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Ashland Calendar, July 23, 2016

Saturday, July 23

Up & Down Ashland: The Up & Down is a new bike ride that will take place Saturday, July 23, and will welcome hundreds of cyclists to Ashland. It offers challenging elevation gain, beautiful scenery, full support and great food. The inaugural ride will showcase and follow the route of the newly designated Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway (CSSB) that begins and ends in Ashland. The start and finish will be at Emigrant Lake Park where riders will enjoy a scrumptious barbecue lunch, locally crafted beer, music and the camaraderie of fellow riders following the ride. To learn more see www.upanddownashland.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.

Scrabble: Play for free from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 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.

Film Screening: A free screening of the PBS American Experience documentary "The Boys of '36" is at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in the Meese Auditorium in the Art Building on the Southern Oregon University campus, near the intersection of Sisikiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, Ashland. The hour-long documentary is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that won gold at the Olympic Games in Germany. See www.pbs.org.

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.

MJ’s Brass Boppers with Verbs & Nouns: San Francisco Bay Area MJ's Brass Boppers will perform jazz, funk and New Orleans-style music at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Local duet Verbs & Nouns — Emily Turner on upright bass and Jared Masters on electric guitar — will open the show with its original chill on jazz and blues. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased online at bit.ly/jcjamsession or at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. Tickets will be $20 at the door, $12 for students.

Sunday, July 24

Jon Galfano: The steel-string guitarist will play his original instrumentals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 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.

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.

Monday, July 25

Clothing Donation Drive: Court Appointed Special Advocates are holding a summer clothing donation drive through August at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd and the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Items needed include summer clothes, swimming suits, sandals, toys, sunglasses, sunhats and sunscreen for babies and children up to age 12. Call 541-774-8678 or see www.jcls.org.

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.

Music in the Park with Cornflower: Genre-bending vocalist, live looper and beat boxer Cornflower will perform from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 25, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. The concert is free. Bring blankets, chairs, food and drinks. Nikita Gearing will emcee the event. There will be free tea, essential oil experiences, face painting and body art. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park, and the event will be zero waste. Bring your own water bottles and beverage containers.

Tuesday, July 26

OSF Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor and musician Jesse Baldwin and Manager of Special Events Ellen Baldwin will give a free talk at noon Tuesday, July 26, in the Bill Patton Garden on the OSF campus,15 S. Pioneer St. See www.osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331.

Brain Books: Join a 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. The July 26 book is "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few" by Robert Reich. The Aug. 23 book is "Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter" by Cass Sunstein. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Bugs and Critters: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us will present a free program about mammals from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org.

Social Security Planning: This one-day workshop is designed for baby boomers who are not yet retired and will cover the basics of Social Security, strategies to maximize benefits and current reform proposals at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the SOU Campbell Center, 655 Frances Lane, Ashland. Admission is $10. Bring a pen and notepad. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Cemetery Tour: Talent Historical Society Historian Jan Wright will lead a field trip at Stearns Cemetery at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. She will once again inspire with tales of some of Talent's past residents. Meet at the cemetery on Anderson Creek Road, just off Wagner Creek Road. The meetings are free and open to the public and you need not be a member to attend. Call 541-512-8838 for more information.

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.