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Two Spring Mushrooming Class May 29 & June 5, 16


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.

Morel mushrooming

Mushrooming for morels

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!

Rogue River Preserve Wild Flowers April, 17 ’16


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.

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!

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.

Rogue River Preserve vicinity map

Vicinity of Rogue River Preserve in Jackson County Oregon

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!

Gin Lin Mining Trail, Southern Oregon Historic Society Hike


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.

Gin Lin Mining Trail Sign

Gin Lin Mining Trail Sign

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Community Talk at Standing Stone Tonight 11/18


Community Talk

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Pacific Fisher, kswild.org

Would like to learn more about Siskiyou-Cascade bioregion? And take in delicious local food and brews? Then come to Standing Stone Brewing Co. in Ashland.

Free Community Talk “Ashland: Where Ya At?” brings you five fast pace presentations. The focus will on native animals of conservation concern, including Pacific Lamprey, Pacific Fisher,  the Hairstreak Butterflies, and Forest Birds.

November 18, 5-6pm at the Standing Stone 101 Oak Street,  Ashland

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


Catherine Coulson teaches a free class on OSF’s  musical “Guys and Dolls”

Catherine Coulson

Catherine Coulson

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


“Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden”

Hummingbirds

Calliope Hummingbirds

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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Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights

Festival Noons

Actors talking about Pirates of Penzance

From June 17 through August 31, Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers Festival Noons. Learn more about the plays, about the people who create, direct, act at the Festival.

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, lectures by visiting scholars, directors, actors, technicians etc.
  • Thursdays, Preface Plus provides an in-depth analysis of one of the plays.
  • Saturdays, workshops, forums or lecture/demonstrations.
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays, Free Park Talks.

For more details on each day, and for the Festival Noons schedule: June and July schedule.  August’s schedule will be coming soon, same webpage!

Tickets are available online or at the Box Office.
Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for members, $8 for youth (ages 6-17).

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Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic — March 9


The Ashland Fly Shop: a Spey Clinic at Touvelle Park

Ashland Fly Shop has invited back George Cook, a Sage Sales Rep. on March 9 2014 to conduct a Spey Clinic.

Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic

Ashland Fly Shop Spey Clinic

George is a gifted caster and an entertaining teacher. His approach to casting while technical, is very practical and experienced based.

The class will focus on sink-tip fishing with Skagit lines and the appropriate casts to accommodate sink-tip fishing, like the double spey and Snap-T family of casts.

All skill levels are welcome. If you have a spey rod, bring it. We can evaluate your rod/line set-up and make sure it is well matched and properly rigged. If not, there will be plenty Sage and Redington rods to use.
When: Sunday, March 9, 9am to 2pm
Where: Tou Velle Park
Cost: $100
How to Pay: Call the Ashland Fly Shop  (541) 488-6454, stop by,
or purchase online. Class size is limited to 10.   Be prepared for winter weather, bring a lunch/snacks/drinks if necessary

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“Berkeley-Paris Express” Book Signing and Talk


Kenneth Frantz, presents his book Berkeley-Paris Express, Mon July 15 at Ashland Community Center, 7:30pm

A lively memoir of the education of a young composer studying classical music and painting. — The story tells of a young man (Kenneth) who eschewed popular music  to write his first symphony.  It is also about the influences of people and places upon him – first, that of a brilliant expressionist painter, who became the author’s mentor while he was at U.C. Berkeley, and later, that of Paris, and the Juilliard School. 69 illustrations include paintings by Chagall, Rouault, and Corot. A glossary is included.

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Maya Angelou IDs Shakespeare


I’ve always admired Maya Angelou, I think Shakespeare would have too.

The provocative declaration “Shakespeare must be a black girl” starts this lovely Atlantic Monthly article essentially saying that: “The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you—black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.” 

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