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Ashland Calendar, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9

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.

Little Gnomes: Preschoolers accompanied by adults can explore trails, plants, creeks, ponds, animals and the changing seasons at 10 a.m. the second Monday of each month at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Bring snacks, bottled water and dress for the weather. Rain pants and boots are recommended. Bring a sack lunch and stay for an optional lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per child. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

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.

Teen Crafternoon: Make bookmarks with designer papers, washi tape, sample paint strip ribbons and more from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6994 or see www.jcls.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.

12 Step Meeting: Marijuana Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Newman Center, 1150 Ashland St., Ashland.

Tuesday, May 10

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

Library Resources: Librarians are offering hands-on computer classes at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. On May 10, learn how to access full text of Consumer Reports and other popular magazines. For more information call 541-774-6996 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.

Ashland Oregon Macintosh Users' Group: The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at Ashland Community Hospital Conference Room, 280 Maple St., Ashland. Free and open to the public. For more information see www.ashmug.com.

Toastmasters: University Toastmasters invites the public to attend a special open house at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Gresham room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about how they can greatly improve their communication and leadership skills by becoming an active member of UTM. Snacks and beverages will be served, and admission is free. Call 541-897-0679.

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.

Wednesday, May 11

Comedy Movie Series: Comedic actors star in free films shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in May at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Danny Kaye is May 11, Jerry Lewis is May 18 and Don Knotts is May 25 in films that span from 1925 to 1969. Refreshments will be served. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Petroleum Class: This presentation will provide an overview of the geology of petroleum (oil and gas) and how the industry conducts exploration, drilling, production, transportation and refining operations from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $5. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Cuba Film: "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. There will be a discussion and Q & A session. Doors are open from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by Peace House, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Ashland) and the Jackson County Pacific Green Party. Call 541-482-8915.

Film Screening: The Jewish Film Series will screen "Live and Become," a 2005 French film about an Ethiopian Christian boy who disguises himself as an Ethiopian Jew to escape famine and emigrate to Israel, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

Thursday, May 12

Blood Donation: Donate blood from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at First Presbyterian Church, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland.

Author Talk: English teacher and Rogue River resident Sharon Robinson will discuss her novel "In the Still Night" from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The book is the tale of a young teacher who is abducted near Crater Lake. Call 541-774-6996 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.

Screenwriter Talk: Tod Davies will give a free talk on the importance of story, its impact on culture and why new stories are need now more than ever at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Davies is the screenwriter for movies including "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," producer of "Revengers Tragedy," author of "The History of Arcadia and the "Jam Today" series and editorial director of Exterminating Angel Press. Call 541-552-6816 or email libraryevents@sou.edu.

Jeff Stanley Trio: Guitarist Jeff Stanley, bassist Joey Capezza and drummer Sandy Metcalf will play a mix of Stanley's original music along with a few covers by Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 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.

Poetry Reading: The Oregon Poetry Association Rogue Valley Unit holds its monthly reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Down Towne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. All are invited to read or listen. The May theme is "Moms, and Loved Ones Gone." Submissions will also be accepted for a 2016-2017 contest.

The Richter Uzur Duo: Jefferson Classical Guitar Society and the Siskiyou Music Project will present guitar and cello duo Brad Richter and Viktor Uzur at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Richter and Uzur will perform music that ranges from Antonin Dvorak to Led Zeppelin, along with their own compositions. Richter studied classical music at the Royal College of Music in London; Uzur at the Moscow Conservatory. Tickets are $20, $5 for Southern Oregon University students, and can be purchased online at richterusurduo.brownpapertickets.com.