Learn about the future of the Rogue Valley’s water during a discussion with the Jefferson Center and SOCAN. See listings this page. MT file photo
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 ashlandseniorservices.org 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 jacksoncountymga.org/native-plants-garden-tour. 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 historicjacksonville.org.
Jefferson Center Salon Series & Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
The Jefferson Center Salon Series and SOCAN will present a free discussion “The Future of Water in the Rogue Valley” at 4 pm Sunday, May 22, via Zoom. The water we have enjoyed in the Rogue Valley—for drinking, agriculture, landscaping, and industry—is not guaranteed for the future. Where does Rogue Valley water come from? How is that water being used? What threats, from climate change to human behavior, do we face? Speakers will focus on what citizens and government agencies, especially local ones, can do to provide water in our area and distribute it fairly. Registration is required. To register and for further information see thejeffcenter.org/future-water-rogue-valley. Meeting details will be emailed to you after registration.
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 (May 23) 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 jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.
Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a livestream concert as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” virtual concert series at 5 pm Saturday, May 28. A pre-show will start at 4:45 pm The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour/hour-and-a-half-long show, including their new single “Into the Mystic,” ”Ordinary World,” and “Higher Ground,” off their yet- to-be-released album “Cover Story.” The concert is available to be livestreamed via Facebook, YouTube and Twitch, and on the Gypsy Soul website (gypsysoul.com). The show is on a “pay-what-you-want” basis. Once at the duo’s website, you will find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. You do not have to sign up for anything unless you would like to be sent a reminder for the concert or you’d like to be part of the chat/comments during the concert.
Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
The climate action group will host a free general meeting at 6 pm Tuesday, May 31, via Zoom, to discuss climate justice. Virginia Camberos, Rogue Valley Regional Director of Unite Oregon and Rodrigo Narbona from the Northwest Justice Project will talk about understanding what climate justice means and the importance of incorporating climate justice into daily life. They will be joined by Unite Oregon Climate Justice Committee Speakers, Anahi Cervantes and Jose Antonio Bucio, who will tell their personal stories. Erika Bucio will translate for the Spanish-speaking panelists. To register for the virtual meeting, or for more information, see socan.eco/events.
queer coffee house
The social group for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 am to noon the first Saturday of each month (June 4) 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 jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-774-8679.
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 (June 6) via Zoom to discuss how the running is going and what everyone is reading. For further details or to register, see jcls.org 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 (June 7) of each month, via Zoom. To register, see jcls.libcal.com or for more info call 541-535-7090.