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WINTER/SPRING 2014

Recreation Guide Ac t i v i t i e s & P rog r a ms at…

Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink North Mountain Park Nature Center Ashland Senior Center Oak Knoll Golf Course The Grove & More

Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink —Details page 11-13

Photo Courtesy Jim Chamberlain

Get to Know Your Parks —Details page 26-27 Ashland Community Bike Swap —Details page 38 Rogue Valley Bird Day —Details page 38

Ashland Parks & Recreation • 340 S Pioneer St (off Granite in upper Lithia Park), Ashland OR 97520 w w w.AshlandParksandRec.org • ParksInfo@ashland.or.us • 541-488-5340


Message from the Director Happy Holidays! Every season offers its own brand of magic. A favorite winter activity in Ashland involves strolling (or skiing) through Lithia Park on freshly fallen snow ~ a memorable experience enjoyed by many. The dedicated employees at Ashland Parks & Recreation are working to ensure that parks remain safe, well maintained and attractive for all. They’ve also coordinated full slates of activities to help you learn, grow, relax and meet new people. Some of our recent projects and activities include: • Lithia Park Historical Restorations The Enders Shelter and Atkinson Bridge, both 100 years old, were restored under the guidance of the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office. • Lithia Park Restrooms Restroom roofs were replaced throughout the park and the old Root Memorial restroom was removed and replaced with a single-person structure in the same area. • Calle Guanajuato Resurfacing This project will soon yield a greatly improved look to a favorite Ashland locale. • Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink Cover The new cover adds to the quality of the ice and provides a better environment for skaters and spectators. Look for the 2013-2014 ice rink schedule published in this issue. • Triangle Park Sidewalk Repairs Over the years, multiple tree roots resulted in breakage and buckling of Triangle Park sidewalks, posing potential trip hazards. Recent repairs restored safety and aesthetics to this much-used park along Siskiyou Boulevard. • Ongoing Programs, Activities and Services As always, the Ashland Senior Center, North Mountain Park Nature Center and Oak Knoll Golf Course provide numerous opportunities for participants of all ages, interest levels and abilities. • Volunteer Opportunities To volunteer in an Ashland park, simply visit www.ashland.or.us/volunteer or contact Volunteer Coordinator Lori Ainsworth at 541.552.2264 or at lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us. Volunteer in Parks… It’s the Natural Thing to Do! Finally, fundraising efforts continue for Butler-Perozzi Fountain restorations. This 100-year-old iconic structure near the front of Lithia Park is leaking and structurally compromised. Both the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ashland Parks Foundation hope to ensure its survival for at least another 100 years. To contribute to this worthwhile project, contact the Ashland Parks Foundation at www.ashlandparksfoundation.org or 541.488.5340. Have a great winter and see you in the spring!

Don Robertson, Director Ashland Parks & Recreation

Butler-Perozzi Fountain in Lithia Park


What’s Inside...

Director’s Message........................................................................ 2 Registration/General Information................................................. 4 Ashland Senior Center................................................................... 5 Oak Knoll Golf Course.................................................................. 6 North Mountain Park Nature Center............................................. 7 Music & Dance.............................................................................. 8-10 Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink.............................................. 11-13 Adapted Programs......................................................................... 14-15 Life Skills & Enrichment................................................................. 16-17 Sustainable Living & Gardening.................................................... 18-21 Pet Care & Training....................................................................... 22 Ashland Parks Foundation ............................................................ 23 Lithia Park Facilities & Rentals ..................................................... 24-25 Get to Know Your Parks! .............................................................. 26-27 Parks & Facilities .......................................................................... 28 Park Sites .................................................................................... 29 Nature, Science & Cultural History............................................... 30-33 Foreign Language.......................................................................... 34 Green Living Tips ......................................................................... 35 It’s the Natural Thing to Do! Volunteer in Parks......................................................................... 36-37

Special Events................................................................................ 38-39 Creative Expression....................................................................... 40-41 Sports & Fitness............................................................................. 42-43 Ashland Art Center........................................................................ 44 Other Parks & Recreation Opportunities...................................... 45 Useful Information........................................................................ 46 Registration Form.......................................................................... 47

Cover photo courtesy Jim Chamberlain— http://www.wwwphoto.org


Winter/Spring Registration 5 Easy Ways to Register

ONLINE • View this guide online at www.ashland.or.us/recguide—the digital guide has direct registration links • Direct access to online registration at www.ashland.or.us/register • Pay with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express • See page 46 for complete details • Online registration is not available for all programs PHONE • Main Office........................ 541-488-5340 N MT Park Nature Center... 541-488-6606 Facility Rentals.................. 541-488-5340 • Pay with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Please have card number & registration info ready. FAX • Main Office........................ 541-488-5314 Include your credit card information with completed registration form. MAIL TO • Ashland Parks & Recreation 340 S Pioneer St, Ashland OR 97520 Include your credit card information or a check . payable to Ashland Parks & Recreation. Please do not send cash. IN PERSON • Ashland Parks & Recreation Dept (Headquarters) 340 S Pioneer St (upper Lithia Park off Granite St) or • North Mountain Park Nature Center 620 N Mountain Ave PR E -R E G I S T R AT ION I S R E QU IR E D. TO AVOID CL A S S CANCELL ATION, R EGISTER SEVEN DAYS IN A DVANCE FOR A L L PRO G R A M S . Classes may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. If this occurs, a full refund will be issued in two to three weeks.

Photo Usage On occasion, Ashland Parks & Recreation photographs participants enrolled in recreation programs, at events or on Ashland Parks & Recreation properties. Please be aware that the photos are used for Ashland Parks & Recreation purposes only and may be included in future media.

Refund Policy

• A full refund will be offered to registrants of a course/activity that is canceled by Ashland Parks & Recreation • A full refund will be offered to registrants who wish to withdraw four or more working days prior to the start of the course/activity • Registrants who wish to withdraw less than four working days prior to the start will receive a full Parks & Rec credit For a course with two or more classes in a session: • If registrants choose to withdraw from a class/activity after the start date and time and before the third class begins, the amount charged for two classes will be prorated and the remaining amount will be applied as a Parks & Rec credit • After the beginning of the third class of a course, no refunds or account credits will be allowed unless a waiver is requested and approved In the event of extenuating circumstances, registrants may submit a waiver form to request a refund. Refunds or account credits will NOT be issued for missed classes, moving or traveling out of the area or dissatisfaction with course content.

Scholarships Available A limited amount of scholarship money is available to all ages for Ashland Parks & Recreation classes and programs. To obtain a scholarship application, please call the Parks Administration Office at 541-488-5340.

Gift Certificates Looking for the perfect gift? Ashland Parks & Recreation offers gift certificates for any dollar amount. Certificates can be used for any Ashland Parks & Recreation class and are valid for one year from date of purchase.

Payment Visa, MasterCard & American Express We also accept imprinted checks and cash.

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Ashland Senior Center

The Ashland Senior Center The Senior Center, located in Hunter Park at 1699 Homes Avenue, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information or to request a newsletter, please call the Ashland Senior Program at 541-488-5342.

The Ashland Senior Program

The goal of the Senior Program is to provide a support system to the older residents of Ashland, helping them live more independently and continue as contributing members of the community. The following are services provided through the Senior Program: • Information and Referral: referrals to local and regional resources for seniors • Senior Food Box Program: delivery of a nutritional food box on a quarterly basis to homebound seniors • Outreach and Advocacy: assessment and assistance in guiding clients to appropriate services when needed • Health-Related Activities: POLST/Advanced Directives offers assistance, blood pressure testing, foot care clinics and other health services as available • Educational Activities: seminars and workshops on topics of interest to seniors • Senior Utility Discount: screening for a discount on City utility bills for income-qualified persons age 65 or older, or qualified disabled persons age 60 or older

The Senior Center

The Senior Program administers a variety of recreational and social activities at the Senior Center. The center also serves lunch, by donation, through the Food & Friends Program for seniors age 60 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meals on Wheels home delivery is also available. Ongoing activities offered at the Senior Center include: • Gentle Yoga—Details pg 43 • Tai Chi—Details pg 43 • Line Dancing—Details pg 8 • Computer Instruction—Details pg 16 • Cards—Details pg 16 • Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) • Telesensory Magnifier for use by the vision impaired

Free Bus Punch Cards/Valley Lift Vouchers

A limited number of free bus punch cards and Valley Lift vouchers are available to seniors, age 62 and older. Punch cards are not transferable and apply to regular bus use only.

Volunteer Profile Susan & David Chapman—Friends & Volunteers of the Senior Center Susan and David Chapman began volunteering and donating to the Senior Center many years ago. In addition to her work with the Ashland Food Project and the Rogue Valley Orchid Society, Susan, an avid book lover, has donated countless books to the Senior Center for use in our lending library, as well as attending and assisting at many of our special events. David is a longtime volunteer in service to the Ashland community. After serving on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission and Traffic Safety Commission, he was twice elected to the City Council. He currently teaches bike classes and is a member of the Transportation Commission and the Senior Program Advisory group. Susan and David have always found the time to volunteer for the Senior Program, baking bread for ‘Soup Day,’ scooping ice cream for our ice cream social and helping with the annual Thanksgiving celebration – whatever is needed. We are fortunate to have such giving and caring friends.

Upcoming Events… • Holiday Celebration —Dec 19 (reservation required) • AARP Driver’s Safety Program —Jan 29 & 30 • Valentine’s Day Celebration —Feb 14 • St Patrick’s Day Celebration —Mar 17 • How to Beat the Winter Blues —TBA • How to Set up a Facebook Page —TBA For more information visit the Senior Center website and click on “events.”

For more information, call the Ashland Senior Center at 541-488-5342 or visit

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Oak Knoll Golf Course

© Photo courtesy Jeffrey McFarland Path of Light Photography

3070 Hwy 66, Ashland | Phone 541-482-4311 | www.OakKnollGolf.org Located just minutes from downtown Ashland, Oak Knoll Golf Course has been a local favorite since 1926. Golfers of all abilities find our regulation, par 36, nine-hole layout fun and challenging. Schedule a tournament, take a lesson, join a league, or just come out to Oak Knoll for a great golf experience. Call us at 541-482-4311 for tee times and more information.

Golf Doesn’t Have to be Expensive!

Plan Your Next Event at Oak Knoll

Looking for a way to save money on golf? Save up to $70 by purchasing a Golf/Range Punch Card. You get 10 nine-hole rounds and 10 driving range tokens for only $120. Annual golf and range passes are also available. Please call for details.

Schedule your holiday party, corporate outing, family reunion or wedding rehearsal dinner at Oak Knoll. Our convenient location and beautiful setting make Oak K noll a perfect place to celebrate with friends and family. Call us at 541-482-4311 for rates and availability.

Internet Specials/Online Booking Visit www.OakKnollGolf.org and print out this month’s coupon to receive special rates and discounts. Also, getting a tee time has never been easier… visit our website and book online from your home computer or smart phone.

Driving Range Keep your game in shape over the winter! Even if the weather’s a little soggy, visit our covered driving range. We’ve recently installed new driving mats that have the look and feel of real grass. Hit a bucket of balls for as little as $3, or buy a Driving Range Punch Card and save $40 off regular prices. The range is open 7 days a week, dawn until dusk. Call for details.

Not a Golfer? Not a problem! Relax in our clubhouse, shoot a game of pool on our beautiful vintage billiards table, watch the big game on one of our flat-screen TVs, or just sit outside on the deck with a cup of coffee and enjoy the scenery. Oak Knoll is an important part of the Ashland community and we want everyone to feel welcome.

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North Mountain Park Nature Center

About North Mountain Park & The Nature Center — Hours & Overview • North Mountain Park is open sunrise to sunset, year-round

• Nature Center is open Mon—Fri | 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

The North Mountain Park Nature Center is located next to Bear Creek at 620 N Mountain Ave in Ashland. The Nature Center offers a variety of programs and interpretive exhibits that teach about local natural and cultural history and sustainable living. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s Demonstration Gardens, nature trails, pavilion, picnic and play areas.

Volunteer Your Time

Annual Contributions

Help us spread the word about our programs...

Once each year we invite community members to show their support for the North Mountain Park Nature Center by making a tax-deductible contribution of any amount. Donations help fund special projects and events at North Mountain Park, including annual free events (Bear Creek Salmon Festival, Rogue Valley Bird Day), scholarships for teachers to bring their classes on field trips to the park, and community educational programs and exhibits pertaining to local natural and cultural history.

We are looking for someone to post weekly flyers at three to four Ashland locations. Please let us know if you are interested.

Volunteer Profile Friend & Volunteer of the Nature Center

Liz Landreth Liz and her husband, George, moved to Ashland in January, 2013 from Sonoma County, just outside of Santa Rosa, California. Liz began volunteering at North Mountain Park in the spring of 2013. George actually discovered the Park during one of his winter house-hunting forays before she moved up, and excitedly announced to her, “I’ve found the perfect place for you to volunteer!” Liz is happy to say that he was right. Liz now helps out with the North Mountain Park field education programs, leads tours of the Demonstration Gardens for kids and adults, has taught a compost demo and is an up-and-coming actor on the pre-school puppeteer stage! Liz also volunteers at the ScienceWorks Hand-on Museum whenever needed. Her hobbies and interests include: hiking and gardening (both a good fit when you consider her love of the outdoors and getting dirty!), and she thrives on sharing the outdoors and the natural world with others. Liz also kayaks, snowshoes and cross country skis. When asked what she liked about volunteering at North Mountain Park, she responded, “Wow, what’s not to like? The setting and grounds are beautiful and varied. The staff is a pleasure to work with and appreciate anything I do. The education classes are well constructed, the days are well organized and the fellow volunteers are interesting and fun to work with. They also regularly feed me, another plus.”

