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Ashland Calendar, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 27

OSF Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival director Desdemona Chiang will discuss "A Director's Process: 'The Winter's Tale'" at noon Wednesday, July 27, 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.

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.

Handling Loss: In this free, two-hour workshop (same workshop, offered twice), we will explore questions about loss. The workshops are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.; and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Judy Dolmatch, MSW, LCSW, and Adam Marx, MA, are experienced facilitators and well-acquainted with loss, their own and others. For more information call 541-708-2021 or email adam@adammarx.com.

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

Golden Spike Dedication: A plaque commemorating the historic occasion when a symbolic railroad spike was set in place will be celebrated at noon Thursday, July 28, at Railroad Park, 748 A St., Ashland. The celebration is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. On December 17, 1887, the opening of Central Pacific’s North-South Railroad Line, now known as the Siskiyou Route, was made possible when a “golden spike” was set in place by railroad founder Charles Crocker, thereby connecting Oregon and California rail lines and completing the freight and passenger train service for the entire nation. The historic plaque ceremony on July 28 will be held at the exact location of the 1887 event. Call 541-488-5340 for more information.

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.

Phoenix Garden Club: Jean Harden, Pacifica staff member, will speak on "Unusual Plants that Thrive in Southern Oregon" during the garden club's meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-535-8602.

Healing Power Lecture: Join Dr. Jayanath Abeywickrama to experience healing wisdom and self-discovery from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Dr. Abey works to relieve physical and mental, visible and invisible sufferings using the ancient miracle science of chanting mantras and energizing water for powerful healing. Please bring a 1 liter bottle of water (glass preferred). Feel free to bring meditation cushions.

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.

Friday, July 29

OSF Talk: University of California at Los Angeles Humanities Professor Michael Allen will discuss "Misanthropos: Timon and the Hatred of Hamlet" at noon Friday, July 29, 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.

Open House: The Ashland Institute of Massage (AIM) is hosting an open house for prospective students. Meet our school and instructors. We’ll talk about our educational program, the student experience, Oregon licensing requirements and what a career in massage therapy can mean in your life from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Ashland Institute of Massage, 280 E. Hersey St., Suite A-8, Ashland. Call 541-482-5134 to RSVP.

Savanna: Acoustic guitarist and singer Liz Jones, percussionist Anna Christensen and upright bassist Bob Rawlings will perform a mix of vintage country and contemporary music at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, 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.

L.E.F.T.: Rock band L.E.F.T. — singer, songwriter and guitarist Bret Levick, lap steel player Bob Evoniuk, bassist Greg Frederick and drummer Matt Terreri — will play rock covers and Levick's originals at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, 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. Charya Burt Cambodian Dance will perform on Friday, July 29. 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 30

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.

OSF Talk: Guests from the British Consulate in San Francisco join British theater artists for a talk on Shakespeare's relevancy in the modern era at noon Saturday, July 30, 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.

Paul Turnipseed & Danielle Kelly: The guitar and vocal duo will present jazz and standards from the Great American Songbook at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at 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.

Jaxon Williams: The classical guitarist will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is $25. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.