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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Dec. 24

Members of the Siskiyou Singers perform a virtual concert on Zoom. See concert listing below. Courtesy photo.
Recurring Events

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

SOCAN will offer its Master Climate Protector course again this year. The seventh offering of this annual course will begin Feb. 9, 2022, and run for 10 weeks with three-hour sessions via Zoom. Learn about the basic science of global warming including competing explanations, energy use and construction, water use and extreme weather, transportation, agriculture and natural systems, how human health, population growth and consumption play a role, and more. The MCP program incorporates both a training component and a service component. For more information, see socanmcp.eco or cemail at ellie@socan.eco.

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.

December Events

Siskiyou Singers

Listen to a free online holiday concert, “The Most Wonderful Time,” performed by The Siskiyou Singers, now in their 39th year, on the choir’s website, siskiyousingers.org. The concert can be viewed at any time. The program includes a collection of pieces in a wide range of styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary and from spirituals to jazz. The choir will present a version of ‘Silent Night,’” by Mark Hayes; John Rutter’s arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas;” the German carol “When Mary Walked Through Woods of Thorn;” “Lullay My Liking,” based on a 15th century Middle English lyric poem and composed by Gustav Holst; “Here’s a Pretty Little Baby,” an energetic Christmas spiritual; “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a jazz waltz arrangement of the holiday standard; and a jazz interpretation of the classic “Winter Wonderland.”

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.

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.

January Events

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 audio-book while running) each week then gather virtually at 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month (Jan. 3) 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 (Jan. 4) 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 via Zoom. 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.

Windows in Time — local history lecture

As part of the free “Windows in Time” lecture series, historian and quilt maker Sue Waldron will present “Remembering When the Trains Came: A Quilter’s View” at noon Wednesday, Jan. 5, via Zoom. Waldron will share two history-themed quilts from the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society’s quilt collection. The quilts were made by the Jacksonville Museum Quilters over thirty years ago to remember the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Oregon & California railroad in the Rogue Valley. Waldron is a volunteer with the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, where she helps share the rich heritage of their quilt collection and participates in the documentation of other Southern Oregon quilts. 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, youtube.com/c/JCLSBeyond.

Teen Jeopardy

Jackson County Library Services will team up with WorkSource Rogue Valley’s Project Youth+, to host a game of Teen Jeopardy at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, via Zoom. Teens ages 13 and up can log on to test their resume skills and have the chance win a $50 gift card. All registered attendees are eligible to pick up a “Job Seeking for Teens” tote bag packed with information on finding a job, resources from Project Youth+ and the library, the book “What Color is Your Parachute?,” a journal, pen, highlighters, $5 Dutch Bros gift card, and treats. Totes can be picked up at the Medford, Ashland, Rogue River, and Eagle Point library branches beginning Monday, Jan. 3, during regular operating hours. For further details or to register see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-774-8679.

Human-trafficking 101

Human-trafficking is on the rise in Southern Oregon. Members of Community Works, a domestic and sexual violence resource center in the Rogue Valley, will present “Human Trafficking 101” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 13, via Zoom. Learn what sex trafficking is and what to do if you believe you see or know someone who is being trafficked. A Q-and-A time will follow the presentation. This program is intended for ages 15 and older, and connects to themes in JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” selection, “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline. 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.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday 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.

JCLS ‘Rogue Reads’ Birch Bark Art

Presenters from the Cree Cultural Institute in Quebec, Canada, will present “Traditional Birch Bark Art,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, via Zoom. The presenters will share how to make birch bark art, an art form of the Cree people of the James Bay region. This program is intended for ages 13 and older, and connects to themes in JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” selection, “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline. All needed supplies will be available for pick up the week before the program (Jan. 12-19). 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, 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.

JCLS ‘Rogue Reads’ Cree Mittens

Presenters from the Cree Cultural Institute in Quebec, Canada, will share how to make small, keychain-sized traditional Cree mittens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, via Zoom. This program is intended for ages 13 and older, and connects to themes in JCLS’ “Rogue Reads” selection, “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline. All needed supplies will be available for pick up the week before the program (Jan. 19-26). 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.

Vesper Meadow Presentation

Jeanine Moy, Founder and Director of the Vesper Meadow Education Program, will present “Vesper Meadow: Reconnecting People, Place, and Native Plants,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, via Zoom. Learn about community-based strategies, beaver-based solutions, and native food plants utilized at the Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve and how they can be applied to lands across the region. Moy will also discuss ongoing projects with the Southwest Oregon Indigenous Gardens Network, local endangered species habitat restoration and monitoring, and examples of local edible and medicinal native plants that anyone can grow in their yard. 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 (Jan. 31) 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.

February Events

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (Feb. 1) 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 via Zoom. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Feb. 1, will be “The Wright Brothers” by David G. McCollough. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-826-3313.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month (Feb. 5) 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 audio-book while running) each week then gather virtually at 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month (Feb. 7) 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.

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, Feb. 22, the book to be discussed will be “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide” by Crystal Fleming. 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 (Feb. 28) 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.