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Ashland Calendar, Jan. 25, 2016

Monday, Jan. 25

Monday Movies: Enjoy classic family movies every Monday from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. in the community meeting room of Phoenix Branch Library, 510 W. 1st St., Phoenix. All ages are welcome. Admission is free and snacks are served. In the Jan. 25 movie, a high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org.

Teen Maker Day: Create magazine collage and duct tape crafts from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-774-6985 or see www.jcls.org.

Cookbook Signing: Kumud Gokani's new cookbook "Feed the Beloved Soul" is available now, and a book signing, demonstration and food sampling will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Kumud's next series of four weekly cooking classes begins Monday, Feb. 2.

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.

Planning Meeting: It's time to plan for the third annual Southern Oregon Grape Fair! The meeting will have pizza, wine, planning and brainstorming at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, Advanced Business Teleservices (ABT), 304 E. Main St., Talent.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Talent Historical Society: The Talent Historical Society continues its series of presentations held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The society presents "History Revealed: Letters to the Bureau of Indian Affairs" featuring Ben Truwe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, Talent Historical Society museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. The meetings are open to everyone. Call 541-512-8838 for more information.

Social Security Planning: APRC is hosting Social Security Planning for Baby Boomers ages 50 to 70 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, Campbell Center on the Southern Oregon University Campus in Ashland. The cost is $10 per workshop. This one-day workshop is designed for baby boomers who are not yet retired. The program will cover the basics of Social Security, strategies to maximize benefits and current reform proposals. Please bring a pen and notepad. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Trivia Night: Round up friends and family for Tuesday Night Team Trivia at 7 p.m. at Louie's Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded. Call 541-482-9701.

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. 27

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. 27 film Garbo laughs and lights up the screen. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Free Movie Showing: Enjoy a comedy film from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. In the movie, a retired successful business owner and widower (Robert De Niro) lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman (Anne Hathaway). Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Author Talk: Ellie Alexander, popular author of the mysteries set in Ashland "Meet Your Baker" and "A Batter of Life and Death" will discuss her third novel "On Thin Icing" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 for more information.

Siskiyou Sleuths: The Siskiyou Sleuths Book Group discusses interesting mysteries and welcome mystery readers on the last Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m., Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Jan. 27 book is "Psycho" by Robert Bloch. The book for Feb. 24 is "The Manchurian Candidate" by Richard Condon. The March 30 book is "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Professional Development Series: Southern Oregon University has launched a new series of professional development workshops for executives, managers and owners of local and regional businesses. The workshops are scheduled for Wednesday mornings. The first workshop, "Presentation Skills for Professionals" begins Jan. 27, with monthly sessions on different topics running through May. For more information, or to register, call 541-552-8150 or see www.sou.edu/community.

Spaghetti Game Night: Play board games at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Enoteca Wine Tasting and Bistro, 17 N. Main St., Ashland. Complimentary spaghetti will be served with the purchase of a glass or bottle of wine. Call 541-482-3377 or see www.ashlandenoteca.com.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Savanna: Singer and guitar player Liz Jones, percussionist Anna Christiansen and bassist Felipe Archer will play a mix of country, blues, jazz and folk at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 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.

Author Talk: SOU Hannon Library will host a free book talk from author, political satirist and free speech advocate Stoney Burke at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, Hannon Library, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. This event is free and open to all. For more information call 541-552-6816 or email libraryevents@sou.edu.

Author Reading: Psychotherapist Francis Weller will discuss his book "The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Filled with stories, poetry and reflection, the book is a lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Schneider Museum of Art: The museum presents the exhibit "Exploring Reality," which features nine Oregon artists, through March 19. Free lectures are planned in the Meese Auditorium in the Art Building next to the museum. Artist Ryan Pierce will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, and artist Malia Jensen will speak at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 7. Free family days are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20 and March 19. Docent-led educational tours are at noon every Tuesday. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 541-552-6245 or see www.sou.edu/sma/.

Phoenix Community Dinner: Spaghetti, garlic bread, green salad and dessert will be served during the Phoenix Community Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix, 121 W. Second St., Phoenix. Call 541-543-6874.

Dr. Lenny Thyme Presentation: Leonard J. Schussel, Ph.D., will lecture on effects of geo-engineering upon the earth, heavy metal contaminates created by nano-particles being sprayed in our atmosphere, global warming caused by geoengineering and how we can mitigate the harm from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The doors open at 6 p.m. in the Gresham room. A $5 donation is suggested. This is sponsored by Southern Oregon Blue Skies Project, which promotes awareness and activates change to end geoengineering. 

French Dinner: The Southern Oregon University French Club will host its 20th annual French Dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Rogue River room inside the Stevenson Union on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The dinner features French cuisine, including vegan options, and wine for $3 per glass. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $8 for Southern Oregon University students and employees and $11 for members of the community. Tickets can be purchased inside the Stevenson Union or at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland. Only 120 tickets will be sold.