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Ashland Calendar, May 5, 2016

Thursday, May 5

Mah Jongg: Experienced and beginner adults 50 and older are invited to play Mah Jongg, a tile game of Chinese origin, at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland. Free. Call 541-488-5342 or see www.ashlandseniorcenter.org.

Dominoes: Play Jamaican, Mexican train, Cuban or French dominoes games at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org.

Hearts and Spades: Adults 50 and older are invited to play card games at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Donations are accepted. Call 541-488-5342.

Spanish-English Conversation Group: The conversation class meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6980 or see www.jcls.org.

Chess Club: Weekly Chess Club with Ed Hirsch meets from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

After-School Story Time: Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to after-school story times from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The session will focus on readings and rhymes. Younger kids are welcome with an adult. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Shrub and Tree Identification: Walk Wagner Creek Loop and identify native and non-native plant species. A carpool will leave at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Ray's Market, 215 E. Wagner St., Talent. For more information and to sign up call 541-488-5789 or email jeanine@kswild.org.

Author Talk: William McPhee discusses his fact-based novel "Structured to Fail: Implosion of the Global Economy" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. McPhee explores the practices and forces that led to the American real estate crash and global economic downturn after 2006. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Friday, May 6

First Friday Art Walk: Galleries, studios and other art venues will stay open until 8 p.m. as they host artist receptions and present new exhibitions the first Friday of each month in Ashland. The free event features artwork, live music, artist demonstrations and refreshments. See www.ashlandgalleries.com for this month's art walk map of participating venues and information about exhibits.

Book Signing: Marilyn Kilpatrick, author of "How To Drive Your Daughter Crazy" is having a book signing at 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Zoey's Cafe, 199 E. Main St., Ashland.

Homeless Card Project: The WE (Wellness for Everyone) Homeless Card Project and community meal will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Railroad Park on A Street and 7th Street in Ashland. It will be preceded by a talking circle that will be facilitated by the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission at 4 p.m.

Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer and percussionist Matt Kriemelman will perform a mix of jazz, R&B, blues and pop at 6 p.m. Friday, May 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.

Tutunov Piano Series: Solo pianist Eugene Skovorodnikov will perform works by Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Born in Ukraine, Skovorodnikov is known for his stylistic interpretation and technical brilliance. He is a prize winner of "N. Lisenko" National Piano Competition in Ukraine. This concert is part of the Tutunov Piano Series, named after Alexander Tutunov — professor of piano and artist in residence at SOU. Tickets are $20, free for students, and can be purchased online at oca.sou.edu, by calling 541-552-6348 or at the music hall's box office.

Benefit Concert: A benefit concert for the Southern Oregon Civic Engagement Program summer exchange trip to Guatemala is at 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Church, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $10 and the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold on the SOU campus outside the Stevenson Union building, in ECOS (SU 105) and at the door. Slow Corpse, an up and coming local Ashland band, is headlining the concert. 

Saturday, May 7

Tomato Sale: The Talent Historical Society will be offering Heirloom Talent tomatoes for sale during Talent's Citywide Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Historical Society Museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. Talent Tomato t-shirts and pansies will also be for sale. Call 541-512-8838 for more information.

Ashland Plant Sale: The Ashland Garden Club will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, in the Ashland Elks Club parking lot at the corner of Lithia Way and First Street, Ashland. The event features annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, shrubs, Mother's Day bouquets and gardening advice. Call 541-482-4558.

Plant Sale: The Talent Garden Club is hosting their annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Ray's parking lot. Vegetable and flower starts, perennials, flower and herb baskets for Mother’s Day gifts and many varieties of succulents are available. All proceeds go towards community garden projects and scholarships for students of horticulture. 

Bear Creek Fish: Bear Creek produces native fish such as salmon, steelhead and other species. This class will present a variety of information on our native fish from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Participants will learn what these fish look like as juveniles and as adults, and ways to observe fish in their natural stream habitat. Live fish from Bear Creek will be on display. Admission is $5. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606. 

Book Sale: The Talent Library Club is holding a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Talent library, 101 Home St., Talent.Choose from a large collection of gently used books, DVDs and other items that can be had for a modest donation. Funds raised go toward supporting programming and other needs of the Talent library. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

PJ Library: There will be a free event for young families with children 18 months through eight years old at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The event will include songs, storytelling, crafts and an organic, gluten-free dinner. Call 541-292-0805 for more information.

Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Flamenco and classical guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman team up to explore music from Latin and Spanish origins at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 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.

Siskiyou Singers: The choir, directed by Mark Reppert, will present “Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on Women Composers,” a program that includes music by composers Hildegard von Gingen, Juana Inez de la Cruz, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, along with a premiere of Rogue Valley composer I'lana Cotton's "Singing Light," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $15, $5 for students and Oregon Trail card holders, and can be purchased at Paddington Station or Music Coop in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford, or by calling 541-482-5290.

Sunday, May 8

Rutendo Marimba: The ensemble will play joyful rhythms of Zimbabwe, accompanied by vocals, drums and percussion, at noon Sunday, May 8,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.

Rogue Rage Duo: Harmonica player Harpo DeRoma and slide guitarist and Dobro player Dan Tillman will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 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.