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Wednesday, May 10
Lithia Park Nature Walks: Trained naturalists lead free 90-minute walks at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting at the entrance of Lithia Park on Winburn Way in Ashland through Sept. 29. Saturday walks are added in July and August. Topics include trees, plants, wildlife, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Call 541-488-5340 for more information.
Hands-All-Around Quilters: Visitors can work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall in the First United Methodist Church,175 N.Main St., Ashland. Call 541-732-0141.
Agatha Christie Movies: Movies based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mysteries will be shown at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in May at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.
Thursday, May 11
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.
Poetry Reading: The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will hold its monthly Open-Mic-Without-a-Mic reading Thusday, May 11, at the Down Towne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. with readings at 7 p.m. All are invited to read or listen. The suggested May theme is "Moms, and Loved Ones Gone." Call 541-512-1007.
Author Talk: Christopher Harding and Will Wilkinson will discuss their book, "Thriving: In Business and Life," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The talk is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.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.
Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie and Teresa Trull: Singers and songwriters Cris Williamson and Teresa Trull and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com, by calling 800-838-3006, or at Music Coop. Tickets will be $30 at the door.
Ed Dunsavage Trio: Guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon and drummer Gary Hirsh will perform jazz standards and arrangements at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 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.Poetry: The Friends of Hannon Library present Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library on Southern Oregon University's Ashland campus. Woody will discuss how drawing on nature and multicultural experiences of humanity and heritage can influence creativity. An artist and author of short fiction, essays and poetry, Woody is Oregon's first Native American poet laureate. The event is free. For free parking during the event, enter code FHL0511 into any SOU parking meter. Email email@example.com or call 541-552-6816.
Author Talk: Christopher Harding and Will Wilkinson will discuss their book, "Thriving: In Business and Life," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The talk is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.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.
'Summer People': Southern Oregon University's production of Maxim Gorky's play about turn-of-the-century Russia will run 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 at the Stevnson Union Arena on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland. Other performances will continue Tickets are $21, $18 for seniors or $6 for students. Call 541-552-6348 or see www.oca.sou.edu/box-office.
Friday, May 12Band du Pays Swing: The band will perform a mix of swing music for dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 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 paschalwinery.com or call 541-535-7957.
Art Exhibits: Exhibits continue through May 26 at Center for the Visual Arts galleries on Southern Oregon University's Ashland campus and feature young creators from the 2017 Oregon Fringe Festival, which breaks art out of its traditional boundaries. See oregonfringefestival.org.
Preschool 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.
Art Exhibit: A reception with artists is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Weisinger Family Winery, 3150 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, to celebrate the latest Five Friends art exhibit. Paintings by Martha Abshear, Midge Black, Denise Souza Finney, Joan Franklin and Mary Hills will be on display through June 30 at the winery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 541-535-1206.
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.
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, May 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.Tutunov Piano Series: Alexander Tutunov, professor of piano and artist in residence at Southern Oregon University, will play the final concert in his annual namesake piano series. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the SOU campus in Ashland. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 541-552-6348 or at the door.Puppeteers for Fears: The ensemble will present "Trilogy of Terror," featuring three original short pieces from different directors using custom-made puppets at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 12, 14, 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. Sundays, May 14 and 21, at Oberon's Three-Penny Tavern, 45 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $8 at the door. The R-rated performances are not suitable for children. See www.puppeteersforfears.com.