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AIFF format change, Rogue Valley livestreams & virtual events: Feb. 11

The Ashland Independent Film Festival announced changes to this year’s format. See listing below. File photo
In Focus: The Ashland Independent Film Festival

AIFF has announced that its 21st annual festival, originally scheduled for April 14-28, will now take place virtually on its Eventive Channel from April 1-10. Due to the recent circumstances and news surrounding COVID-19, the organization made the decision to postpone its in-person festival to ensure the health and safety of their patrons, in addition to the community at large, according to a press release.

“Our community deserves the best that this festival has to offer, and we are selecting fantastic films that are entertaining and inspiring, keeping our Ashland audiences in mind,” AIFF Artistic Director Roberta Munroe stated. “This team of staff, interns, and volunteers are working around the clock to ensure that our members see a world of filmmaking that maintains a high standard worthy of film loving Ashland. Plus, all of our filmmakers are excited to screen their work specifically for Ashland.”

AIFF’s Eventive Channel can be accessed on TVs, computers and mobile devices, or via Eventive’s Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, or Android TV apps. With an extremely robust and diverse program of independent films lined up, there will be something for everyone.

Cited by MovieMaker Magazine several times as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” and one of the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” AIFF screens more than 100 independent documentary, narrative, animation, and short films to include in festival programming.

Recurring Events

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

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. has created a variety of virtual ways for you to explore the National Historic Landmark town, Jacksonville. Watch two online videos — a 30-minute “Walk through History” virtual tour which takes you to 23 different sites, and a 45-minute “Jacksonville Historic Homes” video tour which visits 27 different historic houses including the wooden 1855 Mathew G. Kennedy house, the 1873 Beekman House, and the 1892 Jeremiah Nunan house. Read through two text-based virtual tours “Beekman Bank Nuggets,” and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call,” or the “Walk through History” blog to learn more about specific Jacksonville historic sites. You can also read stories of beer, wine, whiskey, saloons, and “entrepreneurs” in the “Thirsty Thursday” on-line series. For more information or to access see historicjacksonville.org.

February Events

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.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host Southern Oregon Historical Society librarian and volunteer Ann Baracker, who will present “Who is my Oma? Doing Jewish Research,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 17, via Zoom. Baracker will show the wealth of Jewish genealogy research resources and how to use them while discovering the life and family of “Omi Schulen,” that little German Jewish grandma who never talked about her life before. Admission is $20, 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.

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 free Rogue Reads Author Talk. Kimmerer will discuss her work, the themes in her book, “Braiding Sweetgrass,” and answer questions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, via Zoom. Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Submit questions to roguereads@jcls.org. Pre-registration required. Rogue Reads is the JCLS program which encourages everyone in Jackson County to read and discuss the same books. 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.