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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 […]

By | March 20th, 2017|Spa Jacksonville|Comments Off on Essential oil of German Chamomile – by Laura Jarrell

“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

Beekman Arboretum Spring 2017 Clean-Up – by Becka Kem

With the days feeling a bit longer and the temperatures getting warmer, there are noticeable changes outside. The white blossoms of the snowdrops have been replaced with the bright yellow daffodils. The trees are beginning to bud and breathe color into the wooded landscape. Birds are chattering as if there is much to do. New […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Community, Event News, Garden, Now|Comments Off on Beekman Arboretum Spring 2017 Clean-Up – by Becka Kem

East ART is a GO! – by Diana Coogle, Applegate Trails Association

Could there be any more exciting news to the Applegate Trails Association than the recent go-ahead from the BLM to start construction of the East ART? We are stoked!

The East ART is the first leg of the Applegate Ridge Trail that we hope to construct from Jacksonville to Grants Pass. Jumping through BLM hoops, laying […]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Now, Trail Talk|Comments Off on East ART is a GO! – by Diana Coogle, Applegate Trails Association

St. Mary’s School Re-invents Itself

St. Mary’s School began in Jacksonville over 150 years ago and our mission has never wavered: To prepare ethically-grounded students for success in life. Today, St. Mary’s offers 24 Advanced Placement courses, 100% of its students go to college, and 94% of those who enroll in college earn degrees, far outpacing the national average. In […]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Now|2 Comments

Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – March 2017

*March 4th, 10:00am, Natural Pruning-—Everything does not need to be ‘mushroomed’ when pruning. Join Eric, our expert pruner, for this informative class on achieving a natural, healthy look with your shrubs and small trees. Let your plants natural beauty shine through! Landscapers: this class qualifies for 2 hours of CEH credit. Registration fee $15. 10% […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden|Comments Off on Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – March 2017

Planning Commission Halts Code Revision Process

Due to concerns voiced by many members of the community, the multi-year process of updating Jacksonville’s municipal code section has been temporarily called-off. In a statement to the Jacksonville Review dated February 13, 2017, Jacksonville City Attorney Sydnee Dryer wrote:

On February 1, 2017 the Jacksonville Planning Commission voted to continue the public hearings indefinitely on […]

By | February 28th, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Planning Commission Halts Code Revision Process

Rick Patsche to Head-Up Community Center Project – by David Doi

Community Center Communiqué – March 2017

We thought that the Jacksonville Community Center (JCC)—having raised nearly 95% of its $558,000 budget—would be able to announce an actual ground-breaking date, but it turns out that performing our due diligence will take several weeks longer. Building permits are being reviewed by the City as subcontractors are submitting bids […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Rick Patsche to Head-Up Community Center Project – by David Doi

J’ville Tavern’s Open Jam Tuesdays

Jacksonville’s own Open Jam Tuesdays, hosted by bandleader T.J. Elton is celebrating its one-year anniversary. In the spirit of, “If you build it, they will come,” Elton approached J’ville Tavern’s owner, Andy Whitty Gough, to showcase the talent of local musicians. On February 2, 2016, Open Jam Tuesday debuted, and the players filled-up the sign-in […]

By | February 27th, 2017|Event News, Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on J’ville Tavern’s Open Jam Tuesdays

Randall Theatre Company Announces Expansion to Jacksonville

Live theater is returning to Jacksonville. The Randall Theatre Company of Medford is announcing plans to perform some of its 2017 season of shows in a new Jacksonville location. The planned expansion is part of a partnership between the Randall Theatre and Jacksonville’s Calvary Church. The church building located on 5th Street in Jacksonville will […]

By | February 27th, 2017|Event News, Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Randall Theatre Company Announces Expansion to Jacksonville

April Workshop & Seminar: Gateway to Germany

April 7 & 8, 2017, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is sponsoring a 2-day workshop and seminar, “Gateway to Germany.” Guest speaker, Warren Bittner CGSM, Author, Genealogical Researcher & Historian, has over 30 years of research experience in several fields, including research methodology, German Genealogical Research, Gothic German Script, and German Immigrant Research. Seating is […]

By | February 27th, 2017|History News & Events|Comments Off on April Workshop & Seminar: Gateway to Germany

Quilts & Genealogy

The fourth Tuesday of every month, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents “Quilts & Genealogy Talks.” When you attend these programs you’ll learn about the history of one or more quilts. Sometimes the research in to the history of a quilt leads to genealogical clues! February 28, six different speakers share their story of a […]

By | February 27th, 2017|History News & Events|Comments Off on Quilts & Genealogy

SOHS Windows in Time: Author Edison Marshall, Fame and Fortune!

Vicki Bryden, long-time SOHS Volunteer, speaks about Author Edison Marshall, his books and his accomplishments. He came to Medford as a boy with his father, who bought into the orchard boom. Fulfilling his childhood dream, he became a successful writer and had over sixty novels published, including his 1953 novel, “Caravan to Xanadu, a Novel […]

By | February 26th, 2017|History News & Events|Comments Off on SOHS Windows in Time: Author Edison Marshall, Fame and Fortune!

