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Foodies Teaming-up to Offer More Local Flavor

Chef Kristen Lyon, who’s well-established business, Meals to Go, and Patti Kirsch, the new owner of The Cheesemongers Wife, are pairing-up to bring more delicious culinary options to Jacksonville. Starting this month and running through spring, Lyon will be preparing entrees to be served weekly at The Cheesemongers Wife during a new event dubbed, “Hot […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Now|0 Comments

Wine & Cider… a Perfect Pear – by Sarah Lemon

Pears are prominent players in Eden Valley Orchards’ past. Yet the future of each year’s crop faced uncertainty.

“Pears just really don’t sell,” says Ashley Campanella, winemaker for the Medford estate’s EdenVale label.

Raising the profile of pears—and preserving the fruit—entailed treating them much like the property’s 14 varieties of wine grapes. Pressing the pears’ juice, fermenting […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|0 Comments

The Arts Are Thriving and On Display at Art Presence Art Center – by Anne Brooke Hawkins

The Arts are fundamental to our humanity; they ennoble and inspire us, fostering creativity, goodness and beauty. The arts help us express our values and build bridges between cultures, bringing us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have proven that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Art News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Southern Oregon Historical Society Cutbacks

Due to the disappointing defeat of the Heritage District Measure 15-164, the Board of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, a 70 year-old Oregon institution, is forced to reorganize its operations. In a letter to Society members, SOHS President Doug McGeary stated that, “While our partners of the Southern Oregon Heritage Association have promised to struggle […]

By | November 28th, 2016|History News & Events|0 Comments

Art’Clectic Event for Victorian Christmas Fun!

Jacksonville artist, Walt Wirfs is the featured artist at the Art’Clectic December Pop-Up event during Victorian Christmas in Jacksonville. The art show will be held at the IOOF Hall on South Oregon Street next to GoodBean Coffee. The pop-up show will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 2 through December 18 from […]

By | November 18th, 2016|Art News & Events, Event News, Now|0 Comments

CASA Giving Tree Program in Jacksonville

Dee Evers, a Jacksonville resident, has taken on the mission of increasing CASA Giving Trees in Jacksonville and West Medford. “Children are the future of our nation, and are the heartbeat as well. What could be a better way to help in one’s community than with the innocent children who are victims of neglect and […]

By | November 18th, 2016|Community, Now|0 Comments

25th Annual Soroptimist Holiday Home Tour

On Sunday, December 4 from 11:00am to 4:00pm, 2016 the Soroptimist International Club of Medford is holding its annual Home Tour, featuring four wonderful homes, each dressed up for the Holidays. The homes were selected for their architectural style and festive Holiday decorations.

The homes range in style from contemporary, with beautiful decorations, to a Tribal/Asian […]

By | November 18th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Jacksonville Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale

For two days each year, the Jacksonville Garden Club’s Holiday Greens Sale brings a burst of energy to the alcove next to the Post Office in downtown Jacksonville. An array of beautiful table arrangements with candles, interesting baskets decorated with bows and cones, and distinctive door swags are displayed on tables for customers to select […]

By | November 18th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Open House & Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for Artist & Gardener

Please join us in welcoming in the holiday season…and Artist & Gardener!

An Open House for this new business is planned with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The Chamber of Commerce will make it official with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Open House is Friday, December 2 from 4:00-7:00pm with a celebratory ribbon-cutting at 6:00pm at 130 S. […]

By | November 18th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

“Klamath” – the DVD, at next SOCAN meeting

Aaron Moffatt, a young Southern Oregonian film maker, has started his career with a visual triumph. Four years in the making, his film offers a stunning and gripping visual depiction of the amazing Kamath-Siskiyou forest. This feature length video will be the focus of the next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now General Meeting scheduled for […]

By | November 17th, 2016|Event News|0 Comments



ASHLAND, OR – Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Paul French, will celebrate the music of the holidays with a performance of “All Is Bright” on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 18th at […]

By | November 17th, 2016|Event News, Now, Performing Arts|0 Comments

Jacksonville’s 2016 Victorian Christmas Celebration!

