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Ashland Calendar, Aug. 12, 2016

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.

Preschool Puppet Theatre: Kids can attend a puppet show with environmental lesson and activity at 10:30 a.m. second Fridays at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6 per child. To register call 541-488-6606 or see northmountainpark.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.

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.

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. 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.

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. Bathtub Gin Serenaders will perform on Friday, Aug. 12. 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.

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.

Schneider Museum: The exhibit "Portland 2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art" runs through Sept. 17 at the Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Eugene-based artist Mike Bray's work spans video, installation and printmaking. David Eckard of Portland uses fabricated objects, drawings, paintings, prints, installations and performances. Brenna Murphy is a Portland-based artist who creates digitally manipulated works that suggest strange, psychedelic visual experiences. Storm Tharp of Portland brings mystery to her paintings. Giles Lyon of Portland creates colorful, large-scale paintings and detailed ink drawings. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Family Day with free art activities is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Admission is free. Call 541-552-6245 or sma.sou.edu.

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.

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.

The Corner Boys: The Corner Boys will play traditional Irish music with gusto: fiddles, guitar, accordion, tin whistle, flute, bouzouki — plus special guests at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Oberon's Three Penny Tavern, 45 N. Main St., Ashland.

Monday, Aug. 15

Park Clean-up: The Ashland Kiwanis club will team up with the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs to help the Parks and Rec Department do some more weeding and gardening-type work at Scenic Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Both clubs have “adopted” this park for quarterly work of this nature. Many volunteers from the clubs are expected to participate. If you want to help, please come out and join in this clean-up effort. Call 541-488-0532 with questions.

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.

Young Author Readings: Ashland students from kindergarten through fifth grade who have participated in Stories Alive Writers Workshops will read their work aloud from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

12 Step Meeting: Marijuana Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Newman Center, 1150 Ashland St., Ashland.