Ashland Calendar: April 6

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.
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.
Music Lecture: Dr. Matt Goodrich will offer a lecture and demonstration “The Whole Performer: Intention and Movement in Musical Performance,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7, in the Choir Room of Southern Oregon University’s Music Department, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Dr. Goodrich will be focusing on “The Alexander Technique,” a way of learning how to get rid of negative tension in the body in order to maximize ease in playing your instrument. Admission is free. Call 541
535-2089.
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.
T.J. Elton: Multi-instrumentalist and singer T.J. Elton and company will play a mix of hit songs at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
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.
Community Chant: Explore chants from various global traditions at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. No singing experience necessary. Admission by donation. Call 707-382-8641.
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.
Company and Clark Dancers: The dance company, choreographed and directed by Tina Clark, will present “Generations,” a performance featuring nine members of the company, students from Clark’s Community Dance School, eight guest artists, including Robin Bryan, and community members, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at communitydanceschool.com. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
Isabelle Demers: Organist Isabelle Demers of the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present “From Buxtehude to Harry Potter,” a program of music by Dietrich Buxtehude, John Williams and Olivier Messiaen, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348. Students will be admitted free.
Savanna: Guitarist Liz Jones, percussionist Anna Christensen and upright bass player Bob Rawlings will perform originals penned by Jones, along with classic country and western, ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock, soul, reggae and blues at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
Monday, April 9
Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.
Art Exhibit: Artist Ruth Resch will present an exhibit of her art works, “Into the Wilderness,” through Friday, April 27, at the US Bank, 30 N. Second St., Ashland. Resch’s work includes paintings, mono prints and a variety of drawings.
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.
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.
Cuba Film Series: The documentary “Mountain of Light,” the story of Cuban doctors who visited several countries that needed medical help, will be screening at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-482-8915 for information.
Poetry Reading: Barry Kraft will read poetry by W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Barrett, Robert Browning, Billy Collins and others at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

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