2016 Calendar of Events

Jacksonville, Oregon celebrates the holidays and our past with 2016 Victorian Christmas.  The celebration begins with a Merchant Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 26 and Victorian Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec 3 at 10am – and continues weekends, December 3 through December 18.  Some activities continue the weekend after […]

By | November 17th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Election 2016: Becker Wins, Pot Shops Banned, Charter Fails

More than 1700 Jacksonville voters, representing a whopping 77% turnout, cast their ballots for candidates and measures. As of 11/9/16 at 2:00 pm, the unofficial election results are:

  • Mayor Paul Becker wins re-election. Becker received 1028 votes (53%), challenger Jocie Wall received 874 votes (45%) with 12 write-in votes.
  • In the uncontested City Council race, […]
By | November 9th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|0 Comments

JoAnne Mitchell Elias

Born February 24, 1926 JoAnne Mitchell Elias passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016 at her home in Kensington, California at the age of 90. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Joel Elias; her devoted children Nathan, Paul, Annie, and Edy; her ten adoring grandchildren—Jesse, Joel, Eli, Lydia, Maia, Mitch, Davey, […]

By | November 9th, 2016|Obituaries|0 Comments

2016 Holiday Wreath Making at Hanley Farm

Make your Holiday wreath Saturday November 26, 2016 at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road between Central Point and Medford, 11am to 3pm. Free admission! There will be wreath making kits available at $15 per kit for non-members or $10 for SOHS members. Kits include the grapevine base, choice of greens and berries, wire and clippers […]

By | November 4th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Jacksonville City Recorder Kimberlyn Collins Installed as 2016-2018 OAMR Treasurer

October 28, 2016–The Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) recently installed Jacksonville City Recorder Kimberlyn Collins, as 2016-2018 OAMR Treasurer. Ms. Collins received the oath of office at the association’s annual conference banquet held at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites in Ashland, Oregon, on September 23, 2016.

Ms. Collins became a member of OAMR in […]

By | November 3rd, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|0 Comments

Raku at Kazuko’s – by Robert Johnson

It was a bit of a culture shock, says Kazuko Young, when she and her husband moved from Tokyo to the Applegate Valley a few decades ago. But, she adds, “We love it!” However, they do return to Japan occasionally to visit family.

While attending Women’s Art College in Tokyo, Kazuko studied oil painting. But it […]

By | October 31st, 2016|Art News & Events, Featured Stories|0 Comments

Brodie Dental Sponsoring 2016 Angel Tree Gift Program

Every year, dozens of caring businesses in Jackson County participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy Drive program to brighten the lives of families here in the Rogue Valley. This year, more Rogue Valley businesses will participate in the program, collecting toys for 1600 Jackson County kids age 12 and under!

Thanks to your generosity, […]

By | October 27th, 2016|Community, Now|0 Comments

Southern Oregon Historical Society Announces 2016 Volunteer Recognition!

MEDFORD, OR—At its 2016 Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 25, the Southern Oregon Historical Society honored six individuals whose volunteer efforts received accolades from the organization’s trustees, staff, and other volunteers. Two recipients were acknowledged as Volunteers of the Year; three recipients were recognized for their impact as New Volunteers; and one individual was singled […]

By | October 25th, 2016|History News & Events|0 Comments

New Sounds for Voices of the Applegate

Voices of the Applegate is in its fifteenth year, and as so many choirs in Southern Oregon, has changed directions and directors over the years.

The choir has now turned over a new leaf by welcoming Harmony Sue Haynie as its new director. Harmony admits that she is not your conventional choir director and prefers teaching […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Jacksonville Garden Club 2016 Holiday Greens Pre-Sale

Order Early for Great Selection!

The Jacksonville Garden Club is now taking pre-paid orders for beautiful holiday table arrangements, swags and baskets in a variety of sizes. On several days in late November, Jacksonville Garden Club members will be busy applying their artistic talents to freshly-gathered boughs, evergreens, cones and bows to make the arrangements, which […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Garden, Now|0 Comments

Celebrate Our Veterans at Pioneer Village

This year, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Pioneer Village, invite the community to thank our veterans at a very special Veterans Day Celebration. The event is on November 11, 2016 at 11:00am and will last approximately 45 minutes. This year, Pioneer Village has graciously offered to hold the event indoors at the […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Belles & Beaus 2016 Victorian Ball Coming November 5th!

The Belles & Beaus Old West/Victorian Society of Jacksonville will sponsor their second-annual Victorian Ball on Saturday, November 5th in the US Hotel Ballroom in downtown Jacksonville. Titled, “Queen Victoria’s Royal Ball,” this year’s affair will commence at 6:00pm with a buffet dinner catered by the Jacksonville Inn. A cash bar will be available for […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Expert Properties Named Marketing Agent for Timber Ridge Estates

“Living in and living out,” is a theme that perfectly describes the new housing development known as Timber Ridge Estates in Jacksonville. In early October, the housing development, owned by Jacksonville resident Neil Scheuneman, was listed by Graham Farran and Ben Joffer, brokers at Expert Properties, based in Jacksonville. In choosing Expert Properties to represent […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Now|0 Comments

Letters to the Editor in Support of the Re-Election of Mayor Paul Becker

From the November 2016 issue of Jacksonville Review:

