Get Up & Go: Sunday, Jan. 18
Sunday, Jan. 18
Origami: Learn the art of paper folding during a hands-on demonstration from 12:30 to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The sessions are appropriate for adults and children 5 and older. No experience necessary. Call 541-774-6995 or see ww.jcls.org.
Author Reading: Author Ellie Alexander will speak about her bakeshop murder mystery novel, "Meet Your Baker," from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The book tells the story of a woman who returns to her hometown of Ashland to assist at the family bakery. The mystery unfolds when one of the shop's customers turns up dead. See www.bakeshopmystery.com.
Benefit Concert: Join Clint Driver, Kristi Cowles and Crystal Reeves of the ValleyCats ensemble for a benefit music concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, in the Naversen Room at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. Use the California Street entrance. Donations of $5 are suggested by the Jacksonville Friends of the Library. Call 541-899-1665 or see www.jcls.org.
Jordan Tapp: Classical guitarist Jordan Tapp will perform works by J.S. Bach, Juan Serrno, Andrew York, Domenico Scarlatti, Joaquin Rodrigo and other composers at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tapp studied with foremost classical guitarist Oscar Diaz of Mexico, and is the 212 winner of the Concurso National Salamanca national guitar competition in Mexico. Admission is a suggested donation of $15, and proceeds will benefit Jefferson Classical Guitar Society. A social gathering will precede the performance from 6:30 to 7. Call 541-535-7957.
Monday, Jan. 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Ashland's 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The event is free. This year's celebration will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination against voters. Keynote speaker Geneva Craig will share her experiences growing up in Selma, Alabama, during segregation and her work in the civil rights movement. Ashland School District and Southern Oregon University students, poets and members of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Rogue Valley Gospel Group and Samba do Coracao will be among those speaking, singing and dancing. Following the event, the SOU Black Student Union will lead a march to the Ashland Plaza, where King's "I Have a Dream" speech will be played and the Rogue World Ensemble will sing. Seating is limited, and the event reaches standing-room-only by noon each year. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. Ashland TV will broadcast the event live for overflow attendees at Standing Stone Brewery, 101 Oak St., Ashland. People are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. Call 541-482-2111 ext. 435.
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.
Antarctica Presentations: Antarctica explorer Dave Baker will use imagery and videos to bring the icy continent to life 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.
Learn to Ice Skate: Drop-in ice skating lessons are offered for children and adults from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Feb. 25 at the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink, 95 Winburn Way. Recreational skate admission rates apply, but skate rental is included with the lesson. Cost is free for children younger than 5, $3.50 for children ages 6 through 13, and $4 for adults 14 and older. Preregistration is not required. Call 541-488-5340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spanish/English Conversation: English-speakers learning Spanish and Spanish-speakers learning English can attend a conversation hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Participants speak Spanish for half of the hour, and English for the second half. Stories and exercises help conversation flow. The event is free and no registration is necessary. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org.
Astrology in Ashland: Sandra Pastorius will present "Is Astrology Another Quantum Quandary?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Cost is $7. See www.astrologyinashland.org or call 541-482-8988.
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.
Tuesday, Jan. 20
LGBT Elders Potluck: Rogue Valley LGBT Elders and Allies will hold its monthly potluck from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, under the balcony at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. This month's meeting will include a musical program by Fanda Bender and Walter Granger. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and a $2 suggested donation to cover the cost of drinks.
Diggin' in the Dark: The Jackson County Genealogy Library will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 2405 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Volunteers will be on hand to help drop-in attendees use genealogy library resources. Participants are encouraged to bring their known family history, and a flash drive to save the information volunteers find. Admission is free. For registration information call 541-512-2340 or email email@example.com.
SOROA Meeting: The Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association will hold its January dinner meeting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Twin Creeks Retirement Center, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Events begin with a Tenant Screening Class at 5:15 p.m., an optional dinner event at 6:15 p.m., a free Q&A about vacancy count, and a panel program at 7 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $20 for nonmembers. To RSVP call 541-842-7676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicare 101: Linda Clarkson of the Futurity First Insurance Group of Medford will present a "Medicare 101" workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Central Point Parks and Recreation computer classroom, 155 S. Second St. The workshop will cover Medicare Part A and B, and explain options with Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplements. The workshop will also outline how prescription drugs plans work, how to get help with the cost of prescription drugs, and how Medicare works with the VA. Cost is $5. To register, call 541-423-1012.