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Hearth founder launches new book Sunday evening in Ashland

A book launch event featuring Mark Yaconelli, founder of The Hearth, an Ashland-based nonprofit storytelling project, is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Bloomsbury Books 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Yaconelli will tell stories and read passages from the book, which has a forward by noted author Anne Lamott.

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Art

Studio 151 open for First Friday Artwalk

Oil paintings by Marilyn Briggs and sculptures by Elizabeth York will be on display during a First Friday Artwalk reception at Studio 151 on Friday, Aug. 5. Artwalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. the First Friday of each month. This month’s Artwalk guide lists 25 galleries, studios and associates participating throughout Ashland.

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Community

Ashland’s 38th annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki vigil to be held at Thalden Pavilion

This year’s Ashland observance of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Thalden Pavilion at 155 Walker St., next to The Farm at Southern Oregon University. The program on the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima includes dedication of a ginkgo biloba tree grown from a seed of a tree that survived the atomic blast on Aug. 6, 1945.

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Culture

James Webb Telescope first images celebrated in Ashland

The public has a chance to see spectacular first image footage from the James Webb Space Telescope and learn more about the mission with hands-on activities at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland this weekend, including a visit from a NASA ambassador mid-day Saturday.

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Events

Music, food, fun on tap at Willow Witt Ranch

Music, food, farm tours and kids activities are all on tap Sunday, July 24, at “The Crest Fest,” a fundraiser at Willow Witt Ranch east of Ashland. Food trucks, wine, beer, and soft drinks will be available, or people are welcome to bring their own food.

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Events

OLLI open house celebrates community connections

The free, open-to-the-public Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) open house Friday in Stevenson Union at Southern Oregon University will not only showcase more than 100 fall course offerings and offer a chance to mingle with instructors, there will be dozens of exhibits of SOU programs and presentations by community nonprofit partners — plus the chance to enter free drawings and win a variety of door prizes.

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Columnists

Garden of the Month: Beautiful, but easy to keep up

Kim Larson and David Minter’s garden at 128 E Nevada St., the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for July, has come a long way from when it was almost entirely huge juniper bushes in front and a large concrete pad with a laundry line and hedge in back.

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News

Beekeeper Lego taken from Talent’s tiny park

Talent Garden Club and city of Talent officials are asking for the return of a small but important feature of the city’s new tiny park. The beekeeper Lego was a gift from Allie French, executive director of Talent Maker City, to the city of Talent, and was placed in the tiny park at its unveiling last week. The gift has gone missing from the park enclosure.

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SOU awards its highest honor to former Guanajuato governor and his wife

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented SOU’s highest honor on Monday in Guanajuato to two prominent supporters of the university exchange program between SOU and the University of Guanajuato. An SOU delegation and about 200 guests representing wide segments of the Guanajuato community looked on as the awards were presented to Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, holder of two master’s degrees earned at SOU before he embarked on a distinguished political career in Mexico, and his wife, Francis “Faffie” Romero Siekman, a prime mover behind a scholarship program supporting student exchanges.

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Ashland Fire & Rescue warns of intensified wildfire seasons

Ashland Fire & Rescue has warned of more intense fire seasons in years to come as local impacts of climate change become more apparent. Division Chief Chris Chambers told the City Council Tuesday, Aug. 2, that coming fire seasons could see an increase in acres burned of between 200 and 400 percent.

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Birds’-Eye View: An Ashland-based bird conservation organization

Birds’-Eye View: Ashland-based nonprofit Klamath Bird Observatory keeps on eye on bird life in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Since birds are a key indicator species and migratory paths from much of the Western Hemisphere pass through this area, KBO data helps inform natural resource management on a broad scale.

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One Hiroshima survivor nurtures seedling sprouted from another survivor

The 77th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, was marked in Ashland for the 38th year on Saturday. A capacity crowd gathered at Thalden Pavilion, site of an eternal World Peace Flame, to hear remarks and celebrate the planting of a gingko tree sprouted from seeds from a tree that survived the Hiroshima inferno.

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