CASA Giving Tree Program in Jacksonville

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. In 2016, 178 CASA volunteers served as the voice for 628 children in situations of abuse and neglect in Jackson County. In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers […]

By | December 4th, 2017|Community, Now|0 Comments

Tis the Season for a Safety Check – by Devin Hull, Jacksonville Fire Chief

This fall and winter, before lighting your fireplace or wood stove, have it inspected and/or cleaned. Inspections should also include the chimney and flues, due to a possible buildup of dangerous creosote. Please also remember that wood logs and wood of any kind should never be burned in a gas-log fireplace.

Brick chimneys also require inspections […]

By | December 1st, 2017|City Hall Happenings, Community, Now|0 Comments

Brodie Dental Sponsoring 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 3000 Jackson County kids age 12 and under!

Thanks to your generosity, […]

By | October 31st, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Brodie Dental Sponsoring Angel Tree Gift Program

Voices of the Valley: How Climate Change is Affecting Our Lives

Dan Bish struggles with what trees or native plants to stock and recommend in his Talent nursery business as summers get hotter. For farmworkers Maricela Ruelas and Juan Escareño, smoke has become a seasonal ordeal as they toil in the fields.

They are among a dozen Rogue Valley citizens who voice their concerns about climate change […]

By | November 10th, 2017|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Voices of the Valley: How Climate Change is Affecting Our Lives

Holmes Park House for Hospice Campaign Surpasses $3 Million

What started out as a dream became reality this week as the Holmes Park House for Hospice Campaign raised more than $3 million of its $4 million fundraising goal. The Holmes Park House will be the first residential care facility in Southern Oregon to specialize in caring for hospice patients and their loved ones, providing […]

By | November 9th, 2017|Community, Now|1 Comment

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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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

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

Mayor’s 2017 4th of July Picnic is Planned

The entire community is invited to join Mayor Paul Becker in a July 4th celebration on the Courthouse lawn. The festivities will take place from noon-3:00pm. As in year’s past, plenty of seating and tables will be provided and the city will be serving complimentary hot dogs, water, chips, etc. Families are encourage to bring […]

By | June 4th, 2017|Community, Event News|Comments Off on Mayor’s 2017 4th of July Picnic is Planned

SOCAN Tours the SOU Farm

Our forests and fisheries are at the mercy of the climate we create as we rush headlong towards a global warming that will cross the tipping point. Though farmers are familiar with variability in weather, agriculture is among the most climate-sensitive of human activities especially in terms of temperatures and water availability. Sensible living in […]

By | June 12th, 2017|Community|Comments Off on SOCAN Tours the SOU Farm

Children’s Festival Fun!

The Storytelling Guild Presents Their 51st Annual Children’s Festival at The Britt Grounds in Jacksonville from July 8-10, 2017. Sponsored by the Storytelling Guild of Jackson County, this innovative 3-day event will bring out the creativity of both the young and young at heart as it has for generations.

This “just for kids” event has served […]

By | May 30th, 2017|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Children’s Festival Fun!

Jackson County’s Windermere Launches Food Drive

Dedicates Annual Community Service Project to ACCESS Food Bank

 MEDFORD, Ore. — May 19, 2017 — Windermere Van Vleet and Associates is getting a head start on Windermere Real Estate’s annual Community Service Day, held on June 9 this year. The local group is teaming up with ACCESS Food Bank to feed Jackson […]

By | May 21st, 2017|Community, Now|Comments Off on Jackson County’s Windermere Launches Food Drive

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

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

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

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

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 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 […]

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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

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

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

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|Comments Off on CASA Giving Tree Program in Jacksonville

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|Comments Off on Brodie Dental Sponsoring 2016 Angel Tree Gift Program

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

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|Comments Off on Saige Bostwick Receives National Honor

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|Comments Off on 3rd-Annual Scarves-for-Seniors Donation Event

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|Comments Off on Eagle Scouts Accomplishing Great Things in Forest Park – by Tony Hess

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

Victorian Christmas Volunteers Needed

“Yes, we know it is about 100 degrees, but we are getting in the Christmas Spirit now,” says Sandra Flowers, who’s helping organize Jacksonville’s 2016 Victorian Christmas. “I’m just like Santa and keeping a list and taking names!” she adds.

To make the Victorian Christmas event a success, organizers, musicians, parade entrants and regular “busy bees” […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on Victorian Christmas Volunteers Needed

Life Comes Full Circle at the Farmers Market

A change is coming to the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market as former market founder and owner Ken Snoke retakes the reigns of the market he founded in 2010. This August, Chad & Lea Worcester, who purchased the farmers market from Ken in 2013, sold the market back to him. Ken will assume full management of the […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Community, Now|1 Comment

Jacksonville Community Center: Help Build the Dream – by David Doi

For years, you’ve heard us talk about a Community Center for Jacksonville. You have seen the painting by Anne Brooke (above) depicting the 4th Street entrance of the new Community Center. The City Planning Commission and HARC (Historic Architecture Review Commission) have now given their unanimous approval to the project.

For any […]

By | July 28th, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville Community Center: Help Build the Dream – by David Doi

Jacksonville’s 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale is September 9-11

Set-Up: Thursday, September 8th, 6:00-10:00pm (No Sales Allowed)
Yard Sale Days: 7:00am-8:00pm

As the 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale weekend 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 […]

By | July 26th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Community|Comments Off on Jacksonville’s 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale is September 9-11

Open House for New Jacksonville Community Center is July 27, 2016

“You Are Invited” OPEN HOUSE ~ BUILD THE DREAM July 27th, 5:00-7:00pm @ Sampson House & Cedar Garden

By | June 29th, 2016|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Open House for New Jacksonville Community Center is July 27, 2016

Bella Bucks Benefit Bridge

In early June 2016, Jacksonville Woodlands Association received a generous $1300 donation from Bella Union Restaurant. When Bella Union co-owner Christian Hamilton wrote the check, he said he was very proud to have done so! The Bella’s Jay Stumpff told the Review that the donation was a gift to help the JWA continue its excellent […]

By | June 28th, 2016|Community, Now, Trail Talk|Comments Off on Bella Bucks Benefit Bridge

Help Support the Applegater at Summer Soiree

The nonprofit Applegater newsmagazine will be holding its annual Summer Soiree fundraiser at Schmidt Family Vineyards on Saturday, June 25, from 6:00-9:00pm. The award-winning Evening Shades band will be performing.

There will be lots of great Silent Auction items to help fund the Applegater’s printing and mailing costs for the year. Tickets are $50 per person, […]

By | May 30th, 2016|Community, Event News, Now|Comments Off on Help Support the Applegater at Summer Soiree