Friday, Nov. 20
Giving Tree: Hang new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and even socks on the 2009 Giving Tree at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The library will be accepting the winter items until Saturday, Dec. 5. This year the donations will be presented to about 150 children attending Ashland's two Head Start programs. The children range in sizes and ages, so a variety of sizes and styles of gifts will be appreciated. Call 774-6995.
Ice rink: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be operational, depending on the weather, from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, February 28. The outdoor rink is located in downtown Ashland across from Lithia Park. Skate rentals are available for toddler size 9 to adult size 13. Hot chocolate, coffee and water are available for purchase. Call 488-9189 or 488-9189.
Wild and scenic film festival: The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and the Medford Congregational Church will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St. The film festival will feature a selection of films from America's largest film festival in Nevada City, Calif. The films include narratives from people throughout the world encouraging others to protect natural resources and wild places. "Renewal," which includes stories of communities finding was to be better stewards of the environment, will be featured in Medford as well as "Run, Rogue Run" a local short film covering the campaign to save the Wild Rogue River. See www.kswild.org.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Book and author Fair: See story, Page 4.
Winter fair: The Siskiyou School will host its Waldorf Winter Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the school, 631 Clay St., Ashland. The festivities will include puppeteers, storytelling, candle dipping, henna art, window stars, pocket people and the "crystal cookie room." Lunch will be available in the Winter Berry Café, and handcrafted gifts will be in the North Pole Store. Call 482-8223.
CONTRA DANCE: The Ashland Folk Music Club will sponsor a dance with caller Sue Baker of Hood River and live music by Kevin Carr and Jose Mendelsohn at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave. (off Walker Creek Road), Talent. Beginning dance instruction will be at 7 p.m. Admission is $8, $6 for members, $5 for high school students and free for middle school students, young children and watchers. Call 552-1039.
Paddington station: Paddington Station will celebrate its 36th anniversary by hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at its downtown Ashland location, 125 E. Main St., Ashland. The event will feature activities for children and adults including food sampling, live music, a Ganz Webkinz Party, a Kaya American Girl Party, paper flower art, velvet art, scratch art as well as an opportunity to meet Shannon Martin, Girl Designer, design a custom sign and see the new SodaStream line. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Bring in a non-perishable food item for our food drive and receive a free ornament (one per customer). See www.paddintonstationashland.com or call 482-1343.
old time Movie Night: "Border Law," a 1931 western starring Buck Jones as a Texas Ranger who joins an outlaw gang to bring his brother's slayer to justice, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Christian Church of Ashland, on the corner of Second and B streets. Doors open at 6 p.m. A 1942 Warner Bros. film version of the Broadway hit, "The Man Who Came to Dinner," starring Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Jimmy Durante and Monty Wooley, will be the second feature of the evening and begins at 8 p.m. A reel of classic snack bar ads and vintage coming-attraction previews will be shown between the two films. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a snack bar will be open all evening. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.
Sunday, Nov. 22
Applegate Valley Uncorked: Fifteen Applegate Valley wineries will participate in the annual wine tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Tickets are $39 and include a commemorative Riedel glass as well as tasting at all 15 stops. Tickets are available at www.applegatewinetrail.com. Call Troon Vineyard at 846-9900, Valley View at 899-8468 or Wooldridge Creek at 846-6364.
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, Nov. 23
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: Kid Time! is offering free scholarship memberships for families. Stop by the activity center and see if your family qualifies for a special membership. 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 café serving espresso and snacks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various crafts, activities and storytelling also are offered. Kid Time! hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for children, $3 for adults. A three-month family membership costs $40. See www.kid-time.org or call 772-9922.
SENIOR SINGERS: The Central Point Senior Singers will meet at 11 a.m. Mondays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Call 664-4933.
BABIES IN THE LIBRARY: Jackson County Library Services will continue to offer programs for pre-walking babies (0-12 months) and for wobblers (12-36 months) accompanied by a parent or caregiver through Monday, Dec. 14. The 30-minute sessions will focus on early literacy skills such as rhyming, repetition, reading aloud and oral language with stories, bounces and reading, and will be followed by a half-hour of play time. The Babies' program will run from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, and the Wobblers' program will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 774-6995.
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.
Tuesday, Nov. 24
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.
Birthday Book Program: The Friends of the Shady Cove Library sponsor a book gift program for children living in Shady Cove, Trail and surrounding areas. Children ages 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.
