Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE! reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more</a>.

Preview Exhibit of Selected Art at Old Town Framing

Clatsop Community College LogoOld Town Framing, 1287 Commercial Street in Astoria, will host a Preview Exhibit of selected artwork to be presented at the 2014 Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction to benefit Clatsop Community College. The exhibit opened at 5pm on March 8 as part of the Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk and continues through April 6. Viewers will be able to register and begin bidding on the works presented.


The 2014 Preview Exhibit features approximately 15 of the more than 60 artists who will be presented at the Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction on April 12 at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. Participating artists include, for example, Roger Dorband, Stirling Gorsuch, Carol Riley, Charles Schweigert, Gin Laughery, David Lee Myers, Neal Maine and Christi Payne. A wide range of media will be represented. In addition to stunning original artwork, the Auction highlights opportunities to participate in activities including classes, outdoor experiences, arts and cultural events and gourmet meals.


Tickets for the 2014 Arts & Experience Dinner and Auction are on sale now at 503-338-2306 for $75. Sponsorship opportunities also remain available.

LifeTrack Youth Center and Art Gallery Opens Tomorrow!!


LifeTrack Youth Center and Art Gallery March 1 2014 Grand Opening Announcement

CHAPpy Valentines Day!

The Children’s Healing Art Project works in southern Oregon, too! Please help support this important service, which puts art to work on behalf of hurting and dying children!

Looking for another way to help CHAP share the love and the
healing power of art?
It’s as simple as shopping at Fred Meyer.
Link your rewards card to CHAP (id # 84984) and we will receive a donation every time you shop.
 Easy as pie!

We are also excited to announce that we are the beneficiary of the
Winter Blues Festival  on February 22nd-23rd for a 3rd year in a row!!!  We are SO grateful to coordinator LeeAnn Gibbons and her team for their continued support of CHAP.
This is a fantastic music event ranging from old time Blues to contemporary Blues.
To purchase tickets or learn more about the
Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Our first ever


JOIN US & help us make our$2500 goal
Click here for easy and secure online giving.
And click here here for an awesome video we made showcasing many of the hearts and art to be found at CHAP HQ.
Funds raised during this challenge will go to support our TEEN ART CLUB, kicking off this March.
Since we are participating in Global Giving’s Bonus Day all donations TODAY will be matched 30% up to $1000 until the funds are gone.
So give early and spread the word! We can also win a bonus $1000 if we have the most donations and/or most # of donors, so every gift counts.
A gift of any size will help cover the cost of art supplies for Teen Art Club this year. 
 Make a Valentine’s Gift  to CHAP in honor of your someone special and they will receive a tribute card.

So much love and gratitude to all of you!!!!
Roxie, Heather, Wendi, Natalia, Faye, Mary, Maxine, Carolyn, Sharon,Grace and Mike

 Children’s Healing Art Project
1910 SE 11th
Portland, OR 97214

Tickets on sale for Black, White & The Blues Fundraising Auction & Dance Party

logo for the Grants Pass Museum of ArtTickets are now available for the 27th annual Black, White & The Blues, a fundraising event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art.  The event will be on February 15th and, as in past years, will once again be held at the Wheeler Toyota showroom in Grants Pass (375 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass, OR 97527; Tel 541-476-6858).

There will be a live auction of about 30 original works of art created by artists in Southern Oregon as well as a silent auction.  Art for the live auction can be previewed, along with viewing and bidding for the silent auction from January 14 through February 14 at the Grants Pass Museum of Art, 229 SW G Street, Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 4pm.

Cris Caldwell, who has donated his time and talents to the event for many years, will once again be the event’s auctioneer.  Dance party starts after the auction to the music of the Curtis Salgado Band ( ) until midnight.  Silent auction starts when door opens at 6pm and closes at 7:30pm.  Live auction starts at 8:30 pm and continues till all items are auctioned.

Tickets are $60 per person or $420 for a table of 8, includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.  Now available for purchase by calling the Grants Pass Museum of Art at 541.479.3290 (ask for Patti or Chris). Seating is limited.

