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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Jan. 21

Mount McLaughlin over Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve. See Vesper listing below. Photo by Matt Witt.
In Focus: 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.

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

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.

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.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host author and professional genealogist Jane Neff Rollins, who will present a variety of informational sessions during a virtual seminar, Saturday, Feb. 5, via Zoom. Topics include how to search birth and death records, how to identify clues in photos that will help to pinpoint when and where the photo was taken, and more. Rollins has presented at several societies, including the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Northwest Genealogy Conference and Genealogy Jamboree, as well as several Southern California societies. Admission is $55, registration required. To register, see rvgslibrary.org. Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email the day before the class with the Zoom invitation.

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.

Medford Library Book Chat

Adults 18 and older can discuss selected books with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Feb. 8), via Zoom. To reserve a copy of the book of the month, 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.