As a six year veteran of Jacksonville’s City Council, I have seen us become a council set on finding solutions, not creating division. It is not because we all share the same perspectives, it’s more than that. I attribute much of that success to Mayor Paul Becker’s flexibility, […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Now|0 Comments

Fifth Annual Beekeepers Ball

The Fifth Annual Beekeepers Ball is the autumn 2016 event not to miss! On Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 7:00pm, doors will open at the Bigham Knoll Ballroom, 525 East E St in Historic Jacksonville. The costume theme this year is “Just ‘Bee’ Yourself,” the night will be emceed by Maria Kelly, and is the […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

In Support of the New Charter – by Steve Casaleggio

I was privileged to act as secretary in drafting the proposed, new Jacksonville charter. As the time for voters to cast ballots approaches, I must respond to some misconceptions about the new charter.

Don’t Need a New Charter! Some critics dismiss the new charter as unnecessary.

Yes, We Do. The current charter dates from 1953, contains numerous […]

By | October 13th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Changes in the Fire Protection Surcharge Discount Program – by City Councilor Ken Gregg

After the recent approval of a $4 increase in the monthly fire protection surcharge, the Public Safety Committee investigated how this increase would affect the residents who were participating in the fire protection surcharge discount program. This program was created to ease the financial burden on citizens living at or below the poverty level. For […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings|0 Comments

Please Help Jacksonville Community Center Raise $40,000 for Challenge Grant by December 1st

A $40,000 challenge grant from the Collins Foundation was awarded to Jacksonville Community Center (JCC) on August 11th, 2016. Cynthia Addams, Collins Foundation CEO stated, “The Jacksonville community residents’ dreams of a new, expanded center… will help continue our tradition of improving the quality of life in Oregon communities.”

This grant now enables the community to […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Community, Now|0 Comments

In Support of Mayor Paul Becker!

From Whitman Parker, Publisher Jacksonville Review and Southern Oregon Wine Scene

The case for re-electing Paul Becker is simple: For six years, Paul Becker has been an excellent mayor, demonstrating a keen ability to listen to residents, work with staff and collaborate with committees, commissions as well as civic and business groups. He strives to reach […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville City Council

The Candidates were asked: If elected to the Jacksonville City Council, what do you hope to accomplish over the next four years?

Steve Casaleggio – Candidate for City Council

To introduce: I’m Steve Casaleggio, candidate for City Councilor. My wife Susan and I made our commitment to Jacksonville by building our home here in 2005. We […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|0 Comments

Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville Mayor

The Candidates were asked: Why are you running? What do you hope to accomplish over the next 4 years?

Mayor Paul Becker – Incumbent

To begin, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the citizens of Jacksonville, for allowing me to serve as your Mayor this past term. It has been an honor and […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|2 Comments

Saige Bostwick Receives National Honor

On August 5, 2016, the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that Saige Bostwick, a 17-year-old junior at Cascade Christian High School, was selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Community, Now|0 Comments

SOHS Tales From the Collections – Pinto Colvig: Jackson County’s Favorite Clown

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the October event for its monthly Tales from the Collections program. The program will take place at SOHS’s History Center in downtown Medford (106 N. Central Ave.) on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am to 12pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Pinto Colvig […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events|0 Comments

Victorian Mourning Customs at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House

JACKSONVILLE, OR – The Victorians created elaborate rituals around the passing of a loved one. Death was considered part of life’s texture, giving it essential meaning. Join Historic Jacksonville at the 1873 Beekman House between 11am and 3pm on Saturday or Sunday, October 15 and 16, to explore how Jacksonville’s most prominent pioneer family honored […]

What is the Boogeyman’s Bride’s Deep, Dark, Secret?

Three haunting nights in October, Hanley Farm hosts the “The Boogeyman’s Bride,” presented by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Crater High School Renaissance Academy. Lantern-bearers lead groups through the farm’s dark corn field and woods, as the drama unfolds about the Boogeyman’s Bride’s deep . . . dark . . . secret. Suitable […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Rogue Valley Symphony Season Opener Features Violinist Jennifer Frautschi

The Rogue Valley Symphony will be opening its 2016-2017 season on October 21, 22, and 23, 2016. Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi will be featured on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra will also perform Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Anadyomene-Adoration of Aphrodite and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9. […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Performing Arts|0 Comments

Rachmaninoff and Liszt Performed by Pianist Alexander Ghindin with Rogue Valley Symphony

The Rogue Valley Symphony will be performing concerts with extraordinary pianist Alexander Ghindin on November 11, 12, and 13, 2016. Cleveland International Piano Competition winner Ghindin will be featured on two works: Liszt’s Totentanz and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The orchestra will perform a second work by Liszt, Mazeppa, and an additional […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Performing Arts|0 Comments

Local Artists Honored

For Jacksonville-based artists Steve and Sue Bennett, 2016 has been a banner year! Both artists were recently honored to be juried into the highly-regarded Favell Museum Show in Klamath Falls which will hang through October 22. Steve and Sue were also juried into the Yaquina River Museum in Toledo, Oregon where the show may be […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Art News & Events|0 Comments

October 2016 Jacksonville Haunted History Tours

Join Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, for the final Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours of the season. These tours have been so popular that we’re now offering five tours each night!

