Osf lecture: Lectures by Oregon Shakespeare Festival company members and visiting scholars are held at noon in Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for members; and $5.25 for youth. No late seating. Tickets are available at the festival box office.

osf talks in the Park: Free informal talks with company members from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival take place at noon in the Bill Patton Garden, outside Gate — of the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland.

book signing: Mystery author Cornelia Read is on tour with her second Madeline Dare book, "The Crazy School." She will be talking about her books at 6 p.m. Friday Aug. 8, at Bookwagon New and Used Books, 1652 Ashland St., Ashland. For more information, see the Ashland Mystery Readers Group's Web site at or call 552-0743.

lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Birthing Our New World Using Mayan Wisdom," a presentation by Asha Deliverance, from 7 to 9 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 258 A St., Ashland. According to Mayan calculations, we are beginning a new Solar cycle and have entered the Event Horizon of the Great Central Sun. See r call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.

book signing: There will be a Local Author Event from — to — p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, hosted by Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. Call 858-0203.

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