Ashland Calendar: Feb. 22
Thursday, Feb. 22
Online Historic Lithia Park Tour: Take a self-guided, online tour through Lithia Park in Ashland using Ashland Parks and Recreation's online story map, which highlights historic sites and features throughout the park. The Story Map was created by Lea Richards, GIS Analyst for the City of Ashland. The map is available online only at gis.ashland.or.us/LithiaHistoric. Call 541-488-5340.
French dinner: The Southern Oregon University French Club will serve its 21st annual French Dinner, a five-course meal for students, employees and community members on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Stevenson Union’s Rogue River Room, on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland. The dinner will begin with soup, followed by a palate cleanser, quiche, salad and cheese, French bread, dessert and coffee or tea. Vegetarian options are available for the soup and quiche courses. Wine donated by Oregon wineries can be purchased at $3 per glass for those who are 21 and older. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and orders will be taken at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 for students and $12 for community members. Tickets can be purchased at the Stevenson Union information booth on the SOU campus or at Paddington Station in Ashland.
Author Talk: Author Jay Golden will discuss his book, "Retellable," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
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.
Mike Whipple: Keyboard player, percussionist and composer Mike Whipple will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see bellefiorewine.com.
'I Love a Piano': This celebration of the music of Irving Berlin follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives. Along the way, the story comes to life with more than 60 of composer and lyricist Irving Berlin's popular songs, including "Blue Skies," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Cheek to Cheek," "Always," "God Bless America" and, of course, "I Love a Piano." The musical revue will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $32, $35 or $38, $22, $25 or $28 for ages 22 and younger, and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
Friday, Feb. 23
Center for the Visual Arts: Spring exhibits feature student, faculty and community artists and are open Friday, Feb. 23, through Wednesday, March 21, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for Kaylee Vanek's BFA thesis "Divulge" in the Retzlaff Gallery; "Women in Action," a collection of works by SOU students, faculty and community members, in the Thorndike Gallery; a collection of works by Reba Crawford Hayes, Kelsey Goldman, Jazmine B. Heard, Manya Orescan and Ellie Peck, "Poetry in Sink," in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Ryan Evangelisti's "Lost Places" in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; Ben Gradel's "Adventure in Motorcycling" in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and Tristan Perrotti's "Heartache" in the JELD WEN Gallery. A reception for the artists will be at 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, and refreshments will be provided. The galleries' hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-552-8315
Book Sale: The Rogue River Friends of the Library will hold book sales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Look for new or gently-used books, DVDs and CDs. Purchase a large grocery bag for $ 3 and fill with as many books as you would like. All proceeds help fund programs, activities and library collections. Call 541-864-0581 or see jcls.org.
Author Talk: Author George Dohrmann will discuss his book "Superfans: Into the Heart of Obsessive Sports Fandom," at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
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.
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.
Stardust Trio: Singer Kacie Garner-Bowers, bassist Michael Barth and guitarist Tim Church will perform jazz and standards from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see bellefiorewine.com.
Saturday, Feb. 24
Waggin' Tales Used Book Sale: Friends of the Animal Shelter's pay-what-you-want book sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Jackson County Animal Services, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Book purchases, made by cash or check only, support FOTAS programs. Call 917-602-9074.
Bilingual Story Time: A combined English and Spanish story time is at noon Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 541-864-8880 or see jcls.org.
Stolen Moments: Guitarist Dan Fellman, vocalist and guitarist Conny Lindley and Walter Lindley on upright bass will play American jazz standards, Latin jazz and Gypsy jazz from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Belle Fiore, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-552-4900 or see bellefiorewine.com.
Expanse Ensemble: The quartet — pianists Christine Eggert and Matt Goodrich and percussionists Jordan Curcuruto and Eric Retterer — will present "Then and Now," a program of works by Bartok and Meadowcroft, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and Oregon Trail Card holders, free for students, and can be purchased by calling 541-552-6348 or at the door.