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Ashland Calendar, Aug. 9, 2016

Tuesday, Aug. 9

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 Park Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Resident Lighting Designer Michael Maag will give a free informal talk at noon Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the Bill Patton Garden on the campus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See www.osfashland.org.

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.

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.

Bil Leonhart: The seven-string jazz guitarist will play improvisational instrumentals with Bach-like chordal movements at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Poetry Reading: All are invited to read poetry or listen during the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association's monthly Open-Mic-Without-a-Mic reading Thursday, Aug. 11, at Down Towne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. with readings at 7 p.m. The suggested theme is "Dog Days." Call 541-512-1007.

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.

Friday, Aug.12

OSF Talk: Danforth Comins, who plays Hamlet this season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will discuss "An Actor's Process: 'Hamlet'" at noon Friday, Aug. 12, 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.

Talent Artisans and Growers Market: The market features vendors, food and music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 16 across from Talent City Hall at the corner of Main and John Streets. Market-goers who make a purchase from a vendor will receive a raffle ticket for Camelot Theatre play tickets. Call 541-973-1357 or see www.talentartisansandgrowers.com.

Friday Night Social: An evening of games, movies, snacks and crafts at 6 p.m. Friday, August 12, Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. APRC Adapted Programs are designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. Admission is $10. For more information call 541-488-5340.

Paul Turnipseed Trio: Guitarist Paul Turnipseed, bassist Jeff Addicott and drummer Mike Fitch will play will perform a mix of New Orleans and Latin rhythms, along with jazz and blues standards at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 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.

David Pinsky and the Rhythm Kings: Singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player David Pinsky, guitarist Brent Norton, bassist Dave Clayton and drummer Mark Stever will play Pinsky's original jumpin' R&B at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $6. See www.grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.

John Nilsen: Portland pianist and recording artist John Nilsen will present a solo performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Nilsen's newest album, "Local Ocean," was recorded with his band Swimfish. Tickets are $10. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.