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Multicultural Fair, Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: Sept. 24

A drumming group performs at the 2019 Greater Medford Multicultural Festival. See listing below. Photo by Mary Wilkins-Kelly.
In Focus: Greater Medford Multicultural Fair

Medford’s 28th annual Multicultural Fair will take place virtually again this year, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, via Facebook. The fair features music, dancing and performances from a variety of cultures around the world. Emcee Kamilah Long will lead this year’s festivities. Look for performances by nine-piece hip-hop band Smily T and the Tall Trees; folk group Hollis & Haworth; and the North Medford High School Band. Ballet Folkorico Ritmo Alegre; Sakura Obon, a Japanese dance group; Hula O Nuku, performing Hawaiian dance; and Bollywood dancers and belly dancers also are on the schedule. For further details or to watch the shows, see facebook.com/greatermedfordmulticultural or email at medfordmulticulturalfair09@gmail.com.

Recurring events

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers

The writing group will hold a virtual discussion group at 8 p.m. every Wednesday via Zoom. All writers are invited to participate. Registration required. To register or for further information see willamettewriters.org. After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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.

September-November events

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host author and professional genealogist Tricia Oberndorf, who will present “North American Migration — In, Out, and Across” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, via Zoom. Learn about our ancestor’s motivations, struggles and successes. Oberndorf will set the stage for various migration periods with the who, what, when, where and why of migration. She will discuss the development of a new nation beginning with the Colonial period, then following the progress of settlements up through the late 1800s, examining research strategies and resources to further help trace our ancestors. This full-day program will cover our ancestor’s travels from Europe to Atlantic and Pacific ports. Admission is $55. Registration closes at noon, Friday, Sept. 24. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email with your Zoom link the day before the presentation. To register or for further information, see rvgslibrary.org, email reception@rvgslibrary.org or call 541-512-2340.

K-Pop Dance

Kids and teens ages 12 to 18 can get their dance groove on and learn the choreography for “Love Equation” by the K-pop boy group Vixx at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, via Zoom. 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 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. A pre-show will start at 5:45 p.m. showcasing Gypsy Soul’s music videos. The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour/hour-and-a-half-long show The concert will be a special show in honor of Morykit’s birthday. The concert is available to be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube, 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. Gypsy Soul is making plans to return to the stage in their new home state of Arizona in December of 2021, Swann said. The duo will continue livestream concerts until then.

Oregon Wine Experience: The Oregon Wine Experience has announced that it has moved its auctions — Founders’ Barrel Auction, Miracle Auction, and Silent Auctions — entirely online for the remainder of the 2021 event. The three planned in-person events — Founders’ Barrel Auction, Miracle Auction & Salmon Bake and Grand Tasting — have been canceled because of the high rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Miracle Auction and Silent Auction bidding begins at noon, Monday, Sept. 27, and concludes at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The Founders’ Barrel Auction bidding begins at noon, Friday, Oct. 1 and closes at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. All money raised at OWE directly impacts children in our community and will be used to build a new Children’s Hospital at Asante Rogue Regional in Medford. For further information or to participate in the auctions, see oregonwineexperience.com or call 541-789-5025.

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, Sept. 28, the book to be discussed will be “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism” by Katherine Stewart. 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.

Banned Books Presentation

In recognition of Banned Books Week hat runs through Saturday, Oct. 2, JCLS librarians will hold a panel discussion on banned books from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, via Zoom. Topics will include what it means to ban a book, what types of books get banned and how libraries can help promote the freedom to read. Panelists include Adult Services Coordinator Carrie Turney Ross, Bear Creek Area Manager/Ashland Branch Manager Kristin Anderson and Teen Services Librarian Andrea Leone. 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. Wednesday, Sept. 29. 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.

Queer Coffee House

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday (Oct. 2) of each month via Zoom. Ashland Librarian Elanna Erhardt will facilitate group introductions. Bring a list of your recent favorite books, movies, and/or podcasts, and share what projects or crafts you’re working on. To register, see jcls.libcal.com. For further information, email at EErhardt@jcls.org.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (Oct. 5) 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, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Oct. 5, will be “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-826-3313. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Windows in Time — local history lecture

As part of the free “Windows in Time” lecture series, Todd Kepple, manager of the Klamath County Museum, will present “The Amazing Journey of Leonard Case and The Execution of Captain Jack” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 6, via Zoom. For nearly 150 years, historians have been studying the Modoc Indian War, which occurred in the Klamath Basin in 1872-73. Only recently was it learned that a millionaire living in Cleveland, Ohio, traveled halfway across the country to witness the execution of four Modoc warriors at the conclusion of the war. Factors that led millionaire Leonard Case — who kept a journal of his journey, including key details of the days and hours leading up the executions — to travel by train, stagecoach and carriage to Fort Klamath will be examined in this program. Registration is required. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register. The program will be recorded for later viewing on JCLS’ YouTube channel.

Medford Teen Advisory Group

Motivated teens in grades 7 to 12 can meet virtually to brainstorm ideas, discuss books and movies, make crafts, and make the decisions on programming and displays and more at 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month (Oct. 12), via Zoom. 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

Discuss selected books with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, via Zoom. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Oct. 12, will be “Counting by 7s” by Holly Goldberg Sloan. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Gold Hill Book Club

The Gold Hill Library Book Club for adults 18 and older will meet at 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month, via Zoom. On Friday, Oct. 15, the book to be discussed will be “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Books are available for pickup one month before the meeting date. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-855-1994. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Diverse Reads Book Club

This readers club for kids ages 12 to 18 will meet at 4:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, via Zoom to discuss stories that take us out of our own experiences and into the perspective of how others see the world. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the book to be discussed will be “Frankly in Love” by David Yoon. 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.

Business Book Discussion Group

This monthly book discussion group of business owners, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs will meet at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, via Zoom to discuss works by pioneering authors on resilience. The topic to be discussed on Wednesday, Oct. 20, will be storytelling and branding. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info 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, Oct. 26, the book to be discussed will be “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” by Adam Grant. 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. Wednesday, Oct. 27. 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.

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, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Nov. 2, will be “The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. To register or further details, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-826-3313. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Medford Library Book Chat

Discuss selected books with others in this reading group at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, via Zoom. The book to be discussed on Tuesday, Nov. 9, will be “A Game of Ghosts” by John Connolly. To register and reserve a copy of the book of the month, see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-7090. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Diverse Reads Book Club

This readers club for kids ages 12 to 18 will meet at 4:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, via Zoom to discuss stories that take us out of our own experiences and into the perspective of how others see the world. On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the book to be discussed will be “ This Place: 150 Years Retold” by Kateri Akiwenzi-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Michell, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley. 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.

Business Book Discussion Group

This monthly book discussion group of business owners, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs will meet at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, via Zoom to discuss works by pioneering authors on resilience. The topic to be discussed on Wednesday, Nov. 17, will be inclusive organizational culture. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Gold Hill Book Club

The Gold Hill Library Book Club for adults 18 and older will meet at 3 p.m. the third Friday of each month, via Zoom. On Friday, Nov. 19, the book to be discussed will be “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley. Books are available for pickup one month before the meeting date. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-855-1994. 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, Nov. 23, the book to be discussed will be “The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous” by Joseph Henrich. 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. Tuesday, Nov. 23 . 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.