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Two Jacksonville Gardens Featured on 2017 AAUW Garden Tour

Mark your calendar for the 9th-Annual Medford AAUW Garden Tour on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This year’s tour features two Jacksonville gardens, along with four other diverse landscapes, chosen to provide you with lots of ideas and inspiration for your own garden spaces. The 2017 tour theme is “West Side Story” […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Event News, Garden, Now|Comments Off on Two Jacksonville Gardens Featured on 2017 AAUW Garden Tour

Irvine & Roberts Vineyards Announces Winemaker Appointment

May 14th‐ ASHLAND, ORIrvine & Roberts Vineyards is pleased to announce the appointment of Vince Vidrine as Winemaker of the Rogue Valley winery.

Founders Doug & Dionne Irvine and Duane & Kelly Roberts are thrilled to have Vidrine joining the Irvine & Roberts team. “Vince has a great deal of experience working for prestigious wineries […]

By | May 21st, 2017|The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Irvine & Roberts Vineyards Announces Winemaker Appointment

Community Center Dream Comes True

IMPORTANT UPDATE: On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 9:45 a.m. the Jacksonville Community Center will break ground on its new community center. The public is invited to celebrate this historic event. A short program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and light refreshments will be served.

On April 25, 2017, the Jacksonville Seniors, Inc. fulfilled a long-time […]

By | May 21st, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Community Center Dream Comes True

Time Travel to 1932 via Jacksonville Living History!

Time travel to 1932 on Saturday, May 27, 2017, when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. invites you to interact with Beekman family members, relatives and friends!  Cornelius Beekman was the most prominent and wealthy of Jacksonville’s pioneeers. His children are now closing up their 1873 Jacksonville home, going through family belongings, commenting on current affairs, and sharing memories […]

By | May 21st, 2017|History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Time Travel to 1932 via Jacksonville Living History!

2017 Children’s Heritage Fair at Hanley Farm!

For nearly 40 years the Children’s Heritage Fair has given children of all ages the opportunity to live like their ancestors. In 2011 the Southern Oregon Historical Society revived the fair at a new location – the historic Hanley Farm. Every year since, the farm has continued this great tradition. Don’t miss this year’s Hanley […]

By | May 5th, 2017|Event News, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on 2017 Children’s Heritage Fair at Hanley Farm!

CLAG Card Game Classes Coming

Those interested in learning to play the card game, “Deal with It!” are invited to attend classes at the Naversen Room at the Jacksonville Library in May. “Deal with It!” is a trick-taking card game with a trump suit,” says Dee Evers of Jacksonville who is helping organize the effort. Also called, “CLAG,” the game […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Now|Comments Off on CLAG Card Game Classes Coming

Victorian Days at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House!

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Historic Jacksonville, Inc. kicks off a season of Victorian Days events at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House Museum with “Victorian Art & Décor: From Comfort to Excess.” By the late 1800s, the sparsely furnished parlor of pre-Civil War America had been supplanted by public rooms crowded with furniture and display items.

Cornelius […]

By | May 5th, 2017|History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Victorian Days at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House!

Introduction to Genealogy: Classes for Beginners!

Where do you begin? What’s the first step to take to learn about your ancestors? What’s a family tree? Get the answers to these, and a myriad of other questions, when you attend the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society FREE classes, “Introduction to Genealogy.”

In the first class, May 13, guest speaker Denise Salthouse covers the basics […]

By | May 4th, 2017|History News & Events|Comments Off on Introduction to Genealogy: Classes for Beginners!

North Valley Soroptimist 2017 Garden Tour is May 20

Tour lovely private gardens in the Medford and Phoenix areas at the North Valley Soroptimist 15th-Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00am-2:00pm.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from April 15-May 19 at Blue Door Garden Store and Penny & Lulu Studio Florist—on the day of the tour, at Roxy Ann Winery.

Soroptimists […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Event News, Garden, Now|Comments Off on North Valley Soroptimist 2017 Garden Tour is May 20

Jacksonville’s Delaney Murray Finds “Calling” with Poetry Competition

Jacksonville’s Delaney Murray, a 15-year-old South Medford High School freshman, recently competed in the state “Poetry Out Loud” Competition in Salem. Statewide, three regional competitions were held, including two in Portland and one in Salem, comprised of students from 31 schools. Prior to advancing to the state-level competition, Delaney was one of three local students […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville’s Delaney Murray Finds “Calling” with Poetry Competition

Garden Club 2017 Spring Sale is Mother’s Day Weekend

This year, the Jacksonville Garden Club’s annual Spring Sale is on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10:00am-3:00pm in the alcove next to the Post Office on Oregon Street.

