Live Rogue Valley music, ice skating, winter markets and more: Dec. 31
Editor’s note: Masks are required in all indoor public spaces in Oregon. Check with all venues listed in Tempo to confirm events.
Magical Christmas Murals: Downtown Grants Pass will sparkle with the fiber-optic dazzle of 20 musical Christmas murals and giant nutcrackers through New Year’s Day. The murals weigh 400 pounds each and include sound systems that play the old-fashioned Christmas music. The murals, created by local artisans, are 12 inches thick, 10 feet tall, 5 feet wide and are wired with miles of fiber optic cable and thousands of points of lights. A map of mural locations is available in the downtown welcome center.
Ashland Festival of Light: The Ashland Chamber of Commerce launched its annual Festival of Light celebration Thursday, Nov. 18. The chamber has also organized several activities, including prizes for shoppers, children’s scavenger hunt and a soundwalk. For information about the soundwalk see Rogue World Music Soundwalk listing . For further information about the soundwalk, including the soundwalk map and audio streaming or download instructions see rogueworldmusic.org/soundwalk. To participate in the scavenger hunt, follow the clues found at Ashlandchamber.com/fol to find all eight magical elves hidden around Ashland at eight different locations and fill out your card. Once your card is full, turn it back into the Ashland Chamber (drop into mail slot if office is closed or email to email@example.com) to win a prize. You will also be entered into a drawing for the grand prize. For details about other chamber activities, see ashlandchamber.com.
Rogue World Music Soundwalk: The city of Ashland and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Rogue World Music to create a winter soundwalk. The Soundwalk, a curated audio track featuring music from cultures around the world, will guide listeners through the festive downtown Ashland cityscape along a set path of visual installations by local professional and student artists, through Jan. 3. The SoundWalk audio features 12 musicians or groups from the music traditions spanning four hemispheres, weaving together a rich experience of music connected to the November-January time of year around the world. The map for the Winter SoundWalk, with each installation point marked, is available for download/printing, and viewing online. All installation sites are either viewable directly from the sidewalk or reachable on paved surfaces without stairs. Participation is free. For further information, including the soundwalk map and audio streaming or download instructions, see rogueworldmusic.org/soundwalk.
Spanish Language Group: English speakers with at least an intermediate knowledge of Spanish can at 11 a.m. Fridays at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. Look for casual, supportive conversation and interpretation. Native speakers are welcome to help. Full vaccination and masks are required. Call 541-779-1829.
Little Giantess: Rock ’n’ roll duo The Little Giantess will perform a blend of guitar driven blues rock, sultry jazz and a touch of rockabilly/country in an eclectic mix of covers and originals at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Rellik Winery and Alpaca Farm, 970 Old Stage Road, Central Point. See rellikwinery.com or call 541499-0449.
Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. See slopes.org.
John Dabaco: Jazz pianist John Dabaco will perform standards and classics at 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, at the Hearsay Restaurant, Lounge and Garden, 40 S. First St., Ashland. See hearsayashland.com or call 541-625-0505.
Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink, located at 95 Winburn Way, across from the Lithia Park playground in Ashland, will be open for skating every day through Feb. 20, weather permitting. Admission is $5, $4 for ages 6-13, and free for ages 5 and younger. Skate rentals are available for $3. Concessions will be closed, and masks will be required. Call 541-552-2258 or see ashland.or.us/icerink for schedule and admission information. All changes in participation requirements, scheduling, skating lessons and programs will be posted to the website.
Medford Cars & Coffee: Car enthusiasts can meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Saturday at 2780 E. Barnett Road, Medford, near Starbucks and Mountain Mike’s Pizza. The group will not hold meetings in the event of rain or snowy weather. Find Medford Cars and Coffee on Facebook for further information.
