Friday, Oct. 23
Ashland audiowalks: Ashland Audiowalks will guide listeners through the historic districts of Ashland in its fall preview offered through Sunday, Nov. 8. "Tour 1: The Essential Ashland" is a one-mile, one-hour tour that describes some events and culture of Ashland as it emerges from the frontier in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The tour begins on the Ashland Plaza and ends with a stroll down Granite Street. Simple press-and-play devices are available for $7.50, 24 hours a day at the front desk of the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 488-1700 to reserve a tourplayer.
The farm: The Farm's Fall Harvest Festival runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, Nov. 1, at 51 South Stage Road., Medford. The festival includes a pumpkin patch, petting farm, pony rides, pumpkin slingshot, wagon rides and children's carnival games. This is a fundraiser for Kids & Critters Inc. Call 535-1316.
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 482-3241.
PRE-HALLOWEEN DANCE: Dance band Blue Lightning will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for a pre-Halloween bash at the Ashland Community Center, 51 Winburn Way, Ashland. Admission will be from $10 to $20 on a sliding scale. Call 840-4736.
Saturday, Oct. 24
ASHLAND SATURDAY MARKET: Local and organic produce, bedding plants, home-baked goodies and crafts will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31 at the Ashland Saturday Market, held in the parking lot at Lithia Way and First Street. Oregon Trail cards and Senior and Women's Infants and Children's Farm Direct Nutrition Program vouchers are welcome. Call 261-0577.
LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET: Arts, crafts and live music will be available weekends through Nov. 15 at the outdoor market held along Calle Guanajuato behind the Ashland Plaza. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 488-1040.
Movie night: In honor of Woodstock's 40th anniversary, the Havurah Shir Hadash will show "Woodstock," the movie, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Movie goers are invited to dress up in '60s garb, bell bottoms and tie dye to recreate the atmosphere of the era. Donations will be gladly accepted. Call 488-7716.
RAILROAD PARK: Medford's Railroad Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of every month through Oct. 25. Rides for all ages on small-scale steam and diesel trains, along with exhibits of full-size and miniature trains, a historic locomotive and caboose and an antique telegraph service will be available. The park is home to the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club, the Southern Oregon Live Steamers, the Southwest Oregon Large-Scale Trains and the Morse Telegraph Club. Handcar and motorcar rides are available. The park is at Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue, just a few blocks from the Rogue Valley Mall. Admission is free; donations to maintain and expand the park are accepted. Call 779-3002 or 944-9176.
STORYTELLING: A free story time for children ages 3 and older is at 3 p.m. Sundays at Unicorn Gifts & Toys, 53 N. Second St., Ashland. Call 488-5943.
Monday, Oct. 26
BOOK EXCHANGE: A free book exchange is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. Call 774-2400.
Kid time! discovery experience: Kid Time! is offering free scholarship memberships for families. Stop by the activity center and see if your family qualifies for a special membership. Youngsters and their parents or caregivers will find activities that educate and entertain at the nonprofit play space, 226 N. Ross Lane, Medford. Kid Time! offers interactive exhibits such as the grocery store, café, construction zone, into the woods, water works, medical center, art space, toddler town and the outdoor space, along with a café serving espresso and snacks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various crafts, activities and storytelling also are offered. Kid Time! hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for children, $3 for adults. A three-month family membership costs $40. See www.kid-time.org or call 772-9922.
SENIOR SINGERS: The Central Point Senior Singers will meet at 11 a.m. Mondays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. Call 664-4933.
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 488-7777.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St., Ashland. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. Call 261-5045.
Birthday Book Program: The Friends of the Shady Cove Library sponsor a book gift program for children living in Shady Cove, Trail and surrounding areas. Children ages 2 through 5 are eligible to receive a free book on their birthdays. Registration is available from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the library, 22477 Highway 62, Shady Cove. Parents will receive information to help spark their child's interest in reading. Call 878-2270 for more information.
Juggling Club: The Talent Juggling Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the gymnasium at Talent Elementary School, 307 W. Wagner Creek Road, Talent. All jugglers, beginning to advanced, are welcome. Call 535-1163.
SWEET ADELINES: The Southern Oregon Sound chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue Valley Christian Church, 1440 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The four-part chorus, directed by Martha Segura, is a nonprofit music education association and offers lessons on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. Segura is the lead singer for Razzcals, an international award-winning quartet. The Southern Oregon chapter of Sweet Adelines performs locally and in an annual regional competition. Women interested in singing with the chorus are invited to attend. See www.sweetadelinesos.org or call 774-9606.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
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. Visitors can play with soap bubbles in the Bubble-ology Room; pedal a bike to send power to an electric train; challenge their senses in the Hall of Illusions; and explore their creativity in Einstein's Art Studio. There also are crazy mirrors, big blocks and a climbing structure in the Kids Space. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors over 65. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 482-6767.
hillcrest growers and craft market: More than 25 Rogue Valley farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers will offer their products from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Oct. 31 in the parking lot at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. See www.roxyann.com or call 776-2315.
