Local events

lecture: Peter Dawkins will present "The Mysterious Mr. Shakespeare," an illustrated talk from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Dawkins received the 2008 scholarship award from Concordia University's Shakespeare Authorship Project for his book " The Shakespeare Enigma." Cost is $25. Call 482-5781.

field institute: Siskiyou Field Institute will host a free presentation and movie from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the Southern Oregon University Science Hall Room 118. The institute's executive director Sue Parrish will be joined by institute instructor and board member Kristi Mergenthaler for a movie and power point presentation featuring the region's unique natural features and institute adventures that explore them.

film: Oregon Public Broadcasting's new one-hour documentary, "The Silent Invasion," will air at 8 p.m. on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. A free preview screening is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

forum on iran: There will be a free forum on Iran, "History, Culture and Nuclear Dispute," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library (Meese Room). Speakers include Dr. Catherine Thomasson, Physicians for Social Responsibility; and Fariborz Pakseresht, Department of Human Services, State of Oregon.

fund-raising presentation: Peter Spring, executive director of The Steven Spring Foundation, will be giving a talk and media presentation on the state of the recovery effort in New Orleans from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the United Church of Christ of Ashland, at the corner of Morton and Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

osf talk: Oregon Shakespeare festival acting company member Cristofer Jean will give a free talk at noon Saturday, April 19, at Carpenter Hall, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Jean is in his fifth season at OSF and is currently playing the lead role of Charudatta in "The Clay Cart." He will also be seen later this season on the Elizabethan Stage in "The Comedy of Errors."

memoir writing class: Ashland author and storyteller Debra Gordon-Zaslow will offer "Writing your Life" from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays, April 21 through May 26, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The class is open to anyone who wants to transform personal memories into written work. The cost is $20 per session. Pre-registration is required. E-mail dvorat@aol.com or call 482-0088.

lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Neurons for Nirvana: Supporting Higher States of Consciousness," a presentation by Soleil Lithman, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at 258 A St., Ashland. Lithman's presentation will explore recent biological discoveries including brain science and cellular research and their implications for future physical-spiritual evolution. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.

poetry: Local poets Joyce Epstein and Priscilla Hunter will read their poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 488-0029.

earth day: John Javna will speaking about his new edition of "50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save the Earth," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Call 488-0029.

lecture: Prescott College president Dan Garvey will present "Turning Point: The Next Generation," a free lecture and conversation on the challenges facing the next generation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Rogue River Room Stephenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. After the lecture Garvey will mediate an open discussion about the opportunities available for citizens and leaders to imagine and create the kind of future we all would like to live in.

lecture: Jonathan Friedlander will present "Tales of the Imagination: The Middle East in American Popular Fiction," the keynote address at the annual Friends of Hannon Library Benefit Dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Hannon Library Meese Meeting Room (LIB 305), Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event will begin with a no-host wine social at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Call 552-6835.

poetry: Horizon Institute will present an evening of poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Local poets will read one of their own poems and a poem by a favorite poet of theirs on the theme "What Does It Mean To Be Human?" Poets scheduled include: Claudia Alick, Dori Appel, Anna Beauchamp, Mary Brubaker, Ryan Foster, Richard Hartley, Sasha Lithman, Richard Moeschl, Patty and Vince Wixon. The event is free. Call 488-0029.

talk: Catherine Coulson actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will speak about her roles in this season's plays "The Clay Cart" and "Our Town" at the Mavens meeting noon Wednesday, April 30, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 East Main St., Ashland. The event is free. Bring a bag lunch, refreshments and drinks will be provided. Call 858-8819.

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