Please make checks payable to the Ashland Parks Foundation c/o the North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 North Mountain Ave, Ashland, OR 97520.

Enclosed is my tax-deductible donation to the

Ashland Parks Foundation $500 ______ $35______ $200 ______ $15______ $50 ______ $ ______(other) c/o North Mountain Park Nature Center Mail to: 620 N Mountain Ave, Ashland OR 97520

Spring Garden Work Party —Details page 36

For more information, call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606 or visit

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Music & Dance Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

Line Dancing for Adults 60 & Better Line Dancing is a great way to keep your brain on its toes! It enhances balance, provides fitness and strength, and improves mental acuity through complex movement. No partner is required and the class is ongoing so you can join at any time! The instructor is Dorothy Bernhardt. See page 5 to learn more about the Ashland Senior Center. AGES 60 & up DAYS Beginners | Mondays & Tuesdays Advanced | Thursdays DATES Ongoing TIMES Beginners | 1—2:30pm Advanced | 10:45am—12:15pm PLACE Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave COST $1 donation to the Senior Center

Contra Dance Techniques This free half-hour workshop is individualized for participants who want to drop in and refine beginning to advanced Contra dancing moves for comfort, flow and etiquette. Workshop precedes the monthly community Contra Dance event at 7:30 p.m., which includes a fee. Please bring soft-soled nonmarking shoes and comfortable clothing. Pre-registration is not required. For more information call 541-488-0679. AGES DAYS DATES TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

9—Adult Saturdays Session 1 | January 4 Session 2 | January 25 Session 3 | February 22 Session 4 | March 15 Session 5 | April 19 Session 6 | May 17 6:30—7pm Free Workshop The Grove, Gym Free; pre-registration is not required Gordon Enns

Ballroom, Latin & Swing Classes An affordable way to have fun, meet new friends and learn to dance—all at the same time! Instructor Cori Grimm is experienced, upbeat and enjoys getting people of all ages hooked on dancing. No partner needed and no experience required for beginning-level classes. Learn more by visiting www.UpAndDancing.com or calling the instructor at 541.482.0134. Private lessons also available. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register for Beginning Classes only. Intermediate and Advanced classes register with the instructor at www.UpAndDancing.com. AGES 15—Adult DAYS/DATES/TIMES Beginning Ballroom Tuesdays, 6:35—7:20pm Session 1 | Swing | Jan 7—21 Session 2 | Salsa | Jan 28—Feb 11 Session 3 | Foxtrot | Feb 18—Mar 4 Session 4 | Night Club 2-Step | Mar 11—Apr 1 (no class Mar 25) Session 5 | Waltz | Apr 8—22 Session 6 | Cha Cha | Apr 29—May 13 Intermediate Ballroom* Tuesdays, 7:20—8:05pm Session 1 | Night Club 2-Step | Jan 7—21 Session 2 | Swing | Jan 28—Feb 11 Session 3 | Salsa | Feb 18—Mar 4 Session 4 | Bolero | Mar 11—Apr 1 (no class Mar 25) Session 5 | Night Club 2-Step | Apr 8—22 Session 6 | Waltz | Apr 29—May 13 Advanced Ballroom* Tuesdays, 8:10—9pm Session 1 | Dance TBA** | Jan 7—21 Session 2 | Dance TBA** | Jan 28—Feb 11 Session 3 | Dance TBA** | Feb 18—Mar 4 Session 4 | Dance TBA** | Mar 11—Apr 1 (no class Mar 25) Session 5 | Dance TBA** | Apr 8—22 Session 6 | Dance TBA** | Apr 29—May 13 PLACE COST

The Grove, Gym $20/person for 3-class punch card (good for one session)

$60/person or $110/couple*** for a Beginner’s Season Pass (good for all beginning classes January 7—May 13)

* Intermediate and Advanced Classes register directly with instructor at www.UpAndDancing.com. ** Dance will be chosen by students in the previous session. *** A couple is one leader and one follower.

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Music & Dance Pre-Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register — visit www.ashlandparksandrec.org

Beginning Banjo This class is a beginning-level 5-string banjo instruction with BOTH clawhammer and 3-finger picking techniques covered for styles such as Old-Time, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, and so on. Have a great time learning to pick, strum and “frail” the 5-string banjo! Learn banjo basics such as playing chords with one hand while picking rolls and playing the clawhammer “bum-ditty” pattern with the other hand! You’ll also learn how to jump in and play along with other musicians. Prior experience not required. What to bring: 5-string banjo, pencil (optional: music stand, electronic tuner and/or a recording device).Please trim the nails of your left hand for ease in fingering chords. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES 12—Adult DAYS Thursdays DATES January 16—February 27 (no class Feb 13) TIME 7—8:30pm PLACE Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave COST $90 (6 classes) INSTRUCTOR Brad Kauder, a Musician’s Institute graduate, has taught 5-string banjo, guitar and mandolin for over 25 years.

Beginning Guitar Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can stick to: Have fun playing guitar! This beginning class will get you going. You will learn guitar basics, chords, strumming, finger picking, reading guitar tab as well as standard music notation. Bring: guitar, pencil, music stand and recording device (optional). Please trim fingernails for ease in fingering chords. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES DAYS DATES TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

12—Adult Mondays February 3—March 10 7—8pm Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave $70 (6 classes)

Mich Lewis, a local singer-songwriter, has helped Rogue Valley students of all ages reach their guitar playing goals for over 16 years.

Song Share & Jam Night Do you want to jam with other musicians but are not sure how or where to do it? Are you unsure if you’re ready to play at the next open mic? Then Song Share and Jam Night is for you! We’ll perform songs for each other and play together in a relaxed and supportive environment. All playing-levels welcome and encouraged. Participants will learn how to play with other musicians, how to lead a song so others can join in and perform basics for stepping up to the mic. Songs played in class are determined by the students. Most instruments are welcome! Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES DAYS DATES TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

12—Adult Mondays March 17—April 7 7—8pm Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave $40 (4 jam sessions)

Mich Lewis, a local singer-songwriter, has helped Rogue Valley students of all ages reach their guitar playing goals for over 16 years.

Slow Jamming... 3 to 4 Chords Is All It Takes! Slow jamming is a fun and easy way to get started playing music with other musicians! Play-along sessions are open to those who play guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, and other stringed instruments. Opportunities to sing may arise! The instructor will provide structure and participants can strum along or pick out the leads and melodies. Folk, Americana and Bluegrass styles will be emphasized. Bring an instrument; no other materials required. Please trim the nails of your left hand for ease in fingering chords. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES 12—Adult DAYS Thursdays DATES March 27—May 1 TIME 7—8:30pm PLACE Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave COST $90 (6 classes) INSTRUCTOR Brad Kauder, a Musician’s Institute graduate, has taught 5-string banjo, guitar and mandolin for over 25 years.

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Music & Dance

The dance programs below are offered by Ashland Country Dancers at The DanceSpace. All classes will take place at The DanceSpace unless otherwise specified. The DanceSpace is located at 280 E Hersey St #10 in Ashland. To register or for more information please call 541.482.9586 (online registration is not available).

English & Scottish Dance From lyrical to boisterous, silly to sublime, English country dance dates from the 1600s. Discover dances of Jane Austen’s time as well as newly composed dances. Experience the strength and elegance of Scottish strathspeys and the high energy and sense of flight of the jigs and reels. Enjoy moving to beautiful music as you learn this joyful living tradition. No partner or experience necessary. Special Beginners’ Nights Monday, February 10, and Monday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. AGES 10—Adult DAYS Mondays DATES Session 1 | February 17—March 31 Session 2 | April 21—June 2 TIME 7:30—9:30pm COST $4/class

English & Scottish Dance Party with Live Music Nationally recognized musicians Jacqueline Schwab (piano) and Michelle Levy (fiddle and viola) will play for an evening of dance. No partner necessary. Some experience helpful—come to Monday night classes (February 10 to March 31) to learn the basic form and some of the dances we will do at this dance party. AGES 10—Adult DAY Friday DATE April 4 TIME 7:30—10:30pm PLACE The Grove Gym COST $8

Family Barn Dance Skip, circle, star, gallop and twirl! Bring the whole family for an afternoon of traditional dance from England, Scotland and America. No partner or experience necessary. AGES Babes in Arms—Adult DAY Sunday DATE March 2 TIME 2—4pm COST $5 or $10/family

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ice rink 2013/2014 season

LOCATION—The rink is located at the corner of Nutley Street and Winburn Way near downtown Ashland, around the corner from the Plaza in Lithia Park. DAYS OF OPERATION—The rink is a seasonal facility. Weather permitting it will be staffed five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, through February 23, 2014. AMENITIES—The rink is an outdoor facility without changing rooms so come ready to skate! Hot cocoa, coffee and snacks available for sale. GROUPS—Group rates are available for both private and non-private ice sessions, birthday parties and school groups. Reservations are required. Please call Ashland Parks & Recreation at 541-488-5340 to make your reservation. PRICES—Child (under 5) Free Youth (under 14) $3.50 Adult $4 Youth Hockey $5 Adult Hockey $5.50 Skate Rental $2.50 SCHOLARSHIPS—Available for youth hockey lessons, figure skating and private lessons—Details on lessons page 12. PLEASE NOTE— Closures may be necessary in the event of poor weather conditions, such as temperatures above 50˚F or wind. Please call the rink to confirm hours of operation at 541-488-9189.

Across from Lithia Park in Ashland, 95 Winburn Way Call the Ice Rink directly at 541-488-9189 or the Parks Office at 541-488-5340

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LEGEND for CALENDARS—Detailed Schedule on page 13 or online at www.ashland.or.us/IceRink FIGURE SKATING

HOCKEY SKATING

Open Skate—All Ages

Free Hockey Skate—All Ages

Skaters of all ages and abilities can skate during this session. Families are encouraged to come and skate together and admission is charged. The rink is fully staffed and skates are available to rent.

Free Figure Skate—All Ages

No admission is charged during this time. The rink is not staffed and skates are NOT available to rent. *

Kids Only Skate—Ages 3 to 12

This skate session allows kids to have structured games, instruction and fun on the ice! Skaters must be able to skate with minimal supervision (guardians may assist their children during activities). Rink guards and instructors will be on-hand to provide safety and instruction, but parents/guardians must be present to assist with their skaters! Skates are available to rent.

Youth Figure Skate Lessons—Ages 3 to 11

Group skating lesson times are flexible and broken up by age bracket (see below). Limited spots are available and pre-registration is required. Please call 541-488-5340 to register. Cost is $5 per class and 10-class punch cards are available for $40. Purchase punch cards at the Parks & Rec office and not the Rink. Registrants must sign up for 3 or more classes. Skates are available to rent. All lessons take place on Mondays, excluding the holiday schedule. * **

Ages 3 to 5 4:30—5:30pm

No admission is charged during this time. The rink is not staffed and skates are NOT available to rent. *

Youth Hockey Games—Ages 6 to 11; 12 to 15

Youth Hockey Game times are divided by age bracket and skill level. Types of games and activities will depend on attendance and skill level of groups. Instructors and staff will facilitate regular games as well as team drills and activities to improve hockey skills. Drop-in cost is $5 per class or 10-class punch cards may be purchased for $45. Purchase punch cards at the Rink. Protective equipment is available including sticks, helmets, gloves, shin and elbow pads. Supplies are limited. Please provide your own mouth guard and girdle. Skates are available to rent. Games take place on Tuesdays, excluding the holiday schedule. * **

Ages 6 to 11 4:30—6:30pm

Ages 12 to 15 7—9pm

Youth Hockey Clinics—Ages 3 to 6

This session is designed to acquaint and prepare young skaters for the game of hockey. Instructors will be on hand to help young skaters learn basic hockey skills and techniques in a group lesson format. Drop-in cost is $5 per class or 10-class punch cards may be purchased for $45. Purchase punch cards at the Rink. Protective equipment is available including sticks, helmets, gloves, shin and elbow pads. Supplies are limited. Please provide your own mouth guard and girdle. Skates are available to rent.

Youth Hockey Tournament

Ages 6 to 7 5:30—6:30pm

—Details at www.ashland.or.us/icerink.

Ages 8 to 10 7—8pm

Hockey goals and scoreboard will be set up for the Adult Hockey Games night! Please come equipped with personal protective gear and a good attitude to enjoy a great time with old and new friends.