Black, White & The Blues ~ Benefit for Grants Pass Museum of Art

THis is the logo for the 2014 Annual Black, White and The Blues benefit event for the GRants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass, Oregon.GPMA announces Annual Black, White & the Blues 2014 event

2014 will be the 27th year of the Black, White & The Blues, the annual fund-raising event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art. The event will be on February 15th and, as in past years, will once again be held at the Wheeler Toyota showroom in Grants Pass.

There will be a live auction of about 30 original works of art created by artists in Southern Oregon as well as a silent auction.  Cris Caldwell, who has donated his time and talents to the event for many years, will once again be the event’s auctioneer.  Dance party starts after the auction to the music of the Curtis Salgado Band. Learn more about Curtis Salgado here!  until midnight.  Silent auction starts when door opens at 6pm and closes at 7:30pm.  Live auction starts at 8:30 pm and continues till all items are auctioned.

Tickets are $60 per person or $420 for a table of 8, and include hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.  Now available for purchase by calling the Grants Pass Museum of Art at 541.479.3290 (ask for Patti or Chris). Seating is limited.

Curtis Salgado

On February 15th award winning Blues phenomenon Curtis Salgado will be singing up a storm to benefit the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass, Oregon by performing at Black, White & the Blues.  Those attending the BWB event will enjoy an auction of original paintings and sculpture from local artists followed by dancing the night away to the rhythms of Curtis Salgado and his Band.

Those who follow Curtis will be pleased to know he is once again the recipient of the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist of the Year.  Blues Revue says, “Salgado is one of the most down-to-earth, soulful honest singers ever, and his harmonica is smoking and thoroughly invigorating, rollicking, funky and electrifying”.

Those who are not familiar with Mr. Salgado may be interested to learn that back in 1977, while filming Animal House, actor John Belushi caught one of Curtis’ shows, became a friend, and was inspired to create the Blues Brothers skit for Saturday Night Live.

Black, White & the Blues is now in its 27th year raising money for the Grants Pass Museum of Art and helping fund art exhibits, educational programs for children and adults, and hosting artist talks and First Friday Art Nights.

If you are interested in an evening of amazing music, great food, a no-host bar and live and silent art auctions you should consider attending the Black, White & the Blues event. You can reach the Museum through its website or by calling 541.479.3290 to inquire about tickets.

Tickets now available for Black, White & The Blues Auction & Dance Party

Tickets are now available for the 27th annual Black, White & The Blues, a fundraising event for the Grants Pass Museum of Art.  The event will be on February 15th and, as in past years, will once again be held at the Wheeler Toyota showroom in Grants Pass.

There will be a live auction of about 30 original works of art created by artists in Southern Oregon as well as a silent auction.  Cris Caldwell, who has donated his time and talents to the event for many years, will once again be the event’s auctioneer.  Dance party starts after the auction to the music of the Curtis Salgado Band ( ) until midnight.  Silent auction starts when door opens at 6pm and closes at 7:30pm.  Live auction starts at 8:30 pm and continues till all items are auctioned.

Tickets are $60 per person or $420 for a table of 8, includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.  Now available for purchase by calling the Grants Pass Museum of Art at 541.479.3290 (ask for Patti or Chris). Seating is limited.

Hope Wine, Dine and Shop Holiday Arts and Craft Sale

Flywer for Wine, Dine and Shop Holiday Event to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center

Wine, Dine and Shop Holiday Event – We hope you will attend this extraordinary art event to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center! There will be at least two members of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource there to share their beautiful art and artisan crafts – Janet Tam London and Judy Elliot

CHAPlandia 2013 Benefit for the Children’s Healing Art Project

14Editor’s note: The Children’s Healing Art Project is based in Portland but also operates healing art projects for children with life-threatening and terminal conditions in southern Oregon. If you can’t make this amazing benefit, please consider a donation to this important charity this giving season! Click their logo above to learn about more ways you can contribute to their work.

It’s not often that an autistic DJ sets the beat for a charity event but that’s the kind of healing power of art Children’s Healing Art Project plans to celebrate at our colorful CHAPlandia event 

November 2nd at Sandbox Studio.


CHAPlandia: a celebration of art + healing benefitting the Children’s Healing Art Project will be held November 2 at Sandbox Studio, and we are SO excited to invite you to join us!!

