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Live Rogue Valley music, Heritage Tree Day and more: March 4

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Editor’s note: Masks are required in all indoor public spaces in Oregon. Check with all venues listed in Tempo to confirm events.

Friday, March 4

Oregon Chocolate Festival: The 18th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, in the ballrooms of Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites and Convention Center, 2525 Ashland St., Ashland. Look for creations by dozens of chocolatiers, along with demonstrations, educational sessions, tastings, and opportunities to buy chocolate and related products from nearly 50 vendors, and more. Masks are required, and the number of people entering ballroom spaces will be regulated. A Chocolate Sunday Brunch will be held March 6. Tickets for the brunch are $28 per person or $15 for children 12 and under. Regular festival tickets are $20 per day. Tickets are already sold out for the Chocolate Makers’ Wine Dinner Friday night, March 4. For tickets, further information including schedules, and festival updates, see oregonchocolatefestival.com.

Spanish Language Group: English speakers with at least an intermediate knowledge of Spanish can meet at 11 a.m. Fridays at the Medford Senior Center, 510 East 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.

Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will host a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required. See slopes.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 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or dancin.com.

Daniel Nickels: Guitarist and singer Daniel Nickels will perform ‘90s rock and indie rock at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. See southstagecellars.com or call 541-899-9120.

Duke Street: Rhythm and soul band Duke Street — Scott Rogers on guitar, Kent Clinkinbeard on drums, John Hauschild on slide guitar and vocals, Gordon Greenley on saxophones and Joe Cohoon on bass and Michael Vannice on keys—will perform at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Highway Bound: The Country music trio featuring Erica Flynn on vocals, and guitarists Jimi and Alex Detweiler will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.

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.

Rainbow Girls: The eclectic folk trio The Rainbow Girls — Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey — will perform a blend of soul, blues and indie folk at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, at The Story, 318 B St., Ashland. Tickets are $25 and are available online at eventbrite.com. Masks and social distancing are required. Sanitation stations will be provided. Doors open at 6 p.m. For further information see ashlandfolkcollective.com.

Mercy: The soul and rock band — singer Lynda Day, guitarist Dave Day, drummer Denny Carmassi, keyboard player Gary Nisbet and bassist Demian Norvell will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford. See grapestreetbarandgrill.com or call 541-500-8881.

Dusty Green Bones: Bluegrass and rock band Dusty Green Bones — vocalist and mandolinist Forrest Allen, banjoist Isaac Cantor, guitarist Mark Ignatius, bassist Scotty Brown and percussionist Jon Ryan — will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent. Must be 21 or older to attend. See talentclublive.com for ticket info or call 541-535-2721.

Saturday, March 5

Project FeederWatch: Volunteers can help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free and preregistration is not required. For further information see ashlandparksandrec.org, email at parksinfo@ashland.or.us or call 541-488-5340.

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.

Grants Pass Growers Market: Find local seasonal produce, baked goods, beverages and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass. Masks are required while in the market. See growersmarket.org.

DART Spark Space: JCLS’s DART van will bring the Spark Space to you with stations set up in the Central Point library parking lot, 116 S. Third St., providing free access to writing, coding and robotics tools for all ages the first Saturday of each month. On March 5, the day will be broken up into three two-hour blocks for three age groups: 10 a.m. to noon for ages 3-7; noon to 2 p.m. for ages 8-12; 2 to 4 p.m. for ages 13-18. DART is a mobile tech van, library outreach vehicle, Wi-Fi hotspot, and computer lab. For further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-664-3228.

Ruch Book Sale: Book sales are held from noon to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, at the Book Barn, next to the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds help fund library programs, activities and collections. Masks are required and book donations are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Ruch library’s programs and collections. For further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-899-7438.

Gardening Presentation: Bonni Engelhardt, local garden designer, will present “Sustainable Privacy Plantings,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. One of the most common landscaping goals involves creating privacy and blocking unsightly views or road traffic. Learn about a naturalistic, sustainable approach to designing multi-purpose privacy screens that not only require less work than monoculture hedgerows, but also provide essential habitat for wildlife. Engelhardt will also discuss drought tolerant, deer resistant and fire-wise plant options. For further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-899-7438.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers Association: The group will hold a family-friendly public jam session and dance from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Applegate Valley Fire District #9, 1095 Upper Applegate Road, Jacksonville. 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.

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, 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.

