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Ralph Temple came to Ashland in 1996 to retire. Ha, not likely. "Retire" is not a word anyone would associate with Temple, who after his "retirement" took on local cause after local cause, often with positive effect.
Two Oregon gay rights pioneers will attend and speak at the Portland Gay Men's Chorus appearance Saturday in Ashland, organizers have announced. Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts and Terry Bean, a Portland activist, will appear at the chorus concert. In celebration of their 35th season, the chorus is bringing the music of Cole Porter to Southern Oregon.
Early autumn in Ashland may be the best time of year to visit the southern Oregon town: The leaves are turning, and this year, its legendary Shakespeare fest is as lively as ever. We sent writer Christopher Hall to check it out.
Tai Chi at Ashland Senior Center: Combination beginning and intermediate tai chi classes are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Holmes Ave. Cost is $3 or $4 per class. Call 541-552-0698.
Johnny Temple always admired his dad's writing, so when he had the opportunity to publish selected excerpts three years ago, he jumped at it.   The memoirs of former Ashland resident Ralph Temple, who rose to become one of the country's top civil rights lawyers of the last century with the American Civil Liberties Union, are due to hit shelves for the first time in paperback Oct. 1. "He was a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised ... he approached issues of social justice and treated them as if they were life or death battles," said Johnny Temple, known best for his work as a bass guitarist with Washington D.C.-based bands Soulside and Girls Against Boys.
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.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 05:42 am
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