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Things to do - Aug. 26, 2010

Thursday, Aug. 26

WALKING TOURS OF ASHLAND: Join historian Suzanne Marshall for free tours of Ashland Thursdays through Sept. 30. Two different tours are available, the Main Street tour at 9 a.m. or the Railroad District tour at 10:30 a.m. Each includes stories of the areas' past development. Visitors should meet at the drinking fountains on the Ashland Plaza. No pre-registration is required. Call 541-488-6606 for information.

Friday, Aug. 27

AUDIO WALKING TOURs: Walk through areas of historic Ashland while listening to Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Michael Hume tell the story of a village that grew in the American wilderness. Audio tour guides and maps are available for $5 at the front desk of Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. See www.ashlandaudiowalks.org or call 541-488-1700.

PEOPLE'S MARKET: The outdoor People's Market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 170 Main St., Phoenix. The market offers various arts and crafts vendors, food and family activities, with live music and open mic on Saturday. Call 541-840-9359.

southern oregon community fun fair: Activities for kids, including jump houses, face painting, games and crafts, as well as a car show, martial arts demonstrations, raffles, vendor and food booths for the whole family will be on tap from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 29, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Free movies and music in the evening at nearby Veterans Park. See www.SouthernOregon CommunityFunFair.com for full details.

TEEN movie AT THE ASHLAND LIBRARY: Teens are invited to watch "Clash of the Titans," rated PG-13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in the teen department of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6994.

MUSIC AND A MOVIE: The Phoenix High School Marching Band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, on the football field of Phoenix High School, 745 N. Rose St., followed by a showing of Walt Disney's animated classic "Alice in Wonderland" at dusk. Free; gates open at 6:30 p.m. See www.phspirateband.com.

ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE: The Scoot-N-Weavers host an A1/A2 square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. the fourth Friday of every month at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Admission is by donation. Call 541-772-8687.

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.

Saturday, Aug. 28

MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND BREAKFAST: The Mountain Valley Riders, a Medford chapter of the Gold Wing Touring Association, will meet for a no-host breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Mrs. Q's restaurant, 215 E. Jackson St., Medford. A ride will follow a 9 a.m. meeting. All motorcycle riders are welcome. Visit www.gwta-oregon/chapter M. or call 541-778-8295.

BREAKFAST: An all-you-can-eat breakfast of sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. the last Saturday of every month at Warren Lodge No. 10 in Jacksonville, 135 Oregon St. Cost is $6.

EAGLE POINT SATURDAY MARKET: The Eagle Point Saturday Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 2. The market is near the Eagle Point Museum and Butte Creek Mill and features local produce and hand-crafted items. New growers and crafters are welcome. Call 541-826-2258 or 541-826-3760.

ASHLAND SATURDAY MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30 at Lithia Way and First Street in Ashland. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com or call 541-951-5756.

jacksonville saturday artists: The group of artists will hold art shows from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 28 outside the Jacksonville Museum, Fifth and C streets. Artists who would like to display work may call 541-779-9607 or e-mail b-n-wbyron@charter.net.

DEMONSTRATION GARDENS TOUR: Free, guided tours through the butterfly, amphibian-reptile, native plant, heirloom and herb gardens are available at 9:30 a.m. every second Wednesday and fourth Saturday through August at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The tours are suitable for ages 10 and older, and registration is required. See http://ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-6606.

LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET: The Lithia Artisans Market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays on Calle Guanajuato along Ashland Creek, Ashland. The market showcases regional arts and crafts and live music; creekside dining is available. See www.lithiaartisansmarket.com or call 541-488-1040.

Art Show & Sale: Members of the Artist's Workshop will host the 26th annual Art Show & Sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, through Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the ballroom of the U.S. Hotel, California and Third streets, Jacksonville. The exhibit will feature more than 250 watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, as well as drawings by 24 regional artists. A reception will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the ballroom. Call 541-482-5837.

wood carvers club: The wood-carving group meets from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The group teaches and shares ideas with beginning and intermediate woodcarvers. The fee is $2 per month. Call 541-665-3634 or 541-665-7190.

