Benefit poker run, First Friday art walk and more
Friday, Sept. 6
First Friday Craft: Make seasonal craft projects the first Friday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Applegate library, 18485 N. Applegate Road. Refreshments will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-846-7346.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Pebblestone Cellars, 1670 Pioneer Road, Talent. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
First Friday Art Walk: Galleries, restaurants and studios in downtown Ashland and its Railroad District unveil new exhibits, host art demonstrations and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Some artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Art walk maps are available at any of the venues. For a full listing of events and participating galleries, see ashlandgalleries.com.
Silent Disco: Ashland Parks and Recreation will host Silent Disco in the Park from 5 to 11 p.m. the first Friday of each month through Oct. 4, near the lower duck pond in Lithia Park in Ashland. DJs will spin a mix of music. Two channels will be available. Rent a pair of wireless headphones for a $5, then walk freely about the park and Ashland Plaza. Young children can make their own music on the interactive “Wiggle Wagon” which broadcasts on the Kid’s Channel. Call 541-488-5340 or see ashlandparksandrec.org. In case of inclement weather see Facebook.com/silentmovementinternational for cancellation updates.
Haunted History Tour: Costumed docents lead hour-long tours at 7 and 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month through Sept. 6, in downtown Jacksonville. The 7 and 7:30 p.m. courthouse tour features brothels, epidemics and hangings. The 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. Britt Hill tour shares tales of arson, saloons and Oregon’s first Chinatown. Tours are $5. Proceeds go to the maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings. Call 541-245-3650 for reservations. See historicjacksonville.org or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Poker Run: The Rogue River VFW will be hosting its 14th annual “Patriot’s Run,” a motorcycle and car poker run, Saturday, Sept. 7, from Rogue River to Union Creek. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Office, 410 E. Main St., Rogue River, and rides begin at 11 a.m. Admission is $15 or $20 for duos. A buffet breakfast is available for $5. Following the ride, look for live music by Mercy featuring Lynda Morrison, a BBQ, raffle drawings, a silent auction and more. All proceeds to benefit the VFW’s high school scholarship fund. Call 541-761-6336 or 541-761-1379.
Talent Garden Club: The club meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, with the exception of Nov., at the Talent library, 101 Home St. In Nov. the club meets the second Saturday of that month. Email email@example.com.
AAUW Meeting: The American Association of University Women will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Rogue Credit Union building, 1330 Poplar Drive, Medford. The featured presenter will be Diane Hoover, formerly with The Blue Zones Project, who will discuss why people live to be over 100 years old and avoid most diseases in “blue zones” around the world. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, with membership offered to women and men who hold degrees from four-year or two-year accredited colleges or universities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Kids Crafts: Children 8 years and older can make a wallet, lanyard, or bookmark out of colorful duct tape at noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. See jcls.org or call 541-582-1714.
International Overdose Awareness Day: Max’s Mission will host the third annual International Overdose Awareness Day from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Pear Blossom Park, 312 E. Fourth St., Medford. The event will feature guest speakers, including community leaders and those sharing their recovery journey stories. Live music will be performed by Karen Lovely, Danielle Kelly, Paul Turnipseed, David Pinsky and Phil Newton. Representatives from over 25 local health and social services organizations will be on hand to offer information about options for substance abuse, addiction treatment and related behavioral health issues. Max’s Mission will provide free naloxone (narcan) and training. A remembrance tent for people who would like to bring photos or share stories of ones they have lost will be available. Cards will be available to share memories and messages. Julia and David Pinsky created Max’s Mission, the nonprofit organization to honor their son Max and to spread awareness of the life-saving drug naloxone, which reverses an opioid overdose, through community meetings and by giving free doses and prescriptions to friends and families in need. For more information, see maxsmission.org.
Author Talk: Local author Clay Dickerson will offer a book signing and talk about his new book, “Fire at My Feet,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Art Presence Art Center: A reception and talk by oil painter Lane Hall will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the art center, 206 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. The September member’s exhibit “Colors of Autumn,” displays a variety of mediums and styles. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Call 541-941-7057.
