Get Up & Go: Dec. 20
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.
Historic Walking Tours: Ben Truwe leads free historic walking tours of downtown Medford at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of every month. Visitors should call in advance, then meet at the Southern Oregon Historical Society's History Center, 106 N. Central Ave. Call 541-773-8369.
Jacksonville Victorian Christmas: Experience Christmas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in December at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Costumed docents will share the origins of many popular holiday traditions along with stories of the Beekman family's holiday festivities of the 1800s. Tours begin every 15 minutes and last one hour. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors ages 65 and older and students ages 6 through 12, and will be available at the door. Tour admission is $2 on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 27-28, for those who bring canned food items for ACCESS. For people who wish to pay the full tour admission, the difference will be donated to ACCESS. Entrance to a Christmas bazaar is free. Also in Jacksonville, horse-drawn wagon rides, street carolers and Father Christmas will be available Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21, at the historic courthouse, corner of Fifth and D streets. Call 541-245-3650 for information.
Craft 3-D Paper Trees: A free program making winter themed crafts will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.
Paddington Station Craft Event: Make "Jingle Bell Rock" jingling bell door hangers and meet Santa from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 541-482-1343.
Rogue Gallery & Art Center: Kids and their families can create and explore art from noon to 2 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Activities include an art scavenger hunt and a mixed-media art studio. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-772-8118 or www.roguegallery.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
Cyd Smith: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform progressive folk music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see www.bellefiorewine.com.
Clint Ingbretson and Ila Selene: The vocal duo will sing torch songs from the '40s, '50s and '60s from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. Call 541-899-9120 or www.southstagecellars.com.
"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.
Nutcracker Ballet: Studio Roxander will present its annual production of "The Nutcracker Ballet" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Crater High School's Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. This interpretation of "The Nutcracker" taps into the superhero craze. The dancers follow the masked nutcracker on a journey filled with magic dolls, flurries of snowflakes and visions of sugarplums. Visit the Kingdom of Sweets after 1 p.m. Get a photo taken with the dancers for $5. Tickets cost $14 to $20, $10 to $16 for children and seniors, and can be purchased online at studioroxander.com or by calling 541-773-7272.
Leslie Kendall & Friends: The jazz singer, along with guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon, reed player Daryl Fjeldheim and drummer Chicken Hirsh, will present "Jazz in the Vineyard," a concert of holiday favorites and jazz classics by such composers as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusan and others, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets cost $25. Reservations can be made online at siskiyoumusicproject.com, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 541-488-3869. Proceeds will benefit Siskiyou Music Project's Artists-in-Schools Program.
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.