Thursday, March 25
COMMUNITY CHORUS: A community chorus meets from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Thursdays in Room 321 of the Rogue Community College/Southern Oregon University Higher Education Center, corner of Riverside Avenue and Eighth Street, Medford. All ages and levels of vocalists are welcome. Call 541-779-2796.
SPACE EXHIBITS: ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum is bringing Outreach to Space exhibits, built by the Exploratorium in San Francisco, to local libraries. The hands-on displays are designed for children and teach a variety of space-related concepts. Times and locations:
- 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Jacksonville Library, 340 W. C St.
- Noon to 7 p.m. Monday, March 29, noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave.
AUTHOR READING: Ashland author Darrell Kastin will read from "The Undiscovered Island," a novel set in the Azores islands, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029.
Friday, March 26
Addi Black: Black's collection of mixed-media portraits, "Faces of Haitian People," along with a mural by local artist Gabriel Lipper, will be displayed through March at the Lithia Springs Inn, 2165 W. Jackson Road, Ashland. Black's work also will be displayed through April at the Good Bean Company, 165 S. Oregon St., Jacksonville and in May at Terra Firma Home, 309 E. Main St., Medford. Using oil, Black replicated portraits of Haitian people on newspaper clippings about Haiti's devastating condition. Proceeds from the art sales will benefit the Haiti relief project. Call 541-702-2091.
Birdhouse art: "Jacksonville is for the Birds," a collection of 14 birdhouses created and signed by local artists, will be displayed through April 16 at shops in Jacksonville. The birdhouses will be auctioned at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Doc Griffin Park in Jacksonville. A portion of the sales will benefit the Jacksonville Woodlands Association. Artists include Dianne Erickson, Anne Brooke, Mark Daucher, Katy Cauker, Bill Stanton, Katharine Gracey, Elaine Frenett and others. Maps that include the artists' names and locations of the birdhouses are available at the participating stores. Call 541-899-3759.
Rogue Gallery and Art Center: "Painting from the Earth," a collection of organic paintings by Jacksonville artist Leah Fanning Mebane, will be displayed through April 10 at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. Mebane utilizes natural earthen pigments and walnut oil rather than traditional solvent-based pigments and thinners. Her textured and abstract work is inspired by Native American traditions that honor the medicine wheel as the eternal dance. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 541-772-8118 or visit www.roguegallery.org.
WINE & A MOVIE: RoxyAnn Winery will be present "Bottleshock" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in its tasting room, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $5 and includes popcorn. No outside food or drink. Call 541-776-2315.
AUTHOR READING: Author Kathleen Dean Moore explores the healing power of nature in a free reading from her book "Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature" at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-488-0029.
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 27
RADIO CONTROL SWAP & SHOP: The Rogue Valley Flyers will hold its annual Swap and Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, in the Flower Building of the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass. A wide range of radio-control hobbies — aircraft, cars and boats — will be featured, as well as glider flying, aerobatic demos and a flight simulator. Call 541-956-9384.
RECORD SHOW: The Fifth Annual Grants Pass Record Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass. Thousands of 45s, LPs, DVDs, sheet music and more will be available. Admission is $2. Call 541-245-6758.
DAFFODIL DAZE: The 10th annual Daffodil Daze Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in Shady Cove. Activities include a parade, a scavenger hunt, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts vendors, live music and trolley rides along Daffodil Hill. To reserve trolley seating, call 541-878-3626 or e-mail email@example.com. See www.upperrogue.org for more information.
'nano days': "Nano Days," a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, takes place on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28 at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Hands-on activities and video presentations will explore nanotechnology all day. A new live science show, "Mentos Madness!" premieres at 1 p.m. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, Rich Riddle presents an introduction to the nano world and some practical applications.
ORCHID SHOW AND SALE: The Rogue Valley Orchid Society is holding its 46th Annual Orchid Show and Sale on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, at the Padgham Pavilion at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on March 27, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 28. Entries will be accepted for the show from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Growers will have blooming orchids for sale. Admission is $3; parking is free. See www.RogueValleyOrchidSociety.org or call 541-890-6447.
