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Children's Advocacy Center Winter Gala, local virtual events: Jan. 22

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.

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.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (Jan. 28), 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.

Chamber Music Northwest concert: ‘The Singing Cello’

The Chamber Music Northwest will host a virtual concert, “The Singing Cello,” featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan. The show will premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, via livestream on CMNW.org. The concert will be available to be streamed through Saturday, Feb. 6. In connection with this concert, CMNW will host a live musical conversation with Grammy Award-winning American composer Joan Tower and hosted by Soovin Kim, Chamber Music Northwest artistic director, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, and can be accessed on the CMNW website. Tickets for the concert are $20; admission to the conversation is free. To purchase tickets and for further information, see cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/2020-21-season.

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. This chronology situates the story within broader historical developments: the Great Depression, World War II, and the end of “protective” labor laws in the 1960s and offers insights that highlight a largely hidden history of these groups’ contributions as agricultural wage workers. Using archival, legal, governmental, photographic, and other records, patterns in hiring practices, wage scales, and variances by crop and region can be reconstructed and offer further nuance on this topic. To 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.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. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

Children’s Advocacy Center Winter Gala: ‘Emerald City’: The Jackson County Children’s Advocacy Center will hold its annual Winter Gala fundraiser virtually this year from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, under the “Wizard of Oz” theme “Emerald City.” Look for entertainment and a silent auction featuring guided fishing trips, luxury vacation packages, a catered dinner by Chef Bobby Abernathy at his hillside home and more. The auction will open at 5 p.m. for early bidding. Register at cacjc.ejoinme.org/2021wintergalaemeraldcity. For further details or questions, email babernathy@cacjc.org or call 541-494-1771. [PHOTO:{ }The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” are shown on display in 2016 during a media tour of the “America’s Smithsonian” exhibition in Kansas City, Missouri. AP File]