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Ashland Calendar, May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23

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.

Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission costs $2. Call 541-488-5342.

Monday Movies: Enjoy classic family movies on Mondays from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room of the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St., Phoenix. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org for more information.

Dance Classes: The Moment in Time Modern Dance Classes are at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Oak Street Dance Studio, 1287 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is $12 per class. See www.oakstreetdance.com for more information.

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

Tuesday, May 24

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.

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.

Social Security Planning: This one-day workshop is designed for baby boomers who are not yet retired. The program will cover the basics of Social Security, strategies to maximize benefits and current reform proposals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, SOU Campbell Center, 655 Frances Lane, Ashland. Please bring a pen and notepad. Admission is $10 per workshop. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Open House: The City of Ashland is developing a Climate and Energy Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help prepare the community for a changing climate. The public is invited to participate in a series of three open houses this year to help shape the plan. The first open house is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. See www.ashland.or.us/climateplan for more information.

Climate Change Talk:  The presentation "Dealing with Stress in a Time of Climate Change" is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Climate change changes a lot things, and change is stressful, especially if it affects money or health. Ken Deveney will do some dot-connecting and then share 20 ways to help deal with stress.

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 25

Ashland Reads: The Rotary Club of Ashland is proud to announce its first annual Ashland Reads “celebration of literacy” for all first grade students in the Ashland School District from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Students will arrive by bus at SOU and be greeted by Ashland High School cheerleaders, Rotarians in story book costumes and other community members. “Celebrity readers” will then read to small groups of first graders from their new books. The event culminates in a BBQ provided by Ashland Fire and Rescue and the Ashland Police Department. Call 541-840-4110 or email julidichiro@gmail.com for more information.

Author Talk: Edgar Award-winner Wendy Hornsby will discuss her latest mystery, "Disturbing the Dark," from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 25, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The book features investigative filmmaker Maggie MacGowen dealing with the unearthing of a World War II era mass grave and the new murder of a young woman. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Free Movie: The 2015 movie based on Jeanne Marie Laskas' GQ article "Game Brain," about the potentially horrific cost of playing football, will be shown from 2 to 4:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Spaghetti Game Night: Play board games at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Enoteca Wine Tasting and Bistro, 17 N. Main St., Ashland. Complimentary spaghetti will be served with the purchase of a glass or bottle of wine. Call 541-482-3377 or see www.ashlandenoteca.com.

Mark Charles Hill: The singer and guitarist will cover songs by ohn Denver, John Prine, Willie Nelson, James Taylor and other artists at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 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.

Thursday, May 26

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.

Author Talk: Joseph Suste discusses his novel "The Torture Trial of George W. Bush" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The book imagines what might happen if a special prosecutor attempted to bring Bush to trial. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble: The ensemble, directed by Terry Longshore, will present composer Steve Reich's innovative "Drumming" — an energetic, rhythmic and tuneful piece written for bongos, marimbas and golockenspiels — at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 405 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Reich's music has influenced many other composers and musical groups, including progressive rock band King Crimson, new-age guitarist Michael Hedges and art-pop and electronic musician Brian Eno. In 2009, Reich received a Pulitzer Prize for music for his composition "Double Sextet." Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and can be purchased online at oca.sou.edu/box-office, by calling 541-552-6348 or at the box office in the music hall. Students get in free. The performance will be repeated at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park and at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show.