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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two local journalists will discuss the challenges and dilemmas journalists confront as they cover contentious local issues in a virtual forum hosted by The Jefferson Center on Sunday afternoon, July 10, featuring Bert Etling, executive editor of the news website Ashland.news, and Erik Neumann, interim news director at Jefferson Public Radio.
The first Fourth of July parade in three years in Ashland got underway Monday with a more modest crowd than past parades, but there was no shortage of opinions and observations among the many Ashland residents who went. Ashland.news talks to some of them.
TC Chevy on the north side of Ashland is installing five elevated solar-tracker arrays expected to greatly offset the dealership’s power usage from the grid. The arrays are manufactured by Ashland-based Stracker Solar, which previously installed a set at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.