Ashland Calendar: May 5
Saturday, May 5
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Monday, May 7
Tai Chi for Seniors: Tai Chi for adults 50 and older is held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays for beginners at the Grove, 1195 E Main St., Ashland. Advanced class is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Admission is $4. Call 541-488-5342.
Schneider Museum of Art: “The Animated Image,” a collection of artwork by Matt Bollinger, Chris Doyle, Rick Silva and Stacey Steers, will run through May 12 at the Schneider Museum of Art, 555 Indiana St., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The show is presented in conjunction with the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. See sma.sou.edu or call 541-552-6245.
Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.
Color Mondays: Adults can express their creativity through coloring from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-744-6996 or see 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.
Peace Corps Presentation: Oregon Peace Corps recruiter Lisa Snell will give a presentation “Peace Corps: Serving Later in Life,” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Listen as returned volunteers share their experiences, learn more about the service and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Admission is free but registration is required. Email at email@example.com or call 541-488-5342.
Children’s Chess Club: Kids 5 and older can play chess 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.
Lecture: Allen Weisbard, licensed clinical social worker, will present “Choose the Optimism Option,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Ashland Food Co-Op, 300 N. Pioneer St., Ashland. Learn how to utilize recent psychological and sociological research to develop a healthy optimism and increase health and vitality. Admission is free. See ashlandfood.coop.
Author Talk: John Riha will discuss his book “Bounty Huntress” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Cuba Film Series: The documentary “The Power of Community—How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, “ a film about the challenge of creating new energy systems when Cuba lost its main source of oil in the early 1990s, will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-482-8915 for information.
Tuesday, May 8
Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: Fresh and organic produce, crafts and food trucks are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See rvgrowersmarket.com.
Children’s Movies: Free kids’ films are shown at 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Free snacks are available. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.
Trivia Night: Tuesday Night Team Trivia is held at 7 p.m. at Louie’s Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded. Call 541-482-9701.