Thursday, March 9Author Talk: K.G. Stiles will discuss her new book, “The Essential Oils,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. This reference guide lists more than 250 recipes for natural, wholesome aromatherapy. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.Spanish-English Conversation Group: Practice a new language from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6980 or see www.jcls.org.Author Talk: Victor Lodato will discuss his novel “Edgar and Lucy” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts a free trivia night from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.Jef Ramsey Duo: Guitar and mandolin duo Kathryn Casternovia and Jef Ramsey play at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 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, March 10Preschool Puppet Theatre: Gather around to see what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating will be allowed.
Not Too Shabby Duo: Singer Lisa Yriarte and guitarist Pete Brown will perform a mix of jazz standards by such artists as Diana Krall, Etta James, Norah Jones, Billie Holiday and others at 6 p.m. Friday, March 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.Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners needed. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.Southern Oregon Swing: Swing dances are held from 8 to 11 p.m. every second and fourth Friday at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners' instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 66 and older, and free for ages 18 and younger and full-time students. Call 541-324-7981.Saturday, March 11Poetry Day: Writing professor Robert Arellano will lead the Schneider Museum of Art's Free Family Day — with a focus on poetry writing for both English and Spanish speakers — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the museum, near the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Docent-led Tuesday Tours are at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Call 541-552-6245 or see sma.sou.edu.Author Talk: Joanna Kubicka Fenn — who has lived in Egypt, Poland, the Soviet Union and America — will discuss her diary-style memoir, "Weaving the Strands of Life," from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The focus is space Saturday, March 11, at ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, during Launch to Space Activity Day. Beginning at 7 p.m., Family Overnight begins with kids and parent or guardians spending the night at the museum, learning about the night sky, building lunar rovers and making alien atmospheres. Bring a sleeping bag and pad. The event includes a light breakfast and ends at 9 a.m. The overnight event is $50 for adults and $30 per child. To register, see www.scienceworksmuseum.org. Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will team up to play duets at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 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.Band du Pays Swing: The band will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 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.Bird Watching: Participants 10 and older can learn how to identify birds and help count birds at feeders from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays through March at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The free activity takes place under a covered pavilion. Call 541-488-6606 or see northmountainpark.org.Kid Story Writing: Kids 5 to 13 are invited to Stories Alive, where they will write stories and then transform those stories into shadow puppet shows every Saturday through March 18. The activity is from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 5-8, and from 1 to 3 p.m. for 9-13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.Art Exhibit: "Shapes of Curiosity: The SOU Creative Arts Faculty Exhibition" continues through March 11 at the Schneider Museum of Art, near the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. An art-themed family activity will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Docent-led tours are at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Call 541-552-6245 or see sma.sou.edu.
Scrabble: Play for free from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.Southern Oregon Nordic Club: Beginner and intermediate classic ski lessons begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. A ski tour will follow at noon. Locations will vary depending on snow conditions, so confirm the time and meeting location with Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703, prior to the outing. A schedule with other upcoming Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings and contact info is available on the onc.org/sonc website.Sunday, March 12Jon Galfano: The guitarist and composer will play original instrumentals from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 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.Joe Cohoon Trio: Acoustic bassist Joe Cohoon — along with a revolving cast of players — will perform classic, instrumental jazz at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 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.
Jane Austen Society: The society presents "The Humor of P.G. Wodehouse" and "Regency Women Artists" during a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.