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The small plaza in front of The Black Swan Theatre in downtown Ashland, known as Chautauqua Square, has long been a gathering place for many of the city's homeless population and transients. While many who congregate are respectful and trying to escape homelessness, others who congregate in the plaza are disruptive and occasionally aggressive.
It also helps to have fingers, which is why the boy rocking the ball cap, turned backward, and jean shorts must be addressed. “One time on TV,” he says, “I saw this guy with two knives and he was doing it with both hands, like this.” He then demonstrates this technique using his hands as knives, karate chopping at the cutting board like an air drummer gone mad.
Bird Walks: Stroll through North Mountain Park with local birding experts from 8 to 9 a.m. the second Saturday of every month to see and hear some of the birds that spend their summers in the Rogue Valley. Meet at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. Binoculars and field guides will be available.
Preschool Puppet Theatre: Children ages 3 to 5 can hear new stories with Brenda Bear and friends from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. A brief lesson will follow, and the event will include a snack and craft or activity.
Family, colleagues and friends of the late Steve Flynn gathered outside Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion Wednesday to dedicate two large steel benches bearing plaques to honor the 27-year dean of students and director of financial aid who died of Alzheimer's last year at 74. With no shortage of damp eyes and choked voices, Flynn was recalled as that rare kind of administrator who made it fun for everyone, loved jokes, nicknames, one-line zingers and keggers and could still get the job done at the highest level, while always honoring the student first.
The majestic monarch butterfly, with its distinctive orange, white and black wings, is in serious decline, but home gardeners can be powerful allies in the fight to save these royal insects from extinction. Each year, monarchs make an arduous journey across North America from their summer breeding areas in Canada and the U.S., to reach their overwintering grounds in Southern California and Mexico.
Star Wars Weekend at ScienceWorks runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, at 1500 E. Main St., Ashland.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's CultureFest will celebrate multiethnic heritage and the diverse work on the Festival's stages this weekend, September 11-14, 2014. Held every other year, among CultureFest's 2014 offerings are play readings and discussions, multicultural Green Shows and Spanish open-captioned performances of three plays.
Rabbi Michael Lerner of Berkley, Calif., received the National Peace Maker award Sunday at the annual Peace House awards dinner at Southern Oregon University. It was the second time Peace House presented the award, given in memory of Marjorie Maybury Kellogg.
Ashland Fire & Rescue will hold a remembrance ceremony for the attacks on the World Trade Center at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, near the flagpole at Fire Station 1, 455 Siskiyou Blvd. The ceremony will begin at 6:58 a.m. - the approximate local time when the south tower fell - and last a few minutes.
That was the gist of “High Performance Electric Vehicle Innovation in the Rogue Valley,” a panel talk at Saturday's Southern Oregon Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Show at ScienceWorks. Chip Lindsey, ScienceWorks executive director, moderated the hour-plus discussion, which was co-presented by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Amercian History.
Ashland may be rich in arts and culture, but, in putting Ashland on its annual list of “Great Places You've Never Heard Of,” the widely-read Mother Earth News cited the town's sense of community, green initiatives and deep volunteer spirit. The magazine, which has an “earth-centered” spin and two million unique hits a year on its website, looks for sustainable communities to feature in the column, says Senior Editor K.C. Compton, who visited Ashland several times and wrote the piece.
Updated: Sat Sep 13, 2014 01:35 am
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