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Ashland Calendar, Aug. 17, 2016

Wednesday, Aug. 17

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. 17 movie, Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr. help a wagon train on the journey west. 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.

DIY Alternative Energy: This class will cover construction and installation and provide an introduction to the endless possibilities for lowering your power bill and carbon footprint from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $20. Learn about solar air and water heating, mass heating, rocket stoves and more. Step-by-step how-to, photo-illustrated handouts will be provided. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Digital Download: Learn the benefits of your library at our digital download workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Learn how to access free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV and music 24/7 and with no checkout lines, using the Library2Go and Hoopla services. A basic knowledge of the device you will be using is required for this class. Not all formats work with all devices. Call 541-774-8679 or see www.jcls.org.

Blood Donation: Donate blood from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Jackson County Fire District #5, 5811 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix.

Center for the Visual Arts: An opening reception for art exhibits is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Center for the Visual Arts galleries, located uphill from the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on Southern Oregon University's Ashland campus. Karl Brake and Richard Newman are showing paintings in the Art Building, while Holly Lorien Adams is exhibiting paintings in the Marion Ady Building at the Center for Visual Arts complex. Call 541-552-8315 or see www.facebook.com/CvaGalleries.

Pacific Standard Time: Dave Scoggin and his group will play a mix of jazz at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 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.

Friday, Aug. 19

Food Drive: The Human Bean in Jackson County is hosting their seventh annual food drive on Friday, Aug. 19. Human Bean customers who participate in the one-day event can expect drink discounts and a chance to win a pair of Oregon Duck or Oregon State Beaver football tickets. All food donations benefit the Jackson County area through ACCESS. The Human Bean will give customers drink discounts of 50 cents or $1 off any drink with the donation of one or two non-perishable food items respectively. With the donation of three or more food items, customers will receive a $1 off drink discount and a chance to win a pair of college football tickets. All nine local Human Bean locations in Central Point, Ashland, White City and Medford will be accepting food donations during their business hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. Donate nutritious non-perishable foods like canned soups and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice and cereal packaged in non-breakable containers.

Blood Donation: Donate blood from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland.

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. Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre will perform on Friday, Aug. 19. 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.

Delgani String Quartet with James Bishop-Edwards: Guitarist Bishop-Edwards joins the Delgani String Quartet for a concert of tangos and serenades at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Admission is $20. Call 541-535-7957 for reservations.

Gypsy Soul: Multi-instrumentalist Roman Morykit and singer Cilette Swann will be joined by guitarist and trumpet player Mike Stevens for a concert of acoustic roots and soul at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. A reception for the artists will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $25 for the concert only, $35 for the concert and a reception with wine and appetizers, and can be purchased online at gypsysoul.com, at Music Coop, 268 E. Main St., or at the winery. Call 541-482-5700.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Growing Native Plants: Learn about the importance of using local native plant seeds for propagation of native plants in order to maintain local plant genetics more adapted to the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $10. Learn how to propagate and utilize native seeds for the following applications: native plant gardens, pollinator gardens, habitat restoration, native plant conservation and land stewardship. Bring pen, paper and a sack lunch. Preregister at www.ashland.or.us/register or call 541-488-6606.

Oregon Honey Festival: The Oregon Honey (and Mead) Festival is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Historic Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St., Ashland. The festival is held on International Honey Bee Day and is a fundraising event bringing art, honey tasting and honey bee conservation together in a delightful way for beekeepers and the public. Musicians include Sequoia, Carla Bauer and Jen Ambrose. Guests will view pollinator artwork, meet the artists, sample local honey and more. Beekeepers will be available to tell guests about their work and how to start and maintain a backyard hive. Kids can participate in activities too. Presale tickets are $8 and can be found at www.oregonhoneyfestival.com. Tickets are $10 at the door. Kids 8 years and under are free. 

Surveillance Lecture: What are the scope and consequences of government surveillance, and what are the ethical and legal limits of surveillance practices? This is the focus of “Keeping Tabs on America: Surveillance and You,” a free conversation with Kristian Williams from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Williams has studied state surveillance for almost twenty years, writing as both a scholar and a journalist. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

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.

Stolen Moments: Guitarists Dan Fellman and Conny Lindley Walter Lindley on upright bass will play American jazz standards, Latin jazz and flamenco at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 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.