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Jacksonville Lions Club Installs “First Lady Lion”

Breaking a long-time tradition since 1948, the Jacksonville Lions Club installed Jacksonville resident Jo Smith as their newest club member. According to club President Bill Hanlan, “It’s about time!”

Jo has long been a “Lion at Heart” volunteering at the Southern Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Center for 6 years as chairperson of the annual “Bling […]

By | October 26th, 2017|Community, Now|1 Comment

Carolers Wanted

One of Jacksonville’s time-honored traditions is the upcoming Victorian Christmas celebration, running from the parade on December 2nd to December 23rd.

During the festivities, locals and visitors in the historic downtown core are treated to the voices of Christmas and holiday carols, presented by an all-volunteer group of local singers.

This year, caroling group leader Jake Hershey […]

By | October 26th, 2017|Event News, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Carolers Wanted

Frederick Allen von Tress

January 29, 1941 – October 22, 2017

On the last Saturday of October in 2000, Frederick Allen von Tress relocated to Jacksonville with his wife, Cheryl. They arrived on a misty day and began a 17-year journey into the most pleasurable years of their married life. Fred passed away on October 22, 2017, following a 16-year […]

By | October 26th, 2017|Obituaries|1 Comment

4th Annual Scarves-for-Seniors Donation Event at WillowCreek

Travel expert, Anne McAlpin suggested the original idea for a “pay-it-forward” scarf donation program. The program has been a huge success with more than 550 new and gently-used scarves being donated to the Scarves-for-Seniors program the past 3 years.

Jo Parker, owner of WillowCreek, says, “Our customers are amazing—because of their generosity, WillowCreek was able to […]

By | September 27th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on 4th Annual Scarves-for-Seniors Donation Event at WillowCreek

Belles & Beaus Third Annual Victorian Ball

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Belles & Beaus Old West/Victorian Society will hold their Third Annual Ball in the US Hotel Ballroom in downtown Jacksonville. This year, the theme is “Dance Through the Decades.” Although attendees are requested to wear period dress from the 1850’s, formal or semi-formal attire is perfectly acceptable!

An hors d’oeuvres […]

By | October 6th, 2017|Event News, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Belles & Beaus Third Annual Victorian Ball

Ashland Culinary Festival Returns in November

The 11th-Annual Ashland Culinary Festival is November 2nd-5th, 2017. A four-day destination culinary event that showcases Ashland’s award-winning culinary scene along with amazing chefs, wineries, breweries, spirits and food artisans from the region.

The weekend kicks-off with a Top Chef dinner where each course is prepared by a talented, past Top Chef of the Festival. Friday, […]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Event News, Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Ashland Culinary Festival Returns in November

Disaster Preparedness – by Gayle Lewis

This summer’s fires that required evacuations so close to home are a stark reminder of our vulnerability here in Southern Oregon. With fires still smoldering into fall and anticipation of winter weather, this is time to check our plans for evacuation and sheltering in place. Even those of us who are tuned into Disaster Planning […]

By | September 28th, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Community, Now|1 Comment

Explore the Wild Side of Oregon: Del Rio Vineyard Estate Re-Brands Rock Point Wines

GOLD HILL, OR – 10/6/2017 – Early fall is the perfect time for exploring in the Pacific Northwest and that is exactly what Del Rio Vineyard Estate invites you to do with the release of the newly refreshed Rock Point brand.

Created in 2008, Rock Point consists of four wines: 2016 Pinot Noir, 2016 Pinot Gris, […]

By | October 6th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Explore the Wild Side of Oregon: Del Rio Vineyard Estate Re-Brands Rock Point Wines

Victorian Mourning Customs at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House Museum

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 Museum between 11am and 3 pm on Saturday or Sunday, October 21 and 22, 2017, to explore how Jacksonville’s most prominent […]

By | September 29th, 2017|History News & Events|Comments Off on Victorian Mourning Customs at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House Museum

15th Annual Gingerbread Jubilee Invites Design/Baking Contest Entries

Architects of all ages are invited to create imaginative wonders and fantastical objects using gingerbread and other edible materials for this year’s GingerBread Jubilee, a benefit for the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts in Medford. The contest is open to interested bakers of all ages and skill levels — individuals […]

By | October 6th, 2017|Event News, Now|Comments Off on 15th Annual Gingerbread Jubilee Invites Design/Baking Contest Entries

More Stop Signs Ahead for Jacksonville

By Tony Boom
for the Mail Tribune
October 5, 2017

Turning the busy and sometimes confusing east entrance into downtown Jacksonville into a four-way stop might be given a trial run, an Oregon Department of Transportation official suggests in a memo to other agency staff.

