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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My TOP 5 Ways to Save $$ at the Jackson County Fair

Looking for ways to save money at the fair? Here's my TOP 5 LIST:

Regular parking fee: $4 at the fairgrounds
SAVE by parking for FREE at Crater High School and taking the shuttle over for $1/person. Of course, this is only a savings for groups of less than 4. Large family? Go ahead and park at the fairgrounds for $4/vehicle.

Regular price for ride tickets is somewhere around $1 each and you usually need between 3-5 tickets per ride, if I'm not mistaken. (We don't do a lot of rides, if any, when we go.)
SAVE by buying an all day unlimited rides wristband for the earlybird price of $25 (at the fair, it's $30), available at the Grange Co-op or Sherm's Thunderbird or Food 4 Less. Or, you can skip the rides all together! ☺

#3~ FOOD
Fair food is a wide variety of overpriced fried "delicacies", but if you're like my family, there's that one treat you look forward to each year.
SAVE by eating a full meal at home! Keep your eyes open for the FREE water cups available to stay hydrated.  And when the time comes, only buy that "must have" treat...and share it! (Not recommended for ice cream cones, if that's your thing!)

Regular adult admission is $10, children 6-11 are $6. Each. (5 and under are FREE!)
For my family of 4, only one "child", that means $36 right at the gate (plus the $4 to park!). If you have a larger family or plan to spend all day, this will eat up your funds real fast!
SAVE by going on one of the Discount Days! Tuesday, KIDS get in for $3. Wednesday, SENIORS get in for $3. Thursdays, retired or active VETERANS get in for $6. No discounts on Friday or Saturday, but on Sunday you can BUY ONE ADMISSION, GET ONE FREE!

My #1 way to save money at the fair....
is to be a part of the fun!
GET A FREE ADMISSION TICKET by entering an open class exhibit! Children under 17 have to enter a minimum of 1 junior open class exhibit to get their FREE admission ticket, adults must enter at least 3 to get theirs. But HURRY! You only have until 5pm this Friday, June 28th to get your Entry Form turned in!

Feel free to share YOUR tips for saving money at the fair!

For more Jackson Country Fair information, visit:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rooster Crow Weekend 6/28-30

The 60th Annual Rogue River Rooster Crow Weekend starts this Friday!

Since 1953, Rogue River has held the National Rooster Crow Championship the last Saturday in June. This community event has grown into a 2-day event: Rooster Crow Weekend! This is an annual, family oriented event, so bring the whole family and enjoy the weekend's events and the scenic Rogue River area.

Saturday morning starts with the “Fun Run & Walk” at 8:00am at Rogue River Beck Field (visit
for more information or download the 2013 Rooster Crow Run Application

Next up is the "Rooster Crow Parade" at 10:00am on Main Street downtown Rogue River (download the 2013 Parade Application
 if you'd like to be in the parade). This parade is a perennial favorite! 

After the parade, there is a whirlwind of activities including “Art in the Plaza,” arts and crafts, food booths, the “Rooster’s Roundup” kids play area, and of course the 60th Annual National Rooster Crow Contest and Human Crow Contest. After visiting the winners circle, head over to the Woodville Museum Gazebo for a free concert that afternoon. 

Sunday from 8am-3pm is the 13th annual Rooster Crow Car Show—don't miss it!

Both days, be sure to visit our many vendor food and products booths in the Umpqua Bank Parking lot and Rooster Crow Arena area.

For more information:

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rogue Valley Homeschoolers Potluck 6/27

From Rogue Valley Homeschoolers/Cindy Ford:

"Thursday at 11 am at FICHTNER-MAINWARING PARK located on at 334 Holmes Avenue, at the corner of Stewart Ave, Holly St and Holmes St. This is a 31 acre site with pathways, four sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, four lighted tennis courts, a play structure installed in 2006, a very small gazebo, soccer fields, and restroom.

WATER PLAY PARK. The first one in the City of Medford Park system. It is open for public use from 9am - 9pm seven days a week typically from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend, depending on weather patterns.

Shoes are encouraged!

 Hope to see you there!Wheather you are an experienced homeschooling family or just thinking about homeschooling your children please join us for Rogue Valley Homeschoolers Welcome Summer Potluck. Everyone is welcome. Please sign up to bring something to share here: "

Classical Conversations Challenge Program meetings (GP)

From Jenifer Noble:
There are two information meetings coming up in July for the Classical Conversations Challenge program. If you have late jr. high or high school students and you'd like to be a part of a fantastic group of families that support one another and have a vision for classical Christian education, please attend one of the upcoming meetings. Please see the attached flyer for information on date, time, and location.

