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Saturday, May 13

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: Jackson County residents are invited to help with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by leaving non-perishable food items and toiletries in bags by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 13. U.S. Post Office carriers will pick up the donations and volunteers will take the items to ACCESS to help people in need. Cash donations can also be made on the ACCESS website at accesshelps.org.

Talent Citywide Yard Sale: A city-wide yard sale and other events are planned for the day on Saturday, May 13. Maps are available at the Outdoor Discovery Program's school, 309 W. Main St. The Talent Historical Society will sell Heirloom Talent Tomatoes and Talent Tomato t-shirts from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the society's museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. The sale is the society's major fundraiser of the year. Call 541-512-8838. The Talent Library Club will hold a fundraising book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Talent library, 101 Home St. See www.jcls.org. Recyclables can be dropped off at Talent City Hall, 110 E Main St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Acceptable items include used electronics, metals, used but still useful household items, household building materials, compact fluorescent light bulbs but not tubes, oil-based paint and Styrofoam peanuts.

Plant Sale: The Ashland Garden Club will hold its 38th annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13, in the Safeway parking lot, 585 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland. Items include pollinator plants, butterfly way station plants, Mother's Day bouquets and many other annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Proceeds support Southern Oregon University scholarships and grants. Call 541-482-4558.

Talent Plant Sale: The Talent Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Ray's Food Place parking lot, 215 E. Wagner St., Talent. Items for sale will include flower and herb baskets, vegetable and flower starts and 40 varieties of tomato starts.

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The museum features a variety of interactive science exhibits at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Check the calendar of upcoming events, shows and activities at www.scienceworksmuseum.org. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 for ages 2-12 and 65 and older. Admission is $1 the first Sunday of every month. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

German Cars and Coffee: Owners of German and European cars and enthusiasts meet from 8 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month in the Brammo parking lot, 300 W. Valley View Road, Talent. Complimentary coffee and donuts are provided.

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.

Lee Stewart: Pianist Lee Stewart will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 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.

Rogue Valley Peace Choir: The 90-member choir will present its 14th annual spring concert, "A Time for Peach," at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Look for music composed by Joni Mitchell, Sam Cooke, Cat Stevens, Harry Belefonte, Holly Near and more, along with poems by Wendell Berry and Langston Hughes set to choral arrangements. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will team up to perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 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.

Salsa Fiesta: A fundraising Salsa Fiesta starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The event includes Salsa dance lessons, dinner by Karen Caird, Grizzly Peak Winery tasting and margarita tastings, plus gift certificates available for purchase for body work, theater, entertainment and local getaways. A week-long vacation at Lake of the Woods and a week-long vacation at the Inn of the Seventh Mountain outside Bend are also available. Admission is $15 at the door. Call 541-488-7716.

"The Mother Goose Project" and "The Silly Journey": Ashland Children’s Theatre presents a weekend of hilarity and fun for all ages with two comedies, "The Mother Goose Project" and "A Silly Journey," at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at The Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. Tickets are $7, $5 for students, and are available at the door. See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com or call 541-414-8676 or 541-301-4549.

Sunday, May 14

Joe Cohoon Trio: Acoustic bassist Joe Cohoon — along with a revolving cast of players — will perform classic, instrumental jazz at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 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.

Monday, May 15

Artist Competition: Registration is open for the Southern Oregon Plein Air 2017 outdoor painting competition running from Thursday, June 29, through Saturday, July 1, at various locations. Registration by May 15 costs $65 and includes a pre-event "Cork and Fork" dinner with no host wine bar Wednesday, June 28, at Paschal's Winery and Vineyard in Talent. Registration from May 15 through the deadline of June 3 costs $75. Artists will have an opportunity to display their finished paintings. More than $1,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded. See www.soartistsworkshop.com.

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

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 is $2. Call 541-488-5342.

Children's Chess Club: Kids ages 5 and up are invited to join the club that meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. An instructor will be available each Monday for kids wishing to learn or improve their game. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-774-6995 or see www.jcls.org.

Author Talk: Jean Hanna will discuss her book, "Opening to the Mystery of Miracles: Ancient Healing Wisdom to Contemporary Practice," at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The talk is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see www.bloomsburyashland.com.

Tai Chi: The Ashland Senior Center offers beginning/intermediate tai chi from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Sliding scale, $3-4 per session. 541-552-0698.

Tuesday, May 16

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: Fruits and vegetables, crafts, specialty foods, drinks and more are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.

Recorder Group: Recorder players of all ages and skill levels can join the Recorder Group of Talent at noon Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or seewww.jcls.org.

Spanish-English Conversation Group: Join in the Spanish-English Conversation Group at 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Chat about interesting ideas and help each other learn a new language. Call 541-535-4163 or see www.jcls.org.

Southern Oregon University Arts & Research Conference: Research presentations, projects and performances from all disciplines across SOU can be seen Tuesday through Friday, May 16-19, in various rooms in the Hannon Library on the campus in Ashland. The 10th annual conference includes students, faculty, staff and alumni sharing their passions, accomplishments, activities and research. Free. See sou.edu/soar.

Talking Circle: Theme for May is "Vulnerability: The Doors It Closes and the Doors it Opens." All are welcome to attend any or all sessions. 11 a.m. to noon each Tuesday at the Ashland Culture of Peace office, 33 First St., Suite 1, diagonally across Lithia Way from the Ashland Post Office. The May 16 gathering focuses on "How is vulnerability related to trust?" www.ashlandcpc.org.

Trivia Night: Tuesday Night Team Trivia is held at 7 p.m. at Louie's Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded. Call 541-482-9701.

Wednesday, May 17

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.

Poetry and Art: A poetry reading is from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Gallerie Karon, 500 A St. #1, Ashland. The gallery's exhibit "Artist as Poet: Part II" includes work by Dori Appel, Todd Davis, Jesse Widener, Ken Deveney, Karen Wasser, Nancy Bardos and Brooks Garten Hauschild. Call 541-482-9008.

Travel Tips: Nancy Bestor of Travel Essentials will give tips to make summer travel easier and less expensive from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996.

Storytime: Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Barry Kraft will read children Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad are Friends" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.

Liz Jones: Singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Liz Jones and violinist Elise Gruber will play an acoustic mix of covers and Jones' original music at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 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.

Holly Near: Singer and songwriter Holly Near will present "Peace Becomes You," a program of folk and jazz, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Near will be accompanied by keyboard player Tammy Hall and bassist Jan Martinelli. Tickets are $20 or $25 in advance and can be purchased at hollynear.brownpapertickets.com or at Music Coop. Tickets will be $25 or $30 at the door. Call 541-488-7716.

Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band: Piper and singer Elias Alexander, originally from Ashland, and his Boston-based band will perform contemporary Celtic music at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in the Headwaters Room at the Geos Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. The band is touring to promote its self-titled debut album. Tickets are $10 to $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

One Night Only: Jerry Lee: Tenor Jerry Lee will sing Broadway hits originally written for women in a heartwarming and comedic night of music at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at theoregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902.