Oregon Chocolate Festival, local virtual events: March 5
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. You will need pen and paper for engaging with this presentation. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
Ashland Independent Film Festival — ‘Best of The Fests’
The Ashland Independent Film Festival will present “The People vs. Agent Orange,” showing Friday, March 5, through Monday, March 15. The documentary film follows Vietnamese activist Tran To Nga, who, in a French court, is suing the American chemical industry for poisoning her and her family in Vietnam. And in Oregon, Carol Van Strum battles to stop the ongoing spraying of toxins by the timber industry. Both women, joined in their mutual pain, resist intimidation and threats, bringing to light the ongoing, intergenerational catastrophe of chemical warfare and toxic herbicides. The film will screen on AIFF’s Eventive film channel. Tickets are $10. For further information and to purchase virtual tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.
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. Bring a list of your recent favorite books, movies, and/or podcasts, and share what projects or crafts you’re working on. To register, see jcls.libcal.com. For further information, email at EErhardt@jcls.org.
The Jackson County Library system will partner with the Oregon chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to present “ Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research,” at 3 p.m. Monday, March 8, via Zoom. Learn about the latest research in brain and body wellness, and gain insights into lifestyle choices that keep your brain and body healthy as you age. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
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. the second Tuesday of each month (March 9), via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
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 email@example.com.
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, March 9, will be “Timeline,” by Michael Crichton. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.
Learn how to check out library books and transfer them to your Kobo or Nook e-reader from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, via Zoom. The presentation will include information about how to search for, check out, and download titles from the Library2Go website. 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 11), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Cheese Festival
The annual Oregon Cheese Festival will be held virtually this year because of COVID-19 restrictions. Participants will need to first purchase the “Fest To-Go tasting kit,” which includes over 5 pounds of 14 unique Oregon cheeses, as well as Vintner’s Kitchen preserves, Effie’s Homemade Crackers and a Ranger Chocolate’s Oregon Sea Salt bar, all in a reusable insulated tote. Kits are $95 per tote and will be available to be picked up Thursday and Friday, March 11-12, in Central Point or Grants Pass. Pick-up instructions will be emailed after purchase. Delivery or shipping is not available for this event. The festival will hold a virtual tasting at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13, via Facebook Live and Zoom. For further details and to purchase tasting kits, see oregoncheesefestival.com.
Beneficial insects lecture
Kristina Lefever, president of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, will present “Beneficial Insects for a Healthy Garden” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13, via Zoom. Insects are crucial for gardens and landscapes for many reasons. Lefever will talk about which insects are best for a healthy garden and how to attract and keep them in our gardens. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
Friends Of The Animal Shelter movie fundraiser
FOTAS will present a virtual premiere of Magnolia Film Production’s “Stray,” a heartwarming story of stray dogs and human compassion, running from Saturday, March 13, through Saturday, April 10. Through the eyes of three stray dogs (Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal) wandering the streets of Istanbul, “Stray” explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. Tickets are $12; $5 of each ticket sale will go to support FOTAS programs for Jackson County Animal Shelter animals. To purchase tickets, see fotas.org/stray. Ticket-holders will receive an email reminder with a link to begin watching online via a web browser. Once you click “Watch Now,” you’ll have unlimited access for 72 hours. For questions and further information, call 541-774-6651.
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, March 19, the book to be discussed will be “Tell Me More” by Kelly Corrigan. 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, March 20, the topic will be the “Gallagher Girls” series by Ally Carter. 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, March 20, the book to be discussed will be “From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Jenae Marks.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 to 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month via Zoom. On Tuesday, March 23, the book to be discussed will be “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.
Teens can join in a live game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month (March 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.
Books at Noon
This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (April 6) 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, April 6, will be “The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women ” by Kate Moore. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.
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.