Community Notes


Ashland Police Department

Tuesday 10:16 a.m. — Police arrested a 45-year-old man in the 100 block of South Mountain Avenue on two outstanding Medford warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Tuesday 5:28 p.m. — Police investigated a possible sex crime reported on Gresham Street.

Tuesday 8:26 p.m. — Police arrested an 18-year-old man for stealing $200 from a bag belonging to someone else near the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the first block of South Pioneer Street. The man was also arrested for providing false information to a police officer and was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Tuesday 9:05 p.m. — A 15-year-old female was reported as a runaway in the 600 block of East Pebble Beach Drive.

Ashland Fire & Rescue

Tuesday 9:28 a.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 900 block of Skylark Place.

Tuesday 1:52 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 600 block of North Main Street.

Tuesday 2:40 p.m. — AFR responded to an emergency medical services call in the 200 block of Tolman Creek Road.

Food Bank

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank this week is in need of:


The food bank is at 2200 Ashland St., P.O. Box 3578. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month. Call 488-9544.


Camelot Theatre Company

Thursday, Jan. 7, Secret Garden, 8 p.m., many

Friday, Jan. 8, Secret Garden, 8 p.m., many

For tickets, call 535-5250


Art exhibit

On Thursday, Jan. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., artist Marilyn Briggs will have a reception for her exhibit of abstract landscapes with recycled findings at the Thorndike Gallery on the Southern Oregon University campus across the courtyard from the Schneider Art Museum. The exhibit runs through Jan. 22.

Pioneer presentation

Ashland Historic Railroad Museum will host a free presentation and book signing by local author and historian Margaret LaPlante. LaPlante will speak about her newest book, "On To Oregon: The Story of Seventy Pioneer Families Who Settled in the Rogue Valley" on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. LaPlante is the author of "The DeAutremont Brothers: America's Last Great Train Robbery" and many fascinating "As It Was" radio programs. This event is free and refreshments will be provided. The museum is located at 258 A St., Ste 7, upstairs form Lela's Restaurant. For more information call 261-6605.

Kids night out at YMCA

On Friday, January 8, kids ages 3 through 10 can have fun while their parents enjoy Ashland's Friday Art Walk or a night out on the town. The YMCA provides a pizza dinner, gymnastics fun, crafts, games, a movie and popcorn. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., and cost is $17 for Y-members, or $22 for the community. Call 482-9622 for more information.

Impact of measures 66-67

The League of Women Voters of Ashland is hosting a forum to advocate for the passage of measures 66-67 in the Special Election on Jan. 26. The event will be co-hosted by the Association of Students of Southern Oregon University and will be held on SOU campus in the Rogue River Room in the Stevenson Union on Saturday, Jan. 9 between 1 and 3 p.m.

The format will be panel discussion followed by Q/A with guest speakers, Senator Alan Bates, Representative Peter Buckley and a representative from Jackson County government to discuss local fiscal impact. A representative from the local campaign will give an update on how citizens can actively support the passage of these two measures. Bring a brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m.and join others for lunch prior to the panel discussion.

A Course In Miracles

On Friday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to noon, new members are invited to join an ongoing study group discussing the spiritual, psychological book, "A Course In Miracles." This year the group will start at the beginning of the text and read the entire book. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion of the metaphysical teachings, which deal with universal spiritual themes, forgiveness, ego dynamics, projection, duality and the realization of our true identity with inner peace the goal. For more information call 488-1239.

WILPF meeting

The next meeting of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will be held on Friday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Public Library. Vicki Simpson of the Jackson County Soil and Water Department will talk to us about rain water gardens and water harvesting. WILPF meetings are open to all. Light refreshments will be available. For more information call 488-9286.

Pokémon tournament

On Jan. 9, at 11 a.m., all Pokémon players, parents and the public are invited to the Pokémon Trading Card Game City Championships at Southern Oregon University's Stevenson Union. As the first event in the Pokémon Organized Play Championship Series, players in each of the three age divisions compete for Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, a City Championship medal and for the honor of being named champion. The event is free and open to all players, regardless of previous participation in any Premier Events. Players are separated into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 1999 or later), Senior Division (born in 1995-1998), and Masters Division (born in 1994 or earlier). For more information, visit

— Staff reports

Climate change presentation

The book "Shifting Patterns: Meditations on the Meaning of Climate Change in Oregon's Rogue Valley," written by Pepper Trail and Jim Chamberlain, is based on a climate change art project produced by the Jefferson Nature Center. This project connected 16 local artists with scientists at the National Center for Conservation Science and Policy. Many of the artists and writers involved in this new book will share their work with Jeff Golden leading the discussion on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For more information, call the library at 774-6996.

YMCA Sunday Tea Dance

Kick up your heels to the big band sound of the Easy Valley Eight on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ashland Family YMCA. Cost is $6 per person at the door and refreshments will be provided. Y members and the community are welcome. Call 482-9622 for more information or e-mail

Joint Prayer Meeting

The Ashland Evangelical Joint Prayer meeting will be this Sunday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Alliance Bible Chapel on the corner of Siskiyou & Liberty, across from Triangle Park. For more information, contact Pastor Bob Mathers at 890-5620.

Mindfulness Meditation

On Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, Barbara Casey and Robert Sorrell will teach a four-week course on Essentials of Mindfulness Meditation. Casey and Sorrell were ordained by Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist teacher, poet and peace activist. All are welcome to attend, and attendees will learn how to meditate, enhance their peace, clarity and joy in all aspects of life, build community and share the support of others. Cost is a suggested donation of $20. To register, e-mail or call 488-5132.

