Wednesday, Oct. 18
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 at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-732-0141.
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The museum features a variety of interactive science exhibits at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $2 the first Sunday of every month. See upcoming events, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday . Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2-12 and 65 and older. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.
Thursday, Oct. 19
Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.
Author Talk: Author Marina J. Lostetter will talk about her novel, “Noumenon,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Lecture: Dr. Darlene Southworth will discuss the discovery of a gilled mushroom growing underwater and the scientific work leading to its description as a new species at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University, Science building, Room 161, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Call 860-878-2049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles Guy and Linda Powers: The guitar and violin duo will perform Latin and flamenco flavored instrumentals and covers at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Rising Appalachia: Led by sisters Leah and Chloe, Rising Appalachia will perform a mix of folk music in support of its newest live album, "Alive," Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Singer and songwriter Gill Landry will open the show. Tickets are $27 in advance, $32 the day of the show, and can be purchased at liveatthearmory.com.
Friday, Oct. 20
Breakfast: The Rogue Valley New Day Network Breakfast will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St. Ashland. The breakfast speaker will be Avram Sacks presenting 'Israel and Ethnic Cleansing: The Truth Behind the Exodus Myth.' The RV New Day Network promotes peace, justice and sustainability in the Rogue Valley. This is a no-waste event, so participants are asked to bring their own utensils, plate, napkin, cup and food to share.
Call to Teen Writers: The Medford Teen library is sponsoring a scary story writing contest through Oct. 21. Teens are invited to visit the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., to pick up a writing prompt then write a scary story of 500 words or fewer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories and featured at the annual Spooky Story Read-Aloud Oct. 30. Call 541-774-8685 or see jcls.org.
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.
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.
Son Ravello: Singer and songwriter Mysha Caruso, singer Manda Bryn Severin and pianist Jason O’Neill-Butler will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 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.
The Hamazons: Improvisational comedy trio The Hamazons — Cil Stengel, Eve Smyth and Kyndra Laughery — will present "A Completely Improvised Zombie Apocalypse" in the style of Jane Austen. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Look for a terrifyingly funny show filled with wit, romance, danger and brains ... lots of brains. Musical accompaniment will be by Darcy Danielson. Tickets are $15 in advance and available at hamazons.com, or $18 at the door.
Saturday, Oct. 21
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. 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.
Contra Dance: Dances are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Beginners instruction begins at 7 p.m. and dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the caller will be Rich Goss, live music by Cascade Crossing. 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 email at email@example.com.
Laundry Love Benefit Concert: Musicians Lisa Spencer, Karen Wennlund, Kay Aldrich, Trish Cook, Neil Holland, Crystal Reeves and Pam Vellutini will present contemporary folk music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Donations of $10 to $100 are suggested. Proceeds benefit those who need clean clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. Doors open at 7 p.m.
'Motown Get Down': A dance party featuring live sounds of Motown, soul and oldies performed by the Daniel Kelly Soul Project — singer Danielle Kelly, guitarist Paul Turnipseed, drummer Matthew Kriemelman, bassist Richard Meyer and Gordon Greenley on sax — will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St., Ashland. Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased at elks944.org/buy. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Proceeds from tickets and bar sales will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jackson County. The nonprofit organization trains volunteers to advocate the safety and well-being of children under the care of Child Welfare due to parent abuse or neglect. The dance is open to ages 21 and older.