The live and silent auction event will feature “CHAPpy hour” set to beats, libations and treats from DJ Sylvester, Atlas Cider Co, DRY Soda Co, Migration Brewing and Nel Centro. Local culinary wonder, Gregory Gourdet of Departure will create a CHAP-inspired menu and celebrated Portland baker and best-selling cookbook author, Julie Richardson of Baker & Spice continues the tradition of “Carl’s Crazy Cakes”a magical collaboration with CHAP Art Club stars.

To entice you further, auction packages include a stay in a beach front cottage in Belize, a few nights at a bed & breakfast in Peru, original CHAP art signed by the artists themselves, spa treatments and so much more!!!

Last year, CHAPlandia gave us the leg-up we needed to grow the mission:

  •  We added 2 days at existing hospitals (Doernbecher, Knight Cancer Institute and Schnitzer Diabetes Center) and OHSU Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic joined the line-up.
  • We also increased Art Club offerings for out-of-hospital children and families: open studio Art Club hours and a DSNO (Down Syndrome Network Oregon) Art Club.
  • Our community outreach programs remain in highest demand.

“We know that there is healing power in art because we see it everyday. CHAPlandia reflects our inclusive and colorful view on the world and enables us to continue our programs and extend our reach to the children and families that need it most. Response to our first CHAPlandia event was amazing–it mirrored what we hear about our programming:

‘this is different than anything like this,we want more!’ “


- CHAP Executive Director, Roxie McGovern



Here are some ways you can help make CHAPlandia a success for a second year in a row:

  • If your company/business is able and inclined, buy a table!
  • Gather a group of fun friends to make a table!
  • If you or your company are in a position to become a CHAP partner on a larger scale, please let us know and we can share more details about becoming a CHAP art-program sponsor.
For those of you have received invites in the mail already…we want to let you know that tickets will still be available after October 1.
We cant wait to see you there!!!!!


Your friends at CHAP: Roxie, Mary, Maxine, Nisha, Sharon, Wendi, Carolyn, Heather and Mike!

Empty Bowls 2013

Empty Bowls Event Flyer 2013

TICKETS:  Available at Options for Southern Oregon, 1215 SW ‘G’ Street, Grants Pass or purchase online at (click Events; then click on Empty Bowls link; scroll to bottom of page), or call Ellen Johnson at 541.476.2373.  Tickets are $25 each and should be purchased in advance.


FUNDRAISER BENEFICIARY:  Options for Southern Oregon, Josephine County Food Bank, and the Gospel Rescue Mission. Proceeds will benefit the elderly and families in our community.


The seventh Empty Bowls event in Grants Pass, Oregon will again be held at Parkway Christian Center located at 229 NE Beacon Drive in Grants Pass on Monday, October 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Guests choose a handcrafted bowl and are then served a simple meal of soup and bread in a handmade bowl they select and keep as a reminder of hunger in our community.


This year Options is collaborating with the Josephine County Food Bank and the Gospel Rescue Mission to host the annual Empty Bowls event.  The three agencies see a great need to provide food and access to food for an increasing number of people in our community, especially the elderly and families.


“We are seeing an increased number of elderly folks and families accessing the Food Bank,” says Susan Schuefele, Manager for the UCAN/Josephine County Food Bank. “Food prices continue to rise and those on fixed incomes are finding themselves needing to access the Food Bank to supplement their already stretched budgets.”


Parkway Christian Center Pastor, Dennis Webber, says that the Empty Bowls Project is core to the values we all live by that bring joy and meaning to life. “People doing things together is better than doing it alone and it is an opportunity for us to partner with the greater community who have life challenges,” says Webber.


“We so appreciate our local restaurants who donate gourmet soups and homemade bread for this special night,” says Ellen Johnson, Options’ Development Director. “This is a night to honor those in need in our community.  If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation.”


Options’ residential clients, Grants Pass High School Ceramics, and local artists like Roxanne Hunnicutt, join every year to make bowls for this event.  “Watching people choose the bowl that “speaks to them” is a delightful experience. It’s a powerful and emotional event,” says Johnson.


