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Two Spring Mushrooming Class May 29 & June 5, 16

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Mushrooming Class Given by Siskiyou Field Institute

Mushrooming! Learn all about the spring-fruiting fungi, including morels and more. Class emphasis will be identifying edible mushrooms as well as inedible and toxic species. The class will start with a brief spring mushroom overview at the Ashland Co-op Community classroom on Pioneer between B and A streets, in Ashland's Railroad District, short walk from the Chanticleer Inn. Afterward the class will car pool up Highway 66 to foray near Howard Prairie Lake. [caption id="attachment_5122" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Morel mushrooming Mushrooming for morels[/caption] Instructor: Mike Potts Date: Sundays, May 29 and June 5, 2016 Location: Meet at the Ashland Food Co-op Community Classroom in the Railroad District Tuition: $55

About Siskiyou Field Institute

The mission of the Siskiyou Field Institute is to increase the understanding of, and connection to, the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion through education, scientific research, and public engagement. SFI provides the means for the region's leading scientists and naturalists to share their passion and deep knowledge with the general public with dynamic field courses and youth education and Naturalist Certification programs. The Institute is where people of all ages and educational background come to learn about and explore the remarkable Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The Institute provides a wide variety of courses on topics from lichen identification to snorkeling with local salmon!

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Gina Citoli at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre

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A Cabaret of Consciousness

Gina Citoli on May 11, 2016

Gina Citoli captivates and delights the entire family with her songs, wisdom, and humor in her one woman rock musical. A grand, inspirational entertainment. [caption id="attachment_4823" align="aligncenter" width="510"]Gina Citoli singing at the Cabaret theater Gina at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre[/caption] Tickets $15. To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies. There are many lodging and accommodations near the Cabaret in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Darlingtonia californica, carnivorous plants

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I am frequently asked if there is anything to see while on the Hwy 199 (aka the Redwood Highway), which is the road that connects the coastal towns of Crescent City or Brookings, at the California/Oregon border, to the Rogue Valley. There are of course the coastal redwoods, not to be missed! Then there are the Oregon Caves, and one could stop at a winery or two as well, but there's a little known botanical attraction that I feel worth a small amount of time to see -- that is Darlingtonia californica. It's not common in North America to find carnivorous plants in the wild, and that's exactly what you get to see! Where are these beauties? One of the quickest and easiest stops is the Darlingtonia Trail. This stop is just off Hwy 199 at mile marker 17.9 (yeah, I know 17.9, but if you get to mile marker 18 or to 17 you would have missed it). When I say just off, I mean the driveway is the parking lot.

The Darlingtonia Trail

The trail is an easy level stroll; and short, a mere 0.3 miles. The pull out is between Panther Flat Campground and Grassy Flat Campground, on the north side of the highway. For more information. Setting off on the loop trail, interpretive signs will inform you with the details about the Darlingtonia as well as the trees and shrubs you are seeing along the path, including Incense Cedar, Douglas Fir, salal, evergreen huckleberry and in the right season sweet smelling western azaleas and trilliums.

About Darlingtonia californica

The Darlingtonia californica or otherwise known as California Pitcher plant, or Cobra Pitcher plant is most unusual and uniquely endemic to Southern Oregon and Northern California. It grows in bogs and seeps with cold running water. This plant is designated as uncommon due to its rarity in the field. Darlintonia is the only species in the genus. The plant was "discovered" in 1841 by the botanist William D. Brackenridge at Mount Shasta, CA. In 1853 it was described by John Torrey, who named the genus Darlingtonia after a Philadelphia botanist. In common with most carnivorous plants, the cobra lily is adapted to supplementing nitrogen through carnivory, which helps compensate lack of available nitrogen. Because many carnivorous species live in hostile environments, their root systems are commonly as highly modified as their leaves. The cobra lily is able to survive fire by regenerating from its roots, but despite this ability the plants roots are delicate. So please stay on the trail. The cobra lily is unique among American pitcher plants. It does not trap rainwater in its pitcher. It regulates water inside by releasing or absorbing water into the trap that has been pumped up from the roots. The efficiency of the plant's trapping ability is attested to by its leaves and pitchers, which are, more often than not, full of insects and their remains.   [caption id="attachment_5228" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Darlingtonia californica Darlingtonia californica, closeup[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5227" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Darlingtonia californica aka Cobra Pitcher plant Darlingtonia californica[/caption]

