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5 Things to do This Week

Monday

Little Gnomes: Preschoolers accompanied by adults can explore trails, plants, creeks, ponds, animals and the changing seasons from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Monday of each month at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Play, songs, stories, activities, crafts and monthly themes will engage children in learning about the natural world. Bring snacks, bottoed water and dress for the weather. Rain pants and boots are recommended. Bring a sack lunch and stay for an optional lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per child. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Tuesday

Habitat Builders Happy Hour: Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold an informal networking gathering from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Habitat for Humanity administrative office, 2201 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Contractors who have partnered with the organization in the past, or contractors interested in participating can discuss ways to get involved in 2015. The event will include drinks, hors d'oeuvres and giveaways. Call 541-779-1983.

Wednesday

Book Event: Rico Valentino will autograph copies of his new authorized biography "Signing for Shooters, Heels and Heroes: The Life and Times of Rico Valentino" by C.W. Smith and Damian Mann from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Historic Butte Creek Mill, 402 N. Royal Ave., Eagle Point. Valentino worked as a pro wrestler and worked undercover for the FBI to infiltrate the Aryan Nation hate group. Wine from Cliff Creek and Hors d'oeuvres from the Butcher Shop will be served. Call 541-944-3911.

Thursday

Antarctica Presentations: Antarctica explorer Dave Baker will use imagery and videos to bring the icy continent to life from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Eagle Point Branch Library, 239 West Main Street, and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 26, at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. The first presentation includes ice sheets, icebergs and penguins. The second covers amazing scientific discoveries taking place at the South Pole. Call 541-826-3313 or see www.jcls.org. 

Central Point MLK Celebration: Central Point will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St. The event will include keynote speaker Claudia Alick of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and performances by Rogue Valley Peace Choir, Precision Cheer and School District 6 students. Call 541-494-6348 or email matthew.reynolds@district6.org.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is a 4-acre monument of stone, trees and water honoring the slain civil rights leader located along the Tidal Basin, August 22, 2011. King will be the first African-American honored with a monument on Washington's National Mall and the dedication will be Sunday, August 28, the 48th anniversary of his 'I Have A Dream' speech. (Andre Chung/MCT)