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Ashland Calendar, Jan. 5, 2016

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Books@Noon: Discuss your favorite books, learn what others are reading and hear suggestions for your reading list at noon the first Tuesday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Recorder Group: People of all ages and skill levels who play the recorder are invited to the Recorder Group of Talent at noon Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Spanish-English Conversation Group: Join in the Spanish-English Conversation Group at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Some are learning English and some are learning Spanish. Chat about interesting ideas and help each other learn new words. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

How to Shape Your Brain: A talk about positive, practical Neuroplasticity with Charlotte Nuessle, B.Sc., E-RYT 500, CYT from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, Guanajuato Room, Ashland Public Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Come and learn how you can create greater mental well-being. Drawing from the work of Dr. Rick Hanson explore how you can “hardwire in” resources that right your course, make you resilient in challenging times, and open to life’s simple beauty and happiness. Call 541-301-8060 to RSVP.

Ashland Cribbage Club: Play or learn cribbage for free at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland. Call 541-488-5342.

Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and prekindergarten children are available Mondays through Fridays at all Jackson County library branches. See www.jcls.org/programs-and-events/storytimes/ for dates and times.

Communication Practice Group: Joanna Niemann hosts a communication practice group every Tuesday from 4:15 to 5:45, Ashland Library study room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The practice group lets us slow down and explore choices we miss in the heat of things, to leave our ruts and create new pathways to allow connection with others.  It is offered as a gift; reciprocity is an option.  Regulars and drop-ins welcome. Call 541-482-5940 for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Garbo films: Trace the film history and success of Greta Garbo from 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Talent Branch Library, 101 Home St., Talent. In the Jan. 6 film Garbo plays a Russian spy who falls for her latest victim — or does she? In the Jan. 13 film, Garbo talks on screen. The Jan. 20 movie features Garbo as a Swedish monarch who must choose between her crown and love. In the Jan. 27 film Garbo laughs and lights up the screen. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Windows in Time: Jackson County Library Services and Southern Oregon Historical Society are proud to announce “Heroes and a Few Villains: Those Who Made History in the Rogue Valley” as the first topic in the 2016 “Windows in Time” history series from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford, and Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free to the public. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org or www.sohs.org.

TED Talks: Join the viewing and discussion, facilitated by Vitaly Geyman, of Brene Brown's talk on "The Power of Vulnerability" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the Gresham room of Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Author Reading: Hillevi Ruumet, author of "Under Fate's Wing: A Refugee Girl's Flight to Freedom in the Shadows of World War II," will read from her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Digital Book Downloads: Do you have a new tablet or eReader and want to know how to read all the books you want without breaking the bank? Let us show you how from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org.

Friday, Jan. 8

Preschool Puppet Theatre: Kids can attend a puppet show with environmental lesson and activity at 10:30 a.m. second Fridays at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6 per child. To register call 541-488-6606 or see northmountainpark.org.

Author Reading: Sheila Hamilton will read from her book "All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The novel details a couple's spiral from ordinary life into the world of mental illness while revealing the true power of love and forgiveness. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Marianne Williamson: The spiritual author and lecturer will have a three-hour seminar, Love as a Spiritual Revolution, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $75 for premier seating in advance and $65 for general admission at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

Pacific Crest Chamber Players: The Pacific Crest Chamber Players will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland. Tickets are $25 at the door, and $25 advanced tickets can be purchased at www.pacificcrestmusic.com. Tickets are $10 for students under 25 years old.

Saturday, Jan. 9

German Cars & Coffee: German car enthusiasts can chat about autos and drink free Noble coffee and Puck's donuts from 8 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month in the Brammo Inc. parking lot, 300 W. Valley View Road, Talent. On Nov. 14, the group is accepting non-perishable food items for a local food bank in celebration of the group's first anniversary. Call 541-227-1758.

Cookbook Extravaganza: Enjoy an afternoon of fun about cooking and cookbooks from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Learn baking tips, hear about family heirloom cookbooks and join in the cookbook swap and sale. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

College Savings Seminar: Oregon College Savings Plan hosts a free college funding seminar at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Guanajuato Room, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The public is invited to learn about the tax advantages and other benefits of saving for college with the Oregon College Savings Plan. 529 plan specialists will be on hand to answer all your questions during this informative seminar. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be provided. Register online at https://www.oregoncollegesavings.com/buzz/seminar.shtml. 

Monday, Jan. 11

Poetry Night: Bring your favorite poem to read and discuss from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Light refreshments will be served. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org.

Book Event: Join authors John Keeble and Jeanne Rogers plus editor Barbara Richardson for a discussion of the book "Dirt: A Love Story" from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. In the essay collection, 36 authors write about dirt, from admiring a springtime worm, to childhood memories of a dusty Kansas farm to a scientific look at living organisms in soil. Call 541-488-0029.

Little Gnomes: Preschoolers accompanied by adults can explore trails, plants, creeks, ponds, animals and the changing seasons at 10 a.m. 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, bottled 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 $6 per child. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Tai Chi: The Ashland Senior Center offers a combination of beginning/intermediate tai chi classes from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Cost is a sliding scale of $3 to $4 per class. Call 541-552-0698 for more information.