Options is Josephine County’s Mental Health Provider. The nonprofit agency serves approximately 5,000 children, adults and families each year.  The Josephine County Food Bank is currently providing food access to about 13,000 individuals each month. Karla McCafferty, Executive Director of Options says, “All three of our agencies have long been community partners and have been working together to address individual, family and community issues such as poverty and hunger.  Empty Bowls is truly an example of our community coming together to address a very real and desperate need.”


This year’s event sponsors are American West Bank, Northwest Health Foundation, J. D. Fulwiler Insurance Company, and Bank of the Cascades.  Please join us at the annual Empty Bowls event and help alleviate hunger in Josephine County. Our local event is an opportunity to discuss food and hunger in our community.  Learn more about how to keep our community healthy.


“Our agencies provide a vital source of hope and support for so many of the vulnerable people in our community,” says McCafferty.


Tickets still available for “Masqued Moon” ~ This Saturday, October 5!

Detail from “Masqued Moon” by Katharine Gracey
Saturday, October 5, 2013
purchase-ticket-button View our Catalog of live auction items

at Kids Unlimited
821 North Riverside Drive, Medford

5:00 pm Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour
followed by
Dinner  & Live Auction

Dinner prepared by Jacksonville Inn Catering
Wine donated by Weisinger’s of Ashland
Music by Pat O’Scannell &
Kevin Carr
Entertainment by Le Cirque Center’s Levity

$60 Per Person

DucksvsBeaverposter 2 Two thrilling Raffles:

Civil War Tickets
Two phenomenally good seats -
only 35 rows up on the 40 yard line – for the Civil War, Ducks vs Beavers game at the Autzen Stadium, Nov. 29th, 4:00 pm

Instant Wine Cellar
Win over 75 bottles of wine, each bottle *valued at $20 or more. Over $1500 value

$20 for one raffle ticket
$100 for 6 raffle tickets

Drawings held Oct.5
at the Rogue Gallery’s Auction Fundraiser
No need to be present to win.


All proceeds support the Rogue Gallery & Art Center exhibits and educational programs

Tickets Available at
Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S. Bartlett St. -  downtown Medford
hours: Tues-Fri 10-5 & Sat 11-3
541-772-8118 -

Rogue Gallery & Art Center will be closed
Saturday, October 5
for the auction.

Josephine County Non Profit Network News September 16, 2013 Edition

Josephine County
Non Profit Network Newsletter

A timely newsletter to keep you informed.

     Well, well, well.  Our Social Media Bootcamp ended with forty very happy attendees.  And we want more – so there will be more.  Kelli and I have discussed a possible workshop in February featuring more advanced features of Social Media and digging into blogging. Blogs are in and we may as well figure out what they are good for and how to do them properly.  So, stay tuned!  Here’s a look at Friday!
As you can see below – there is another workshop coming  up.  This one is very different.  It’s all about fund raising and development and stewardship and board engagement.  This will be the last JoCoNet workshop this year.  Don’t miss it.


Marcy was part of this year’s Non-Profit Leaders Conference. She is coming back to Oregon just for us.  This is a not to be missed opportunity.
We all know that chasing after money from donors is hard, depressing, and not effective.  What is the easiest way to get people involved?  You ask THEM what they are interested in.
You “steward” your potential donors and in the end – you end up with a win win situation.  Something that everyone can smile about.  It’s all about M & Ms according to Marcy – Mind Set and Method.
In this new workshop on October 11, you will experience techniques and learn ideas that are simple and yet mind boggling.  Why didn’t “we” think of that before.
There are bonuses – we want more than one person from an organization to attend so we are making the registration fee fit that dream.  First person is $75.  Next people are $60 each.
AND AND AND – Steve and Josh Welch and Steve Roe have graciously offered to pay for Marcy’s book for the first 50 people to register.  That’s a $24.95 value!  If you want to know more about Marcy, click her picture.

Nominate a person, department or organization
to receive the 2013 Sandler Award!

The Sandler Award is presented to recognize a person, department or organization that has shown exemplary work in response to sexual violence in their community. The intent of this award is to highlight the importance of education, awareness, prevention and prosecution in respect to sexual assault while maintaining a victim-centered approach.

