Order Your ~Build a Bat House- Stem Kit~ from BugsRUs

Fall is here and that means OCTOBER and that means HALLOWEEN and that means BATS!

Bats are victims of BAD public relations, specifically because of that FICTIONAL guy, DRACULA!

Bats have been on Earth for more than 50 million years. With over 1,400 species, they are the second largest order of mammals, and those species cover six continents. Globally, bats provide vital ecosystem services in the form of eating insect pests, plant pollination, and seed dispersal, making them essential to the health of our planet.

Making a bat-friendly place in your backyard supports the essential role bats have in the environment. All 15 different species of bats in Oregon eat insects…..mosquitoes, gnats, night flying beetles and moths.

Here’s a few BAT facts:
1.  One Little Brown Bat can eat over 1000 bugs PER HOUR!
2.  The world’s smallest bat is the Bumblebee Bat measuring 1.5 –3 inches in length and weighing  2 grams as a full-grown adult.
3.  The world’s largest bat is the Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox with a wingspan up to 6 feet!
4.  The oldest known bat was a male Brant’s myotis who lived 41 years.
5.  Of the 1,400+ species of bats in the world, only three are vampire bats that drink blood. They ONLY live in Central America NOT TRANSYLVANIA!

It’s time to help our BUG EATING friends….THE BATS!

Here’s your chance – Build your OWN BAT-HOUSE – STEM kit.
You get it ALL…..pre-cut ALL weather re-purposed plywood, screws and nails along with FULL detailed instructions to build your own BAT-HOUSE. Measures 16 in. tall, 8 in. wide and 2 ½ in. deep when finished. All you need is a hammer and screwdriver.
Features galvanized mesh for inside the house… ‘em traction to climb up inside. Will hold about 35-50 little brown bats. They will use it as a roost as well as a NURSERY!
This package also includes a BAT coloring page and detailed 3 page educational fact sheet about all 15 Oregon bats and why bats are SO important.

If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] with quantity and your address.
This is a PERFECT activity for scouts, homeschoolers or ANYONE who wants to invite these AMAZING mammals to your property.


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Southern Oregon is getting in the spirit of Halloween with Haunts, Halloween Festivals and more!

It’s going to be Spook-tacular

Flashlight Nights at Pheasant Fields Farm Corn Maze.


Haunted Maze Haunted Maze at Fort Vannoy Farms.   Located at 5791 Lower River Rd in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Brighton Academy presents : Frightmare Theater.   Located at Grants Pass Shopping Ctr, 1111 NE D. ST. (old movies six bldg) in Grants Pass, Oregon.
One Eleven Theatre Company Haunted House. Josephine County Fairgrounds, Grants Pass.
Haunted History Tours in Jacksonville.   brothels, epidemics & hangings,  arson, saloons and Oregon’s oldest Chinatown.  Located in Jacksonville, Oregon. Reservations required. 541-245-3650.
Haunted House and Graveyard in Gold Hill.   Located at the Gold Hill Museum, 504 First Ave. in Gold Hill, Oregon.
The Nightmare Chamber- Haunted House. (Not recommended for ages 10 & under) Located at 10 E 3rd St. Medford. (corner of Front & 3rd St.). Presented by Randall Theater.  For discount tickets info go to:
Oregon Tech Haunted House.  Located at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Cyrils House of Horrors.  Located at 749 SE Jackson St. Roseburg, Oregon


Monster Mac’s Lunatic Asylum. Due to the nature of our attraction, this is NOT recommended for children under the age of 13. Children 8 (or younger) will NOT be allowed on any evening haunted house. Children 15 (or younger) MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. Located at 707 High St., Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Ashland Monster Dash. Pre register for dash or come  Monster Ball, pasta party, costume contest, 1 mile fun run, 5k, 10k run/walk to benefit education. Located in Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon.


Grants Pass Shopping Center Halloween Festival.  Located at 959 NE “D” St. Grants Pass, Oregon.         




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October 2019 Cover Southern Oregon Family Magazine


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Pheasant Field Farms Harvest Festival

Pheasant Field Farms Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch is a family favorite  in the Rogue Valley.

Pheasant Field Farms Harvest Festival

Held every weekend in October there is a bounty of colorful pumpkins of all sizes to choose from and fun activities to do.


Kids will have fun in the bounce houses or getting their faces painted among other booths or climbing on the hay hill.

Pheasant Field Farms Harvest Festival

A  cow train ride ride is very popular.

Pheasant Field Farms Harvest Festival

The family can take a tractor pulled wagon ride to hear about the farm .

There is a big barn marketplace where you can do a little shopping and a cafe where you can get a bite to eat.

The huge Corn Maze is always fun and they host night time events.