These approximately one-hour docent-led tours leave from the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of North Oregon and C […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|0 Comments

Britt Revenues Up for 2016 Season, Looks Forward to New Improvements in 2017

MEDFORD, OR — Boosted by ideal concert weather, the 2016 Britt season saw a solid response from the community, with steady ticket sales, strong membership support, and new Business Partnerships. Britt will continue to build on this momentum with new projects planned for 2017.

“In recent years the Board and staff have taken a progressive approach […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Now|0 Comments

Changes at Thai House

You may have seen the “For Sale” sign on Thai House Restaurant in Jacksonville and are wondering what’s going on! After years of running one of the best Thai Restaurants in Southern Oregon, the owners are headed for San Francisco.

Although we’re sad to see Kai (Chauwalit Srivarawong) & Oh (Sunsanee Charoenyothin) leave, we are so […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Now|0 Comments

3rd-Annual Scarves-for-Seniors Donation Event

Please join Travel Expert Anne McAlpin and Jo Parker of WillowCreek Gifts, in making a difference for seniors in the Rogue Valley. Two years ago, Anne suggested the idea for a “pay-it-forward” scarf donation program. The program turned-out to be a huge success with 130 new and gently-used scarves being donated to the Scarves-for-Seniors program. […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Community, Now|0 Comments

Eagle Scouts Accomplishing Great Things in Forest Park – by Tony Hess

The Forest Park and the City of Jacksonville have been the beneficiaries of two Eagle Scout projects this year. An Eagle Scout project is one of many requirements a scout must complete to achieve this highly-respected rank. As defined by the Boy Scouts of America, the project purpose is “To learn leadership skills, or to […]

By | October 1st, 2016|Community, Trail Talk|0 Comments

2016 National Public Lands Day Event at Sterling Mine Ditch Trail

BLM is hosting a National Public Lands Day event on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail—with help from SUTA on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 8:30am-1:00pm.

Volunteers will help re-route a steep section of trail that currently goes over the tunnel. At the 2014 Public Lands Day event, we re-routed the trail on the other side of […]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Event News, Now, Trail Talk|0 Comments

2016 Oktoberfest at Bigham Knoll is This Weekend!

With the return of crisp cool mornings and the change of the trees, we are reminded that fall is right around the corner. There is no greater harbinger of the harvest season than the annual Oktoberfest at the Bigham Knoll campus. Celebrating its 9th year, Oktoberfest has become a community festival beseeching us to enjoy […]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

The Inn at the Commons will host furnARTure, a benefit for The Studio at Living Opportunities

The fun and whimsical work of many local artists will be featured at “furnARTure,” a benefit for The Studio at Living Opportunities. We’ve invited local artists to “recycle” traditional furniture, using their creative skills to turn dozens of pieces into “master” pieces for this signature event. The resulting blend of art and furniture becomes furnARTure, […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Art News & Events, Event News|1 Comment

2016 City Council Race is On!

In the November General Election, Jacksonville voters will elect three City Councilors and a Mayor. Three candidates have filed to run for City Council. Just minutes before press time, the Review confirmed that Councilor Jocie Wall will be challenging Mayor Paul Becker for the mayor’s seat. Since the filing deadline is on August 30, (well […]

By | August 25th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|0 Comments

Get A Taste of Scotland in Jacksonville

On October 22, at 6:00pm in the US Bank Ballroom, 100 lucky guests will be treated to an amazing evening comprised of dinner, prepared by Platon Mantheakis of the Jacksonville Inn, an enlightening video presentation by Paul Bissett on the distilling and creation of single malt scotch, a sampling of 5 wonderful and varied scotches, […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Event News, Now|0 Comments

Ray’s Joins Jacksonville Community Center to Help Build the Dream – by David Doi

Community Center Communiqué – September 2016

The Jacksonville Community Center train is leaving the station: The City Planning Commission and HARC have given their unanimous approval to the project; building permits are just a few weeks from being granted; visibility for the community center is increasing; and a major campaign to raise donations from individuals and […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Community, Now|0 Comments