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“Liquid Gold” St Clair Music Concert 4-30-16

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Liquid Gold — William Coulter and Edwin Huizinga

[caption id="attachment_5223" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Liquid Gold Coulter & Huizinga Playing guitar and fiddle Liquid Gold[/caption] Fire & Grace: Virtuoso Violin Meets Celtic Guitar If you've been to Tomaseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" at the Craterian Theater, you've seen these two musicians perform as part of the show. Guitarist William Coulter has been performing with Foley for many years and fiddler Edwin Huizinga for the last three. Performing together as the duo Liquid Gold, Coulter and Huizinga offer an eclectic exploration into the fire and grace that connects the elements of classical, folk and contemporary musical traditions from around the world. St Clair Eclectic Music Concert Series Saturday, April 30, 2016 • 8 p.m. Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17, children under 12 are free with paying adult. Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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Inherit the Wind at the Camelot Theatre

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"Inherit the Wind" a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee At the Camelot Theatre, April 27 - May 29, 2016 [caption id="attachment_4885" align="aligncenter" width="488"]Inherit the Wind poster/playbill for the Camelot theater Inherit the Wind[/caption]

Inherit the Wind, the story:

While this Tony Award winning play debuted in 1955, its story is as relevant today as it was then. One of the most outstanding dramas of our time, Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial. The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in one explosive battle of beliefs. Attorney Henry Drummond faces off against fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady in a small Tennessee town where teacher Bertram Cates has been brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Says playwright Lawrence, "We used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control. It's not about science versus religion. It's about the right to think."

About the Camelot Theatre:

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is our Mission Statement:
To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.
You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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“9 to 5” The Musical, April to July 2016

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9 to 5: The Musical

"9 to 5" plays April 28th to July 3rd 2016 Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, Oregon famous for talented and campy musicals. Set to the infectious music of Dolly Parton and based on the 1980 smash hit movie, 9- 5 tells the story of three women co-workers who concoct a plan to get even with their boss, who is unabashedly a bigot, sexist, sociopathic narcissist. This hilarious story of friendship, female bonding, and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. [caption id="attachment_4793" align="aligncenter" width="372"]9 to 5 The Musical "9 - 5" The Musical[/caption] To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors.  OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies. Located in the heart of downtown Ashland, near the Chanticleer Inn B&B. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Rogue River Preserve Wild Flowers April, 17 ’16

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Rogue River Preserve Botany Walk

Follow my favorite local botanist Kristi Mergenthaler to explore vernal pools, oak woodlands, chaparral and magnificent floodplain forest of the Rogue River Preserve near Eagle Point and Upper Table Rock. Just 35 minutes north from the Chanticleer Inn, makes for an easy day morning/afternoon hike. Afterwards, while in the neighborhood, one can do some wine tasting or cheese/chocolate tasting in Central Point.

In the class/hike, Kristi will acquaint you with the language of botany while looking at the native plants that live on the Rogue River Preserve -- a 353-acre valley floor property, including the rare White Fairypoppy, Winged-water Starwort, and White-flowered Navarretia.

We’re also likely to see Lewis’s and Acorn Woodpeckers. Part of the class fees will be donated towards the acquisition of this beautiful place for conservation by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.

[caption id="attachment_5099" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Fields of Gold on top Table Rock, where vernal pools can be seen! Fields of Gold on top Table Rock, where vernal pools can be seen![/caption]

Instructor: Kristi Mergenthaler Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 Location: Meet at the Dollar Tree store in White City, 7338 Hwy. 62 Tuition: $55 Go Siskiyou Field Institute's website for information

About the Rogue River Preserve

Located along the banks of the Rogue river in Jackson County, Oregon, the historic Rogue River Preserve is an oasis of land and water that has been in the same family for over 70 years. The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is currently working with the MacAuthor family to buy the property and thus ensure its protection for generations to come. The 352 acre property hosts diverse and rich habitats (many are endemic and endangered), oak savanna, vernal pools, meadows, oak-pine woodlands and chaparral, along 1.5 miles of riverbank. Additionally the property is the second largest riparian gallery forest on the Rogue River upstream of Galice. No wonder hundreds of species call this land home! Its permanent protection will ensure that the extraordinary scenic, wildlife, recreation and habitat values will continue to be a community resource far into the future.

