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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Sept. 17

The Rogue Valley Genealogy Society has several events in September. See listings below. 123rf.com image
In Focus: Genealogy Week

The Rogue Valley Genealogy Society will hold its annual Genealogy Week, Saturday through Friday, Sept. 18-24, virtually through Zoom. A week of 14 free presentations geared toward newcomers and season genealogists alike are offered. Learn how to begin genealogy research, how to organize what you learn, which DNA test is best, how DNA is used in research and more. Registration is required. To register or for further information see rvgslibrary.org, email reception@rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340. Once registered, a Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the presentation.

Recurring events

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers

The writing group will hold a virtual discussion group at 8 p.m. every Wednesday via Zoom. All writers are invited to participate. Registration required. To register or for further information see willamettewriters.org. After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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.

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.

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.

September events

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, Sept. 17, the book to be discussed will be “Children of the Land” by Marcello Hernandez Castillo. 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.

Teen Random Fandom

Teens are invited to meet virtually to take a deep dive into Marissa Meyer’s “Renegades” series at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 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.

Diverse Reads Book Club

This readers club for kids ages 12 to 18 will meet at 4:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, via Zoom to discuss stories that take us out of our own experiences and into the perspective of how others see the world. On Tuesday, Sept. 21, the book to be discussed will be “You’re Welcome, Universe” by Whitney Gardner. 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.

Medicare presentation

Linda Clarkson, Cheryl Harrison and Melissa Mlasko of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free presentation, “Medicare 101,” at noon and again at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 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.

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.

K-Pop Dance

Kids and teens ages 12 to 18 can get their dance groove on and learn the choreography for “Love Equation” by the K-pop boy group Vixx at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 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.

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, Sept. 25. A pre-show 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 will be a special show in honor of Morykit’s birthday. 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. 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 their new home state of Arizona in December of 2021, Swann said. The duo will continue livestream concerts until then.

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, Sept. 28, the book to be discussed will be “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism” by Katherine Stewart. 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.

Banned Books Presentation

In recognition of Banned Books Week, Friday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 2, JCLS librarians will hold a panel discussion on banned books from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, via Zoom. Topics will include what it means to ban a book, what types of books get banned and how libraries can help promote the freedom to read. Panelists include Adult Services Coordinator Carrie Turney Ross, Bear Creek Area Manager/Ashland Branch Manager Kristin Anderson and Teen Services Librarian Andrea Leone. 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.

Teen Trivia

Teens can join in a live game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. 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. 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.