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'Toast for Tails,’ Rogue Valley virtual events: May 7

The Southern Oregon Humane Society will hold its annual Toast for Tails fundraiser virtually this year, Monday through Saturday, May 10-15. 123rf.com image
In Focus: Toast for Tails

The Southern Oregon Humane Society will hold its annual Toast for Tails fundraiser virtually this year, Monday through Saturday, May 10-15. Watch SoHumane Facebook Live videos showcasing adoptable animals, and tour the cat rooms and dog kennels. Links to YouTube videos will highlight the Saving Train, Adoption and Foster Programs. Also look for an online auction. The auction will open at noon Monday, May 10, and registration is free; donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward SoHumane’s programs. To register or preview auction packages, see sohumane.org/a-toast-for-tails. For further details or questions, email marcia@sohumae.org or call 541-779-3215.

Gardening presentation: Raised beds

Certified Master Gardener John Kobal will present “Gardening Success in Raised Beds” at noon Saturday, May 8, via Zoom. Kobal will discuss how to build and place raised beds, soil types and amendments, critter control, extending the vegetable growing season, and cover crops. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or 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 (May 11), 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. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, May 11, will be “A Man Called Ove,” by Frederick Backman. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090.

Mighty Medford Improvers

The local comedy improvisational group will host a free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays (May 13), 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.

Tutunov Piano Series

Pianist Parker Van Ostrand will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, via livestream from the stage at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. The program includes Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in F minor BWV 85,” “Gargoyles Op. 29,” by Lieberman; Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz No. 1 S.514,” “Melodie” from “Orfeo ed Euridice,” by Gluck, and more. Tickets are $20 per household and are available online at sou.universitytickets.com. A recording of the livestream will be made available to those who have purchased tickets for three days after the event. For further detail or questions, see oca.sou.edu or call 541-552-6348.

Virtual Native Plants Garden Tour

Master Gardener Sherri Morgan will host a virtual tour of 13 Jackson County gardens beginning Saturday, May 15, on the Jackson County Master Gardener’s website, jacksoncountymga.org/native-plants-garden-tour. Morgan will present a diverse look at native plant gardens ranging from permaculture to eco-restoration. You’ll spot Oregon sunshine, red-flowering currant, California lilac and hundreds of other species. Viewing the presentation is free; donations will be accepted. For questions, email at shemor484@gmail.com.

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, May 15, share a fandom that you love, then join in for games, discussion and silliness. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Shakespeare talk

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and ShakespeareAMERICA will present “Shakespeare and Politics: An Interview with Oskar Eustis,” artistic director of The Public Theater in New York and a leading figure in American theater, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, via livestream. David McCandless, director of Shakespeare Studies at Southern Oregon University, will conduct the interview. In addition to continuing the public tradition of offering free “Shakespeare in the Park” every summer, Eustis has created two innovative Shakespeare programs in the past decade: The Mobile Unit, which stages Shakespeare’s plays at prisons, homeless shelters, halfway houses and battered women’s centers; and the Public Works, which presents large-scale participatory productions with casts combining hundreds of New Yorkers with a small cohort of professional actors and musicians. Eustis’ most high-profile Shakespeare production at the Public Works took place in 2017, when his mounting of “Julius Caesar” sparked a national controversy, primarily because the title character bore a strong resemblance to Donald Trump. The protests that ensued sometimes erupted within the theater itself and stopped the action of the play. Admission is free. To watch the discussion, find the ShakespeareAMERICA channel on YouTube. The livestream opens at 12:45 p.m. For questions or further information, call 541-552-8196 or see oca.sou.edu.

Tween Book Club

This readers club for tweens will meet at 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, May 15, the book to be discussed will be “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Jeff Pevar Trio

Guitarist and singer Jeff Pevar, along with bassist Matt Spencer and percussionist Christo Pellani, perform covers of Jimi Hendrix and other esteemed musical influences during a series of archived streaming concerts, offered online at newbohemialive.com.

Anima Mundi Productions: ‘Heart of Humanity’ concert series

Anima Mundi Productions, an Ashland-based performing arts nonprofit dedicated to producing and presenting new musical works that address urgent societal challenges, will present a free series of four concert-length videos, launching one per month through August. The series, called “A Time For Life: A Spring Video Festival,” includes renowned performers such as Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, Portland-based professional choir Cappella Romana and the elite LA-based HEX Vocal Ensemble, performing both new and classical works on environmental themes, as well as the world premiere of a new oratorio about Oregonians’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each video will be released with a special ticketed launch event, and will remain online through the end of August. For further information and tickets, see humanitytickets.com.

Ashland seniors activities

A variety of virtual activities and services are available to adults 50 and older Mondays through Fridays through the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. See ashlandseniorservices.org or call 541-488-5342 for full listings.

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.

‘Stellar Graduates’

North Medford High School will present “North Medford High Stellar Graduates” at

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, via Zoom. This webinar will highlight former students who have excelled in astrophysics and rocket science, and is intended to provide current and future high school students with advice on how to navigate STEM college and career paths. For questions, email robert.black@medford.k12.or.us. To access the meeting, see medfordsd.zoom.us/j/97363587874.

Ashland World Music Festival

The annual Ashland World Music Festival is scheduled to take place virtually Friday through Monday, May 28-31. See rogueworldmusic.org/awmf or find Ashland World Music Festival on Facebook.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (June 1) 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, June 1, will be “Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery” by Louise Penny. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (June 5) 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.