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Virtual Valentine's concert, local livestreams & more: Feb. 12

Ashland Independent Film Festival — ‘Best of The Fests’

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will present a double-feature as the next installment in its virtual film series in honor of Black History Month. “Through The Night,” available Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-21, is an intimate portrait of an African-American couple who provide a 24-hour daycare service for children of hard-working, underpaid parents. “17 Blocks,” showing Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19-28, captures the daily lives of the Durant family, in collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, beginning in1999 and spanning two decades, in one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. The films will screen on AIFF’s Eventive film channel. Tickets are $10 for “Through the Night,” and $12 for “17 Blocks.” For further information and to purchase virtual tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.

Chamber Music Northwest concert: ‘Catalyst Quartet: Uncovered’

The Chamber Music Northwest will host a virtual concert, “Uncovered,” featuring the Catalyst Quartet. The show will premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, via livestream on CMNW.org. In recognition of Black History Month, the dynamic Catalyst Quartet’s program includes musical selections by a trio of illustrious Black composers. The concert will be available to be streamed through Saturday, Feb. 20. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets and for further information, see cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/2020-21-season.

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 Genealogical Society — local history presentation

Maureen Battistella, Southern Oregon University Sociology/Anthropology faculty member, will present “Nectar of the Gods: The Mysteries and Histories of Rogue Valley,”from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, via Zoom. Battistella will share the stories, histories and mysteries of local Rogue Valley wineries. A remote tasting is planned as part of this Zoom presentation to demonstrate the evolution and sophistication of today’s award-winning Southern Oregon wines. Participants can join in the remote tasting to understand the nuance of wine, its structure and nose. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, see https://rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=19. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email the day before the presentation with the meeting’s Zoom link. For questions call 541-512-2340, or email at reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Teen Book Club

Teens are invited to join teen librarians Jackie Keating and Andrea Leone as they moderate a discussion around Jacqueline Woodson’s young adult novel “If You Come Softly” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, via Zoom. Following the discussion, a game, “Bring Your Own Book,” will be played. This program is part of JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” program. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

Prince, Louis Armstrong and Wu-Tang Clan: A ‘Red at the Bone’ playlist discussion

Adults can join in a library staff-led exploration of the role of music in Jacqueline Woodson’s “Red at the Bone,” during a discussion of the historical and cultural impact of the artists featured in the novel at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, via Zoom. This program is part of JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” program. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or 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 (Feb. 17), 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.

Aging presentation

Dr. Jeb Reid of Asante Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will present “Orthopedics and the Aging Athlete” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, via Zoom. Admission is free, registration is required. See inside.sou.edu/olli for further information and to register.

Dementia presentation

Sean Connolly, Older Adult Behavioral health specialist for Jackson County Senior and Disability Services, will present “Practical Help for Coping with a Loved One’s Dementia,” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, via Zoom. Connolly will present practical information about an innovative approach to working with adults who are experiencing dementia — the Teepa Snow method. Admission is a suggested donation of $5, and registration required. Attendees must register no later than Wednesday, Feb. 17, to receive the Zoom access information. To register, see jacksonvillecommunitycenter.org/eventer or call 541-702-2585.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (Feb. 18), 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.

Virtual Paint Night

Adults and teens can join library staff members for a virtual paint night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, via Zoom. Follow along with a step-by-step video suitable for all skill levels to create your own “Whimsical Clovers” painting. Pick up your painting starter kit from the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., during regular library hours between Monday, Feb. 1, through Monday, Feb. 15. Kit includes an 8-by-10 canvas, paintbrushes, paints, chalk, paper plate for paint palette and a paper cup for water. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

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, Feb. 19, the book to be discussed will be “Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez. 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, Feb. 20, the focus will be on the many love stories of author Kasie West in honor of Valentine’s Day. 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 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the book to be discussed will be “Out of the Easy” by Ruta Septys. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Author Talk — Jacqueline Woodson

The Jackson County Library System will host an author talk with Jacqueline Woodson at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, via Zoom. Woodson is the author of the “Rogue Reads” program selections “Red at the Bone,” “If You Come Softly,” “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and “The Day You Begin.” She is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and a 2020 MacArthur Genius Grant winner. This program is part of JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” program. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

Kids Open Mic

Kids can share their poems, stories or other writings during a virtual open mic night at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, via Zoom. This program is part of JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” program. To register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month via Zoom. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the book to be discussed will be “Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted ” by Ian Millhiser To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Kid’s Winter Craft Time

Jacksonville resident, crafter and seamstress Sandy Metwally will present “Crafting a Winter Wonderland Scene,” to teach children ages 8 to 10 how to use simple materials and techniques to create a nighttime winter scene of tree trunks in the snow at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, via Zoom. Admission is $5, and registration required. Attendees must register no later than Tuesday, Feb. 23, to receive the Zoom access information. Kits with all needed materials will be provided; information regarding pickup of kits will be available following registration. To register, see jacksonvillecommunitycenter.org/eventer or call 541-702-2585.

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 of every month (Feb. 24). 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.

Sportsmen’s & Outdoor Recreation Show

The 21st annual Sportsmen’s and Outdoor Recreation Show will be held virtually this year as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, Friday through Thursday, Feb. 26-March 4. The online show will feature exhibitors, attractions, vendors and presentations representing the breadth of the outdoor recreation industry — from boating, camping, fishing and hunting to RVing, ATVing, cycling and kayaking. There also will be prizes and giveaways. Admission to all content is free. For further information, including a schedule of showtimes, see exposureshows.com/our-shows/medford.html, find Exposureshows on Facebook or email at exposure@roadrunner.com.

Gypsy Soul Valentine's Day concert: Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a special Valentine’s Day livestream concert, as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 6 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 13. A pre-show will start at 5:45 p.m. with recordings and slideshow. The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers focusing on their more romantic tunes, digging deep into their catalog. They have a few surprises planed as well. A 10 minute Q-and-A time will be given at “intermission.” The concert is available to be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and on the Gypsy Soul website (see gypsysoul.com). The show is a “pay-what-you-want” basis. One there you will find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. 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. Gypsy Soul is making plans to return to the stage in the fall of 2021, Swann said. The duo will continue livestream concerts until then.