Get Up & Go: Dec. 19
Friday, Dec. 19
Art Event: Acclaimed landscape and wildlife artist Stefan Baumann will join Grand View Artists from Jackson and Josephine counties in an art show from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main St., Medford. Baumann is the creator of the "Art in the National Parks" series on PBS. Light refreshments will be served, and admission is free. Call 541-770-3190.
Danielle Kelly & Paul Turnipseed: The vocal and guitar duo will perform soul, jazz and standards from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see www.bellefiorewine.com.
Michael Olsen: The flamenco guitarist will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. Call 541-899-9120 or www.southstagecellars.com.
Friday Words and Wine: Local author and publisher Steven Scholl will present "Wine Symbolism in the Mystical Poems of Hafiz, with an Apertif of Rumi Quatrains" from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, during Friday Words and Wine in the Weisinger Family Winery tasting room, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-488-5989 or see www.weisingers.com.
Slopes & Trails: Rogue Valley residents 21 and older can meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Ronky-Tonk Saloon & Grill, 333 E. Main St., Medford. Slopes & Trails is a nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational activities for single adults. Call 541-734-5688 or see www.slopes.org.
Jeff Kloetzel: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will play an acoustic mix of folk, soul and pop, as well as original songs from his new CD "Long Time Coming," from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at 2Hawk Winery, 2335 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-779-9463 or see www.2hawkwinery.com.
'Flamenco Nights: Gypsy Fire': Flamenco guitarists Robert Boyd and Grant Ruiz, percussionist Terry Longshore and dancer Elena Villa will perform traditional flamenco music and dance from the south of Spain and original instrumentals by Boyd from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.
Southern Oregon Concert Band: The community band, directed by Martin Behnke, will present "Faces of the Holiday Season," its annual holiday concert featuring handbell quartet Tintinnabulation and The Rogue Trombones, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school's lobby with Ashland Brass and The Magic Flutes. The main program will include Mannheim Steamroller's "Fanfare" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and selections from "The Nutcracker." Also look for traditional carols, selections from "Messiah," Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," and more. A reception will follow the concert. Admission is $5; $10 for a family. Call 541-708-0365.
Christmas Ball: Enjoy a mix of ballroom, Latin and swing dancing with a Christmas theme from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Admission is $8; $6 for youth or those attending after 8:30 p.m. Dress is semi-formal for the Christmas Ball. A dance lesson will be offered from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 541-826-8000 or see www.evergreenballroom.com. There will be no dance on Friday, Dec. 26.
Saturday, Dec. 20
Nia Event: Rachael R. Resch will facilitate "Here Comes the Sun: Nia Solstice 2014" from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. No previous movement or dance experience is necessary. Call 541-488-1192 or see www.rachaelresch.com.
Dancing People Company: The modern dance troupe will present its annual winter solstice show, “Call Back the Sun,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The troupe will be joined by various musicians, aerialists and dancers, including Darcy Danielson, Uphonic Sound System, Cornflower, the Curtain Climbers, a dance performance group from Southern Oregon University, Vanessa Nowitsky, West African Dancers and Robin Bryant's HeartDance. Evening shows will be followed by open community dances with live music by a band made up of musicians from the show. Tickets cost $10 for the 2 p.m. Saturday preview; $15 for the 2 p.m. Sunday show ($10 for age 11 and younger). Saturday and Sunday evening shows cost $17, $10 for age 11 and younger. Tickets are available at Music Coop, online at dancingpeople.com or at the door. Call 541-488-9683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Tolkein Costume Celebration: People are encouraged to don costumes based on "The Hobbit" or the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in a "Middle Earth Merry Celebration" from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Participants will have their picture taken in a costume contest at the celebration, and at Tolkein film showings occurring through Dec. 31, with the winner will be announced after Dec. 31. Call 541-774-8685 or see www.jcls.org.
Hanukkah Party: Temple Emek Shalom will celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Events will include arts and crafts for children, a Havdallah ceremony, a Hannukiah lighting, a potluck dinner, and an all-ages storytelling event. Attendees should bring their own Hannukiah with six candles, and a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 per family to help cover costs. Call 541-488-2909 or see www.emekshalom.org.
Havurah Hanukkah Faire: Rabbi David Zaslow and the Havurah community will hold its annual Hanukkah Faire at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Events will include a community candle lighting, a storytelling with Debra Zaslow, and a Hanukkah sing-a-long, dreidle spinning, beeswax candle rolling and face-painting. Hot latkes with trimmings will be sold. Participants are encouraged to bring their own menorahs for the candle lighting. Admission is free. Call 541-488-7716.
"First Frost" Rink Celebration: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will hold its "First Frost" seasonal grand opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the rink, 95 Winburn Way, Ashland. Events will include a recreational skate with DJ Hope, visits from rink mascot Chilly the Snowman, ice sculpting by Roger Butterfield and performances by the Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club. The event had originally been set for Nov. 22, but was rescheduled due to poor ice quality caused by warmer temperatures. Admission is $3 for adults plus a skate rental fee of $2.50 per pair. Children ages 5 and younger skate for free. Call 541-488-9189 or see www.ashland.or.us/icerink.
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The 60-voice choir, directed by Paul French, will present “The Holly and the Ivy," a program of carols from around the world, with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concerts will feature traditional and new compositions from England, Ireland, France, Africa and America. Look for "Silent Night" sung in Spanish, "Ave Maris Stella" by U.S. composer Mark Thomas, Fredrik Sixten's "There Is No Rose" and more. The singers will be accompanied by winds, harp, piano, organ, and a consort of viols. The choir will be joined by the North Medford High School Choir for several selections. Free preconcert lectures will be offered one hour before each concert. Tickets cost $22, $25 or $29, $5 for students, and can be purchased at Music Coop and Paddington Station. See www.repsinger.org or call 541-552-0900 for information.