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Calendar: Wednesday, Sept. 17

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Demonstration Garden Tour: Learn about late summer blooms and explore the gardens at North Mountain Park during a tour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 541-488-6606 or see www.ashland.or.us/register.

Spanish-English Conversation Hours: Conversation hours in Spanish and English are offered 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Participants speak Spanish for the first half, and English for the second half. Stories and exercises help conversation flow. Call 541-535-4163.

Ready-to-Rent Seminar: ACCESS will facilitate a "Ready to Rent" seminar from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 17 and 24, at the Ashland Community Resource Center, 570 Clover Lane. This seminar focused on individuals with poor rental history will include topics such as positive rental skills, repairing credit, creating a workable budget and understanding landlord-tenant laws. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for attending the sessions and completing required action steps. To register, call 541-631-2235.

Bird Presentation: Wild bird specialist Laura Fleming will lead a class "Attracting Clinging Birds: The Acrobats of the Bird World" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. The class will cover the habitat and diet of clinging birds, and ways to draw the birds to your backyard. Cost is $10. Register at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

OSF Green Show: OSF lighting technician, stagehand and musician Jesse Baldwin will lead a benefit performance for Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The festival offers free presentations and performances from local, national and international artists Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.

GMO Labeling Event: GMO labeling advocate Jeffrey Smith and the Institute for Responsible Technology will lead a strategic planning session in favor of Measure 92 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring GMO-free snacks and desserts to share. Call 541-535-1854.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ashland Newcomers Meeting: An informal gathering of new and not-so-new members will meet for refreshments and conversation at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Ashland. For location and directions call 541-488-5407.

Martin Vee: Singer and guitarist Martin Vee will play a fusion of world music and nouveau flamenco from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. A barbecue supper will be available. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see www.bellefiorewine.com.

Gonzalo Bergara: The Argentinian guitarist and his group will perform Gypsy swing inspired by Django Reinhardt and Bergara's original Latin-style compositions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $25, $10 for students, and can be reserved online at www.siskiyoumusicproject.com or by calling 541-488-3869.

OSF Green Show: The Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project will give a free, socially conscious jazz performance at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The festival offers free presentations and performances from local, national and international artists Tuesdays through Sundays. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.

Author Event: Rogue Valley author Kathie Olsen will speak about her book "Take Me to Mercy" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. The book is set in the 1970s, and follows a woman from her 20s into her 30s as the women's rights movement gained traction in a rural community. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, Sept. 19

OSF Green Show: California all-woman improv comedy troupe Chickspeare will perform at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The festival offers free presentations and performances from local, national and international artists Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.

Author Event: Shelly King will speak about her book "Moment of Everything" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. The book tells the story of a Bay Area woman recently unemployed from her job at a Silicon Valley start-up company, and finding herself while working at a used book store. Call 541-488-0029.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Plein Air Painting: Ashland Parks and Recreation will hold a "PaintOut" plein air painting event starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at North Mountain and Lithia parks in Ashland. Entrants 10 and older may submit their painting for judging at 1 p.m. at Hanson-Howard Gallery, 89 Oak St., and 20 paintings will be placed on display. Cost to participate is $15, and artists must bring all supplies and a frame in order to submit their painting. Call 541-488-6606 or register online at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Growers Market: Fresh flowers, crafts, produce, plants, baked goods, artisan cheeses, locally raised meats and live music are available at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays on Oak Street, between East Main Street and Lithia Way, Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.

Family Cycling Workshop: League of American Cyclist instructors will lead a "Confident Cycling" workshop for children 6 and older from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St. Following the class will be an optional group ride on the roads. Participants should bring a safe bicycle, helmet and water. Cost is $30, or $40 for parent-child pairs. Call 541-488-5340.

Lithia Park Nature Walks: Ashland Parks and Recreation leads free guided walks through Lithia Park at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the park entrance at the Ashland Plaza. Walks last about an hour and a half and cover a variety of topics about the park. No registration is required.

Nia Dance Event: Rachael R. Resch will lead a "Nia Dance, Schmooze and Nosh" event at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10. The dance class costs $10, or free for new students. No previous dance experience is necessary. Call 541-488-1192 or see www.nianow.com.

Lithia Artisans Market: The outdoor arts-and-crafts market features fine art and a variety of wares by local artists and artisans, as well as live music, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays on the Calle Guanajuato pedestrian walkway behind the Ashland Plaza. Call 541-301-9811 or see www.lithiaartisansmarket.com.

Ashland Book and Author Festival: The third annual Ashland Book and Author Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Southern Oregon University Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. The event will include a series of workshops on writing, publishing and marketing books, and writer presentations. Admission is free, and free parking will be available on campus. Call 541-552-6816 or email libraryevents@sou.edu.

Scrabble: Play for free from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

OSF Green Show: The Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project will give a free, socially conscious jazz performance at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the bricks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St. The festival offers free presentations and performances from local, national and international artists Tuesdays through Sundays. Call 541-482-4331 or see www.osfashland.org.

PGMC in Ashland: The Portland Gay Men's Chorus will perform as part of its "Celebrate Oregon" tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave. Proceeds benefit the Rogue Valley Youth Choruses, Women With Wings, the Lotus Rising Project and the Rogue Valley LGBT Elders. Speaking will be former governor and LGBT rights pioneer Barbara Roberts, and Human Rights Campaign co-founder Terry Bean. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door, by calling 541-582-0574 or online at www.roguevalleychorale.org.