PALESTINE AND ISRAEL TALK: Peace House and Citizens for Peace and Justice are sponsoring a free presentation by Kate Gould about her eight months of volunteering, working and traveling throughout Israel and occupied Palestine from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For more information, e-mail kategould@live.com.

SOUTHERN OREGON SPEEDWAY: Bi-Mart Family Night at the Races will be Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Southern Oregon Speedway in the Jackson County Sports Park, Highway 140 and Kershaw Road, White City. Races start at 6 p.m. and include modifieds, pro stocks, street stocks, super fours and mini stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m. Lucky Number prizes start at 5 p.m. Save $2 with a free coupon from Bi-Mart. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 7 through 12, seniors and veterans with valid identification. Ages 6 and younger will be admitted free. Visit www.sospeedway.com or call 541-826-6825.

STAR PROMENADERS: The club hosts an advanced and plus-level square dance the fourth Saturday of every month at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. A1 and A2 squares will begin at 6:30 p.m., pre-rounds at 7:30 p.m. and plus-squares with A1 tips at 8 p.m. Admission is a $4 donation. Call 541-770-5182.

ROGUE RIVER CONNECTION: Ray James and the James Gang perform country-western music for dancing at 7 p.m. Saturdays in the Rogue River Community Center annex, 136 Broadway St., Rogue River. Admission is $4. Call 541-474-4699.

Sunday, Aug. 29

LITHIA PARK WALK: This is the last day to join naturalists from Ashland Parks & Recreation at 10 a.m. for a free, easy nature walk in Lithia Park. Participants should meet at the park's entrance on the Ashland Plaza. Call 541-488-5340.

beach-party picnic: The Associated Community Task Force of the First United Methodist Church of Medford is hosting a free, beach party-themed picnic from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Bear Creek Park Amphitheater on Highland Drive, between Barnett Road and Siskiyou Boulevard, Medford. There will be music, island dancing, games and food for the whole family. Call 541-890-6099.

Randall Goodgame: Songwriter Randall Goodgame will perform Slugs, Bugs and Lullabies at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at Trail Christian Fellowship, 18881 Highway 62, Eagle Point. The one-hour program includes live music and animated video and is geared toward children ages 10 and younger. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Childcare is available by calling 541-878-3501.

Monday, Aug. 30

CALL TO ARTISTS: Artists painting in all media are invited to apply for membership at the Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford. Call 541-770-3190 or 541-772-2069.

Call to Artists: Artists in all media are invited to apply for membership at The Creator's Gallery & Studio, 115 W. California St., Jacksonville. Call 541-772-2069 or see www.thecreatorsgallery.com.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Pacific Northwest artists who work in a variety of media may participate in the 14th annual Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts, a Labor Day-weekend event to be held in downtown Jacksonville. Musicians and food vendors also may participate. For information and entry packet, call 541-899-1121.

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.

THE STUDIO AT THE MEDFORD LIBRARY: Art in the Library will present "View from the Ground Floor," an exhibit of paintings by artists from The Studio at Living Opportunities, through Sept. 7 at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8689 for more information.

BOOK EXCHANGE: A free book exchange is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. Call 541-774-2400.

SENIOR SINGERS: The Central Point Senior Singers meet at 11 a.m. Mondays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Call 541-664-4933.

MONDAY MOVIES AT PHOENIX LIBRARY: The free Monday Afternoon Movie Series continues from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. at the Phoenix Branch Library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-535-7090.

Aug. 30: "Blackbeard's Ghost," rated G. The pirate Blackbeard's spirit is cursed to wander in limbo until he performs a good deed.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY MOVIES IN WHITE CITY: Enjoy free movies from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays in August at the White City Branch Library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 541-864-8880.

Aug. 30: "Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs," rated G. Manny and the herd discover a lost world of ferociously funny dinosaurs.

CLOGGING: The Misty Mountain Cloggers meet at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Center, 1024 Summit Ave., Medford. Dance instruction is available. Admission is $7. Call 541-772-1431.

AUTHOR READINGS: Local authors Craig Wright, Julie Rogers and Bob Yoder will read their poetry and prose from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at Rogue Books, 264 Fourth St., Ashland. Free. Call 541-227-9684.