Adult Hockey

Ages 11+ 8—9pm

*No hockey playing permitted during these times **No lessons during the Holiday Schedule

*No figure skating permitted during these times **No games during the Holiday Schedule

RECREATION SKATING School Groups

School groups will have an opportunity to reserve ice rink time for students in blocks of 90 minutes starting at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Cost is $50 for groups up to 30 students and $100 up to 70 students. Please call 541-488-5340 to pre-register. Dropins are not accepted. Cost includes admission and skate rentals for school staff and chaperones. Ice time is reserved for students, staff, chaperones and no other visitors will be allowed on the ice.

Private Lessons—Monday & Tuesday, 2 to 4pm

Looking to brush up on techniques and skills or want to have one-on-one instruction for you or your young ice skater? Take advantage of private skate lessons at the ice rink with our experienced instructors. Pre-registration is required. Please call 541-488-5340 to register. Cost is $10 per 30-minute lesson. Skates are available to rent. **

The Rink’s new mascot Chilly the Snowman

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Private Reservations—Sunday & Wednesday, 7 to 9pm

A great option for clubs or children with winter time birthdays to have a fun private event. Cost is $200 for groups of up to 35 people and $300 for groups of up to 70 people. Cost includes admission and rental skate fees. Please call 541-488-5340 to pre-register. Drop-in groups are not accepted.

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DECEMBER TO JANUARY/WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE Sunday 1

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Please Note: The Feb Schedule has slight variations as outlined below (or view the COMPLETE schedule at www.ashland.or.us/IceRink) * Adult Hockey Tournament on Sat, Feb 15: 9am—5pm Adult Hockey Tournament continued on Sun, Feb 16: 1pm—9pm (The tournament will carry over to the 17th if needed) * Open Skate will be extended to 9pm on Closing Night — Sun, Feb 23: 1—5:30pm and 6—9pm Student Discount Nights: Bring your valid student body card on Fri and/or Sat and get admission and skate rental for only $5! (This offer is good for the last Open Skate sessions on Fri and Sat nights, Jan 10 to Feb 22) Open Skate

Kids Only Skate

Free Hockey Skate

Youth Hockey Clinics

Free Figure Skate

Youth Figure Skate Lessons

Youth Hockey Games

Youth Hockey Tournament

Adult Hockey School Groups


Adapted Programs Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

Ashland Parks & Recreation Adapted Programs are specifically designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. The programs focus on each individual’s personal abilities and interests. As with most Ashland Parks & Recreation programs, pre-registration is required. To register for any of the Adapted Programs, please call the Ashland Parks & Recreation office at 541-488-5340 (online registration is not available).

Adapted Aquatics Adapted Aquatics is a small group aquatics program that teaches basic water and pool safety, development of swimming skills and improvement of each participant’s confidence in an aquatic environment. Individuals should be independent enough to work in a 1:4 instructor-to-student ratio. AGES 10—Adult DAYS Mondays & Wednesdays DATES Session 1 | January 6—February 12 Session 2 | February 24—April 2 Session 3 | April 14—May 21 TIME 6—7pm PLACE Ashland Family YMCA COST $50 (12 classes) INSTRUCTOR Serena Hoke holds an M.S. in Adapted Physical Activity.

Music Mania Are you a music lover? Then this is the class for you! Circle up and learn to play a variety of percussion instruments, re-create beats to your favorite songs or make up your own. Dancing and singing will be encouraged! AGES 12—Adult DAYS Mondays DATES Session 1 | January 6—February 3 Session 2 | March 3—31 Session 3 | April 7—May 5 TIME 3:30—4:30pm PLACE The Grove, Otte/Peterson Rm COST $30 (5 classes) INSTRUCTORS Serena Hoke holds an M.S. in Adapted Physical Activity. Mich Lewis, a local singer-songwriter, has helped Rogue Valley students of all ages reach their guitar playing goals for over 16 years.

Ceramics Enrichment This free, fun, hands-on course has a structured lesson plan to teach a variety of clay techniques, including hand-building construction, glazing, wheel-throwing and firing. Students work at their own pace while the instructor encourages individual creativity and maintains a safe and positive environment. This class is not offered through Ashland Parks and Recreation. For more information and to register, please contact the Ashland Art Center at 541-482-2772 or ashartcent@gmail.com. AGES 11—21 DAYS Tuesdays DATES January 7—May 27 TIME 3:30—5:30pm PLACE Ashland Art Center, 375 E Main St COST Free INSTRUCTORS Nathan T Clinton has a M.A.T. in Visual Arts and a M.E.D. in Special Education. Alissa Clark has a M.F.A. and is the director of the Ashland Art Center’s Clay Studio.

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Adapted Programs

Ashland Parks & Recreation Adapted Programs are specifically designed for people with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. The programs are designed to focus on each individual’s personal abilities and interests. As with most Ashland Parks & Recreation programs, pre-registration is required. To register for any of the Adapted Programs, please call the Ashland Parks & Recreation office at 541-488-5340 (online registration is not available).

Build Your Body

Friday Night Social Join us for an evening of laid-back fun with games, movies, snacks and crafts! This is a great chance for parent or caregiver respite. All participants must be able to cooperate in a group environment. If 1:1 assistance is needed, participants should bring their own attendant (no extra charge). Gluten-free food choices available and a nut-free environment. AGES 15—Adult DAY Friday DATES Session 1 | January 17 Session 2 | February 21 Session 3 | March 21 Session 4 | April 18 Session 5 | May 16 TIME 6—8:30pm PLACE Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave COST $10/session

Friday Night Social

This is a health and fitness/activity program that allows the participant to work with the instructor privately, with a buddy, or in a small group. Arrangements can also be made for individuals who are house-bound. This program works around the individual and creates a routine specific to what they wish to accomplish. Times and days of meetings are arranged around the personal availability of instructor and participant. AGES 4—Adult COST $10 for each 30-minute session INSTRUCTOR Serena Hoke holds an M.S. in Adapted Physical Activity.

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Life Skills & Enrichment Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

Bicycle Street Smarts This fast-paced, eight-hour course provides participants with a full understanding of vehicular cycling. Gain the confidence needed to ride safely and legally in traffic. The course covers bike safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike handling skills and crash avoidance techniques. The cost includes a take-home student manual, Traffic Skills 101. Bring a safe, operating bike, helmet, lunch/snack, water, pen and paper. For more information visit... www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/courses.php#101. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES DAY DATES TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTORS

18 & up Saturday Session 1 | February 15 Session 2 | March 29 Session 3 | May 3 Session 4 | May 31 8:30am—5pm The Grove $70 (1 lesson, includes manual) John Colwell, Bill Heimann, Mike Faught and David Chapman, all League of American Bicyclist Certified.

With Forks & Knives: Cutting Edge Nutritional Plans for Weightloss & Optimal Health Create an eating plan you can live with to lose inches, pounds and inflammation. Learn a completely new way of thinking about food... learn the inside information about the Paleo Diet and Low Carb Eating! This 6-week course clarifies the most modern scientific findings on eating and weightloss and provides simple strategies for people wanting to lose the last ten pounds, or one hundred pounds, and keep it off. This class will include instruction, discussion, handouts and online tools as well as email support between classes. (Class is not suggested for vegans or vegetarians.) Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES DAYS DATES TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

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18—Adult Tuesdays April 8—May 27 (no class Apr 15 or May 20) 6:15—7:45pm The Grove, Otte/Peterson Rm $70 (6 classes) Dr. Deborah Gordon

Hearts & Spades for Adults 50 & Better

If you enjoy playing cards, consider joining us for a fun afternoon of cards, friendship, and laughter. Pre-registration is not required for card games. For more information call the Ashland Senior Center at 541-488-5342. See page 5 to learn more about the Ashland Senior Center. AGES 50 & up DAYS Thursdays DATES Ongoing TIME 1—4pm Hearts & Spades PLACE Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave COST Free (a donation to the Senior Center is appreciated)

Computer Instruction for Adults 60 & Better Do you need a little extra help with your computer skills? Individualized instruction from Bob Cox is available to help you learn how to set up an email, surf the Web, create a brochure or documents, try Adobe Photoshop, or just learn computer basics. Please call 541-488-5342 to make an appointment. See page 5 to learn more about the Ashland Senior Center. AGES 60 & up DAYS Mondays & Wednesdays DATES Ongoing TIME 11—12:30pm by appointment PLACE Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave COST Free (a donation to the Senior Center is appreciated)

iMac, iPod, iPad for Adults 60 & Better Do you know how to use all the features of your iPad? Do you have questions about apps, emails and more? Individualized instruction from Clarence Glidewell is available to help you better understand your Apple device! Clarence has been working with computers for over 20 years and for the last few he has worked with Mac products. Please call 541-488-5342 to make an appointment. See page 5 to learn more about the Ashland Senior Center. AGES 60 & up DAYS Tuesdays & Thursdays DATES Ongoing TIME 12:30—1:30pm by appointment PLACE Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave COST Free (a donation to the Senior Center is appreciated)

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Life Skills & Enrichment Pre-Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register — visit www.ashlandparksandrec.org

10 Things Every Young Person Should Know This program will allow young people to get hands-on training in a variety of skills that will help them be more confident when they head out on their own. Each week a new instructor will teach children two skills they can use to make them self-reliant and possibly introduce them to a new passion. This is a great way to get children away from the screen and engaged in everyday tasks in a fun and educational way! Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES 12—15 DAYS Tuesdays DATES See April dates below TIMES 3:30—4:30pm PLACE The Grove, Otte/Peterson Rm (unless otherwise indicated) COST $5/per class or $20 for all 5 sessions Session 1 | April 1 Measure Tree Height & Slopes with Jeffrey McFarland Jeffrey McFarland of the Ashland Parks & Recreation Forestry Division will show you easy ways to determine the height of a tree and measure a slope using the right tools to impress your family and friends on your next hike. Session 2 | April 8 Swing & Line Dancing with Cori Grimm Learn the moves to ‘wow’ your next dancing partner and steal the show! Cori Grimm will offer instruction on the basic steps for swing and line dancing and give you the confidence to step out and own the dance floor. Session 3 | April 15 Hemming & “Upcycling” with Ashland Art Center Learn how to alter your clothing to fit better and how to rejuvenate old clothes to create hip, new threads. “Upcycling” will teach you how to re-create an old piece of clothing into a unique fashion statement that no designer can match! Session 4 | April 22 Change a Flat & Jump Start a Car with City of Ashland Fleet Maintenance Start learning how to take care of the family vehicle and put your parents’ mind at ease when it’s your turn to drive. City of Ashland mechanics will show you the proper way to change a flat tire and give you confidence to jump under the hood so you never get stranded! Session 5 | April 29 Herbs Mastered with Linda Chesney Spice up your life by learning how to grow and use herbs. Linda Chesney will show you how to harvest herbs from the garden and prepare a couple of culinary treats. Meet at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N MT Avenue in Ashland.

Ashland Community Bike Swap 24th Annual on Saturday, April 26, Noon—2pm www.RVTD.or/bikeswap —Details page 38

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Sustainable Living &Gardening

Milkweed for Monarchs & Seed Ball Making Workshop Monarch butterflies used to be common visitors to the Rogue Valley and many children learned their first biology lesson by collecting caterpillars and watching them change into butterflies. Today, monarchs are rarely seen. Experts attribute their population decline to loss of milkweeds – the sole food of the caterpillars. Participants will learn about the biology of monarchs and reasons for their decline as well as how to grow milkweeds for Monarch Way stations by both seed and vegetation techniques. Seed balls are an effective method of distributing seeds in the garden and can be used to plant seeds of both local milkweeds and nectar plants. Come and enjoy a presentation and have a hands-on experience with seed balls…a bit messy, but loads of fun. Each participant will take home four seed balls to toss in the garden. Beautiful wild flowers will be yours to enjoy! Please wear appropriate clothing. All materials will be provided. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 5—Adult (children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult) DAY Wednesday DATE January 22 TIME 7—9pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST $8 INSTRUCTORS Tom Landis is a retired Forest Service nursery specialist who has published extensively on native plant propagation. Gail Saito is business owner of www.seedsinaball.com and is a California credentialed teacher.

Seed Swap Are you planning your garden? Before you order a long list of seeds from catalogs, you might want to try acquiring seeds locally at North Mountain Park’s seed swap. You can save money, grow plants that are adapted to the local climate, and exchange information with other gardeners. It’s fun and simple—just bring seeds you have saved from your garden and some bags or envelopes for taking seeds with you. The Nature Center also will be selling low-cost seed, harvested at the park by volunteers. Pre-registration is not required. For more information call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST

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All ages welcome Wednesday February 5 7—8pm North Mountain Park Free; pre-registration is not required

Edible Landscapes that Taste as Good as They Look Could your landscape benefit from a trellis of cherry tomatoes over your entryway? Or a fragrant border of colorful basil? Or maybe a bush or tree that flowers in the spring with succulent fruit in the summer? Come learn ways to add edible plants to a new or existing landscape that give you back more than lawn clippings. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

16—Adult Wednesday February 12 7—8:30pm North Mountain Park $15 Kellie Barry owns “Kellie’s Fine Gardens and Edible Landscapes” and has lived and gardened organically in the Rogue Valley for 30 years. She is a Master Gardener and a mentor for the Master Garden Program.

