Things to do: June 24, 2010

Thursday, June 24

Britt festivals talk: Britt Festivals will present "Growing Up Brubeck," a talk by Chris and Dan Brubeck, the sons of jazz artist Dave Brubeck, at 11 a.m. at Artistic Piano Gallery, 1390 Biddle Road, Medford. The Brubecks will relate stories about growing up with one of America's most accomplished musicians. The talk is free. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will open for Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Call 541-773-6077 for more information.

Friday, June 25

ASHLAND AUDIO WALKING TOUR: Roam through historic Ashland as Oregon Shakespeare actor Michael Hume tells the story of a village that grew up in the American wilderness. Tour audio rentals are available at the front desk of the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. Visit or call 541-488-1700.

LITHIA PARK WALK: Naturalists from the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department lead an easy nature walk through Lithia Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays (July and August only), Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Sept. 29. Meet at the Lithia Park entrance across from the Plaza. Free. Call 541-488-5340.

PRESCHOOL Puppet TheatER: See what Bucky Beaver and his forest friends are up to during a puppet theater from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month through August at the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $5 per child. There will be no late seating. Registration prior to day of program is required. To register, see or call 541-488-6606.

Saturday June 26

ASHLAND SATURDAY MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30 at Lithia Way and First Street in Ashland. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. See or call 541-951-5756.

DEMONSTRATION GARDENS TOUR: Take free, guided tours through the butterfly, amphibian and reptile, native plants, heirloom and herb gardens at 9:30 a.m. every second Wednesday and fourth Saturday through August at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The tours are recommended for ages 10 and older, and registration is required. Visit or call 541-488-6606.

LITHIA ARTISANS MARKET: The Lithia Artisans Market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays on Calle Guanajuato along Ashland Creek, Ashland. The market showcases regional arts and crafts and live music; creekside dining is available. Visit or call 541-488-1040.

GALAPAGOS TOUR: Take a trip to the Galapagos Islands off the southern coast of Chile when Gwyneth Ragosine presents an audio and visual tour at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Talent Branch Library, 101 Home St. Ragosine's presentation will include images and sounds of the sea, land and creatures that inhabit the islands. Call 541-535-4163.

Monday, June 28

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

BOARD GAME CLUB: Families are invited to play board games from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each summer month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. There will be about 20 board games to choose from. Call 541-774-6995.

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, June 29

GROWERS MARKET: The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 23 at the Ashland National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main St. The market offers flowers, produce, plants, baked goods and crafts. See or call 541-261-5045.

AUTHOR HERB HEIMAN TALKS TO TEENS: Local author Herb Heiman will talk to teens about writing his award-winning book "Running on Dreams" at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Set in Talent, the book is about a popular track star who overcomes his prejudice when he discovers similarities between himself and a new student with autism. Call 541-774-6423.

Wednesday, June 30

MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY: "The Young Victoria," rated PG, will be shown from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. This award-winning film is a dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. Free, with popcorn snacks. Call 541-774-6996.

TALENT EVENING MARKET: The Talent Evening Market will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 8 in front of the Talent City Hall, 110 W. Main St. There will be fresh produce, hand-crafted items, food and live music. Performing on Wednesday, June 30, is Smoky Red, featuring Marcella Ruikis and Jim Quinby. Admission is free. To reserve a booth, e-mail

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 or call 541-324-7981.

Thursday, July 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 or call 541-482-4902.

Friday, July 2

MEET THE ASHLAND PIONEERS: Sixteen actors in period costumes will portray some of Ashland's more colorful pioneers from the early 1900s during walking tours of the Ashland Cemetery, East Main and Morton streets. The one-hour tours will start every 15 minutes from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 2-3, and Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11. Tickets cost $10 adults, $25 for a family of five or less and $5 for ages 12 and younger. The tours are not recommended for small children, and pets will not be allowed. Tour groups will be limited to 20 persons. Tickets can be purchased at Paddington Station in Ashland or at the cemetery. Call 541-621-2995.

Sunday, July 4

ASHLAND 4TH OF JULY: With the theme "All of Ashland's A Stage," Ashland's 4th of July celebration starts with a six-mile run at 7:45 a.m., features a parade through downtown at 10:15 a.m. and ends with a fireworks display at Southern Oregon University Athletic Field at 10 p.m. In-between there are food, game and crafts booths in Lithia Park, concerts and more. Free shuttle bus service from Tolman Creek Plaza to downtown every 20 minutes. Visit or call 541-482-3486.

Thursday, July 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.

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