AIFF continues, Rogue Valley livestreams, virtual events: April 8 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

A scene from the feature film “Hit the Road,” now showing as part of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. See listing below. Courtesy image

Recurring Events

Ashland senior activities

A variety of virtual and in-person activities and services are available to adults 50 and older Mondays through Fridays through the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. See or call 541-488-5342 for full listings.

native plants garden tour

Take a virtual tour through 11 gardens to explore trees, shrubs, perennials and wildflowers that are native to our area at Included are an eco-restoration garden, a permaculture mini-farm, a small urban garden and more. Admission is free; donations to the Jackson County Master Gardeners Association will be accepted. For more information, call 541-227-1358.

Historic Jacksonville virtual tour

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. has created a variety of virtual ways for you to explore the National Historic Landmark town, Jacksonville. Watch two online videos — a 30-minute “Walk through History” virtual tour which takes you to 23 different sites, and a 45-minute “Jacksonville Historic Homes” video tour which visits 27 different historic houses including the wooden 1855 Mathew G. Kennedy house, the 1873 Beekman House, and the 1892 Jeremiah Nunan house. Read through two text-based virtual tours “Beekman Bank Nuggets,” and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call,” or the “Walk through History” blog to learn more about specific Jacksonville historic sites. You can also read stories of beer, wine, whiskey, saloons, and “entrepreneurs” in the “Thirsty Thursday” on-line series. For more information or to access see

april events

Ashland Independent Film Festival: The 21st annual Ashland Independent Film Festival, which began Friday, April 1, runs through Sunday, April 10. The festival will be held virtually this year using the online platform Eventive, and showcase more than 65 feature films and a half-dozen short-film compilations. The AIFF lineup this year features 27 documentary features, 27 narrative features, seven locals-only shorts, 14 student short films, 14 documentary shorts and 14 short-story films. The 2022 program also includes kid flicks, special one-day-only screenings, Q-and-A’s with filmmakers and more. AIFF’s Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing feature films are special one-day-only screenings of three powerhouse documentaries addressing important modern global issues. Tickets start at $13.50 per film, except for the one-day-only features ($20). Ticket packages and AIFF membership packages are available, ranging in price from $25 to $800 for an all-festival pass with access to all films. For a full listing of showtimes, tickets, filmmaker discussions, Q-and-A sessions, and more, see The AIFF box office is available from 9:30 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday at 541-488-3823. After-hours help is available by email at

Race Presentation—’Black Freethinkers’

The Jefferson Center will present “Black Freethinkers,” from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, April 10, via Zoom. From times of slavery onward, attitudes toward religion and spirituality in Black communities have been diverse, but racial stereotyping has obscured the breadth, depth, and variety of Black American Freethought. The center will play a video by Prof. Chris Cameron of UNC Charlotte, delving into this history. An online discussion will follow to explore reactions to the video, how American racism has distorted important aspects of the Black experience, and how efforts to promote free thought and rational inquiry intertwine with dismantling racism. Admission is free, registration is required. For further details and to register see

Indigenous Cultural Writing Talk

Friends of the Hannon Library will host guest speaker Valerie Janis, Ojibwe author and librarian, who will present “Storytelling: Stepping from the Past to the Future with Indigenous Fantasy,” virtually at 5 pm Thursday, April 14. Janis will share the creative process of entwining her traditional culture and the Ojibwe and Lakota languages ​​with supernatural and mythical beasts. Registration is required. To register, see Meeting details will be emailed to you after you register. Call 541-552-6816 or email at for further information.

Gardening Presentation

Monette Hoffmeister will discuss approaches to and practices for waterwise ornamental gardening from 1 to 2:30 pm Saturday, April 23, via Zoom. Topics include characteristics of water-thrifty plants and their management in gardens and lawns. Registration is required. For further details or to register, see and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

teen trivia

Teens ages 13 and older can join in a live, fast-paced game of general knowledge trivia using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4:30 pm the fourth Monday (April 25) of every month. Log into the Zoom meeting to see the questions and respond on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and the game PIN, which we will be provided during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of subjects. For further details or to register, see and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

June Events

Booking It — Running and Reading Club

Kids ages 13 and older who are interested in reading and running are invited to run and to read (or listen to an audio-book while running) each week then gather virtually at 4 pm the first Monday of each month (May 2) via Zoom to discuss how the running is going and what everyone is reading. For further details or to register, see and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.

Books at Noon

This readers’ group discusses various books and offer suggestions for new reads at noon the first Tuesday (May 3) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see or for more info call 541-535-7090.

queer coffee house

The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 am to noon the first Saturday of each month (May 7) via Zoom. Bring a list of your recent favorite books, movies, and/or podcasts, and share what projects or crafts you’re working on. To register or further details, see and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-774-8679.

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