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Ashland Calendar, July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 21

OSF Play Preface: An introduction to the themes, character and plot of the play "Vietgone" is at noon Thursday, July 21, 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.

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.

Nonviolent Communication: What you say and how you say it can change your relationships. Learn about NVC, nonviolent communication, with Joanne Lescher, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. This free talk will be an introduction to the principles behind NVC, with some practice exercises, real life examples and teachable moments. Joanne Lescher, trained and certified by Marshall Rosenberg, has been teaching nonviolent communication for over 20 years. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

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.

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.

Friday, July 22

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 or see www.ashlandparksandrec.org.

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.

Opus 3: The jazz trio — pianist Dave Scoggin, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer and percussionist Matt Kriemelman — will play a mix of classic jazz, jazz standards, newer Brazilian music, gospel instrumentals and pop tunes, along with Scoggin's original compositions, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, 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.

Words and Wine: Ashland actor turned author Cate Davis will read from her delightful children’s book "Merely The Meerkat" at Words & Wine, a free monthly book event open to the public at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. For more information contact the winery at 541-488-5989.

Broadway Phil and the Shouters: Harmonica player and singer Phil Newton, guitarists Jake Thompson and Dave Day, bassist Gary Davis and drummer David Mathieu will play West Coast blues, R&B and roots rock at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $6. See www.grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.

Green Show: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts free Green Show performances at 6:45 p.m. six nights each week except Mondays through Oct. 16 on its outdoor Courtyard Stage at its Ashland campus, 15 S. Pioneer St. The Urban Jazz Dance Company will perform on Friday, July 22. Diverse performers for the 117 shows include Ashland Taiko, NANDA, Misner & Smith, BROTHER, Dancing People Company, the Curtain Climbers Aerial Dance Company, Cedric Lamar, the OSF House Band, Cassie Fetty and the Gals of Country Music, the Bathtub Gin Serenaders, Hamfist and the Rogue Valley Gospel Choir. See www.osfashland.org.

Saturday, July 23

Ashland Saturday Market: Fresh produce and other goods are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays from May through October at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market along Oak Street in downtown Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.

Schneider Museum: The exhibit "Portland 2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art" runs through Sept. 17 at the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Family days with free activities are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and Saturday, Aug. 13. The museum is showing curated art by artists from Portland and Eugene. Eugene-based artist Mike Bray's work spans video, installation and printmaking. David Eckard of Portland uses fabricated objects, drawings, paintings, prints, installations and performances. Brenna Murphy is a Portland-based artist who creates digitally manipulated works that suggest strange, psychedelic visual experiences. Storm Tharp of Portland creates mysterious paintings. Giles Lyon of Portland creates expansive colorful paintings and detailed ink drawings. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Call 541-552-6245 or sma.sou.edu.

OSF Lecture: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Associate Dawn Monique Williams will discuss "Within the Hollow Crown: 'Richard II' " at noon Saturday, July 23, 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.

Fermented Foods: Attend a “Fermented Foods” demonstration and talk by Kirsten Shockey, local author of "Fermented Vegetables" at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in the Meyer Memorial Trust Community Meeting Room at the Phoenix library, 510 W. 1st St. Fermented foods are full of nutritious bacteria and probiotics that aid in digestion and boost the immune system. Kirsten will help to demystify the process and answer questions about the fermentation process. She will also have copies of her book for sale. Admission is free. Call 541-535-7090 or see www.jcls.org.

Island Night: "Island Night: An Aloha State of Mind" is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Daniel Meyer Pool, located at 1705 Homes Ave. in Hunter Park, Ashland. The evening features live Hawaiian music, hula dance performances and fun activities for all ages. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5340 or see ashlandparksandrec.org.

Rod Petrone: The classical guitarist will play a mix of music from Brazil, Latin America and France, along with his own arrangements of Italian compositions at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 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.

Charley Thweatt Concert: Santa Cruz based singer and songwriter Charley Thweatt will showcase his uplifting music at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Headwaters Environmental Center, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Event is co-sponsored by Unity in Ashland. Admission is $20 at the door. For reservations call 541-531-5359 or email yournativesong@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 24

OSF Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival access coordinator Julie Simon will give a free sign-interpreted talk at noon Sunday, July 24, in the Bill Patton Garden on the OSF campus,15 S. Pioneer St. See www.osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331.