Located at 1865 Camp Baker Rd, Medford, Oregon.


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Park & Play: Providing Free Summertime Fun!

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 social skills.

The daily schedule consists of a game, sport or contest, a creative art project and time in the bounce house. The bounce house is monitored closely by staff and administers a time limit to guarantee that everyone gets a chance to bounce safely.


Park & Play visits eight Medford parks Monday through Thursday, stopping at two parks each day for two hours; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

The schedule allows Park & Play to visit a park in each Medford once a week to assure that all residents have access to the program. Park & Play runs for eight weeks beginning in June.

Movie Night at Lewis Park




 The program is also available at the Rogue Credit Union Movies in the Park series providing free pre-show movie themed activities Saturday evenings from June through August at several city parks.

Go to or call 541-774-2400 for more information.


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Pear Blossom Festival

Every year in Medford, Oregon the Rogue Valley Celebrates with the Annual Pear Blossom Festival.
Beginning at the end of March with Pageants, followed by Golf Tournament, Fun Runs, Bike Rides, Food Events and more!
The Parade and Street Fair are held in downtown Medford.
There is fun for all ages! A must do event if you are visiting the Rogue Valley. 














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Medford to open first Hebrew School

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 to branch out to the Medford area to service all those families that need to drive a distance just to participate in any Jewish activities,” Rabbi Avi Zwiebel of the Chabad Jewish Center. “We are really excited to offer this opportunity and have already received a very positive response.”

“The goal of our school is to create a welcoming and dynamic environment where children can explore their Jewish heritage through interactive, hands-on, and innovative lessons,” said Faigy Zwiebel, co-director of the Chabad Jewish Center. “Our curriculum integrates Jewish Heritage, Hebrew reading and Holidays with STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and math) keeping the children on the edge of their seats.”

“The underlying approach is that the children thoroughly enjoy their time spent at Hebrew school so that they are left with positive experiences and a greater appreciation for Jewish life,” adds Rabbi Avi Zwiebel.

Chabad of Southern Oregon is known for bringing Judaism to the “streets” giving others, no matter their level of knowledge or observance, the opportunity to experience the beauty and joy of their heritage. Some of their innovative programs include public Menorah lightings, Shofar blowing in the park, Pop up Jewish.Deli and Sukkah on Wheels. And now, bringing Jewish life to Medford!

Hebrew school will be held for children ages 3-12 on Sunday mornings at the Medford library until a more permanent location is found. No membership is required to enroll.

To register or for more information, email  [email protected] or call 541-482-2778 

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Our Southern Oregon Summer Camp Guide advertisers are here to answer your questions  when you are looking for the right camp for your kids .

                         Make it a Summer to Remember! 


A week at a youth or family camp at Big Lake provides campers with the environment and the opportunity to gain better self-awareness, set and achieve goals, and have a blast. We offer friendship, encouragement, adventure, and enough fun to make memories for a lifetime.

Body Basics and Beyond. Classes, Workshops and retreats located in Ashland, Oregon.



Rogue Valley Tutoring Center offers numerous Academic Camps for ages 3-13 to keep your child learning and growing all summer long! Math, Science, Reading, Nature, Crafts & more! Fight “Summer Brain Drain” and enroll today. Call or Text 541.779.2010.


Ashland Children’s Theatre offers a variety of theatrical experiences for children and teens starting in July in Ashland, Oregon.


ScienceWorks Museum offers Summer Day Camps for ages K- 12th.  1025 E. Main St. in Ashland, Oregon.


Have fun and get creative at Art4Joy Summer Camps. Located on Biddle Rd in Medford, Oregon.


Le Cirque Centre offers week long Summer Day Camps from June through August in Ashland, Oregon. 9am  -2pm for ages 51/2 -11 years. Tumbling, trampoline, silks, trapeze, Hoop, ball walking and more in Ashland, Oregon.

Friendship Mountain Day Camp at Ashland Zen Center for Ages 7-11 from June 17 through 21  from 9am-3pm.  Make new friends, have fun, learn meditation and mindfulness. Camp activities include tinkering, origami, Lego play, water play, baking, building, gardening, respect and kindness.  for children from any background located in Ashland, Oregon.

Adventure on Friendship Mountain. Overnight camp for age 12-15, July 22- 26. Campers support each other in close knit peer groups, completely unplugged on a joyful adventure of self discovery. For children from any background located in Ashland, Oregon.

HIGS GYM Summer Parkour Camps for ages 5-9 and ages 10-18 provide a fun, unique way for kids to gain confidence while working on their team work skills and overall strength, endurance, speed and performance. Both indoor and outdoor facilities are used along with water obstacles and the challenges grow and change yearly. Located in Central Point, Oregon.

