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Hiking in Ashland: the TID Ditch Today

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[caption id="attachment_4564" align="alignright" width="225"]Hiking in Ashland Rocks, Moss and Madrones while hiking in Ashland[/caption]

Hiking in Ashland

It's easy to do hiking in Ashland ... go out the front door and walk uphill a few blocks.  There are wonderful trails and country roads all throughout the "water shed" -- an area that forms the foothills of Mt. Ashland. Today I walked along "the ditch", as the locals refer to the Talent Irrigation District Ditch.  A water way source that comes from the mountain lakes in the Cascades, the ditch was built in the early part of the last century for agricultural use around Ashland.  Now it's a back up source, if/when the water from Mt. Ashland dips too low. I love hiking in Ashland, you can get out into the country within mere minutes. For more information go to the Ashland Trails Organization website

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Cabaret done by Oregon Cabaret Theatre, May 28 — Aug 30, 2015

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Cabaret

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="500"]Cabaret Cabaret[/caption]
Come see Kander & Ebb’s classic musical as you’ve never seen it before as the Oregon Cabaret space is transformed into the Kit Kat Klub in all of its 1930s Berlin decadence. Cabaret plays from May 28 to August 30, 2015 For tickets go to Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

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Wild Flowers on Lower Table Rock Trail

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[caption id="attachment_4515" align="alignright" width="300"]Lower Table Rock Trail flower Cascade Mariposa Lily[/caption]

Lower Table Rock Trail

This is one of my  favorite springtime trails, especially during the mid-week. I like that it goes through a few distinct eco-systems, each with its own set of wild flowers. The trail starts from the car park and briefly goes through oak savannah, where you see meadow/woodland flowers, such as camas, buttercups, mariposa lilies, shooting stars, with white oak trees and chaparral.  The trail then steadily winds through more forested and shady section as it climbs up the side of the mesa.  On top of the mesa, is where you can see the mounded prairie and vernal pool plant communities.  The meadow flowers that form concentric circles around the vernal pools are especially striking.  Depending on how much spring rain we get, the vernal pools might be seen as late as early May.  It's usually better to go in April. [caption id="attachment_4522" align="alignleft" width="220"]Lower table rock trail vernal pools Last of the vernal pools with fields of Gold on top of Lower Table Rock Trail[/caption]     The Table Rock vernal pools are micro-ecosystems of habitat that support a federally threatened species of fairy shrimp and a state endangered plant called dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila). This plant is endemic to the Table Rocks, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world. You can see Mt. McLoughlin and Mt Ashland from the top of the mesa, as well as the Rogue Valley floor stretching south toward the Siskiyous.

 Directions

From Interstate 5, take Exit #33 heading east one mile on East Pine Street and turn north (left) at the second signal onto Table Rock Road.  Drive 10 miles to Wheeler Road and turn west (left).  The sign for Lower Table Rock Trail is well posted. The trail head is accessible off of Wheeler Road. [caption id="attachment_4517" align="alignright" width="272"]Lower Table Rock trail Arrowleaf balsamroot[/caption]

Details of the Lower Table Rock Trail

The trail is 1.75 miles long. It is a moderately difficult trail approximately .5 miles longer than Upper Table Rock Trail. Lower Table Rock Trail offers interpretive signs for hikers. Water is not available along the trail or at the trailhead. Allow approximately 4 hours for a round trip hike. For those eager to extend their hike, you may enjoy walking along the abandoned airstrip to the edge of the rock. This will add an extra mile to your trip. The south edge of the rock offers a great view of the unique habitat of Kelly Slough. This wetland lies 800 feet below and provides unique habitat for many aquatic birds.

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Lithia Park Nature Walks — Free

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[caption id="attachment_4495" align="alignright" width="300"]Lithia Park Nature Walks Ashland Creek[/caption]

Guided Lithia Park Nature Walks -- Free

From May to September, no matter the weather, a trained docent naturalists will lead a fun, informative and easy 1.5 hour nature walk through Ashland's gem -- Lithia Park. Topics include: trees, flowers, birds, climate, water and history of the park. Days: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday (Saturday in July and August) Time: 10 am Meeting point: park entrance nearest the Plaza And yes, you can do it all!  You can enjoy the Chanticleer breakfast and get to the nature walk on time without being rushed.