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, Aug. 31

GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is 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 crafts. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com or call 541-261-5045.

FISHING THE ROGUE: The Southern Oregon Historical Society is exhibiting historical photos and artifacts related to the history of fishing on the Rogue River from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, during the month of August, at its research library, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Call 541-858-1724.

ballroom dance: Social Benefit Dance hosts easy ballroom dancing from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Dance to the sounds of big-band music provided by Dave Flick. Call 541-770-2614.

SWEET ADELINES: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue Valley Christian Church, 1440 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The four-part chorus offers lessons on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. The Sweet Adelines perform locally and in an annual regional competition. Women interested in singing are invited to attend. See www.sweetadelinesos.org or call 541-774-9606.

dance and jam: Lee Earl and his Out'a Gas Band host an open jam and dance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue River Community Center, 136 Broadway St., Rogue River. Admission is $2. Call 541-899-1846.

Juggling Club: 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 541-535-1163.

jeopardy trivia: Join the fun at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry fee is $1, and there will be prizes. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of the restaurant by 10 p.m. Call 541-482-9677.

Wednesday, Sept. 1

JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM QUILTERS: The quilting group meets from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Thursdays at the U.S. Hotel, 123 S. California St., Jacksonville. Anyone interested may attend at no charge. Call 541-941-2463.

scienceworks museum: Year-round exhibits at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, explore energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more. Summer hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors older than 65. There are additional fees for some activities. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

TALENT EVENING MARKET: The Talent Evening Market is held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 8 in front of Talent City Hall, 110 W. Main St. There will be fresh produce, hand-crafted items, food and live music. Admission is free. To reserve a booth, e-mail talentmarketers@yahoo.com.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES: The Southern Oregon Antiques and Collectibles Club will present a progarm on "How the West was Won by Leather" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Redmen Hall, 125 N. Holly St., Medford. Free. Visit www.soacc.com or call 541-941-3537.

spelling bee: A spelling contest is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Participants can spell singly or on two-person teams. Entry is $1 per person. The winners and runners-up split the pot; the winners also receive a pot-matching gift certificate from the restaurant. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of the restaurant by 10 p.m. Call 541-482-9677.

THE SCOOT-N-WEAVERS: The dance club offers an advanced square-dance lesson followed by a workshop and dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Admission is by donation. Call 541-772-8687.

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 instruction is at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for a lesson and the dance, $3 for the dance only. See www.soswing.org or call 541-324-7981.

Thursday, Sept. 2

GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 18 at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com or call 541-261-5045.

WALKING TOURS OF ASHLAND: Join historian Suzanne Marshall for free tours of Ashland Thursdays through Sept. 30. Two different tours are available, the Main Street tour at 9 a.m. or the Railroad District tour at 10:30 a.m. Each includes stories of the areas' past development. Visitors should meet at the drinking fountains on the Ashland Plaza. No pre-registration is required. Call 541-488-6606 for information.

Benefit rummage sale: The Medford United Methodist Church is sponsoring a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the church, corner of West Main and Laurel streets. Proceeds will be used for local charity work benefiting women and youths. Call 541-772-3735.

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 First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Call 541-779-7118.

WOMEN'S BARBERSHOP SINGING: The Rogue Valley Women's Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Boys & Girls Club, 203 S.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Visitors may enter the club at the G Street entrance. Women interested in singing are invited to join the chorus. No auditions are necessary. Monthly dues cost $15, but a free 30-day trial membership is available. Funds generated by the club benefit high-school students in Grants Pass and Rogue River, the Junior Honor Choir and Boys & Girls Club. Call 541-476-7006 or 541-474-4447.

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. the first Thursday of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. See www.ashlandsufi.com or call 541-482-4902.

Friday, Sept. 3

Rogue Gallery & Art Center: "Earthly Delights: Marilyn Briggs Retrospective 1960-2010" will be displayed through Saturday, Sept. 11, at the gallery and art center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The exhibit will feature Briggs' oil paintings, exquisite fiber art and mixed-media works influenced by the Rogue Valley. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 541-772-8118 or visit www.roguegallery.org.