SPELLING BEE: A spelling contest will be held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Louie's Bar and Grill, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1. Children are welcome to participate but must be out of Louie's by 10 p.m. The winning contestant will take the pot plus a dollar-for-dollar match by Louie's. Call 482-9677.
Thursday, Oct. 29
GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 19 at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. The market offers fresh flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. Call 261-5045.
COMMUNITY CHORUS: A community chorus will meet from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. on Thursdays in the new Rogue Community College presentation hall, corner of Riverside Avenue and Eighth Street, Medford. All ages are welcome. Call 779-2796.
MEN'S BARBERSHOP SINGING: Men interested in four-part harmony are invited to attend the Rogue Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Society meetings at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Men interested in four-part harmony are invited. Call 779-7118.
WOMEN'S BARBERSHOP SINGING: The Rogue Valley Women's Barbershop Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Boys and Girls Club, 203 S.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Visitors may enter the club at the G Street entrance. The chorus is looking for new members and preparing for its 2010 show. No auditions are necessary. Women interested in singing are invited. Monthly dues cost $15, but a free 30-day trial membership is available. Funds generated by the club benefit high school students in Grants Pass and Rogue River, the Junior Honor Choir and the Boys and Girls Club. Call 476-7006 or 474-4447.
Book Reading: Charles Durrett, author of "Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living," will be signing copies and reading sections from his book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Durrett's book is a guide to joining or creating a cohousing community. Call 488-0029.
Friday, Oct. 30
Book sale: The Friends of the Gold Hill Branch Library will sponsor a "spook-tac-u-lar" book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Gold Hill Branch Library, 202 Dardanelles St., Gold Hill. Call 855-1994.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween Storytime: The Ashland Branch Library will be offering a Halloween Storytime from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the children's section of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The storytime will feature not-too-scary Halloween books, rhymes and songs. The annual Ashland Halloween Parade will begin immediately after the storytime in front of the library. Call 774-6995.
Sunday, Nov. 1
COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING CLUB: Shoot 'em up Western-style with the Table Rock Rangers at 9 a.m. on the first Sunday and second Saturday of every month at the Jackson County Sports Park, 6900 Kershaw Road, Central Point. The entry fee is $13 and includes five scenarios during each event. Arrive early to register. The club members shoot in accord with The Single Action Shooting Society and wear period clothing. Admission to the park is free. Call 772-9941.
Monday, Nov. 2
Author night: Ashley Offill, author of "Compressed Leaves," will read and sign copies of his book from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Author Night is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 774-6996.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Women's luncheon: Rogue Valley Women's Connection will host a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Westminister Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford. The luncheon will feature an auction, live music by Teryl Casebier and a presentation by Roberta Morin. Nursery care will be available. Admission is $15. Call 245-1652 or 855-7695 for reservations.
Friday, Nov. 6
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 Friday 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. Three-month sessions are available for $35 for families with one child attending, $50 for families with more than one child attending. See livingearthcircle.org for information. Call 488-5340 to register.
Saturday, Nov. 7
quilt Show: The Material Girls of Shady Cove will present its annual quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, at Shady Cove Elementary School, 37 Schoolhouse Lane, Shady Cove. Admission is a suggested donation of $2, and lunch will be available at the show. Call 878-4666 or e-mail email@example.com.
Writers' presentation: Southern Oregon Willamette Writers will sponsor a talk, ED ACE and Your Writers Group, by Eric M. Witchey, whose fiction has appeared nationally and internationally in magazines and anthologies, at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Central Point City Hall in the council chambers, 140 S. Third St., Central Point. The cost is $5. Witchey also will present ED ACE and the ABC's of Character-Driven Fiction at 1:15 p.m. For information call 621-8585.
ANIMAL SHELTER TOUR: The Friends of the Animal Shelter offers free tours of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from noon to 12:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Children are welcome with parental supervision. Call 774-6646.
Monday, Nov. 9
DROP IN AND DRAW: The Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, will offer supervised art workshops for children ages 6 and older from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on days that the Medford School District has no scheduled classes. Children ages 4 to 6 may attend the workshops if accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per hour per child and includes art supplies. No registration is required. Projects include weaving, sculpting, drawing, watercolor and others. The workshops will be held Monday, Nov. 9; Wednesday, Nov. 11; and Monday, Dec. 14. Children ages 6 to 12 may preregister for Drop In and Draw sessions to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. Registration is required, and the cost is $15 per child. These sessions will be held Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Call 772-8118.
Friday, Nov. 13
Flea market and antiques: The Five and Dime Flea Market and antique sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, on the upper decks of the Compton Arena at the Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Admission is free. Call 324-8570.
Saturday, Nov. 14
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 826-3177 or 899-3663.
Sunday, Nov. 15
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 Ave., Rogue River, and anyone interested is invited to attend. Call 956-5958 or 476-6137.
Saturday, Nov. 21
BREAKFAST: A breakfast of biscuits and gravy, omelets, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee will be offered from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Medford Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. The cost is $6.
HISTORIC WALKING TOURS: Ben Truwe will unlock the secrets of the past during his "Haunted Brothels and Opium Dens of Medford" walking tours offered 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 773-8369 for reservations.