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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Nov. 26

Gypsy Soul will perform a special 30th anniversary livestream concert Saturday, Nov. 27. See listing below. Courtesy photo.
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

Gypsy Soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a special 30th anniversary livestream concert as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. A pre-show will start at 5:45 p.m. featuring a special video retrospective. The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour/hour-and-a-half-long show. The concert is available to be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube and 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.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

The climate action group will host a free general meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, via Zoom. Graduates of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Now Master Climate Protector course — Erin O’Kelley Muck, Cynthia Holm, and Flavia Franco — will discuss how they have been working toward promoting greenhouse gas reductions and other actions within the community. To register for the virtual meeting, or for more information, see socan.eco/events.

December Events

Windows in Time — local history lecture

As part of the free “Windows in Time” lecture series, historian George Kramer will present “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from Southern Oregon’s National Register-listed Properties” at noon Wednesday, Dec. 1, via Zoom. Kramer will explore the history and stories from some of Southern Oregon’s most historic buildings, and provide an interesting and informative look at why these buildings are significant. Kramer, an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Restore Oregon and the current Vice-chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust, is the author of all four of Ashland’s historic district nominations, of Medford’s downtown historic district, and dozens of other individual listings in Jackson County, and he has evaluated nearly 10,000 structures all over Oregon for National Register eligibility. Registration is required. To register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, 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.

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, except January (which will be held on Jan. 15) 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 or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-774-8679.

Running and Reading Club

Kids ages 13 and older who are interested in reading and running are invited to run and to read (or listen to an audibook while running) each week then gather virtually at 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month via Zoom to discuss how the running is going and what everyone is reading. 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.

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, Dec. 7, will be “Dispatches from Pluto” by Richard Grant. 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.

Estate Planning Basics

Learn about the benefits of creating a will, various tools such as trusts, and hear a selection of common questions answered by attorney Jason Broesder at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. 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.

Space Exploration Presentation

North Medford High School and the Southern Oregon Sky Watchers will host guest speaker George Sowers, Space Resources professor at Colorado School of Mines, who will give a presentation on space exploration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, via Zoom. Sowers will talk about NASA’s “Moon to Mars Program” also called the “Artemis Mission to the Moon.” Sowers is an expert in developing ways to extract resources from the Moon to allow for spaceship refueling for trips to Mars; the big resource being water and how to safely mine it on the Moon. To join in see nasa.gov/specials/artemis. No registration is required.

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, Dec. 28, the book to be discussed will be “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson. 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. the last Monday (Dec. 27) of every month. 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.

January events

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, Jan. 4, will be “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 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.

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, Jan. 25, the book to be discussed will be “The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution” by Richard Wrangham. 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.