Ashland labyrinth walk, livestreams, virtual events: Dec. 25
Ashland Labyrinth Walk
The annual Ashland labyrinth walk will be held virtually this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, with multiple events planned through the new year. The series, which kicked off Dec. 21, features a variety of online events. Video presentations about the event’s history will be posted on the event Facebook page at noon New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, with event official Cassandra Wass doing a solo walk of the labyrinth. Virtual attendees are invited to post their hopes and dreams to the Facebook page. A Zoom broadcast, hosted by Elizabeth Austin, will follow at 11 p.m. A Navajo chant led by Michael “Hawkeye” Herman will follow, with a Jan. 1 video presentation closing it out. To sign up for New Year’s events, see facebook.com/AshlandSacredWalkToNewYear.
‘This is Who I Am’
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with PlayCo and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., will host livestream viewings of the world premier of Amir Nizar Zuabi’s newest play “This is Who I Am,” running through Sunday, 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.
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 email@example.com.
Mighty Medford Improvers
The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (Dec. 31), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 for more info call 541-535-7090.
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.
Eagle Point Friends Book Club
Discuss suggested books with this reader’s group at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month, via Zoom. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Jan. 5 will be “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” by Jonas Jonasson. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.
Windows in Time — Local History Lecture
As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, photographer Richard Bergeman will present “The Land Remembers: Landscapes of the Rogue Indian Wars” at noon Wednesday, Jan. 6, via Zoom. The Southern Oregon landscape has seen many changes in the century and a half since the Rogue River Wars raged through the region. Despite being one of the longest and bloodiest of all the Indian wars in the West, it remains largely forgotten today. Bergeman revisits the landscape where the conflict tore through the fabric of both indigenous and settler communities over 150 years ago. His black-and-white infrared photographs offer an homage to a history forgotten. To register, see jcls.libcal.com/event/6948686 or call 541-774-8679. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.
Medford Teen Advisory Group
Motivated teens in grades 7 to 12 can meet virtually 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, Jan. 12, via Zoom. 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. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Jan. 12, will be “The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.
Poetry of the Pandemic
Local poets will share their work from this time of upheaval at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, via Zoom. To register see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.
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, Jan. 15, the book to be discussed will be “Queen Bee” by Dorothea Benton Frank. 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 a variety of pop culture topics at 12:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, Jan. 16, the focus will be the joy and mystery of season two of the show “The Mandalorian.” Join in for games, discussion, and silliness. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.