Community Notes


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Today — The African Company Presents Richard III, 1:30 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Ghost Light, 1:30 p.m., New Theatre, many; WillFul, 2 p.m., Elizabethan Courtyard, many; Love's Labor's Lost, 8 p.m., Elizabethan Stage, many; The Imaginary Invalid, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many.

Friday — August: Osage County, 1 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Julius Caesar, 1:30 p.m., New Theatre, few; Henry IV, Part 2, 8 p.m., Elizabethan Stage, many; Measure For Measure, 8 p.m., Bowmer Theatre, many; Ghost Light, 8 p.m., New Theatre, few.

Call 541-482-4331 for tickets.

Food Bank

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

  • Canned fruit
  • Cooking oil

The food bank also is looking for help in receiving donated vegetables at 10 a.m. on Thursdays for one hour and at noon Saturdays for one hour. 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 541-488-9544.


League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Rogue Valley will hold a membership meeting open to the public at the Phoenix library, 510 First St. The League will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. Robin Kitel of Southern Oregon Historical Society will present a program on historic women of Southern Oregon. An optional brown bag lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the program to begin at noon, on Thursday, Sept. 8. For information, call Mickey Ketchum at 541-773-2968.

Peace Choir sign-ups

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir begins its ninth season on Sept. 8 and welcomes new members through Sept. 22. The Peace Choir formed in 2003 and is led by Music Director Heather Hutton. The nonaudition choir, which consists of 100 men and women from throughout the Rogue Valley, sings self-selected music that inspires peace, social justice and responsible stewardship of the Earth.

The first practice for the 2011-2012 season will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St. New members should arrive at 6:15 p.m. for a brief orientation and registration.

All vocal parts are welcome. For more information about the choir, visit the Rogue Valley Peace Choir's Facebook page or call Sally McKirgan at 541-488-1239.

Evening owl class and walk

Join the Northwest Nature Shop and local owl expert Vince Zauskey for an evening of learning about, hearing and possibly seeing owls on Friday, Sept. 9. The owl walk begins with a brief informational session at the Northwest Nature Shop, where Zauskey will present an introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls. Following the introduction, Zauskey will lead the group to Mount Ashland. During several stops, the group will call various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.

Meet at the Northwest Nature Nature Shop at 7 p.m. at 154 Oak St. Call 541-482-3241 for more information or visit The cost is $20 per person. Space is limited, so call to reserve a space or comment on Northwest Nature Shop's facebook page.

Mystery author Mary Daheim

Bookwagon New and Used Books, 1652 Ashland St., will host mystery Author Mary Daheim for a conversation about her writing, at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Following the program, Daheim will stay for a book signing.

Seattle native Mary Richardson Daheim began her publishing career with the first of seven historical romances before switching to mysteries in 1991. She has authored 55 published books.

Call Bookwagon for more information at 541-488-4477 or visit the Ashland Mystery website, Mary Daheim's visit to Southern Oregon is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Bookwagon New and Used Books, Standing Stone Brewing Co. and the Ashland Mystery Readers Group.

Eat Local Challenge

Rogue Valley residents are invited to celebrate locally produced food by pledging to eat from the greater Rogue Valley during the week of Sept. 9-18. Food producers, restaurants and grocers all over Southern Oregon will offer a week full of delicious food events highlighting ingredients grown, raised or produced in our region.

This is a week of activities intended to raise awareness about the benefits of eating locally. Restaurant specials, store tastings, a farm tour and the Rogue Flavor Dinner & Auction at RoxyAnn Winery are included in the festivities. Find full details online at

People are invited to participate in the challange at the following levels:

  • Locavore Supreme — All foods consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles. Coffee, chocolate and non-local spices will be given up.
  • Locavore — All foods consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles. But coffee, chocolate and non-local spices still will be used.
  • Taster — All foods consumed during one meal per day throughout the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles
  • Sampler — All foods consumed during two meals during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles

People who pledge online at will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Rogue Valley Local Foods, an online farmers' market found at

Soldiers bearing food

From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, approximately 40 soldiers in uniform from the Ashland Armory, HHC 1-186 Infantry Battalion, will walk door to door asking for non-perishable food donations. This will take place within a half-mile radius of the armory, 1420 E. Main St.

The Ashland Food Bank, 2200 Ashland St., is in greater need of non-perishable food items because of increasing need in the community.

Harvest Festival book sale

Join the Friends of the Talent Library for a Harvest Festival Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Talent Branch Library, 101 Home St.

For information, call the Talent Branch Library at 541-535-4163.

Pruning basics

Ashland Parks & Recreation is offering tree pruning basics from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 10, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Ages 10 and older can learn the basics of caring for trees. Instruction topics will include fruit and shade-tree pruning, tool selection, and maintenance and technique. The cost is $10. Register online at or call 541-488-6606.

Instructor Casey Roland is a local arborist with more than 30 years' experience.

Mushroom cultivation

Ashland Parks & Recreation is offering a class on mushroom cultivation and mycology from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Participants ages 10 and older will be encouraged to become familiar with basic mycological processes, which will enable a more clear understanding of mushroom cultivation's myriad applications. The workshop will consist of periods of lecture combined with multiple hands-on activities. Participants will inoculate their own mushroom kits as well as logs. There will be room for open discussion and questions pertaining to all aspects of mycology. Cost is $25. Register online at or call 541-488-6606.

— Staff reports

Sept. 11 ceremony at Fire Station 1

Ashland Fire & Rescue hosts a 9/11 ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6:45 a.m. on the steps of Fire Station 1, Siskyou Boulevard and East Main Street, to reflect and remember. On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, the department will offer a moment of silence and a traditional fire service bell ceremony to remember those who perished.

