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Recurring events

Ashland Senior Activities

A variety of virtual and in-person activities and services are available for adults 50 and older Monday through Friday through the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. See ashlandseniorservices.org or call 541-488-5342 for complete listings.

Visit to the native plant garden

Take a virtual tour through 11 gardens to explore our region’s native trees, shrubs, perennials and wildflowers at jacksoncountymga.org/native-plants-garden-tour. Included are an eco-restoration garden, a permaculture mini-farm, a small urban garden and more. Free entry; 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 City of Jacksonville. Watch two videos online – a 30-minute “Walk through History” virtual tour that takes you to 23 different sites, and a 45-minute “Jacksonville Historic Homes” video tour that visits 27 different historic homes, including 1855 Mathew Wood G. Kennedy House, the 1873 Beekman House, and the 1892 Jeremiah Nunan House. Read 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 historic sites in Jacksonville. You can also read stories about beer, wine, whiskey, saloons and “entrepreneurs” in the online series “Thirsty Thursday.” For more information or to access, see historicjacksonville.org.

July Events

Medford Library Books Chat

Adults 18 and older can discuss selected books with other members of this reading group at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday (July 12) of each month via Zoom. For more details and to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you upon registration.

About the Author — David Allen

New York Times bestselling author David Allen, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on personal productivity, will discuss how to transform a hectic, overwhelming and overworked life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed and which gives better results at 9 years. Thursday, July 14, via Zoom. Allen’s New York Times bestseller, “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, has sold millions of copies and has been published in thirty languages, and the “GTD” methodology he describes has become a global phenomenon, being taught by training companies in over ninety countries. Q-and-A to follow the conversation. For more details or to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you after registration.

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

The climate action group will hold a free general meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, via Zoom. Founder and former Executive Director of Renewable Hydrogen Alliance, Ken Dragoon, will describe the many uses of hydrogen and its role in addressing the growing climate crisis. We know we need to break our fossil fuel habit, but how do we do it? One answer is renewable energy like wind, water and sun. Another answer may be hydrogen. When we burn fossil fuels, greenhouse gases are released, while burning hydrogen only produces water. Faced with the threat of a climate crisis induced by our use of fossil fuels, hydrogen is now seen as having a valuable role to play. To register for the virtual meeting or for more information, visit socan.eco/events. To register for the virtual meeting or for more information, visit socan.eco/events.

Teen stories

Teens ages 13 and up can participate in a live, fast-paced general knowledge quiz using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday (July 27) of each month. Connect to the Zoom meeting to view questions and answer them on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and the game PIN, which will be provided to us during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of topics. For more details or to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you upon registration.

August Events

Author Conference — Marcia Chatelain

Marcia Chatelain will discuss her Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, via Zoom. Chatelain is a highly accomplished teacher and scholar of African American life and culture and a frequent speaker in the areas of food justice, race and ethnicity, and urban politics. Q-and-A to follow the conversation. For more details or to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you after registration.

queer cafe

The social group of LGBTQ+ communities and their allies meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month (August 6) via Zoom. Bring a list of your recent favorite books, movies, and/or podcasts and share any projects or crafts you’re working on. To register or for more details, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar, or call 541-774-8679.

Author Discussion — Liz Moore

Liz Moore will discuss her international bestseller “Long Bright River” and other works at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, via Zoom. Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Moore tells a story that is both graphically honest and dignified. “Long Bright River” puts a very human face on the effect addiction can have on generations of families and communities. Q-and-A to follow the conversation. For more details or to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you after registration.

Author Conference — Michele Harper

Michele Harper will highlight lessons learned from her inspiring personal journey of discovery and self-reflection, as written in her memoir, “The Beauty in Breaking,” at 6 p.m. Monday, August 22, via Zoom. Her book explains how each of us is broken – physically and emotionally, how we go about recognizing those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there, as equally crucial parts of the healing process. Q-and-A to follow the conversation. For more details or to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you after registration.

Let’s Talk Author — Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman, author, researcher and executive advisor, will present her latest book, “Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact” at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 25, via Zoom. Drawing on the insights of the leaders of the biggest companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential actors do differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in the way we think and act can have a huge impact, and why, with a little coaching, that mindset is available. to anyone who wants to contribute at their highest level and do more meaningful work. Q-and-A to follow the conversation. For more details or to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you after registration.

Teen stories

Teens ages 13 and up can participate in a live, quick game of general knowledge using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday (August 31) of each month. Connect to the Zoom meeting to view questions and answer them on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and game PIN, which will be provided to us during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of topics. For more details or to register, visit jcls.org and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you upon registration.

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