AIFF Format Change, Live Streams and Virtual Events from Rogue Valley: Feb. 11 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

The Ashland Independent Film Festival has announced changes to this year’s format. See the list below. File photo

Focus on the Ashland independent film festival

The AIFF has announced that its 21st annual festival, originally scheduled for April 14-28, will now take place virtually on its Events Channel from April 1-10. Due to recent circumstances and news surrounding COVID-19, the organization has made the decision to postpone its in-person festival to ensure the health and safety of its patrons, in addition to the community at large, according to a statement from hurry.

“Our community deserves the best this festival has to offer, and we select films that are fantastic, entertaining and inspiring, with our Ashland audience in mind,” said AIFF Artistic Director Roberta Munroe. “This team of employees, interns and volunteers works around the clock to ensure that our members see a world of cinema that maintains a high standard worthy of Ashland who loves cinema. Plus, all of our filmmakers are excited to screen their work specifically for Ashland.

AIFF’s Eventive channel can be accessed on televisions, computers and mobile devices, or through Eventive’s Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV or Android TV apps. With an extremely strong and diverse schedule of independent films, there will be something for everyone.

Cited by MovieMaker Magazine multiple times as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” and one of the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Price of Admission”, AIFF screens more than 100 documentaries, , animations and independent short films to be included in the festival program.

Recurring events

Ashland Senior Activities

A variety of virtual activities and services are available for adults 50 and older Monday through Friday through the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. See or call 541-488-5342 for complete listings.

Visit to the native plant garden

Take a virtual tour through 11 gardens to explore our region’s native trees, shrubs, perennials and wildflowers at Included are an eco-restoration garden, a permaculture mini-farm, a small urban garden and more. Free entry; donations to the Jackson County Master Gardeners Association will be accepted. For more information, call 541-227-1358.

Historic Jacksonville Virtual Tour

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. has created a variety of virtual ways for you to explore the National Historic City of Jacksonville. Watch two videos online – a 30-minute “Walk through History” virtual tour that takes you to 23 different sites, and a 45-minute “Jacksonville Historic Homes” video tour that visits 27 different historic homes, including 1855 Mathew Wood G. Kennedy House, the 1873 Beekman House, and the 1892 Jeremiah Nunan House. Read two text-based virtual tours “Beekman Bank Nuggets” and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call” or the “Walk through History” blog to learn more about specific historic sites in Jacksonville. You can also read stories of beer, wine, whiskey, saloons and “entrepreneurs” in the “Thirsty Thursday” online series. For more information or to access, see

February Events

Public Safety Presentation — “Sexual and Relationship Violence: It’s Time to Change”

Susan Moen, Executive Director of the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, will present “Sexual and Relationship Abuse: It’s Time for a Change,” 4-6 p.m. Sunday, February 13, via Zoom . Moen will review the risks, social norms and stereotypes that encourage sexual violence. She will present harm prevention programs and strategies. A discussion will follow the presentation. Registration is mandatory. To register and for more details, visit

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will host Ann Baracker, librarian and volunteer from the Southern Oregon Historical Society, who will present “Who is my Oma? Doing Jewish Research,” from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 17, via Zoom. Baracker will show the wealth of Jewish genealogy research resources and how to use them while learning about the life and family of “Omi Schulen”, this little German Jewish grandmother who has never spoken about her life before. Admission is $20, registration required. To register, visit Once registered, you will receive an email the day before the course with the Zoom invitation.

Brain Books Discussion Group

The adult reading group will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month via Zoom. On Tuesday, February 22, the book being discussed will be “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide” by Crystal Fleming. For more details or to register, visit and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you upon registration.

Author talk

Jackson County Library Services will host author Robin Wall Kimmerer for its second annual free Rogue Reads Author Talk. Kimmerer will discuss his work, topics from his book, “Braiding Sweetgrass,” and answer questions from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, via Zoom. Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated teacher and registered member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Send your questions to [email protected] Pre-registration required. Rogue Reads is the JCLS program that encourages everyone in Jackson County to read and discuss the same books. For more details or to register, visit and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you upon registration.

gypsy soul

Folk, soul and roots duo Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit will perform a live concert as part of their ongoing “Front Row with Gypsy Soul” series at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. A pre-show will begin at 4:45 p.m. The duo will perform a mix of originals and covers during the hour/hour-and-a-half hour show. The concert is available to stream live via Facebook, YouTube and Twitch, and on the Gypsy Soul website ( The show is a “pay what you want” basis. Once on the duo’s website, you’ll find a “virtual tip jar,” where you can use PayPal or a credit card to start the show. You don’t have to sign up for anything unless you want to get a reminder for the gig or want to be part of the chat/commentary during the gig.

Teen stories

Teens can participate in a live general knowledge game using Zoom and the Kahoot platform at 4:30 p.m. on the last Monday (February 28) of each month. Connect to the Zoom meeting to view questions and answer them on the Kahoot app or website. You don’t need an account to play, just the app and game PIN, which will be provided to us during the Zoom meeting. This quiz will contain 70 questions on a variety of topics. For more details or to register, visit and click on Programs and Events, then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you upon registration.

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