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Ashland Calendar, May 24, 2016

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.

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.

Brain Books: Join the book discussion from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 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.

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.

Wildflower Talk: Kristi Mergenthaler presents "Wildflowers Found in and around Talent" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Talent Historical Society Museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. Call 541-512-8838.

Election Talk: Dennis Richardson is running for Secretary of State and he will discuss his plans for Oregon and answer questions at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at The Club House, Mt. Ashland Room, 855 Mountain Meadows Dr., Ashland. A meet and greet will start at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Jessico Fichot: The singer draws from her French, Chinese and American heritage to create an intoxicating fusion of French chanson, '40s Shanghai jazz, Gypsy swing and world folk. Fichot plays accordion and toy piano and will be accompanied by Los Angeles musicians Robby Marshall on clarinet and sax, Antoine Salem on guitar and Michael Papillo on upright bass at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Old Siskiyou Barn. Fichot's albums include "Le Chemin" in 2007 and "Le Secret" in 2012. Her newest, "Dear Shanghai" in 2014, is sung entirely in Mandarin and celebrates her mother's hometown. Tickets are $10 to $25. For reservations and directions, see www.siskiyoumusicproject.com/even/jessical-fichot-group.

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.

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.

Friday, May 27

Bird Language: Interpreting bird language is an ancient skill people have used for thousands of years. Learn about this skill from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Sonido Alegre: Guitar and violin duo Charles Guy and Linda Powers will perform original music in the style of Spanish flamenco and Latin rhythms at 6 p.m. Friday, May 27, 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.

John Reischman and the Jaybirds: Mandolin player John Reischman and his band — Greg Statz on fiddle, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, Trisha Gagnon on bass and Jim Nunally on guitar will present bluegrass and folk music that hails from the ranks of the contemporary West Coast acoustic music scene at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Ashland trio Rainy and the Rattlesnakes — Lela Miatke on fiddle, Rainy Miatke on mandolin and Ray Miatke on guitar — will open the show. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Hilltop Music or Music Coop in Ashland or by calling 541-552-1665. Tickets will be $25 at the door, $10 for kids 18 and younger. Doors open at 6.

Peacemaking Presentation: David Zarembka of the Quaker group Friends Peace Teams will describe how his organization's Alternatives to Violence program brings reconciliation among people who have done dreadful harm to each other in nations like Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free. Sponsored by South Mountain Friends Meeting (Quakers).