Thursday, Feb. 11

AUTHOR READING: Dan Furst, author and astrologer, will read from his book, "Dance of the Moon: Celebrating the Sacred Cycles of the Earth," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029.

Friday, Feb. 12

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Chinese New Year celebrations will be presented in Ashland, Jacksonville and Medford this weekend. See story on Page 3.

PRESCHOOL Puppet TheatER: See what Bucky Beaver and his forest friends are up to during a puppet theater from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The show is for preschool ages, and will be followed by children's activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be no late seating. Admission is $5 per child. Registration prior to day of program is required. To register, see or call 541-488-6606.

NATURE STORY TIME: Kids of all ages can enjoy stories about bugs, bears, birds, jungles and other nature subjects at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-482-3241.

SINGING VALENTINES: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella show chorus for women, is offering singing valentines Feb. 12-14. Quartets will deliver a rose and sing to sweethearts in the Rogue Valley for $30; singing valentines by phone anywhere in the United States cost $10. Proceeds benefit the chorus' educational program. Call 541-774-9606.

WINE & CINEMA: "Merlove," a documentary celebrating merlot wine, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Roxyann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $5; $3 for wine club members. Popcorn included. No outside food or drink will be allowed. Call 541-776-3215.

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. 13

PLAY WITH SCIENCE: Year-round exhibits at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland, explore energy, anatomy, chemistry, perception, motion, engineering and more.

  • The chemistry and physics clubs at Southern Oregon University will host hands-on science activities for ages 6 through 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.
  • Saturday ScienceLive! shows are available at the museum. Zapped! a demonstration of how electricity behaves in the universe, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.
  • "Planet Earth: From Pole to Pole," a film narrated by Sir David Attenborough that explores regions still uninhabited, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

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.

annual aquarian lovefest dance: A Town Infusion, State of Jefferson, Aiwa She' Raqa, Poetic Motion Machine and Liquid Fire Mantra will perform at the 13th Annual Aquarian Lovefest Valentine's Chinese New Year Dance and Party to be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Provolt Community Hall, 14272 Williams Highway, Williams. A dinner of organic food, along with organic chocolate and hot chai, will be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6 and music is at 8. Admission is $15 to $20 on a sliding scale, $10 for ages 13 to 17 and free for ages 12 and younger, accompanied by adults. Call 541-601-2112.

short films: Short films and film excerpts that illustrate the development of color in motion pictures will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Meese Auditorium of the Art Building on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-482-5317.

Sunday, Feb. 14

ASHLAND FAMILY YMCA SUNDAY Tea Dance: Dance to the big band sound of the Easy Valley Eight from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Ashland Family YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland. Admission is $6 at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Call 541-482-9622.

dance for haiti: The Bathtub Fin Serenaders will play jazz and blues for a benefit dance to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The dance is open to all ages, and refreshments will be available. Admission is $10. Proceeds will directly benefit an orphanage in Haiti. For information, call 541-890-4652.

Monday, Feb. 15

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.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Southern Oregon rod and custom show: The 33rd Annual Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. More than 100 vehicles will be displayed. There will be prizes, children's activities and raffles. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University. Visit or call 541-944-2096.

CONTRA DANCE: The Ashland Folk Music Club will host a contra dance with caller Ruth Lowengart and live music by the Generic String Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. 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.

old time movie night: "Mr. Wong in Chinatown," a 1939 movie starring Boris Karloff, and "The Mark of Zorro," a 1940 film starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone, will presented Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Christian Church of Ashland, Second and B streets. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first feature will begin at 6:30. A reel of vintage snack bar ads and coming attractions will be featured between features. A snack bar will be open all evening. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. Call 541-482-1561.

Author reading: Hillel Wright, author of "All Wordly Pursuits" and "Jungle Crows," will read from "Rotary Sushi," "Border Town and "offbeat" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Wright also will read poems from "Single Dad" and "Welcome to the Below Time Motel." Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029.

Sunday, Feb. 21

SOUTHERN OREGON WOOD TURNERS: Learn how to turn wood on a lathe at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month with the Southern Oregon Wood Turners Club. The group meets at 175 Royal Lane, Rogue River, and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 541-956-5958 or 541-476-6137.

Monday, Feb. 22

ACCORDION CLUB: The Medford Accordion Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Anyone interested in playing or listening is invited to attend. Admission is $1. Call 541-488-7777.

Thursday, Feb. 25

authors to read: Dori Appel will read from "To the Rescue: Stories from Healthcare Workers at the Scenes of Disasters," which includes a story by Perry Prince titled "The Day of the Great Wave: The Story of a Young Hero," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The stories' authors share their experiences and obstacles as they work to care for patients under extraordinary circumstances. Other stories from "To the Rescue" will be read by Shirley Patton and Don Matthews. Call 541-488-0029.

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