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.
SWEET ADELINES: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the 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. Segura is the lead singer for Razzcals, an international award-winning quartet. The Southern Oregon chapter of Sweet Adelines performs locally and in an annual regional competition. Women interested in singing with the chorus are invited to attend. See www.sweetadelinesos.org or call 774-9606.
Wednesday, Nov. 25
PLAY WITH SCIENCE: Year-round exhibits at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, explore energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more. Visitors can play with soap bubbles in the Bubble-ology Room; pedal a bike to send power to an electric train; challenge their senses in the Hall of Illusions; and explore their creativity in Einstein's Art Studio. There also are crazy mirrors, big blocks and a climbing structure in the Kids Space. 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 older than 65. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 482-6767.
SPELLING BEE: A spelling contest will be held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of Louie's by 10 p.m. The winning contestant will take the pot plus a dollar-for-dollar match by Louie's. Call 482-9677.
Thursday, Nov. 26
Inner-faith celebration: The 26th annual Thanksgiving Inner-Faith Celebration Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, in Wesley Hall, at the First United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main St. More than a dozen different religious and spiritual views and traditions will be represented at this year's service, "Honoring Oneness in Diversity." The service includes singing, dancing, chanting, flute playing, drumming and speaking. Call 482-1025.
Friday, Nov. 27
Woodworking: The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild will host its 30th annual Harvest of Fine Woodworking from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festivals Great Hall, 70 Main St., Ashland. Twenty members of the guild will exhibit artistic styles and pieces of local, domestic and imported wood. Elegant furniture, musical instruments, carvings and turned bowls also will be on display. Admission is free. Call 441-4567.
Holdiay open house: The Northwest Nature Shop will host its annual holiday open house from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at the shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. The festivities will include wine tasting from Winter's Hill Winery from 1 to 3 p.m., samples of holiday treats from Pete's Gourmet Confections and award-winning cheeses from Rogue River Creamery from noon to 4 p.m., magic shows by Magical Michael from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and storytime by author Kim Zwemer-Margulis at 10:30 a.m. Susan Calla, editor of A Rare Botanical Legacy, will sign books from noon to 3 p.m. and Pepper Trail, author of "Shifting Patterns: Meditations on the Meaning of Climate Change in Oregon's Rogue Valley," will sign copies of his book from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Call 482-3241 or see www.northwestnatureshop.com.
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 toom, 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.
food drive: Seventeen Applegate Valley Wineries will offer complimentary wine tasting in exchange for two canned food items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29. Several wine venues also will have live music and other festivities over the Thanksgiving weekend. All the canned food received will be donated to ACCESS, Inc. Cans of tuna, beef stew, soups and fruit are needed, but all donations are welcome. See www.applegatewinetrail.com.
Ashland Festival of Light: The city will launch its holiday season the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, with a parade and grand illumination. The parade will start at 5 p.m. at the library and make its way down to the Plaza. The illumination will follow at about 5:45 p.m. More than a million lights will adorn downtown buildings. Strolling carolers, photos with Santa and other activities are planned on Saturdays until Christmas.
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.
Railroad show: Model railroad displays and exhibits can be found at the 32nd annual Rogue Valley Railroad Show scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. The show features model railroad layouts, historical railroad artifacts and memorabilia as well as a swap meet, door prizes and a raffle. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors over 60 and free for children 14 years and younger if accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from the event fund improvements to the exhibits and facilities at the City of Medford's Railroad Park. Call 535-7952, 890-8145 or 821-5547.
Artisan Tasting Room: A joint venture of Daisy Creek Vineyard and Madrone Mountain Winery, the tasting room will celebrate the release of Madrone Mountain's 2008 Starthistle Cuvée, a dessert wine, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. The celebration will feature free wine-tastings and food. The tasting room is at 245-A Front St., between the Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms Chocolate.
Sunday, Nov. 29
Monday, Nov. 30
Candle Lighting: Anna Maria Creekside will host its second annual Candle Lighting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the retirement community, located at 822 Golf View Drive, Medford. The evening includes a performance by the United Methodist Bell Choir, old-fashioned trolley rides, prizes and complimentary Christmas goodies and beverages. Families are invited to participate. Call 774-1822.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
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, Dec. 2, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. Jan Mathers will present a monologue on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the Cascade Christian High School Carole will provide a music program. Cost is $15. Free child care is available. Call 245-1652 or 855-7695 for reservations.