Community Chalk Art: Join in an outdoor communal chalk art project, connected with the Winter Soundwalk project, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, in front of the Black Swan Theatre, on the corner of Pioneer and E. Main streets in Ashland. Add your own mediation on nature, the season, the holidays or wishes for 2022. Chalk and stencils provided, and unique creations encouraged. Public-appropriate images required. All ages welcome. For more information see rogueworldmusic.org.
Phil King: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will play acoustic Americana-style originals along with a mix of retro cover songs across a wide variety of genres at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
Tim Church: Guitarist Tim Church will play a mix of classical, jazz, Spanish and Brazilian instrumentals at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Take & Make: Kids and their families can stop by any JCLS branch to pick up a take-and-make craft kit during select dates. Each library branch offers a unique craft for every age group, from preschoolers to adults, and all need supplies are included in the kit. For details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call the library branch in your area.
Rick Millward: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rick Millward will perform a mix of classic and current rock, pop and original music at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at The Rogue Grape, The Rogue Grape, 515 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville. See www.theroguegrape.com or call 541-842-8416.
Rogue Valley Growers Winter Market: Seasonal produce, bakery items, specialty foods, drinks, art, crafts and more are available from local vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 22, at the Phoenix Plaza Civic Center, 220 N. Main St. SNAP/EBT accepted. Masks are required. Social distancing and safety measures are in place. See rvgrowersmarket.com.
Social Benefit Dance Club: Dance to music performed by Darren Kuykendall at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. You do not need a partner to participate. Admission is $5-$6. Call 541-727-7070.
Sweet Adelines: The Southern Oregon Sound Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a dynamic a cappella chorus for women, under the direction of Martha Segura, offers instruction on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. Rehearsals are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. Masks are required and COVID safety protocols are in place. Call 541-595-8247 or see southernoregonsoundchorus.com.
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: A variety of interactive science exhibits are available at the museum, located at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. The interactive museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Many exhibits will be modified to reduce touch surfaces — fewer hands-on activities — and increase physical distancing. Exhibits that will be temporarily closed include Bubble-ology, the Jam Room, Dark Science and Pacific Crest Cove. Masks are required for visitors ages 5 and up, and recommended for children ages 2 through 4. Staff and volunteers will be masked. Admission is $12.50, $10.50 for ages 2 through 12 and 65 and older, and free for kids under age 2. Admission is $3 the first Sunday of every month. To purchase tickets or for more information, see scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.
Medford Senior Center Bingo: The Medford Senior Center will host bingo games for adults at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday at the Medford Senior Center, 510 East Main St.; $8 for six cards for 10 games. Must be 18 or older to participate. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For further details on the games or for a full listing of activities and services available, see medfordseniorcenter.org.
Yarnia: Children 8 and older can learn to knit or crochet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Supplies and instruction are provided. All levels welcome. For further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-826-3313.
Danielle Kelly Jazz Trio: Singer Danielle Kelly, guitarist Paul Turnipseed and bassist Jeff Addicott will play a mix of jazz styles at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Rogue Blues Society: The Rogue Blues Society will hold a jam session from 6 to 9 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford. Social distancing rules must be followed and maintained on stage, including that vocalists provide their own microphones; masks must be worn when away from your table. See grapestreetbarandgrill.com, find Rogue Blues Society on Facebook or call 541-500-8881.
Pacific Roots: California-based reggae and rock band Pacific Roots will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Johnny B’s, 120 E. 6th St., Medford. See jbsmedford.com or call 458-226-2722.
Eagle Point Book Sale: Book sales are held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds help fund library programs, activities and collections. For further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-826-3313.
David Cahalan: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Cahalan will perform at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or dancin.com.
Shine Swing Trio: The jazz trio, led by Steve Shine, will perform vintage jazz and classic swing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Pub Trivia: Family-friendly games of trivia are available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. Participation is free, and there are prizes for winning teams. Call 541-779-4455.
