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Local livestreams, virtual events: Dec. 11

Ashland Independent Film Festival — ‘Best of The Fests’

The Ashland Independent Film Festival, presenting the third film in its virtual film series, offers “Love Sarah,” The film will screen on AIFF’s Eventive film channel from Friday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 17. The new British film follows three generations of women who need to overcome their own grief, doubts and differences to honor the memory of their beloved Sarah, while embarking on a journey to establish a London bakery filled with love, hope and colorful pastries from all over the world. A Q-and-A with director Eliza Schroeder conducted by Piper Davis, creator of Mouthy, a podcast about food and culture, will follow the screening. Tickets are $10. For further information and to purchase virtual tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.

Gypsy Soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform three special holiday livestream concerts, “Front Row with Gypsy Soul,” at 6 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 12-19, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. A pre-show will start at 5:45 p.m. with recordings and slideshow. The duo will perform a mix of originals, covers and holiday favorites. A 10 minute Q-and-A time will be given at “intermission.” See gypsysoul.com, and click on the link which will take you to the online platform Twitch. One there you will find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. The show is a “pay-what-you-want” basis. You do not have to sign up for anything unless you would like to be sent a reminder for the concert or you’d like to be part of the chat/comments during the concert. A portion of the proceeds will be given for COVID-19 and Almeda fire relief.

Author Talk — Guy Finley

Local author Guy Finley will offer a free online talk, “The Divine Journey: Realizing Your Immortal Self,” at 7 p. m. Friday, Dec.11, and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, via livestream. Following the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live Q-and-A session with the author. To register, see guyfinley.org/divine.

Historic Jacksonville Virtual Tour

Three text-based virtual tours of Jacksonville’s historic past, “Walk through Jacksonville History,” “Beekman Bank Nuggets,” 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.

Rogue Valley Symphony ‘Digital Journeys: Concert Detours’

The Rogue Valley Symphony new series, “Digital Journeys: Concert Detours,” featuring three online performances are available free to the general public on the symphony’s YouTube channel. Search YouTube for “Rogue Valley Symphony” to see posted concerts.

Resilient Reads —Business Book Discussion Group

This monthly book discussion group of business owners and entrepreneurs will meet at noon the third Wednesday of every month (Dec. 16), 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.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (Dec. 17), via Zoom. All levels of experience are welcome. Sessions are facilitated by Thomas Hartmann, who trained with Second City Chicago. For more information and to attend, email forinfoman44@gmail.com.

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, Dec. 18, the book to be discussed will be “Red at the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson.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 Trivia

Teens can join in a live game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4 p.m. the last Wednesday (Dec. 30) of every month. 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.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Jan. 2) 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.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (Jan. 5) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.

Eagle Point Friends Book Club

Discuss suggested books with this reader’s group at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday (Jan. 5) of every month, via Zoom. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.

Medford Library Book Chat

Discuss selected books with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday (Jan. 12) 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.

A scene from "Love Sarah." See Ashland Independent Film Festival listing, below. Rainstar Productions photo.