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Ashland Calendar, Aug. 8, 2016

Monday, Aug. 8

Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and prekindergarten children are available Mondays through Fridays at all Jackson County library branches. See www.jcls.org/programs-and-events/storytimes/ for dates and times.

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.

Little Gnomes: Preschoolers accompanied by adults can explore trails, plants, creeks, ponds, animals and the changing seasons at 10 a.m. the second Monday of each month at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Bring snacks, bottled water and dress for the weather. Rain pants and boots are recommended. Bring a sack lunch and stay for an optional lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per child. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

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, Aug. 9

Explore Library Databases: Ashland branch librarians are offering hands-on computer classes for library databases and other electronic resources on the second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. On Tuesday, Aug 9., find out how to use the Learning Express database service to meet your career and educational goals. You can prepare for academic or occupational exams; improve math and writing skills; or learn Microsoft Office and other computer programs. Reservations are required as space is limited. Sign up in person at the Ashland Reference Desk or call 541-774-6996. Participants should be comfortable using a mouse and have basic web skills.

Tuesday Book Club: The Second Tuesday Book Club meets at 3 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The Aug. 9 selection is "Quiet," a book about introverts by Susan Cain. The Sept. 13 book "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah follows two sisters trying to survive during World War II in France. The Oct. 11 book "The Gift of Rain" by Tai Twan Eng is set in 1939 Penang. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Tools for Caregivers: Cheri Sperber, JD of Gray Matters Consulting, will offer an informative and powerful presentation to address the importance of advance planning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. This talk is free and open to the public and will identify the important steps involved in getting legal, financial and future care plans in place for those suffering from or affected by dementia and cognitive decline. Call 541-488-2909 for more information.

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.

Ashland Oregon Macintosh Users' Group: The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at Ashland Community Hospital Conference Room, 280 Maple St., Ashland. Free and open to the public. For more information see www.ashmug.com.

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, Aug. 10

History Lecture: Marsha Minshall Lovitt will give a presentation on "Melodrama in the Rogue Valley" at noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Lovitt will discuss a classic style of folk theater in which sensational dramatic stories blended with exaggerated characters to stir audience emotions. She will use photographs and commentary to profile productions from 1970 to 1987 involving hundreds of performers acting in Jacksonville and Talent. The presentation is part of the Southern Oregon Historical Society's "Windows in Time" lunchtime lecture series. Call 541-773-6536 or see sohs.org.

OSF Talk: Linda Alper, adapter of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" into a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and co-adapter and director Penny Metropulos will give a talk titled "Staying True to Dickens" at noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, in Carpenter Hall on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St. Tickets are $12, $8 for ages 6-17, and can be purchased online at osfashland.org or by calling 541-482-4331.

Western Movies: Watch western films directed by John Ford at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in August, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. In the Aug. 10 movie, John Wayne is one of three outlaws who end up protecting a baby. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

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.

Thursday, Aug. 11

Introduction to Aikido: Continuing the summer reading theme of “Exercise Your Mind,” there will be a free introductory talk on Aikido, the Art of Peace, featuring teacher Michael Friedl, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Learn about mindfulness, energy work and centering practices that are applications in your daily life. This workshop is for all ages and will introduce you to Aikido. 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.

Ed Dunsavage Trio: Guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon and drummer Gary Hirsh will perform jazz standards and arrangements at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 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.

Natural Privacy Screens: Learn how to achieve a more natural look while creating privacy and screening unsightly views, with the added benefits of less maintenance and more habitat for birds and pollinators from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $10. Many plants will be discussed, including drought-tolerant, deer-resistant and fire-resistant options. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Ashland City Band: The community band, directed by Don Bieghler, will present its last concert of the summer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park. Selections include Paul Dukas' fanfare "La Péri;” Aaron Copland's "Variations on a Shaker Melody, conducted by Dan Kucerok Julius Fucik's "The Old Grumbly Bear," featuring bassoon soloist Karen Basin; Ferde Grofé’s “On the Trail,” in recognition of the Centennial of the National Park System; and music from the Broadway musical "Mame." Pre-concert music by Jefferson State Brass will begin at 6:15 p.m. Call 541-245-9494 for information.