Thursday, Feb. 4

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Artist Zhi Lin, who teaches painting and drawing at the University of Washington, will present a free lecture about his work and life experiences growing up during Mao's Cultural Revolution at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Southern Oregon University Schneider Museum of Art, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. This is a kickoff event for Chinese New Year's "Year of the Tiger" program hosted by the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association and the Schneider Museum. Call 541-552-6245.

ASHLAND SUFI HEART CIRCLE: Local dance leaders will present Dances of Universal Peace and practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel L. Lewis at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. See or CALL 541-482-4902.

ashland author to perform: Darrell Kastin, Ashland author and musician of Azorean descent, will discuss and read from his recently published novel, "The Undiscovered Island." The mystery, interlaced with poetry, legend and historical intrigue, is set in the Azores islands. The free program will include a performance of music composed by the author for Portuguese poetry. The event takes place at 4 p.m. in the Hannon Library's Meese Meeting Room (LIB305) at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. A book signing will follow. Call 541-552-6835.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR!: Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland, has scheduled award-winning playwright Victor Lodato to read from his debut novel "Mathilda Savitch." A year after the mysterious death of her sister Helene, 13-year-old Mathilda is on the trail of the killer. Unsupported by her dysfunctional family, precocious Mathilda lives in an elaborate world of her own invented logic as she attempts to overcome tragedy. The reading begins at the bookstore at 7 p.m. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, Feb. 5

SOUPER ART: Ashland restaurants Tabu and Pasta Piatti will be serving bowls of hearty black bean-chorizo soup and tortillas on the Ashland Plaza (look for canopy tents) during Ashland's First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 5 between 5 and 8:30 p.m. The suggested donation of $5 per bowl (children under 12 years free) will be used to fund completion of the Ashland Peace Wall, a community art work located in front of the Ashland library. Call 541-552-0736.

FOLK DANCERS: The Ashland International Folk Dancers meet Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $3. Call 541-482-8249.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Saturday ScienceLive!: ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, is enhancing its year-round exhibits with the addition of live science shows on Saturdays:

  • Feb. 6 — Star Lab at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn about the stars and constellations visible in our night sky. Admission is $1.
  • Feb. 13 — Zapped! at 1 p.m. with Elib. This "shocking" demonstration explains how electricity behaves in the universe and can be a "hair-raising" experience.
  • Feb. 27 — Magic or Science? at 1 p.m. with Elib. Figure out the magic tricks of the museum's resident magician by using scientific methods.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors older than 65. See or call 541-482-6767.

CONTRA DANCE: The Ashland Folk Music Club will sponsor a contra dance with caller J. Domis and live music by the William Greene Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Beginning dance instruction will be at 7 p.m. Admission is $8, $6 for members, $5 for high school students and free for middle school students, young children and watchers. Call 541-552-1039.

Monday, Feb. 8

ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH DANCE: The Ashland Country Dancers hold English and Scottish dances at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. Live music is played the first and third Monday of every month. Admission is $2; $3 when live music is performed. Call 541-482-9586.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

SPELLING BEE: A spelling contest will be held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of Louie's by 10 p.m. The winning contestant will take the pot plus a dollar-for-dollar match by Louie's. Call 541-482-9677.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Call To Poets: Poets of all types may sign up for an open-mic session to be held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Sign-ups will be at 6:30 p.m. Call 541-512-1007.

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