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Ashland Calendar, July 25, 2016

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.

Summer Reading Program: The Jackson County Library Services Summer Reading Program for kids, teens and adults focuses on sports and fitness with the theme "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" The free program features special reading incentives, events and activities for all ages through Aug. 7. Prizes include bookmarks, books, gift baskets and entries into drawings to win a $50 restaurant gift certificate and $125 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. Visit any library branch to sign up. For more information, contact local library branches, the central business office at 541-774-8679 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.

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

Tuesday, July 26

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.

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.

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 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.

Wednesday, July 27

Open House: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University will host its third annual open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the SOU Stevenson Union, 1118 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Attendees can preview more than 125 courses slated for the 2016 fall term, meet OLLI instructors, enjoy free desserts and meet with representatives from 20 other non-profit organizations that cater to adults aged 55 and older. The keynote address is “How to Bring Out the Best in People (Even at Their Worst),” and will be presented at 2:30 p.m. by best-selling author and speaker Dr. Rick Kirschner. Parking is free in SOU Lot 36 off S. Mountain Ave. For more information see www.sou.edu/olli or call 541-552-6048.

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.

Bil Leonhart: The seven-string jazz guitarist will play improvisational instrumentals with Bach-like chordal movements at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 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.

Harvest Methods: Knowing when and how to properly harvest the produce and herbs from your garden will increase the abundance that you reap. Learn about planning and planting a garden that will provide tasty fresh food in the fall and winter months at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Ashland Creek Park. Admission is $12. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Thursday, July 28

OSF Play Preface: An introduction to the themes, character and plot of the play "Richard II" is at noon Thursday, July 28, 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.

Yoga Introduction: Yoga instructor Vanessa Scott will discuss yoga's historical foundations and modern yoga practices, and lead participants in breath and movement from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Wear comfortable clothing. 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 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org.

Ashland City Band: The community band, directed by Don Bieghler, will present its annual concert of Norwegian music at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. The program will include Norway's national anthem, a march titled “Valdres,” Norwegian folk songs and “Alphorn Polka” played on authentic Alphorn instruments. The German Band will open the show at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. Call 541-245-9494.

New Millennium Jelly Rollers: The old-time and country blues duo — Ashland native Elias Alexander on fiddle, harmonica, guitar and pipes and Max Godfrey on fiddle, guitar and banjo — will perform foot-stompin' music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in the Headwaters Room at the Geos Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Alexander is now based in Boston. Godfrey is from Atlanta. The two play wild fiddle tunes, sing low-down blues and play everything from Appalachian mountain ballads to raucus rags. The duo will present a second concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. Admission is $15 to $20 at each event.