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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.

Thursday, May 18

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.

Japanese Drumming: A Taiko, or Japanese drumming, instructional session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Helman Elementary School gym, 705 Helman St. The event is free. and children and adults are welcome. The event is part of Japan Week, sponsored by the Japanese Association of Southern Oregon. To register, email jasoinfo@gmail.com or call 541-821-6092.

Author Talk: Author and musician Kristi Cowles will discuss her memoir, "One More Wolf Sings: A Winter Woman's Journey," and sing stories from her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 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.

SOU Percussion Ensemble: Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles, directed by Terry Longshore, will present "Lou Harrison Centennial Celebration," a program of music, poetry and art by the late composer noted for incorporating elements of music from non-Western cultures into his work, with a number of pieces written for Javanese-style gamelan instruments. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the SOU campus in Ashland. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at oca.sou.edu/events or by calling 541-552-6348.

Charles Guy and Linda Powers: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Charles Guy and violinist Linda Powers will perform original music and select covers with Spanish flavors and flamenco flair at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 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, May 19

Breakfast: The Rogue Valley New Day Network Breakfast will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St. Ashland. The breakfast will focus on the status of mental health care in Jackson County. Marijana Knez will be the guest speaker. The RV New Day Network promotes peace, justice and sustainability in the Rogue Valley. All are welcome. This is a no-waste event, so participants are asked to bring their own utensils, plate, napkin, cup and food to share.

Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Kloetzel will perform a mix of folk and rock from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, 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.

Yale Out of the Blue: Yale University's a cappella group — featuring tight vocal harmonies by Chainey Boroski, Jackson Richmond (originally from Ashland), Madeline Batt, Charlie Urban-Mead, Alex Lindsay Roth, Diyu Pearce-Fisher, Edward Gelernt, Minh Vu, Sarah Gale and Eric Li — will perform a mix of pop, rock, R&B, jazz and dubstep at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Mountain Avenue Theater, 201 S. Mountain Ave., on the Ashland High School campus in Ashland. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and children, and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

Saturday, May 20

Hill Cemetery Cleanup: The Hill Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting and cleanup at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the historic Hill Cemetery, located at the edge of Emigrant Lake off Highway 66 outside Ashland. Association officers will be elected. Association members invited anyone with family or friends buried there to come and help. Bring grass cutting tools. Call 541-482-0078.

Rogue Modern Quilters Guild: The quilting group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month for sewing, demonstrations and show-and-tell projects at Talent Town Hall, 206 E. Main St., Talent. A business meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Annual dues are $25. The first visit is free. Call 541-512-1442 or see roguemodernquilters.wordpress.com.

Equestrian Demonstration: The seventh annual Day of the Horse demonstration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Laura Stutesman Training Stables, 151 Ashland Acres Road, Ashland. Demonstrations include horse training, liberty riding, jumping, dressage and the Windy Gap Riders 10-horse drill team. Admission per individual or family is a $5 donation to the drill team. Those ages 17 and younger are free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket for seating. Call 541-621-0070.

Japanese Films: Japanese films with subtitles will be shown from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Meese Auditorium of the Southern Oregon University Art Building on the Ashland campus. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The films are "Robo-G," a heart-warming comedy about a grouchy elderly man and a robot, and the 2014 Animovie Best Feature Film winner "Garden of Words." Japanese sweets and crafts will be available during the event. The event is part of Japan Week, sponsored by the Japanese Association of Southern Oregon. Call 541-821-6092.

Board Games for Adults: Adults are invited to play games like Scrabble, Balderdash and Risk from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Board games and supplies will be provided, or participants can bring their own. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.

Fundraising Auction: A silent auction and entertainment by the Walking Hazel bluegrass band begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a live auction at 6:45 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $15. The event includes appetizers, a wine bar and auction items such as theater tickets, restaurant gift certificates, gourmet private dinners, massage and art work. Proceeds benefit the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, Lotus Rising, the Maslow Project, the LGBT community and Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland. For ticket information, email jaro15@me.com.

Contra Dance: Dances are held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Dance instruction will be available at 7 p.m. On May 20, calling is by Lynn Ackerson with The Killarney Boys of Pleasure providing live music. No perfumes or scented oils, and clean bodies and clothes are encouraged. Admission is $10, $6 for students. Call 541-488-0679 or 541-482-7751 or see www.socontra.org.

Game Day: A board game event geared towards grownups will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-774-6996.

Ashland World Music Festival: Ashland Parks and Recreation will host its second annual world music festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in Lithia Park. Look for live music by Frankie Hernandez; Ha'ena with hula dancers Ka Pi'o O Ke Avuenue; New Autonomous Folksingers; Rogue World Ensemble with Unity Drum & Dance; Southern Oregon University's Percussion Ensemble; The Kevin Carr Family; and Creekside Strings. Look for lots of dancing. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon. Admission is free.

