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AAUU: Charlene Brown from the Genealogical Society will present a program about some of the women pioneers of Oregon at the AAUW Medford meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Medford Central Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Brown will give a verbal picture of the daily lives of these women, and she will be dressed in a period costume. There will be a social time at 9:30 a.m. All AAUW meetings are open to interested members of the public. Library doors leading to the south parking lot will be unlocked from 9 to 9:30 to provide accessibility to the handicapped.See aauwmedford.org.

writers workshop: Willamette Writers Association presents "Writing with Rhythm," a presentation by editor and novelist Cheri Lasot designed to deepen and color your prose from 9:45 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 3, at Central Point City Hall, 140 S. Third Street, Central Point. Every good writer develops rhythm in their work. Lasota will teach you to produce rhythm and make more of an impact with the proper use of punctuation. She will show you how to use metaphor, simile, and alliteration to give your prose color and depth, how to dissect other authors' writing to learn from them, and how to practice master techniques in everyday writing. All interested writers at every level are welcome. Cost for the morning talk is $5 for non-members; free with membership card. From 1 to 4 p.m. Lasot will conduct a workshop, "Fiction from Film," helping fiction writers use the powerful structure and pithy dialogue employed by screenwriters to bring fiction to a whole new level. Film writers are known for their skillful structure, their pithy dialogue, and their eye for the visual. This workshop will teach you how to employ these powerful techniques to raise your fiction to another level. Bring examples of your work and learn how to craft a battle scene, how to implement rhythm in dialogue, how to incorporate color schemes, symbols, and motifs into your fiction, and how to "show" a lot with a minimum of words. Cost for the workshop is $30. Call 488-2198 for more information.

Author Night: Marshall Umpleby returns to Author Night from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at the Ashland branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. In Umpleby's latest book, "Delayed Steal: Baseball Stories," a man's relationship with his father coincides with the twists, turns, and surprises experienced in the game of baseball. From a sandlot in Massachusetts at the turn of the century to an old Stadium-cum-Wal-Mart in present day Oregon, the reader is taken from one game to the next, with father and son ever present either on the field or in the stands. Author Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 774-6996.

Wisdom Seekers: The discussion group will feature Brent Florendo, a member of the Wasco Tribe and Coordinator of Native American Studies at Southern Oregon University at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 North Mountain Ave., Ashland. Florendo will discuss the meaning of tribal drumming, dance and chanting that celebrates the persona of the American Indian. He also will explain their perspective in relationship to community, Mother Earth and the building of respect and trust with those outside their world. There is a brown bag vegetarian lunch at 12:30 pm. Tea and cookies will be provided. Call 488-7716.

birds in song: The Friends of the Talent Library will host a free event, "BirdSong: Birds as Metaphor in American Folk Music," an Oregon Chautauqua Program from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Talent branch library, 101 Home St., Talent. Presenter Jeni Foster will explore the symbolism of birds within the rich heritage of American folk music. She weaves both traditional and contemporary folk songs throughout her narrative to expand upon the stories of everyday Americans and well-known moments in our country's history. Foster invites audience members to sing along on the choruses of songs chosen to illustrate her program. The poet Sharon Olds said, "To a poet, the human community is like the community of birds ... singing to each other. Love is one of the reasons we are singing to one another, love of language itself, love of sound, love of singing itself, and love of the other birds." Bird flight and birdsong provide lyrical and potent metaphors for life, love, freedom, death, and spirituality in cultures throughout the world. The Oregon Council for the Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Call 535-4163.

Southern Oregon University: The university's College of Arts and Sciences offers its Friday Seminar series for the winter term. The seminars are held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 118 of the Science Building, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Jan. 30 and the March 13 seminars will be held in the Meese Auditorium of the Art Building. The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Claire Cross at cross@sou.edu, 552-6334.

Here is the schedule:

  • Jan. 16 — "The Unique Natural Farm of Masanobu Fukuoka," by Larry Korn. Masanobu Fukuoka is a farmer/philosopher who has lived and farmed for more than 70 years on the southwestern Japanese island of Shikoku. His farming technique requires no machines, no chemicals and very little weeding, yet the condition of the soil in his orchard and grain fields improves each year.
  • Jan. 23 — "New Magnets for Your Future," by Dr. Joel Miller. Although magnets are typically metals or their oxides, new magnets have been discovered that are organic-based. This talk will review the history and importance of magnetic materials to society, discuss current problems and limitations, and present examples of organic-based magnets that might find a technological niche in the future.
  • Jan. 30 — "Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies," by Jeff Kanipe and Dennis Webb. Kanipe and Webb are coauthors of "The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, A Chronicle and Observer's Guide" (Willmann-Bell, Inc., Richmond, Va., 2006), which was the inspiration for the winter exhibit in SOU's Schneider Museum of Art. They will examine Halton Arp's life work, his relationship to Edwin Hubble, the discovery of quasars, the discordant redshift controversy and more.
  • Feb. 6 — "Chemistry and Winemaking — A Comprehensive Sabbatical Experience," by Dr. Steven Petrovic. While on sabbatical leave, Petrovic combined a local winery apprenticeship with basic research at Oregon State University. This combination provided insight into the practical and fundamental aspects of winemaking and wine quality.
  • Feb. 13 — "Philosophy After Darwin: Examining a 'Dangerous Idea,'" by Prakash Chenjeri. Chenjeri will examine the metaphysical presuppositions of evolutionary theory; explore the relationship between naturalism and Darwinism; and consider and evaluate some of the social, moral and religious consequences of the theory.
  • Feb. 20 — "An American Ecologist in Ireland: Reflections on Nature and Culture in the Burren National Park, County Clare," by Dr. Daniel Sarr. Over the past two decades, the Republic of Ireland has been transformed from one of the poorest countries in Europe to one of the wealthiest and most literate in the world. This has radically changed its culture and environmental ethic. Sarr will discuss the controversies surrounding the establishment of Burren National Park in County Clare.
  • Feb. 27 — "A Tribute to Lady Day," by Dr. Vicki Purslow. This multimedia presentation on the life of jazz singer Billie Holiday will include a performance of a piece written for alto saxophone and recording. The recording includes samples of Holiday's voice taken from interviews during her lifetime.
  • March 6 — "Waging War, Making Peace, Repairing Community: Studies in Central America," by Dr. James Phillips. This presentation offers reflection on 20 years of ethnographic study and analysis in several Central American countries covering a period of repressive dictatorships, social revolution, civil wars, external interventions and globalization, with a focus on Nicaragua and Honduras.
  • March 13 — "400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought," by Kris Koenig. Galileo Galilei, an Italian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer from Florence, made the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope in 1609. No other scientific instrument has had such a profound impact on humans' view of the universe and their place in it. This seminar is a screening of the public television documentary program about the telescope.