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Ashland Calendar, Aug. 10, 2016

Wednesday, Aug. 10

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.

Housing Forum: The City of Ashland Housing and Human Services Commission in collaboration with Unite Oregon and the Interfaith Social Justice Coalition will be hosting a forum on Community Solutions for Affordable Housing from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Gresham Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The focus of the forum will be current and emerging housing issues and new tools for local affordable housing solutions. Included in the forum will be a presentation on preliminary findings from a local survey by Unite Oregon (formerly Oregon Action) with a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 will 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

Lithia Park Nature Walks: Walk with naturalists through Lithia Park and learn about plants, trees, animals, water, geology and history at 10 a.m. Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30. Additional walks are Saturdays in July and August. Meet at the park entrance on Winburn Way across from the downtown Ashland Plaza. The 90-minute walks are free.Call 541-488-5340 or see www.ashlandparksandrec.org.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Bird Walks: See and hear a variety of birds that spend the summer in the Rogue Valley from 8 to 9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month through Aug. 13, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Binoculars and field guides will be available for check-out. Admission is free. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Biology Day: ScienceWorks will be hosting a full-day, in-depth look at the fascinating world of DIY Biology from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. DIY Biology activities are free with museum admission, $8 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older and $10 for teens and adults. ScienceWorks members and children under 2 are free. The day will feature activities and experiments that will spark imaginations and build confidence with the emerging fields of bioengineering, synthetic biology and agriculture. Activities include dissecting owl pellets and plants, fermenting foods, extracting plant DNA and more. For more information call 541-482-6767 or see www.scienceworksmuseum.org.

Unpacking Racism: The Southern Oregon EDI Collaborative invites the public to "Unpacking Racism, Part II" from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Rogue River Room, Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Topics will include discussion of common language for diversity and inclusion, as well as micro-aggressions. This free event continues the dialogue from the July 2 Community Gathering: "Unpacking Racism," which drew hundreds of people to the Historic Ashland Armory.

OSF Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Charge Scenic Artist Gabriel Barrera and Scenic Artist Pat Bonney will discuss "Wait, Is That Real?! Prop Painting Techniques from the OSF Season" at noon Saturday, Aug. 13, 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.

Band du Pays Swing: The band will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Evergreen Ballroom’s Jacob Jagger will offer East Coast swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. See www.paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.