Dormant Pruning of Fruit Trees Come enjoy a hands-on pruning demonstration of various fruit trees during the dormant season. Tools, techniques and theory of fruit tree pruning versus shade tree pruning will be discussed. Bring your camera. Class will be held rain or shine! Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

10—Adult Saturday February 22 11am—1pm Glenwood Park (corner of Ashland & Glenwood St) $10 Casey Roland is a local arborist with 30 years of hands-on experience in the field of arboriculture.

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Building & Using Raised Beds

Worm Composting Worm composting is an ideal and easy way to dispose of your kitchen scraps as an alternative to sending them through the garbage disposal or dumping them in the trash. It is great for those who live in apartments as well as those who cannot accommodate a large yard waste-composting area outdoors Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

10—Adult Saturday March 1 10—11:30am North Mountain Park $12 Jennifer Ewing owned and operated her own commercial nursery for 10 years and was head propagator for Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery for four years.

Raised bed gardening is a way to beat poor soil, gophers and weeds, and enables people with physical limitations to garden more comfortably. In this class you will learn about the construction, irrigation, soil and planting phases as well as systems that enhance raised bed gardening to increase production and deter intruding animals and pests. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

12—Adult Saturday March 1 1—2:30pm North Mountain Park $12 Jennifer Ewing owned and operated her own commercial nursery for 10 years and was head propagator for Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery for four years.

Learn to Install Your Own Greywater System Part 1: It’s not hard to install a greywater system in your home but it’s also not hard to do it wrong! In this informational class you will get the help you need and learn why people use greywater systems. You’ll also look at some of the different types of systems used and discuss how to get systems permitted. The class will cover how to design and install simple greywater systems for your washing machine, including the slightly technical aspects of calculating water load and irrigation discharge areas. All the specialized parts and a sample system will be on hand. Bring your questions! Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. Part 2: This class will build on Part 1 by actually installing a simple washing machine greywater system. Students will learn the skills to safely and competently install the interior hardware and exterior mulch basins that make up a Laundry-to-Landscape system. Emphasis will be on best practices and installing to Oregon’s permit guidelines. Students are encouraged to bring questions and information about their own site so we can go over case examples as a class. Bring work clothes, gloves, lunch and water. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 14—Adult Part 1/Lecture | Part 2/Installation Workshop DAYS Thursday | Saturday DATE March 6 | March 8 TIME 6:30—8pm | 9am—4pm PLACE North Mountain Park | TBA COST $25 | $75 INSTRUCTOR Malena Marvin is the owner of Elemental Design/Build and is a Certified Greywater Associate through Greywater Action.

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Sustainable Living &Gardening Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

Natural Spring Cleaning Learn how to combine familiar ingredients to make a variety of “green” cleaning products for your home or to give away as gifts. Participants will make and take home four different products and receive recipes for several more. This class will help you save money and the environment at the same time! Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 13—Adult (younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult) DAY Wednesday DATE March 12 TIME 6:30—8:30pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST $12 INSTRUCTOR Libby VanWyhe is the Manager of the North Mountain Park Nature Center.

Pruning Cane-Growing Shrubs Learn the secrets of renovating and maintaining shrubs with the growth habit of “cane-growers” for maximum beauty and longevity. Lilac, Quince, Viburnum, Philadelphus, Forsythia, Blueberry, Raspberry, Rose, Bamboo, Nandina, Ninebark, Oregon Grape, Elderberry, and Red-twig Dogwood all have this growth habit in common. Selective pruning (vs. coppicing) will be demonstrated. Julie will guide you through handson practice on native shrubs in the Nature Center garden. Some extra tools will be provided. Bring your hand pruners and small saws, but not loppers. Dress for the weather! Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

15—Adult Sunday March 16 Noon—4pm North Mountain Park $25 Julie Gates is a horticulturist, certified aesthetic pruner and arborist with over 30 years’ experience designing, maintaining and pruning residential gardens from Portland to San Francisco. She teaches pruning workshops and private lessons for home gardeners and landscape companies, in addition to contracting to do the pruning.

Learn about deer-resistant and drought-tolerant plants for the Rogue Valley... based on Shooting Star Nursery’s experience, not generic lists. Find out about the many deerresistant, drought-tolerant plants used successfully in the deer-infested microclimates of the Rogue Valley. Many are unusual ones that you may have not seen before and have proved very reliable. Sample plants will be on hand for show-and-tell. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

10—Adult (younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult) Saturday March 15 10am—noon North Mountain Park $5 Christie Mackison is Co-owner of Shooting Star Nursery in Central Point, a retail and wholesale nursery specializing in drought-tolerant and deer-resistant trees, shrubs and perennials.

© Photo courtesy Jeffrey McFarland Path of Light Photography

Deer-Resistant & Drought-Tolerant Plants for the Rogue Valley

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Growing Oyster Mushrooms

Rogue Valley Earth Day

Love mushrooms? Want to grow them yourself? In this class you can practice growing various species of Pleurotus (oyster) mushrooms on straw and other inexpensive materials. After a brief discussion of the fungi life cycle, you will dive right in to the hands-on skills of growing delicious mushrooms from spore to spawn and to fruiting mushrooms. You’ll practice easy, low-cost methods of growing mushrooms and leave with the skills to do it yourself! For an extra $10, participants can take home a bag of mushroom spawn. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

15—Adult Saturday April 5 10am—1pm North Mountain Park $25; plus additional $10 fee paid to instructor if you to take home a bag of mushroom spawn Mitra Sticklen is a young farmer and facilitator, passionate about growing food and community.

Recycling: Where does It Go & Why? Do you know where your trash and recycling goes? Join us to discover what happens to what you kick to the curb in Ashland and Talent. Learn the HOWs and WHYs of waste prevention and recycling. Participate in a hands-on exercise to learn what you can put in commingle recycling. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 13—Adult (younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult) DAY Wednesday DATE April 16 TIME 6:30—8pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST Free INSTRUCTOR Risa Buck, Recology Ashland’s Waste Zero Specialist, has lived in Ashland for nearly 23 years and enjoys sharing and strategizing with others about how to shrink what is ‘trashed’ and recycled. Her motto is, “It’s only trash if that’s how you treat it.”

Saturday, April 19, 11am—4pm www.RogueValleyEarthDay.net “SHARE the JOURNEY” —Details page 39

Gardening with Edible Mushrooms Want to increase your garden’s biodiversity and yield? It’s not difficult to grow edible mushrooms alongside your garden’s plants. In this class you will learn about the fungi life cycle and practice the basics of growing outdoor mushrooms in the ground. You’ll meet Stopharia & Hypsizygus fungi species that will thrive in garden beds and in mulched paths. We’ll install a few easy, inexpensive mushroom beds and everyone will leave with the skills to get started at home. For an extra $10, you can take home a bag of mushroom spawn to grow in your garden. Preregister online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

15—Adult Saturday April 26 10am—1pm Sporulate Learning Farm 790 Tolman Creek Rd, Ashland $25; plus additional $10 fee paid to instructor if you to take home a bag of mushroom spawn Mitra Sticklen is a young farmer and facilitator, passionate about growing food and community.

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Pet Care & Training Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated Dog classes are for friendly dogs that are current on vaccines and comfortable on a leash around other dogs and people. Colleen Shanahan uses reward-based dog training and has professionally trained and handled dogs since 1997. NEW STUDENTS need to complete the “Group Class Questionnaire” and read “What to Bring to Class” at www.DogGoneFun.Biz. All classes are held at The Grove. Private lessons also available by calling 541-601-7601.

Good Puppy Skills Puppies ages two to five months that have started their shots are invited for playtime, learning and more! Research has shown the most important period of your dog’s life is under 16 weeks of age. Your puppy is learning every minute, so let’s set up a safe, clean environment to make learning good puppy manners easy and fun. Puppies will learn: SIT, DOWN, STAY, COME and LEASH WALKING. We will set time aside each week to answer questions about house training, chewing, barking and more! Please bring shot records to the first class. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Sundays DATES Session 1 | January 12—February 9 Session 2 | February 23—March 23 Session 3 | April 20—May 18 Session 4 | June 1—29 TIME 10—11am COST $95 (5 lessons)

Good Dog Skills

This multi-level class goes beyond basic dog training and teaches real-life skills to parents and their dogs ages five months to 15 years. You will both learn STAY, COME AND NICE LEASH WALKING and practice real-life scenarios such as Don’t Chase the Kitty, Good Greetings with Grandma and No Counter Surfing. We will also have time each week for solving problems such as barking, jumping, chewing and more. NOTE: The first class is for humans only. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Sundays DATES Session 1 | January 12—February 9 Session 2 | February 23—March 23 Session 3 | April 20—May 18 Session 4 | June 1—29 TIME 11:15am—12:15pm COST $95 (5 lessons)

For more information and to register for the classes below, please visit www.DogGoneFun. biz or call the instructor at 541-601-7601.

Join a Dog Gone Fun Club! Join like-minded people for ongoing adventures in play and training. Both you and your dog will enjoy the company of others whether it’s playtime or outdoor training walks around town! Pre-requisite: Good Dog Skills or permission from instructor. Sign up for Dog Gone Fun Clubs at www.DogGoneFun.biz or by calling 541-601-7601.

Small Dog Social Club This is a club for friendly dogs under 20 lbs. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Sundays DATES January 12—May 4 TIMES 1—1:45pm

Canine Cruiser Club This is a club for friendly dogs of all sizes to perfect their leash walking and training skills. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Saturdays DATES February 22—June 28 TIME Noon

Follow Your Nose This four-week class is a wonderful introduction to nose work with your dog. We will begin by teaching simple “find it” games and then start working with distractions. You and your dog will learn fun skills you can take anywhere: in your backyard, at a park, inside the house and more. It’s a perfect class for puppies, older dogs, shy or reactive dogs, as all dogs will be worked with individually and crated during downtime. This class will unleash your dog’s inner detective and build confidence for both of you! Pre-requisite: Good Dog Skills or permission from instructor. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Sundays DATES Session 1 | January 12—February 9 Session 2 | June 1—29 TIME 2—3:15pm COST $95 (5 lessons)

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Ashland Parks Foundation Share in a Living Treasure THE PURPOSE The purpose of the Ashland Parks Foundation is to enhance Ashland’s quality of life by financially supporting its parks system.

THE ORGANIZATION The Ashland Parks Foundation, established in 1995 under the laws of the State of Oregon as a nonprofit corporation, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt benefit foundation. It is administered by a five-member board of Ashland residents.

WAYS TO GIVE Gifts to the Foundation can be tailored to your own financial position and will usually have tax advantages. The Foundation is grateful for gifts of any amount. The Foundation’s legal counsel is available to work with prospective donors.

Examples of contributions to the Ashland Parks System: • The Oregon Shakespeare Festival semi-annually donates proceeds, which are held in trust, of one outdoor performance. • George Brinkworth donated his estate, including property and funds for improvements to neighborhood parks and Lithia Park. • The Daniel Meyer Family donated funds to build an outdoor swimming pool at Hunter Park.

Examples of Gifts • For specific facilities or capital improvements • For specific programs or activities • For unrestricted use and/or • As an endowment fund

Project A, Inc. is a proud supporter of the Ashland Parks Foundation

Paid for by the Ashland Parks Foundation

FOR MORE INFO VISIT… w w w. A shlandParksFoundation.com

The Foundation has a goal in 2014 to refurbish the Butler-Perozzi Fountain in Lithia Park. The fountain, situated on a formal terrace near the sycamore grove, a rose garden and the Butler Memorial Band Shelter, was offered as a memorial gift to the park in 1915 by Gwin Butler and Domingo Perozzi. The fountain was sculpted by Antonio Frilli in Florence, Italy, in the early 1900s and completely restored in the 1980s. Funding is needed for general repairs and vandalism. Due to its prime location within Lithia Park, the fountain is vandalized more frequently than any other area in Lithia Park. You can help the Foundation reach their restoration goal for the Butler-Perozzi Fountain by making a taxdeductible contribution. Visit www.AshlandParksFoundation.com or call the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department at 541.488.5340 for more information.

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You can make a formal reservation with a debit/credit card by calling 541-488-5340. To pay with a check or cash, visit the Ashland Parks & Recreation office located at 340 S Pioneer Street. There is a refundable security deposit for any formal reservation. The wedding package is $400–$1150 depending on your needs. For other events, such as picnics, birthday parties and family reunions, fees vary from $55–$75 per 4-hour time block depending on the location.

Call Us for More Information

If you are interested in reserving a designated site in Lithia Park, the Community Center, Pioneer Hall, or the Ashland Senior Center, please contact the Ashland Parks & Recreation office for reservations or rental information at 541-488-5340.