Teen Gamer Day: Teens can play classic and new board games, Giant Jenga or Wii from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Queer Coffee House: The Ashland library will host a social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland Librarian Elanna Erhardt will facilitate group introductions, LGBTQ+ current events, a queer book talk, and a roundtable discussion. Call 541-774-6996 or see jcls.org.
Book Signing: Local author Carole Nielson will offer a signing for her new book, “Five Bucks for a Quarter,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. Call 541-858-0203.
Crafternoon: Teens and pre-teens can learn basic sewing skills while creating a flannel pillowcase from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-535-7090.
Ice Skating Exhibition: The Southern Oregon Figure Skating club will host the 18th annual “Exhibition of Stars” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the RRRink, 1349 Center Drive, Medford. Admission is $7. See therrrink.com or call 541-770-1177.
Sunday, Sept. 8
Breakfast: Lake Creek Grange will host a breakfast and farmers market from 8 to 10 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the grange, 1565 S. Fork Little Butte Road, Lake Creek. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, fruit, juice coffee and tea will be served. Cost is $7; $3 for children. Look for local jams, breads, pickles, crafts and more. Call 541-951-5681.
Medford Railroad Park: The park, at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue in Medford, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month April through October. Visitors can ride diesel trains and a motor car, see unique model railroad layouts and the Hogwarts Express, send and receive telegrams, tour historical railroad equipment and more. Also visit the park’s new butterfly garden. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. See ci.medford.or.us.
Northwest Bird Club: Owners of pet birds can meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Rogue Valley Meadows, 2385 Table Rock Road, Medford. The club will work on preparations for their annual bird-mart. The group usually meets the first Sunday of each month. Refreshments are provided. Call 541-826-4133.
LUKEs: An instructive, play-together library ukulele session will be held at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Sessions will be led by Barbara Meredith, Patty Devon and Marlene Riegel of the Plaza Players. Ukulele kits are available to checkout from the Medford library for three weeks at time, with two possible renewals. Sheet music with uke chords and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-8689.
Community Chant: Explore chants from various global traditions at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. No singing experience necessary. Admission by donation. Call 707-382-8641.
Monday, Sept. 9
Homework Hub: Children 5 through 12 who need help with homework, studying and comprehension can drop in and work with small groups and experienced tutors from 3 to 5 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Admission is free, and one-on-one sessions are available with advanced scheduling. Call 541-774-8678.
Teen Video Game Tournament: Teens can battle for first place in a PlayStation 4 Rayman Legends Tournament from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Wii and other PS4 games will also be available. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
Siskiyou Koi and Pond Club: Those interested in koi and koi ponds can attend a potluck meeting at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Club meetings are held to educate, support and assist other members with the hobby. Learn about building a pond or solving problems in an existing pond. Call 541-772-8721 or 541-601-5525 for directions to the meetings and information.
Peer Counseling Presentation: Ken Deveney, certified teacher of Re-evaluation Counseling, will give a presentation on peer-to-peer counseling at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Ashland Food Co-op, 300 N. Pioneer St., Ashland. See ashlandfood.coop/events.
Author Talk: Erica Elliott will discuss her book, “Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Color Happy: Coloring sessions for adults are held from 10 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Coloring supplies, coffee and donuts are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Friends Book Club: This book group meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Read the books, then join in the discussions. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.
Spark Space: Kids can design and build an obstacle course and learn to program the robotic Sphero to run the course at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. See jcls.org or call 541-864-8880.
Sip & Origami: Kids can create a variety of themed origami from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. A different beverage will be served at each event. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Teen Advisory Group: Motivated teens in grades 7–12 can meet to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, and make crafts at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Book Chat: This book group meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Read the books, then join in the discussions. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Sept. 10, will be “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Social Security Presentation: Linda Clarkson of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free presentation, “Maximize Your Social Security,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Smullin Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford. Learn how to make the most of your Social Security decision and how to integrate it with other retirement income sources. To register, call 541-973-2100, ext. 1.
