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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual event: Aug. 27

George Maurer’s Saloon in Kerbyville circa late 1800s. See “Windows In Time” lecture listing below. Courtesy photo.
In Focus: Windows in Time — local history lecture

As part of the “Windows in Time” lecture series, Paul Fattig, former journalist turned author, will present “Napoleon Revisited: Kerby’s Fascinating History” at noon Wednesday, Sept. 1, via Zoom. During its glory days, Kerby was the county seat, boasting of two hotels, several saloons, a jail, school and one of Oregon’s earliest post offices. Learn of the early day residents and events that forged the hamlet during territorial times. Why was Kerby once known as Napoleon? The answer will be revealed in this program. 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.

In Focus: ‘Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation’

Rogue Valley-based nonprofit Anima Mundi Productions will premiere “Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation,” a massive multimedia, world premiere choral oratorio at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, via an online livestream. The multimedia presentation harnesses the power of music, poetry and visual art to present a diverse collection of Oregon pandemic and Almeda fire stories. The music and poetry for “Six Feet Apart” were created by Ethan Gans-Morse and Tiziana DellaRovere, founders of AMP, and also include two guest submissions from Oregon poets laureate Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford and artwork by Betty LaDuke. The fifteen professional musicians recorded the music remotely, each independently from home; a Los Angeles audio team mixed and mastered the audio, and filmmaker Camilla Tassi produced the film/music video. Tickets for the world premiere are “pay what you will,” starting at $12, available online at humanitytickets.com. A Q-and-A will follow the performance. The video will be available on their website for later viewing for free.

‘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.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

The climate action group will host a free general meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, via Zoom. Michael Parker Biology Faculty at Southern Oregon University, and John Villella, of Siskiyou BioSurvey LLC., will present “‘The Impact of Climate Change on Species of Concern,” with a discussion on regional species of plants and animals that are threatened by our changing climate. To register for the virtual meeting, or for more information, see socan.eco/events.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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, see rvgslibrary.org, email reception@rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340.