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get to know your parks! — Ashland Creek Property~Developing into a City Park! Ashland Parks & Recreation cares for 17 parks in addition to multiple open spaces and park properties within the City of Ashland. One of those properties is the Ashland Creek Property, an undeveloped seven-acre parcel purchased from the Vogel family in 2001. This land will soon become an official City of Ashland park. The centrally located proper t y, with an address of 23 Hersey Street, is situated between Helman and Oak streets, just one-third of a mile north of Ashland’s downtown Plaza. The new neighborhood and community park will help fulfill the City’s Open Space Plan adopted in 1989 toward preserving and developing land for new park spaces in the City. “Ashland places high value on its community parks,” said Ashland Parks Photo courtesy Eric Bonetti & Recreation Director Don Robertson. “This is perhaps best demonstrated by the high use of our most well-known park, Lithia Park. Lithia Park was created in the early 1900s as an eight-acre park and has grown to over 90 acres, with well-used trails, a playground, creek access and more. Lithia Park is perhaps over-loved, as its use is extremely high. It is clear that more community parks are needed near the downtown area,” stated Robertson. Ashland Creek Park, formerly used as farmland and primarily flat, borders Ashland Creek on the west side and is located within the City’s floodplain corridor; therefore, all future developments of the land will occur in the areas farthest from the creek. The site offers expansive views of Grizzly Peak to the northeast and Mt. Ashland to the south. The property will connect to existing trails and become a hub for recreation, education and gardening. Currently the property hosts a large community garden that will be expanded during the park’s development. The master plan for the property was developed and adopted in 2005/2006 in close coordination with Parks staff, the public and the Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission. Key discussion points throughout the planning process included environmental, recreational and sustainability goals. The adopted plan not only protects but also restores this important riparian area while allowing neighbors and community members to engage in recreational enjoyments. The property will be developed in two phases: Phase I: Beginning June, 2014, with proposed completion set for December, 2014. Projected costs: $619,900. In June, 2013, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) awarded Ashland Parks & Recreation $309,950 for development of the park through their OPRD Local Government Grants Program. Phase I will include: Expanded/Renovated Community Gardens, Demonstration Gardens, Playground, Half-Court Basketball (might be moved to Phase II), Irrigated Multi-use Playing Field Lawn, ADA-Accessible Inner Concrete Trail Loop, ADA-Accessible Parking, Restrooms, Bicycle Parking Phase II: Will include (timeframe TBD): Multi-use Shelter / Outdoor Classroom, Two Kiosks, Half-Court Basketball (if not completed in Phase I), Garden Entry Arbors, Picnic Arbor, Outer Decomposed Granite Trail Loop with Associated Benches Ashland Parks & Recreation will work in conjunction with a selected contractor to supervise and build the park. “The Ashland Creek Property already contains many of the features desired by the Ashland community, including access to a beautiful creek, a central location, and walking distance to residential neighborhoods, “ stated Ashland Parks Superintendent Bruce Dickens. “The development will only add to the enjoyment of the park land,” he concluded. For more information, please visit www.AshlandParksandRec.org, call 541.488.5340 or stop by the Ashland Parks & Recreation office in Lithia Park at 340 S. Pioneer (off Granite Street in the upper park). “We’ll see you in the Park!”

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get to know your parks! — Briscoe Geology Park Did you know Ashland has a geology park that is open every day and free for all visitors? Briscoe Geology Park, located on the grounds of the old Briscoe Elementary School at the corner of Laurel and High Streets, allows you to travel through time to discover how our planet and all of life have changed through the 4.6 billion years of Earth history. Dinosaurs, mass extinctions, plate tectonics and local geology can all be explored during three unique walks, highlighte d by cus tom tile work , inter pretive signs, stonework and landscaping. Visit on your own or schedule an educator-led Earth History school program for grades 4 to 12 by calling the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541.488 6606. Briscoe Geology Park is open every day, dawn to dusk. Learn more at www.ashland.or.us/BriscoeGeology.

— Calle guanajuato The Calle Guanajuato resurfacing project is scheduled to begin in winter 2013 and conclude at the end of March 2014. City of Ashland Parks & Recreation, in conjunction with the Water and Electric departments, are resurfacing this much-loved walkway located between the Plaza shops and Ashland Creek. During construction, new water lines and electric upgrades will also be installed. Historic accounts indicate that in the early 1850s a Shasta Indian village was situated along Ashland Creek near the present site of the Plaza and adjacent areas. Archaeological remnants of this village have been verified along both sides of Ashland Creek. As part of the resurfacing project, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) required the Calle Guanajuato to undergo a number of archaeological digs, all of which commenced on October 10 under the expert supervision of local archaeologist Jeff LaLande. On November 14, 2013, the archaeological survey was completed. The resurfacing project was awarded to KOGAP Enterprises, Inc., the lowest bidder. KOGAP will manage the resurfacing construction as well as water and electric upgrades. The cost of the construction is $387,808.60 with the breakdown of costs as follows:

Parks – $286,618.60

Water – $75,890

Electric – $25,300

The resurfacing plan includes an eight-foot walkway of pavers down the length of the Calle with colored and scored concrete on either side. Please be aware that access along the Calle Guanajuato will be limited during the months of construction. Parks staff contacted business and property owners pre-construction in an effort to maintain as much access as possible; however, business will not be “as usual” until the project is completed. Ashland Parks & Recreation is excited about this project and looks forward to providing a fresh and attractive surface for all users. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences and feel sure you will like the finished product.

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Parks & Facilities General Park Rules & Regulations Park hours — dawn to dusk

Alcohol/Narcotics — Not permitted in any Parksmanaged property

Smoking — Not permitted in any Ashland park. Amplification — Only allowed at Lithia Park Bandshell; reservation required.

Fires & Barbecues — Only permitted in designated fire

rings or in barbecue stands raised off the ground. Please do not leave a fire unattended or depart before extinguishing any fire.

Park & Facility Locations… • Lithia Park Office—340 S Pioneer St, off Granite St • Community Center—59 Winburn Way in Lithia Park • Pioneer Hall—73 Winburn Way in Lithia Park • The Grove—1195 E Main St • Oak Knoll Golf Course—3070 Hwy 66 • Ashland Senior Center—1699 Homes Ave • North Mountain Park Nature Center—620 N Mountain Ave • Ashland Dog Park—Off W Nevada St • Ashland Community Skate Park—100 Water St

Camping — Not allowed in any Ashland park.

• Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink—

Dogs — Except for service animals, dogs are only allowed

Seasonal: Nov to Feb 95 Winburn Way in Lithia Park www.ashland.or.us/IceRink

in dog-friendly park areas. To view a map of dog-friendly parks in Ashland, visit www.ashland.or.us/DogFriendly.

Firearms — Use of firearms, fireworks and explosives is not permitted in any Ashland park.

Horses/Exotic Animals — Not permitted in any Ashland park.

Vending — No selling or soliciting is allowed in any Ashland park.

Facility Rentals

The Ashland Parks & Recreation Department rents two indoor facilities suitable for many types of events: the Community Center and Pioneer Hall. Both facilities have chairs and tables. Alcohol is allowed with a fee of $150. Fees, capacities and availability vary for each facility. Call 541-488-5340 for information on reservable facilities. Visit www.ashland.or.us/facility for more information.

Lithia Park Bandshell

Events involving performances or amplification may take place only at the bandshell. The noise level must not exceed 75 db when monitored from a point directly across from the bandshell on the park-side of Granite Street. Maximum performance time is 1.5 hours, and all performances and activities must conclude by 8:00 p.m. Formal reservations of the facility are available May through September only.

Park & Facility Refund Policy

Customers receive a full refund with a one-week notice, or if inclement weather prevents use of a reserved area.

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Photo Courtesy Jim Chamberlain Abstract Ice Sculpture, “RINK-IT!” Created by Roger Butterfield and Friends at the 2013 Opening Night at the Rink

Ashland Community Gardens

The Ashland Parks Department manages four community gardens: Ashland Creek Park on Hersey Street, Scenic Park, Clay Street Park and Garden Way Park. For more information or to be added to a wait list, send an email to linda.chesney@ashland.or.us or call 541-488-6606. Please include your name, email, phone number, and garden preference.

Ashland Community Skate Park

1. All participants are required to wear protective head gear while using the Skate Park. 2. Skateboard and rollerblade activities have priority over bicycle activities. 3. Use the Skate Park at your own risk. 4. Do not use the facility when the skate surface is wet.

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Park Sites The Ashland Parks & Recreation Department The Ashland Parks & Recreation Department is overseen by a five-member elected Parks Commission. The goal of the Parks Commission is to provide and promote recreational opportunities and to preserve and maintain public lands. The Department has three divisions: • The Parks Division operates, maintains, constructs, and plans parks and recreational facilities within the system. It also develops new parks and administers open space areas. • The Recreation Division provides recreation activities for people of all ages. • The Golf Division operates, maintains and provides professional services for the Oak Knoll Golf Course, a 9–hole municipal course owned by the City of Ashland. Visit www.OakKnollGolf.org.

To view our MAPS online visit www.ashland.or.us/ParksMaps To learn about DOG-FRIENDLY parks in Ashland please, visit www.ashland.or.us/DogFriendly

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Nature Science & Cultural History Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

Preschool Puppet Theatre Please pre-register prior to day of program Discover what Brenda Bear and friends are up to this winter and spring. A brief lesson will be followed by the puppet show and play time. A snack and related craft/activity will then be available. Enjoy a new show each month. Reservations are guaranteed only until 10:30 a.m. Please arrive early, as space and parking are limited; no late seating. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the program. Pre-register online at www.ashland. or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES Intended for children 3—5 years old DAYS 2nd Friday each month DATES December 13 | January 10 | February 14 March 14 | April 11 | May 9 TIME 10:30—11:45am PLACE North Mountain Park COST $6 per child INSTRUCTORS North Mountain Park Puppeteers

Winter Bird Walk Stroll through North Mountain Park to view feathered fauna with birding expert Vince Zauskey. The ‘leafless’ winter season offers birders a great opportunity to see the birds that spend the winter in our valley, such as Whitecrowned, Golden-crowned and Fox Sparrows, Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, Merlins and Accipiters. The class will also try to ID birds by call. Binoculars and field guides will be available for check out. As with most Ashland Parks & Recreation programs, pre-registration is required. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

All ages welcome Saturday January 11 8:30—10am North Mountain Park Free Vince Zauskey is a Rogue Valley Audubon member, North Mountain Park volunteer and birding expert.

Birding the Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Winter

Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with expert birders. This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders under a covered pavilion. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University’s Feeder Watch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Pre-registration is not required. For more information please call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 10—Adult DAYS Alternate Saturdays DATES December 21 | January 4, 18 February 1, 15 | March 1, 15 TIME 9—10am PLACE North Mountain Park Pavilion COST Free; Pre-registration is not required INSTRUCTORS Rogue Valley Audubon Society Volunteers

Join Harry Fuller on a Thursday evening this winter for a presentation on the wintering birds of Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. The presentation will prepare you for a field trip the following Saturday to the Refuge to view Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks and Tundra Swans. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 13—Adult Lecture | Field Trip DAYS Thursday | Saturday DATE January 23 | January 25 (If weather causes postponement, the field trip will be rescheduled) TIME 6:30—8pm | 7:30am—4pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST $15 INSTRUCTOR Harry Fuller is a local birding tour guide and author of Freeway Birding, San Francisco to Seattle. His website is www.towhee.net, and his bird blog is http://atowhee.wordpress.com.

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Nature Science & Cultural History Pre-Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register — visit www.ashlandparksandrec.org

Urban Beekeeping

Learning Common Backyard Birds

You may have heard the buzz in Ashland about the new Urban Beekeeping Ordinance. If you are considering an adventure in keeping bees, and you live within the City boundaries, this class is for you. The Rogue Valley’s Bee Girl will review the ordinance in detail and provide all of the necessary information you will need to keep yourself, your bees and your neighbors safe and happy. Principal topics of the class will be: swarming, hive types, providing food and water, pesticides, disease control, and allergy issues. All urban beekeepers and urban “bee-curious” are welcome to attend. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

10—Adult Tuesday February 4 6—8pm North Mountain Park $20 Sarah Red-Laird, aka Bee Girl, has a mission to preserve honeybees, foster beekeepers and provide food resources through outreach, education, support and mentorship for beekeepers and communities.

AGES All ages welcome (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) DAYS Wednesday DATE February 19 & 26 TIME 6:30—8pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST $20 INSTRUCTOR Shannon Rio is a longtime watcher of birds and a board member of the Klamath Bird Observatory.

Weed Walk

Science in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument The monument in our back yard is home to a spectacular variety of plants and animals. Folks explore, conduct research projects and educate others in this diverse and wonderful area. Join the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou to learn about some of the research and education occurring in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. It’s just a short drive from our front doors! Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES DAYS DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

12—Adult Tuesday February 11 6:30—8:30pm North Mountain Park $5 Kristi Reynolds, Environmental Education and Interpretation Consultant, will facilitate the panel discussion.

Using photos, stories and fun facts you will learn about the birds that live in your backyard! Class I will look at Robins, Acorn woodpeckers, Bald eagles, Chickadees, Scrub jays, Screech owls, Red-Tailed hawks, Great Blue Herons, Mallards, Crows, Flickers, and Kestrels. Class II will look at Anna’s hummingbird, California quail, Great horned owls, House finch, Stellar jays, Mourning doves, Golden eagles, Song sparrows, Lewis woodpeckers, Killdeer, Red-winged blackbirds, and Ravens. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606.

Learn more about some weeds of our area. This class will focus on non-native and invasive plants and help you to understand why they are here, what they indicate about the state of our ecosystem, the roles they play (both beneficial and not) and their many edible and medicinal uses. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 14—Adult DAYS Saturday DATE April 12 TIME 10am—12:30pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST $22 INSTRUCTOR Jon Carlson is the founder and director of the Vitalist School of Herbology.

