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Pet adoptions, book clubs and more: Aug. 16-22

Friday, Aug. 16

Festival Noons: A conversation, “Music As Storytelling in the 2019 OSF Season,” will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 16, in Carpenter Hall on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Arranger, live score composition and actor Jane Lui, actor and musician Rachel Crowl, and Matt Goodrich, associate music director for “Hairspray,” will speak. Tickets are $12, $8 for students ages 6 to 17, and are available at the box office, at osfashland.org or by calling 541-482-4331.

Book Sale: Book sales are held from 1 to 4 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Costs are by donation. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

Book Club: The Gold Hill Library Book Club meets at 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. On Friday, Aug. 16, the book “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini will be discussed. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Dunbar Farms, 2881 Hillcrest Road, Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

Third Friday Art Walk: Galleries, restaurants and studios in downtown Medford unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. the third Friday of every month. For more information, find Medford’s Third Friday on Facebook.com.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center: A reception will be held for photographers Kristen Beck, Rich Bergeman, Jim Curtis, Nomeca Hartwell and Paul Jorizzo from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Rogue Gallery & Art Center,

40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The exhibit includes photographs ranging from local scenes to the celestial. Images are in black and white, full color and the infrared spectrum. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee are served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The breakfast costs $7; $5 for students with valid identification.

Saturday Morning Bird Walk: See and hear a variety of birds that spend the summer in the Rogue Valley on a walking tour through North Mountain Park led by local birding experts at 8 a.m. the third Saturday of each month through Aug. Admission is free, donations to NMP Nature Center welcome. See ashlandparksandrec.org or call 541-488-6606.

Rogue Valley A’s: Model A enthusiasts meet at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Royal Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1055 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. You don’t have to own a Model A to attend. See roguevalleyas.org.

Rogue Modern Quilters Guild: The quilting group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month for sewing, demonstrations and show-and-tell projects at Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St. A business meeting begins at 1 p.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Annual dues are $25. The first visit is free. Call 541-512-1442 or see roguemodernquilters.com.

Ani-Medford: Southern Oregon’s first anime convention, Ani-Medford, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 2250 Biddle Road, Medford. Special guests include voice actors Bryn Apprill, Morgan Berry, Eddie Frierson, Paul St. Peter and Brandon Yates, the latter a contract composer and voice actor primarily known for his music work on Rooster Teeth’s “Death Battle” series, and cosplay guests Cosplaimee, The Faustian Spider, Miss Bellabean and Sydabee. Come in costume and participate in a cosplay contest and lip-sync battle. Also look for local artist and vendor booths, video games, LARPing, anime screenings, Magic: The Gathering tournaments and more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children 11 years and younger get in free. Group rates are available online. For tickets and further information, see ani-medford.com.

Siskiyou Lacemakers Guild: Anyone interested in lace-making — bobbin, tatting, knitting, crochet or needle — can meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, except for December and June, at Uniquely Yours, 3921 Highland Ave., Grants Pass. Email dhami10000@aol.com or call 541-659-3096.

Summer Book Swap: GracePoint Church of the Nazarene will hold a children’s book swap for grades kindergarten through sixth grade from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at the church, 1760 E. Main St., Ashland. Bring a gently used book and trade it for another. Look for a wide range of books from Clifford to Scholastic chapter books. Call 541-482-1784.

ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum: A variety of interactive science exhibits are available at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. On Saturday, Aug. 17, see science that fizzes, freezes, and pops in a ScienceLive show at 11:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. Demonstrators will lead audiences through presentations that explore chemistry, physics, life science, and more. These 20 to 30-minute long interactive performances give selected audience members a chance to help make real science happen on stage. Find upcoming events, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 2. Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2 through 12 and 65 and older. Admission is $3 the first Sunday of every month. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

Thunderstruck Xtreme Bike Show: See motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars at the 23rd annual Xtreme Bike Show and Street Party, Saturday, Aug. 17, at Rogue Regency Inn & Suites, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford. Look for live music, raffles, food, vendor booths and more. Show registration begins at 11 a.m., with judging from 1 to 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded around 3:30 p.m. Admission to the show is free, $10 per class to enter a vehicle into the show. All proceeds go to local Boys & Girls Clubs. See thunderstruckcustombikes.com or call 541-779-0340.

Historic Walking Tours: Hear about everything from old saloons to unsuccessful efforts to stop hogs and other livestock from roaming downtown markets and eating the produce when Ben Truwe leads free historic walking tours of downtown Medford from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. The tours start at the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s History Center, 106 N. Central Ave. To reserve a tour, call 541-773-8369.

Meet the Author: Meet regional authors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Bookmark Bookstore, 7561 Crater Lake Highway, White City. Authors will be on hand to discuss writing and publishing. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-227-4877.

Double Feature & Popcorn: All ages are invited to watch a screening of the animated films “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.

Southern Oregon Stitchers: The those interested in needle art can meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, except December, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. General meetings include presentations on various stitching techniques such as, embroidery, cross stitch, Japanese embroidery, blackwork, sashiko, cruel, bullion, French knots, needlepoint, bead work, quilts and more. Refreshments will be provided. Email at lfieghuth@gmail.com or call 541-646-1116.

