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Oregon Cheese Festival, local virtual events: March 12

Ashland Independent Film Festival — ‘Best of The Fests’

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will present “The People vs. Agent Orange,” showing 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.

Rhythm of the Dance

The Craterian Theatre presents a virtual performance, “Rhythm of Dance,” available for streaming through Wednesday, March 31. This livestream event was recorded in front of a live audience before the pandemic began and features The National Dance Company of Ireland. The award-winning dancers and musicians deliver a high-energy production that merges the history of the Irish Celts with the present. Virtual tickets are $20. See craterian.org or call 541-779-3000.

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.

Mighty Medford Improvers

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

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.

Chamber Music Northwest concert: Goldmund Quartet

The Chamber Music Northwest will present a concert premiere featuring European sensation Goldmund Quartet. The show will premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 20, via livestream on CMNW.org. This concert was recorded at the library of the historic Polling Abbey in Bavaria, Germany. The quartet will perform dramatic chamber works written by Puccini, Strauss and Schubert on their historic set of Stradivari instruments once owned by the great virtuoso Niccolò Paganini. The concert will be available to be streamed through Saturday, March 27. In connection with this concert, CMNW will host a live and free musical conversation with lecturer Michael Parloff at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 16. Parloff will investigate the circumstances that influenced Puccini’s “Chrysanthemums” and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” hosted by CMNW Co-Artistic Director Soovin Kim. Tickets for the concert are $20, admission to the musical conversation is free. To purchase tickets and for further information, see cmnw.org/concerts-tickets/2020-21-season.

SoHumane Virtual Kitten Shower

Southern Oregon Humane Society will hold its fourth annual kitten shower virtually during “Kitten Week” Sunday through Saturday, March 21-27. Learn about SoHumane’s foster program and how you can volunteer. SoHumane staff will share tips and demonstrations on caring for young kittens at 1 p.m. each day during “Kitten Week,” using Facebook Live and YouTube videos. There also will be “favorite kitten name” drawings each day. Additionally, supplies are needed for kittens in foster homes — check out the “Kitten Wish List” at sohumane.org/donate to help donate. This is a free, virtual event. For further information, email at adoptions@sohumane.org, call 541-779-3215 or see sohumane.org. Please note this is not an adoption event. SoHumane’s Adoption Center is currently closed to the public.

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.

Ashland Independent Film Festival preview night

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will announce its 2021 “Double Feature” festival schedule at its virtual Festival Preview Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. Artistic Director Richard Herskowitz’s will give a livestream annual guided tour through the program, followed by a discussion with AIFF’s team of programmers about the selection process, and viewing tips. For further details see ashlandfilm.org.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: ‘Never Saw Another Butterfly’

The OCA at SOU Music faculty — Madeline Abel-Kerns, Rhett Bender, and Brian Kerns — will present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Lori Laitman, a collection of poems sung with accompaniment, at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, via livestream. “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is a collection of poems written by children from the Terezin Concentration Camp. To access the livestream, see the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube channel at YouTube.com/OregonCenterfortheArts. Admission is free; no registration required. For further details, see oca.sou.edu.

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 through Friday, March 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.