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DESTINATION IMAGINATION:  for creative, innovative K-12 students

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In the Destination Imagination (DI) Challenge program, two to seven-member teams focus on finding solutions to two separate types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges. Then they present their solutions to Appraisers in Tournament-style settings. By working together to develop solutions, participants push the limits of their imaginations to better themselves and best their competition. DI is an international …

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Medford to open first Hebrew School

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Bringing Jewish Life to Medford, Oregon! Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will open the first ever Hebrew school in Medford, Oregon beginning this October of 2018 for children ages 3-12. The Hebrew School will be servicing the areas of Medford, Jacksonville, Grants Pass, and suburbs. “Our Regional Jewish Center is located in Ashland but we saw a great need …

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Park & Play: Providing Free Summertime Fun!

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Looking for free children’s activities to kick those the summertime blues? The Park & Play program provides free activities, sports, crafts and bounce houses guaranteed to deliver a positive and enjoyable experience for your kids. The Park & Play crew brings a mobile recreation vehicle and leads children in fun, engaging outdoor activities aimed to increase activity, creativity, and build …

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Organic Cherry-picking Days at Valley View Orchard

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June is cherry-picking month in Southern Oregon!  If you don’t have your own cherry trees to pick from, consider heading over to Valley View Orchard at exit 19 in Ashland next season.   This organic Farm also offers U-pick peaches, apricots, grapes and more when in season, so mark your calendars and follow them on Facebook for their Picking Times. …

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Youth Programs at Rogue Rock Gym!

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Rogue Rock Gym was founded in 2005 by Ashland resident Matt Lambert, who recognized the need for a modern indoor rock climbing facility in Southern Oregon. Rogue Rock Gym is Southern Oregon’s first full service indoor climbing gym with 30ft tall walls, over 6,000sq ft of climbing terrain, 33 rope stations, qualified instruction, youth programs, and fitness equipment. Rogue Rock …

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BABY RHYME TIME

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BABY RHYME TIME is at 11:00am on Thursdays! Baby Rhyme Time a socialization group for new parents with very young children (newborn up to 24 months). The group meets weekly at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library. The one-hour group provides opportunities for new parents and their babies to meet other families and to learn through sharing ideas and play. …

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THE BUG MAN COMETH

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  Interviewed and written by Lois Pierce   Natural History is an important part of ANY science program and it’s been brought to the Southern Oregon area for 7 years by a very POPULAR company that caters to ALL ages at ALL locations. BUGS-R-US Educational Services provides hands-on fun and education to 5 counties in 2 states. Its owner, John …

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Celebrate Meal Time With Your Family!

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Celebrate Meal Time With Your Family! By Elycia Bechard, LPC Therapist at The Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County   As families gather together for the holidays it can be a great opportunity to step back and remember the importance of connection.  If you are fortunate enough to have positive memories from your childhood experience of family meals, try to …

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Geocaching provides hours of free outdoor adventures for the whole family!

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     Geocaching provides hours of free outdoor adventures for the whole family! By Alex and Amanda Smith Geocaching has been around since 2000 and in recent years has expanded into one of the hottest family activities for all ages. Geocaching is a treasure hunt using GPS technology to find real life treasures hidden in plain sight all around the …

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Be the mom she needs

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Be the mom she needs    5 ways to stay connected during the tween years   Tween. Yes, that is exactly where she is. Wherever that is. She is still a child, but she is finding a new voice and attitude that is unfamiliar. “Geez, mom! What’s the big deal? I’ll be done in a minute…” (in a sassy tone). …