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive, in-depth introduction to “Indecent” at noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 541-482-4331 or see osfashland.org.

Family Game Day: Play a variety of tabletop and video games from noon to 3:30 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6994.

Pollinator Presentation: Kristina Lefever will present on the Pollinator Project, an organization and movement dedicated to creating safe pollinator habitats, at noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8850.

Library Celebration: The Gold Hill library will hold a celebration in honor of the Jackson County Library System’s 100th anniversary at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Activities, cake and other refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-8679.

Saturday Movie Matinee: Enjoy a movie and popcorn with family and friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will be shown, and popcorn will be served. The movie is rated PG. See jcls.org.

Author Signing: Author David Oas will offer a signing of his books “Non-Official Cover Confessions,” and “Blurred Realities,” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. See roguefilmsandbooks.com or call 541-858-0203.

Library Bingo: Join in a family-friendly game to win prizes such as books, gift certificates, swim passes, and more at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.

Sunday, Aug. 18

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a free Park Talk at noon Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Bill Patton Garden on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Actor Jenna Bainbridge will speak. Call 541-482-4331 or see osfashland.org.

Jane Austen Society: The group will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Discussion will focus on Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” and the history behind it. Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.

Art & Soul Gallery: Four Art & Soul Gallery artists — Jenay Elder, Bruce Barnes, Linda Boutacoff and Eve Margo Withrow — will offer a demonstration of their painting techniques from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Art & Soul Gallery, 247 E. Main St., Ashland. Live music will be performed by multi-instrumentalist and gallery owner Peter Stone. See artandsoulgallery.com or call 541-488-9006.

The Bad Film Society: The B-grade film “Nbt: Never Been Thawed” will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in the basement of the Ashland Elks Lodge. The film follows a group of fanatics as they plan the first Frozen Entrée Enthusiasts Convention. Written, directed and starring Sean Anders. Rare and weird short films will be shown before the feature. Bring any “bad” DVDs, tapes or books you’d like to give away and a dish to share for a potluck dinner. Enter the lodge through the entrance on Will Dodge Way, the alley between East Main Street and Lithia Way and First and Second streets. Look for the “Elks Dining.” Admission is $4 and benefits The Elks.

Monday, Aug. 19

Didgeridoo Space Adventure Program: Kids can attend a high-energy, Australia-themed show combining intergalactic storytelling with music, culture, puppetry, comedy and audience participation at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a free Park Talk at noon Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Bill Patton Garden on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Data Analyst Marc Friedman will speak. Call 541-482-4331 or see osfashland.org.

Teen Movie Matinee: Teens can watch “Mary Poppins Returns” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The film is rated PG. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.

Didgeridoo Space Adventure Program: Kids can attend a high-energy, Australia-themed show combining intergalactic storytelling with music, culture, puppetry, comedy and audience participation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. See jcls.org or call 541-878-2270.

Library Celebration: The Shady Cove library will hold a celebration in honor of the Jackson County Library System’s 100th anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Activities, cake and other refreshments will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

Tuesday Afternoon Knitters: Crocheters, knitters and tatters of all skill levels can gather, share ideas and create new pieces from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-326-2035 or find Tuesday Afternoon Knitters on Facebook.

Yarnia: A knitting and crochet group for all ages meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Materials and instruction are provided or you can bring your own supplies. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.

Fossil Presentation: Dan and Carole Nielson will present a collection of fossils and information at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Learn about the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants and other organisms from the ancient past. See jcls.org or call 541-878-2270.

Medicare Presentation: Linda Clarkson and Melissa Mlasko of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free presentation, “Medicare 101,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Central Point Computer Classroom, 155 S. Second St., Central Point. Presenters will review Medicare Part A and Part B, as well as Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Medicare Supplement health insurance plans. Participants also will learn how Medicare Part D prescription drug plans work and how to get help with the cost of prescription drugs. To register, call 541-973-2122.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive, in-depth introduction to “Mother Road” at noon Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 541-482-4331 or see osfashland.org.

Red Cross Pillowcase Program: Children 8 to 12 years old can make their own emergency supply kit and learn how to prepare for emergencies or disasters at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.

Board Game Day: Play a variety of tabletop and Wii video games at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive, in-depth introduction to “Between Two Knees” at noon Thursday, Aug. 22, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 541-482-4331 or see osfashland.org.

Lego Robotics: Children ages 10 to 14 can build Lego models using Lego Mindstorms and program them to move and react at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Pre-registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.

Medicare Presentation: Members of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free presentation, “Medicare 101,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Club Northwest, 2160 N.W. Vine St., Grants Pass. Presenters will review Medicare Part A and Part B, as well as Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Medicare Supplement health insurance plans. Participants also will learn how Medicare Part D prescription drug plans work and how to get help with the cost of prescription drugs. To register, call 541-973-2122.

Pet Adoption: The Southern Oregon Humane Society will host a special adoption day as part of National Clear the Shelters Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the SoHumane Adoption Center, 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford. Every dog and cat will be up-to-date on routine vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, dewormed, microchipped and spayed/neutered before going home. Adoptable dogs and cats can be viewed at sohumane.org. For more information, call 541-779-3215.