Get ready for Mother’s Day, or treat a family member or friend to a delightful surprise with beautiful bouquets and arrangements created from fresh-cut local flowers, made […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Event News, Garden, Now|Comments Off on Garden Club 2017 Spring Sale is Mother’s Day Weekend

ART’clectic Garden Party Event in May 2017 – Featured Artist: Sheri Croy

Sheri Croy will be the featured artist for ART’clectic’s “Garden Party Event” in May 2017. Her unique glass and paper fusion pieces will be displayed at the Art Presence Art Center, located on the grounds of New City Hall at 206 E. 5th Street. Fifteen other Southern Oregon artists will be joining Sheri. The event […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Art News & Events, Event News, Now|Comments Off on ART’clectic Garden Party Event in May 2017 – Featured Artist: Sheri Croy

Jacksonville Haunted History Tours Return!

Beginning Friday, May 5, 2017, ghosts and spirits from Jacksonville’s pioneer past will again be the subjects of Historic Jacksonville’s Haunted History walking tours. On the first Friday of each Month from May through September, costumed docents will share notable tales of woe, sorrow, and regret at 7, 7:15, 7:30, and 7:45 p.m. These approximately […]

By | May 1st, 2017|History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville Haunted History Tours Return!

Thrift Store Makes Big Donation

On Tuesday, April 25, the Jacksonville Thrift and Collectibles Store in downtown Jacksonville presented a check for $153,200 to Rick Patsche, the President of the Jacksonville Community Center (JCC). The gift fulfills a longstanding pledge by the Jacksonville Seniors, Inc. group to help underwrite the construction of the new community center in Jacksonville. The Thrift […]

By | April 25th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Thrift Store Makes Big Donation

Twist and shout about Del Rio Vineyards’ new Jolee Brand!

GOLD HILL, OR – 4/13/2017 –Perennial favorites, Rose and Rouge Jolee, are stepping out in style as Del Rio Vineyards’ newly created Jolee brand.  Leading the popular Rosé and Red Blend categories the wines sport an elegant new look complete with sleek stelvin screw cap closures and upscale screen printed labels.

Created in 2004, Rose Jolee […]

By | April 13th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Twist and shout about Del Rio Vineyards’ new Jolee Brand!

Climate Change: A Bird’s Eye View

The canary in the coal mine serves as an alarm to tell miners when the air is unsafe. When thing go awry, that’s good for the miners, but not so good for the canary. Birds serve the same role aboveground as they do below. As the climate and habitats shift, birds can be among the […]

By | April 7th, 2017|Event News|Comments Off on Climate Change: A Bird’s Eye View

Britt Announces 2017 Season

JACKSONVILLE, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival announces its full 2017 season lineup, coming to the outdoor amphitheater on the Britt hill in scenic Jacksonville this summer. The 2017 season includes legendary rock band Goo Goo Dolls; former American Idol finalist Daughtry; grinding blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood and The Destroyers; the reggae steeped Good Vibes […]

By | April 6th, 2017|Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Britt Announces 2017 Season

The Jackson County Library Foundation Announces New Executive Director

The Jackson County Library Foundation is pleased to announce that we have hired Amy Drake as our new Executive Director. Welcome, Amy!

Please join us for a Meet and Greet with Amy on Tuesday, May 2 from 4-6 pm at the Medford Library in the Adams Room.

Amy has nearly nine years of experience in supporting cultural […]

By | April 5th, 2017|Now|Comments Off on The Jackson County Library Foundation Announces New Executive Director

Work to Begin on US Hotel Balcony

The balcony on the US Hotel balcony is being replaced/rebuilt. Work on the US Hotel balcony will begin around April 3rd, 2017 and will take 3 months to complete.

There will be pedestrian access off the sidewalk into the parking spaces and under the scaffolding.