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Farmers Market Scavengers Hunt (GP)

From Bree Petty:

Hey everyone!
Wanted to spread the word about the Family Scavenger Hunt at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market. 

If you're looking for a fun summer activity, it's a great way to get the kids out and learning about our community and what a farmers market is all about! 

Here's some info on it:
Starts July 11th, at 4:00PM (ending date to be announced)
Ages 5-15 (whole family is welcome, all ages can learn something new!)
Cost: Free! 

Each Thursday we'll learn about something new from one of the vendors, following the lesson there will be a fun scavenger hunt with a prize at the end! 

If you know of anyone interested feel free to share :) 
I'll share more information as the date arrives. 
If anyone had questions you call me (Bree Petty) at (541)218-1913

Saturday, June 22, 2013

5th Annual Independence Day Ball

The Liberty Tree Dance Group cordially invites you to their 5th annual Independence Day Ball! Join us for an evening of history, dancing(no experience required) and fun for the whole family at the Evergreen Ballroom on July 4th from 4-9pm. We will have a costume contest to find the best Colonial costume, historical trivia game and dancing will be led by Dance Master Jerry Reynolds from Virginia.

Cost is $12 per family or $5 per person in advance or $20 per family or $8 per person at the door.
Historical costume or semi-formal attire requested.

Please bring a plate of finger food to share. For more information or to reserve tickets contact the Consiglios at
 or (541) 826-9405.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Living History Presentation - Titanic Heroes 7/11

Experience a wonderful night of learning about the heroes on the RMS Titanic! Titanic Heroes will present their premiere presentation, Virtue in 3G. Participants will learn about the 3G Principles and the real legacy of the RMS Titanic - self-sacrifice.Through historical dramatizations,audiences of all ages will be challenged to ask themselves, "What would I have done?" There is no cost to attend this inspiring presentation, but a free-will donation will be gratefully accepted. All are welcome! 6:30 pm this Thursday at Son Rise church on the corner of 5th & Oak in Central Point. Take a peek here:

Living History Presentation - Titanic Heroes
When: Thursday, July 11, 6:30pm
Where: Son Rise Church, 434 Oak St, Central Point
What: part drama, part motivational message about the true story of the RMS Titanic
Cost: by donation

Don't miss this informative and entertaining message presented by brother and sister Benjamin and Cady Crosby, both nationally ranked speakers, as they purpose to Teach, Challenge, and Inspire people of all ages to live a life of virtue and self sacrifice. Inspired by their studies on the sinking of the RMS Titanic during the centennial of that event last year, they created Titanic Heroes: an educational non-profit organization dedicated to presenting the true lessons learned from that historic event. They are taking their program on tour this summer, and will be in Central Point on July 11th.

This multi-media message is timely, inspiring, and of real value to young and old alike. Here is what one attendee had to say in 2012: 
"Given that Hollywood has re-released the disappointing and historically inaccurate film (Titanic) again this year, I even more enthusiastically recommend the Crosby's presentation - especially to young people. It would be a kind of "inoculation" against falsehood and rubbish and an incentive toward virtue that are either totally lacking or greatly
obscured in the James Cameron film version."
"We do this because we believe that a life without virtue is like a ship
without a rudder. Every life needs purpose and direction. Stories of
real-life heroes have the ability to inspire and challenge us to both
value and imitate heroic virtue." Cady and Benjamin Crosby

For more information, contact Veronika Comerchero (541)245-2959

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wonders of Science Aeronautics/Rocket Camp

Wonders of Science Aeronautics/Rocket Camp

Do you like building and firing off rockets?  Exploring the main concepts behind flight by designing gliders?  Building and flying rubber band – powered planes? Design and build parachutes to protect bottle rockets? If so, come join us for 4 days of hands on aeronautics adventures!

