Ashland Calendar: April 2

Monday, April 2
Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.
Tai Chi for Seniors: Tai Chi for adults 50 and older is held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays for beginners at the Grove, 1195 E Main St., Ashland. Advanced class is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Admission is $4. Call 541-488-5342.
Color Mondays: Adults can express their creativity through coloring from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-744-6996 or visit jcls.org.
Ashland Garden Club: Alison Leach of the Ashland Fire Department will present “Firewise Landscaping in Ashland,” at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Learn about fire resistant plants for the home landscape from Leach, who is the Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator with Ashland Fire and Rescue. Admission is free. See ashlandorgardenclub.org.
Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for adults 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5342.
Children’s Chess Club: Kids 5 and older can play chess from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-774-6995 or see jcls.org.
Tuesday, April 3
Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market: Fruits and vegetables, crafts, specialty foods, drinks and more are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. See rvgrowersmarket.com.
North Mountain Park & Nature Center: The Nature Center offers a variety of programs and interpretive exhibits that teach local natural and cultural history and sustainable living. Explore the park’s demonstration gardens, nature trails, pavilion, picnic and play areas. The North Mountain Park & Nature Center is next to Bear Creek at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The park is open sunrise to sunset, and the nature center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-488-6606 or see northmountainpark.org.
Books at Noon: Readers in the group will discuss various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.
Tuesday Afternoon Knitters: Knitters, crocheters and tatters of all skill levels can gather to learn from each other, share ideas and create new pieces from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-326-2035 or find Tuesday Afternoon Knitters on Facebook.
Children’s Movies: Free films are shown at 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Free snacks will be available. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.
Trivia Night: Tuesday Night Team Trivia is held at 7 p.m. at Louie’s Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded. Call 541-482-9701.
Wednesday, April 4
Hands-All-Around Quilters: Visitors can work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-732-0141.
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum: The museum features a variety of interactive science exhibits at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. See upcoming events, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2-12 and 65 and older. Admission is $2 the first Sunday of every month. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.
Safety Presentation: Ron Kohl, retired detective and Crime Prevention Specialist with Ashland Police Department will give a free presentation “Residential Security, “ from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., Ashland. Learn how to protect your home and property. Admission is free. To register call 541-488-5342 or stop by the Ashland Senior Center.
Afternoon Movies: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Free refreshments are available. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.
Insect Presentation: John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us will offer an interactive presentation, Spiderman’s Arachnid Friends: Spiders and Scorpions, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The program will include live arachnids, including a tarantula, whip scorpion and non-venomous emperor scorpion. Those who attend will receive spider rings and handouts for identification of local species. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-8678 or see jcls.org.
Presentation: Southern Oregon Pachamama will give a presentation on “Project Drawdown, “ a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Talent Community center, 104 E. Main St. This presentation in the first one in a four-part series. Admission is free. To register email at dd_southernoregonpachamama.org.
Thursday, April 5
Online Lithia Park Tour: Take an online tour through Lithia Park in Ashland using Ashland Parks and Recreation’s story map that highlights historic sites and features throughout the park. Go to gis.ashland.or.us/lithiahistoric.
Spanish/English Conversation Group: English-speakers learning Spanish and Spanish-speakers learning English can attend a free conversation hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-744-6996.
Poetry Reading: Poet Jerry Martien will read and sign copies of his newest collection of poems, “Earth Tickets,” and poet Pepper Trail will read from his new collection, “An Empty Bowl,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.
Dart Tournament: Dart matches for skilled and novice players start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry is $5 and the pub will match the pot up to $50. Call 541-482-6414.
Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia games from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.
Game Knights: No matter what kind of “Knight” you are, there is a board game to play at 8 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. All ages welcome until 11 p.m. Call 541-482-6414.
Friday, April 6
Center for the Visual Arts: Spring term exhibits by student artists is available to view through Friday, April 20, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Look for Dewy’s BFA thesis “Past, Present, Feture” in the Retzlaff Gallery; “Affinity “ a BFA thesis exhibit by Sherry Amoore, in the Thorndike Gallery; Reba Crawford Hayes’ BFA thesis, “It Hurts, Until it Doesn’t, “ in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; Kendal Cermak’s Capstone work “Art Through Learning” in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; Madelyn Zarraonandia’s “Untitled” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery; and Sierra Burt’s Capstone exhibit “Climate Change Contemplations” in the JELD WEN Gallery. A reception for the artists will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, and refreshments will be provided. Galleries hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-552-8315.
Pear Blossom Baby Contest: The 33rd annual Pear Blossom Baby contest will be held on Saturday, April 7. The contest is open to babies ages 5 to 15 months, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the contest starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of Macy’s Home Store on the lower level of Rogue Valley Mall, 1600 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The entry fee is $10 per category the child is entered in and entry forms are available at Kid to Kid, Little Feet, Clas E Professor, the website si-medford.org or the Soroptimist International of Medford Facebook page. All entrants are eligible for the overall category of Baby Bud for boys and Baby Blossom for girls. Other categories are Quickest Smile, Bluest Eyes, Darkest Eyes, Prettiest Hair and Chubbiest. Winners ride in the annual Pear Blossom Parade in downtown Medford Saturday, April 14. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations that help women and girls.
Pear Blossom Run: Register for the 42nd Annual YMCA Pear Blossom Run happening April 14 in downtown Medford. There will be a 10-mile race, a 10-mile handcycle or wheelchair race, a 5K race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs. Registration is $30, $23 or $8 for the 10-mile, 5K and fun runs, respectively. Registration will be $40 for the 10-mile and $33 for the 5K after April 8. Proceeds benefit YMCA’s programs for low-income kids, teens, families and seniors. See pearblossomrun.com or call 541-324-8348.

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