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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Aug. 13

Civics presentation: Jackson County Library Services 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.

‘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.

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 series 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.

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 kids ages 11 to 18 will meet at 2 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. 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.

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 Online 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.

Trivia Night

Join JCLS staff members for a trivia game inspired by their summer programming theme “Readers Are Leaders,” featuring trivia about leaders of all types at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 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.

Oregon Wine Experience Virtual

Oregon Wine Experience, the multi-day charity wine and culinary event, will kick off with the Virtual Medal Celebration, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, via livestream. Online participants can purchase a “Medal Celebration in a Box” in advance which includes the winners of the Oregon Wine Competition and a selection of pairings meant to be enjoyed at home during the virtual event for $75. OWE has rescheduled three of its 2021 main events — the Founders’ Barrel Auction, Miracle Auction, and the Salmon Bake and Grand Tasting — in light of the surge in COVID-19 cases. They are now scheduled to take place Oct. 1-3, 2021, at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, Ore. For information about this year’s event and to purchase tickets and tasting boxes, see oregonwineexperience.com.

Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party

Kids ages 12 to 18 are invited to celebrate all the work they did during JCLS’s 2021 Summer Reading Program at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, via Zoom. Join other teens to talk about what you read, then play games and win prizes. 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.

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.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Sept. 4) 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.

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. 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 is a full-day program. 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.