Here's what's happening in our area on New Year's Eve


Bel Di's: Highway 62, Shady Cove. 878-2010.

Oh's Osaka: 35 N. Central Ave., Medford. 282-2334.

Winchester Inn Wine Bar: An intimate concert featuring vocalist Leslie Kendall and guitarist Ed Dunsavage will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Winchester Inn Wine Bar, 35 S. Second St., Ashland. The $30 cover includes a choice of selected beverage and appetizer along with the music. Seating is very limited and reservations are suggested. Call 488-1113.


Music at St. Mark's: On Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m., Music at St. Mark's will present its eighth annual New Year's Eve concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 5th and Oakdale in Medford. The concert will be followed at approximately 9 p.m. by the Service of Night Prayer for the New Year from the New Zealand prayer book. All of the evening's activities are free. Performers for this year's concert include Chuck Christopher, storyteller; Barbara Evans O'Donnell, alto; Margaret R. Evans, organ. Laurie Anne Hunter, piano and harp; Christian Mathisen, tenor; Cyndy Patterson, solo handbells; Martin Prelle-Tworek, baritone and harp; Pauline Sullivan, soprano; Tintinnabulation, handbell ensemble; and the Southern Oregon University Faculty Brass Quintet. Works to be performed include an Irish story, an Irish harp duet, works for brass, an opera aria, a trio from "Guys and Dolls," a work for solo handbell ringer and piano; a work for handbell trio, and a French organ toccata. Following the concert, a gala reception will be held in the church's Parish Hall. Those interested will then be able to return to a candlelit church for the short Night Prayer service. Doors for the concert will open at 6:30 p.m. Call 858-8037.


Jefferson Exchange: Wednesday, Dec. 31, life coach Elizabeth Austin will talk about getting motivated and achieving your goals in 2009. Are you setting a goal for yourself this New Year's? Is it the same one you set for yourself last year? Whether it's losing weight, finding a new job, learning a foreign language, or strengthening your relationships, Austin knows resolutions are easier made than kept. The interactive talk-radio program is heard live weekdays from 8-10 a.m. and repeats 8-10 p.m. on Jefferson Public Radio's News & Information Service. The stations in Oregon are KSJK-Talent, AM 1230, KAGI-Grants Pass, AM 930. The program is also heard live on the Internet at ( The Jefferson Exchange encourages listeners to call-in during the program at 552-6782 or 1-800-838-3760.

New Year's and beyond

LABYRINTH WALK: The 10th annual Sacred Walk to the New Year is planned Dec. 30 through Jan. 1 at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 6 a.m. Wednesday to 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. For more information, call 482-4132.

camelot theatre company: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. See or call 535-5250.

brigadoon: Livia Genise directs Lerner and Loewe's Tony Award-winning musical about an enchanted 18th century Scottish town. The show runs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31. The show has been extended and additional performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2 and 3, with a closing matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4. New Year's Eve Gala tickets are an additional $25 and include a catered buffet, wine, champagne or cider and dancing with a live combo until 2 a.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seats are an additional $2.

oregon cabaret theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. daily, 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays and closed Tuesdays. See or call 488-2902.

aLI BABA: OCT artistic director Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs this reprise of the 1998 show he wrote with music by Jim Malachi and Darcy Danielson. The tale of Ali Baba's hero's quest, aided by Scheherazade and the Genie, is a panto derived from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte full of cross-dressing, puns, topical references and broad physical comedy. The show runs at 8 p.m. nightly with 1 p.m. brunch matinees on Sundays through Dec. 31. Tickets are $21-$31.

oregon stage works: 191 A St., Ashland. See or call 482-2334.

little women: Lisa Marie Malovoz directs Marisha Chamberlain's stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic story of four sisters and their mother during the American Civil War. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 4. The theater will be closed on Jan. 1, but will offer a special holiday performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Tickets are $20 for adults and $ $12 for students 21 and under. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland and at the door.

NEW YEAR'S DAY DANCE: Rachael R. Resch and Sarah Rose Marshank will co-facilitate the fifth annual Nia New Year dance celebration, "Visioning 2009" from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at The DanceSpace, 280 E. Hersey, #10, Ashland. Participants can participate in Nia movement and meditation, followed by a personal, body-based inquiry process to set intentions for the coming year. No previous dance experience is necessary. The cost is $12. See or call 488-1192.

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