Each year this award is presented at the Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium. The selected winner of this award will receive one scholarship to attend this year’s conference, recognition as the 2013 award winner and trophy.
Created in 2012, this award honors Detective Diane Sandler who has demonstrated an outstanding response to sexual violence throughout her career as a law enforcement officer. Diane Sandler is an ideal example of a person who effectively balances victim-centered investigations and the prosecution of sexual predators. Diane Sandler, a detective with the Medford, Oregon Police Department, continues to work tirelessly to bring justice to both child and adult survivors of sexual assault.
Nominations must be received by Friday, October 4th 2013
Follow this link to make a nomination:!sandler-award-info
More information about the 2013 Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium can be found at:
FIBER FAIR  September 26 & 27


Fiberoptic Lighting is having its first ever public sale.  Over the last 25 years they have created many gorgeous trade show displays that are just too beautiful to hide in crates.  Some of these might be just perfect for a non-profit environment.  Find someone to buy it for you or purchase it yourselves.  All sales are final.  For more information you can contact them at
The sale will be from 9am – 4pm both days 
950 Southeast M Street in Grants Pass.
This video is only one example.

From the very generous Ford Family Foundation.  And the service is now on line.  All you have to do is fill out the form – receive the book – read the book and do a very short review of the book.  Then you can have another one. And you never have to return the book.  What a fabulous resource for all people and organizations.  Thank you Ford Family Foundation.  Just click the pix.
call for artists



The Oregon Arts Commission has set deadlines for two of its programs geared toward emerging arts organizations and those that serve rural or underserved communities throughout the state:

Arts Recognition Grants                    Applications due September 10, 5 pm

Arts Build Communities Grants        Applications due October 1, 5 pm  


 Guidelines for Connecting Students to the World of Work Grants Posted

Letters of Intent for New Funds Accepted Until October 1, 2013


The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with the Oregon Cultural Trust, announces Connecting Students to the World of Work, a new grant program to support underserved students in grades 6 through 12 with professional learning opportunities in arts and creative career fields.  Letters of intent to apply for the new funds are due by October 1, 2013.  A small pool of competitive applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, due on November 18, 2013.


Grants amounts will range from $20,000 to $50,000 and will support activity occurring between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Grant guidelines – click here!

This is a brand new workshop that will span a few months with hands on training for grant writing.  The first session is October 2.
JoCoCultural Coalition

The Josephine County Cultural Coalition has put their grant application on line.  You can link to it by clicking their logo.
Aren’t our local community supporters just so fantastic!  YAY!


Sept and Oct 2013
The Grants Pass Branch of the Josephine Community Library’s Above the Shelves exhibit spaces has been taken over by the Southern Oregon Modern Quilt Guild.  Nineteen quilters from all over Southern Oregon are exhibiting over 20 bright and bold mini quilts and asking “Quilting Outside the Blox: What Makes A Quilt Modern” located near the Circulation Desk. Quilts and information also fill the Glass Case, Glass Room and shelves in the Computer Room.

Grants Pass Museum of Art is hosting the 2013 National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition. The National Watercolor Society has a long tradition of supporting some of the finest painters working in water media in the United States and abroad. This prestigious exhibit features 30 artworks selected from over 1000 entries. In addition to GPMA, the exhibition schedule includes Massachusetts, North Carolina, Michigan, and Arizona. Click the pix for more information.

The butterfly pavillion at the Rusk Nature Center.  Come one come all.  Enjoy the last “wings” of summer.
Rusk Ranch Nature Center
27746 Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction, OR 97523

Barnstormers Theatre kicks off this years season with a fun play called the Nerd.  It’s directed by Royal Standley and looks like it will be loads of fun.  See your favorite actors.  Enjoy the oldest community theater in Oregon.
Click the pix to buy some tix.
COHO (Choosing Options, Honoring Options) will be hosting two training sessions on October 18 and November 22 for anyone who is interested in becoming an Advance Care Planning Facilitator, certified by Respecting Choices of Gunderson Lutheran, La Crosse, Wisconsin.

download the brochure with all of the necessary dates, registration information, and course requirements. CLICK HERE.
If you have any questions, our phone number is 541-292-6466 or you can email me at officeatjeffersonregionalhealthalliancedotorg.

Eat LocalCLICK THE PIX TO JOIN THE CONTEST.  You could be a winner!

