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Potluck precedes Koi and Pond Club meeting

The May meeting of the Siskiyou Koi and Pond Club will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, with a potluck at Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St.

Guest speakers will be Matt and Tracy Flury from Oregon Koi and Water Garden Society in Roseburg. They will speak on water quality, maintenance and feeding.

For more information, call 541-245-9357.

MOMS Club meets at Santo Community Center

The third Annual MOMS Club of Medford Preschool Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Santo Community Center, located at the corner of West Jackson and Columbus streets.

The fair brings together a wide variety of preschools from throughout the valley to give parents an opportunity to get information about preschool programs and to meet the teachers.

Mac Users’ Groupfeatures QA session

The Ashland Oregon Macintosh Users’ Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Ashland Community Hospital conference room, 280 Maple St., Ashland. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for informal conversation.

The meeting will include a QA session on Macintosh issues and a main presentation at 7 p.m. on “Personal Productivity in the Cloud.”

For more information, see www.ashmug.com.

Newberry to headSiskiyou Field Institute

The Siskiyou Field Institute has hired Daniel Newberry as its interim executive director.

Newberry brings 18 years of natural resources experience to SFI, and holds a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His natural resource experience includes work with watershed councils and hydrologist positions with the Mount Hood National Forest and the Hoopa Valley Tribe in California.

For the past 10 years he has worked in the nonprofit field in Southern Oregon, as the executive director of the Applegate River Watershed Council, and more recently as a management consultant.

Newberry has taught science courses at the community college and county adult education center, and has taught computer science at the high school level. For the past three years he has been a regular freelance writer for the Mail Tribune in the areas of the outdoors, health and fitness.

Newberry will work on developing more partnerships and research opportunities at the Deer Creek Center, a 870-acre ranch in Selma where the Siskiyou Field Institute and its partner, Southern Oregon University, hold educational classes for youth and adults and create opportunities for researchers.

Marijuana organizations to rally Saturday in Medford

The Southern Oregon Cannabis Community Center and the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws will sponsor a march and rally at noon Saturday, May 7 as part of the World Wide Marijuana March and Rally.

Participants will meet on the front steps of the Cannabis Community Center, 332 W. 6th St. in Medford, and march past the James A. Redden Federal Courthouse to Alba Park for a rally featuring speakers Laird Funk and Christine McGarvin and music by Stereotyped, Frankie Hernandez and Brynna Dean. An open house and block party will follow the four-hour rally in the rear parking lot at the Cannabis Community Center.

Dogs for the Deaf wins grant from Chase bank

Dogs for the Deaf, a Central Point organization that trains dogs to assist hearing-impaired people, has won a $25,000 grant from Chase, the consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase Co.

Dogs for the Deaf is one of 100 charities that now advance to Round 2 of the Chase Community Giving Program for a chance to win a $500,000 grant. Three other Oregon charities are among the 100: Fanconi Anemia Research Fund Inc., Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School in Eugene and Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp of Portland.

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