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Ashland Calendar, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6

Lithia Park Nature Walks: Walk with naturalists through Lithia Park and learn about plants, trees, animals, water, geology and history at 10 a.m. Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30. Additional walks are Saturdays in July and August. Meet at the park entrance on Winburn Way across from the downtown Ashland Plaza. The 90-minute walks are free.Call 541-488-5340.

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.

Art Exhibit: An opening reception for the Five Friends Art Group exhibit is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The exhibit at the winery continues through May 31. The winery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Group members are Martha Abshear, Midge Black, Denise Souza Finney, Joan Franklin and Mary Hills. Call 541-535-1206.

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.

Slow Corpse Benefit Concert: Ashland band Slow Corpse will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Southern Oregon Civic Engagement Program Summer exchange trip to Guatemala to help coffee farmers. See www.sou.edu/ce.

Saturday, May 7

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. 

Service Clubs Cleanup: The Ashland Kiwanis, Ashland Lions, Ashland Rotary and Lithia Springs Rotary clubs will help the Ashland Parks Department clean up Lithia Park from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Fifteen to twenty volunteers from the clubs are expected to participate. Club volunteers will meet at the Lithia Park band shell to organize into groups. The Ashland Parks Department will coordinate the project.

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.

Art Exhibit: The Art Colony at Rogue Valley South shows the group's latest artwork from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 4624 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Refreshments will be served.

Kid Riddles and Jokes: Ashland author Richard Seidman hosts Mr. McFunny's Festival of Sports Jokes and Riddles from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St., Ashland. Each child who attends and tells a sports joke or riddle wins a prize. Seidman will share a sneak peek of some of the jokes and illustrations that will be included in his upcoming series of seven Mr. McFunny joke books. The series, aimed for 6- to 10-year-olds, is being illustrated by Ashland cartoonist Curt Evans, who will be on hand at the event to demonstrate how he creates his drawings. For information, including about Seidman's Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, see www.mcfunnybooks.com.

Ad-Liberators: The Ad-Liberators, an improvisation group led by Hamazon Eve Smyth, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. Games will include Whose Line? Gibberish Interview, No You Didn't and more. Players also will challenge themselves with a new long-form style known as Tap-In. Admission is $5-$10, sliding scale, at the door.

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.

Mike Beck: Singer, songwriter, cowboy poet and guitarist Mike Beck will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. His songs reflect his life as a musician and working cowboy in California, Nevada and Montana. With six albums to his credit, he is a regular performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev. Admission to the Paschal show is $15, and wine and light fare will be available. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.

Monday, May 9

Oregon Fringe Festival: The festival kicks off at 12:35 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Southern Oregon University Student Courtyard with a surprise opening performance. Running May 9-14, the festival features a variety of art, video, comedy improv, poetry, social media events, surprises, contests, music and theater student-driven acts testing the boundaries of what it means to be an artist and what art is. All events are free. The festival concludes at 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the SOU art complex with a band, performances, a light show and dancing. See oregonfringefestival.org.

Author Talk: Eugene author W. R. Hill discusses his debut novel "The Oil Conspiracy" from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. A fast-paced thriller, the book features a CIA operative investigating the assassination of a high-level OPEC oil analyst. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

John Faulkner: Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Faulkner will perform Irish folk musice at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Headwaters Room at the Geo Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. A denizen of Western Ireland for many years, Faulkner is in close proximity to Celtic influences. He has 15 albums to his credit and is working on a third solo album. Admission is $15 to $25, and reservations can be made by calling 541-301-5306.

Repertory Singers Lectures: In preparation for the performance of “Creation,” Repertory Singers will present four free Public Lectures by musicologist and staff lecturer, Ed Wight. Lectures featuring musical examples are one hour and refreshments will be served. They will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland; and at 3 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.