SOUP FOR ART: Pasta Piatti restaurant will be serving gazpacho with toppings from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, in the parking lot on Fourth Street behind Gallerie Karon, 500 A St., Ashland, during the First Friday Art Walk. A suggested donation of $5 per bowl will help support completion of the Ashland Peace Wall, a community art work located in front of the Ashland library; all donations will be matched. This is the final soup fundraiser before the Peace Wall is dedicated on Sept. 21. Children under 12 years of age free. Call 541-552-0736.

a beach of a benefit: Rogue Gallery & Art Center will hold its 48th annual benefit auction Saturday, Sept. 18, at Bigham Knoll — Jacksonville's historic 1908 schoolhouse at 525 E. E St., Jacksonville. The island-themed event will begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, a catered dinner, silent and live auctions and live music by Ha'ena. Getaways, dinner parties, wines, a Rogue River adventure, art, furniture and smudge pots will be on the auction blocks. Tickets cost $75 and are available until Friday, Sept. 3. Call 541-772-8118.

SQUARE DANCE: The Star Promenaders host an easy, mainstream dance at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of every month at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Admission is by donation. Call 541-770-5182.

Saturday, Sept. 4

eighth annual taste of harry & David: The eighth annual Taste of Harry & David, in a partnership with ACCESS, Inc. and Rotary First harvest, will showcase local food, wine, beer and live music on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, at the Country Village, 1314 Center Drive, Suite A, Medford. More than 50 booths will offer gourmet food, artisan cheese, breads and sauces, along with wines and beers. Saturday's live music will feature The Latin Jazz Quartet and The Rhythm Kings; Sunday's music will be presented by The Blue Lightening Band and The Rhythm Kings. The event will host its second annual wine competition, with about 30 wineries vying for gold, silver and bronze medals, along with the third annual chef's challenge. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 or $10 with 10 non-perishable food items. Proceeds will benefit ACCESS and Rotary First Harvest. Visit www.harryanddavid.com for information.

TALENT GARDEN CLUB: Learn practical ways to recycle garden waste from Rhianna Simes at the next meeting of the Talent Garden Club at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Talent Branch Library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-2190.

FAMILY PICNIC DAY: Southern Oregon Historical Society is opening Historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, between Jacksonville and Central Point, to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, for the final family picnic day of the summer. The focus of this picnic day is local food production. Southern Oregon Draft and Harness Association will thresh wheat grown at Hanley Farm, to be turned into Hanley Horsepower Flour. There also will be crafts, children's games, tours, horse-drawn wagon rides and music. Admission is free for SOHS members, $7.50 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12 years old, $20 for a family. See www.sohs.org or www.eventwerksoregon.com.

teen library first saturday FUN: Activities for teens are held from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month in the Medford library's teen department, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-6413.

  • Sept. 4: "Clash of the Titans," rated PG-13, will be shown.
  • Oct. 2: Learn how to be a stand-up comedian with improv tips from Sam Hefter.
  • Nov. 6: Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning about and creating a "dream catcher."
  • Dec. 4: Learn the art of making a book — a great holiday gift.

Sunday, Sept. 5

FLEA MARKET: Antiques, collectibles, crafts and more will be available at the Original Medford Giant Flea Market's annual Labor Day outdoor market at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, in the parking lot of the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Admission is free to the public. See www.fleaforall.net or call 541-772-8211.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Katharine Gracey: "Memoirs of Oregon," acrylic paintings by Jacksonville artist Katharine Gracey, opens Tuesday, Sept. 7, and run through Dec. 7, at the Central Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave, Medford. Gracey's work is inspired by French countrysides as well as her native Southern Oregon surroundings. See www.katharinegracey.com or call 541-8679.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

WOMEN'S LUNCHEON: The Rogue Valley Women's Connection will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the Ministries Center Building (behind First Church of the Nazarene), 1974 E. McAndrews, Road, Medford. Local author Jura Sherwood will speak about her book "In the Shadow of the Mosque," and Barbara Marshall of Ukiah, Calif., will tackle the question "Where Is God When It Hurts?" Music will be provided by Lauri Higuera. The cost is $15; no nursery. Call 541-245-1652 or 541-855-7695.

