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.
Food and Friends volunteers
Food and Friends is looking for volunteers.
The organization has helped seniors throughout Jackson and Josephine counties maintain their independence for the past eight years and seeks volunteers to commit to one morning a week, from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, in Ashland.
For information, call Jan Yost at 541-734-9505, ext. 4.
Tax forms at the library
The Internal Revenue Service announced that tax forms will no longer be mailed because of growth in electronic filing and cost-cutting measures, but people still can find tax forms through Jackson County Library Services.
Patrons can get federal tax forms at many local library branches after Jan. 1, or state and federal forms through links provided at www.jcls.org.
For more information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.
Kids' Night Out
The Ashland Family YMCA will hold a "Kids Night Out" from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland. The YMCA will provide a pizza dinner, gymnastics, crafts, games, a movie and popcorn. Cost is $17 per child for members, $22 for nonmembers. For more information, call 541-482-9622.
Christmas tree recycling day
Ashland Boy Scout Troop 112's 25th annual Christmas Tree-cycling Day is on Saturday, Jan. 8.
Have your trees at the curb in front of your house for pick-up by Friday evening, Jan. 7.
Troop 112 and sponsoring organization, the Ashland Lion's Club, will collect trees to be chipped by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department crew and used as mulch in Ashland city parks. Donations for this service will be accepted and checks should be made out to Troop 112.
For more information, call Scoutmaster Jeff Jones at 541-488-0178.
ODOT wins award
The National Partnership for Highway Quality has recognized the Oregon Department of Transportation with its 2010 Making a Difference Award for Partnering.
ODOT received the honor because of its collaboration with 11 environmental regulatory agencies in repairing and replacing hundreds of aging highway bridges statewide.
ODOT coordinated with its regulatory partners to design a programmatic permitting process that uses a single set of standards that meets all the contributing agencies' goals while allowing contractors maximum flexibility in how they achieve them.
Through this effort, the partners have permitted all eligible projects — a total of 207 bridges — and ultimately will save ODOT an estimated $73 million in costs.
The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department is offering a bird-counting class at North Mountain Park that will help participants identify species, get acquainted with local birds and meet other birders.
The class is offered from 9 to 10 a.m. on alternate Saturdays through March. Dates are Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5 and 19 and March 5 and 19.
The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird-monitoring effort.
Pre-registration is not required for this free program, designed for people ages 10 and older. North Mountain Park is at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.
Sunday tea dance
The Ashland Family YMCA will host a tea dance from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at the YMCA, 540 YMCA, Ashland. Members and the community are invited to kick up their heels to the big band sound of The Easy Valley Eight. Admission is $7 per person at the door, $6 for teens. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call 541-482-9622 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Winter Reads program
Jackson County Library Services' Winter Reads program will run from Jan. 10 through Feb. 19 at the Ashland Branch Library. This is a program for adults to encourage more reading during the winter months.
Drop by the library and pick up a reading log (or print one from the link on www.jcls.org), 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 a drawing is held. The winning reader gets to choose either a gently used book or book bucks for the Friends of the Library book sales.
After Feb. 19, everyone who has returned reading logs will have their names entered in a drawing for the grand prize of a dinner certificate.
For additional information, call 541-774-6996.
— Staff reports
Author at Hannon Library
The Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University will host a viewing of a documentary on Stieg Larsson, author of the "Millenium" trilogy, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Meese Room of the library. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Geoff Ridden, a professor emeritus for the University of Winchester.
Larsson's series, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire," and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," has sold 15 million books worldwide, with 25 translations in more than 40 countries, and two movies that are setting box office records in Scandinavia and several European countries.
For more information, e-mail Connie Anderson-Cohoon at email@example.com.
— Staff reports
Free writing workshop
A free writing workshop begins Jan. 12 and runs to March 2 at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The classes are held each Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the eight workshops.
The classes are open to both new and experienced writers of all genres.
Spontaneous writing is balanced with voluntary reading aloud. Focus is on generating brand-new, first-draft writing. Experiment and build your writing skills and confidence while you write in a supportive community. Writing prompts are provided at every session by facilitator Deborah Holmes.
The workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Please call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996 for more information.
Little League fundraising dinner
The Ashland Little League is holding a dinner and silent auction at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Cucina Biazzi, 568 Main St., Ashland. Cucina Biazzi's award-winning chef, Chandra Corwin, will create a special five-course Italian dinner for the occasion.
Cost is $50 per person (drinks not included), with 90 percent of the ticket proceeds going directly to Ashland Little League. For reservations, call Cucina Biazzi at 541-488-3739. For more information, call Mark Scarpaci at 541-552-0777.
Centennial Ice Rink open
The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be operational (weather permitting) through February. The outdoor rink is located near 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 also rents adjustable skate trainers for first-time skaters or those needing a little support. Come prepared to skate; there are no changing rooms. Hot chocolate, coffee and water are available for sale. The rink is open to the public for recreational and hockey skating.
For more information, prices, daily schedule, and extended holiday schedules, visit www.ashland.or.us/icerink, call the ice rink directly at 541-488-9189, or call the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department at 541-488-5340.
Nature Story Time
The Northwest Nature Shop offers a free weekly nature story time for children of all ages at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the shop, 154 Oak St.
Children will hear stories on bugs, bears, birds, jungles and more. For more information, call 541-482-3241.
The Ashland Scrabble Club meets from 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays at The Beanery, 1602 Ashland St. All levels of expertise are welcome. For more information, call Travis at 541-227-9633 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregivers' support group
The Family Caregivers' Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the parish hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. For information call 541-488-0962 or 541-488-1992.
Hard Drive Shredding
Dr. Networking, located at 485 E. Main St., Suite 6, Ashland, has been named the official Ashland drop-off site for Rogue Shred LLC hard-drive shredding service.
Rogue Shred is AAA certified through the National Association for Information Destruction to destroy hard drives.
The destruction process is done in two parts. First the hard drive is crushed and punched through, making it inoperable. Next, it is securely transported into custody at ECS Refining, where it is ground down to small particles making it impossible to recover any information. The particles are recycled by ECS Refining.
The Ashland drop-off box is located inside Dr. Networking and is available between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The cost for hard-drive shredding is $10 cash or check made payable to Rogue Shred. Rogue Shred will mail or e-mail a certificate of destruction once the hard drive has been destroyed.
For more information, contact Mike Jacobson at Rogue Shred LLC at 541-210-6506, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://rogueshredonline.com.