Get Up & Go: Dec. 14
Sunday, Dec. 14
ECKANKAR Events: ECKANKAR will lead a community HU song at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Following the HU sing at 11 a.m. will be a worship service with the message "The Art of Graceful Living." Call 541-708-0584.
Holiday Music Sing-a-Long: Tish McFadden-Harriss and young ukelele players from the Rum Tum School of Music will perform a family Holiday Sing-A-Long from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Percussion instruments will be available for children to play along, and participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.
Bob Haworth: The singer, songwriter and guitarist of The Brothers Four and The Kingston Trio fame will present a concert of holiday music from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at EdenVale Winery, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. Tickets cost $15 and include on glass of wine and appetizers. Call 541-512-2955, ext. 2, for reservations or see www.edenvalleyorchards.com.
Hanukkah Storytelling: Professional storyteller Jill Klein will give a program and craft activity on the history and traditions of Hanukkah from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.
Tim Church: The guitar player will perform a mix of classical, Latin and folk music from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is free. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.
Medford Christmas Lights Tour: Enjoy the holiday lights and decorations around our valley from the comfort of an RVTD bus. The meeting time is 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14. The tour will begin at 5:45 p.m. The pickup and drop-off site is at Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. The cost is $3 per person. The limit is minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 30. Preregistration is required. Ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit the community center or call 541-774-2400.
Ringing in Christmas: First Presbyterian Church of Medford will hold its 11th annual "Ringing in Christmas" handbell concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the church, 85 S. Holly St. The performance will include the handbell choirs of First Presbyterian Church, the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Ascension Lutheran Church and Rogue Valley Adventist Academy. The program will include contemporary and traditional Christmas carols. Donations will be accepted to cover event expenses and to support the church's food bank. Call 541-944-6841.
Staged Reading: Thanks for the Memories Theatre Company will present a staged reading of local playwright Peter Wickliffe's original true story of Christmases past, "Christmas As It Was" at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1287 Oak St., Ashland. The play is drawn from Wickliffe's own memories growing up in a somewhat dysfunctional family of seven in 1995. Tickets are $6, and are available at Paddington Station and www.tftmtheatre.com.
Monday, Dec. 15
Artists Workshop: The group of regional painters invites others to join in painting and drawing sessions and critiques at 10 a.m. Mondays. Call 541-324-7624 for location.
Needlers’ Group: Bring your needle-craft supplies and enjoy embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilting, knitting, crocheting and more from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Call 541-864-8850 or see www.jcls.org.
Public Meeting: Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its 2015 strategic planning and goal setting meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the Southern Oregon University McNeal Pavilion, Room PE116, 1465 Webster St., Ashland. Agenda items will include a review of last year's strategic planning agenda, past goals and accomplishments, a level of service presentation and goal setting. Call 541-488-5340 or see www.ashland.or.us.
Kid Time!: Kids elementary-school age and younger can explore interactive exhibits and learn about the history of Oregon, construction and engineering, water systems and more at Kid Time! 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission costs $8, $4 for adults and free for kids younger than 1. Call 541-772-9922 or see www.kid-time.org.
Humphrey Bogart Movies: Enjoy classic Humphrey Bogart films from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday through December at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Call 541-855-1994 or see www.jcls.org.
Central Point Senior Singers: The group meets at 10:45 a.m. Mondays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St. Pianist needed. Call 541-664-4933.
Art exhibit: Rogue River artist Barbara Badten will display several of her scenic paintings through November and December at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 541-864-8850 or see www.jcls.org.
Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing is offered for adults 60 and older 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 costs $2. Call 541-488-5342.
Teen Writing Group: Teens can bring their writing projects to share, and have an afternoon of conversation, writing tips and exercised from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6985.
Family Film Night: The Medford library will show the 2004 film "The Polar Express," rated G, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. The film tells the story of a doubting boy who boards a magical train headed to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org.
Clog Dances: Dance with the Misty Mountain Cloggers at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Center, 930 Summit Ave., Medford. Dance instruction is available. Admission costs $8. Call 541-772-1431.
Ashland New Plays Festival: Dramatic readings of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" by Tom Mula will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. 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.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
LGBT Elders Potluck: The December LGBT Elders and Allies monthly potluck luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, under the balcony at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. More information is available on the Rogue Valley LGBT Elders Facebook page.
Mystery Readers Roundtable: The book discussion group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-535-7098 or see www.jcls.org.
Books@4: Discuss your favorite books and find new titles to read at this book discussion held from 4 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org. Refreshments and snacks provided.
Country-Western Dance: Beginning line dancing starts at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Intermediate line dancing starts at 6:30 p.m. and partner and specialty dancing starts at 7 p.m. Admission costs $6. Call 541-826-8000 or see www.evergreenballroom.com.
Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra: The 15-piece orchestra — featuring vocalist Dianne Strong, pianist Alan Berman and horn players Frank Kenney, Danny Chavez and Pat DeBellis — will play a mix of swing, Latin and arrangements of songs from the big-band era for dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at The Imperial Events Center, 40 N. Front St., Medford. Admission is $7. Call 541-499-8855 or 541-779-2042 for information.