Thursday, Sept. 9

Call To Poets: Poets of all types may sign up for an open-mic session to be held at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups will be at 6:30 p.m. Call 541-512-1007.

ROGUE VALLEY PEACE CHOIR: The choir will holds ithe first rehearsal for its 2010-2011 concert season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. All vocalists are welcome; auditions are not required. Call 541-488-1239.

Friday, Sept. 10

TALENT ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Stroll through downtown Talent and enjoy art, music and food at multiple venues beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, as a prelude to the Talent Harvest Festival Saturday, Sept. 11. Call 541-535-1566.

ASHLAND MYSTERY READERS GROUP: Bill Adam Woog, a crime-fiction reviewer and columnist for The Seattle Times, will present a talk at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Bookwagon, 1652 Ashland St. Admission is free. Call 541-488-4477 for more information.

SQUARE DANCE: Lantz's Dantzers host square dances the second Friday of every month at 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.

movie at britt: "Across the Universe," a 2007 musical directed by Julie Taymor and featuring 34 compositions by members of The Beatles, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Admission is $10 for reserved seats and $8 for lawn seating. "The Music Man," the 1962 film based on the Broadway hit, will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Admission to "The Music Man" costs $10 for reserved seats and $8 for lawn seating. For ages 12 and younger, reserved seats cost $5, and lawn seating costs $3. See www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077.

Saturday, Sept. 11

TALENT HARVEST FESTIVAL: This year's festival, a celebration of Talent's centennial, will start at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, with a $5 pancake breakfast at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., followed by 5K and 10K runs at 8 a.m. and a parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. There will be live music from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the commons near City Hall, 110 E. Main St., as well as food, crafts, booths and children's activities. Bring your best sunflower to the Talent Garden Club booth for entry in its annual sunflower contest. Call 541-535-1566 for full details.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE: Jacksonville Friends of the Library are sponsoring a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. After 2 p.m. Sunday, buy a bag of books for $5. Call 541-702-2114.

willamette writers: The Southern Oregon branch of the Willamette Writers will present "Writing Memoir from the Inside Out" with Debra Zaslow at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in the Central Point City Council Chambers, 140 S. Second St. Admission is free. Zaslow will hold a workshop that focuses on writing from personal experience at 12:15 p.m. Call 541-621-8587 or e-mailp38messina@msn.com to register.

blackstone audio warehouse sale and family fair: Blackstone Audio, an audio book company with titles available for purchase or rent, will hold its second annual warehouse sale and family fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Blackstone, 31 Mistletoe Road, Ashland. Hundreds of CDs and cassettes will be available, and Blackstone will open its recording studios to allow visitors to record and audition as book narrators. The fair will include a dunk tank, hula hoops, face-painting, balloon sculptures, live music by local bands, food catered by Roscoe's BBQ and other refreshments. There will be appearances by book narrators and readings of children's books. All proceeds from the sale and fair will benefit Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and Ashland Fire & Rescue. A fire truck and safety van will be at the event. Parking at Blackstone is limited. Additional parking and free shuttle services will be available in the lot next to Shop 'N' Kart. Call 541-488-6035 or see www.blackstoneaudio.com.

LEATHER CRAFTS: 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.

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

Movie at Britt: "The Music Man," 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11. Admission costs $10 for reserved seats and $8 for lawn seating. For ages 12 and younger, reserved seats cost $5, and lawn seating costs $3. See www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077.

Sunday, Sept. 12

RAILROAD PARK: Medford's Railroad Park is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of every month through October. Visitors of all ages can ride steam and diesel 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 large outdoor display. The Railroad Park is near Medford 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.

Monday, Sept. 13

ASK AN AUTHOR: Get answers to your questions about developing, publishing and promoting your book from authors Shoshana Alexander and Alissa Lukara at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month through October in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Cost is $10 per drop-in session. Call 541-324-6370 or 541-201-0353.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

BOOK DISCUSSION: The Medford Library Book Discussion Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Adams Room of the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Read the books, join the discussions and enjoy refreshments. Call 541-774-6415.