Movement disorders

Dancing with the Dragon is an exercise and movement class for people with Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders. Based on the material in Parkinson's Disease and the Art of Moving by John Argue, the class is structured to promote balance, flexibility, strength, improved vocal use and offers movement strategies for dealing with the actions of everyday living.

The class is taught by Darrell Bluhm, certified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method, Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan. Darrell has been teaching movement of various types for over 35 years and will begin his eighth season as a Feldenkrais teacher for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors this January.

The class is Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 22, March 1, 8 and 15 at the Temple Emek Shalom.

Winter Reads Program

Jackson County Library Services' Winter Reads program will run through Feb. 13 at local branch libraries. This is a program for adults to encourage more reading during the winter months. Just drop in to the library and pick up a reading log, take it home, and write down five books as you read them. Listening to an audiobook also counts. After you have read five books and filled out the log, drop it by the library, and get another reading log. Each week, at each branch, one form is picked from those turned in and the winning reader gets to choose a gently-used book. After Feb. 13, everyone who has dropped off reading logs will have their names put into a drawing for a grand prize for a dinner certificate. For more information, call 774-6996.

Toastmasters meeting change

Effective for 2010, Ashland Toastmasters will be changing the date and time of its weekly meeting to Thursdays from 7 to 8:15 a.m. The meetings will continue to be held at the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 East Main, in the City Council Chambers. Toastmasters has helped millions of people become more confident in front of an audience. The learn-by-doing program helps one become a better speaker and leader.

Permaculture Design course

Learn whole systems design principles and practical techniques for local self-reliance in ecological balance with the earth. There are just a few places left in the winter Permaculture Design course in Ashland with Tom Ward. This is the full 84-hour certificate course, and is held over six weekends January through March, starting on Jan. 16. Cost is $500. Contact Melanie for registration at 482-7909 or For information on the course, go to

Divorce support program

WinterSpring Center is offering a new program for children and families experiencing the grief and loss associated with divorce and the breakup of the family unit. A support group for children ages six through 12 provides a safe place for children to express complicated feelings of loss though art, play and games with the support of peers and compassionate adult facilitators.

A program for a parent or guardian of each child in the group meets separately on-site for peer support and education on the challenges divorcing families face and how to help children through this process. This program takes place in Medford for 10 weeks starting on Monday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information call 552-0620 or visit

'Pass the Book' drive

The Storytelling Guild of Jackson County is once again collecting gently used and new children's books for its "Pass the Book" program. Each year the guild distributes children's books to agencies in Jackson County to share with the famiies they serve.

Books may be donated to "Pass the Book" during the month of January at all 15 branches of the Jackson County Library and at all eight branches of Umpqua Bank in Jackson County. Books are needed for all age groups, from babies (board books are very welcome) to teens and all ages in between. Teen books are especially needed. More information about the guild is available at

Ice rink open

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be operational (weather permitting) through Feb. 28. The outdoor rink is located in downtown Ashland, around the corner from the Plaza and directly across from Lithia Park at 95 Winburn Way, corner of Nutley Street and Winburn Way.

Skate rentals accommodate toddler size 9 to adult 13. The rink can also rent adjustable skate trainers for first-time skaters or those needing a little support. Skaters should come prepared to skate, as there are no changing rooms.

The rink is open to the public for recreational and hockey skating. For more information, prices, daily schedule, and extended holiday schedules, visit, call the ice rink directly at 488-9189, or call the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department at 488-5340.


Senior Savour

Senior Savour, a drop-in gathering at the Talent Community Center on Main Street, is taking place every Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 2010. The group aims to create a comely atmosphere for an active program of games, knitting, tea and cookies, poetry, birthday month celebrations, guest speakers/entertainers and more. For more information, call Jill Iles 535-9827.

A Sufi Evening

People are invited to join Ashland Sufi Heart Circle for group practices in the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, the first Thursday of every month, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd. $10 suggested donation. For more information see or call Khalil at 482-4902.

Nature Story Time

The Northwest Nature Shop offers a free weekly nature story time for children of all ages every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the shop, 154 Oak St. Attendees are invited to make themselves comfortable in the toy room as kids are delighted with stories of bugs, bears, birds, jungles and more. For more information, call 482-3241.

Alzheimer's support

The Alzheimer's Association support groups meets the second Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at Ashland Community Hospital, 280 Maple St., conference room 2. For more information, contact Sheila Ettlich at 488-0962.

"Getting Started: Alzheimer's Resources and Planning Ahead" is held the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library. For more information, call 774-9348.

Scrabble Club

The Ashland Scrabble Club meets at The Beanery, 1602 Ashland St., Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. All levels of expertise. Call Travis at 227-9633 or

No wheels, no meals.

Food and Friends are in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals in Rogue River, Jacksonville and Central Point. Volunteers are also needed to help out at meal sites.

Food and Friends and its volunteers work hard to assure that hundreds of homebound seniors are provided one hot meal daily, Monday through Friday.

Volunteers usually commit to one day a week, 9:30 a.m. to noon. To volunteer please call Paula Seitz at 734-9505.

for summer:

Farmers markets

Purchase fresh, locally grown fruit, produce and plants with the addition of a new Saturday Market downtown.

The new market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at First Street and Lithia Way every Saturday through October.

Other markets are open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ashland Armory and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Medford Armory on South PacificHighway just south of Stewart from mid-March through Nov. 20.

Saturday artisans market

Every Saturday this summer Jackson Wellsprings will host a Saturday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring local artisans, live music, local produce, handcrafts, imports, jewelry, collectibles, food, a sauna, hot springs and swimming. Sellers can get a space for $10 each. For more information, call 482-3776 or e-mail

Growers market

The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ashland Armory (corner of East Main and Wightman) and every Thursday at the Medford Armory (on South Pacific Highway just south of Stewart) through Nov. 13.

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