Sunday, March 28
DAFFODIL HILL WALK: Walkers of all ages are invited to a 1K fun walk up "Daffodil Hill" in Shady Cove, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. Gather at the Walker Center on Sawyer Road (off Rogue River Drive) between noon and the 12:45 p.m. warm-up. Entry fee is $5 per person to benefit the Shady Cove Boys & Girls "Cool Club" or walk free with a donation of nonperishable food items to benefit the Shady Cove Food Pantry. Waiver & Release of Liability forms must be signed prior to the walk; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-878-2662 or 541-821-4700.
Monday, March 29
The Artists Workshop: The group of regional painters invites interested artists to join outdoor painting and critique sessions. The group meets every Monday, weather permitting, at a Rogue Valley location. Call 541-482-5837.
SPACE EXHIBITS: ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum will present Outreach to Space exhibits, built by the Exploratorium in San Francisco, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The hands-on displays are designed for children and teach a variety of space-related concepts. The exhibit will be available from noon to 7 p.m. Monday, March 29, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 31.
AFTER-SCHOOL MOVIES: Movies will be presented from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Admission is free and snacks are served. Call 541-535-7090.
March 29 — "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," not rated. The wacky story of Count Dracula who wants to transplant Abbott's brain into the skull of Frankenstein's monster.
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.
Tuesday, March 30
jeopardy trivia: Join the fun at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry fee is $1, and there will be prizes. A spelling contest is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Louie's. Entry also is $1, and the winning contestant will take the pot plus a dollar-for-dollar match by the restaurant. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of the restaurant by 10 p.m. Call 541-482-9677.
Wednesday, March 31
west coast swing dance: Southern Oregon Swing offers dancing 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 www.soswing.org or call 541-324-7981.
Thursday, April 1
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 ashlandsufi.com or call 541-482-4902.
Friday, April 2
CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY PLAY GROUP: Living Earth Circle sponsors a baby and young children's play group from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Fridays of every month at Pioneer Hall, next door to the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Performers, teachers and families share in activities such as music, dance, puppet shows and crafts. Admission is $8 for one child with an accompanying adult, $4 for each additional family member or friend. See livingearthcircle.org for information. Call 541-488-5340 to register.
Pottery fundraiser: The 11th annual Empty Bowls Project will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, in the Thorndike Gallery in the Art Building on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Handmade clay bowls and other works donated by local artists will be available for about $10 per piece. Matt Rudloff, an SOU student, will demonstrate throwing pottery, and there will be live music by guitarist and vocalist Joel Handley. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACCESS, Inc., the Ashland Food Bank, Uncle Food' Diner and the Food Angels. Call 541-488-5272 or visit www.soroptimistrv.org.
SOUPER BOWL: Pasta Piatti restaurant will serve butternut squash soup and baked bread from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 2, on the Ashland Plaza. There is a suggested donation of $5 per bowl; children under 12 years are free. Proceeds will help complete the Ashland Peace Wall, a community art work in front of the Ashland library. Call 541-552-0736.
SQUARE DANCE: The Star Promenaders host an easy mainstream dance at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Admission is by donation. Call 541-770-5182.
contra dance: The Ashland Folk Music Club will present live music by the Generic String Band and caller Woody Lane for a dance to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Williams Grange, 20100 Williams Highway. Admission will be $5 to $10 on sliding scale. Call 541-846-6345.
Saturday, April 3
WILDLIFE IMAGES: Wildlife Images will host its spring open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at 11845 Lower River Road, Grants Pass. There will be free self-guided tours. No reservations are needed. See www.wildlifeimages.org or call 541-476-0222.