Some of the parking spaces in front of and along […]

By | April 3rd, 2017|History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Work to Begin on US Hotel Balcony

You’re Never Too Young to Hike – Local “Hike it Baby” Chapter Going Strong – by Kyleen Brodie

Water? Check. Hiking Shoes? Check. Diapers? Check. Baby? Hmm…

This is just the beginning of the checklist that runs through my mind every time I leave the house for a hike with my 12-month-old son, Miles. We are lucky to live in a wonderful place with hiking trails outside our door and even luckier to have […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Now, Trail Talk|Comments Off on You’re Never Too Young to Hike – Local “Hike it Baby” Chapter Going Strong – by Kyleen Brodie

Hike Our Heritage at the Table Rocks

Every weekend this spring, The Nature Conservancy and Medford District Bureau of Land Management are offering free, guided educational hikes at the Table Rocks. Hikes are led by specialists from around the region who will share their knowledge about the unique natural and cultural environments that make the Table Rocks such an integral part of […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Trail Talk|Comments Off on Hike Our Heritage at the Table Rocks

On the Town with Ginger Rogers

A fashion show and tribute to the Hollywood icon who called the Rogue Valley her home.

Join Randall Theatre on Saturday, April 22nd for an elegant afternoon of food, fun and fashion all done up Ginger Rogers style. The event includes a fashion show featuring gowns owned and worn by Ginger herself, some custom made just […]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Now, Performing Arts|1 Comment

Town Hall with Senator Alan DeBoer in Jacksonville on April 15

Hello Friends,

I will be holding two town hall meetings in Senate District 3 on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

The first is scheduled to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 87 4th St. in Ashland.

From 2 to 4 […]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Town Hall with Senator Alan DeBoer in Jacksonville on April 15

Pull on Your Hiking Boots and Join the Applegate Trails Association on the Trails! – by Diana Coogle

It’s hiking season! Maybe the snow hasn’t quite melted in the higher altitudes, but it has turned mushy, and I’m about to retire my skis and pull out my hiking boots. The Jacksonville Woodlands are sprouting wildflowers, and I’m ready to walk the hills, chasing the snowmelt onto the high-altitude trails, following the wildflowers higher […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Trail Talk|Comments Off on Pull on Your Hiking Boots and Join the Applegate Trails Association on the Trails! – by Diana Coogle

SUTA’s Jack-Ash Trail Construction Climbing Across Anderson Butte – by Hope Robertson

The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association is excited to begin construction of the long-awaited Jack-Ash Trail. Last November, construction started for the first phase of the Jack-Ash Trail, thanks to help from the Medford BLM, local volunteers, and a Northwest Youth Corp Crew. Significant progress was made for several weeks, and then winter came along with […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Trail Talk|Comments Off on SUTA’s Jack-Ash Trail Construction Climbing Across Anderson Butte – by Hope Robertson

Massage Therapy and Essential Oils are Combined at Spa Jacksonville for Good Health

For licensed massage therapist and clinical aromatherapist, Laura Jarrell, using a multi-disciplinary approach with her clients is standard practice.

In practice since 1989, Laura notes that, “Recently, the use of essential oils has exploded in popularity and for good reason—they are wonderful gifts from nature, capable of treating both physical complaints and mental-emotional distress.”

Essential oils are […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Featured Stories, Spa Jacksonville|Comments Off on Massage Therapy and Essential Oils are Combined at Spa Jacksonville for Good Health

Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – April 2017

*April 8th, 10:00am, Bees at the Nursery—We will be installing a hive at the nursery this spring and want to share all the bee activity! This is a fun talk to help understand what bees do to have a happy and productive hive. Learn how they “talk” to each other, how they build, clean-up, raise […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Garden|Comments Off on Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – April 2017

Greenway Spray Can Prevent Weeds and Save Pine Trees

Greenway Spray owner Greg Stewart says springtime is a great time of year to take control of the noxious weeds in your yard, pasture, and lawn as well as address pest issues impacting your trees. For 27 years, Greg has been working with the local agriculture industry and with homeowners, farmers, and ranchers in the […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden|Comments Off on Greenway Spray Can Prevent Weeds and Save Pine Trees

Voices of the Applegate Spring Concerts

Hold on to your hats unless you’re willing to have them blown off! Our new director, Hope Harrison, choral director of 285 kids at Hedrick and Mcloughlin middle schools, has brought new energy and excitement to our musicians, and we are eager to share that with our concert-goers. Repertory includes the hauntingly beautiful “A Celtic […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Voices of the Applegate Spring Concerts

Farewell Sergeant Dan Moore

The evening of March 4, 2017 was bittersweet for city residents and the Jacksonville Police Department during an open house retirement celebration to honor Sergeant Dan Moore. Dan served the city for 22 years, coming to the job after serving more than 20 years in the Air Force. Dan was hired by Chief David Towe, […]

By | March 29th, 2017|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on Farewell Sergeant Dan Moore

