APRC hosts several annual events. This year, as we lay out our plans, things may look a little different, as our number one priority is to keep the public safe during the pandemic. We all know by now that gathering together in ways that we have in the past is not possible at this time and so we must look for creative ways to stay connected and continue to make our community livable and enjoyable.
Here is the 2021 Lineup...
The Rogue Valley Bike Swap, which historically takes place in April at The Grove, will take on a different form this year. We are collaborating with the Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) to facilitate a bike donation drive. During the pandemic, we have seen a rise in demand for outdoor recreation equipment, and affordable bikes are hard to come by. Donated bikes will be distributed to local organizations with the aim of getting bikes in the hands of those affected by the Almeda Fire, veterans and low-income community members. If you have a bike that you are able to donate, we will be accepting donations on Friday, June 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Donations will be accepted in a drive-through format at these times at the parking lot of The Grove, 1195 E Main St, Ashland. Bikes should be in working order, those in need of minor repairs are welcome. If you have a question, please reach out to Sulaiman Shelton, Volunteer and Special Event Coordinator for APRC, 541.552.2264, Sulaiman.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rogue Valley Bird Day 2021 has been canceled. RogueValleyBirdDay.net.
Save the date for Memorial Weekend when we will kick off the annual Ashland World Music Festival. The 2021 Festival will be a hybrid event with many layers and opportunities for music, culture and art. "Renewing Connections with Community & Culture!" The event is also a fundraiser for the Unete Farm Worker and Immigrant Family Relief Fund. This fund distributes money directly to families for basic needs like food, gas and other essentials in response to the complications surrounding the recent Almeda Fire. More info, including information on SoundWalks this year, at our partner website, RogueWorldMusic.org/AWMF.
Join us for the summer concert series, Rock the Knoll, at Oak Knoll Golf Course. This FREE concert series, brought to you by Blackstone Publishing in Ashland, is appropriate for all ages. Performers and dates are:
Find yourself immersed in the beat and experience the best concert series in all of Southern Oregon. Night putting, dancing, delicious food, drink and so much more... Check out your municipal golf course at OakKnollGolf.org, @OakKnollAshland #OakKnollGolf #OakKnollGolfCourse #OKGC.
Our Senior Services Division will bring you an Ice Cream Social Drive-through event for seniors and their families. On Wednesday, July 21, between 1 and 2:30 p.m., patrons will have the opportunity to say hello to staff and indulge in a tasty treat! The event is offered at no charge Please call 541.488.5342 to sign-up We want to make sure we have enough ice cream for you and yours! This event is made possible by our sponsor, Village at Valley View. AshlandSeniorServices.org.
The 45th Annual 4th of July Run will take place virtually this year, with three running options available: a 1-mile fun run, a 5K or a 10K. Run the race in your neighborhood between Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, July 4, and submit your results to Ashland4thofJulyRun@gmail.com before noon on Monday, July 5. No registration required. In the past this event benefited, in part, the Phoenix High School (PHS) Cross Country Team; however, the 2021 event will be offered at no charge. If you would like to make a donation to the PHS Cross Country Team, please go to ashland.or.us/JulyRun. This web page will also offer details on ordering a commemorative 2021 Virtual Run T-shirt! T-shirts will be for sale from May 11 through June 10 Proceeds to benefit PHS Cross Country Team and APRC. Connect and share on the event Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/AshlandJuly4thRun and @AshlandParksandRec and use the hashtags:#Ashland4thJulyRun #AshlandParksandRec #APRC #AshlandWhatToDo #FunItsInOurNature #InThisTogether. Selfies of you and yours during the run are encouraged!
We are working to open the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool for the 2021 season; however, the annual Island Night will not take place this year. Visit ashland.or.us/Swim for info on the pool.
Bear Creek Salmon Festival at North Mountain Park in October