Register Early! Help us avoid the cancellation of programs!

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Nature Science & Cultural History Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

Explorations with Buckbrush Join two veteran herbalists on a spring journey through three distinct life zones surrounding Emigrant Lake: meadows, chaparral and oak-pine savannah. We will explore the plant communities that live within each, with a special focus on Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus) and the unique role this shrub plays in our eco-system and cultural history. Hiking difficulty: intermediate. Bring enough food and water for the day and wear appropriate outdoor clothing. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 14—Adult DAY Saturday DATE April 19 TIME 10am—4pm PLACE Directions given upon registration COST $75 INSTRUCTOR Jon Carlson is the director of the Vitalist School of Herbology in Ashland. He will be assisted by his apprentice Harlan Walker-Young, who has taught extensively with Coyote Trails. Together, Jon and Harlan have 25 years of combined experience in western herbalism and outdoor education.

Biking the Greenway to Taste Wild Edibles Enjoy a leisurely ride along the Ashland segment of the Bear Creek Greenway trail, stopping to learn about and sample a variety of local, wild edible plants along the way. Some recipes will be provided. Bring your bike in good working condition and a helmet. Pre-register online at www.ashland. or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 10 —Adult DAY Tuesday DATE April 22 TIME 4:30—6pm PLACE Meet at the Ashland Dog Park with your bike and helmet, off Nevada and Helman St COST $7 INSTRUCTOR Linda Chesney is the Stewardship Coordinator for the North Mountain Park Nature Center.

Arbor Day Tree Walk In preparation for Arbor Day, meet the trees of the Southern Oregon University campus! The focus will be on both native and exotic species. Learn to identify our woody neighbors and their unique characteristics of leaves, bark and “fruit.” Pre-register online at www. ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES All ages welcome

(children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

Saturday April 26 11am—1pm Meet at the west-side entrance of the Stevenson Union (adjacent to the palm trees) $5 Anne Thayer is horticulturist for Ashland Parks & Recreation. Casey Roland is a local arborist with 30 years of hands-on experience in the field of arboriculture.

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Nature Science & Cultural History Pre-Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register — visit www.ashlandparksandrec.org

Rogue Valley Bird Day

Spring Wildflower Walk in Oredson-Todd Woods Join Marcia Wineteer of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a wildflower walk in Oredson-Todd Woods. Learn to identify spring wildflowers along some of the trails. During the walk, Project BudBurst will be introduced in which observed spring bloom periods can be used as indicators of climate change. Bring hiking shoes, water and a snack. As with most Ashland Parks & Recreation programs, pre-registration is required. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 12—Adult DAY Tuesday DATE April 29 TIME 5—6:30pm PLACE Meet at the Oredson-Todd trailhead (turn left on Lupine, off Greenmeadows) COST $7 INSTRUCTOR Marcia Wineteer is a botanist for the BLM. She received her MS in Environmental Education with an emphasis on botany from Southern Oregon University.

Saturday, May 10, 8am—Noon www.RogueValleyBirdDay.net “Why Birds Matter” —Details page 38

Finding Balance: Rock Stacking & Dry Stone Arch Building The balancing of stones can be a creative challenge, a meditative exercise and a whole lot of fun! This class will be mostly hands-on stone with guidance as needed along with brief demonstrations of techniques and ideas. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 8—Adult

(children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

DAY DATE TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

Saturday May 3 1—3pm Lithia Park rock stacking area. Park at last Lithia Park parking lot on Granite St (before the road turns to dirt), cross the footbridge over Ashland Creek and walk left on the trail (downstream) approximately 100 ft. $20 Local stonemason Jesse Biesanz is a longtime stonestacker, influenced by Bill Dan, Andy Goldsworthy, Tomas Lipps, Antonio Gaudi and the monuments from ”The Unknown Stacker.” He has taught groups and individuals how to slow down, listen to the stones and connect with them!

Register Early! Help us avoid the cancellation of programs!

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Foreign Language Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

Spanish for Travelers If you are planning a trip to Spain or Latin America, this is the class for you! It is designed to develop basic conversation skills that will help you understand and communicate in Spanish. The class is fun and relaxed as well as culturally and geographically informative. Pre-register online at www. ashland.or.us/register. AGES Mature teenagers & adults DAYS Mondays DATES January 13—March 10 TIME 5—6pm PLACE The Grove, Otte/Peterson Room COST $100 (9 classes) INSTRUCTOR Monica Rountree is a native Spanish & Italian speaker with a master’s degree in Romance Languages.

Italian for Travelers

If you are planning a trip to Italy or dreaming about the sounds of this beautiful language, this class is for you! It is designed to develop basic conversation skills that will help you understand and communicate in Italian. The class is fun and relaxed as well as culturally and geographically informative. Pre-register online at www. ashland.or.us/register. AGES Mature teenagers & adults DAYS Mondays DATES January 13—March 10 TIME 6:05—7:05pm PLACE The Grove, Otte/Peterson Room COST $100 (9 classes) INSTRUCTOR Monica Rountree is a native Spanish & Italian speaker with a master’s degree in Romance Languages.

Beginning French

Come learn a truly beautiful language spoken in 37 countries around the world! The emphasis will be on conversational French coupled with a little homework each week to practice a bit of grammar and structure. The class is designed to be a fun introduction for beginners looking to learn a new language. If you’ve had French before and want to review what you learned years ago or are planning to travel to a French-speaking country, this is the class for you! Please bring paper, pen and folder for handouts. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Tuesdays DATES Session 1 | January 14—March 11 Session 2 | April 8—June 3 (Session 2 is a continuation of Session 1 or for those who already know some French) TIME 5—6pm PLACE The Grove, Otte/Peterson Room COST $100 (9 classes) INSTRUCTOR Lauren Schaffer has a M.A. and Oregon Teaching License in the French language with many years of teaching experience. She was awarded the Foreign Language Teacher of the Year for Oregon in 2000.

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The following Italian and Spanish classes taught by MONICA ROUNTREE, are for mature teenagers or adults, and will be held at The Grove, Otte/Peterson Room. The cost for each is $100 (9 classes). REGISTER WITH THE INSTRUCTOR at monicarountree@ hotmail.com or call 541-499-0590 (online registration not available for programs listed below). QUESTIONS? Contact Monica at monicarountree@hotmail.com.

Spanish Beginners—Continuation DAYS DATES TIME

Thursdays Session 1 | January 16—March 13 Session 2 | April 3—May 29 5—6pm

Spanish—Intermediate Conversation DAYS DATES TIME

Thursdays Session 1 | January 16—March 13 Session 2 | April 3—May 29 6:05—7:05pm

Spanish—Advanced Conversation DAYS DATES TIME

Thursdays Session 1 | January 16—March 13 Session 2 | April 3—May 29 7:10—8:10pm

Italian Beginners—Continuation DAYS DATES TIME

Wednesdays Session 1 | January 15—March 12 Session 2 | April 2—May 28 5—6pm

Italian—Intermediate Conversation DAYS DATES TIME

Wednesdays Session 1 | January 15—March 12 Session 2 | April 2—May 28 6:05—7:05pm

Italian—Advanced Conversation DAYS DATES TIME

Wednesdays Session 1 | January 15—March 12 Session 2 | April 2—May 28 7:10—8:10pm

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Bird Box Landlords

Considering all the perils facing native birds, many Ashland residents are installing nest boxes to provide habitat for their favorite species. Cavity nesting birds such as Tree Swallows, Chickadees, Nuthatches and Screech Owls make their nests in woodpecker holes and openings in standing dead trees, called snags. These important habitat structures are often in short supply, and native birds must also compete with aggressive non-native European Starlings for available cavities. Citizen-installed nest boxes can help! However, without the right equipment and best practices, this challenging project can sometimes do more harm than good for your backyard habitat. Staff and volunteers at North Mountain Park Nature Center have been installing and maintaining nest boxes for over 10 years with, until now, limited success. Recently, a disturbing trend of non-native Norway Rats was observed occupying the bird boxes. The nest boxes would have to be removed… unless they could be rat-proofed. That opportunity occurred this spring thanks to a grant from Sandra James Music Foundation and Oregon State University, whose students assisted with a nest box upgrade and overhaul. When volunteers cleaned out the six new boxes this fall, it was discovered that every single box had been occupied by birds, not rats! The secrets of 100% occupancy success-story included: • .Building or buying a nest box made of untreated wood, with an overhanging roof, recessed floor with drainage holes, and a hinged panel for easy access and cleaning • .Placing the nest box in February or March, well before the start of breeding season • .Locating the box away from trees or roofs so that animals cannot leap onto it •.Mounting the box at least twelve feet high, on freestanding metal poles or PVC pipes •.Using conical sheet-metal guards to prevent predators from scrambling up the pole • Monitoring the nest boxes and evict pests and predators

Screech Owl Photo courtesy Gary Schaffer

Male Tree Swallow Photo courtesy Gary Schaffer

• Cleaning nest boxes out every year in the fall or winter

Installing a nest box in your own yard can be very rewarding, providing a wonderful opportunity for bird observation. You can shop for a nest box at The Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland and Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford, or construct one yourself, using designs available at www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/naturescaping. Contact the North Mountain Park Nature Center for more information—541.488.6606.

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Lori Ainsworth, Volunteer Coordinator lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us • 541-552-2264 www.ashland.or.us/Volunteer

Volunteer Food Servers needed at the Ashland Senior Center!

Do you have a free morning to help at our Ashland Senior Center? Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to pack lunches for home-bound seniors and to serve lunch at the Senior Center. All ages welcome, no prior experience needed. Volunteer one morning a week or more.

Spring Garden Work Party at North Mountain Park Wednesday, March 19, 10am—Noon

Celebrate spring’s arrival while volunteering as a gardener at North Mountain Park. Parks staff and volunteers will provide an orientation to the Demonstration Gardens, greenhouse and composting facility to kick off the gardening season. Tools and snacks provided. For more information call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541.488.6606.

Thank you to the following Adopt-A-Park & Trail Sponsors • Bluebird Park—Recology Ashland Sanitary • Briscoe Geology Park—The Jefferson Center • Calle Guanajuato—Albertsons in Ashland • Clay Street Park—The Siskiyou School • Garden Way Park—The Soroptimists • Garfield Park—The Yogurt Hut • Glenwood Park—The SOU Green House • Hunter Park—Ashland Tennis & Fitness • Lithia Park Japanese Garden • Oredson-Todd Woods —Richard Anderson, Alison Date & Virana Penn —John Muir School, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Class • Railroad Park—Wells Fargo Bank in Ashland • Scenic Park—The Friends of Scenic Park JOHN MUIR SCHOOL

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If you would like to “ADOPT,” please visit www.ashland.or.us/Volunteer


Why do you volunteer with Ashland Parks & Recreation?

Luc Dyssegard

Linda Newberry

John Hunt

“To earn community service hours for AHS and for the exercise and fresh air.”

“To help others learn about the amazing natural world in which we live.”

“Volunteering in the parks is my way to show appreciation for Lithia Park & Ashland.”

Andrea Matteson

Brian Self

Liz Landreth

“It’s a fun way I can contribute to the vitality of Ashland.”

“I love being outdoors and giving back to the parks I enjoy.”

“To share my love of the outdoors and nature with others.”

JOIN TH E FUN — Volunteer Today! Contact Info... Lori Ainsworth, Volunteer Coordinator

lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us • 541-552-2264 www.ashland.or.us/Volunteer

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Special Events Ashland Community Bike Swap—April 26 at Noon The 24th annual Bike Swap will promote bicycle transportation & recreation and benefit bike safety education by providing a community venue for buying and selling working-condition bicycles and related equipment. This event is made possible by Ashland Parks & Recreation, RVTD (Rogue Valley Transportation District), and the City of Ashland Fire Department and Transportation Commission. If you are interested in selling, items for sale can be dropped off Friday April 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in buying a bicycle, the swap will be open to the public on Saturday, April 26, from noon until 2:00 p.m. The event will take place at The Grove, 1195 E Main St in Ashland. Admission into the swap is $1 per person or $3 per family. Babies are free! After March 3, 2014, call Ashland Parks & Recreation at 541.488.5340 for more information or visit www.RVTD.org/bikeswap. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Ainsworth by email: lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us or by phone at 541-488-5340.

Rogue Valley Bird Day—May 10, 8am-Noon Rogue Valley Bird Day is the local celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), which focuses on a most spectacular aspect of the life of a migratory bird—its journey between wintering and breeding grounds. This year’s theme, “Why Birds Matter,” shares the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us. Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to revegetate disturbed areas. Others are pollinators, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees and shrubs. Beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts: paintings, poetry and music all express the joy that birds provide us every day.

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Join us on Saturday, May 10, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, to celebrate! Enjoy Wildlife Images exhibits, guided bird walks, and a birdcalling contest for all ages. This outdoor event is admission-free and takes place at North Mountain Park, 620 N Mountain Avenue, Ashland. For more information visit www.RogueValleyBirdDay.net or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541.488.6606.


