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Ashland Calendar, Jan. 30, 2016

Saturday, Jan. 30

Storytelling Benefit Concert: Storytellers and musicians will share Jewish stories, folk tales, personal stories and songs of hope, healing and transformation at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The evening is a benefit for Rafael Jensen, 15 year-old Ashland High School student who suffered a traumatic brain injury. Suggested donation $10 to $20. Call 541-488-7716 for more information. 

Evening of Scottish Music: The 11th annual evening of Scottish music will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Tickets are $15 or $5 (12 and under) and available at The Music Coop, 426 E. Main St., Ashland. The evening will feature the songs of Robert Burns, Brian Freeman and seminal Scots folksinger Andy M. Stewart. To reserve tickets or for more information call 541-482-1915.

Used Book Sale: Feeling that wintry chill? Cuddle up with good books this winter purchased at the "pay what you want" FOTAS Waggin' Tales Used Book Sale fundraiser from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 and 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Purchases benefit the animals at the shelter waiting for their forever home. For more information, see www.fotas.org.

My Faire Valentine: The Talent Garden Club invites you to the third annual community Valentine gift-making activity from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Everyone is welcome. Garden club members will be on hand to help and inspire the making of heart wreaths, Valentine cards and the planting of winter-blooming bulbs. Entrance fee is $10 per person or $20 per family of three or more people. This event is a fundraiser for Talent community garden club projects. For more information call 541-535-6455 or email jennipresley@yahoo.com. 

Open House: Go Rogue Dog Training Center LLC is celebrating their one-year anniversary and grand opening with an open house from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Go Rogue Dog Training Center, 301 S. Phoenix Road, Unit E, Phoenix. The public is invited to meet the owners and find out more about many exciting projects the group is working on. There will be refreshments, training demos, door prizes, a raffle and giveaways for pet parents who attend.

Scrabble: Play for free from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Sunday, Jan. 31

Bil Leonhart: The seven-string guitarist will combine the Bach-like chordal movements of mainstream jazz with finger-style picking and running bass lines at noon Sunday, Jan. 31, 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.

Ben Gault: The pianist will play "pre-bop" improvisational jazz at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Gault cites W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and others among those on his list of favorite composers. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Celebration and Conversation: Join Our Family Farms Coalition, local farmers and community members celebrate the GE-Free Seed Sanctuary from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, Talent Community Center, 104 E. Main St., Talent. The event is free. There will be a seed market, music by Paul Turnipseed and great food from Rogue Chef food truck at 6 p.m. From 7 to 9 p.m. there will be the State of the Seed Report, Conversation with Local Seed Farmers — Why a Seed Sanctuary? For more information see www.ourfamilyfarmscoalition.org. 

Short Films: Short films about collecting and collectors will be shown for free at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, in the Southern Oregon University Arts Building Meese Auditorium on the Ashland campus. See how far people will go in their pursuit of objects that include books, insects, robots, stamps and more. A limited number of free parking spaces are available behind the Schneider Museum of Art on campus.

Monday, Feb. 1

Monday Movies: Enjoy classic family movies on Mondays from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room of the Phoenix Library, 510 W. 1st St., Phoenix. In the Feb. 1 movie, a young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. In the Feb. 8 film an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied “Special,” is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. In the Feb. 22 movie Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. In the Feb. 29 film an orphan with terrible aunts for guardians, befriends human-like bugs living inside a giant peach, who take the boy on a journey to New York City. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org for more information.

Garden Club: The Ashland Garden Club meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. The meeting will feature Jen Hardin-Tietjen, general manager of Forestfarm, whose topic will be "Unusual Plants that Thrive in Southern Oregon." She'll also describe Pacifica: A garden in the Siskiyous. Call 541-482-4558 for more information.

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.

Teen Library Maker Night: Teens, tweens, and their parents are invited to kick-off the first Library Maker Night. Tinker with several Littlebits® electronic sets, including Gizmos & Gadgets, Makey Makey, Space, and Synth kits from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Littlebits® can be combined with Lego® to create robots and lots of other fun projects. Mica Cardillo from Rogue Hack Lab will be available to help teens with their creations. This program will repeat on the first Monday of each month. Call 541-774-6994 or see www.jcls.org for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

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.

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.

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.

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.