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Ashland World Music Festival, virtual events: Nov. 6

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.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Nov. 7) of each month 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.

Teen Gamer Day

Teens can join in a virtual playing of the classic board game, “Clue” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, via Zoom. Teens will be able to select their characters and control all the moves; library staff will move the pieces on the physical board. To register or for further info see jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Gardening lecture

Kristina Lefever, president of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, will address the essentials of growing pollinator habitats during a virtual presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, via Zoom. To register or for further info, see jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

‘Save the Stories’ presentation

Maureen Flanagan Battistella, adjunct professor of sociology and anthropology at Southern Oregon University, will present “Save the Stories: How to Do an Oral History,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, via Zoom. An oral history is an autobiographical narrative or a story that gives personal testament of someone’s life and times. Learn techniques, including using technology such as smart phone apps and FaceBook, to make collecting stories a snap. To register or for further details, see jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

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 weekly. For further information, call 541-245-3650 or email at info@historicjacksonville.org.

Teen activism presentation

Emily Baehr and Tina Parshall from the Maslow Project will present “Teen Activism: Housing Inequity ” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, via Zoom. Teens can join in the discussion of teen houslessness in Southern Oregon. Following the presentation and discussion, a virtual “Intergroup Monopoly” game will be played. The game is classic “Monopoly” with a realistic twist — not everyone starts out with the same wealth, or the same rules and expectations. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Medford Library Book Chat

Discuss selected books with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, via Zoom. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.

End-of-life choices presentation

Local retired RN and hospice volunteer Jan Row will discuss end-of-life choices at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 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.

Rogue Valley Symphony ‘Digital Journeys: Concert Detours’

The Rogue Valley Symphony continued its new series, “Digital Journeys: Concert Detours,” with the second online performance available free to the general public on the symphony’s YouTube channel. Search YouTube for “Rogue Valley Symphony” to see posted concerts. The third concert detour will include “Romanian Folk Dances” by Bela Bartok, “Musica Celestis” by Aaron J. Kernis, and “Holberg Suite” by Edvard Grieg. It will be available to RVS subscribers Nov. 20 and to the general public after Dec. 1.

Consider This — Women in Business Panel Discussion

Join in a panel discussion with local women business owners to learn how they have navigated challenges to find or create opportunity for success from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, via Zoom. Panelists include Nicole Ibarra (The Ikigai Project), Tiffany Perez (Tiffany’s at Home), Natalie Castañeda (Swap Don’t Shop & Style Council), Marisa Brown (Venus Promotions) and Abigail Schilling (Medford Cowork Collective). To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Reading and Discussion

This reading group will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, via Zoom, to discuss “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-774-8679.

KS Wild ‘At Home’ Dinner & Auction

The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center will host their annual fundraising event virtually this year, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Music will be performed by Firekeeper and Alice DiMicele, and a take-home meal can be purchased from Sweet Beet Station, 100 E. Main St., Talent, or VinFarm, 111 S.E. G St., Grants Pass. Also look for a Zoom dance party with DJ Jahfirm, games with prizes, a live auction and more. A weeklong online silent auction will be held Monday through Saturday, Nov. 9-14, on KS Wild’s website. Tickets are $15, and all proceeds supports KS Wild’s conservation programs focusing on forests, waterways, wildlife, and climate. To purchase tickets or for further information, see kswild.tofinoauctions.com/2020.

Author talk

Oregon author Jennifer Greer will discuss her debut novel, “A Desperate Place,” which is set in Jackson County, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The genealogical society will host Andrea Patterson, who will present “Audie Murphy: Life of a Veteran Hero” in honor of our veterans from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, via Zoom. Patterson will tell the story Murphy, a soldier who during World War II, received “every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian Awards for heroism” and, in 1945, the Medal of Honor. Following the war he made over 40 feature films, including the dramatization of his heroics during World War II, “To Hell and Back,” and, in 1961 he starred in the TV series, “Whispering Smith.”Admission is free. To register, go to https://rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=19 and choose the presentation from the program dropdown menu. You’ll receive an email the day before the program with your Zoom link. For further information, see rvgslibrary.org.

Medford Teen Advisory Group

Motivated teens in grades 7 to 12 can meet to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, make crafts, and make the decisions on programming and displays and more at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Resilient Reads —Business Book Discussion Group

This monthly book discussion group of business owners and entrepreneurs meets via Zoom to share inspiration and ideas about how to navigate current and lasting economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each session includes a talk from a guest speaker, a Q-and-A session and a roundtable discussion. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Virtual Haunted House Escape Room

Pre-teens and teens can help “rescue” a JCLS librarian who is “trapped” inside an old haunted house from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. Using Zoom, teens and their teammates will maneuver through a series of puzzles, riddles and codes to help the librarian escape before time runs out. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Gold Hill Book Club

The Gold Hill Library Book Club for adults 18 and older will meet at 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month, via Zoom. On Friday, Nov. 20, the book to be discussed will be “Spoonbenders” by Daryl Gregory. Books are available for pickup one month before the meeting date. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-855-1994.

Teen Random Fandom

Teens are invited to meet to take a deep dive into the Disney series “Gravity Falls” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Tween Book Club

This readers club for tweens will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, via Zoom, to discuss “Merci Suárez Changes Gears” by Meg Medina. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, via Zoom to discuss “How Change Happens” by Cass Sunstein. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

‘This is Who I Am’

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with PlayCo and Wooly Mammoth Theatre Co., will host a livestream viewing of the world premier of Amir Nizar Zuabi’s newest play “This is Who I Am,” beginning Sunday, Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 27. Separated by continents, an estranged father and son reunite over Zoom. From their respective kitchens in Ramallah and New York City, they recreate a cherished family recipe and struggle to bridge the gap between them, one ingredient at a time. Directed by OSF Associate Artistic Director Evren Odcikin. Every showing of this play will be performed and broadcast live. Seating for specific dates is limited. Tickets are $15 per individual, $30 per household, and are available online at woollymammoth.net. For further information, call the OSF Box Office at 800-219-8161.

Ashland World Music Festival: Ashland’s annual music festival is scheduled to be held virtually this year. Originally slated for Sept. 12, the event was postponed because of wildfires in Southern Oregon. The event, scheduled from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 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 (above), Ghanaian musician Okaidja Afroso from Ghana, West Africa, and Son De Cuba, a modern- and classic-style Cuban quartet, and more. This will be a fundraising event for the Phoenix-Talent School District Fire Relief efforts and Rogue World Music will match the first $1,000 dollars raised. For more information, visit rogueworldmusic.org/awmf or email anabyers@rogueworldmusic.org. Photo by Jay Blakesberg