Josephine Community Libraries will hold open auditions for the annual Readapalooza Page One Read-Off in the Grants Pass branch at 200 N.W. C St.
Participants will be asked to read the first page of a book of their choice, using dramatic technique and style, and will be judged on content, material selection, and theatrical performance.
RVNNThe Nonprofit Association of Oregon is joined by the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network (RVNN) in presenting this comprehensive training series designed to provide timely information and resources on nonprofit management and fund development practices. Become a season pass holder or mark your calendar for the sessions that interest you!September 18, 2013

How to Be a Great Nonprofit Board Member
For a complete list of the year’s offerings – click the logo

Grants Pass Community Center, 234 SW L Street, Grants Pass
Movie Night “Genetic Roulette: the Gamble of Our Lives”
The GMO Free organization wants to promote the education and awareness of genetically-engineered foods
It’s free!  And for more information please click the pix.  And this time you don’t have to buy tix because it’s FREE!
got talent year 4

SEPTEMER 21  7:00- 9:30 PM

Gala Ballet Folklorico Show

North Medford High School Auditorium

Featuring Ballet Folklorico de Tejulpilco, Mexico

Plus Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre

Presale tickets- (La Placita, El Tapatio & others)

Adults $10  Children $5  students/seniors $8

At the door-

Adults $12  Children $6  students/seniors $10

AAUW brunch

AAUW Welcome Brunch
What : AAUW Grants Pass Branch Welcome Brunch
Contact Membership VPs Velma Woods (woodsatgrantspassdotcom) or Marianne Dryer (readandshopatyahoodotcom) for more information
The Bear Hotel, 2101 Spalding Ave., Grants Pass Why: Our first meeting of the year to greet old friends, welcome new members and hear from scholarship recipients Link to a website:
Jo Library

The community is invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the building of the Wolf Creek Library on Saturday, September 21 from 12-5 p.m. at the Wolf Creek branch of Josephine Community Libraries, 102 Ruth Avenue.
Join the Wolf Creek Friends of the Library and enjoy activities for kids, live music, fall harvest vendors, cider pressing, a book sale and silent auction. The Wolf Creek Firefighter’s Association will also offer Tri Tip BBQ for $6, including salad choices, bread, dessert, and drink.

At the RCC Building
Kerby, Oregon

SEPTEMBER 25 AT 6:30 pm
Expert Panel Presentation “What’s the Problem with GMOs?”
Fruitdale Elementary School Gym, 1560 Bill Baker Way, Grants Pass
A 3-person panel comprised of a local doctor, a scientist and an organic farmer discuss the scientific, health, and economic issues associated with GMOs.
For more information click the pix.  There are not tix because this panel discussion is FREE!

SEPTEMBER 26   Click the pix to register
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A Closer Look at Rare and Sensitive Bryophytes and Lichens
Delve into the Pacific Northwest’s diverse lichen and bryophyte population, including many species officially recognized as rare and/or sensitive. We’ll address these species in classroom discussions and lab work and also cover species newly discovered in the region.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Mary Paetzel’s Life Story through her Art and Writing
Mary Paetzel (1919-2007) was a self-taught writer, artist, botanist,and life-long lover of wildflowers, butterflies, and solitary wasps and bees – an extraordinary naturalist.
SEPTEMBER 28  Noon – 4pm
FREE Family Water Carnival Grants Pass Family YMCA
Fun, quality time for families to spend together
For more information click 
SEPTEMBER 28 FROM 9-11:30Learn how to write and draw graphic novels with Artist Phil Yeh during a free Graphic Novel Workshop at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries.The workshop is open to all ages.


Phil Yeh has written and illustrated more than 90 books during his career and is one of the pioneers of the graphic novel having published his first comic book in 1977. But, Yeh’s true passion is reading education, and in 1985, he founded Cartoonists Across America in support of literacy at all levels.

Yeh’s Graphic Novel Workshop is designed to help budding artists and writers create original ideas. As part of the workshop, participants will work as a group to create a comic strip with characters and a storyline. A free “Winged Tiger” from Yeh’s “Ideaship” series will be free to all attendees.

Funding for this program was made possible by the Grants Pass Friends of the Library.

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To reserve a seat for the workshop, call

541-476-0571 or email Kris Gleisner at kgleisneratjosephinelibrarydotorg.