Young Filmmakers Compete at Film Festival

In early January, Caleb Williams of Jacksonville submitted a two-and-a-half minute claymation film to the 2017 Ashland Independent Film Festival’s (AIFF) “Launch” competition: a program where young filmmakers from Southern Oregon and Northern California can submit their own films, less than 5 minutes long, which are “innovative, inventive, creative, original, inspiring, relevant, compelling, entertaining, thought-provoking, […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Now|1 Comment

Marshall Stack at South Stage Cellars

Marshall Thompson, aka “Marshall Stack” will bring his rich baritone voice and acoustic guitar work to South Stage Cellars, Jacksonville’s premier wine tasting room on Friday night, April 28, and again on Friday night, June 2. In his own style, the Jacksonville resident covers an eclectic array of songs across genres including Americana, acoustic rock, […]

By | March 29th, 2017|The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Marshall Stack at South Stage Cellars

McKee Bridge Centennial Celebration

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 11:00am-3:00pm, the McKee Bridge Historical Society will host a GRAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION on the bridge and in the park with a variety of activities and events. After two years of not holding the traditional McKee Bridge Day due to restoration work and an aging committee, we are pleased to […]

By | March 29th, 2017|History News & Events|Comments Off on McKee Bridge Centennial Celebration

Join Jacksonville Woodlands Association for 24th Annual Hike-a-Thon

Celebrating the Rebirth of the Beekman Arboretum

With spring all around, come join us for the 24th Annual Jacksonville Woodlands Association Hike-a-Thon and annual meeting on Saturday, April 15, 2017. This year we will be highlighting the C.C. Beekman Arboretum. The C.C. Beekman Native Plant Arboretum occupies a 3-acre, bowl-like site in the heart of Historic […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Event News, Now, Trail Talk|Comments Off on Join Jacksonville Woodlands Association for 24th Annual Hike-a-Thon

Save the date for Garden Club Spring Sale in May

The Jacksonville Garden Club’s Annual Spring Sale will be held in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 10:00am-3:00pm in the alcove next to the Post Office on Oregon Street. The sale features fresh-cut spring flowers arranged in bouquets by Club members and interesting plants to add to your garden. Home-baked treats and other […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Event News, Garden, Now|Comments Off on Save the date for Garden Club Spring Sale in May

Love Blossoms at Pioneer Village

Congratulations to 84-year-old Richard Card and 79-year-old Marjorie Hull on their recent marriage on February 18. The bride and groom are residents of Pioneer Village, here in Jacksonville and are reportedly the first couple to have met and married at the retirement community. Both have been married and widowed twice, and each has six grandchildren. […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Love Blossoms at Pioneer Village

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy 2017 Community Hikes

Registration:  Spring is here and so too are outstanding opportunities to join SOLC for our Spring Hike series! Hikes are free but fill up quickly so reserve your spot early! To read more about each hike and to register, please go to landconserve.org. Even if a hike is full, join the waiting list […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Event News, Now, Trail Talk|Comments Off on Southern Oregon Land Conservancy 2017 Community Hikes

Conference Registration Now Open for Living on Your Land and Tree School program

The popular one-day Living on Your Land and Tree School program, to be held April 22, 2017 at RCC Grants Pass, is now open for registration.

This event features 27 classes covering Native Plant Regeneration, Small Stream Salmon and Steelhead, Urban Homesteading, Native American Land Stewardship, Weed Management, Composting Techniques and a wealth of fun, informative […]

By | March 28th, 2017|Community, Garden|Comments Off on Conference Registration Now Open for Living on Your Land and Tree School program

Southern Oregonians March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

Southern Oregonians are coming together for a historic People’s Climate March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice on Saturday April 29th, 2017 at Pear Blossom Park in downtown Medford. It will be the largest event of its kind in our region’s history – and part of a national day of protest. Like the Women’s March, there […]

By | March 28th, 2017|Community|Comments Off on Southern Oregonians March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

Pioneer History in Story & Song: “Women Poets & Ballad Composers”

JACKSONVILLE, OR—On Sunday, April 9, 2017, Northwest Troubadour David Gordon will be sharing the music and stories of influential 19th Century poets and composers, many of whose names have been lost to history—because they were women! Gordon brings both their music and their stories to light in “Women Poets & Ballad Composers,” the fourth concert […]

By | March 27th, 2017|History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Pioneer History in Story & Song: “Women Poets & Ballad Composers”