Siskiyou Singers: Experienced singers who wish to audition for the choir’s fall 2019 season are invited to audition at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Siskiyou Singers is a community choir with a diverse repertoire, encompassing both sacred and secular music from Renaissance madrigals to American spirituals, 18th-century masses, multicultural and modernist compositions of today. For more information, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-482-5290.
Rock Garden Society: The Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month from September through May in Lidgate Hall behind Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, four society members will present “Fall Color in the Rock Garden.” They’ll share gardening tips for fall color with flowering bulbs, dwarf trees with showy autumn foliage or bark, compact perennials that blooms in fall and colorful grasses and sedges. See siskiyousummits.weebly.com.
Southern Oregon Photographic Association: The local camera club will host wildlife photographer Dan Elster, who will give a presentation of some of his favorite images he’s shot from the past few years, along with how and where he got them, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Town Hall at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Elster, who regularly explores the wildlife in the Klamath Basin, along the Oregon Coast and the rugged high desert plains of Eastern Oregon, will also touch upon the process behind his recently released, self-published book “Wild Animals in Wild Places.” Books will be available purchase. Admission is free. See sopacameraclub.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Demonstration Garden Tours: Join master gardeners on a tour of the butterfly, amphibian-reptile, native plants, heirloom plants and herb gardens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free, and donations to the Nature Center are welcomed. See ashlandparksandrec.org or call 541-488-6606.
Day at the Circus: Join Bugs-R-Us Educational Services for a special, circus-themed preschool presentation at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.
History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, historian and author Dennis Ellingson, along with Larry Sweem, will present “The Grand Dams of the Upper Rogue” at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Learn about the construction of the dams of the Rogue, the Applegate and Elk Creek. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Joya Szalwinski will discuss current issues and flood control. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.
Lunchtime Movies: Free movies are shown from noon to 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Refreshments are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Art in the Library: Children 8 years and older can explore a variety of art projects and mediums from 2 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Kids 7 and younger may attend with adult. Materials will be provided. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.
Lego Architects: Children ages 5 through 12 can build with Legos at 2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Origami for Kids: Children ages 5-12 can learn how to fold a variety of interesting origami creations from 4 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Writer’s Critique: A writing critique is held at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. The group is open to writers of any genre with work in progress. Writers must present their own writing for supportive critiques, as well as provide the same to fellow writers. Group members commit to reading five pages per month of each group member’s work. Registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-855-1994.
Thursday, Sept. 12
Pirate Week: Kids can follow a treasure map, dig for buried treasure, share pirate stories, make a pirate hat,and more beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 and running through Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Costumes are encouraged. See jcls.org for details and a full schedule of events or call 541-899-7438.
Phoenix Book Club: Discuss books on select topics at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Readers can choose fiction or nonfiction as monthly topics. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6408.
WeDo Robotics: Children ages 7 to 10 can build Lego models using Lego WeDo and program them to move and react from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Pre-registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-664-3228.
Social Security Presentation: Linda Clarkson of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free presentation, “Maximize Your Social Security,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St., Jacksonville. Learn how to make the most of your Social Security decision and how to integrate it with other retirement income sources. To register, call 541-973-2100, ext. 1.
Makers & Hackers Night: Join Rogue Hack Lab to exercise your creativity and tap into your inner geek with DIY projects from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.
Open Mic Without a Mic Poetry Reading: The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will host open-mic readings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and readings begin at 7 p.m. The suggested theme is “Summer’s Over.” Call 541-512-1007 for information.
Author Talk: Nancy Ashmead will discuss her novel, “New Moons,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com
Presentation: Lama Tsering Everest will give a talk, “Relying on Dharma in Troubled Times,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Oak Street Dance Studio, 1287 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is a suggested donation of $20. Call 626-278-4163.