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Ashland Calendar, March 4, 2016

Friday, March 4

Morgenstern Piano Trio: The German trio named for 19th-century poet Christian Morgenstern will perform music by composers Germaine Tailleferre, Pierre Jalbert and Maurice Ravel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. At 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, the trio will perform music by Joseph Haydn, Leonard Berstein and Ernest Chausson. Tickets are $33 or $38; $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders. Tickets for Saturday's matinee are $20 for ages 19 through 35. Valid identification will be required. Tickets can be purchased online at chambermusicocncerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348.

Art Grant Awardees Exhibit: Learn how artists are using funding from the Haines and Friends Fund to create their own works and improve the community through visual arts during an exhibit event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Ashland Springs Hotel Crystal Ballroom, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. The Haines and Friends Fund awarded $60,000 to 17 local artists who will be featured. Food and beverages will be available during the Ashland First Friday Art Walk portion of the exhibit on Friday evening. The exhibit includes textiles, painting, ceramics, illustration and more. Call 541-482-2772 or see www.ashlandartcenter.org.

Hoot and Holler: The fiddle and guitar duo will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, Public House, 258 A. St., Ashland. Call 541-488-9128 for more information.

Ashland First Friday Art Walk: Galleries will stay open from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District during the First Friday Art Walk on March 4. Gallery tour maps are available at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or at www.ashlandgalleries.com.

Pir Shabda Kahn: Vocalist Pir Shabda Kahn, table player Benjy Wertheimer sarangi player Deepak Paramashivan will perform Indian ragas at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $20 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 $22 at the door; $10 for ages 12 through 17. Kids 11 and younger get in free. Kahn will offer meditation and Dances of Universal Peace from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, at the community center. See www.stclairevents.com or call 541-535-3562 for registration.

World Day of Prayer: A local World Day of Prayer service is scheduled for Friday, March 4, at Calvin Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 1615 Clark Ave, Ashland. A ecumenical service begins at 1 p.m. with refreshments and fellowship time to follow. A liturgy written by women of Cuba will be used in gatherings around the globe. The theme, “Receive Children, Receive Me,” is based on the story of Jesus welcoming the children his disciples had turned away. The local service, hosted by Presbyterian Women, will be led by women and girls from six different Christian traditions. Call 541-482-3536.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Ashland High School Theatre presents William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" March 4 -13, Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. March 6 and 13. Reserved tickets are $15, $10 general admission, $7 for seniors 65 years and older and students under 18 years old. Purchase tickets at www.showtix4u.com, Paddington Station, Tree House Books, Music Coop or call 1-866-967-8167.

Author Talk: Steven George Kaucher, Zoriya and Dylan & Faith will share their own poetry and poems from their favorite poets at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Oregon Chocolate Festival: The Twelfth Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival runs from Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6, at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St., Ashland. Events and activities include a Chocolate Maker's Dinner, Spa Party, vendor displays and samples, a Charlie's 5K Chocolate Walk/Run, a dessert contest, a silent auction, live music and chocolate-themed artwork and specials at Ashland galleries and businesses. A two-day festival pass is $25 and a three-day pass is $30. For more information and to reserve tickets, see www.oregonchocolatefestival.com/.

Saturday, March 5

Talent Garden Club: The club meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Talent library, 101 Home St. There will be a presentation by Patrick Marcus, a master gardener, on integrated pest management practices to reduce toxicity in your gardens. The presentation is free and open to the public. Call 541-535-6455.

Project FeederWatch: Count birds and learn to identify species with expert birders at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 5 and 19, North Mountain Park Nature Center pavilion, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free. For more information call 541-488-6606 or see www.northmountainpark.org.

Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will blend music from Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and more at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 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.

Folk Dance: Instruction begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a folk dance party at 7 p.m. with Omaha Cosmos and Rogue World Ensemble Vocalists at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission at the door is on a sliding scale from $10 to $15. Call 541-535-7957 or see www.paschalwinery.com.

Sunday, March 6

David Scoggin: The jazz pianist will play a mix of his original compositions from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 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.

Jim Malachi: The guitarist will play a mix of folk-rock, pop, country and oldies, along with an original tune or two, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 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.

Symphonic Band Concert: Music director Dan Kocurek will lead the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band in an array of exciting works at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Music Recital Hall, Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, Ashland. The concert will include work by Gustav Holst and "The Lord of the Rings, Symphony No. 1" by Johan de Meij. Tickets are adults $10, $7 seniors and $5 students. For more information call 541-488-5577.

Charlie's Chocolate 5K Run/Walk: A "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" themed run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 6th, at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St., Ashland, as part of the Oregon Chocolate Festival. Register at http://oregonchocolatefestival.com/chocolate-run/.

Monday, March 7

Author Talk: Activist and spiritual elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim of the Takelma Tribe will speak about her book "Grandma Says: Wake Up World!" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Topics covered in the book include her childhood memories, her tribe and her life as a child growing up in an area that often didn’t allow American Indians in public places, bullying, teen suicide, drugs and alcohol, water conservation, climate change and more. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

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.

Deakin Hicks: Clarinet player Thomas Deakin and button accordion player Lucas Hicks of Bellingham, Wash., will perform improvisational music and original compositions at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Headwaters, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $10 to $20. Call 541-301-5306.