Ashland Calendar: April 3

Tuesday, April 3
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.
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
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.
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.
Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners necessary. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.
Saturday, April 7
Talent Garden Club: The club meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Talent library, 101 Home St. On Saturday, April 7, landscape designer Robin McKenzie will present “Planning and Growing a Butterfly Garden.” Learn why it’s important to grow both host plants and nectar plants, what to do before the season starts to get the garden ready and more. Email cjmuhr@yahoo.com.
Lithia Artisans Market: Dozens of artisans display handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through October along Calle Guanajuato, the pedestrian walkway behind the downtown plaza that runs next to Ashland Creek in Ashland. Call 541-301-9811 or see lithiaartisansmarket.com.
Festival Noons: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host a preface talk offering an interactive in-depth introduction to “Manahatta” at noon Saturday, March 31, at Carpenter Hall on the OSF campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Admission is $12, $8 for ages 6 through 17. Call 800-219-8161 or see osfashland.org.
Sunday, April 8
Access Food Drive: Lift tickets for skiers and snowboarders will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Mt. Ashland Ski Resort, 1 Mt. Ashland Ski Road. Bring a donation of five non-perishable food items. See accesshelps.org or call 541-779-6691.
Mindfulness Group: Charlotte Nuessle will lead a free meditation session focused on seating and walking meditation, mindfulness and other meditation techniques at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996 or see www.jcls.org.
Bad Film Society: The 2018 Ashland Co-dependent Film Festival ­— presented by the Bad Film Society — endeavors to make a complete mockery of the 2018 Ashland Independent Film Festival with a screening of “The Independent,” a 2000 mockumentary about independent filmmaker Morty Fineman, played by Jerry Stiller. Responsible for more than 400 movies, Fineman faces mounting debt. He puts his heart and last dime into a feature film about a serial killer. To obtain rights to the killer’s tale, the film must be a musical. The film features Janeane Garofalo and gimmicky cameos by Ron Howard, Roger Corman, Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Karen Black and adult film star Ginger Lynn. Also look for a 26-minute film, “Las Rojas,” about an actor in the 1990s who played hundreds of roles as men, women and children and crated a four-hour production with a camcorder in his parents’ living room. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the basement of the Ashland Elks Lodge. Use the entrance on Will Dodge Way, between Lithia Way and East Main Street. Bring any bad DVDs, tapes or books you want to give away and a dish for a potluck dinner. Admission is $4.

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