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OSF Prologue 2015

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2015 OSF Prologue

OSF Prologue offers up interesting back stories from the 2015 Spring line up:   [caption id="attachment_4511" align="alignnone" width="500"]prologue-cover-spring2015 Christiana Clark as Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing[/caption]  

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Catherine Coulson Teaches Class on “Guys and Dolls” — May 9, 2015

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Catherine Coulson teaches a free class on OSF's  musical "Guys and Dolls"

[caption id="attachment_4408" align="alignright" width="200"]Catherine Coulson Catherine Coulson[/caption] Learn more about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's musical "Guys and Dolls" from actor extraordinaire Catherine Coulson on May 9, 2015. Each year, a variety of OSF actors teach classes for the Siskiyou Center.  Go to Siskiyou Center's website to see the in-depth theater education programs and other free classes. The classes are free of charge, but please call 541-482-0260 or email nicole@siskiyoucenter.com and let her know if you are attending to arrange for the right amount of seating and refreshments. Location: Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main Street Date: May 9, 2015 Time: 10-11am  

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Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

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"Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden"

[caption id="attachment_4398" align="alignright" width="262"]Hummingbirds Calliope Hummingbirds[/caption] Learn what to do in your garden to attract hummingbirds. Klamath Bird Observatory's month of May "Talk and “Walk"" presented by Laura Fleming, a KBO Board Member Talk: Wednesday, May 6th 6:30-8pm Laura Fleming is opening Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford this spring.  The “Walk” for this event will be an invitation to visit Wild Birds Unlimited at its new location plus a gift certificate offering a discount on purchases. $25 fee is for both the Talk and Walk.  Contact shannonrio@aol.com to sign up.  

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Musical of Musicals (the Musical) Oregon Cabaret Theater

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[caption id="attachment_4386" align="alignright" width="300"]Musical of Musicals Musical of Musicals[/caption]

Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)

Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents a hilarious satire of musical theater, a single story is transformed into five mini-musicals, each written and composed in the distinctive style of a different master of the musical theater form: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb. Roberta Kent writing for the Mail Tribune says:
"“The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)” is a delightful spoof on Broadway musicals. Don’t let the way-too-clever title of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s new offering put you off. It is a valentine without being saccharine and a tribute without being slavish — and great fun."
Musical of Musicals plays April 8 - May 17, 2015  For show times and ordering tickets go here.  

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Chanticleer Inn Garden Spring Flowers

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Chanticleer Inn Garden in Spring

Over the years, more than 1,500 bulbs have been planted throughout the gardens.  Some are early spring bloomers, such as those in these pictures, others are mid- and late-spring blooming. Ever a challenge in the Chanticleer Inn garden, thankfully, the deer don't like daffodils and hyacinths (yet). [caption id="attachment_4241" align="alignleft" width="189"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Daffodils[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4243" align="alignright" width="189"]Chanticleer Inn garden Tassel Bush and Red Camellias[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4244" align="alignleft" width="180"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Wood Hyacinths[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4242" align="alignright" width="184"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Miniature Daffodils[/caption]

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Camelot Theatre: “Sunset Boulevard”, starring Livia Genise

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Camelot Theatre "Sunset Boulevard" -- a Review

Livia Genise's version of Sunset Boulevard is a "kinder, gentler version of tale told in classic Wilder movie" says Roberta Kent writing for the Daily Tidings. I always love to promote the 'other' performing arts venues in the Rogue Valley.  The town of Talent, just a few miles up the road from Ashland, is the home of the Camelot Theatre. This community theater does a wonderful job mainly due the untiring efforts of its Artist Director Livia Genise. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="354"]Livia Genise plays Norma Desmond and Nathan Monks is Joe Gillis in Camelot Theatre's production of "Sunset Boulevard." Photo courtesy of Steve Sutfin Camelot Theatre's production of "Sunset Boulevard." Livia Genise plays Norma Desmond and Nathan Monks is Joe Gillis in Photo courtesy of Steve Sutfin[/caption] Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton Based on the Billy Wilder Film Starring Livia Genise and Nathan Monks Directed by Roy Von Rains, Jr. Go here to read Roberta Kent's review of "Sunset Boulevard"
Details:
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 19 at the Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Avenue, Talent. For tickets ($25-29), call 541-535-5250 or go to www.camelottheatre.org

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