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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events, Aug. 6

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Aug. 7) 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.

‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ book discussion club

Dominique Toyer, research director of Southern Oregon Coalition for Racial Equity, will lead a discussion about the evolution of anti-racism in the United States through a book discussion club about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 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.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Aug. 7) 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.

JCLS Website Presentation

Take a tour of the new Jackson County Library Services website, and learn how to get the most out of what it has to offer at

1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, via Zoom. For further details or to register, 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.

The Virtual Great Garden Escape

Teens are invited to try their luck “escaping” the virtual Great Garden escape “room” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, via Zoom. Work out puzzles and try your hand at some light cryptography in this mind-challenging game. For further details or to register, 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.

Escape the Zoo — virtual edition

Children ages 6 to 10 can work with other kids to solve a series of animal-themed clues, leading you to the final code to unlock the zoo enclosure and escape during this virtual escape room adventure at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, via Zoom. This virtual escape room requires some reading ability to solve the puzzles and word scrambles. Pre-registration required. For further details or to register, 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.

How to Use the JCLS Catalog

Learn how to get the most out of the JCLS Library Catalog, including basic tips to get you started and more detailed explanations for lesser-known features, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, via Zoom. For further details or to register, 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.

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 “I was Anastasia” by Ariel Lawhon. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

A Taste of OLLI — Math Magic Presentation

Osher Lifelong Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University will host Irv Lubliner, an emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University specializing in math education, as well as a multi-dimensional OLLI instructor who teaches math, blues harmonica and literature courses, who will present “There’s Magic in Math (and Vice Versa)” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, via Zoom. In this talk, Lubliner will demonstrate the math behind a number of magic tricks, including some simple ones you can learn yourself. This free presentation is part of OLLI’s “Taste of OLLI Summer Speaker Series.” Registration is required. To register and obtain the Zoom link, see inside.sou.edu/olli.

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 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, via Zoom. The presentation will include information about how to search for, check out and download titles from the Library2Go website. For further details or to register, 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.

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.

Literacy in the Early Years / Lectoescritura en los primeros años

This talk is offered in Spanish only. Parents and caregivers are invited to learn how to introduce children to the world of literacy with Claudia Cervantes, migrant preschool specialist and author of the book “Con tu Ayuda Mamá,” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, via Zoom. This series, “Un mundo de letras,” empowers caregivers to support the development of early literacy skills. Participants will receive a gift bag with books and materials. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

Civics presentation

JCLS staff members will lead a discussion on the many ways to take action and move the needle on the issues that matter to you at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, via Zoom. Discuss the ins-and-outs on planning a protest, starting a petition and more. This is not a political program. Library staff will not tell you what issues to take on, they will only provide resources and information on how to do it. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

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.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 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. For further details or to register, 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.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

Deb Shell, retired librarian, activist, genealogy and history author, will present “Preparing for On-line Research,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 25, via Zoom. Shell will show you how use free internet resources, view a repository catalog, and guide you through making a plan. Admission is $20. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (Sept. 7) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090.