Activities and things to do

Thursday, March 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.

AUTHOR READINGs: During the month of March, Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland, will feature free readings beginning at 7 p.m. Call 541-488-0029.

March 11 — Sid Miller reads from a collection of 50 poems which explore Oregon in "Dot-to-Dot: Oregon."

March 12 — Robert Bluth, municipal court judge in Shady Cove and Eagle Point for more than 16 years, recounts humorous, touching and interesting experiences about people who have appeared in his courtroom in "Muni Court: A View from the Other Side of the Bench."

March 18 — In her debut novel "Alcestis," Katherine Beutner imagines the real story of Alcestis, Greek mythology's ideal wife.

Friday, March 12

shrine circus: Clowns, animal acts and acrobats will fill the circus ring Friday, March 12, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass, and Saturday, March 13, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Medford. There will be shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Grants Pass fairgrounds. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $12 for ages 12 through 18. A family package is available for $37 and ages 11 and younger will be admitted free. On Saturday, shows will be presented at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Medford fairgrounds. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for ages 13 through 18, seniors and members of U.S. armed forces. Ages 4 through 12 will be admitted free with coupons that are available at Sherm's Markets, Ray's Food Place and 7-Eleven. Ages 3 and younger will be admitted free.

RAILROAD history: Author and historian Larry Mullaly will speak on "Railroading in Ashland: The Glory Years: 1900-1910" on Friday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum, 258 A St., Suite 7. The lecture will be illustrated with historic photos. Call 541-261-6605 or see

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, March 13

PUPPET SHOW: "Akimba and his Magic Cow' will be presented at 10 and 11 a.m. and 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Boys and Girls Club/Talent Elementary School Outdoor Discovery Program Schoolhouse, 309 W. Main St., Talent (across from Talent Elementary School). Admission is $3. Call 541-535-5511.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES: The Southern Oregon Antiques & Collectibles Club presents its 38th Annual Spring Antiques & Collectibles Show on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 14. Admission is $4; includes return privileges. Children under 6 free. Identification booth, $3 per item. Call 541-826-3039 or see

DINNER AND AUCTION: Temple Emek Shalom will hold its annual "Passport to the World" fundraiser on Saturday, March 13. A silent auction and international dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a live acution and dessert from 7 to 9 p.m. at the temple, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Tickets are $30 per person. Register at or call 541-488-2909.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH DANCE: Celebrate Women's History Month at a dance featuring Ashland's Blue Lightning dance band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Ashland Community Center, 51 Winburn Way. Admission is $10 to $20 on a sliding scale. Call 541-488-1078.

Sunday, March 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, March 14, at the Ashland Family YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland. Admission is $6 at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Call 541-482-9622.

Bad Film Society: The 1985 horror film, "Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf," starring Christopher Lee and Sybil Danning, will be presented Sunday, March 14, in the basement of the Ashland Elks Lodge. The film is filled with werewolves and supernatural parasites. Also, film archivist Steven Mayerson will present short films and the ninth episode of the 1944 serial "Tiger Woman." Bring a potluck dish to share before the feature film. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Visitors may enter the lodge through the entrance on Will Dodge Way (between First and Second streets). Admission is $3. See

Monday, March 15

aiff forum: In a discussion moderated by Jeff Golden, Ashland Independent Film Festival team members will share stories of their respective roles in the film festival process in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program "Film Festivals: It Takes a Community." The free forum will take place Monday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon in Presentation Hall of the RCC-SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Refreshments are at 9:30 a.m. No registration necessary. Call 541-552-6048 or see

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, March 17

ST. PATRICK'S DAY SHENANIGANS: Children and their parents or caregivers are invited to make Irish crafts, listen to Irish music and stories, learn Irish dancing and enjoy Irish refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Ashland libray, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6995.

west coast swing dance: Cut a rug from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at The Studio, 217 Fourth St., Ashland. Beginning and intermediate West Coast swing dance instruction is at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for a lesson and the dance; $3 for the dance only. Visit or call 541-324-7981.

Saturday, March 20

OREGON CHEESE FESTIVAL: The Sixth Annual Oregon Cheese Festival, a farmer's market-style artisan food and wine festival hosted by Rogue Creamery, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Rogue Creamery, 311 N. Front St., Central Point. A $10 entry fee includes tasting of cheeses from several Oregon and Northern California creameries. A $5 wine tasting fee includes a commemorative wine glass. See or call 866-396-4704, press 5.

NATIVE GAMES: Red Earth Descendants, the Native American Student Union of Southern Oregon University and the Ashland Youth Council will host a free stickball tournament Saturday, March 20, at the SOU baseball fields on the corner of Walker Avenue and Iowa Street in Ashland. The competition is open to all ages, races and skill levels, with teams formed at the 11 a.m. registration. Games begin at noon. All equipment and instruction is provided. Bring a potluck dish for the community feast at 5 p.m. Call 541-941-5989, 541-201-8101, 541-890-3529 or e-mail

pOETRY READING: Touring poets Ish Klein, John Beer and Paul Killebrew will read their poetry on Saturday, March 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-774-6996.

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