9606.
Juggling Club: The Talent Juggling Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the gymnasium at Talent Elementary School, 307 W. Wagner Creek Road, Talent. All jugglers, beginning to advanced, are welcome. Call 535-1163.
Wednesday, Jan. 7
PLAY WITH SCIENCE: Toy Science, an interactive exhibit for kids of all ages, will be at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, through January. Simple machines and games of chance offer visitors a look into scientific principles. The types of classic and modern toys span two centuries, and include a large-scale model train set and a giant kaleidoscope. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors over 65. See scienceworks museum.org or call 482-6767.
WOMEN'S LUNCHEON: The Rogue Valley Women's Connection will host a buffet luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. There will be a presentation by Kathy Waggener of Say It! Designs; and Vicki Collins will give a motivational talk. Cost is $15. Free child care is available. Call 855-7695 or 245-1652 for reservations.
Wednesday, Jan. 7
DROP IN AND DRAW: A supervised after-school art workshop for children ages 6 and older will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through June 4 at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. This class follows the Medford School District's schedule and is not held on school holidays such as winter and spring breaks and others. Cost is $3 per hour, per child and includes art supplies. Projects include weaving, sculpting, drawing, watercolor and others. Call 772-8118.
Thursday, Jan. 8
COMMUNITY CHORUS: A community chorus will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in the new Rogue Community College presentation hall, corner of Riverside Avenue and Eighth Street, Medford. All singers are welcome to participate without audition. Call 779-2796.
MEN'S BARBERSHOP SINGING: Men interested in four-part harmony are invited to attend the Rogue Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Society meetings at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Men interested in four-part harmony are invited. Call 779-7118.
WOMEN'S BARBERSHOP SINGING: The Rogue Valley Women's Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Boys and Girls Club, 203 S.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Women interested in singing are invited. Call 476-7006.
Friday, Jan. 9
NATURE STORY TIME: Kids of all ages can enjoy stories about bugs, bears, birds, jungles and other nature subjects at 10:30 a.m. Fridays starting Jan. 9 at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 482-3241.
PRESCHOOL PUPPET THEATER: See what Bucky Beaver and his forest friends are up to at a preschool puppet theater presentation at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. A short environmental-education lesson for children will be presented before the puppet show. A play time, snacks and a craft activity will follow the program. Admission is $5 per child. The event is intended for ages 3 through 5. Reservations will be guaranteed until 1 p.m. No late seating please. Call 488-6606 to register.
HOW DOGS THINK: The Friends of the Ruch Library will present a program by dog trainer Cary Voorhies at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the Ruch Library, 7919 Highway 238, Ruch. Voorhees will discuss breed specific problems, health and what dogs need to be good dogs. Admission is free. Do not bring your dog. Dogs are not permitted in the library. Call 899-7438 for more information.
Saturday, Jan. 10
LEATHER CRAFTERS: The Rogue Valley Leather Guild meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The hobbyist group teaches and shares ideas about leather tooling and saddle stitching. Call 826-3177 or 899-3663.
Monday, Jan. 12
BABIES IN THE LIBRARY: Jackson County Library Services will offer three eight-week Babies in the Library programs for babies through 12 months of age accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The 30-minute sessions will focus on early literacy skills such as rhyming, repetition, reading aloud and oral language with stories, bounces, reading and playtime. Duplicate copies of the books read during storytime will be available to take home. Here's the schedule:
- 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 12 through March 16, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 774-8678.
- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13 through March 3, at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 774-6995.
- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15 through March 5, at the Phoenix Library, 510 W. First St. Call 535-7090.
- Wobblers, the next step after Babies in the Library, is for ages 12 to 30 months and will be held from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13 through March 3, at the Ashland Library. Call 774-6995 to preregister for Babies in the Library.
Saturday, Jan. 17
BREAKFAST: A breakfast of biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee will be offered from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Cost is $6.
Monday, Jan. 26
ACCORDION CLUB: The Medford Accordion Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Anyone interested in playing or listening is invited to attend. Admission is $1. Call 488-7777.
Saturday, Jan. 31
BREAKFAST: A breakfast offering sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit and coffee will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Warren Masonic Lodge, California and Oregon streets, Jacksonville. Cost is $5 for all you can eat.