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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Oct. 2

Teen Board Gamer Day

Teens can join one another in a game of Clue over Zoom Saturday, Oct. 3. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 3, via Zoom. Ashland Librarian Elanna Erhardt will facilitate group introductions, LGBTQ+ current events, a queer book talk and a roundtable discussion. To register, see jcls.libcal.com. For further information email at EErhardt@jcls.org.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon Tuesday, Oct. 6, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090.

Eagle Point Friends

Book Club

Discuss “The Road to Character” by David Brooks with this reader’s group at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-826-3313.

AIFF Varsity World Film Week

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will hold its annual Varsity World Film Week virtually this year, from Friday, Oct. 2, through Thursday, Oct. 15. For further information or to purchase tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.

Ballet Folklórico dance

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the Jackson County Library System will host Luisa Zaragosa, artistic director of Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, who will present a free, all-ages introduction to Ballet Folklórico. Dance instruction will take place via Zoom at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-13. Participants will practice traditional folk dances and learn about the diverse cultures from different states of Mexico. To register see jcls.org/nhhm.

Windows in Time — local history lecture

As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, Sue Densmore, executive director of the Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau, will give a free presentation, “Oregon Caves: Our Underground Treasure” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, via Zoom. Densmore will share the history, stories, and information on the Oregon Caves and the Chateau and how it became a National Monument. The Chateau is in the process of being restored, recreating the three balconies original to the Chateau. The Monterey furniture collection will soon be under restoration; photography and inventory of each piece is underway. New dining room chairs have been created to replace those that went down the canyon in the 1964 flood. Photos of the restoration will be shown throughout Densmore’s presentation. To register, see jcls.libcal.com/event/6809351 or call 541-774-8679. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.

Community Conversation: Housing Discrimination

Understand housing discrimination and learn to address it during interactive sessions with facilitators Mike and Emily Green, at 2 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, and Nov. 5, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Presentation: How to Plan a Successful Family Reunion

Marilyn Ayres, scholarship chairwoman for the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, will present “How to Plan a Successful Family Reunion” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, via Zoom. Ayres will discuss both in-person and virtual reunions, timelines, how to gather a team together, budgets, types of reunions, activities and more. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Medford library Book Chat

Discuss “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, via Zoom. To register see, jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Teen Activism Presentation

Local activist Sam Becker will present “Teen Activism: Being a Change-Maker Before You Turn 18” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, via Zoom. Teens can learn how to be a change-maker even when they’re not old enough to vote, as well as how to contact elected officials. Following the presentation, a government and voting trivia game will be held and prizes will be awarded. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The RVGS will host Kate Eakman, Senior Researcher and General Research Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists, who will present “ Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Using Maps to Understand Our Ancestors’ Journeys,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, via Zoom. Learn how Google Maps can expand your understanding of your ancestor’s lives, and how these maps can help to determine if you’re tracing the right person in our quest to extend your family tree. Admission is $20. To register or for further information see rvgslibrary.org.

Presentation: End-of-life choices

Local retired RN and hospice volunteer Jan Row will discuss end-of-life choices at noon Friday, Oct. 16, and again at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 via Zoom. End of Life Choices of Oregon is an organization comprising doctors and regional volunteers who are trained to provide skilled professional guidance with the Death With Dignity Act and other end of life options. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Teen Random Fandom

Teens are invited to meet virtually to discuss “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, via Zoom. Play trivia games and discuss favorite characters and storylines. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8685.

Ashland New Plays Festival— Fall Festival

ANPF will present its annual festival of staged readings of five new plays virtually this year, Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 21-25: Ian August’s “Zero;” Kari Bentley-Quinn’s “Hyannis;” William Cameron’s “Truth Be Told;” David Hilder’s “Those Days Are Over;” and Grace Mcleod’s “The Communist Revolution: A Ninth-Grade European History Project.” The festival kicks off Sunday, Oct. 18, with a virtual playwriting workshop with the playwrights scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on Zoom. A panel discussion will follow from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Play readings begin on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Discussions with the playwrights and casts will follow each performance. Tickets to individual readings are priced on a sliding scale, starting at $10. For tickets and details about all the events, including performance times, see ashlandnewplays.org.

Author Talk

Local author Sue DeMarinis will discuss her book “The Feathers of Fortunato: The Secrets, Success, and Survival of an Italian Immigrant Family” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

OSF ‘Dare to Dream Gala’

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold its annual “Dare to Dream Gala” virtually this year via the OSF website at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The free evening of entertainment features entertainment from OSF actors and artists, talks by the new leadership team Nataki Garrett and David Schmitz, and opportunities to bid on OSF-inspired experiences, gifts and memorabilia in a silent auction. The event will be hosted by actor Christiana Clark and Associate Artistic Director Evren Odcikin. See osfashland.org or call 541-482-2111.

Ashland World Music Festival

Ashland’s annual music festival will be held virtually this year. Originally slated for Sept. 12, the event has been postponed until Friday, Oct. 23, because of wildfires in Southern Oregon. No time has been announced. The event is free to livestream from the Facebook page @RogueWorldMusic and on the Rogue World Music website and Youtube channel. Featured artists this year include Americana-style folk band, The Nell & Jim Band, Ghanaian musician Okaidja Afroso from Ghana, West Africa, and Son De Cuba, a modern- and classic-style Cuban quartet, and more. For more information, visit rogueworldmusic.org/awmf or email anabyers@rogueworldmusic.org.

Historic Jacksonville Virtual Tour

Two text-based virtual tours of Jacksonville’s historic past, “Walk through Jacksonville History” and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call,” can be viewed at historicjacksonville.org. New material is added every Monday and Thursday. For further information, call 541-245-3650 or email at info@historicjacksonville.org.

Getting the Most Out of Your Library

Learn about the JCLS website, who to ask for help, where to find information, and more with library staff at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Take and Make Art Project

Kids 12 years and older can decorate a mini pumpkin for Halloween with a “Take & Make” kit. To reserve your kit, register for this program online at jcls.libcal.com, then pick up your kit during normal library hours,Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 18-22, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Then at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, log into the Zoom meeting for a tips and tricks on how to decorate your little pumpkin. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Teen Trivia

Teens can join in a live game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Log into the Zoom meeting to see the questions and respond on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and the game PIN, which we will be provided during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of subjects, and the winner will get to choose a free book. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Rogue Valley Genealogy Society

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host presenter Annette Burke Lyttle, a nationally-known genealogy speaker, who will give an all-day presentation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, via Zoom. Lyttle will talk about genealogical proof, how to create research plans, how to find your family history in free online newspapers, and more. Admission is $55. For more details and registration, see rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340.

Ballet Folklórico dance: In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the Jackson County Library System will host Luisa Zaragosa, artistic director of Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, who will present a free, all-ages introduction to Ballet Folklórico. Dance instruction will take place via Zoom at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-13. Participants will practice traditional folk dances and learn about the diverse cultures from different states of Mexico. To register see jcls.org/nhhm.