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Activities and things to do

Thursday, April 1

ASHLAND SUFI HEART CIRCLE: Local dance leaders will present Dances of Universal Peace and practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. See ashlandsufi.com or call 541-482-4902.

Friday, April 2

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 Fridays of every month at Pioneer Hall, next door to the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Admission is $8 for one child with an accompanying adult, $4 for each additional family member or friend. See livingearthcircle.org for information. Call 541-488-5340 to register.

Pottery fundraiser: The 11th annual Empty Bowls Project will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, in the Thorndike Gallery in the Art Building on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Handmade clay bowls and other works donated by local artists will be available for about $10 per piece. Matt Rudloff, an SOU student, will demonstrate throwing pottery, and there will be live music by guitarist and vocalist Joel Handley. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACCESS, Inc., the Ashland Food Bank, Uncle Food' Diner and the Food Angels. Call 541-488-5272 or visit www.soroptimistrv.org.

FOLK DANCERS: The Ashland International Folk Dancers meet Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $3. Call 541-482-8249.

contra dance: The Ashland Folk Music Club will present live music by the Generic String Band and caller Woody Lane for a dance to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Williams Grange, 20100 Williams Highway. Admission will be $5 to $10 on sliding scale. Call 541-846-6345.

Saturday, April 3

THE RABBITS ARE COMING: The Westside Rabbitteers 4-H Club will exhibit a variety of rabbits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. The 4-H members also will share information about raising and caring for rabbits. Call 541-482-3241.

CONTRA DANCE: The Ashland Folk Music Club will offer dancing to live music by the Curley-Leger Band and caller Woody Lane from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Talent Middle School, 102 Chistian Ave., Talent. No perfumes or scented oils. Admission is $8, $5 for high school students. Middle school students and anyone who just wants to watch and listen will be admitted free. Call 541-488-0679.

Monday, April 5

The Artists Workshop: The group of regional painters invites interested artists to join outdoor painting and critique sessions. The group meets every Monday, weather permitting, at a Rogue Valley location. Call 541-482-5837.

ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH DANCE: The Ashland Country Dancers hold English and Scottish dances at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. Live music is played the first and third Monday of every month. Admission is $2; $3 when live music is performed. Call 541-482-9586.

Tuesday, April 6

GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 23 at the Ashland National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and agriculturally-related crafts. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com or call 541-261-5045.

jeopardy trivia: Join the fun at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry fee is $1, and there will be prizes. A spelling contest is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Louie's. Entry also is $1, and the winning contestant will take the pot plus a dollar-for-dollar match by the restaurant. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of the restaurant by 10 p.m. Call 541-482-9677.

Wednesday, April 7

ASK AN AUTHOR: Local authors Shoshana Alexander and Alissa Lukara will answer questions about developing and publishing nonfiction books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Free. Call 541-324-6370 or 541-201-0353.

west coast swing dance: Southern Oregon Swing offers dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at The Studio, 217 Fourth St., Ashland. Beginning and intermediate West Coast swing dance instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for a lesson and the dance; $3 for the dance only. Visit www.soswing.org or call 541-324-7981.

Thursday, April 8

AUTHOR READING: Author Paul McHugh will take listeners inside a big-city newsroom when he presents "Deadlines: a Novel of Murder, Conspiracy and the Media" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, April 9

PRESCHOOL Puppet TheatER: See what Bucky Beaver and his forest friends are up to during a puppet theater at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show, play time and a snack and related craft or activity. The show is for preschoolers and kindergartners 3 to 5 years of age, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $5 per child. There will be no late seating. Registration prior to day of program is required. To register, see http://ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-6606.

DROP OFF & DRAW NIGHT: Children's art workshops are available from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Fridays of the month at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The cost is $15 per child. Children must be preregistered. Call 541-772-8118.

SQUARE DANCE: Lantz's Dantzers host square dances on the second Friday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Advanced-level dancing begins at 6:30 p.m., round dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. and plus-level dancing begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $4. Call 541-772-1431.

Saturday, April 10

PHOLIA FARM OPEN HOUSE: Pholia Farm Goat Dairy will hold its Fourth Annual Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the farm, 9115 W. Evans Creek Road, Rogue River. Taste cheeses, wines and marshmallows; enjoy a hay ride and a goat-milking contest; pet rabbits and guinea pigs; and bottle-feed a baby goat. See www.pholiafarm.com or call 541-582-8883.

SOPEX 2010: The Southern Oregon Philatelic Society will hold its annual stamp show Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, in the Padgham Pavilion at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Hours will be10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11. Admission is free. Dealers and collectors will be on hand, and stamps, covers, postcards, appraisals and supplies will be available. Call 541-772-8871.

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 541-826-3177 or 541-899-3663.

POETRY AND PIE: April is National Poetry Month and the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon State Poetry Association will host "Poetry and Pie" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, in the Large Community Meeting Room at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Anyone can read a favorite poem to the group — or select one from the poems provided — and receive a piece of pie in return. Call 541-734-5573 or 541-774-6443.

AUTHOR READING: Poet Susan Blackaby will read from her book of poetry, "Nest, Nook and Cranny," at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029.

Bohemia Gallery & Framing: "Tattoo the Town," featuring prints, etchings, lithographs and mixed-media artwork by tattoo artist Ed Hardy, will be displayed through April at the gallery, 552 A St., Ashland. A reception for Hardy will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10. There will be food and a no host bar. Call 541-488-5227.

STAR PROMENADERS: The club hosts a mainstream square dance on the second Saturday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Pre-rounds begin at 7:30 p.m. and squares at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation. Call 541-770-5182.

Sunday, April 11

RAILROAD PARK: Medford's Railroad Park opens Sunday, April 11, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of every month through October. Visitors can ride live steam trains, view scale model railroad layouts, send and receive telegrams, participate in handcar and motor car rides and view historical railroad equipment and artifacts. New to the park this year is the opening of the garden railway's massive outdoor display, including a separate layout for Thomas and Friends, a hands-on mini HO layout for kids to operate and a new building featuring historical paraphernalia. The Railroad Park is located adjacent to Fire Station No. 4 at the intersection of Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue, a few blocks north of the Rogue Valley Mall. Admission and parking are free; donations to maintain and expand the park are accepted. Call 541-779-3002 or 541-944-9176.

ASHLAND FAMILY YMCA SUNDAY Tea Dance: Dance to the big band sound of the Easy Valley Eight from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the Ashland Family YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland. Admission is $6 at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Call 541-482-9622.