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Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Feb. 4

Roy Saigo, former Southern Oregon University president. See listing below. Courtesy photo
In Focus: History Presentation — “But, I’m an American Citizen”

Friends of the Hannon Library will host guest speaker Roy Saigo, former Southern Oregon University president, who will present “But, I’m an American Citizen,” virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Saigo will speak on the experiences of the incarcerated of people of Japanese ancestry before, during and following Word War II. Registration is required. To register, see tinyurl.com/FebEvent2022. Meeting details will be emailed to you after you register. Call 541-552-6816 or email at libraryevents@sou.edu for further information.

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.

February 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 (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.

Easterseals Senior Community Service Presentation

Rachael Wilson from Easterseals online will share what the Senior Community Service Employment Program is, how it works and answer questions at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, via Zoom. Mature workers have the work ethic, enthusiasm, loyalty and life experience to be valuable assets to any workplace environment. However, the one thing they often lack is opportunity. This is where Easterseals can make a real difference. 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.

A Parent’s Guide to Books on Tricky Topics

JCLS librarians will present “A Parent’s Guide to Books on Tricky Topics,” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, via Zoom. This program will talk about using books as starting points for conversations with children about tricky topics. Inspired by “We Are Water Protectors’” portrayal of children taking action on issues they care about, the conversation will touch on several books that address current events and other big topics in age-appropriate ways. Program facilitators will draw on their professional and personal experience to share titles they recommend. Participants are invited to bring suggestions for books they have found useful as well. 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.

Public Safety Presentation — ‘Sexual and Relationship Violence: Time for Change’

Susan Moen, executive director of Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, will present “Sexual and Relationship Violence: Time for Change,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, via Zoom. Moen will review risks, social norms and stereotypes that encourage sexual violence. She will outline programs and strategies for prevention of harm. Discussion will follow the presentation. Registration is required. To register and for further details, see thejeffcenter.org/salon-current-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, 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.

Author Talk

Jackson County Library Services will host author Robin Wall Kimmerer for its second annual Rogue Reads Author Talk. Kimmerer will discuss her work, the themes in her book, “Braiding Sweetgrass,” and answer questions. Submit questions to roguereads@jcls.org. Pre-registration 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.

Gypsy Soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a livestream concert as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. A pre-show will start at 4:45 p.m. 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.

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.