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Ashland Calendar, Jan. 26, 2016

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Brain Books: Join the book discussion from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The Jan. 26 book is "Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves" by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

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.

Book Launch Reception: Betty LaDuke will launch her book "Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The book features stories from Southern Oregon growers and farmworkers plus LaDuke's mural paintings. LaDuke will sign copies of the book. Royalties will be donated to the Oregon Community Foundation for cultural and education programs for farmworkers' children in Southern Oregon. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Call 541-488-6415.

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 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.

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 will lecture on affects 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.

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. Th 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.

Friday, Jan. 29

David Pinsky and Phil Newton: The guitar and harmonica duo will play music reminiscent of the '60’s-style blues duets at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 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.

'Aerial Circus Show': Le Cirque Centre will present "She," a program of aerialists, acrobats, trapeze artists, hoop and silk dancers performing in the style of Cirque du Soleil set to the music of Pink Floyd, Heart, Led Zeppelin and John Lennon, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30, at Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. "She" stars aerialist Angela Henty as Malala, a strong, young woman from another universe who brings harmony and peace to Earth in the face of Argon the Oppressor, played by Alex Webb. She and her clown-like Nebobs are advocates for human rights and the fluidity of growth. The show, written by Lorenzo SantaBarbara, is inspired by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. See www.socircus.org or call 541-301-6804 for ticket information.

Sō Percussion w/Clocked Out: Chamber Music Concerts will present New York City ensemble Sō Percussion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Praised by the New Yorker for its "exhilarating blend of precision, anarchy, rigor and bedlam," the group will perform Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartet No. 51, John Cage’s "Third Construction" and Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings. Australian percussion and piano duo Clocked Out will perform along with Sō Percussion. Tickets can be purchased online at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. In addition, Sō Percussion will offer a master class for SOU's percussion students at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, and a concert for SOU music students at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Admission is free to these events.

Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets every Friday at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, for dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners needed. Admission is a donation of $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

Mustang: A benefit film screening of "Mustang" will be held at 6:15 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. Purchase tickets online at www.catheatres.com or at the Varsity Theatre box office.