Special Events THANK YOU… Bear Creek Salmon Festival Supporters www.BearCreekSalmonFestival.net

A big thank you to all the 2013 sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers for making the 2013 Bear Creek Salmon Festival so successful! BEAVER ($250+)… Cynthia Lord The Freshwater Trust

SALAMANDER ($100+)… Alan D. Miller—DBA Miller’s Renaissance Landscape & Design Bear Creek Watershed Council Fulcrum Dining Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District Jefferson Public Radio Seven Feathers Casino Resort

CHINOOK SALMON ($1,000+)… Bureau of Land Management —Medford District Ashland Parks Foundation

BLACK BEAR ($500+)… Recology Ashland Sanitary

ALDER TREE ($50+)… Russ & Candice Chapman Wildlife Images MAY FLY ($25+)… Ashland Food Coop

Share the Journey at Rogue Valley Earth Day Saturday, April 19, 11am—4pm Celebrate Rogue Valley Earth Day at the grounds of ScienceWorks Museum. From local food, farms and gardening, to energy conservation, waste prevention and transportation, explore exhibits that teach how small actions can make a big difference. Interactive activities and live entertainment will provide hours of fun and creative learning experiences for people of all ages. Rogue Valley Earth Day strives to be a zero-waste event with efforts to prevent, recycle or compost all materials generated during the festival. Please bring a reusable beverage container. For more information please visit www.RogueValleyEarthDay.net.

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Creative Expression Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated Instr uctor Cathy Egelston Ma honey ha s a B.A. in Ar t f rom Ca lifor nia St ate Univer sit y Nor thr idge a nd ha s been an art instructor for 18 years. She is a painter, muralist, and portrait artist. Private lessons available. All classes will take place at The Grove, Otte/Peterson Rm. Please call the Parks & Recreation Department for a supply list. Supplies must be purchased prior to the first class. Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Drawing Beginning — Learn the basics of drawing in a small, non-critical group setting with individual attention. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Thursdays DATES Session 1 | January 9—February 13 Session 2 | February 27—April 3 Session 3 | April 17—May 22 (Session 2 & 3 are a continuation of Session 1) TIME 9—10:30am COST $78 (6 lessons) Intermediate — Classes include instructor-led studies as well as time for students to follow their own interests. Small group/ individual attention. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Wednesdays DATES Session 1 | January 8—February 12 Landscapes & Seascapes Session 2 | February 26—April 2 People & Animals Session 3 | April 16—May 21 Springtime & Still-Life TIME 9—10:30am COST $78 (6 lessons)

Watercolor Beginning — Learn to paint with watercolors. Classes include brushwork, color theory and basic drawing as needed for class projects. Small, non-critical group setting with individual attention. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Thursdays DATES Session 1 | January 9—February 13 Session 2 | February 27—April 3 Session 3 | April 17—May 22 (Session 2 & 3 are a continuation of Session 1) TIME 10:45am—12:15pm COST $78 (6 lessons) Intermediate — Classes include instructor-led studies as well as time for students to follow their own interests. Small group/ individual attention. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Wednesdays DATES Session 1 | January 8—February 12 Landscapes & Seascapes Session 2 | February 26—April 2 People & Animals Session 3 | April 16—May 21 Springtime & Still-Life TIME 10:45am—12:15pm COST $78 (6 lessons)

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Acrylic Painting Beginning — Learn the basics of acrylic painting in a small group setting with individual attention. Class includes brushwork, color theory and basic drawing as needed for class projects. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Tuesdays DATES Session 1 | January 7—February 11 Session 2 | February 25—April 1 Session 3 | April 15—May 20 (Session 2 & 3 are a continuation of Session 1) TIME 10:45am—12:15pm COST $78 (6 lessons) Intermediate — Classes include instructor-led studies as well as time for students to follow their own interests. Small group/individual attention. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Tuesdays DATES Session 1 | January 7—February 11 Landscapes & Seascapes Session 2 | February 25—April 1 Portraits Session 3 | April 15—May 20 Springtime & Still-Life TIME 9—10:30am COST $78 (6 lessons)

Watercolor/Drawing Studio This is an intermediate-level class in which students work on watercolor and/or drawing. Classes include instructor-led studies as well as time for students to follow their own interests. Topics include landscapes, figures, still life and expressive painting. Small group setting with individual attention. AGES 18—Adult DAYS Fridays DATES Session 1 | January 10—February 14 Landscapes & Seascapes Session 2 | February 28—April 4 People & Animals Session 3 | April 18—May 23 Springtime & Still-Life TIME 9am—noon COST $148 (6 lessons)

Ashland Parks & Recreation • 541-488-5340 • 340 S Pioneer, Ashland OR 97520 • www.AshlandParksandRec.org


Creative Expression Pre-Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register — visit www.ashlandparksandrec.org

Recycled Paper Beads

Pine Needle Basketry

Don’t throw away your paper! Learn how to create your own vibrant beads out of nothing but scrap magazine pages. Anna Edmondson will teach you how to select, cut, shape, and varnish these unique craft items. By the end of the class, you will take home a collection of light and sturdy varnished beads in a variety of colors and shapes. Bring your favorite pair of scissors. All other materials will be provided but any used magazines or interestingly colored scrap paper will be a welcome addition. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 10—Adult DAY Saturday DATE February 1 TIME 10—11:30am PLACE North Mountain Park COST $20 INSTRUCTOR Anna Edmondson is the Creator of “Wandering Bard Works,” recycled wearable art. She has spent the last three years making handmade paper beads and is a craft festival prizewinner.

This beginners’ class will teach the basic techniques used to make coiled pine needle baskets. It is a “hands on” class and students should be able to complete a small basket by the end of the session. Please bring scissors, a bag lunch and drinks. All other materials, including handouts will be provided by the instructor. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 15—Adult DAY Saturday DATE March 8 TIME 9:30am—4pm PLACE North Mountain Park COST $40 (all materials included) INSTRUCTOR Sue Yamins has been making pine needle baskets for over 15 years and has taught classes at the Nature Center for 10 years. Her current work is displayed at the Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland.

Creating Recycled Paper Bead Stars Learn how to create delicate handmade ornaments using recycled paper beads, seed beads and pliable wire. Instructor Anna Edmondson will teach you how to string, twist and add your own personal touch to these intricate stars. Add a whimsical note to your car, office or home, or give as a unique gift! Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 10—Adult DAY Saturday DATE February 8 TIME 10—11am PLACE North Mountain Park COST $20 INSTRUCTOR Anna Edmondson is the Creator of “Wandering Bard Works,” recycled wearable art. She has spent the last three years making handmade paper beads and is a craft festival prizewinner.

Register Early! Help us avoid the cancellation of programs!

Ashland Parks & Recreation • 541-488-5340 • 340 S Pioneer, Ashland OR 97520 • www.AshlandParksandRec.org

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Sports & Fitness Don’t forget that we offer scholarships—Details page 4 Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise indicated

HIIT Boot Camp Formerly Coed Fitness Boot Camp High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Boot Camp is a challenging, fun and effective fitness program designed to deliver maximum results. We combine activities like push-ups, agility exercises, resistance training, obstacle courses, speed drills and endurance challenges to create a fun and rewarding total body workout! The HIIT routine includes intervals of high intensity exercises followed by recovery intervals of light to moderate exercises. Experience aerobic, anaerobic, muscular endurance and fat burning like never before! Bring a towel, mat, water bottle and dumbbells weighing 5 to 20 lbs (depending on your fitness level). Please pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. Punch cards, available at the first class, will allow participants to choose the workout times that fit their schedule. (Punch cards will expire two months after purchase. Refunds will not be given for unused punches.) AGES TIMES DAYS DATES PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

12—Adult 6—7am Class 5:30—6:30pm Class 8—9am Class Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Tuesdays & Thursdays Saturdays January 2—May 24 The Grove, Gym $80 punch card for 12 workouts; $50 punch card for 6 workouts • First Saturday of the month is Free Community Workout day (space is limited) • January Limited Offer: 20 workouts for $100! Tiazza Rose is a certified personal trainer, dance and fitness instructor. She was voted Best Fitness Trainer in 2011 by Healthy Living Magazine and is a professional belly dancer from Casablanca, Morocco.

Internal Kung Fu Internal Kung Fu is a martial arts practice developed in China. It involves forms and practical applications from the classic internal arts: Ba Gua Zhang, Hsing I Ch’uan, and Tai Chi Ch’uan. While learning the forms and applications there is also a practical study of relaxation, breathing and body awareness for confidence, general health and well-being. Applications include a rigorous study with body strikes, parries, joint locks and throws, as well as Chi Gong and push hands. Participants should wear loose clothing and be prepared to work out. Please contact the instructor at jeffbehrends@gmail.com for more information. This class is taught as an ongoing series, and new students can join anytime. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register. Punch cards, available at the first class, will allow participants to choose the workout times that fit their schedule. (Punch cards will expire two months after purchase. Refunds will not be given for unused punches.) AGES DAYS DATES TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

16—Adult Mondays & Wednesdays January 6—May 28 (no class February 19) 4:30—6pm The Grove, Gym $40/10-class punch card Jeff Behrends

Building Bones Step-by-Step Come strengthen your muscles, bring awareness to your body and get your mind ready for the day. Building Bones Step-by Step is a community-based exercise program developed by researchers in the Bone Research Lab at Oregon State University. Their research shows that targeted exercises later in life slow bone loss and improve strength and balance, which may reduce fall risk. Building Bones Step-by-Step exercise classes are safe for individuals with osteoporosis and osteopenia and provide benefits for people of all ages. The program is appropriate for both active and not-so-active people; exercises in each class are modified to suit individuals at varying levels of fitness. For more information visit www.youcandoitnow.net. Please register by calling the Ashland Parks & Recreation office at 541-488-5340 (online registration is not available). AGES 30—Adult DAYS Mondays, Wednesdays &/or Fridays DATES Session 1 | January 6—February 14 Session 2 | February 24—April 4 Session 3 | April 14—May 23 TIME 8—8:55am PLACE The Grove, Gym COST $42 (6 classes) $69 (12 classes) $75 (18 classes) INSTRUCTOR Carol Lee Rogers is a certified fitness trainer with Better Bones and Balance, American Senior Fitness and the International Sports Science Associations.

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Ashland Parks & Recreation • 541-488-5340 • 340 S Pioneer, Ashland OR 97520 • www.AshlandParksandRec.org


Sports & Fitness Pre-Register online at www.ashland.or.us/register — visit www.ashlandparksandrec.org

Pickleball

Gentle Yoga for Adults 60 & Better

Are you looking for a fun new way to get exercise in Ashland’s beautiful Lithia Park? Pickleball is a sport using paddles, a net and a lightweight ball for an increasingly popular sport for all ages. Come by the Lithia Park tennis courts and see what the buzz is all about. Donated equipment is appreciated. Ashland Parks & Recreation does not stock Pickleball equipment. Pre-registration is not required. AGES DAYS/TIMES PLACE COST

All ages welcome Fridays & Sundays | 4pm—dusk Wednesdays | 1—3:30pm Lithia Park Tennis Courts Free

Join instructor Marion Moore for a yoga class designed for seniors and people with physical challenges or limitations. Participants will be asked to get up and down from the floor once during each session. The class includes Iyengar-style alignments and sequencing, with a strong emphasis on releasing unnecessary tension. See page 5 to learn more about the Ashland Senior Center. Pre-registration is not required. AGES 60 & up DATES Ongoing DAYS/TIMES Wednesdays | 9:30—10:30am Saturdays | 10:30—11:30am PLACE Ashland Senior Center 1699 Homes Ave COST $15 (4 lessons); $5/class for drop-in

Tai Chi for Adults 50 & Better

Qi Gong: The Three Treasures This beginner’s level Qi Gong course will introduce the first three forms (Treasures) of the longer Eight Flowing Forms (Ba Tuan Chuan). These flowing forms promote relaxation, calm the mind, nourish the Qi (energy) and promote strength and flexibility. This introductory class includes instruction about Qi Gong along with basics of stance, natural breathing and body awareness. It is also appropriate for those experienced in Qi Gong looking to learn a great short form. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register.

Tai Chi is a moving meditation that strengthens bones and muscles, improves balance, and increases flexibility. Instructor Char Hersh will use various forms of Tai Chi to create a flowing routine that can be done anywhere. She recently added Qi Gong, the movement of energy through the body. The class is ongoing and instruction is continuous so you may join us at any time. Your first class is as our guest. See page 5 to learn more about the Ashland Senior Center. Pre-registration is not required.

AGES DAYS DATES TIME PLACE COST INSTRUCTOR

AGES DAYS/TIMES DATES PLACE COST

18—Adult Thursdays Session 1 | January 9—30 Session 2 | February 6—27 6:35—7:35pm The Grove, Gym $45 (4 classes) Suzanne Sky

50 & up Basic Class on Mondays 9—10:30am 10:45am—noon Advanced Class on Thursdays 9—10:30am Ongoing Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave $4 per class

Register Early! Help us avoid the cancellation of programs!

Ashland Parks & Recreation • 541-488-5340 • 340 S Pioneer, Ashland OR 97520 • www.AshlandParksandRec.org

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Winter/Spring 2014 Weekly Drop-in Classes at

Short Pose Life Drawing Uninstructed Unclothed models. Bring your own non-toxic materials, easels and chairs provided. Poses from 1-25 minutes. Adults over 18 only. Moderated by Ann DiSalvo.

