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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: June 25

Take a virtual tour through 11 gardens to explore trees, shrubs, perennials and wildflowers that are native to our area. See listing below. Courtesy photo.
In Focus: Native plants garden tour

Take a virtual tour through 11 gardens to explore trees, shrubs, perennials and wildflowers that are native to our area at jacksoncountymga.org/native-plants-garden-tour. Included are an eco-restoration garden, a permaculture mini-farm, a small urban garden and more. Admission is free; donations to the Jackson County Master Gardeners Association will be accepted. For more information, call 541-227-1358.

Consider This: community panel discussion

Join in a discussion on becoming involved in your community from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, via Zoom. Realizing local needs, the panelists of this program have taken their passions and developed innovative initiatives to support our communities and encourage leadership. Panelists include Community 101 Coordinator Katie Dearing; Adam Danforth, collaborating director at Rogue Food Unites; Seth Kaplan, executive director of A Greater Applegate, and Jayden Becker with Housing Justice Alliance. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. A limited supply of free local food or drink gift cards are available for this program. Registered participants will receive an email with more details closer to the program date.

Teen Trivia

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 (June 26). 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.

Gypsy Soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a livestream concert as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26. A pre-show “15 minutes of Fame” will start at 5:45 p.m. showcasing Gypsy Soul’s music videos. The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour/hour-and-a-half-long show. The concert is available to be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and on the Gypsy Soul website (gypsysoul.com). The show is a “pay-what-you-want” basis. Once at the duo’s website, you will find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. A portion of the donations will be used to support those affected by COVID-19 and the West Coast fires. 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.

Author talk: Nancy Lane

Local author Nancy Lane will discuss her short story collection, “Pretty Chrysanthemums and Other Stories,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27, via Zoom. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

MUSIX EP Release Party

The new Commercial Music Ensemble, MUSIX, part of the Music Industry & Production program at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, will celebrate the release of its spring 2021 EP, “Breaking the Chains,” with a free virtual listening party at 7 p.m. Monday, June 28, on the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube Channel. The listening party will be followed by a Q-and-A with the musicians at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. To access the Zoom Q-and-A, see sou.zoom.us/j/89401460954.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

The climate action group will host a free general meeting via Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29. Jennifer Marlon, Research Scientist with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, will present “Climate Change Communication — Challenges & Opportunities.” In studying the attitudes of Americans toward the conclusions of climate science, the Yale Program has reported that people fall into one of six categories. Marlon will identify tactics that can be used when trying to discuss climate science with those less convinced of its validity. To register for the virtual meeting, or for more information, see socan.eco.

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.

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.

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.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (July 3) 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.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (July 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, July 6, will be “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Windows in Time — local history lecture

As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, Kevin Keating, historian and member of the board of directors at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, will present “Over Here: Jackson County and World War I” at noon Wednesday, July 7, via Zoom. Using information from news sources and the National Archives, Keating will touch upon war supporters and anti-war individuals, as well as problems such as prostitution and intimidation that occurred in the Rogue Valley while the war was “over there.” Admission is free; registration is required. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.

Green burial presentation

Mary Ann Perry, sexton at Oregon’s first and only dedicated natural burial ground, The Forest Conservation Burial Ground at Willow-Witt Ranch, will present “Green Burial: The Greenest Way to Go,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, via Zoom. Learn about Oregon’s first and only dedicated natural burial ground, located here in the Rogue Valley. The Forest Conservation Burial Ground at Willow-Witt Ranch exclusively offers green burial and burial or scattering of cremated remains. There is also a pet cemetery on the ranch. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Community conversation

Oregon Humanities will host an online conversation on land, possession and justice with David Treuer, author of “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee — Native America from 1890 to the Present,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 15, via livestream. In a recent article in The Atlantic, Treuer argued that control of National Parks in the U.S.— 85 million acres in all — should be turned over to Native tribes. The event will be streamed live on YouTube and at oregonhumanities.org. At 6 p.m. there will be a breakout conversation on Zoom for viewers to discuss their responses to the conversation. Viewers can register for the breakout conversation at oregonhumanities.org.

