Community Notes

Food Bank

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

cooking oil

The food bank is at 2200 Ashland St., P.O. Box 3578. Call 541-488-9544.

Events

Master recyclers training

The Jackson County Recycling Partnership will offer training for people who want to become master recyclers in the spring. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 4.

The training will focus on waste prevention, recycling, the local solid waste infrastructure, hazardous waste avoidance, and composting. The course includes an extensive training manual, discussion-based classes, presentations from local and regional experts, and field trips to relevant sites, including the regional landfill, waste-to-energy plant, composting facility and wastewater treatment plant.

Master recyclers are required to give 40 service hours to support and expand local waste diversion programs and projects. Weekly classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 3 through May 12, at the Oregon State University Extension Service auditorium, 569 Hanley Road. Applications are available online at www.jcrecycle.org. For more information, call extension at 541-776-7371.

'Massacred for Gold'

"Massacred for Gold" author Gregory Nokes will give a slide presentation and sign copies of his book at noon Friday, Feb. 11, in the Meese Meeting Room at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Nokes, a lifelong journalist, gives the first authoritative account of a little-known massacre of as many as 34 Chinese gold miners by a gang of horse thieves and school boys in Hells Canyon in 1887 in "Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon," published by Oregon State University Press.

Traditional Chinese folk music will begin the brown-bag lecture, with Stephen Bacon performing pieces on folk instruments from the Hannon Library's Schuman Collection, in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

In his more than 40-year career in journalism, Nokes has worked for the Mail Tribune, The Associated Press and The Oregonian. He served as a diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C., traveling with three presidents to more than 50 countries, including three trips to China.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, see www.massacredforgold.com or phone 541-552-6835.

Adult Winter Reads program

Jackson County Library Services' Winter Reads program will run 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.

For information, call 541-774-6996.

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 or state and federal forms through links provided at www.jcls.org. For more information, call the Ashland Branch Library at 541-774-6996.

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.

— Staff reports

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.

Scrabble Club

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 travischaney@jeffnet.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 mjacobson@roguedisposal.com or visit http://rogueshredonline.com.

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