The Sharpening Stone Youth Wilderness Program is offering two weeks of primitive skills and wilderness survival summer camps in Williams. June 22nd-25th and July 1st-5th, for 7-17 year olds.   For more information and to register, visit 

Ashland Parks and Recreation offers many Summer programs in Ashland, Oregon.



The Rrrink offers Summer Day camp with Ice skating, Hockey Broom Ball, Crafts, Field Trips and Physical Activity. 1349 Center Dr. Medford, Oregon.


Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts offering Summer Magic Onstage! Summer Day Camps for  Ages 7-12 from June 24th-July 13th for “We Has Jazz”, then July 22nd – August 10th for “Pirates 2:The Hidden Treasure”. Ages 13-17 from July 8th-August 3rd for “Yearbook Reflections Teen Musical”.  Located in Medford, Oregon.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center offering  Youth Art Camps for ages 7-10 & 11-14. Teen Art Camps for ages 12-17. 40 S. Bartlett St. Medford, Oregon.

Roots and Wings Community Preschool offer Summer Day programs for ages 3-5 years with an “I Can” approach. Weekly sessions begin June 11th- August 16th, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-11:30am. Cooking, arts, outdoor and water play. New topic is explored each week. Located in Medford, Oregon.

TGA stands for: Teach, Grow, Achieve – these concepts are the foundation of every program we offer. We invite you to give your child the advantage of learning and playing golf or tennis in an environment that will benefit them for a lifetime.


Forest & Range Summer Day Camp for kids entering 4th-7th grade from July 24-28th. Learn about natural resources through hands on activities around the Rogue Valley. Explore rivers, forest & farms to see how people interact with their environment. $50 for 5 days of fun.


Grace Christian School offering Fun in the Sun  Summer Day Camp. Ages preschool to age 12 from June 10 through August 23. Full day or half day. Also offering Sports Camps in Medford, Oregon. Open to the public.


Kid Time offer Summer Adventure Day Camps. Make it a Summer to remember at Kid Time Children’s Museum in Medford, Oregon.


Fusion Dance Academy offers Summer Dance Camps for ages 3 up. Camp dancers will get to experience different types of dance: Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap and Jazz, crafts, games, t-shirt, snacks, photos and performance in Medford, Oregon.


Rogue Valley YMCA offering Summer Day Camps and Overnight Camps. Choose your Summer Adventure with Y-Camp. Located in Medford, Oregon.



Rogue Rock Gym offering Summer Day Climbing Camps for ages 7-14 years old from 9am- noon, June This camp is structured for new, intermediate and advanced climbers alike! We will teach or review belaying skills and basic to intermediate climbing technique, while helping all experience levels push their limits in route difficulty. Focusing on safety and fun, this camp is a great fit for climbers of all ages!  Located in Medford, Oregon.


Medford Parks and Recreation offer a variety of Summer Day Camps. Arts & Crafts, cooking, Lego engineering, traditional day camps in Medford, Oregon. 


The mission of OFA I to develop our youth into skillful, intelligent, creative, self-confident and high performing soccer players who can participate and compete at the high level possible.


Wildlife Images offering Camp EEK! Summer Day Camps for ages 7-12 years from  June  through August , 9am-3pm, extended care available. . Go wild every week, campers get to hang out with Animal Ambassadors, play games, make crafts & explore the outdoors. Every day is different in Grants Pass, Oregon .



One Eleven Theatre Company offers a Two week Summer Theatre Camp for kids “Disney’s Frozen” held at Grants Pass Performing Arts Center  from August 6th –    18th from 9am-3pm. 

Barnstormers Theatre offering  Summer Theatre Camp. “Make ‘Em Laugh” classic comedy scripts, slap stick, clowning and more while learning about character, costume, props, lights and sound design. Ages 8-12 from June 24th- 28th, Ages 13-18 from July 8th-12th.  9am-3pm. Barnstormers in Grants Pass, Oregon. Please call 541-4793557.

Kid Zone offer Summer Adventure Day Camps Monday though Friday 9am-4pm, extended care available June – August. Kids have fun doing outside games, gymnastics, swimming, racquetball, dance tennis, martial arts. 2160 NW Vine St. Grants Pass, Oregon.