Unitarian Universalist Fundraiser: The Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a fundraiser with music, food, wine, a movie, pizza and auctions beginning at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the fellowship building, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $15 per individual or family with children. A silent auction is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A live auction is from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Musical entertainment is by the Walking Hazel bluegrass and Americana band, plus Kenny Andersen on hammer dulcimer and pianist Ian McCarty. Auction items include timeshares, massages, music and theater tickets, an Asian Fusion lunch with two Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors, wine outings, meals and more. The fellowship supports local social and health services.

John Nilsen: Solo pianist John Nilsen will perform a mix of his original music, folk, classical, jazz and rock at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and recording artist Nilsen, a graduate of Southern Oregon University, has 20 albums to his credit. His newest, "Local Ocean," featuring his band Swimfish, was released in January. Tickets are $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at Music Coop, $20 at the door. A food truck will be at the site. Proceeds will benefit SOU's Young Artists Institute.

Rick Millward: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rick Millward will perform “Songs I Wish I’d Written”, a mix of pop, rock, folk and jazz and stories about the songwriters, along with his original music, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Eliana Wines, 158 Gaerky Creek Road, Ashland. Admission is free. See www.elianawines.com or call 541-690-4350.

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

Waking Hazel: Bluegrass and Americana band Waking Hazel will perform from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The show will open with a silent auction. A live auction will begin at 7:45 p.m. Gift and dining certificates, show and concert tickets, outdoor outings, household services, pet care, wine and more will be on the auction blocks. Tickets are $15 for individuals and families and are available by calling 831-596-4500, emailing jaro15@me.com or at the door. Proceeds benefit the fellowship. Childcare is available.

Bob Rawlings and Alan Berman Trio: Pianist Alan Berman, sax player Bob Rawlings and bassist Jeff Addicott will play a mix of jazz standards at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 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.

John Nilsen: Solo pianist John Nilsen will perform a mix of his original music, folk, classical, jazz and rock at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and recording artist Nilsen, a graduate of Southern Oregon University, has 20 albums to his credit. His newest, "Local Ocean," featuring his band Swimfish, was released in January. Tickets are $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at Music Coop, $20 at the door. A food truck will be at the site. Proceeds will benefit SOU's Young Artists Institute.

Gothic Voices Medieval Choir: The choir, directed by Pat O'Scannell, will present "The Wars of the Roses, Songs of Fealty and Devotion," a program of 15th-century polyphony including solos by lute player James Bishop-Edwards, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Crystal Room at Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $20, $15 for students. Age 21 and younger get in free. There will be free hors d'oeuvres, and wine and beer will be available.

Jefferson State Choral Coalition w/guitarist Craig Chaquico: The choir and former Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico will present "A Jefferson State of Mind" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The choir, directed by Kirby Shaw, will perform such hits as "Miracles," "Jane," "Find Your Way Back," "Sarah," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and others accompanied by Chaquico. Tickets are $25, $5 for students, and can be purchased at jeffersonstatechoralcoalition.com or at the door.

Chamber Music: Concert of new chamber music by Rogue Valley composers William Ashworth, I’lana Cotton, Ken Deveney, Ethan Gans-Morse, Scott Miller and R. Barry Ulrich will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The music will be performed by Gwen Hutchings, clarinet, Thomas Stauffer, cello, and Cynthia Stauffer, piano. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for students.

Sunday, May 21

Ballroom Dance: Ballroom dances are from 2 to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the lower level of Ashland Family YMCA, 541 YMCA Way. Pianist Alan Berman will play music for fox-trot, swing and Latin dancers and listeners. Admission is $7 or $5 for age 19 and younger. Call 541-488-1154.

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.

Rogue Valley Symphonic Band: The community band, conducted by Dan Kocurek, will take audiences to Paris when they perform George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and Camille Saint Saens' Piano Concerto in G minor at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. French-inspired compositions "Candide," by Leonard Bernstein; "Orpheus in the Underworld," by Jacques Offenbach; and others will round out the program. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, $20 for a family, and can be purchased at roguevalleysymphonicband.org or at the door.

Bil Leonhart: The seven-string jazz guitarist will play improvisational instrumentals with Bach-like chordal movements from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 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.

Ben Gault: Pianist Ben Gault will play "pre-bop" improvisational jazz at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Gault's list of favorite composers includes W.C. Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Gentle Thunder: Multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Gentle Thunder will present "An Evening of Southwest Images and Music," a live performance accompanied by a slide show of images, at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com, by calling 800-838-3006, or at the door.

Shasta Music Summit: The Bee Eaters — featuring national fiddle champions Tristan and Tashina Clarridge and hammer dulcimer player Simon Chrisman — will bring young musicians from its Shasta Music Summit to perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Look for banjo virtuoso Ben Krakauer, guitarist Daisy Kerr, fiddlers Miles Quale and Amy Anders, mandolin player Teo Quale, cellist Aerie Walker and bluegrass multi-instrumentalists Lela Miatke and Rainy Miatke. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets will be $25 at the door, half-price for ages 25 and younger.