[caption id="attachment_5095" align="aligncenter" width="306"]Rogue River Preserve vicinity map Vicinity of Rogue River Preserve in Jackson County Oregon[/caption]

About Siskiyou Field Institute

The mission of the Siskiyou Field Institute is to increase the understanding of, and connection to, the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion through education, scientific research, and public engagement. SFI provides the means for the region's leading scientists and naturalists to share their passion and deep knowledge with the general public with dynamic field courses and youth education and Naturalist Certification programs. The Institute is where people of all ages and educational background come to learn about and explore the remarkable Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The Institute provides a wide variety of courses on topics from lichen identification to snorkeling with local salmon!

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Gin Lin Mining Trail, Southern Oregon Historic Society Hike

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Hike the Gin Lin Mining Trail, April 3, 2016

The Gin Lin Mining trail is part of the Healthy History Hikes series -- guided history walks -- co-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Ashland YMCA. Jeff LaLande, who is a retired archeologist for the Forest Service, will lead this 3/4 mile hike along the Gin Lin Trail in the Applegate, near Ruch and the McKee covered bridge. During his years of service, LaLande discovered many of these sites dating back to the early settlers and the gold rush. Gin Lin was a notable mine boss, contract labor broker, and businessman during the mid- to late 19th century in the Applegate/Jacksonville area. For more details of who Gin Lin is and some of gold rush history see Carolyn Kingsnorth's article. Details: Date: Sunday April 3, 2016, 11am-2pm Where: Gin Lin Mining Trail Please note: You will need to bring your own water or snack. Space is limited, so register now! Register online at www.sohs.org/hikes-list. Cost: $10/non-members; $5/SOHS & Ashland YMCA members. [caption id="attachment_5181" align="aligncenter" width="648"]Gin Lin Mining Trail Sign Gin Lin Mining Trail Sign[/caption]

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Lithia Park Upper Pond

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Easter Sunday in Lithia Park

In every season, Ashland Oregon's Lithia Park offers a place for one to wander through its trails and be in Nature's beauty. In 2014, the Park was designated as one of the top ten Great American Spaces by the American Planning Association. Learn more at www.planning.org/greatplaces. The park follows Ashland Creek through undeveloped woodlands, and also includes a Japanese garden, two duck ponds, a formal rose garden, groves of sycamore trees and a number of secluded spots. Discover the plants and trees of Lithia Park with our Lithia Park Trail Guide. Many of the blossoming trees have nearly finished their showy displays, but the ones near the Upper Pond are still pretty. I liked the way the blossoms and family are capture in the reflections. Yesterday afternoon, Jim and I walked through the park. The Rotary Easter Egg Hunt had just finished -- it started at 1:00 (sharp!) and the children must have made quick work finding all that the Easter bunny hid, because by 1:30 all the kids, parents, grandparents, and baby strollers were winding their way out of the park or cavorting in the playground. [caption id="attachment_5177" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Easter Sunday Upper Pond in Lithia Park Easter Sunday Upper Pond in Lithia Park[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5178" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Cherry blossoms over Upper Pond in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon Cherry blossoms over Upper Pond in Ashland Oregon[/caption]

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Vegetable Frittatas — March 27

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Vegetable Frittatas for Sunday Breakfast

Vegetable Frittatas, a generic name for a main egg dish, can have so many combinations of vegetables, meats and herbs. Whenever a frittata turns out to be more photogenic than usual, it's nice to take the time and capture it for the blog. I like taking advantage of the shapes and colors nature provides. Pictured here is a frittata baked in a round 8-ounce ceramic ramekin. Nestled on top of a bed of sauteed kale, the mini-bell pepper holds a turkey bacon rosette. To finish the tableau, sliced tomatoes and herbs frame the ramekin. [caption id="attachment_5170" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Vegetable frittatas baked in a ceramic ramekin Vegetable Frittatas[/caption] Pictured below is the vegetable frittata plated with roasted potatoes. The potatoes were tossed in hot, spicy mustard and olive oil and baked in 400F oven. [caption id="attachment_5173" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Vegetable frittata plated with roasted potatoes, and garnished with herbs and a tomato slice Vegetable frittata plated with roasted potatoes, and garnished with herbs and a tomato slice[/caption]  

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