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Ashland Calendar, July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 14

Blood Donation: Donate blood from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at First Baptist Church of Ashland, 2004 Siskiyou Blvd.

OSF Play Preface: An introduction to the themes, character and plot of the play "Richard II" is at noon Thursday, July 14, in Carpenter Hall on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St. Tickets are available at the OSF Box Office for $12 for adults and $8 for ages 6-17. See www.osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331.

Mindfulness Practice: There will be a free introductory course on the practice of mindfulness featuring practice facilitator Christopher Harding from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Having studied and practiced Zen meditation, Kriya Yoga and other forms of meditation and relaxation techniques for several decades, Harding has served as an executive coach and leadership consultant for the last 16 years. He is a member of the Ashland Culture of Peace Board. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Digital Download: Learn about the benefits of your public library from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. At the workshop you will learn how to access free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV and music 24/7 using the Library2Go and Hoopla services. A basic knowledge of the device you will be using is required for this class. Not all formats work with all devices. Call 541-774-8679 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.

Summer Gardening: Learn about tending fruits, vegetables and flowers at 4 p.m. every Thursday, at Ashland Creek Park, 27 E. Hersey St. Learn how to rotate crops and keep bugs away with naturally safe methods, while attracting beneficial insects that promote plant growth. Admission is $5 per drop-in. Preregistration is required. Call 541-488-5340.

Hike and Write: KS Wild and Squawking Hawk Acres team up to offer a Hike and Write evening from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14. After a guided hike, there will be a facilitated writing session. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, notebook, pens, camera and shareable snacks. The carpool leaves from Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 4 p.m. and returns at 9 p.m. Contact jeanine@kswild.org for more information and to register.

Clean Energy Open House: All are invited to join Rogue Climate Talent for information, inspiration and celebration at the Clean Energy Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the New Community Center, 104 E. Main St., Talent. See interactive stations, enjoy light refreshments and hear how community members are leading the way on clean energy and energy saving. Presentations will start at 6:30 p.m.

Poetry: The Rogue Valley Unit of the Oregon Poetry Association holds a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Down Towne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. The month's theme is "Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer." All are invited to read or listen. Submissions will also be accepted for the 2016-2017 Contest. The deadline is March 9, 2017.

Ashland City Band: The community band, directed by Don Bieghler, will perform highlights from "Les Miserables," Louis Ganne's "Father of Victory March" and Clifton Williams' "Dedicatory Overture," along with works by Cole Porter and John Philip Sousa, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. The ABC Big Band will open the show at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. Call 541-245-9494.

Friday, July 15

History Walk: Local historian Terry Skibby will lead free 90-minute walking tours of Ashland's Historic Railroad District at 10 a.m. every Friday through Sept. 30. Meet at the gazebo in the Railroad Park on A Street between 6th and 8th Streets. Call 541-488-5305.

Blood Donation: Donate blood from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Ashland Community Center, 73 Winburn Way.

Talent Artisans and Growers Market: The market features vendors, food and music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 16 across from Talent City Hall at the corner of Main and John Streets. Market-goers who make a purchase from a vendor will receive a raffle ticket for Camelot Theatre play tickets. Call 541-973-1357 or see www.talentartisansandgrowers.com.

Friday Night Social: An evening of games, movies, snacks and crafts at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. APRC Adapted Programs are designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. Admission is $10. For more information call 541-488-5340.

Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Kloetzel will perform an acoustic mix of pop, rock, folk, blues and contemporary island music at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, 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.

The Rogue Suspects: The rock, funk and soul band — vocalist Shae Johnson, guitarist Dirk Price, bassist Greg Frederick, drummer Dave Bolen and keyboard player Don Harris — will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $5. See www.grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.

Saturday, July 16

Cooking Class: There will be six classes at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Admission for individual classes is $15 adults, $10 for children or sign up for all six classes for $60. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 5; 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 6; and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Call 541-535-1854 for more information.

Community Dialogue: Participants are invited to discuss the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's play "Roe" about the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the New Place on the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The event is free. See www.osfashland.org/livingideas.

Future of Spirituality: Matthew Fox, the renowned theologian, scholar and spiritual maverick will be speaking at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Fox is known for taking on patriarchal religion, advocating for a creation-centered spirituality of compassion and justice, and calling for re-sacralizing the earth. He will be speaking on the subject of “The Future of Spirituality: Becoming Transformative Agents of Change.” For more information and to purchase tickets see www.matthewfoxinashland.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $15; students $10 or available at the door for $20. Proceeds benefit The Rose Circle Mentoring Network.

HOLUS BOLUS: The One-Man-Psychedelic-Acoustiloop musician will perform his one-of-a-kind show at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Oberon's Tavern, 45 N. Main St., Ashland. HOLUS BOLUS is one person, Tom Boylan, and he performs live looping with an acoustic guitar and small drum kit. Laying down one layer at a time this multi-instrumentalist creates the sound of a full band that mixes rock, reggae, grooves, jams and spacey swirls. Tom has been performing as HOLUS BOLUS for over 10 years touring all throughout the west, and has released three albums studio albums. See www.holusbolus.com for more information.

Sunday, July 17

OSF Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Dramaturg Barry Kraft will give a free talk at noon Sunday, July 17, in the Bill Patton Garden on the OSF campus,15 S. Pioneer St. See www.osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331.

Ben Gault: Pianist Ben Gault will perform "pre-bop piano jazz improvisation with a subtle touch of Harlem stride" from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 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.

Origami: Learn the art of paper folding at 12:30 p.m. the third Sunday of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The sessions are appropriate for adults and children 5 and older. Call 541-774-6995 or see ww.jcls.org.