 Camp Gomphidius is using the site at Willow Witt Ranch to take you on a journey looking at those ecosystems and the fungi that live there. We are using a combination of exploration, art, scientific skills and storytelling to introduce students to those important relationships. By spending the week at Willow Witt Ranch your child will develop a deep connection with these ecosystems mentally and spiritually making this camp a beyond memorable experience.  Some of our lessons include nature journaling, mushroom identification, biology and art, forest ecology & exploration, and wetland ecosystems, Contact Bashira at [email protected]



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Railroad Park Opens for the Season

City of Medford Railroad Park Opens for the Season
Opening day for Medford Railroad Park is Sunday, April 8th, 2018! Dozens of volunteers have been working hard to bring you an even more special park! Ride diesel trains and a motor car, view unique model railroad layouts and the Hogwarts Express, ride Thomas and Percy, tour historical railroad equipment and more. Bring the whole family, pack a lunch or eat at the Park. It’s fun for all ages.
Medford Garden Railroaders. See a G-scale logging railroad, trolley barn and lines, and seaport areas, including five water features! A separate Thomas and Friends garden railway will especially please the youngest railroad lovers, and the Hogwarts layout, added for Harry Potter fans, is designed so that tweens can run the Hogwarts Express train by remote control. New this year “Butterfly Garden” with over 150 plants designed to attract butterflies, bats & Osprey.


Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club. Ten HO scale trains, engines whining and horns blaring, operate across hundreds of scale miles of track, through working signals and crossing gates at the Highway 99 railroad crossing, between Medford and Klamath Falls, on the Pacific and Eastern Railroad, including the heavily forested climb out of Keno along the Klamath River. Children can help operate trains on a special HO layout.
The Southern Oregon Live Steamers. 2018 is their 37th year of offering free train rides to the public. Pulled by a variety of locomotives on almost two miles of track, each exciting train ride takes about nine minutes to go over and through all the tunnels, bridges and hills. The park favorite for the very young is the Thomas and Friends loop encircling the large Garden Railroad layout, with Thomas and Percy leading special trains built for small kids only.
The Southern Oregon Railway Historical Society. Tour restored 1910 and 1942 cabooses and a 1959 flanger (a type of snowplow), and view restoration work under way on Medco 4 ─ a local 1925 steam locomotive. Ride the motor car, visit the Museum, and the “Learning Caboose.”
The Railroad Park is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from April through October. The park is operated by volunteers, and admission and parking are free. No tax monies are used in the operation of this park. All four clubs rely on the generosity of the public for donations to help offset the various costs involved in maintaining and expanding this one-of-a-kind Northwest attraction. This popular attraction is a unique collaboration between the City of Medford Parks and Recreation Department, the Medford Fire Department, and the four volunteer-based clubs.
The Railroad Park is located adjacent to Fire Station No. 4 at the intersection of Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue in Medford, just a few blocks north of the Rogue Valley Mall.
Note: Parking is limited. We encourage visitors to carpool or use public transport when possible.
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Wolferman’s- Guinness World Record

On April 10, 2018 Wolferman’s baked the ~World’s Largest Cinnamon Roll~ right here at Harry & David in Medford, Oregon.

A special oven was created to bake the 1149.7 pound roll and it had to be moved by forklift to be weighed.

And yes!  Wolferman’s broke the record. But there are certain rules that apply to complete the process to hold the official title.

The roll must be consumed in the community and YOU can be part of making this happen!                                 ~History in the making with yummy perks~

Wolferman’s Serving Up Record-Breaking Cinnamon Roll at the                                      65th Annual Pear Blossom Festival
Attendees can Treat their Taste Buds to a Bite of the World’s Largest Cinnamon Roll and Help Support those in Need.
 Wolferman’s, a renowned purveyor of specialty baked goods within the Harry & David assortment.
Wolferman’s was recently awarded the Guinness World Records™ title for baking the Largest Cinnamon Roll – and now they’re inviting community members to share a taste of their title at Medford’s annual Pear Blossom Festival!
Wolferman’s will serve-up their super-spiral of dough for just $2 at the festival’s “Pear A Fare” event, which celebrates the Rogue Valleys artisan foods, unique flavors and outstanding chefs. Proceeds from cinnamon roll sales will be donated to the Teresa McCormick Center, a local community resource dedicated to providing education, assistance and connection for those in need.
When:                  The Pear A Fare: Friday, April 13: 3 pm – 10 pm
                                                                     Saturday, April 14: 10 am – 5 pm
Where:                Commons Park Blocks – Downtown Medford
                                312 E 4th St. Medford, OR 97501
*Wolferman’s tent located across from the Pear A Fare tent in “Pear Blossom Park.”
 Why:                     Spring has sprung, and it’s time to celebrate all that’s blooming this season, while giving back to the local community. This includes the opportunity to taste a piece of cinnamon roll history for just $2, with proceeds benefiting the Teresa McCormick Center.
 Photo Opps:       Wolferman’s World’s Largest Cinnamon Roll; fans enjoying samples; community members partaking in festival activities.
Social Media:    All media are encouraged to engage with Wolferman’s on social media, tagging @wolfermans and using #BigIsHowWeRoll.
Erin McMenomy; (541-864-3090); [email protected]   
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