THE RABBITS ARE COMING: The Westside Rabbitteers 4-H Club will exhibit a variety of rabbits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. The 4-H members also will share information about raising and caring for rabbits. Call 541-482-3241.
teen library first saturdays: Activities for teens are available from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Medford Teen Library, 205 S. Central Ave. On Saturday, April 3, create a piece of artwork from trash. The art will be displayed during the Earth Day celebration to be held April 17-24 in Ashland. Call 541-774-6413.
Monday, April 5
AFTER-SCHOOL MOVIES: Movies will be presented from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Admission is free, and snacks will be served. Call 541-535-7090.
April 5 — "Where the Wild Things Are," rated PG. A disobedient little boy creates an imaginary forest world populated by wild things, exotic monsters and ferocious creatures.
April 12 — "James and the Giant Peach," rated PG. A young boy encounters human-sized insects and a juicy, giant peach.
April 19 — "The Princess and the Frog," rated G. A beautiful girl and a frog prince have a hilarious adventure through the mystical Louisiana bayous.
April 26 — "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken," not rated. Don Knotts' character spends a night in a haunted house to appear heroic to his girlfriend.
Tuesday, April 6
Jefferson Classical Guitar Society: The Jefferson Classical Guitar Society meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. The meetings are open to players of skill levels that range from beginning to advanced. The nonprofit JCGS is dedicated to promoting classical guitar, as well as folk, flamenco, ragtime, jazz and original compositions by local composers. Admission is $5. See www.jeffersonguitar.org or call 541-552-9515 for information.
Wednesday, April 7
WOMEN'S LUNCHEON: The Rogue Valley Women's Connection will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, in the Ministries Center Building (behind First Church of the Nazarene), 1974 E. McAndrews, Road, Medford. Author Jean Carey will speak on "Learning to let go while holding on tighter." A master gardener will discuss growing lavender, and music will be provided by Michelle Baumbarton. The cost is $15. Call 541-245-1652 or 541-855-7695.
Thursday, April 8
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.
Friday, April 9
PRESCHOOL Puppet TheatER: See what Bucky Beaver and his forest friends are up to during a puppet theater at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. A brief environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show, play time and a snack and related craft or activity. The show is for preschoolers and kindergartners 3 to 5 years of age, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $5 per child. There will be no late seating. Registration prior to day of program is required. To register, see http://ashlandparks.recware.com or call 541-488-6606.
DROP OFF & DRAW NIGHT: Children's art workshops are available from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Fridays of the month at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. The cost is $15 per child. Children must be preregistered. Call 541-772-8118.
SQUARE DANCE: Lantz's Dantzers host square dances on the second Friday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Advanced-level dancing begins at 6:30 p.m., round dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. and plus-level dancing begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $4. Call 541-772-1431.
Saturday, April 10
PHOLIA FARM OPEN HOUSE: Pholia Farm Goat Dairy will hold its Fourth Annual Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the farm, 9115 W. Evans Creek Road, Rogue River. Taste cheeses, wines and marshmallows; enjoy a hay ride and a goat-milking contest; pet rabbits and guinea pigs; and bottle-feed a baby goat. See www.pholiafarm.com or call 541-582-8883.
SOPEX 2010: The Southern Oregon Philatelic Society will hold its annual stamp show Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, in the Padgham Pavilion at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Hours will be10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11. Admission is free. Dealers and collectors will be on hand, and stamps, covers, postcards, appraisals and supplies will be available. Call 541-772-8871.
LEATHER CRAFTS: The Rogue Valley Leather Guild meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The hobbyist group teaches and shares ideas about tooling leather and saddle-stitching. Call 541-826-3177 or 541-899-3663.
STAR PROMENADERS: The club hosts a mainstream square dance on the second Saturday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Pre-rounds begin at 7:30 p.m. and squares at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation. Call 541-770-5182.
Sunday, April 11
ASHLAND FAMILY YMCA SUNDAY Tea Dance: Dance to the big band sound of the Easy Valley Eight from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the Ashland Family YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland. Admission is $6 at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Call 541-482-9622.
Tuesday, April 13
TEEN TUESDAY GAME TIME: Board and card games are held from 4 to 6 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the Medford Teen Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Call 541-774-6413.
