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5 Things to do This Week


Ashland Library Giving Tree: Patrons are invited to bring new, unwrapped mittens, socks, hats and jackets to place under the Giving Tree until Dec. 3 in the Ashland library children's department, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Recipients will be children ranging from infants through five-year-olds. Store-bought or handmade items are welcome, as well as new or gently used books. The gifts will be presented to Head Start and Early Head Start low income children at the former Briscoe Elementary School in Ashland. Picture books about giving will be on display in the children's department. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays, closed Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

World Aids Day Event: The 27th annual World Aids Day Candlelight Observance "Getting to Zero: Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero Deaths" will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. This interdenominational ceremony of remembrance, dedication and music will include appearances by the Rogue Valley Gay Men's Chorus, Alan Collins of OnTrack's AIDS Project, Lotus Rising Project's Youth Empowerment Theater, HIV-positive community members, and local spiritual and human services leaders. The event is free. Call 541-772-1777.


Origami Session: Adults and children ages 5 and older are invited to attend a free hands-on demonstration on origami, the art of paper folding, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Storytime Room of the Medford library Children's Department, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8678 or see www.jcls.org.


Humane Society Open House: Southern Oregon Humane Society executive director Kenn Altine will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford. The tour will include progress on the recent remodel in the cat area, information about the program's Saving Train dog rescue. Call 541-779-3215, ext. 110 or email kenn@sohumane.org.


Ashland New Plays Festival: Dramatic readings of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" by Tom Mula will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. The performance will feature veteran stage and screen actor Douglas Rowe in the humorous romp through the gritty side of Victorian Christmases. Tickets are $15. See www.ashlandnewplays.org.

Theater veteran Doug Rowe presents his annual reading of 'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol.' Photo courtesy of Geri Mathewson