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Ashland Calendar, Aug. 26, 2016

Friday, Aug. 26

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: Ketu Katrak of the University of California, Irvine, will give a talk on "Love and War: Remaking Lives in the U.S. in the Uniquely Humorous World of 'Seriocomedy' 'Vietgone' " at noon Friday, Aug. 26, 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.

Wine & Dine Benefit: Chefs John Bartow and Jeff Lindow will prepare a five course meal for the Bartow Gardens Wine & Dine Benefit for the Southern Oregon Human Society at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at 1982 Pioneer Road, Talent. Tickets are $50. Cats and dogs that have been adopted will be present. For reservations, call 541-261-8631 or email jeffdancingcats@gmail.com.

Rogue Rage Duo: Harmonica player Harpo DeRoma and Dobro player Dan Tiller will perform Delta and country blues at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 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.

Slopes & Trails: Rogue Valley residents 21 and older can meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Paschal Winery on the downstairs patio, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Slopes & Trails is a nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational activities. Call 541-734-5688 or see www.slopes.org.

Blue Lightning: High-energy dance band Blue Lightning — Sue Lundquist on keys, guitar and djembe, Rhonda Loftis on drums, Trish Cook and Dianne Strong-Summerhays on vocals, Lorna Wolvin on rhythm guitar, Cedric Buckingham on bass, Mary-T on lead and slide guitar — will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Admission is $6. See www.grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.

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. La Victoria will perform on Friday, Aug. 26. 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.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Bicycle Ride: The Velo Slo-Mos meet for Saturday morning bike rides throughout the year. Call 541-857-6819 for meeting times and locations. The rides are for bicyclists who want to ride slowly on mostly flat terrain, see the sights, make friends, learn the skills and etiquette of riding in a group and stop for a coffee and social time. Rides are often on the Bear Creek Greenway and cover 15-20 miles. Helmets are required. Bring a spare tire tube, water and money for the coffee stop.

Ashland Saturday Market: Fresh produce and other goods are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays from May through October at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market along Oak Street in downtown Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.

Lithia Artisans Market: Artisans show their handcrafted wares from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October along the Calle Guanajuato pedestrian walkway between Ashland Creek and the downtown Ashland Plaza. Items include jewelry, art, clothing, accessories and woodwork. The market also features guest musicians. See lithiaartisansmarket.com.

OSF Talk: Marin Theatre Company Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg Lydia Garcia will discuss "Plays and Audience in Conversation: Connecting the Stage to Our World" at noon Saturday, Aug. 27, 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.

Soliloquy: Violin and viol duo Ariel Horowitz and Lauren Siess will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The program includes Benedikt Brydern’s “Bebop for Beagles,” Bela Bartok’s “Sonata for Solo Violin,” Joan Tower’s “Wild Purple” and Joel Phillip Friedman’s “Arias with Dance Glitch.” Horowitz and Siess are undergraduates at The Juilliard School in New York City and laureates of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Admission is $12, $5 for students, and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/2asomlv or at the door.

Sunday, Aug. 28

OSF Park Talk: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Stage Operations Manager Joshua Heuertz will give a free informal talk at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, in the Bill Patton Garden on the campus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See www.osfashland.org.

Jon Galfano: The guitarist will perform his original instrumentals at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, 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.

Savanna: Guitarist and singer Liz Jones and guitarist and upright bassist Bob Rawlings will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Weisingers Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free. See www.weisingers.com or call 541-488-5989.

Monday, Aug. 29

Ashland is Ready: Ashland Fire & Rescue presents the third annual Ashland is Ready (AIR) from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Rogue River Room in the Stevension Union on the SOU campus, Ashland. AIR helps you to “Be Informed” and to “Get a Kit.” Each participant will take away an emergency kit worth more than $30. Registration is $10 required in advance. Seating is limited to 400. Tickets are on sale and are anticipated to sell out. You may register by calling 541-482-2770 or in person at Ashland Fire & Rescue Station 1, 455 Siskiyou Blvd., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and prekindergarten children are available Mondays through Fridays at all Jackson County library branches. See www.jcls.org/programs-and-events/storytimes/ for dates and times.

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.

Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission costs $2. Call 541-488-5342.

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