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Ashland Calendar, Jan. 21, 2016

Thursday, Jan. 21

Author Talk: Dave Baker brings Antarctica to life through his narration and imagery. He will discuss this from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 and 28, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. On Jan. 21 he will reveal some of the amazing scientific discoveries made. The Jan. 28 lecture turns back the clock and travels with some of the great polar explorers. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Native Plant Society program: The Siskiyou chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon offers a free program, Activism in an Age of Mass Extinction, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m. Call 541-535-5355 for more information.

Natural History of Oregon Trail: All ages are invited to learn about "Natural History of the Oregon Trail" from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Community Meeting Room, Talent Library, 101 Home St., Talent. John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us covers the basics of the Applegate and Oregon Trails combined with the animals, plants and geology that the settlers encountered. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Bellview Grange Movie Night: Attend a free viewing of the film "The Venus Project" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. 

Poetry Celebration: Poetry lovers will celebrate the birthday of the late former Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Hannon Library's Meese meeting room on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Cellist and composer Daniel Sperry will begin the free program singing two Stafford poems. Featured poets for the evening are Claudia Alick, James Anderson, Kim Hamilton, Dan Kauffman, Kathleen Pyle and Steve Dieffenbacher. Audience members are invited to read a favorite Stafford poem. A film excerpt of Stafford reading and talking about his writing will conclude the event. Call 541-552-6835.

Author Reading: Carol Draime will read excerpts from her book "The Bridge" and discuss writing for young adult readers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The science fiction novel combines the legends of Bigfoot and the lost Lemurian civilization of Mount Shasta with issues facing teens today. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Film Screening: The film "Unbranded" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Music Recital Hall on Southern Oregon University's Ashland campus. In the movie, four young cowboys hatch a plot to adopt, train and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wild terrain of the American West. The film shines a light on the complex issue of America's wild horses. Admission is free. See oca.sou.edu/events/.

OSPIRG: On the 6th anniversary of the infamous "Citizens United" decision, local democracy advocates will release OSPIRG Foundation’s new report, "Oregon’s Multi-Million Dollar Democracy." The report will highlight the sizable disparity between large and small donors in Oregon’s 2014 elections and recommend steps to level the playing field at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Ashland Plaza. 

Friday, Jan. 22

The Brothers Reed: The guitar and vocal duo — brothers Aaron Reed and Philip Reed — will perform new country and a few choice covers at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Michal Palzewica and Martin Majkut: Cellist Michal Palzewicz and pianist Martin Majkut will present "Dark to Light: An Evocative Journey of Musical Contrast" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. The program of classical music will include pieces by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Bach, Hayden, Debussy — contrasting the darkness of the minor keys with the light of the major and journeying from the Renaissance era to the 20th century. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event2471921 or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. Tickets will be $25 at the door. Kids 11 and younger get in free.

Spotlight on Simon & Garfunkel: Camelot Theatre is proud to present a tribute to one of the most talented and sometimes mysterious male vocalists of the 20th century with “Spotlight on Simon & Garfunkel,”  running from January 14 to 24. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $22 for the preview and all other regular performances are $26. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket. Visit www.camelottheatre.org or call 541-535-5250.

Dance Fusion Sampler: Try a variety of dance styles from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and 29, Dance Space, 280 Hersey St., Ashland. Possible dance styles include Bollywood, belly dance, hip-hop, hula, salsa, swing, flamenco and more. The class is taught by Monica Caldwell, award-winning dancer, international photographer, global performer and master teacher. It is $20 per class if pre-registered and $30 at the door. Scholarships and trade are available. Call 415-815-7668 or email mocadance@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Prepare presentation: Learn what you can do to prepare for disaster from the American Red Cross from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The "Prepare!" presentation will provide a guide to help prepare for a disaster. This presentation will also provide guidance on what to do before, during and after certain situations that are common in the Pacific Northwest. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Recycled Paper Beads: Back by popular demand! Recycled Paper Beads, hosted by the APRC is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Learn how to create your own vibrant beads out of nothing but scrap magazine pages. Bring your own scissors; all other materials are provided. It is for ages ten to adult, and $40 per person. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Keith Greeninger: Singer and songwriter Keith Greeninger will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Greeninger's music weds word and melody to create soulful, vocal-driven modern folk. His newest album, "Soul Connection," was released in 2013 on the Wind River Music label. Tickets are $18 in advance and can be purchased online at stclairevents.com, by calling 541-535-3562 or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., Tickets will be $20 at the door; $10 for ages 12 through 17. Kids 11 and younger get in free.

Solar Workshop: Environment Oregon is partnering with the City of Ashland to host an educational solar workshop for Ashland residents from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Community Center, 69 Winburn Way, Ashland. The workshop will give an overview of the City's solar incentive program: how it works, how it brings down the costs of a solar array and how residents can get it. The workshop is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP at http://bit.ly/1n31cTa.

Jordan Tapp: The Ashland Amigo Club is sponsoring a recital by classical guitarist Jordan Tapp of Leon, Guanajuato, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. The performance will include Isaac Albeniz’s “Asturias," two compositions by Agustín Barrios, and a wide variety of other works, ranging from Francisco Tarrega’s “Rosita Polka” to Bach preludes. There is a $15 suggested donation.

Sunday, Jan. 24

Jon Galfano: Guitarist and songwriter Jon Galfano will perform original instrumentals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Adult Winter Reads Program: This fun program for adults aims to encourage more reading during the winter months and runs from Jan. 4 to Feb. 15., at your local branch library. Weekly prizes are given away at many of the branch libraries. After Feb. 15, everyone who has returned reading logs will have their names put into a drawing for a grand prize for a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice. For additional information, please call your local branch library, Ashland Library Reference Desk at 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.