  • Sept. 14: "Mountains Beyond Mountains," by Tracy Kidder
  • Oct. 12: "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee
  • Nov. 9: "The Calligrapher's Daughter," by Eugenia Kim
  • Dec. 14: "Last of the Mohicans," by James Fenimore Cooper

Friday, Sept. 17

SQUARE Dance: Lantz's Dantzers hold square dances the third Friday of every month at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Pre-rounds begin at 7:30 p.m., and mainstream and plus dancing begins at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation. Call 541-772-1431.

Saturday, Sept. 18

BREAKFAST: A breakfast of biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee will be served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Cost is $6.

HISTORIC WALKING TOURS: Ben Truwe unlocks the secrets of the past during his "Haunted Brothels and Opium Dens of Medford" walking tours at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of every month. Find out where Medford residents "lynched the knocker and burned the hammer." The free tours last about two hours and are suitable for all ages. Participants should dress for the weather and meet at the Southern Oregon Historical Society History Center, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Call 541-773-8369 for reservations.

TEEN CHESS CLUB: Teenagers can play chess from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Medford Branch Library's teen department, 205 S. Central Ave. All levels of players are welcome, with basic instruction offered. Call 541-774-6413.

KS WILD DINNER AND AUCTION: The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center's sixth annual dinner and auction begins with a social hour and silent auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Dinner, served at 6:30 p.m., will feature local produce, breads, cheeses, Oregon seafood and desserts. A live auction begins at 8 p.m. Dinner tickets are $40 and include local micro beer, wine bar and live music. Proceeds support KS Wild's environmental programs. Call 541-488-5789 for reservations.

live music and dance: Jim Lane and the Renegades will present live country, oldies and rock 'n' roll music from 7 to 10 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Admission is $4. Call 541-955-5229.

Sunday, Sept. 19

SOUTHERN OREGON WOOD TURNERS: Learn how to turn wood on a lathe at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of every month with Southern Oregon Wood Turners Club. The group meets at 175 Royal Lane, Rogue River, and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 541-956-5958 or 541-476-6137.

Saturday, Sept. 25

RUNNING OF THE DOGS: In conjunction with Jacksonville's 150th-anniversary parade, Gary West Smoked Meats is sponsoring a fun run/walk for dogs and their masters at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, starting at Bigham Knoll and ending at Doc Griffin Park, Jacksonville. Awards to dogs for first and last places, furriest, largest, smallest and more. No entry fee; $20 for T-shirt, dog jerky and Humane Society donation. Call 541-899-1829 by Monday, Sept. 13 to order T-shirts.

LIVE INSECT SHOW: Local amateur entomologist John Jackson will not only discuss the idiosyncrasies of the insect world but will display live insects that can be touched, as well as preserved ones, at noon Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Free and geared to all ages. See www.northwestnatureshop.com or call 541-482-3241.

AUTHOR HERB HEIMAN TALKS TO TEENS: Local author Herb Heiman will talk to teens about his award-winning book "Running on Dreams" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Set in Talent, the book is about a popular high-school track star who overcomes his prejudice when he discovers similarities between himself and a new student with autism. Call 541-774-6423.

Sunday, Sept. 26

RAILROAD PARK: Medford's Railroad Park is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of every month through October. Visitors of all ages can ride steam and diesel 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 large outdoor display. The Railroad Park is near Medford 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.

Monday, Sept. 27

ACCORDION CLUB: The Medford Accordion Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Anyone interested in playing or listening is invited to attend. Admission is $1. Call 541-488-7777.

Thursday, Sept. 30

COMMUNITY CHORUS: A community chorus meets at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in Room 13, B Building, Rogue Community College, Bartlett Street, Medford. All ages and levels of vocalists are welcome. Call 541-779-2796.

Saturday, Oct. 16

TEEN CHESS CLUB: Teenagers can play chess from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Medford Branch Library's teen department, 205 S. Central Ave. All levels of players are welcome, with basic instruction offered. Call 541-774-6413.