Author talk

Maisey Yates and Megan Crane, two prominent local authors, will ask each other questions and discuss their work, reflecting on writing during the pandemic, what it’s like to collaborate, and the misconceptions some people have about romance novels, at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 15, via Zoom. Meet the authors and bring your questions. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

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, July 16, the book to be discussed will be “In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin” by Lindsey Hilsum and the movie version, “A Private War,” directed by Matthew Heineman. 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. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Tween Book Club

This readers club for tweens will meet at 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, July 17, the book to be discussed will be “Amal Unbound” by Aisha Saeed. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

The Community Crochet

Learn how to crochet a 6-by-6 inch “Granny Square” at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17, via Zoom. Submit your competed square to the Ashland library by Aug. 7 to have it added to a blanket that will be displayed in the library. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-6980. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Tea Time Tuesday

Pre-teens and teens, ages 12 to 18, can join in an online book discussion with tea and dessert provided at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month through August. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, July 20, will be “I Am Malala,”by Malala Yousafzai. Pre-register for the discussion, then pick up the book (yours to keep), tea, and dessert two weeks before each online event. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Business Book Discussion Group

This monthly book discussion group of business owners, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs will meet at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, via Zoom to discuss works by pioneering authors on resilience. The author to be discussed on Tuesday, July 20, will be Carol Dweck. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

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, July 27, the book to be discussed will be “Humankind: A Hopeful History” by Rutger Bregman. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Teen’s Driver’s Ed Trivia Night

Prepare to take the driver’s license or learner’s permit exam with a game of online trivia with questions straight from the DMV’s Oregon Driver Manual, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. 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. If you need a manual, stop by any JCLS branch to pick one up. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679.

Civics presentation: Get involved

Hear from a panel of volunteers from organizations throughout the Rogue Valley who will discuss what they do, current COVID-19 restrictions, and how you can get involved, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

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, Aug. 3, will be “The Elegance of the Hedgehog ” by Muriel Barbery. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-826-3313. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

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, Aug. 10, will be “Counting by 7’s” by Holly Goldberg Sloan. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Library2Go Presentation

Learn about available digital resources, and how to check out library books and transfer them to your phone, tablet or e-reader at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 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. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Tea Time Tuesday

Pre-teens and teens, ages 12 to 18, can join in an online book discussion with tea and dessert provided at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month through August. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, will be “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,”by Laini Taylor. Pre-register for the discussion, then pick up the book (yours to keep), tea, and dessert two weeks before each online event. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Business Book Discussion Group

This monthly book discussion group of business owners, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs will meet at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, via Zoom to discuss works by pioneering authors on resilience. The author to be discussed on Tuesday, Aug. 17, will be Gay Hendricks. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

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, Aug. 20, the book to be discussed will be “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. 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. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Tween Book Club

This readers club for tweens will meet at 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, via Zoom. On Saturday, Aug. 21, the book to be discussed will be “Song for a Whale” by Lynne Kelly. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

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, Aug. 24, the book to be discussed will be “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life” by Anu Partanen. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host author and professional genealogist Tricia Oberndorf, who will present “North American Migration — In, Out, and Across” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, via Zoom. Learn about our ancestor’s motivations, struggles and successes. Oberndorf will set the stage for various migration periods with the who, what, when, where and why of migration. She will discuss the development of a new nation beginning with the Colonial period, then following the progress of settlements up through the late 1800s, examining research strategies and resources to further help trace our ancestors. This full-day program will cover our ancestor’s travels from Europe to Atlantic and Pacific ports. Admission is $55. Registration closes at noon, Friday, Sept. 24. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email with your Zoom link the day before the presentation. To register or for further information, see rvgslibrary.org, email reception@rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340.