$10 | Mondays, 10am-12:30pm

Print Studio Open Lab with Tiffany Hokanson Bring a work in progress or start a new project! Join the Print Studio’s new manager Tiffany Hokanson for a weekly open lab session. Instruction available for linoleum etching, wood block prints, experimental prints, and collagraph. For ages 15+. Many tools provided; some materials have a small cost. Questions? Email aacprintstudio@gmail.com.

$15 | Mondays, 10am-1pm

Kids Clay with Keeley Bittner & Kids Create with Joann Manzone Two awesome drop in classes for kids ages 5-12! Have fun making projects to take home in clay on Tuesdays and arts & crafts on Thursdays. Clay and firings can be purchased in class. Email karaQlewis@gmail.com for scholarships information.

$10 (scholarships avail.) | Kids Clay: Tues., 3:30-5pm, Kids Create: Thurs., 3:30-4:30pm

Ceramics with Garry Price Garry is noted for his functional pottery as well as his large-scale public installations. Join him for both beginning fundamentals and more advanced students can experiment with a seasoned pro. Clay and firings can be purchased in class.

$10 | Tuesdays, 5-7pm

Ceramics with Alissa Clark Alissa Clark is an expert ceramicist, well known for her whimsical, functional and decorative, colorful wares. Join her for hand building and wheel instruction. Clay and firings can be purchased in class.

$10 | Wednesdays, 3-5pm

Classical Drawing and/ or Oil Painting with Sarah F. Burns Learn timeless principles that apply to every aspect of drawing and painting, including tone, proportion, structure, perspective, composition, color and how to use materials. Ages 16+.

$15 Members, $20 General | Wednesdays, 3-5pm

Open Ceramics Lab with Nathan Clinton Drop in to work on any project and receive helpful hand-building and wheel instruction. Clay and firings can be purchased in class.

$10 | Thursdays, 3-5pm

Friday Night Open Studio with Kami Carlson Get your weekend kicked off right with this fun ceramics class! Feel free to BYOB. Clay and firings can be purchased in class.

$10 | Fridays, 5-7pm

Free Expressions! Free of charge, expressive and fun art class held monthly for kids of all ages.

FREE — materials provided. First Saturday of every month, 2:30-4pm, drop-in anytime!

Long Pose Clothed Model Life Drawing Uninstructed One pose for two weeks. This session will explore themes in music, dance, light effects, festival and street clothing among many others. Clothed model. Bring your own non-toxic materials. Easels and chairs provided. Moderated by Jenay Elder.

$12 Members, $15 General or 4 sessions for $38 Members, $50 General | Sundays, 12:30-3:30pm

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Other Parks & Recreation Opportunities Central Point Parks and Recreation Winter/Spring 2014 Events & Classes Central Point Parks and Recreation is offering a wide variety of classes and events this winter and spring. Please call us at 541.423.1012 or visit our website at www.centralpointoregon.gov/parks.aspx for more information.

Mighty Mites Basketball Mighty Mites Basketball provides children in grades Kindergarten to 2nd Grade (ages 4 to 7) with an introduction to basketball. Emphasis is placed on learning basic skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship and, most of all, having fun. Skills are taught through drills and games played every Saturday, January 25 to March 1, at the Central Point School Gymnasium. Each team plays for one hour on Saturday afternoon between 1:30 and 5:00 p.m. All children will receive a team jersey. Cost: $40

Pancakes, Waffles, and Homemade Syrup, Oh My! If you are just starting out cooking, or would you like to make a special breakfast for your family, then this is the class for you. On Saturday, February 8, from 10am to noon, we will provide several quick, easy and fun recipes that will get you cooking! The class will show the best techniques for making a hearty breakfast that everyone will love. Cost: $12

Beginning Hula I If you have never taken hula before, haven’t danced in a while or would like to experience hula for the first time, this is the best place to start. Basic hula steps in the Hula ‘Auana (modern) and Hula Kahiko (ancient) will be taught on Thursdays, January 9 to February 27, from 6 to 7pm. Cost: $25

Strengthening the Family A Resource Guide for Parents This course was developed to help parents understand the principles of effective parenting and improve parenting skills. The course will take place on Wednesday evenings, April 2 to May 21, from 6:30 to 7:30pm, and will cover nine topics: Parenting Principles and Practices, Understanding Child Development, Communicating with Love, Nurturing Children, Fostering Confidence, Overcoming Anger, Resolving Conflict, Teaching Responsible Behavior, Applying Consequences. Cost: Free

Visit www.centralpointoregon.gov/parks.aspx

Medford Parks and Recreation—Winter/Spring 2014 The City of Medford invites Ashlanders to participate in a wide selection of Parks and Recreation classes, programs and services! They are the primary regional service provider for year-round Adult Sports Leagues and offer high quality, affordable Youth Sports Programs. Visit playmedford.com for the latest catalog, or call them at 541.774.2400.

Adult Sports Leagues—Register today for: • Softball • Volleyball

.• Basketball • Outdoor Soccer

• Indoor Soccer (Futsal) • Golf Lessons

.• Sand Volleyball

Youth Sports Programs: • Youth Indoor Soccer League • NFL Flag Football League • K—3 Basketball League • Indoor Soccer (Futsal)

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Useful Information Parks & Recreation

Ashland Community Garden......................541-488-6606 www.ashland.or.us/Community Gardens Ashland Parks Commission......................541-488-5340 www.ashland.or.us/ParksCommission Ashland Parks Foundation........................541-488-5340 www.AshlandParksFoundation.com Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink (Nov—Feb) www.ashland.or.us/IceRink.................541-488-9189 Ashland Senior Center.................................541-488-5342 www.AshlandSeniorCenter.org Daniel Meyer Pool (June—Labor Day) www.ashland.or.us/Swim....................541-488-0313 General..........................................................541-488-5340 www.AshlandParksandRec.org ParksInfo@ashland.or.us North Mountain Park Nature Center..........541-488-6606 www.NorthMountainPark.org Oak Knoll Golf Course..................................541-482-4311 www.OakKnollGolf.org Park Facility Rentals.....................................541-488-5340 www.ashland.or.us/facility Weddings in Lithia Park...............................541-488-5340 www.ashland.or.us/Weddings

Community Resources Ashland Chamber of Commerce...541-482-3486 Ashland Community Garden Club........................... www.ashlandorgardenclub.wordpress.com Ashland Family YMCA....................541-482-9622 Ashland Library...............................541-482-5715 Ashland Little League......................541-488-1421 www.ashlandoregonlittleleague.org Ashland Outrigger Canoe Club......541-488-8520 Ashland Police Department....... 541-482-5211 Ashland Fire & Rescue...................541-488-2770 Ashland Tennis & Fitness Club.......541-482-4073 Ashland Soccer Club.......................541-488-3406 www.ashlandsoccer.com Bear Creek Greenway.....................541-774-6231 Bellview Grange #759.....................541-482-6692 Coyote Trails School of Nature.......541-482-0513 Earth Teach Park.............................541-601-4718 Emigrant Lake Waterslides.............541-779-6324

Forestry Department......................541-552-2900 Historic Ashland Armory................541-482-1271 Jackson County Animal Control.....541-774-6654 Jackson County Parks................ 541-774-8183 Jackson Wellsprings................... 541-482-3776 Jefferson Nature Center..................541-773-1039 Medford Parks & Recreation..........541-774-2400 Mt. Ashland Ski Area Business.......541-482-2897 Mt. Ashland Snow Report...............541-482-2754 Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife......541-826-8774 Oregon Shakespeare Festival.........541-482-2111 Road Conditions..............................800-977-6368 ScienceWorks Museum...................541-482-6767 SOU Community Education...........541-552-6331 WinterSpring Center.......................541-552-0620 www.winterspring.org Wildlife Images................................541-476-0222

How to Register Online —www.ashland.or.us/register Online registration is quick, easy, convenient, and available 24/7. • See instantly how many spaces are still available for each activity • Pay with VISA, MasterCard, or American Express You can also browse the online version of this guide at the Parks and Recreation web page, www.ashland.or.us/recguide. If you have questions regarding online registration, please call Ashland Parks and Recreation at 541-488-5340. 1. Setting Up An Account—If you DO NOT have a customer account, please read these instructions. Register from the Customer Login screen. Click on R equest Account Now to register. Fill out the New Account R equest completely, including birth date. Please submit your request only once, and use your own information when filling out the form, not a child you wish to register. Once you have an account, you will have the opportunity to add family members. Please Note: An accurate email address is required to complete the registration process. You will receive an account confirmation email with your login name. 2. Add Family Members—If you wish to enroll family members other than yourself: a. Click on My Account. b. Then click on Change Family Members (under the Personal Information category.) c. Fill in the information completely for each member of your family. Please Note: Many of our activities have age and grade restrictions; therefore, birth dates and grade completed in school are required. 3. Search For An Activity a. You may search for activities by Category, Location, Class, or Class Number. b. Click on the activity name to see more details about it.

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4. Choose An Activity For Enrollment

a. In the Activity Detail screen, click on Add to My Cart in

the blue banner under the activity description or at the bottom of the page. b. Additional Activities—After you have logged on, you may continue searching and adding activities to your Shopping Cart. 5. Update Shopping Cart—If more than one family member will be attending the activity, you need to enter each one separately so we have each family member enrolled in the class. 6. Choose Enrollees—On this page, choose the family member(s) who will be registering for each activity, then select Continue. Please Note: If you have not added your family members before reaching the Enrollee Information page, they will not appear under the Enrollee heading. You can click on My Account from here to add family member(s). Once all family members have been added, select Shopping Cart. From there you may continue to Checkout. 7. Checkout—Review your Shopping Cart. From this screen you can remove activities from your cart, view more activities, or update your cart. If everything is correct, click on the Checkout button to proceed. 8. Confirm Prices—On the Confirm Prices page, look over your transaction to confirm the price(s), time(s), and date(s) of each activity/class. Click Continue to proceed. 9. Payment—Enter your credit card information on the Payment Information page. Please Note: The name and address must match those on file with your credit card company. If the address shown is not your billing address, click on My Account and change your address to match your billing address. Click Continue. 10. Receipt—Print out a copy of your receipt.

Ashland Parks & Recreation • 541-488-5340 • 340 S Pioneer, Ashland OR 97520 • www.AshlandParksandRec.org


Ashland Parks & Recreation Registration Form

Instructions See page 4 of Recreation Guide for complete registration schedule, options and refund policy. • See previous page for complete instructions. • Pre-registration is required for all activities except where noted. • Activities are filled according to registration date. Register early! Help us avoid the cancellation of programs. • Mail or bring your completed Registration Form with payment to: Ashland Parks & Recreation Department (upper Lithia Park, off Granite St), 340 S Pioneer St, Ashland, OR 97520 • Or fax your completed Registration Form, including credit card information, to the Parks & Recreation Main Office at 541-488-5314 or the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6607. Date of Birth_ ____________________ Participant’s Name__________________________________________________________________ _ M F (mm–dd–yyyy) Parent’s/Guardian’s Name (if under 18)_________________________________________________________________________________ Residential Address__________________________________________________________________________________________________ City____________________________________________________ State_______________________ Zip_____________________________ Phone Numbers:

Home _ _______________________________Work_______________________ Cell_____________________________

E-Mail Address______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Your email address is only used to provide you with instant confirmation and a printable receipt. Emergency Contact Name___________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________

Activity/Session/Dates

Amount

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ $_____________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ $_____________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ $_____________________ Cash_______________ Make checks payable to: “APRD” Check#_____________ Total $_____________________ Credit Card Number __________________________________________________________________ (circle one)

VISA

M/C

AMEX

Name on Card (print)_________________________________Exp Date_______________ 3-Digit Security Code (on back of card) ______ Signature__________________________________________________________________________________ Date_____________________ PLEASE NOTE — PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT IN ANY ASHLAND PARKS & RECREATION ACTIVITY YOU MUST SIGN A CURRENT YEAR LIABILITY WAIVER. ONLY ONE LIABILITY WAIVER PER CALENDAR YEAR IS NEEDED.

Liability Waiver (required): Name of Participant __________________________________________________________________________________ I hereby certify that I am 18 years of age or older. If I am the parent or legal guardian of a participant who is under 18 years of age, I agree that the following provisions shall apply to that participation and agree to be fully bound by them. I understand that participation in the City of Ashland Parks and Recreation Department recreational activity involves risk of injury or death. Participant is not affected by any physical condition or disability that would make participation unsafe. I understand that the City will not provide medical treatment, and I authorize the City to arrange for any necessary transportation in the event of an accident or emergency. For myself, my heirs, assigns or anyone who might claim on my behalf, I voluntarily assume all risks of participating in this activity and I waive, release and forever discharge any claim against the City of Ashland, Parks and Recreation Department, its officers, agents and employees against any claim, loss, liability or expense, including attorneys’ fees, that may directly or indirectly result from participation in this activity, even though that liability may arise out of the negligence or carelessness of the persons or parties named in this waiver and release.

Signature (required)______________________________________________________________ Date_______________________________ of Participant or Parent/Guardian if under 18 years of age

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