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 'Isreal and Ethnic Cleasnsing: 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.
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.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 22
Community Forum: ORD2 Indivisible will host a community forum from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Speakers will include Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Ashland Mayor John Stromberg, State Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, members of clergy and community members and more. The focus will be against hate, bigotry and oppression. See ord2indivisible.org.
International Animation for Grownups: Steven Mayerson and the Art Department at Southern Oregon University will host short films from Japan, Canada, Russia, Estonia and other places around the world at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in Meese Auditorium, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The films feature animation techniques such as clay painting, painting on the film stock and Mandelbox computer animation, along with cell and stop-motion animation. Admission is free. Call 541-625-3042.
Savanna: Rhythm guitarist Liz Jones, percussionist Anna Christensen and stand-up bassist Bob Rawlings will perform a mix of country, rock, folk and more from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 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.
Rogue Valley Symphonic Band: The community band, lead by Don Bieghler, will present "Dracula's Playlight ... With a Twist!" a program of Halloween-themed music featuring Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Saint Saens' Danse Macabre, Berlioz' "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique and more at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, $20 for a family of four, and can be puchased online at roguevalleysymphonicband.org or at the door. Call 541-227-3787 for information.
Monday, Oct. 23
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.
Colorful Mondays: Adults are invited to express their creativity through coloring from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies are provided. Call 541-744-6996 or visit jcls.org.
Stitchers of All Kinds: Bring your needle-craft supplies and participate in embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilting, knitting, crocheting and more at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Call 541-864-8850 or see jcls.org.
Children's Chess Club: Kids 5 and older are invited to join the club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-774-6995 or see jcls.org.
Author Talk: Author Nancy Mansfield will talk about her book, “28 Day Joy Challenge,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
'An Evening with Andre Dubus III': Chautauqua Poets & Writers will present "An Evening with Andre Dubus III" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dubus is author of six books: three that were New York Times bestsellers. He's best known for his novel "House of Sand and Fog," which is published in 20 languages and made into an Academy Award-nominated film. His newest, "Dirty Love," was chosen as notable literature by the New York Times and The Washington Post and is a Kirkus Starred Best Book of 2013. Other books include "The Garden of Last Days," "The Cage Keeper and Other Stories" and "Bluesman." JPR's Geoff Riley will host the discussion. Reserved seating is $20 and can be purchased at chautauquawriters.org. General seating is $15 and can be purchased at Bloomsbury Books, Bookwagon or at the door. Student tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door.