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Ashland Calendar, March 12, 2016

Saturday, March 12

Dormant Tree Pruning: Watch a hands-on pruning demonstration of various fruit trees during the dormant season at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, Glenwood Park, corner of Ashland and Glenwood streets, Ashland. The cost is $10. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Music Workshop: The Rogue Valley District of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the Nellie Tholen Fund presents a free music workshop for teachers and the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, Southern Oregon University Choir Room, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The program is titled "Learning Through Rhythm and Movement" and is presented by Mary Hall Kogen, Professor Emerita, Portland State University.

Opus 3: The jazz trio will play original compositions and arrangements of classic and contemporary songs at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 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.

La Primavera Fiesta: The Havurah Synagogue presents La Primavera Fiesta at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The event features tequila and beer tastings, make-your-own gourmet tacos and for-purchase gift certificates for massage and body work, salons, spas, river rafting, golfing, coastal vacations and more. A silent auction is planned for a seven day stay in Mazatlan, Mexico or an overnight stay at Paradise Lodge on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Admission is $10. Advance tickets are available online at www.havurahshirhadash.org. Advance ticket holders will be entered into a raffle for a special fiesta gift. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

Second Wind Quartet: The quartet will present "Hard Times Come Again No More" at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The vocal quartet — Laura Barlow, Jim Martin, Scott Nelson and Harriet Snyder — blends Appalachian harmonies and will be joined by cellist Daniel Sperry and singers Jeffri Lynn Carrington, Lisa Spencer and Karen Wennlund. Admission is a $20 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland.

Mean Mary: St. Clair Productions presents Mean Mary James performing a mixture of old time music, bluegrass, folk and blues on banjo, guitar and fiddle at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for teens 12-17 and free under 12. Tickets are available at www.stclairevents.com, the Music Coop or call 541-535-3562.

Sunday, March 13

Bil Leonhart: The jazz guitarist will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 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.

SOU Chamber and Concert Choirs: Southern Oregon University's choirs will present "And the Light Became Sound" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The choirs will perform music by composer Tomas Luis de Victoria. The chamber choir will perform selections from his "Missa Pro Defunctis," and the concert choir will perform his "O Magnum Mysterium." The choirs also will perform music by Eric Whitacre and others. The Concert Choir is directed by Daniel Kocurek, and the Chamber Choir is directed by Paul French. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased online at oca.sou.edu/boxoffice, at the box office inside the SOU Music Building or by calling 544-552-6348.

Purim Party: Young families with children 18 months through 8 years old, and their siblings, can attend a Purim costume party at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.The holiday of Purim celebrates the story of Queen Esther. The event is free and open to all and snacks will be provided. For more information call 541-292-0805.

Danielle Kelly Trio: The trio will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Public House, 258 A. St., Ashland. Call 541-488-9128 for more information.

Film Screening: Award-winning documentary "Old?!" will be screened at at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The documentary is by local film director Kathy Rosselli, featuring interviews of local residents of all ages about their feelings about the aging process. Admission is free. For more information see www.rvuuf.org.

Monday, March 14

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.

Banjo Workshop: Mean Mary will give an intermediate/advance banjo workshop at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 13, Hilltop Music, 1652 Ashland St., Ashland. The cost is $25. Bring instruments for a hands-on experience. 

Flyting Insults: Participate in flyting, the ritualistic poetic exchange of insults at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14, Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The evening will include sparring partners, elimination rounds and awards for master flyters. For more information call 541-774-6994 or see www.jcls.org.

Author Talk: Ashland author and psychotherapist Ben Hummell will do a book reading and signing of "Summoning Genius: A Midlife Guide to Discovering Identity, Purpose, and Meaning" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Tuesday, March 15

Ashland Tuesday Market: Fresh produce and other goods will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays from March through November at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.

Third Tuesday Potluck: The Rogue Valley Rainbow Elders is hosting a potluck at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Bring a dish and meet new friends.

Tools for Caregivers: A free community talk for those affected by dementia and cognitive decline related to aging will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The talk will identify the important steps involved in getting legal, financial and future care plans in place for those suffering from or affected by dementia and cognitive decline.

Ashland Independent Film Festival: AIFF will reveal the independent films to be screened April 7-11 at the annual film festival, along with information about guest filmmakers, awards, panel discussions and workshops at Schneider Museum of Art and ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free. See www.ashlandfilm.org.