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Ashland Calendar, Aug. 11, 2016

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.

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 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.

History Walk: Local historian Terry Skibby will lead free 90-minute walking tours of Ashland's Historic Railroad District at 10 a.m. every Friday through Sept. 30. Meet at the gazebo in the Railroad Park on A Street between 6th and 8th Streets. Call 541-488-5305.

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.

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.

The Whole Child: Boys to Men Southern Oregon is presenting "The Whole Child" (an evening introduction) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Haven, 1970 Ashland St., Ashland. Parents, parents to be, mentors or professionals will be deeply inspired by the presenters. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/natural-learning-relationships-nurturing-whole-child-development-tickets-26886599543 to register. Walk-ins are welcome.

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.

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.

Sunday, Aug. 14

OSF Park Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Spanish Open Captioner Obed Medina and Marketing Associate Peter Wickliffe will give a free informal talk at noon Sunday, Aug. 14, in the Bill Patton Garden on the campus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See www.osfashland.org.

Howard Alden: Seven-string guitarist Howard Alden of Manhattan will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Alden will be joined for several duets by jazz guitarist Ed Dunsavage. Alden is a Concord Jazz recording artist and has worked as a versatile bandleader, soloist and sideman. He's recorded with guitarist George Van Eps, and he played all the solos and coached film star Sean Penn in the art of guitar for Woody Allen's 1999 "Sweet and Lowdown." Tickets are $25 and can be reserved online at siskiyoumusicproject.com.