The trial period would help determine the impacts and benefits of stop signs at […]

By | October 6th, 2017|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on More Stop Signs Ahead for Jacksonville

Drink Oregon’s Favorite Rosé and Support Breast Cancer Awareness

GOLD HILL, OR – 9/29/2017 – Drink Pink for breast cancer awareness and prevention! For the whole month of October, Del Rio Vineyards will be selling six bottle bundles of the ever popular Rose Jolee for $60.00. In honor of breast cancer awareness, $5.00 of each bundle sold will be donated to Asante for Mammography […]

By | September 29th, 2017|The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Drink Oregon’s Favorite Rosé and Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Help Jacksonville Elementary PTO Reach Goal!

The students of Jacksonville Elementary School ran hard on September 29th for the Jog-a-thon! We would love your support! The Jog-a-thon is the main fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The Jacksonville PTO raises and administers funds in order to provide additional educational benefits to all students. The PTO sponsors and promotes events such as the Harvest Carnival, […]

By | October 4th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Help Jacksonville Elementary PTO Reach Goal!

Shooting Star to Host Annual Apple Festival

Shooting Star Nursery focuses on the health of the microclimate that is the Rogue Valley. The well-educated team knows which plants to recommend to the visitors and customers who come to the nursery. Apple Trees are one of those choices.

“Apple trees contribute to your yard and our community more than by simply producing apples,” states […]

By | September 28th, 2017|Event News, Garden|Comments Off on Shooting Star to Host Annual Apple Festival

Windermere Real Estate in Jackson County Participates in Annual “Coats for Kids” Drive

This September, the Jackson County Windermere Real Estate offices will spend a month making sure local children are kept warm. Starting September 25, the public will be able to make donations of new or gently-used child-sized coats to multiple drop-off locations. Windermere brokers, staff and owners will pick up the donations, take them to the […]

By | September 21st, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Windermere Real Estate in Jackson County Participates in Annual “Coats for Kids” Drive

2017 Rotary Salmon Bake Raises Over $10,000 for Clean Water

We want to thank everyone who supported the Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club’s recent Salmon Bake. As a result of your efforts, we raised over $10,000 to support Rotary’s clean water efforts. We recently completed a well for Maasai people in Tanzania, and next year, our club will be providing in-home water filters for villagers in Cabo […]

By | September 27th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on 2017 Rotary Salmon Bake Raises Over $10,000 for Clean Water

Shooting Star Nursery October 2017 Class Schedule

All classes begin at 10:00am and are located at the nursery unless indicated otherwise. Space is limited so please be sure to register on our website: www.roguevalleynursery.com/class. A minimum of 8 attendees is needed for a class, otherwise the class may be canceled. Classes happen rain or shine. During classes there will also be a […]

By | September 28th, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden|Comments Off on Shooting Star Nursery October 2017 Class Schedule

September Means Oktoberfest Time!

With the return of crisp cool mornings and the changing 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 10th year, Oktoberfest has become a community festival beseeching us to enjoy […]

By | September 6th, 2017|News Flow|Comments Off on September Means Oktoberfest Time!

Jacksonville Lions Club Looking for Men and Women Members

The Jacksonville Lions Club is seeking new members from the surrounding community—both men and women. The local club is a member of the Lions Club International, founded in 1917.

Since its formation in the Jacksonville area, the local club has become well-known for many of its community-minded, hands-on projects. The club currently meets on the 1st […]

By | September 27th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville Lions Club Looking for Men and Women Members

Britt Completes Successful 2017 Season, Looks Forward to 2018

MEDFORD, OR — Despite a smoky wildfire season and a power outage, the 2017 Britt Season received abundant support from the community, with steady ticket sales, growing membership, and new, beneficial business partnerships. Britt will continue to build on this momentum in 2018.