Hanley Farm Heritage Tree Day: Volunteers from the Southern Oregon Historical Society will be replacing four damaged or dangerous trees at Hanley Farm and will open the farm to the public to join in tree-related activities from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the historic Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Meet and help SOHS archaeologist Jeff LaLande sift soil from the removal sites in search of small artifacts; tour unique trees on the Hanley grounds while garden tour docents share the tree’s interesting stories; Nancy Appling, Oregon Heritage Tree Committee member, will give a short presentation about Oregon’s Heritage Tree Program; and more. Also look for children’s activities; hot drinks will be served. See sohs.org or call 541-773-6536 for further details.

Bim Jeam and the Sadness: Hear country, folk and blues acoustic music you can groove to when Bim Jeam and the Sadness performs at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Stone River Winery and Vineyard, 2178 Pioneer Road, Talent. Call 541-631-9583.

J Brothers: Brothers Mark Johnson on vocals and keyboard and Scott Johnson on electric bass, along with Michael Whipple on drums will perform a mix of classic rock and pop at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Hummingbird Estate Winery, 1677 Old Stage Road, Central Point. See hummingbirdestate.com or call 541-930-2650.

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. Saturday, March 5, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Danielle and Paul: Singer Danielle Kelly and guitarist Paul Turnipseed will perform a mix of jazz styles, soul and pop standards at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. $5 cover. See southstagecellars.com or call 541-899-9120.

Watson House: Indie rock band Watson House — Daniel Nickels and Dave Collie — will perform covers of modern and classics songs at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Anchor Valley Wine, 150 S. Oregon St., Jacksonville. See anchorvalleywine.com or call 541-702-2355.

Ring of Trees: The Southern Oregon rock band led by Shybo Torres will perform original songs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford. See grapestreetbarandgrill.com or call 541-500-8881.

Sweet N’ Juicy: Dance the night away to the funky sounds of Sweet N’ Juicy at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent. Must be 21 or older to attend. See Talentclublive.com for ticket info or call 541-535-2721.

Arthur Buezo: Hear savage folk music by Arthur Buezo at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Johnny B’s, 120 E. 6th St., Medford. See jbsmedford.com or call 458-226-2722.

Sunday, March 6

Rogue Valley Old Timers Car Club: People interested in old car mechanics, restoration, safety and touring in their cars are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, 1130 Hazel St., Central Point. Membership is open to anyone who owns a car or truck 30 years old or older. Call 541-535-7658 or 541-227-3030.

Northwest Bird Club: Owners and those interested in pet birds can meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Club member Karen Batt will give a presentation on baby parrots. Batt will talk about hand feeding and raising baby parrots, from more common parrots like Cockatiels and African Greys to the hardly encountered Kakariki parakeet. See nwbirdclub.org or find Northwest Bird Club on Facebook.

Tim Church: Guitarist Tim Church will play a mix of classical, jazz, Spanish and Brazilian instrumentals at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Monday, March 7

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.

Children’s Garden StoryWalk: Visit the garden outside the Children’s department at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., during regular library operating hours through the months of March, April and May, to join in the “Read Outside” program. Pages from a picture book will be displayed for you to follow along and enjoy. Come back each month for a new story. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.

DART Mobile Services: The JCLS DART outreach vehicle, which visits a variety of locations throughout Jackson County, is a Wi-Fi hotspot and computer lab all rolled into one. Library staff, known as Mobile Services Specialists, offer use of their laptop computers, along with tech help and special programs and presentations. Anyone within a 300-foot radius of DART can access its Wi-Fi for free. To learn more, including the most up-to-date schedule of stops, see jcls.org/DART or call 541-774-8679.

Paul Schmeling Band: The Paul Schmeling Band will perform jazz standards from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Martino’s Restaurant and Lounge, 58 E. Main St., Ashland. Email at artymorlan@gmail.com or call 541-488-4420.

Tuesday, March 8

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.

Medford Cribbage Tournament: Compete in a round of cribbage with the local cribbage group at 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 2640 E. Barnett Road, Medford. All ages welcome. Call 541-499-1500.

Medford Senior Center Bingo: The Medford Senior Center will host bingo games for adults at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday 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.

Medford Teen Advisory Group: Motivated teens in grades 7 to 12 can meet to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, help make decisions on programming and displays in the teen library, make crafts and more at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month 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.

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 at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, March 8, will be “Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn” by Amanda Gefter. This meeting will also be available via Zoom. To reserve a copy of the book of the month, for further details 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.

Medicare presentation: Linda Clarkson, and Cheryl Harrison of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free presentation, “Medicare 101,” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Taprock Northwest Grill, 971 S.E. Sixth St., Grants Pass. Presenters will review Medicare Part A and Part B, as well as Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Medicare Supplement health insurance plans. Participants also will learn how Medicare Part D prescription drug plans work and how to get help with the cost of prescription drugs. Presentations are intended for people who are turning 65 and are new to Medicare. To register, call 541-973-2100.