Wednesday, April 14
FILM SERIES: Films will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 14 and 28, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, "The Band's Visit," the story of an Israeli community that embraces an Egyptian police brass band, rated PG, will be shown April 14; "Steal a Pencil for Me," a story about two people who correspond while interned at a Nazi concentration camp, will be shown April 28.resents free films at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday. The films are followed by community discussion. Call 541-488-7716.
Friday, April 16
SQUARE Dance: Lantz's Dantzers hold square dances on the third Friday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Prerounds begin at 7:30 p.m., and mainstream and plus dancing begins at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation. Call 541-772-1431.
Saturday, April 17
BREAKFAST: A breakfast of biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee will be served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The cost is $6.
HISTORIC WALKING TOURS: Ben Truwe unlocks the secrets of the past during his "Haunted Brothels and Opium Dens of Medford" walking tours at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Find out where Medford residents "lynched the knocker and burned the hammer." The free tours last about two hours and are suitable for all ages. Participants should dress for the weather and meet at the Southern Oregon Historical Society's History Center, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Call 541-773-8369 for reservations.
SOUTHERN OREGON STITCHERS: The local chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America presents needlework and embroidery demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month at the First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. Anyone interested is invited to attend. See www.sosega.com or call 541-488-4082.
BIKE SWAP: The 20th Annual Ashland Community Bike Swap will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St. Bicycles to be sold can be dropped off from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16, and from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. See www.rvtd.org/bikeswap or call 541-488-5340. Volunteers for the event can call 541-951-1136.
BIRDHOUSE AUCTION: Birdhouses created by local artists will be auctioned from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m Saturday, April 17, at Doc Griffin Park in Jacksonville. Call 541-899-3759.
TEEN Chess club: Teens may play chess from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Medford Teen Library, 205 S. Central Ave. All levels of players are welcome and basic instruction offered. Call 541-774-6413.
SCHOOLS BENEFIT AUCTION: The eighth annual fundraising auctions for Grace Christian School and Cascade Christian High School will be held Saturday, April 17, in the Cascade Christian High School pavilion, 855 Chevy Way, Medford. A silent auction will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a live auction. A preview of what's on the auction block will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 16. Admission to the auction is free. Preregistration is encouraged to receive a bid number and catalog. Call 541-772-0606 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
live music and dance: Jim Lane and the Renegades will present live country, oldies and rock 'n' roll music from 7 to 10 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Admission is $4. Call 541-955-5229.
CONTRA DANCE: The Ashland Folk Music Club will offer dancing to live music by The Generic String Band with caller Ken Olcott from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Talent Middle School, 102 Chistian Ave., Talent. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. No perfumes or oils. Admission is $8, $5 for high school students. Middle school students and anyone who just wants to watch and listen will be admitted free. Call 541-488-0679.
Sunday, April 18
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.
Saturday, April 24
BRIDGE THE GAP RUN & WALK: Hosted by the Southern Oregon Running Club, the fifth annual Bridge the Gap 5K run and walk and 10K run to benefit Mobility Unlimited of Medford will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Medford Railroad Park, Berrydale and Table Rock roads in Medford. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Advance entry fee is $15 per person; $20 after April 21. There will be T-shirts, trophies, ribbons and prize drawings. See www.bridgethegaprun.com or call 541-618-9468.
EARTH DAY: The Rogue Valley will celebrate Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, on the grounds of ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Over 70 exhibits from local businesses, nonprofits and government organizations will share information on a wide range of topics related to shaping sustainable lifestyles and building community. There will be entertainment, kids' activities, games, crafts and food for sale. Bring your own reusable beverage container. See www.RogueValleyEarthDay.net or call 541-488-6606.
Saturday, May 1
teen library first saturdays: Activities for teens are available from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Medford Teen Library, 205 S. Central Ave. On Saturday, May 1, the movie "The Blind Side," rated PG-13 and starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, will be shown. Call 541-774-6413.