“Britt’s new, updated food concessions were a big hit this year!” according to […]

By | September 26th, 2017|Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Britt Completes Successful 2017 Season, Looks Forward to 2018

2HAWK VINEYARD & WINERY RELEASES 9-1-1 WINE TO SUPPORT LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS

MEDFORD—2Hawk Vineyard & Winery will be releasing a new wine and donating more than 50% of the proceeds to a fund to support first responder organizations in Jackson County this month. The wine—a red blend named 9-1-1—will be released September 27 at a party from 4 to 7 pm in honor of National First Responders […]

By | September 25th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on 2HAWK VINEYARD & WINERY RELEASES 9-1-1 WINE TO SUPPORT LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS

Two Pioneer Village Team Members to Be Honored at the Oregon Health Care Association Awards

PORTLAND, OR – September 2017 – Two team members from Pioneer Village will be honored at the Oregon Health Care Association awards ceremony. The ceremony will take place on September 19th at the Oregon Convention Center during the Oregon Health Care Association’s annual convention. Beondi Hewson has won the “Above and Beyond Service Award” and […]

By | September 17th, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Two Pioneer Village Team Members to Be Honored at the Oregon Health Care Association Awards

Britt Receives $300,000 Grant for Bench Seating Replacement and Expansion

Medford, OR – Britt Music & Arts Festival has recently received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for Britt’s reserved seating replacement and expansion project. These funds will be used to replace deteriorating 30-year-old benches with newer hardwood benches designed to last for 40 years, while also expanding the current […]

By | September 5th, 2017|Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Britt Receives $300,000 Grant for Bench Seating Replacement and Expansion

Salmon Fest to Benefit Maslow Project

The 2017 Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival is Saturday, September 23, 1-5pm, at Pear Blossom Park, Medford.

In Southern Oregon, the famed Rogue River historically hosted massive runs of both chinook (king) and coho (silver) salmon. This makes Medford the perfect place for the unique, family-friendly Southern Oregon Smoked Salmon Festival, which celebrates the mouth-watering sapidity […]

By | September 13th, 2017|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Salmon Fest to Benefit Maslow Project

What You Need to Know About Vacation Rentals in the City of Jacksonville

Provided by City of Jacksonville Planning Department

One of the most common inquiries we receive in the Planning Department is whether short-term vacation rentals are permitted within the City of Jacksonville. Because this is one of our more frequent questions, we thought it would be a good opportunity to clarify and define the rules.

Definitions—A Vacation […]

By | September 13th, 2017|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Vacation Rentals in the City of Jacksonville

Britt Education Residency Program Presents Wheelchair Dance Performance “DESCENT”

Britt Education residency program presents West Coast premiere of wheelchair dance performance “DESCENT”

Medford, OR – Britt Education & Engagement will be hosting the project-based collective Kinetic Light for a five-day in-school residency at Crater Renaissance Academy culminating in the West Coast premiere of their wheelchair-based dance piece “DESCENT”, September 25 – 29, 2017.

Performed on an […]

By | September 13th, 2017|Event News, Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Britt Education Residency Program Presents Wheelchair Dance Performance “DESCENT”

Holmes Park House Tours Scheduled

Come visit the mansion of Harry Holmes, co-founder of Harry & David. You will learn how Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice (SOFOH) is repurposing this historic home into a 12-bed residence providing dignified end-of-life care for Rogue Valley hospice patients and their loved ones as Southern Oregon’s first home for hospice care. Tours hosted by […]

By | September 7th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Holmes Park House Tours Scheduled

Rogue Valley Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season Opener

The Rogue Valley Symphony invites Rogue Valley residents to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a concert of Mozart and Mahler. Distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and the orchestra will present Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Concerts will be on Friday, September 15 at 7:30pm in the SOU Music […]

By | September 13th, 2017|Event News, Now|Comments Off on Rogue Valley Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season Opener

Laima Ann Flynn

April 11, 1946 – June 29, 2017

Laima Ann Flynn, Beloved Grandmother, Mother, Wife and Friend died peacefully at her Jacksonville, OR home on June 29, 2017 at the age of 71. During her final weeks, her family, by her side, lovingly attended to her during her time of transition until her passing.

“Laima” in her native […]

By | September 6th, 2017|Obituaries|Comments Off on Laima Ann Flynn

Join the Jacksonville Garden Club!

The Jacksonville Garden Club (JGC) has been one of the gems of civic involvement in Jacksonville for over 75 years. The Club is always seeking new members, both women and men, to get involved in a variety of interesting activities during its season, which runs from September to June. Meetings are held on the third […]

By | September 6th, 2017|Garden, Now|Comments Off on Join the Jacksonville Garden Club!

Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – September 2017 Class Schedule

All classes begin at 10:00am and are located at the nursery unless indicated otherwise. Space is limited so please be sure to register on our website: www.roguevalleynursery.com/class. A minimum of 8 attendees is needed for a class, otherwise the class may be canceled. Classes happen rain or shine. During classes there […]

By | September 6th, 2017|Event News, Featured Stories, Garden|Comments Off on Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – September 2017 Class Schedule

Friends of Jacksonville Library Fall Book Sale

Jacksonville Friends of the Library will sponsor a fall book sale during Jacksonville’s City-Wide Yard Sale on Friday & Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2017. Friday hours will be 9:00-10:00am for the members pre-sale—doors open to the public from 10:00am-4:00pm. On Saturday, sale hours will be from 10:00am- 4:00pm, with the “$5 for a bag […]

By | September 5th, 2017|Event News, Now|Comments Off on Friends of Jacksonville Library Fall Book Sale

Monarch Musings, One of Nature’s Climate Trackers

We know about the “Canary in the Coalmine,” but have you heard about “The Monarch in the Milkweed”? The next Southern Oregon Climate Action Now general meeting, marking our fifth Anniversary, will be held at Medford Public Library on Tuesday September 26, 2017 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The program is free and open to the public.

Monarch butterflies […]

By | September 5th, 2017|Community, Event News, Garden, Now|Comments Off on Monarch Musings, One of Nature’s Climate Trackers

Citywide Yard Sale Parking Tips!

As the 2017 Citywide Yard Sale date nears it is important to remember that this event is not sponsored by the City of Jacksonville and there are public safety issues associated with this event. When our town becomes full of bargain hunters and treasure seekers there are areas where parking becomes an issue. Here are […]

By | September 5th, 2017|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Citywide Yard Sale Parking Tips!

Small Club Making Big Difference – by Peggy Carlaw

8th annual Jacksonville-Applegate  Rotary Salmon Bake dinner and auction is September 10, 2017 at historic Hanley Farm!

If you were one of the several thousand Masai people living in Longido, Tanzania near the Serengeti Plain, your sources for water were seasonal ponds or open wells, most of which were shared with wild and domestic animals and […]

By | September 1st, 2017|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Small Club Making Big Difference – by Peggy Carlaw

It’s Time for the Rotary’s Annual Salmon Bake!

The Jacksonville Applegate Rotary Club will hold its 8th-Annual Salmon Bake at beautiful Hanley Farm on September 10, 2017. This event has turned into a beloved Jacksonville tradition! As in past years, the Salmon Bake fundraiser supports Rotary’s clean water projects around the world. Our projects have dramatically improved public health and reduced infant mortality […]

By | July 26th, 2017|Event News, Now|Comments Off on It’s Time for the Rotary’s Annual Salmon Bake!

Welcome: “Amphibious Fire Engine”!

August 17, 2017 – The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the donation of Ashland’s “Amphibious Fire Engine.” The engine acquired its unusual nickname during the 1948 Ashland flood. While preparing to pump out the basement of Weitzel’s department store on the Ashland Plaza, the bridge at the entrance to Lithia Park gave […]

By | August 18th, 2017|History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Welcome: “Amphibious Fire Engine”!

Historic P.J. Ryan House Has New Owner

The Historic P.J. Ryan Dwelling House at 125 South 3rd Street in Jacksonville has been purchased by Veritas Corporation, an Oregon Company. The principal of the firm is Mark DeBoer. The property which has been the home of South Stage Cellars for the past 10 years will continue to operate as a wine tasting room […]

By | August 15th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Historic P.J. Ryan House Has New Owner

Familiar Face Takes Lead at Symphony

In late June, Joelle Graves began serving as the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Interim Executive Director. Joelle has lived in the Rogue Valley for 32 years and has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management. She’s a familiar face to many in town, having owned Sterling Creek Antiques and having worked at Blue Door […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Familiar Face Takes Lead at Symphony

Haunted Trolley Event Volunteers Wanted!

Who doesn’t like a good scare? The Chamber’s 2017 Haunted Trolley Tour is a great time to pull out the stops and create some spooky fun with our historic town as the backdrop. And we are looking for some similar-minded people.

This is the 4th year for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s Haunted Trolley Tours and […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Haunted Trolley Event Volunteers Wanted!

Rogue Valley Symphony Announces 50th Anniversary Season

The Rogue Valley Symphony (RVS) is elated to announce its 50th anniversary season. The 2017-2018 season will combine world-renowned soloists, such as pianist Peter Serkin, great masterworks by famous composers and five new symphonic works commissioned and/or co-commissioned by the RVS for the anniversary season.