Linda Kestner…The Volunteer of Volunteers

At the February 7, 2017, City Council meeting, Mayor Paul Becker honored city resident Linda Kestner as the 2016 Person of the Year. Linda donates her time to numerous city and regional organizations including, Jackson County Master Recyclers, Jacksonville’s Citizen Emergency Response Team, Jacksonville Boosters Club, Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery, Historic Jacksonville Inc., Jacksonville […]

By | February 24th, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Opportunity to Help Shape the Future of Economic Vitality for Applegate Valley: Public Meeting to Be Held March 2, 2017

Jacksonville, Ore. March 2, 2017 – An Economic Vitality Roadmap meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Applegate Valley Fire Training Center, 1095 Upper Applegate Road. The meeting is open to the public and everyone who is passionate about helping Applegate Valley achieve economic vitality is encouraged to participate.

Through […]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Opportunity to Help Shape the Future of Economic Vitality for Applegate Valley: Public Meeting to Be Held March 2, 2017

Wanted: Jackson County Master Recyclers

2017 Training Course Now Enrolling

JACKSON COUNTY OR – Become a Master Recycler in 2017! Jackson County Recycling Partnership is now seeking residents of Jackson County to take part in the annual training course and volunteer service program. Participants gain a broad understanding of home waste prevention strategies, the local solid waste infrastructure, hazardous waste avoidance, […]

By | February 21st, 2017|Community, Garden, Now|Comments Off on Wanted: Jackson County Master Recyclers

2017 Britt Orchestra Season Announcement

2017 Britt Orchestra season includes major guest artists, large orchestral works and a newly commissioned piece.

Britt’s Music Director and Conductor Teddy Abrams announces the 2017 Britt Orchestra season. The season begins early, featuring a world premiere commission by Kenji Bunch on opening night, July 28. The season continues with three weeks of concerts on the […]

By | February 12th, 2017|Now|Comments Off on 2017 Britt Orchestra Season Announcement

Love Rhymes with Everything – Book launch event, sponsored by South Stage Cellars, will benefit Sanctuary One

(Ashland, OR—February 13, 2017) — Ashland Creek Press is delighted to announce the publication and book launch of Dana Feagin and Kat von Cupcake’s Love Rhymes with Everything: Animal Ruminations Through Poetry & Paintings.

The book launch event will be held at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville on Sunday, February 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. […]

By | February 13th, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Love Rhymes with Everything – Book launch event, sponsored by South Stage Cellars, will benefit Sanctuary One

Must have for spring: Del Rio Vineyard Estate launches 2016 Grenache Rosé

GOLD HILL, OR – 2/6/2017 – Don’t let the snow and cold weather be deceiving, it is time to think Rosé! Del Rio Vineyard Estate released its 2016 Grenache Rosé to the trade on January 30th. Shipped the last week of January, our Grenache Rosé will be among the first to bloom this 2017 rosé […]

By | February 6th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Must have for spring: Del Rio Vineyard Estate launches 2016 Grenache Rosé

Retirement Party for Sgt. Dan Moore on March 4!

After 22 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Jacksonville, Sgt Dan Moore has retired.
Please help us celebrate his dedication and service by attending his open house style retirement party. Snacks will be provided. Beer, Wine, Coffee and Soda will be available.

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 6PM – 9PM. At 7PM, there will be […]

By | February 8th, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Retirement Party for Sgt. Dan Moore on March 4!

Ledger David Brings Home Six San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Medals

Specializing in single-vineyard estate wines, Ledger David wins Gold Medals for both 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Petit Verdot

(Central Point, Ore.) – Despite our current local chilly temperatures, Ledger David Cellars brings the heat with six medaling wines from warm vintages at the prestigious 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Both the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc […]

By | January 14th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Ledger David Brings Home Six San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Medals

Realtor Doug Morse Receives Two Prestigious Awards

Doug Morse, Principal Broker of the Doug Morse Real Estate Group in Medford, was recently presented with two distinguished real estate awards: Top 100 Most Influential Realtors and the ‘STAR’ Award.

The Top 100 Most Influential Realtors award was presented by Real Estate Executive Magazine at the Mastermind Summit in Portland on December 2, 2016. The […]

By | January 10th, 2017|Now|Comments Off on Realtor Doug Morse Receives Two Prestigious Awards

2017 Chinese New Year Celebration – Year of the Rooster

Jacksonville's Chinese New Year Celebration Schedule of Events. Celebrating Family, Health, Culture and Community!

By | January 31st, 2017|Community, Now|4 Comments

The Toad Prince – Free Puppet Show Performance by “Tears of Joy Theatre”

The Craterian Theater at the Collier Center, located at 23 S. Central in Downtown Medford, in cooperation with the Storytelling Guild, will present two FREE puppet show performances on Sunday, February 12 at 1:30pm and 4:00pm. Although admission is free, the donation of a gently-used children’s book is appreciated.

