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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Nov. 12

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society member Mary Tsui will present “Managing Family Photographs” on Tuesday, Nov. 16. See listing below. Courtesy photo.
In Focus: Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society member Mary Tsu will present “Managing Family Photographs” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, via Zoom. Tsui will present options for repairing photographs, managing paper as well as digital photographs, developing an organization scheme and options for ultimate disposition of the photographs. The discussion will cover materials for managing paper photographs as well as software tools for repair, organizing and storing family photographs. Admission is free. To register, see rvgslibrary.org, then click on “Programs & Classes” follwed by “Calendar of Events.” Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email with your Zoom link the day before the presentation. For further information, see rvgslibrary.org, email reception@rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340.

Recurring events

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.

November events

Ashland Independent Film Festival — ‘Best of The Fests’

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will present a virtual screening of “Chasing Childhood,” showing Friday through Thursday, Nov. 12-18. This feature-length documentary explores how free play and independence have all but disappeared from kids’ lives, supplanted by relentless perfectionism and record-high anxiety and depression. Free play, unsupervised by adults, is critical for developing essential life skills: grit, independence and resourcefulness. The film explores how helicopter parenting became the norm in many communities across the United States and interweaves potential solutions to letting go and empowering our kids. The film features leaders of this movement, including former Stanford dean and author of “How to Raise an Adult” Julie Lythcott-Haims, biological psychologist Peter Gray and others. Tickets are $10. A Q-and-A will follow the film with the directors, Margaret Munzer and Eden Wurmfeld, moderated by AIFF Education Manager Jana Carole. The film will screen on AIFF’s Eventive film channel. For further information and to purchase virtual tickets, see ashlandfilm.org.

Women of Botany History Presentation

Lucretia Weems, Jackson County Master Gardener and member of the Ashland Garden Club, will present “Heroines in the History of Botany, 1650-1850” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, via Zoom. The women who shaped the emerging field of botany led remarkable lives. They traveled, collected, classified and published seminal contributions to the field against all odds. Who were they? Learn more about these fascinating forgotten women. 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, Nov. 16, the book to be discussed will be “This Place: 150 Years Retold” by Kateri Akiwenzi-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Michell and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley. 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.

Film Screening

Rotary of Ashland will present a free screening of the documentary film “Kiss the Ground” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, streaming online via Vimeo. The film stars Woody Harrelson and is described by the New York Times as “an optimistic climate documentary ... (that) argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.” To receive the free link for the film and post-film discussion Zoom link, email at AshlandRotaryEvents@gmail.com.

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, Nov. 20, the book to be discussed will be “Mockingjay” 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.

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, Nov. 23, the book to be discussed will be “The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous” by Joseph Henrich. 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. Tuesday, Nov. 23 . 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.

Employee Rights Presentation

Legal Aid Services of Oregon will offer a bilingual presentation, “Employee Rights: Know Your Rights Conversations,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, via Zoom. Learn about legal protections and common infringement of rights in the workplace for agricultural workers. This will be presented in both English and Spanish. 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.

December Events

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Dec. 4) of each month via Zoom. 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 (Dec. 7) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090.

Eagle Point Friends Book Club

Discuss suggested books with this reader’s group from 2 to 3:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-826-3313. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Medford Teen Advisory Group

Motivated teens in grades 7 to 12 can meet virtually to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, help make decisions on programming and displays in the teen library, make crafts and more at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month (Dec. 14), 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. 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.