Thursday, Dec. 3
JPR Wine Tasting: The 29th annual Jefferson Public Radio Wine Tasting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. At least 25 wineries are expected. Restaurants and caterers will serve hors d'oeuvres and confections. Most of the wineries are located in Oregon and Northern California. The event is sponsored by the Ashland Food Co-op and will feature a "Not So Silent" Auction hosted by Colleen Pyke and Marie Kimokeo-Goes, along with live music by Back Porch Swing and the Ed Dunsavage Trio. Tickets cost $45 for JPR members, $50 for the general public and are available at Chateaulin Selections in Ashland and Adam's Deli & Catering in Medford, and by phone at 877-646-4TIX. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.ijpr.org. Guests take home a souvenir wine glass.
Friday, Dec. 4
Discovery island: ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum will host a grand opening party for its newest exhibit, Discovery Island, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. The event will give children and adults the opportunity to participate in hands-on science and art activities, learn more about the Preschool Family Network and explore the new healthy play environment designed for children 5 years and older. Refreshments will be provided. Call 482-6767.
A paperwhite ball: The Hillcrest Committee will host its annual holiday event, A Paperwhite Ball, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Rogue Valley Country Club. The event will feature an auction including 12 themed parties, a drawing for watercolor artwork by Judy Morris, a four-course meal and complimentary wine. Tickets cost $125 per person. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Call 772-1614.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Book sale: The Friends of the Jacksonville library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Naversen Room of the library, 340 W. C St., Jacksonville. Calendars will be for sale for $5. During the sale, Stan Olds, dressed as Dr. John McLaughlin, the father of Oregon, will provide a storytelling for children at 2 p.m. Saturday in the children's area. Call 245-2907.
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.
Meadows Wine and Art Show: Wine tasting is set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Meadows Community Center, 555 Freeman Road. Wines from Rosella's and Wooldridge Creek, both of the Applegate Valley, will be featured. Complimentary tastes will be available. Finger foods will include cheese from Rogue Creamery. The wine party is part of the art show to be held Friday through Sunday, Dec. 4-6, at the Meadows. More than 120 original paintings by artists such as Floyd and Carol Antonides, Elsie Conover, Boni de'Laire Kettering, Linda Kornstad, Ginger Vanek and the late Ruth Abernethy will be displayed.
Sunday, Dec. 6
Holiday Breakfast: The Talent Lions Club will host a holiday breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children and includes pancakes, ham, eggs and beverages. Proceed from the breakfast will assist residents of the Talent area. Call 535-5579.
COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING CLUB: Shoot 'em up Western-style with the Table Rock Rangers at 9 a.m. on the first Sunday and second Saturday of 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.
Musicians swap meet: Buy, sell and trade for new, used and vintage music gear at the 12th annual Musicians Swap Meet from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bellview Grange Hall, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Sellers can reserve a small tble for $12 and a large talbe for $20. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children under 12 years old. Call 482-4830.
Monday, Dec. 7
Tom ward: Tom Ward will lecture on the ecological constraints and opportunities in the Bear Creek Basin at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Ward will use information about the local limits of soil, water, agricultural space and air-shed as well as the history of ecological managements and its long-term effects. Call 482-6767.
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Rock Garden society: The North American Rock Garden Society, Siskiyou Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Members will present pictures of personal gardens and plants or picture of places and gardens they have visited. Call 664-5934.
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.
Friday, Dec. 11
DROP IN AND DRAW: The Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, will offer supervised art workshops for children ages 6 and older from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on days that the Medford School District has no scheduled classes. Children ages 4 to 6 may attend the workshops if accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per hour per child and includes art supplies. No registration is required. Projects include weaving, sculpting, drawing, watercolor and others. The next workshop will be held Monday, Dec. 14. Children ages 6 to 12 may preregister for Drop In and Draw sessions to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Registration is required, and the cost is $15 per child. Call 772-8118.
Saturday, Dec. 12
LEATHER CRAFTS: The Rogue Valley Leather Guild meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The hobbyist group teaches and shares ideas about tooling leather and saddle-stitching. Call 826-3177 or 899-3663.
Sunday, Dec. 20
SOUTHERN OREGON WOOD TURNERS: Learn how to turn wood on a lathe at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month with the Southern Oregon Wood Turners Club. The group meets at 175 Royal Lane, Rogue River, and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 956-5958 or 476-6137.