The Rogue Valley Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season will open on September […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Rogue Valley Symphony Announces 50th Anniversary Season

EdenVale Winemaker Making Splash with Pear Cider

Eden Valley Orchards, located on Voorhies Road just off of South Stage Road near Highway 99, is home to the Rogue Valley’s original commercial orchard. The historic property is best known as the home of the stately Voorhies Mansion as well as EdenVale Winery and Tasting Room.

Today, the winery is highly regarded for producing exceptional […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on EdenVale Winemaker Making Splash with Pear Cider

Amazing Artists Workshop 2017 Show and Sale

Artists Workshop of Southern Oregon celebrates its 33rd-Annual Exhibit in Jacksonville this August. The group began with a few artists who wanted to paint in outdoor locations in the safety and camaraderie of a group. The artists names have changed but the goals are the same. The finest work by the Rogue Valley’s best-known artists […]

By | July 26th, 2017|Art News & Events, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Amazing Artists Workshop 2017 Show and Sale

It’s Everything Oregon at the 2017 Oregon Wine Experience®

The Oregon Wine Experience® is back for its fourth annual gathering to celebrate everything Oregon, especially Oregon wine. The weeklong festival returns to the familiar settings of the historic Bigham Knoll campus in beautiful Jacksonville, Oregon, with its signature events taking place from August 21-27. Produced by the Asante Foundation, this essential destination experience within […]

By | June 4th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on It’s Everything Oregon at the 2017 Oregon Wine Experience®

Spread Joy: Del Rio Vineyards Flower it Forward Zinnia Farm

GOLD HILL, OR – 8/9/2017 – Del Rio Vineyards Estate is excited to share that our Zinnia garden is now open. Our team has been working hard this summer to prepare for today. The Zinnias are ready for picking and their main purpose: sharing. The Zinnias were planted with the intent to spread joy.

Please come […]

By | August 9th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Spread Joy: Del Rio Vineyards Flower it Forward Zinnia Farm

Symphony For Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake Documentary to Premiere on SOPTV

Documentary capturing orchestral performance at Oregon’s spectacular Crater Lake premieres on SOPTV, 9PM, August 22, 2017

Medford — August 8, 2017. SOPTV announced today the new documentary “Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake” will premiere at 9PM, August 22, 2017.

The new half-hour documentary artfully portrays the world premiere of “Natural History,” the powerful […]

By | August 8th, 2017|Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Symphony For Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake Documentary to Premiere on SOPTV

Linda Kay Bush

June 7, 1942-May 26, 2017

Linda Kay Bush, age 74, of Jacksonville, passed away in Salem, Oregon on May 26, 2017 from the progression of Alzheimer’s. Linda was born in Grants Pass to Kay (Knox) and Martin Hillman, on June 7, 1942. She graduated from Grants Pass High School class of 1960. She was a fifth-generation […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Obituaries|Comments Off on Linda Kay Bush

Special MATIA & ALL-STAR BAND Show at EdenVale Winery

A rare musical event is coming to southern Oregon. Singer/songwriter, MATIA, who will be performing at the Country Crossing Music Festival on July 29th (10 am Boxcar Stage) at The Expo has announced that she has added a special one night only show on Sunday, July 30th, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The recently scheduled concert […]

By | July 20th, 2017|The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Special MATIA & ALL-STAR BAND Show at EdenVale Winery

Help Preserve the Cedars – by David Doi

Community Center Construction Update – August 2017

The last month has brought both good news and bad news for the construction of the Jacksonville Community Center. Following the groundbreaking last month, an observer walking or driving by the Jacksonville Community Center—Cedars on 4th—probably did not expect the construction activity to begin at the top of the […]

By | July 28th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Help Preserve the Cedars – by David Doi

Jacksonville Garden Club Receives Awards for Participation in Peter Britt Gardens Restoration

Susan Casaleggio, Judie Lyon, and Jo Ann Miller (left to right) proudly display two Jacksonville Garden Club awards recently received from the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs (OSFGC). The Claire Belsher Historic Preservation Award, created in 1977, celebrates heritage and patriotism by honoring restoration of parks of local importance which include plantings of the […]

By | July 26th, 2017|Garden, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville Garden Club Receives Awards for Participation in Peter Britt Gardens Restoration