Ashland Fire & Rescue is a recent recipient of a steel artifact of the World Trade Center. Almost two years after the request, Ashland Fire & Rescue was chosen to receive this item of remembrance. This will go on display in the Fire Station 1 lobby for the first time on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Macintosh meeting

The Ashland Oregon Macintosh Users' Group meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Ashland Community Hospital Conference Room, 280 Maple St. Free and open to the public, the next meeting will be held on Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Presentations include:

  • 6-7 p.m. — AshMUG's own gurus field questions from members and guests.
  • 7-8 p.m. — Todd Derek of Derek Enterprises will introduce some of Lion's new innovations and how this new OSX will change the way you interact with your Mac, including: System Requirements; How to Upgrade to/Install Lion; What is the New Recovery Hard Drive?; and Why Update Software before Install.

Also discussed will be new apps and 250 new features and options including: Multi-touch gestures; Full-Screen Apps; Mission Control; Launchpad; and Revamps of Apple Mail, iCal, and Address Book.

Windows in Time series

Jackson County Library Services presents "Devils and Dancing Girls" as the next topic in the "Windows in Time" history series offered in partnership with the Southern Oregon Historical Society at noon Wednesday, Sept.14, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Costumed social events played a significant role in late nineteenth-century Victorian life, and served as barometers of existing social, political, and economic views. Presenter Tina Reuwsaat will bring examples of this era's attire.

Reuwsaat is the Associate Curator of Collections for the Southern Oregon Historical Society. She holds a masters degree in the history of American decorative arts from the Smithsonian Associates/Corcoran School of Design in Washington, D.C. She and husband Tim have restored five historic homes around the country and have recently completed restoration of a local 1908 orchard house. The home, known as Darkwing Manor, is open to the public in October as a fund-raising event for local charities. Featured are period Halloween decorations, a collection of 19th century mourning and funerary items, and live actors in "haunted" vignettes.

The free lunchtime lecture series continues monthly on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689, or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123.

Rain barrel workshop

Ashland Parks & Recreation is offering a Rain Barrel Workshop, Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Learn how to construct your own rain barrels from start to finish, and begin to capture water for free at your own home. This class will discuss the importance of water conservation and introduce ways to harvest water simply, artistically and creatively. Step-by-step instructions and a parts list will be provided. Optional: Parts kits will be available for $7 and participants may bring their own clean, food-grade 55 gallon barrel and assemble their rain barrel in class.

Cost is $5 and you can register online at or call 541-488-6606.

Instructor Lori Tella is the Urban and Community Conservationist with Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District.

Marijuana Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength and hope to solve a common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

An Ashland meeting, "Living in a Real World," is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Guanajuato Room 315, upstairs in the Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University.

Parking is free off Mountain Street, two blocks up from Siskiyou Boulevard. For information, call Bob at 541-520-3145.

Edible and medicinal plants

Join the Northwest Nature Shop and herbalist Jon Carlson to identify common edible and medicinal plants in Southern Oregon. In the setting of the North Mountain Park, explore the edible and medicinal properties of common garden plants and weeds, as well as native trees and shrubs. Meet at the Northwest Nature Shop on Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at 154 Oak St.

Call 541-482-3241 for more information or visit $20/participant.

After-school care training

Jackson County Library Services will host a free training program for after-school care providers on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Adams Community Meeting Room of the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Ave. in Medford.

Participants will network with other after-school professionals, learn about the newly adopted Oregon Quality Standards for after-school programs, and create thematic, integrated lesson and activity plans by utilizing the new after-school resources at the library.

The training will be presented by Leilani Esping who has been in the field of education for over 25 years. Her experience includes classroom teacher, Library/Media specialist, OregonASK Resource Center Coordinator, after-school program owner/teacher, and school-age trainer.

Registration is not required, but will help determine numbers for lunch. Register online at or call Marian Barker at 541-774-6423. This free program is funded by a statewide Library Services and Technology Act Grant in partnership with the Jackson County Library Services and OregonASK.

Work on the PCT

The Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association will host a trail event Saturday, Sept. 24. Meet at the Ashland Ranger Station, 645 Washington St., at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to one of two locations near Mt. Ashland to work on the Pacific Crest Trail. Bring gloves, water and a sack lunch. AWTA will provide post-event pizza and beer. Your participation at this event will guarantee your entry into next year's SOB race or Mt. Ashland Hill Climb run, even if they are full.

Siskiyou Challenge registration

This multi-sport Siskiyou Challenge relay race is a benefit for Rogue Valley Farm to School, a non-profit whose programs link school children with local farms.

The event will be based at the Lithia Park Bandshell and will be run on Sept. 24. The 6-leg race includes cycling 13k, kayaking or paddling a 3k loop at Emigrant Lake, cycling 31k, running 10k, mountain biking 14k up and back, and running 5k to the finish at the bandshell.

The race can be run solo or in teams of two to six. Team formation will be facilitated by postings on the Siskiyou Challenge Facebook page or by emailing the Race Director.

There will also be a 1.4-mile Fun Run loop in the park, a non-strenuous event within the event.

The event website has route maps and registration details.

The Siskiyou Challenge is a Zero-Waste Event which means that participants are urged to bring only durable and recyclable materials to the event.

Racers meet at 7:15 a.m. at the bandshell and the relay races starts at 7:45 a.m.

Fun run registration is at 9 a.m., and race starts at 9:30 a.m.

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

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.

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