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Ashland Calendar, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17

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.

Recorder Group: People of all ages and skill levels who play the recorder are invited to the Recorder Group of Talent at noon Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 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.

Mystery Readers Roundtable: The Mystery Readers Roundtable meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St., Phoenix. Call 541-774-7090 or see www.jcls.org.

Spanish-English Conversation Group: Join in the Spanish-English Conversation Group at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Some are learning English and some are learning Spanish. Chat about interesting ideas and help each other learn new words. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Urban Homesteading: Join Certified Master Gardener Tresa Jarel and Land Steward Richard Jarel as they teach you how to grow your own food in the city, at home or in your apartment from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $20. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

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 18

Author Talk: Local author and historian William Miller will discuss his latest book "To Live and Die a WASP: 38 Women Pilots Who Died in WWII" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The book interweaves the life stories of women pilots who died with the history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, which was a vital part of the war effort. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Blood Donation: Donate blood from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at the Elks Lodge #944, 255 E. Main St., Ashland.

Repertory Singers: See a sneak preview of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singer's 2016 concert season presented by Ed Wight, board member of the Repertory Singers, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Camelot Theater, 101 Talent Ave. Mr. Wight will discuss the upcoming performance of Hayden’s “Creation,” featuring prominent international soloists on period instruments. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register, see www.sou.edu/olli or call 541-552-6048. 

Jeff Stanley: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Stanley will play a mix of rock and folk, along with his original compositions, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 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.

Growing Fruit: Learn several tricks, warnings and lessons that will make your trees and fruit more likely to thrive from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The instructor, Joel, emphasizes organic practices, and you will come away knowing how to save yourself from the headaches and heartbreaks of the common problems of backyard orchardists. Admission is $15. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Film Screening: The Havurah’s Jewish Film Series presents "Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The film is a mini-documentary that follows the personal journey of Mekonen Abebe, a young African-Israeli Jewish soldier, as he returns to Africa to explore his roots, make peace with his past and embrace his future in Israel. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Call 541-488-7716.

Thursday, May 19

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.

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.

David Pinsky & Phil Newton: The guitar and harmonica duo will perform original Chicago-style blues duets at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 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.

Author Talk: Ellen Waldman discusses her collection "Aging Happens: One Year of Columns from the Ashland Daily Tidings" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book addresses a variety of topics related to older adults and their families. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Friday, May 20

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.

Blood Donation: Donate blood from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, May 20, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland.

Jeff Kloetzel: The singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform an acoustic mix of folk, soul and pop, along with original songs from his CD "Long Time Coming" at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, 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.

Friday Words & Wine: Local author Barbara Tricarico will discuss her photo book "Ashland, Oregon Day Trips" at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. To order a nosh plate, call the winery at 541-488-5989. For more information, call the winery or see www.weisingers.com.

Alternative Prom: Lotus Rising Project presents an all-ages Alternative Prom and Masquerade Ball from 7 p.m. until midnight Friday, May 20, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Admission is by a suggested donation of $15 to $30. The prom is drug and alcohol free. Email mario@lotusrisingproject.org.

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon: YSSO's Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra, conducted by Cynthia Hutton, will perform at 7:30 Friday, May 20, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Grants Pass High School's Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St.; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The program will feature 2016 Concerto Competition winner Chloe Brown playing Antonin Dvoraks' Romance in F minor for violin and orchestra. The Youth Symphony also will showcase overtures by Giuseppe Verdi and Gioachino Rossini, along with American music by Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Jerry Bock and Mitch Leigh. Soprano Lindsay Ohse and bariton Jose Rubio will perform "I, Don Quixote" and "Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha," "If I Were a Rich Man from "Fiddler on the Roof," "Glitter and Be Gay" from "Candide" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz." Tickets are $10, $5 for students, at Paddington Station in Ashland, Oregon Books in Grants Pass or Tom's Guitars in Medford. Tickets for the Medford performance are also available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000. For information, see ysso.org or call 541-858-8859.