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Friday, Oct. 30

Ashland audiowalks: Ashland Audiowalks will guide listeners through the historic districts of Ashland in its fall preview offered through Sunday, Nov. 8. "Tour 1: The Essential Ashland" is a one- mile, one-hour audio tour that describes some events and culture of Ashland as it emerges from the frontier in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The tour begins in the Ashland Plaza and ends with a stroll down Granite Street. Simple press-and-play handsets are available for $7.50, 24 hours a day at the front desk of the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 488-1700 to reserve a tourplayer.

Saturday, Oct. 31

ASHLAND SATURDAY MARKET: Local and organic produce, bedding plants, home-baked goodies and crafts will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31 at the Ashland Saturday Market, held in the parking lot at Lithia Way and First Street. Oregon Trail cards and Senior and Women's Infants and Children's Farm Direct Nutrition Program vouchers are welcome. Call 261-0577.

Monday, Nov. 2

Author night: Ashley Offill, author of "Compressed Leaves," will read and sign copies of his book from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Author Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 774-6996.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. Call 261-5045.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Author reading: Alison Bonds Shapiro, author of "Healing into Possibility: The Transformational Lessons of a Stroke," will read from sections and sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book chronicles the lessons she learned about having the right attitude while recovering from two debilitating and nearly fatal strokes. Call 488-0029.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Janet Essley exhibit: "She Is Here With Us," a series of paintings depicting women from around the world who sew the garments worn by U.S. citizens, will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6-7, at the city of Ashland Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St. The exhibit also will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Call 482-8195.

Book Discussion: The Elastic Mind Book Group will host a discussion of "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey," by Jill Bolte from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 774-6996.

women in the pear industry: Susan Reid will present "Pear Packing in the Rogue Valley: Traditional Women's Work" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Meese Meeting Room (room 305) in Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Reid will illustrate her presentation with a collection of photos taken in the '80s by Jane Cory Van Dyke and historic photos from the Southern Oregon Historical Society. This talk will be the first of the 2009-10 lectures sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. Call 552-6835.

Author reading: Kathleen F. Leary and Amy E. Richard, authors of "The Oregon Shakespeare Festival," will sign copies and read sections of their book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book recounts the history of the 75-year-old Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Call 488-0029.

Friday, Nov. 6

souper bowl: Potato leek soup and fresh bread will be available between 5 and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Ashland Plaza during the First Friday art walk. The cost is $5; free for children younger than 12. The event is a fundraiser sponsored by Pasta Piatti, and proceeds will benefit the completion of the Ashland Peace Wall, a community art project near the Ashland library. Call 482-1802.

Saturday, Nov. 7

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.

spaghetti feed: The Talent Chamber of Commerce is hosting a spaghetti feed and bingo night from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Community Center, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Call 535-3873.

Thursday, Nov. 12

CALL TO POETS: Rhymers of all types may sign up for an open-mic session to be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month, at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups will be at 6:30 p.m. Call 512-1007.

Saturday, Nov. 14

Havurah Auction: The Havurah annual auction, "Tradition! A Year of Abundance," will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The silent auction will run until 7:15 p.m. and feature gift certificates and items from local restaurants, spas and craftsmen. The live auction begins immediately afterward and will feature holiday getaways to the Oregon Coast, Arizona and a vacation home in Maine. Mitch Sherman, a local artist, also has donated a stained-glass window titled "The Priestly Blessing." Admission is $30 or $25 before Tuesday, Nov. 3. Call 488-7716.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Book and author Fair: Book lovers and authors are invited to the 2009 Southern Oregon Book and Author Fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. The fair is an opportunity for writers to promote their works and gain a new audience of readers. Some of the participatig authors include L.J. Sellers, Donald Ball, Barbara Corrado Pope, Lorena McCourtney, Debra Murphy, Diane Goeres-Gardner, George Byron Wright, Dawna Curler, Jill Livingstone, Kathryn Golden, Rick Johnson, R. Hawk Starkey, Barbara Irvin, Theresa Gooch, Ann Gonzalez, Mabel Armstrong, Betty Grant Henshaw, Fayagail Mandell Bisaccia, Claire Krulikowski, Janis Hunt Johnson, George F. Skipworth, David Daigle, Jura Sherwood, Jo-Brew, David L. Israel, Marshall Umpleby, Amy Miller, KatSue Grant, Bonnie Johnson, Joseph Frederico, Bob Mayer, David Churchman and Judy C. Reynolds. Call 535-3390.

Friday, Nov. 27

Open house: Del Rio Vineyard will offer a Thanksgiving open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29, at its Tasting Room, 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill. The open house includes hors d'oeuvres, weekend specials and complimentary wine tasting with a purchase. Call 855-2062.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Breakfast: An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26, at Warren Lodge, 135 Oregon St., Jacksonville. The menu will include sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice for $6. Call 899-1463.