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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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Ashland World Music Festival wows hundreds in Lithia Park

The audience of about 300 people gathered Sunday at Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park for the Ashland World Music Festival’s main event were thrilled by what they saw and heard. As far as the audience was concerned, the weather — about 60 degrees — was warm, the music was beautiful, and the time was right for people to come together again.

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Events

Ashland World Music Festival returns this weekend

For the first time since 2019, Rogue World Music stages its live and in-person flagship event, the Ashland World Music Festival, with four events over four days, highlighted by five groups performing Sunday afternoon in Lithia Park. All are free to attend.

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Events

Music, choir, dance, drums today in Lithia Park

“It is time to gather as a community in person again!” Ashland Mayor Julie Akins said in announcing a free May Day event featuring music, dance, poetry and a drum circle from 3 to 6 p.m. today, May 1, in the Butler Bandshell on Winburn Way in Lithia Park. “Come out and celebrate May Day with your friends, family and neighbors! Everyone is invited!”

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Entre Amigos: Guanajuato percussionist to teach at SOU

Ashland sister-city related happenings include Mexican percussionist Ivan Manzanilla, a specialist in contemporary percussion music, will share his talents next year at SOU; the Amigo Club will again offer Mexican paletas during Ashland’s Fourth of July celebration; and longtime friend-of-the-club, artist Betty LaDuke, has opened a new show.

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Review: Camelot’s ‘Spotlight on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’

“Three years in the making, this note-perfect, narrated musical journey of the quintessential folk-rock band of the ’70s, soaringly revives the magic of these four master musicians and their heavenly, complex three- and four-part harmonies that wove together haunting melodies between sailing guitar riffs.”

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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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