Ages: 9 – 15
When: Mon – Thurs., July 22 – 25, 9:30 am – 12
Where: Madrone Trail Charter School on Ross Ln. (tentative)
Cost: $90 plus $25 materials fee; second child $80 plus                            materials
Instructor – Steve Holst; certified science teacher with over 20 years experience.
To register go to
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Speech Club Fundraiser CAR WASH! 6/7

Help 10 of our local homeschool competitors go to Nationals in Tulsa, OK, by coming to the Food 4 Less parking lot for a CAR WASH! Friday, June 7th from 9am to 4pm

Thank you,
Deo Volente Speech & Debate Club

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

[JCHE] Used Curriculum Sale 6/15

Jackson County Home Educators Used Curriculum Sale

Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 

First Baptist Church - 649 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, in the Gym

The Used Curriculum Sale is coming up next week! It is a great place to find books and materials for your home school and to fill out your home library. We are going with a different format this year in that sellers will be at their own tables selling their own materials. You will be able to talk directly to the seller about the items and how a curriculum rates, what a book is about, what ages and grades items would be best for, and maybe even barter a bit! 

The sale will only go until 1:00
, with no half-price sale as we have done in the past. Admission is free for all. If you have any questions, or if you would like to reserve space to sell, please contact Therese Hoehne for the information you will need for the day by Tuesday, June 11th :
 or call541-826-3560

Art Classes (GP)

Spurlock Studio & Gallery
216 SW “G” Street – Grants Pass
(In the Town Center Plaza)
Call Melissa – 541.660.0366 or email

Beginner’s Acrylic Classes
Children ages 5 and 6   Friday 10-11am
Class starts the end of June and runs weekly
Cost - $35 for initial art kit. (includes easel, brushes, canvas, paint, and more)
Class cost $14 per week or $12 if you pay the month upfront.

Children 7 and up  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 10-11am
Classes starting now – WED IS CURRENTLY FULL.

Cost - $35 for initial art kit. (includes easel, brushes, canvas, paint, and more)
Class cost $14 per week or $12 if you pay the month upfront.

1 - Families with more than one child in class pay $10 per kid per class

2 – JUNE SIGN UP DEAL.  If you sign up in June, your first month is $10 per class.

3 – If you get a friend to sign up, your first class is free!

4 – If you need to rotate your children they can share an art kit – or if one is in 5/6 class one is in 7 and up class. 


Community Service Op

All Creatures Veterinary Hospital is seeking help this Sunday, June 9th 9-11 am.

As a THANK YOU to Dr Tom, volunteers are needed to help with straightening, repairing, and cleaning up the outside of the clinic and grounds.
To be added to the volunteer list, and hear the "needs" list, and learn more, please call ASAP. Craig Ward 541-324-2102 or

Can't make it, but want to help buy water, suppliers, etc., please contribute $1, $2, $3, $4, $5 or more.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Christian Music Skate Night 6/6

'Tis rollerskating time again! You can invite others; they just need to rsvp to me and get a ticket from SOMEBODY standing near the cashier's booth at the rink before they pay.

Christian Music Night at Roller Odyssey

First Thursday of the Month
Thursday, June 6th—NEXT MONTH will be on July 11thdue to Independence Day.


Admission $4.00/skaterCASH!!!  If there are enough skaters.  

Includes Quad Skate Rental

Inline Rental additional $2.25

I need to get the reservation in by Wednesday, so please call/email me ASAP how many skaters you will have there for THIS Thursday night.  Please arrive by 6:20.  You can pay individually (afteryou get a ticket fromSOMEBODY standing by the cashier's booth
), but we need to have enough people there at once to get the discount.  If you arrive too late, you may need to pay the $6/skater fee. 

Marti Hill


Faith & Family Night 6/25

Impact Athletic's Family & Faith Night @ the Medford Rogues Baseball Game

Presented by Central Point's Bobbio's, KDOV, & Evangel

Tuesday, June 25 at 6:00pm
Get Tickets at

Medford Rogues vs. Wenatchee AppleSox,
Tuesday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Harry & David Baseball Fields

On game night, Impact families will be treated to a night of entertainment and fun. FREE Paul Wright Concert after the game!!! Ticket price is $8 with 50% of proceeds going to Impact Athletics. Tickets available in advance at CP Bobbios & Evangel in the Mall. Any questions please contact Dave Gomez 541-951-4663

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ballroom Dance Fundraiser 6/14

Ballroom Dance~ A Fundraiser Event for the whole family!
Deo Volente Speech & Debate Club is hosting a Ballroom Dance to help raise money to send 10 of our competitors to NCFCA Nationals in Tulsa, OK. Bring your dancing shoes and the whole family!
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Sewing & Craft Classes

Sewing & Craft classes for girls 8-14!
Class sizes will remain small to allow for more individual hands-on training. Email Tika Weeks for registration or questions. hsgathering(at)gmail(dot)com
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Wonders of Science Summer Camps! (GP & Medford)

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