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Ashland Calendar: May 4

Friday, May 4

Firewise: The city of Ashland will hold a Firewise Clean-Up Day Saturday, May 5. Drop off green debris for free at the Valley View Transfer Station from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information see ashland.or.us/cleanupday.

Center for the Visual Arts: New Spring exhibits featuring student artists will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for Elizabeth King’s collection “55 degrees over 65 degrees ” in the Retzlaff Gallery; Caitlin McMorris’ sculpture work “You’re Fine” in the Thorndike Gallery; Paige Gerhard’s watercolor paintings “Intentional Chances” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Miranda Redhead’s “Haunted Hearts: Of Laments and Love” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; MadisonReames’ “Exploring Self Identity: A Color Study” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; James Montes De Oca’s “Narrative of Hands” in the JELD WEN Gallery; and Jazmine B. Heard’s “Stars and Stripes” in the Art Department Courtyard. The exhibit will be displayed through Wednesday, May 23. The galleries’ hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-621-6605.

Science Lecture: Gigliola Staffilani, MIT Abby Rockefeller Mauze professor of mathematics, will give a presentation “How the Complex Wave Phenomena Inspires Beautiful Mathematics,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, in Room 151 of the Science Building on the Southern Oregon University Campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. In this talk, Staffilani will try to convey how the mathematical study of wave phenomena has also created and inspired a whole set of new mathematical tools. These tools are now used to answer open problems in completely different settings, from number theory to probability to symplectic geometry and more. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-552-6341.

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 necessary. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

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 at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

St. Lawrence String Quartet: The quartet, along with pianist Stephen Prutsman, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Friday’s program will include music by Haydn, Sibelius and Franck, and Saturday’s program will showcase Haydn, Korngold and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $33 or $38, $5 for students and Oregon Trail card holders, and can be purchased at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154. Pre-show lectures will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Room 132 of the music hall.

Siskiyou Summit Handbell Concert: Sixty-five handbell ringers from San Francisco to Portland, directed by Barb Walsh, will present “Plays Well with Others,” a performance of arrangements of familiar hymns and original compositions, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the gym at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker Ave. Admission is by donation. Call 541-324-0404 for information.

Saturday, May 5

Talent Garden Club: The club meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Email cjmuhr@yahoo.com.

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.

Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive, in-depth introduction to “Othello” at noon Saturday, May 5, 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.

T.J. Elton: Singer and multi-instrumentalist T.J. Elton and his J’Villains will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.

Sunday, May 6

Jane Austen Society: The group will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Scholar and author Collins Hemingway will present “The Wars in Austen’s Lifetime and in her Novels.” Tea will be served. Call 541-482-3262.

Clutter-Clearing Presentation: Professional organizer Pam Lott will present “Clutter is Not the Boss of You” at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Learn basic clutter-clearing guidelines, and come away with a list of 11 things you can get rid of immediately. Call 541-774-6996 or visit jcls.org.

Health Presentation: Jack McIntosh will present “Reversing Diabesity” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the Community Center at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1650 Clark Ave., Ashland. Learn about healthy eating as it relates to diabetes. Admission is free, and a meal will be provided. Registration is required. Call 541-690-7948or email at wilburclaus39@gmail.com.

Fairy Houses: Build a natural fairy house at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Build a small home on the provided platform using twigs, grasses and flowers, seashells, pebbles, moss, pine cones and seed pods, tree bark and more. Admission is $5 for ages 3 and up. See northwestnatureshop.com or call 541-482-3241.

Rogue Valley Symphonic Band: The band, directed by Travis Moddison, will present “Cornerstones and Landmarks,” a program of music by Dmitri Shotakovich and John Williams, along with an international cast of composers, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 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, or $20 for a family, and can be purchased at roguevalleysymphonicband.org or by calling 541-227-3787.

Jefferson Baroque Orchestra: Orchestra members Alan Paul (baroque oboe), Karen Basin (baroque bassoon), Sherril Wood (traverso) and Luna Bitzer (traverso) will present “Totally Telemann,” a program of music by Georg Philip Telemann, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and will be available at the door. See jeffersonbaroque.org.

Bathtub Gin Serenaders and King Roy Wing: Rogue Farm Corps presents its fourth annual Spring Block Party from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Sammich, 424 Bridge St., Ashland. Bathtub Gin Serenaders will perform pre-World War II hot jazz and early blues, and King Roy Wing will perform original folk and Americana. Beer from Caldera and Ninkasi brewing companies will be available, along with ciders from Apple Outlaw and 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Admission is $5 to $25 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit Rogue Farm Corps, a nonprofit committed to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. See roguefarmcorps.org for information.

Blue Lightning: This high-energy dance band — Sue Lundquist on keys and guitar, Rhonda Loftis on drums, Trish Cook and Dianne Strong-Summerhays on vocals, Crystal Reeves on electric violin, Brent Norton on lead guitar and Cedrick Buckingham on bass — will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.