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Monday, May 22
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 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. Babies in the Library and Wobblers programs will take a spring/summer break from May 29 through June 12. Pre-kindergarten story time programs will continue without a break. See www.jcls.org.
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: Karen McClintock will discuss her memoir regarding her gay father, "My Father's Closet," at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. See karenmcclintockauthor.com.
Tuesday, May 23
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.
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 23 gathering focuses on "How does vulnerability support the culture of peace values of authenticity and transparency?" www.ashlandcpc.org.
Brain Books Discussion Group: The group meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. to discuss “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts” by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. The authors relate how humans tend to self-justify rather than admit error and change. The Brain Books Discussion Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.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.
Talent Historical Society: Sue Naumes will give a free presentation titled “The History and Beauty Found in Box Labels from the Rogue Valley Orchard Industry” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Talent Historical Society’s museum, 105 N. Market St., Talent. Call 541-512-8838.
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 24
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.
"One Night Only: Marc Price": Stand-up comedian Marc Price will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Price played Skippy on the '80s TV series "Family Ties." His comedy draws on his experiences growing up in Hollywood and working in the acting industry. Dash Thompson opens the show. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at theoregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Tickets will be $18 at the door.
Rogue Rage Duo: Harmonica player Harpo DeRoma and slide guitarist Dan Tiller will perform Delta blues at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 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.
Community Meeting: Ashland Culture of Peace Commission at 4 p.m. each Wednesday, at the ACPC office, 33 First St., Suite 1, diagonally across Lithia Way from the Ashland Post Office.
Thursday, May 25
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.
Travel Talk: Travis and Courtney Toll will share travel photography, anecdotes and tips based on their yearlong stay and travels in Chile and Argentina at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Ashland Outdoor Store, 37 Third St., Ashland. The free presentation highlights adventure destinations like the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine, as well as food, wine and cultural attractions of Mendoza, Valparaiso and Chilean wine regions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-690-9293.
Poetry: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ensemble in residence, UNIVERSES, will show how its slam poetry aesthetic developed and help participants make their own UNIVERSES-style and iambic poems, then perform its own pieces at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Oberon’s Restaurant and Bar, 45 N. Main St. See www.oberonsashland.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.
Not Too Shabby: Vocalist Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 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.
NoiseFold with Left Edge Collective: NoiseFold — electronic music duo Cory Metcalf and David Stout — will present a talk at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Meese Auditorium in the Art Building, near the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. NoiseFold will join SOU’s Left Edge Collective in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Ashland campus. Left Edge Collective is a new music project directed by David Bithell and Terry Longshore at the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU. The group composes, performs, improvises and creates interdisciplinary projects. Left Edge Collective will premiere two new works by David Bithell: “Shepard" and “CavitationStudy.01.” Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased at oca.sou.edu/box-office, by calling 541-552-6348, or at the box office inside the music hall. Students get in free.
Southern Oregon Concert Band: The community band will present "Bandsmen Favorites," a program of the members' favorite works for concert bands, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for Claude T. Smith's "Emperata Overture," Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Folk Song Suite for Military Band," "Jamie Texidor's Spanish march "Amparita Roca" and more. Conductors Don Beighler and Martin Behnke will share the podium. Admission is by donation.