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Calendar: Saturday, Oct. 18

Saturday, Oct. 18

Paint Pumpkins: Kids and families can paint free pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Grange Co-op stores in Ashland, Central Point, South Medford and White City. See www.grangecoop.com.

The Haven Open House events: As part of The Haven Cultural and Healing Arts Center's grand opening, there will be a free Ecstatic Dance session with local DJs Ra-Ra and Solus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1970 Ashland St. An afternoon event will feature short demonstrations about qigong, yoga, sound healing, tango, ukelele and women's dance from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. Call 541-488-6233 or see www.ashlandhaven.net.

Low Cost Pet Vaccinations: Jackson County Animal Care and Control will hold its monthly low-cost pet vaccination and nail trimming clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the animal shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway. Vaccinations cost $10 each, and nail trimmings cost $5 per pet.  Only cash will be accepted. Call 541-535-3390.

Teen Game Day: Teens can play board and video games from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Ashland teen library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6985 or see www.jcls.org.

Fall Mushroom Fair: The annual Fall Wild Mushroom Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. The event will feature locally collected mushrooms identified and on display, and information about local fungi. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mushrooms, and can learn how to identify poisonous ones. Call 541-482-3241 or see www.northwestnatureshop.com.

Salmon Hike: Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands ecologist Rich Nawa will lead a one-mile hike along the Bear Creek to observe spawning chinook salmon from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent. Hikers are encouraged to bring polarized sunglasses. Call 541-218-7973.

Game Night: Adults and families can play new board games from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Gresham room of the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The event includes treats and the canned food for games raffle for an opportunity to win German board game Speicherstadt. Email cdefrisco@hotmail.com.

Bridge State: Improvisational performances by composer Todd Barton, singer Christine Williams, dancer Suzee Grilley, digital artists Bruce Bayard and David Bithell and recordings of poet Jonah Bornstein will be presented at 8 p.m Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St. The project is supported by a grant from the Haines Philanthropic Foundation. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at brucebayard.com/tickets or at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. 

Sunday, Oct. 19

Border Crisis Presentation: Southern Oregon University professor James Phillips will present "Asylum, Refugees and the Border Crisis" at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at First Congregational United Church of Christ of Ashland, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. Phillips will review the ancient historical and religious tradition of providing asylum to the vulnerable, discuss the difference between regular immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and highlight basic legal principles relevant to refugees. Phillips will also look at conditions in Central America driving young asylum seekers north. Call 541-482-1981.

The Haven Open House event: As part of The Haven Cultural and Healing Arts Center's grand opening, there will be short demonstrations about qigong, yoga, sound healing, tango, ukulele and women's dance from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1970 Ashland St. Call 541-488-6233 or see www.ashlandhaven.net.

Pete's Posse: Pete Sutherland (Metamora and Rhythm in Shoes), Oliver Scanlon and Tristan Henderson will perform original and traditional fiddle music, Sutherland's rootsy songs and a few covers at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $10 to $15 and can be reserved by emailing events@rogueworldensemble.com or by calling 541-301-5306.

Monday, Oct. 20

Astrology in Ashland: Julia Bondi and Doug Kellogg will speak about the midterm elections during the Astrology in Ashland meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Boulevard. Admission is $7, or $6 for those age 62 and older. Call 541-482-8988 or see www.astrologyinashland.org.

Book Event: Elizabeth Enslin will speak about her book "While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. The event is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Novel Talk: Gloria Boyd will read from her book "Runaway Mama" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Ballot Measures Discussion: Jackson County Pacific Green Party will host a public discussion of ballot measures 88, 90, 91 and 92 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Gresham Room of the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-482-0102.

Thursday, Oct 23

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum and Southern Oregon Skywatchers will host a viewing party for the partial solar eclipse from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St. The eclipse is set to begin at 1:44 p.m. and reach its peak by 3:09 p.m. Filtered telescopes for viewing will be available. The event is free. call 541-482-6767 or see www.scienceworksmuseum.org.

Author Event: Sonja Grace will speak about her book "Become an Earth Angel" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. The reading is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Chautauqua Poets & Writers: Poet Mary Szybist will read at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Szybist is the author of the poetry compilation "Incarnadine & Granted," and is a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. Tickets cost $15 at the door, or $20 for reserved seats. See www.chautauquawriters.org or call 541-826-8776.

Friday, Oct. 24

Monster Dash Pasta Party: An all-you-can-eat pasta party will be offered the night before the Monster Dash race from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The event will include dancing and live music by the family-friendly East Main Band, Oregon Duck football fans will be able to watch the game on the big screen, and there will be a silent auction to benefit Ashland Schools Foundation. Call 541-482-8197 or email susan.bacon@ashland.k12.or.us.

United Nations Day at SOU: Honduran singer, feminist and activist Karla Lara will perform as part of events commemorating United Nations Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Meese Room of Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Providing the introduction will be professor James Phillips. The event will also include a screening of the documentary "Honduras, Crisis and Hope — An interview with Padre Melo."

Peace Documentary: There will be a free showing of the documentary film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Congregational United Church of Christ of Ashland, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. The film tells the story of a how women banded together to end civil war in Liberia. The event is free. Call 541-488-9286.