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.

Rock Garden Society: The Siskiyou Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month September through May in Lidgate Hall behind Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. On Tuesday, March 8, Erik Petersen, production manager at Shooting Star Nursery in Central Point will present “The Fun and Magic of Plant Propagation.” In this hands-on program, Petersen will demonstrate vegetative propagation with stem and root cuttings and divisions and share tips and techniques. Shooting Star nursery propagates an average of 75-80% of its perennial, grass and specialty shrub stock on site. All are welcome. Masks and social distancing requested. See siskiyousummits.org or call 541-840-0929.

Wednesday, March 9

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.

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.

Spark Space: Kids ages 8 to 14 can use the EZ Scope to view microscopic things, and learn the basic differences between a plant cell and an animal cell at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-864-8880.

Make a Kite: Kids are invited to celebrate the outdoors and the blustery spring weather by decorating kites at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Inspired by the Japanese koinobori design (an easy-to-fly windsock kite that looks like a carp), participants will be able to create a kite that represents their vision, and sense of fun. This program will be held in person, outside. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-878-2270.

Dayton Mason: Gypsy jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist Dayton Mason will perform at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Pacifica: Vocalist Alissa Weaver, guitarist and vocalist Jack Fischer, and drummer Michael Whipple will perform at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Hummingbird Estate Winery, 1677 Old Stage Road, Central Point. See hummingbirdestate.com or call 541-930-2650.

Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra: The Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra — an 18-piece big band — along with vocalist Dianne Strong-Summerhays, will play music for listening and dancing in the style of Count Basie and Duke Ellington at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford. See grapestreetbarandgrill.com or call 541-500-8881.

Thursday, March 10

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.

Medicare presentation: Linda Clarkson, and Cheryl Harrison of Futurity First Insurance Group will give a free presentation, “Medicare 101,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Taprock Northwest Grill, 971 S.E. Sixth St., Grants Pass. Presenters will review Medicare Part A and Part B, as well as Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Medicare Supplement health insurance plans. Participants also will learn how Medicare Part D prescription drug plans work and how to get help with the cost of prescription drugs. Presentations are intended for people who are turning 65 and are new to Medicare. To register, call 541-973-2100.

Duke Street: Rhythm and soul band Duke Street — Scott Rogers on guitar, Kent Clinkinbeard on drums, John Hauschild on slide guitar and vocals, Gordon Greenley on saxophones and Joe Cohoon on bass and Michael Vannice on keys—will perform at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

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 forinfoman44@gmail.com.

Patrick Ball: Irish bard and harper Patrick Ball will perform “Tales and Tunes from Old Ireland,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $25 cash at the door. Reservations recommended. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Must be fully vaccinated to attend and masks are required while indoors. See grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.

SOU Wind Ensemble: The Southern Oregon University Wind Ensemble will present “Wanderlust” featuring the SOU Wind Ensemble in a concert with student guest conductors, directed by Dr. Christine Lundahl, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. This concert will be offered in-person and livestreamed. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors, free to full time SOU students and faculty. To view the livestream find the Oregon Center for the Arts channel on YouTube. All event attendees must show proof of vaccination card (actual card, or photo of it on your phone) or a negative COVID-19 test (from a health center, hospital, or doctor’s office — no home tests accepted) within 48 hours of the concert date. For further details, see oca.sou.edu or call 541-552-6348.

Friday, March 11

Brain Games: Seniors ages 55 and older are invited to play games such as Scrabble, Boggle or Dominoes, put together puzzles, or do a creative coloring project in adult coloring books from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. For further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-664-3228.

David Cahalan: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Cahalan will perform at 5 p.m. Friday, March 11, at DANCIN Vineyards, 4477 S. Stage Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-245-1133 or dancin.com.

Gypsy Rogue: Guitarists Dan Fellman and Marc Camilo along with multi-instrumentalist Bob Rawlings will perform a variety of jazz styles at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

TC & The Reactions: Power R&B band TC and The Reactions — Thom Cammarota on bass and vocals, Abraham Saleeb on guitar, Michael Jones on keyboards, Tom Reilly on sax, and Jon Glaser on drums — will perform Motown, Soul, blues and rock classics along with original compositions at 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. See roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.

Matt & Amy: Local singing-songwriting duo with Georgia roots, Matt & Amy, will perform country-rock covers and originals at 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Anchor Valley Wine, 150 S. Oregon St., Jacksonville. See anchorvalleywine.com or call 541-702-2355.

Adam Gabriel & The Cavaliers: Adam Gabriel and The Cavaliers will perform acoustic Southern rock and soul music at 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford. See grapestreetbarandgrill.com or call 541-500-8881.