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Oregon Chocolate Festival, Rogue Valley livestreams: Feb. 26

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, to 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.

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.

Community talk

Rob Schläpfer will lead a free online conversation, “What Exactly is Equity?” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, via Zoom. Explore ideas related to equity and equality and how they apply to economically disadvantaged Black people. See saveamerica.live to join the Zoom conference. Email at rob@saveamerica.live for details.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (March 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, March 2, will be “I Was Anastasia,” by Ariel Lawhon. 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, Carolyn Kingsnorth, president of Historic Jacksonville, Inc., will present “Jacksonville’s German-Speaking Settlers” at noon Wednesday, March 3, via Zoom. If you were walking the streets of Jacksonville during the second half of the 19th century, German would have been the second language that you heard spoken. Kingsnorth will talk about how the discovery of gold in late December of 1851 and immigrants from what is now Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, helped to shape the culture and scope of local life in Jacksonville. Admission is free, registration is required. To register, see jcls.libcal.com/calendar/jcls_event/mar-2021 or call 541-774-8679. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.

Teen ‘Rogue Reads’ Wrap-Up

Teens can join in a community conversation to discuss JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” program at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, via Zoom. Teens will discuss the books they’ve read, share their experiences, and talk about the things they’ve learned through the reading challenge. 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 (March 4), 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.

Smetana Trio Chamber

Music Concerts will present the Smetana Trio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, via livestream performance from Prague. The program will feature Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 no. 1 “Ghost”; Vítezslav Novák’s Trio No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 27 “Quasi una ballata”; and Dvorák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 “Dumky.” Tickets are $20, or $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders. To purchase tickets and stream the performance, visit ChamberMusicConcerts.org.

Author talk: Lily Myer Kaplan

Author Lily Myer Kaplan will talk about her book, “Loss to Legacy,” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 5, via Zoom. Kaplan will talk about how to use story and reflection as stepping stones for being with — and finding transformation through — all forms of loss. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (March 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 EErhardt@jcls.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, March 9, 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. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.

Geology presentation

The Jacksonville Community Center will host geologist Karen Grove, who will present “How does the geology of Yosemite National Park relate to our location in SW Oregon?” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, via Zoom. This presentation will explain how the geology of Yosemite — from its granite rock to its glacial erosion — has made it one of the most beautiful and popular U.S. national parks.Grove will speak about how Yosemite can give us a better understanding about the geologic setting of our local region in Oregon. Admission is $5; registration is required. For further information and to register, see jacksonvillecommunitycenter.org/eventer. Register by Tuesday, March 9, to receive the Zoom access information. For questions, call 541-702-2585.

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 (March 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.

Ashland Independent Film Festival

The 20th Ashland Independent Film Festival will present a hybrid “Double Feature” Festival, featuring both virtual and in-person events. The celebration kicks off with approximately 100 new independent feature and short films, accompanied by film conversations, panels and parties, running online for two weeks from April 15-29. The second part of the “Double Feature” festival, which will run June 24-28, will include outdoor screenings, live music, art exhibits, performances and more. Along with the festival’s traditional emphases on the subjects of activism and the arts, there will be a special focus on the theme “Rising From the Ashes,” in recognition of Southern Oregon’s emergence following catastrophic wildfires. Tickets for events and films range in price from free to $10. For further information, see ashlandfilm.org or call 541-488-3823.

Oregon Chocolate Festival: The 17th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival will be held virtually this year, Friday through Sunday, March 5-7. Look for pairing presentations by local chocolatiers, Rogue Creamery, and wine experts, along with demonstrations, educational sessions, discussions featuring chocolatiers and chefs, and more. Virtual tickets are $15. See oregonchocolatefestival.com for the festival schedule and ticket reservations.