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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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

Kids’ Summer Arts & Crafts Classes Announced

A wide variety of arts & crafts classes will be available for students 5 and older at The Woodcarving Place in downtown Jacksonville. In addition to watercolor and acrylic painting, charcoal and stamping, special-interest classes will be offered. For older students, a Fashion class will enable them to draw their designs and present them in […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Art News & Events, Event News, Now|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 […]

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

Iris and Shirley Demonstrate How Friendship Endures – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – May 2017

In 2012, a college friend of mine from over 50 years ago co-authored a book on how men can achieve true friendship and set the tone in the introduction by penning, “Whereas women very naturally share themselves with friends through acceptance and self-revealing conversations, men shy away from intimacy.” For this […]

By | April 27th, 2017|Now, Sensational Seniors|2 Comments

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

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|Comments Off on Mayor Becker’s Community Spirit Is Infectious – by Mike McClain

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!

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

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

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|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. […]

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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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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

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 […]

By | February 28th, 2017|Historic Cemetery News, Now|Comments Off on Community Clean-Up Day in the Cemetery is March 11 – by Dirk Siedlecki

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

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 […]

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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. […]

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