Ashland calendar: Feb. 2
Friday, Feb. 2
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.
Tu b'Shevat Celebration: Rabbi David Zaslow and Morah Cyrise Beatty Schachter will lead a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and Celebration of the Trees at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tu b'Shevat, the most ancient ecological holiday, is a ritual passed down by the 16th-century mystics of Safed. Fruits and nuts will be tasted to celebrate the emergence from winter into the time of the awakening of the trees. Admission is free but donations are accepted. All are welcome. Bring a potluck veggie dish to share. Call 541- 488-7716.
Margaret R. Evans and Robert Train Adams: Margaret R. Evans and Robert Train Adams will present a pipe organ concert at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for works by composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Hugo Distler, George Thalben-Ball and John Philip Sousa. Admission is free. Metered parking is available in the Mountain Avenue lot. Evans is professor emerita of music at SOU and Adams is a composer who trained at the Paris Conservatory with many titles to his credit. Admission is free. Call 541-482-3075 for information.
Not Too Shabby: Singer Lisa Yriarte, guitarist Pete Brown and drummer Mike Fitch will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see bellefiorewine.com.
Saturday, Feb. 3
Community Market: An indoor and outdoor community market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Produce, art, crafts, housewares, yard-sale items and other goods are available. Email email@example.com for information.
Bird Walk: See and hear a variety of birds that are year-round residents in the Rogue Valley and some that are migrating through the area from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 13, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is free. Nate Trimble will lead the group.
Talent Garden Club: The club meets the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Talent library, 101 Home St. The club will host a seed exchange from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Bring seeds to share and take those that interest you. A small donation is requested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Opera Demonstration: Mark Morash, director of musical studies at San Francisco Opera, will lead two master classes featuring 10 opera singers from the Rogue Valley and the West Coast at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The master classes are open and provide an opportunity to see a teacher working with young opera singers. Admission is free.
The Lowest Pair: Banjo duo Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee will perform their signature Americana at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Headwaters Room at the Geo Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Their music blends influences of Townes Van Zandt and John Hartford with poetic and playful ways with words. Since forming in 2013, The Lowest Pair has released five albums on Team Love Records: "36 cents," "The Sacred Heart Sessions," "I Reckon I'm Fixin' on Kickin' Round to Pick a Little," "Uncertain As It Is Uneven" and "Fern Girl & Ice Man." Admission to the show is $15 at the door.
National Association of Composers USA: Local members of the organization will perform piano solos and duets at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $10, $5 for students. Call 541-488-5506 for information.
Sunday, Feb. 4
Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be open every day through Feb. 19. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks are available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/IceRink for schedule and admission information.
Jefferson Baroque Orchestra: The orchestra will present "Love Letters," a program of music played on early period instruments, the music of Henry Purcell and Claudio Monteverdi sung by Emma Rose Lynn, and Shakespeare sonnets read by Geoff Ridden at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors. See jeffersonbaroque.org.
T.J. Elton: Multi-instrumentalist and singer T.J. Elton and company will play a mix of hit songs from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see bellefiorewine.com.
Monday, Feb. 5
Color 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.
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 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.
Grand Opera Concert: Resident artists of the San Francisco Opera — sopranos Sarah Cambidge and Natalie Image, mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon, tenors Amitai Pati and Kyle van Schoonhoven, baritone Andrew G. Manea and bass-baritone Christian Pursell — will perform excerpts from grand operas at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Aria Umezawa will direct, and pianist John Elam will provide accompaniment. The opera singers are 2018 Adler Fellows, and the program is presented by Brava! Opera Theater and the James M. Collier Young Artist Program. Tickets are $25, $5 for students, and can be purchased at bravaopera.com or by calling 800-901-7173, ext. 3, or 541-261-5776.