This “Beauty and the Beast” story set […]

By | January 31st, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on The Toad Prince – Free Puppet Show Performance by “Tears of Joy Theatre”

Clifford Lee

1933-2016

On Monday, December 5, Clifford Lee passed away just a few weeks short of his 83rd birthday. Clifford was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the early 1950s he served as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman and traveled the world. After working briefly at a downtown San Francisco bank, he joined […]

By | January 31st, 2017|Obituaries|Comments Off on Clifford Lee

Farm Events to Bring Hanley & History to Life in 2017 – by Pam Sasseen

Focus on Hanley Farm – February 2017

Lured by gold and free land in the 1850s, David Clinton and Archibald Welton were the first settlers to establish a farm at the Hanley site. In 1857 Michael Hanley purchased the 636 acre ranch from Clinton and Welton, and so began the remarkable journey of the Hanley family. […]

By | January 26th, 2017|Featured Stories, Focus on Hanley Farm|Comments Off on Farm Events to Bring Hanley & History to Life in 2017 – by Pam Sasseen

Thai House Re-Opens Featuring Chef Drew

The New Year brings new ownership to Jacksonville’s Thai House Restaurant, located at 215 W. California Street. In December, 2016, former owners, Kai & So relocated to the Bay Area after the birth of their daughter in order to live closer to family and their new Thai restaurant in the Castro District!

Thai House Jacksonville was […]

By | January 26th, 2017|Now|5 Comments

Coffee Shop Has New Owners, New Name and New Coffee

Forty Five Coffee, a new craft coffee shop located at 310 E. California Street, will open in February in the spot where Stim Coffee had been located for several years. The new owners of the coffee shop, Phillip Barbaccia and Annette McGregor are already familiar faces in town…the new shop is a joint venture. Comparable […]

By | January 26th, 2017|Now|2 Comments

Welcoming Visitors Brings its Own Rewards – by Larry Smith

Several weeks ago, I was chatting with Mayor Paul Becker about the cultural treasures we have here in historic Jacksonville. The mayor wondered out loud if those of us who have lived in Jacksonville for some time have perhaps become too accustomed to the scenic and historic values of our town to really appreciate what […]

By | January 26th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Welcoming Visitors Brings its Own Rewards – by Larry Smith

Jacksonville Residents Score Big Win – by David Doi

Community Center Communiqué – February 2017

You made it happen! The Jacksonville Community Center (JCC) recognizes that it takes a village to build a community center and the Board wants to extend its deepest gratitude and appreciation to the countless Jacksonville residents who over the past 15 years have contributed time, energy, money and expertise to […]

By | January 26th, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville Residents Score Big Win – by David Doi

Travel Southern Oregon Appoints Interim Executive Director

Kerrie Walters to lead organization

MEDFORD, ORE. – Kerrie Walters, a longtime leader in Oregon tourism marketing, has been named interim executive director of Travel Southern Oregon. She assumed her new duties this month.

Walters now guides the regional destination marketing organization while its board of directors searches for a permanent replacement for Executive Director Carolyn […]

By | January 16th, 2017|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Travel Southern Oregon Appoints Interim Executive Director

Embody the Change – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – February 2017

It’s time for you to “Get Real” about being part of the healing solution in your life. We can all complain about what is wrong and though this awareness is an important part of change, we need to take actions that can move us towards healing. What are you contributing to the […]

By | January 10th, 2017|Featured Stories, Joyfull Living|Comments Off on Embody the Change – by Louise Lavergne

ZEPS Electric Bus Visits the Valley

For health and environmental reasons, electric vehicles – including transit buses – are the wave of the future.

The Rogue Valley will welcome a demonstration of an electric bus next week. Electric buses are rapidly replacing the heavily polluting buses of the past. They drastically reduce the polluting emissions of a gas-powered bus. They are quiet […]

By | January 8th, 2017|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on ZEPS Electric Bus Visits the Valley

Discover Oregon Wines at a 2017 A-List Award-Winning Restaurant

Program recognizes restaurants that feature a diversity of Oregon wines, varieties and regions

PORTLAND, Jan. 3, 2017 — Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, with locations in Ashland and Medford, Ore., was named the 2017 Wine Program of the Year today by the Oregon Wine Press and the Oregon Wine Board as part of the 2017 Oregon Wine […]

By | January 3rd, 2017|The Wine Scene|Comments Off on Discover Oregon Wines at a 2017 A-List Award-Winning Restaurant

Master Food Preservers: 2017 Volunteer Training Series

We invite you to a ten-class learning adventure in food preservation arts. Students learn how to prepare garden produce for preserving, the ins and outs of food preservation equipment, and a host of other skills! Including, how to water-bath and pressure-can safely and efficiently; preparing fruits; vegetables, herbs, and snacks in a dehydrator; making delicious […]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Community, Garden, Now|Comments Off on Master Food Preservers: 2017 Volunteer Training Series