Randall Theatre, Jacksonville – Opening in May

Live theater returns to town when the Randall Theatre Company of Medford moves many of its main stage offerings to a new Jacksonville location at the Calvary Church on 5th Street. The planned expansion is part of a partnership between the Randall Theatre and Jacksonville’s Calvary Church. The church will continue holding church services on […]

By | March 19th, 2017|Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Randall Theatre, Jacksonville – Opening in May

Wine Press Northwest Names DANCIN Vineyards “Oregon Winery of the Year”

MEDFORD, ORE – March 16, 2017: DANCIN Vineyards, www.dancinvineyards.com, an ultra-premium producer of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Barbera and Port-style wines near Jacksonville, Ore., is Wine Press Northwest magazine’s 2017 “Oregon Winery of the Year.”

Veteran wine writer Eric Degerman noted in his story out this week: “One key to DANCIN’s growth has been […]

By | March 16th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|3 Comments

Essential Oil of Bergamot – by Laura Jarrell

Essential Oil of Bergamot, Citrus bergamia

Family: Rutacea

Origin: Italy, Reggio de Calabria has the best due to their soil and climate, Morocco, Guinea, Southern France and  Côte d’Ivoire, Turkey (for making marmalade).

Plant Description: A small Tree that blossoms during the winter and has fragrant fruit the size of an orange and the color of […]

By | March 20th, 2017|Spa Jacksonville|Comments Off on Essential Oil of Bergamot – by Laura Jarrell

New Executive Director of Travel Southern Oregon

Local Business Leader Takes Helm of Regional Tourism Board

(MEDFORD, OR) — Travel Southern Oregon, the regional destination marketing organization based in Medford, Oregon has hired local business owner Brad Niva as their new executive director. Niva comes to the organization with over 20 years in the tourism industry and most recently owner of two successful […]

By | March 20th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|1 Comment

Essential oil of German Chamomile – by Laura Jarrell

Essential oil of German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: Germany, England, Hungary, France, (all over Europe) Egypt, South America, North America, Asia, India

Plant Description: An annual herb, Matricaria recutita has a branched, erect and smooth stem with daisy white flowers. Plants grow to a height of 6 to 24 inches. Blooms in early to midsummer and […]

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“Before the Flood,” Documentary to be Presented at SOCAN’s General Meeting

“Before the Flood,” a documentary exploring the effect of global warming, will be presented at SOCAN’s general meeting, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6pm-8pm at the Medford Library. The program is free and open to the public.

The tragic journey of the Titanic is well-known. “Titanic – The Movie” starred Leonardo DiCaprio and chronicled the ill-fated trip […]

By | March 15th, 2017|Event News, Now|Comments Off on “Before the Flood,” Documentary to be Presented at SOCAN’s General Meeting

Romancing the West Comes to Jacksonville Inn on April 2!

The popular touring documentary concert Romancing the West returns to the City that inspired it for a special dinner show at Jacksonville Inn on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Romancing the West Legacy Tour launched in 2013 has toured ever since, from the West Coast to Midwest shows this past September and this […]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Event News, History News & Events, Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Romancing the West Comes to Jacksonville Inn on April 2!

Wooldridge Creek: Oregon’s First Winery / Creamery / Charcuterie – by Sarah Lemon

Fermenting cheeses, meats and other foods is a natural extension of winemaking at Wooldridge Creek.

“That’s been a perfect fit,” says winery partner Kara Olmo, whose small-batch goat cheeses emerged in 2015 as cultured companions for Wooldridge Creek’s 12 varietals. “We wanted to have something to accompany our wine.”

Meats cured in styles of the Old World—“charcuterie” […]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Wooldridge Creek: Oregon’s First Winery / Creamery / Charcuterie – by Sarah Lemon

All-way stop planned for Bybee Corner

MEDFORD — A new round of safety improvements are on tap for the Bybee Corner intersection of Oregon 238 and West Main Street beginning Monday, March 13, as ODOT crews convert the intersection to an all-way stop. “The change resulted from an increasing number of serious injury crashes,” said District Manager Jerry Marmon. “Westbound drivers […]

By | March 12th, 2017|Now|1 Comment

Help Bring Back the Jacksonville Trolley! – By Tim Balfour

Chamber Chat – March 2017

Jacksonville’s beloved mechanical mascot needs some help. After missing out on most of this past season due to mechanical problems, we are moving forward with replacing it.

We are working with the city to find an appropriate replacement. There is a chance we will have a temporary solution for this upcoming year […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Help Bring Back the Jacksonville Trolley! – By Tim Balfour