Get Up & Go: March 29
Thursday, March 29
Medford Growers Market: Fresh produce and other goods are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hawthorne Park between East Main and East Jackson streets through November. Visit the Holly Theater booth at on Thursday, April 5, to sign up to win 2 general admission passes to Bi-Mart’s Country Crossings Music Festival at The Expo on July 26 – 29. See www.rvgrowersmarket.com.
Line Dancing: Jeannette Bournival leads line dancing Thursdays at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. Beginners are at 1:00 p.m. and intermediate dancers are at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $3. No partners are needed. Call 541-857-6819 or see jbournival.wordpress.com.
Spanish/English Conversation Group: English-speakers learning Spanish and Spanish-speakers learning English can attend a free conversation hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-744-6996.
Cribbage: Cribbage games start at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Entry is $5. Call 541-664-2611.
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.
Friday, March 30
Pear Blossom Baby Contest: The 33rd annual Pear Blossom Baby contest will be held on Saturday, April 7. The contest is open to babies ages 5 to 15 months, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the contest starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of Macy’s Home Store on the lower level of Rogue Valley Mall, 1600 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The entry fee is $10 per category the child is entered in and entry forms are available at Kid to Kid, Little Feet, Clas E Professor, the website si-medford.org or the Soroptimist International of Medford Facebook page. All entrants are eligible for the overall category of Baby Bud for boys and Baby Blossom for girls. Other categories are Quickest Smile, Bluest Eyes, Darkest Eyes, Prettiest Hair and Chubbiest. Winners ride in the annual Pear Blossom Parade in downtown Medford Saturday, April 14. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations that help women and girls.
Pear Blossom Run: Register for the 42nd Annual YMCA Pear Blossom Run happening April 14 in downtown Medford. There will be a 10-mile race, a 10-mile handcycle or wheelchair race, a 5K race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs. Registration is $30, $23 or $8 for the 10-mile, 5K and fun runs, respectively. Registration will be $40 for the 10-mile and $33 for the 5K after April 8. Proceeds benefit YMCA’s programs for low-income kids, teens, families and seniors. See pearblossomrun.com or call 541-324-8348.
Jacksonville Carvers: The club meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays for carving and coffee at The Woodcarving Place, 255 E. D St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. Call 541-899-5571.
Slopes & Trails: Rogue Valley residents can attend Slopes & Trails’ free meet-and-greet social at 5 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Jackson Creek Pizza Co., 317 E. Main Street, Medford. This nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.
Discussion: Marla Estes and Rob Schlapfer will host a talk, “How Can We Improve Our Thinking?” from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Explore ideas and learn tools aimed at broadening personal perspective. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. See bridging.online.
Rod Petrone: The classical guitarist will play a mix of music from Brazil, Latin America and France, along with his own arrangements of Italian compositions at 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Saturday, March 31
Lithia Artisans Market: Dozens of artisans display handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.
Central Point Eggstravaganza: Kids can hunt for more than 20,000 eggs at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Twin Creeks Park, 555 Twin Creeks Crossing Loop, Central Point. Activities from 10 a.m. to noon include free games, photos with the Easter Bunny and prizes. The egg hunt is split up into three age groups: ages 3 and under , ages 4-6 and ages 7-9. Food will be available for purchase. Call 541-423-1978.
Eagle Point Egg Hunt: The hunt for candy, toothbrushes and stuffed animals begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at a Crater Charter School sports field at E. Main Street and South Shasta Avenue, Eagle Point. Families are encouraged to arrive early. Groups are ages 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-11 and special needs. Please hunt in your designated group area only and be sure to bring your own basket. One stuffed animal per child. No dogs. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Call 541-944-2446.
Phoenix Easter Egg Hunt: The city of Phoenix and Jackson County Fire District 5 present an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Phoenix High School, 745 N. Rose St. Egg hunters will be divided into groups from toddlers through age 11. The event includes prizes, face painting, fire trucks, refreshments by Iron Skillet Restaurant & Bakery, drawings for gift baskets, Easter buckets for kids while supplies last and child fingerprint kits for parents from the Phoenix Police Department. Service animals only.
Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk, offering an interactive in-depth introduction to “Manahatta,” at noon Saturday, March 31, 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.
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, March 31, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 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.
Benefit Dinner: Crater Renaissance Academy Drama and Dance will host a benefit dinner to raise money for Crater High School students to visit Edinburgh, Scotland. Look for a spring harvest-style dinner created by chef Neil Clooney of Smithfields Resturant and Smithfield Pub and Pies. Clooney will use products from Rogue Creamery, Cherry Street meats and Fry family Farm, and there will be wines from Quady North winery and Valley View winery. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Fry Family Store, 2184 Ross Lane, Central Point. Tickets are $80. For tickets and reservartions, email email@example.com or call 541-494-6348.
Will Hornyak: Storyteller Will Hornyak will present “Waking Finn Mac Cool” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the GEOS Institute, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is $15 cash at the door. The show is open to ages 14 and older. For reservations email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Dorris: Guitarist and Southern Oregon University alumnus Matt Dorris will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Siskiyou Music Project Presents
Sinne Eeg and Larry Koonse: Danish jazz vocalist Sinne Eeg and guitarist Larry Koonse will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Eeg 2014 album, “Face the Music,” won a Danish Music Award for Best Jazz Vocal, along with a Ben Webster Prize and a Prix du Jazz. Tickets are $25, and reservations can be made at siskiyoumusicproject.com.
Sean Watkins and The Bee Eaters: Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek fame and The Bee Eaters — fiddle champions Tristan and Tashina Clarridge and hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman — will perform tunes from Watkins’ new album, “What to Fear,” and other “new string nation” music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Fiddle and mandolin duo Rainy and the Rattlesnakes open the show. Tickets are $22 in advance and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will be $25 at the door. See grizzlypeakwinery.com or call 541-482-5700.