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Oregon Wine Experience, Rogue Valley livestreams: Aug. 20

Oregon Wine Experience - a multi-day event - kicks off festivities with a virtual Medal Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 26. 123RF photo.
In Focus: Oregon Wine Experience

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 case, which are now scheduled to take place Oct. 1-3, 2021, at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. For information about this year’s event and to purchase tickets and tasting boxes, see oregonwineexperience.com.

In Focus: AIFF World Film Weeks Preview Night

Ashland Independent Film Festival Artistic Director Richard Herskowitz will lead a virtual journey as he shares his top film picks, provides insider’s information and presents the complete film roster at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, on the AIFF website. The theme this year is “See The World From Where You Are,” and over two weeks, AIFF will present 14 films from the following countries: U.S., UK, Malawi, Ethiopia, Israel, Kosovo, France, Malta, Belgium, Norway, France and Dominican Republic; seven films are narratives and six documentaries, with seven of the 13 films directed by women. The preview will be posted to AIFF’s YouTube channel for later viewing. For further information or to watch the preview, see ashlandfilm.org. For questions, email at info@ashlandfilm.org or call 541-488-3823.

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.

Jewish Storytelling

The Havurah synagogue will host a free virtual Jewish storytelling event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, via Zoom. Storytellers from Portland will join local tellers, including students who are graduating from a two-year “Maggid “ program of Jewish storytelling led by Rabbi David and Maggidah Devorah Zaslow, to entertain with stories of heroes, tricksters, wise folks, and fools. To register and received the Zoom link, email at ayala@ashlandhavurah.org. For further details call 541-488-7716.

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.

Virtual Medicare Presentation: Linda Clarkson and Melissa Mlasko of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free virtual presentation, “Medicare 101,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, via livestream. Presenters will review Medicare Part A and Part B, as well as Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Medicare Supplement health insurance plans. Participants also will learn how Medicare Part D prescription drug plans work and how to get help with the cost of prescription drugs. Presentations are intended for people who are turning 65 and are new to Medicare. To register, call 541-973-2100 or email roguemedicare@ffig.com.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.