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Calendar: Friday, Sept. 19

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.

Words and Wine: Author M.J. Daspit will read from her novel "Lucy Lied" at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Weisinger's Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd. The novel, set in Monterey, Calif. in the late 1870s, is a story of murder, romance and vigilante justice. Call 541-488-5989 or see www.weisingers.com.

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 Event: 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 ages 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 ages 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 safely-working 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 is $10, or free for new students, and 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 downtown 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 are $10 and are available at the door, by calling 541-582-0574 or online at www.roguevalleychorale.org.

Sunday, Sept. 21

Botanical Area Hike: Naturalists Jeanine Moy, and Doug and Tabitha Viner will host a family-friendly hike along the Siskiyou Crest. Hikers can meet to carpool at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Cost is a suggested donation of $5. To sign up call 541-482-3241.

Community Dinner: A community dinner and cooking class will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1650 Clark Ave. Call 541-261-3920.

OSF Green Show: California all-woman improv comedy troupe Chickspeare will perform at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 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.

Monday, Sept. 22

Tai Chi at Ashland Senior Center: Combination beginning and intermediate tai chi classes are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Holmes Ave. Cost is $3 or $4 per class. Call 541-552-0698.

Tai Chi at FMEC: Gene Burnett will lead tai chi classes from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays at Family Massage Education Center, 1081 E. Main St. Cost is $10. Call 541-482-3567.

Toddlerobics at the Library: Toddler exercise classes are offered at 11 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.

Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5342.

ACIM Meetings: A Course in Miracles group meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Fridays in Ashland. Meetings are free. For information and location email innerpeaceforyou@live.com.

Double Feature at the Armory: The films "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" will be shown back-to-back at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Admission is free, only 21 and older will be admitted. See www.liveatthearmory.com.

Author Event: Juliana Birnbaum will speak about her book "Sustainable (R)evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. Birnbaum will explore sustainable agriculture throughout the world.  Call 541-488-0029.

Bee Event: A potluck and program about bees will start at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road. The potluck runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the bee program with speakers from the Pollinator Project, Bee City USA and College of the Melissae Bee Keeping School at Jackson Wellsprings starts at 7:30.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Brain Books: The Brain Books Discussion Group will talk about "Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present" by Eric Kandel at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996.

Author Event: Peg Bowden will speak about her book "A Land of Hard Edges" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. The book is about her work at a southern Arizona migrant shelter close to the Mexico border. Call 541-488-0029.

Afro-Cuban AllStars and Salsa Brava!: Salsa Brava! will open for world touring artists The Afro-Cuban AllStars Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Salsa Brava! will play from 9:05 to 9:45 p.m. The Afro-Cuban AllStars, all of Cuba and led by Juan de Marcos of the original Buena Vista Social Club, will perform from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Admission costs $40 at the door. Call 541-482-1271 or see www.liveatthearmory.com.

OSF Green Show: Ashland contemporary dance troupe Dancing People Company will give a free performance at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 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.