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ANPF Fall Festival, Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Oct. 15

ANPF 2021 Playwright winners: Thomas Brandon, left, Megan Brown, Andrew Lee Creech and TyLie Shider. ANPF courtesy image.
In Focus: 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.

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

AIFF ‘Best of The Fests’ — “Storm Lake”

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will present a virtual screening of “Storm Lake,” Friday through Thursday, Oct. 15-21, on AIFF’s Eventive film channel. The people of Storm Lake confront a changing community as global forces threaten their precarious existence. Farmers blow their life savings on new equipment they hope will keep their livelihoods intact. Migrant workers flock to the rural town in Iowa —welcome and not—for their slice of the American Dream. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, “The Storm Lake Times” — even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work as civic watchdogs to protect their hometown and the legacy of credible journalism, at large— come hell or pandemic. Tickets are $10. A Q-and-A with directors Beth Levison and Jerry Risius moderated by SOU Communication Professor Erik Palmer will follow the film. For further information and to purchase virtual tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.

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.

‘Cemetery Superstitions’

The Rogue Valley Genealogy Society will host presenter Cathy Wallace, special projects coordinator for BillionGraves, who will present “Cemetery Superstitions” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, via Zoom. Why do we stop the clocks, or cover mirrors in the home, wear black to a funeral, or drive in a caravan to the cemetery? These superstitions date back to the Victorian-era, but they still influence some of the things we do when someone passes away. Wallace will talk about these superstitions and “why-we-do-what-we-do” today, and show you how to automatically add GPS coordinates to gravestone photos using the BillionGraves app. Admission is free; 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.

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.

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.