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MLK Day virtual celebrations, Rogue Valley livestreams: Jan. 14

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Associated Press file photo
In Focus: ‘Martin Luther King, Jr.: Our Voices’

A new film from Southern Oregon Black Alliance and Social Empowerment leader Vance Beach will premiere at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, on Facebook at facebook.com/SOMLKDay, and RVTV Prime (Ashland Home Network, Channel 9/100.1/109; Charter Cable, Channel 180, or livestream at rvtv.sou.edu). In the film, the children of BASE’s AfroScoutz program explore issues including education, economics, civics, and policing. Together, the leaders of today and tomorrow discuss how we can apply Dr. King’s wisdom to current issues here in the Rogue Valley and beyond. A live chat discussion on Facebook follows the premiere. For further details, see somlk.org

In Focus: MLK Jr. Community Celebration

The annual Grants Pass Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, via Facebook livestream. The event will feature music from local musicians Tim Wallace and Michelle LeComte. There will be speakers from the community, including Rev. Ernestein Flemister from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Rev. Ryan Scott from Newman United Methodist Church. A keynote address will be delivered by Ron Jones, an educator, writer, actor and social activist. Jones is the founder of Dialogs on Diversity, which is the nation’s premier social justice and diversity awareness theater company performing more than 1,000 events in the U.S. annually. Jones’ programs are designed to help individuals and organizations address issues of cultural difference in an open, healthy, and respectful way. The event will conclude with a panel discussion about whether real change possible. To join the event, see facebook.com/newmanumc. You do not need to have a Facebook account to participate. The event will be uploaded in its entirety to newmanumc.net the following day.

Livestreams, virtual events
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.

January events

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.