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Mars rover Zoom talk, livestreams and more: Jan. 15

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 unintentional bias in algorithms. A pre-recorded Q-and-A with director Shalini Kantayya and researcher Joy Buolamwini, and moderated by CNN Commentator Van Jones, will follow the screening. 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.

Teen Take-N-Read

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.

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.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (Jan. 21), 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.

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.

Birding presentation

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

Tumble into Reading

Parents, grandparents and friends can learn how to use the Tumblebook Library, provided by JCLS, to encourage young learners to read and explore literature at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, via Zoom. 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. the fourth Tuesday of each month via Zoom. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the book to be discussed will be “The Other Oregon: People, Environment, and History East of the Cascades” by Thomas R. Cox. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

The climate action group will host a general meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. A program, moderated by long-time area activist Christine Haynie, Hogan Sherrow, director of Rural Oregon Climate Political Action Committee, and SOCAN co-facilitator Alan Journet, will discuss what the 2020 election results mean for 2021 climate action prospects at the federal, state and local levels. To register for the virtual meeting, or for more information, see socan.eco.

Teen Trivia

Teens can join in a live game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. 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.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (Feb. 2) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090.

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, Feb. 2, will be “Red at the Bone,” by Jacqueline Woodson. 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, historian Madelina Homberger Cordia will present “The Hidden Demographic: Women and Children Agricultural Workers in Oregon, 1920-1970” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 3, via Zoom. Cordia will address the ways in which gender, age, class, and women and children’s dependent legal status influenced labor dynamics in Oregon agriculture from 1920 to 1970. o register, see jcls.libcal.com/event/7289444 or call 541-774-8679. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Feb.6) 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.

Rogue Reads Author Presentation: Hannibal B. Johnson

As part of the Jackson County Library System’s “Rogue Reads” program, JCLS will host a virtual presentation by Hannibal B. Johnson, author of “Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples with its Historical Racial Trauma,” who will examine what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921 when pre-existing hate and discrimination in the United States erupted and resulted in the destruction of a Black-owned downtown area and explore how it continues to impact our nation today, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, via Zoom. This online program will explore the parallel Black history in Oregon and how events of the past have impacted on the present. Copies of “Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples with its Historical Racial Trauma” will be given to registered participants while supplies last, and participants will receive an email with more details closer to the date of the program. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

Mars exploration presentation: Matt Heverly, who has worked on multiple rover projects at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and now works as the surface phase lead for the Mars sample retrieval lander, will join Curiosity rover project and planetary scientist Ashwin Vasavada to present “Mars Madness 2021,” featuring updates from both scientists on Mars exploration, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, via Zoom, at medfordsd.zoom.us/j/99372719685. The meeting “room” will open at 6:30 p.m. Vasavada currently leads the international team of scientists as they explore Gale Crater on the Martian surface. For further information, see orskywatchers.org.