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Live Rogue Valley events, RV Chorale TV special: Nov. 20

Ashland Festival of Light: Downtown Ashland will be lit up for the holidays once again with a flip of the switch, but there will be no Ashland Festival of Light parade or Santa’s grand illumination ceremony in the Ashland Plaza this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “However, we are creating videos for our website and social media channels, featuring our good buddy Santa and friends,” said Dana Preston, membership and business development director for the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. “We also will record the official switch being flipped to turn on the lights and post that, too.” Just for fun, the chamber is creating Rudolph’s Scavenger Hunt for the 2020 Christmas season. “Sneaky Rudolph will hide his deer brothers and sisters all over Ashland,” Preston said. “And it’s up to kids and families to find them before Christmas Eve and win prizes. It’s a fun activity that families can enjoy outside in a safe manner.” Game details will be available Nov. 27 on the chamber website at ashlandchamber.com. Another new event for 2020 is the ShopAshlandOregon.com website, where you can browse through dozens of Ashland specialty shops and do your online holiday shopping locally from the comfort of your home.

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: This is the last day to purchase local seasonal fruits and vegetables, crafts, specialty foods, drinks and more, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. Social distancing and safety measures are in place and masks are required. See rvgrowersmarket.com.

Editor’s note: Because of the COVID-19 “freeze” restrictions that are scheduled through Dec. 2 in Oregon, please call businesses or check their websites to confirm listed events. All Jackson County library branches will offer enhanced front-door service during regular operating hours. In-branch browsing will be unavailable. Limited computer sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, Nov. 20

GingerBread Jubilee:The annual GingerBread Jubilee is one of the Rogue Valley’s most unique holiday traditions. People make fantastical gingerbread creations to be judged and sold at an auction benefiting Craterian Performances. You can see the masterpieces for yourself from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 20-22 at the Collier Creative Center, 50 N. Fir St. Medford. The fantastical gingerbread creations will be displayed in the windows of the center, so that they can be seen from outside the building. There will also be a virtual tour available. Admission to the tour and registration for the auction is free. For more information, see craterian.org or find @GingerBreadJubilee on Facebook.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Lithia Artisans Market: More than 40 artisans display and sell handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. Safety measures will be in effect, masks are required, and social distancing will be enforced. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.

Low-cost Pet Vaccines: Make an appointment for your pet to get vaccinated and licensed at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, Saturday, Nov. 21. This drive-thru clinic is open to dogs and cats, as well as puppies and kittens. Vaccinations available for dogs are rabies and distemper/parvo booster. Vaccinations available for cats are rabies and distemper/rhino/calici booster. No nail trimming done. Pet owners must call the shelter by Friday, Nov. 20, to schedule. Distemper/parvo vaccinations are $15 each; rabies vaccinations are $10 each. License fees vary based on the dog’s neuter/spay status, and discounts are available for veterans and seniors. This is a cash-only clinic, with the exception of license fees, and all pets must be in good health. Pets that are on antibiotics, in heat or on cortisone products cannot be vaccinated. Masks are required during the appointment. Call 541-774-6654.

Sunday, Nov. 22

Take & Make: Kids and their families can stop by the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., to pick up a Take-and-Make “Turkey Craft ” kit from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Kits includes all the supplies needed. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Friday, Nov. 27

Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. every other Friday through March 19, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. There will be no meeting on Friday, Dec. 25. Admission is free but space is limited and registration is required. To register see www.Ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Rogue Valley Chorale on PBS: The Rogue Valley Chorale will present “Holiday Faire,” a concert celebrating the holiday season, on Southern Oregon PBS during the station’s annual fund drive, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. “Holiday Faire” includes a festive mix of music performed by duets, trios, small groups and the entire Chorale. The program includes selections from Handel’s “Messiah, And the Glory of the Lord,” “My Favorite Things,” as well as classic Christmas carols. The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra will perform “Ariette con Variazzioni,” Klezmer clarinetist Dennis Freese will perform “Al Hannisim,” a piece that celebrates the Chanukah Festival of Lights. Pianist Mikiko Petrucelli and percussionist Theresa McCoy perform a jazz rendition of “Joy to the World.” The program will re-air at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 and at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. For further information, visit roguevalleychorale.org.

Sunday, Nov. 29

Take & Make: Kids and their families can stop by the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., to pick up a Take-and-Make “Pumpkin Craft” kit from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Kits includes all the supplies needed. See jcls.com or call 541-774-8679.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Seth Brown: Guitarist and singer-songwriter Seth Brown will perform blend of original acoustic pop, blues, folk, rock, and gospel, along with a few covers mixed in at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Friday, Dec. 4

David Cahalan: Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Cahalan will perform at 5p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or see dancin.com.

John Hollis: Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Hollis plays each week at 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Callahan’s Lodge, 7100 Old Highway 99 South, Ashland. For more information, call 541-482-1299 or see callahanslodge.com.

Saturday, Dec. 5

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: A variety of interactive science exhibits are available at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and visits will be ticketed in two-hour shifts. Many exhibits will be modified to reduce touch surfaces — fewer hands-on activities —and increase physical distancing. Masks will be required for visitors ages 5 and up, and recommended for children ages 2 through 4. Staff and volunteers will be masked. Admission is $12.50, $10.50 for ages 2 through 12 and 65 and older, and free for kids under age 2.To purchase tickets or for more information, see scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

Wreath-making at Hanley Farm: Make your own holiday wreath from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Wreath-making kits will be available for $15 and include a base of grapevines or fruitwood, greens, cones, berries and wire; for that “extra touch,” bring your own ribbons, ornaments, and trimmings. Assemble your wreath at the farm, or purchase a kit and make it at home. Volunteers will be on-site to give wreath-making advice. Santa will be available for photos in the farm’s big red truck in front of the barn with a Christmas tree in the back, for $5. You can take a photo with your own camera, or a volunteer will take the photo for you. If you do not have a camera, volunteers will take a photos and text or email the picture to you. Masks are required, and all OHA guidelines will be enforced. Reservations are not required. For details, see sohs.org/node/254135 or call 541-773-6536 ext. 202.

Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Gold Hill Holiday Celebration: Santa will light up the trees at the Gold Hill Library park, 202 Dardanelles St., during the “Making Gold Hill Merry and Bright” holiday celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. After lighting the trees, Santa will lead a tour through town to view the city’s decorating contest entries. Santa will not meet with children in person this year due to COVID-19. Ballots will be available to vote for your favorite display from Saturday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 18. Maps and ballots available on Dec. 5 at the City of Gold Hill website: cityofgoldhill.com.

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