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OSF 2021 Gala, Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Oct. 8

“Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee.” See OSF Gala 2021 listing below. OSF photo by Jenny Graham
In Focus: OSF 2021 Gala

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold its annual gala virtually this year via the OSF website at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

The free evening of entertainment features special performances from OSF actors and artists, discussions, behind-the-scenes look at the past year, a preview of the one-of-a-kind virtual reality event Quills Fest, an update on how OSF is building and ushering in a whole new era, and more. This year, OSF will recognize Lauren Yee — playwright, TV writer and author of “Cambodian Rock Band” — as their artistic honoree. An online silent auction, featuring OSF-inspired experiences, gifts and memorabilia will open at noon Friday, Oct. 5, and run through noon Monday, Oct. 11. Proceeds from the auction and donations go to support OSF programs and events.

See osfashland.org, email at armandoh@osfashland.org, or call 541-482-2111 for further information.

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.

October events

Medford Teen Advisory Group

Motivated teens in grades 7 to 12 can meet virtually to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, make crafts, and make the decisions on programming and displays and more at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month (Oct. 12), 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, Oct. 12, will be “Counting by 7s” by Holly Goldberg Sloan. 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.

Author Talk

Author Cathy Camper will talk about her award-winning “Lowriders in Space” graphic novel series, and her picture book “Ten Ways to Hear Snow,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, via Zoom. Learn how graphic novels and picture books are created, the history of lowrider cars, the technology to make them hop, and some of the science and secrets in the books. Camper will also talk about the importance of diversity and equity in children’s books. All ages welcome. For further information and to register see https://tinyurl.com/OctEvent2021.

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, Oct. 15, the book to be discussed will be “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. 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, Oct. 16, the book to be discussed will be “ Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins. 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, Oct. 19, the book to be discussed will be “Frankly in Love” by David Yoon. 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 New Plays Festival — Fall Festival

ANPF will present its 29th annual festival of staged readings of four new plays virtually this year Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 20-24: Thomas Brandon’s “Pocket Universe;” TyLie Shider’s “Certain Aspects Of Conflict In The Negro Family;” Meghan Brown’s “What Happened While Hero Was Dead;” and Andrew Lee Creech’s “Last Drive To Dodge.” The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, with a virtual launch party and playwright panel. Tickets for the launch party are $10. Each play will have a live virtual reading at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with a talkback with the playwrights and casts following each performance. Tickets for the virtual play readings are priced on a sliding scale, starting at $15. The plays will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 26-31. ANPF will also offer a playwriting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 23, and a special free panel discussion with the ANPF’s New Voices emerging playwrights at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. For tickets and details about all the events, see ashlandnewplays.org.

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 topic to be discussed on Wednesday, Oct. 20, will be storytelling and branding. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia

Members of the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, via Zoom. Learn the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages, risk factors, research, and FDA-approved treatments. 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, Oct. 26, the book to be discussed will be “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” by Adam Grant. 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 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, via Zoom. Ray Sanchez-Pescador with Solarize Rogue will discuss successful efforts the organization has undertaken to provide community members the opportunity to own solar panels, not installed on the roof, which generate electricity to replace what is taken from the grid. Jim Hartmann from Ashland Solar Cooperative will discuss how this group is collaborating with Solarize Rogue and planning to bring the option of community solar projects to the Ashland community. To register for the virtual meeting, or for more information, see socan.eco/events.

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, Oct. 27. 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.