Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Jan. 8
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Siskiyou Singers Holiday Concert
The local choir, Siskiyou Singers, directed by Mark Reppert, now in its 38th year, presents “Where There Is Love,” a free online concert celebrating the 2020 holiday season. The program, posted on the Siskiyou Singers’ website Dec. 11, will remain up indefinitely and includes “O Magnum Mysterium” by Luis Victoria, “Silent Night,” arranged by John Rutter and more. For further information or to access the concert, see siskiyousingers.org.
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.
Author talk: Holocaust survivor’s son
The Jacksonville Community Center will host Irving Lubliner, son of Holocaust survivor Felicia Bornstein Lubliner, who will talk about his mother’s published stories, “Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust,” about her internment in Polish ghettos and two concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rose, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, via Zoom. A Q-and-A session and discussion will follow the presentation. Admission is $5, and registration required. To register, see jacksonvillecommunitycenter.org/eventer
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.
Mighty Medford Improvers
The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (Jan. 14), 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 email@example.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, 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.
Ashland Independent Film Festival — ‘Best of The Fests’
The Ashland Independent Film Festival, presenting the next film in its virtual film series, offers “Coded Bias.” The film will screen on AIFF’s Eventive film channel from Friday, Jan. 15, through Thursday, Jan. 21. When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software misidentifies women and darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. Tickets are $10. For further information and to purchase virtual tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.
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.
Tween Book Club
This readers club for tweens will meet at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, Jan. 16, the book to be discussed will be “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
Rogue Reads: Community Discussion
Join in a community conversation to speak with a panel of local experts on the types of nontraditional families common in the Rogue Valley, learn about family structures different than your own, and share your own experiences about what your modern family looks like from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, via Zoom. This event is part of JCLS’s “Rogue Reads” program, and references may be made to the featured books by Jacqueline Woodson, “Red at the Bone,” “If You Come Softly” and “Brown Girl Dreaming,” which show that families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. 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 will meet at noon the third Wednesday of every month (Jan. 20), 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.
Teens can visit the Medford or Ashland library’s Teen Departments Wednesday, Jan. 20, to pick up a Teen Take-N-Read kit with a complimentary copy of Jacqueline Woodson’s Young Adult novel, “If You Come Softly,” as well as themed treats that you can open once you’ve read to certain pages. Register for this program to reserve your copy, then plan to attend the virtual “If You Come Softly” Teen Book Club discussion Feb. 16. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679 or 541-774-6980.
The Jacksonville Community Center will host Shannon Rio, board president of the Klamath Bird Observatory, who will present “Birds That Winter in the Rogue Valley,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, via Zoom. The presentation will feature photography of birds and landscapes combined with interesting facts and science to teach about the birds that spend the winter in the Rogue Valley. The focus will be on behaviors and appreciation of birds rather than identification. A Q-and-A session and discussion will follow the presentation. Admission is $5, and registration required. To register, see jacksonvillecommunitycenter.org/eventer