Mayor Becker’s Community Spirit Is Infectious – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – April 2017

Jacksonville Mayor Paul Becker’s transition from New York City to our small village is a story of finding one’s place in the world and is replete with the usual ups and downs, triumphs, defeats, sadness and elation. Paul was born in 1929 on the upper West Side of New York City. […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Now, Sensational Seniors|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 […]

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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

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

“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Community Clean-Up Day in the Cemetery is March 11 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News – March 2017

Community Clean-Up Day in the Cemetery is March 11, 2017—Please save-the-date and plan on joining the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery, volunteers from the Jacksonville Boosters Club, along with other community organizations and residents, for a Spring Clean-Up of the cemetery grounds. The fun takes place on Saturday, March […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Britt Orchestra Season Announcement on February 11th! – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – February 2017

As we enter the New Year, Britt would like to welcome Jacksonville’s newest City Council member, Steve Casaleggio. Based on our experience, the Council exhibits a strong commitment to working with citizens toward the shared vision of providing the best possible community for residents and visitors alike. They understand […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Big Snow of ’17 – by Clayton Gillette

Trail Talk – February 2017

By the time folks read this, January’s snow in Jacksonville will be a memory. One could argue that Forest Park never looked better, especially after the gray days of late December. Who would have thought that “Ski Jacksonville” would be a thing? Yet, there was that nice snowpack and miles of […]

By | January 4th, 2017|Now, Trail Talk|2 Comments

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 […]

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