Weebly websiteOnce an item has been posted in this newsletter a few times – if it’s a more permanent item or a Classified Ad – it will move to the website so this newletter doesn’t become more complicated. The website is a great place to visit for resources.  If you don’t see something you would like included – let me know. There’s a great “contact us” tab that you can use.  Click the new logo to check it out.
Chalk art and music all weekend long in Grants Pass.
This year’s theme is movie posters.  

For details about the Art Along the Rogue Street Painting and Music Festival – CLICK HERE

October 4th through the 27th
Out of the Mainstream
Art Presence Art Center, 206 North 5th Street, Jacksonville, Oregon
To learn more visit the website:
The Oregon Employer Council of Josephine County They are currently collecting donations of GENTLY USED fall and winter clothes. You may drop your donations to UCAN/RSVP on NE 8th St between the hours of 9- noon or 1-5, Monday thru Friday OR at Worksource Oregon, 1569 NE F St in the Parkway Village Shopping Center next to Sears. Hours are 8-5, Monday thru Friday.
Oregon Arts Summit
At the Josephine County Fairgrounds
7th annual Options for Success provided by HASL and DHS
Watch for more details.


Marcy Heim will be here for a full day workshop sponsored by JoCoNet.  Here’s a preview of Marcy.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
OCTOBER 12 – at 10am
Barnstormers Theatre is having it’s first ever costume sale.  AND it’s before Halloween.  Can anything be better.
Save this date and be ready to shop till you drop!

October 14, 2012 – EMPTY BOWLS

WHERE: Parkway Christian Center, 229 NE Beacon Drive, Grants Pass, OR (across from Fred Meyer)

TICKETS:  Available at Options for Southern Oregon, 1215 SW ‘G’ Street, Grants Pass or purchase online at (click Events and Fundraisers; then click on Empty Bowls link), or call Ellen Johnson at 541.476.2373.  Tickets are $25 each and should be purchased in advance.  Tickets will be available in August.

FUNDRAISER BENEFICIARY:  The hungry in Josephine County

CONTACT PERSON:  Ellen Johnson, Development Director at 476-2373 or email at ejohnsonatoptionsonlinedotorg


OCTOBER 15   1:30-5 p.m.

Preparing for Insurance Reform in 2014


Evergreen Bank’s Bear Hotel

Spalding Ave., Grants Pass

click here to download more information


The Hearth Storytelling event
The theme is “Crime Scene”
Save the date for our next Hearth event scheduled for Thursday, October 17th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon. If you have a story that fits the theme (prison. jail. court system. wrong-doing. arrest. prosecution. wrong accusation. victim. punishment.)
please contact Mark at yaconelliatmsndotcom.
All proceeds from event will go to On Track addiction recovery programs in Medford, Oregon.
OCTOBER 18, 19 & 20
Artoberfest at the Southern Oregon Art Guild
OCTOBER 19  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Annual Board Training (Center for Non Profit Stewardship)
Ashland Springs Hotel
212 E Main Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520

Click here for more information

OCTOBER 19 – 9th annual AAUW Kitchen Tour

Fundraiser for College Scholarships

Saturday October 19, 2013

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Josephine Community Library presents Readapooza

Southern Oregon E-Xpo

Sponsored by Rogue Community College, Linx Technologies,

Charter Business, Infostructure, Sleaddventures

October 25th, 2013, Medford School District Education Center

815 S Oakdale, Medford, OR


OCTOBER 28 & 29 – Sexual Assault Training
Registration is now open for those who would like to attend.
December 5-9
Rogue Winterfest at the Bear Hotel
Add to this list of events and happenings
If you want to announce an event or fund raiser or workshop or milestone – please email                                                            Hyla Here   (hyla1atearthlinkdotnet?subject=JoCoNet%20announcement&body=HI%21%0AI%20want%20to%20announce%20my%20event%20or%20happening%3A%0AWhat%3A%0AWhen%3A%0AHow%3A%0AWhere%3A%0AWhy%3A%0ALink%20to%20a%20website%3A%0AAttach%20a%20document%3F%0AInclude%20a%20picture%3F%0A%0AThanks)  
We want to keep this momentum alive and well.  Engage and collaborate!  It’s a good thing.