Comedy Improv Sessions: The Rogue Valley Improvers, led by Thomas Hartmann who trained with Second City Chicago, will hold free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace Choir: Singing activists who wish to sing for peace, social justice and the environment are invited to join the Rogue Valley Peace Choir, directed by Jerry Campbell. The choir meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland, beginning Jan. 6 and running through May. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Jan 6, and no audition is required; singers need to be able to sing on key. All new and returning members must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status, and masks are required. Monthly dues for the choir are $20, and a singer’s mask will be provided once paid. For further information, see roguevalleypeacechoir.org.
Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitar player Jeff Kloetzel will play an acoustic mix of pop, folk and soul, along with original songs at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or dancin.com.
Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Gypsy Gillis: Cover band Gypsy Gillis will perform classic rock and blues dance music at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford. See grapestreetbarandgrill.com or call 541-500-8881.
Christmas Tree Pick Up: Scout Troops 112 and 8112 will pick up Christmas trees in Ashland for recycling, Saturday, Jan. 8. Ashland residents can place their trees curbside the evening of Jan. 7. The recycled trees are chipped and used throughout the parks in Ashland. For more information about the annual Christmas tree recycling program or about Troops 8112 and 112, call 408-839-8470, email at email@example.com or see troop112.com.
Rogue Gallery & Art Center Family Art Day: Kids and families of all ages can explore and create art from noon to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Make your very own art projects to take home and explore gallery spaces with an art scavenger hunt. All materials will be provided. Admission is free; registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. After registration, specific times will be set to limit number of participants to meet social distancing protocols. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.
Teen Tabletop Gamer Day: Teens ages 13 and older can meet to play classic and newly released board games as well as brand-new offbeat table-top games from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, except January (which will be held on Jan. 8), at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.
Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers Association: The group will hold a family-friendly public jam session and dance from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Dr., Grants Pass. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in and play, and dancing is encouraged. Admission is by optional donation. Masks are required. Call 541-779-8145 or see ootfa4.org.
Saturday Handweavers Guild: Those interested in weaving, spinning and other fiber arts can meet during the afternoon the second Saturday of each month September through June. For current meeting times and locations, which may change due to current COVID restrictions, see saturdayhandweavers.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All skill levels are welcome.
Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitar player Jeff Kloetzel will play an acoustic mix of pop, folk and soul, along with original songs at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Stone River Winery and Vineyard, 2178 Pioneer Road, Talent. Call 541-631-9583.
Rick Millward: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rick Millward will perform a mix of classic and current rock, pop and original music at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Naumes Suncrest Winery, 1950 Suncrest Road, Talent. See naumesfamilyvineyards.com or call 541-608-1755.
Phil King: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will play acoustic Americana-style originals along with a mix of retro cover songs across a wide variety of genres at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Hummingbird Estate Winery, 1677 Old Stage Road, Central Point. See hummingbirdestate.com or call 541-930-2650.
Stolen Moments: Guitarist Dan Fellman, vocalist and guitarist Conny Lindley and Walter Lindley on upright bass will play American jazz standards, Latin jazz and Gypsy jazz at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Jim Witter’s ‘The Piano Men’: “The Piano Men,” a musical celebration of the 1970s, year-by-year, hit-by-hit, from the songbooks of Billy Joel and Elton John, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Award-winning Canadian recording artist Jim Witter and his band lead an expertly crafted tour of an entire decade that begins with “Your Song” and takes you along in a musical time machine, saluting two of the century’s most popular contemporary songwriters. Tickets are $32, $35 or $38; $22, $25 or $28 for ages 22 and younger, and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., in Medford, or by calling 541-779-3000. Prior to admission, audience members must present a photo ID and proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to performance date; those not fully vaccinated or children under the age of 12 must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance time, or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the Craterian.
Rock Concert: Frank ELLIS, Con and 2 Nauts, Insanity’s Reign, and Strike The Glass will play a concert of alternative, rock, heavy and metal music from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 8, at Johnny B’s, 120 E. 6th St., Medford. See jbsmedford.com or call 458-226-2722.