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Ashland Calendar: March 8

Thursday, March 8

Online Historic Lithia Park Tour: Take an online tour through Lithia Park in Ashland using Ashland Parks and Recreation's story map that highlights historic sites and features throughout the park. Go to gis.ashland.or.us/lithiahistoric.

History Lecture: Part of the Windows in Time history lecture series, historian and former U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Jeff LaLande will present "When Timber was King" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Meese meeting room in the Hannon Library, located on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Learn about the rise and decline of Southern Oregon's wood products industry. Call 541-774-8679 or see jcls.org.

Peter Sellars: Join experimental director Peter Sellars and moderator Geoffrey Riley of JPR's Jefferson Exchange" for a Q-and-A discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Meese Auditorium in the Art building on Southern Oregon University's campus, 555 Indiana Ave., Ashland. Sellars theater and opera to push boundaries and explore tough subjects. He will discuss his career achievements and answer questions from the audience. Admission is free, but registration is required. See oca.sou.edu/box-office or call 541-552-6348.

Jefferson State Toastmasters: Learn and practice skills used for public speaking in a group setting from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Guests are welcome to listen for free as members practice skills in prepared presentations, impromptu speeches, and more. See Universitytm.org or call 541-708-1991.

Author Talk: Author Jan Harrell will discuss her book, "Love Now: Untangling Relationships," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

Dart Tournament: Dart matches for seasoned and novice players start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry is $5 and the pub will match the pot up to $50. Call 541-482-6414.

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.

Game Knights: No matter what kind of "Knight" you are, there is a board game for you to play at 8 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. All ages welcome until 11 p.m. Call 541-482-6414.

Michael Whipple: Keyboard player, percussionist and composer Mike Whipple will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Friday, March 9

Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of every month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.

Oregon Chocolate Festival: The annual Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off with live music, beer and wine from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the lounge at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland St. The festival follows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, at the hotel. Look for creations by dozens of chocolatiers, along with demonstrations, educational sessions, a panel discussion featuring chocolatiers and chefs, and a lecture about the health benefits of chocolate. A chocolate and dessert competition will be judged by Chef Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America. During the festival, discounted tickets to performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be available using the code CHOCOLATE. Festival tickets are $15 for the kick-off party, $20 per day, or $30 for Saturday and Sunday. See oregonchocolatefestival.com for the festival schedule and ticket reservations.

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.

Saturday, March 10

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a talk, "Magic, Mystery, Mayhem and Muses: An Inside Look at the 2018 Season," by Amrita Ramanan at noon Saturday, March 10, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 800-219-8161 or see osfashland.org.

Maker Day: Teens ages 11 to 18 are invited to innovate and explore LEGO Mindstorm, Littlebits and Sphero electronics and robotic sets from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children ages 8 through 10 may also join in if accompanied by an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6994.

Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman: Classical and flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz and jazz guitarist Dan Fellman will join forces to perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Sunday, Mach 11

Author Talk: Author Claire Krulikowski will offer a reading and book signing of her book "Moonlight on the Ganga" at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Admission is free. See clairekrulikowski.com.

Savanna: Guitarist Liz Jones, percussionist Anna Christensen and upright bass payer Bob Rawlings will perform originals penned by Jones, along with a mix of country, folk, rock and more from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Dmitri Matheny Group: Composer and flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny and his band will perform his trademark jazz at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. First introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world's most talented horn players,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Tickets are $25. Reservations can be made at siskiyoumusicproject.com.