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Salon Information

Salon Program
Jefferson Center Salons present topics of interest to our community, and provide a forum for lively discussion afterward. Topics are selected by a committe of members. We serve refreshments contributed by volunteers and have a brief social time before the start of the program. Salons are typically held on the second Sunday of each month at 4pm at The Jefferson Center, 208 Oak Street, Suite 101 in Ashland. Guests of members and interested visitors are always welcome to join us. To volunteer for refreshments or make a suggestion for a future salon, please contact committee chair Diana Spade by clicking here.

02/11/2018 - 4:00pm Israel and Palestine - One, Two or Three States?

Join Len Eisenberg at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, for a discussion about Israel and Palestine. The recent declaration by the Trump administration on moving the US embassy to Jerusalem has refocused attention on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the debate on how to solve it. A two-state solution has been the most favored, but a one- or three-state solution are also possible. The civil war in Syria, the rise and fall of ISIS, and the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran make the picture vastly more complicated. We look at a short history of the conflict and new developments, and discuss possible solutions.

01/14/2018 - 4:00pm "What is Measure 101?"

Join us on Sunday, January 14th, at 4pm at the Ashland Community Center for an educational program on Ballot Measure 101. The Official Title on the Ballot is: "Approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums. temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, and other providers of insurance or health care coverage. Insurers may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of these assessments." But what does all that mean? Join us and learn. Things to be covered: What is Measure 101? How does Measure 101 fund health care? If Measure 101 passes in the January Special Election, what happens? If the measure does not pass, what happens? Who pays for Measure 101? ....and more. Our guest presenter is Josh Bulloch. Josh Balloch is the Vice President of Government Affairs and Health Policy for AllCare Health. In 2011, Josh was part of the creation of the legislation that created Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). Afterwards he help many of Oregon’s CCOs get started all across the state. From 2012-2015, was one of the leading health policy lobbyist on CCOs in the state helping with both public polices and budgets. Josh grew up in Newport, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Political Science. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AT ASHLAND COMMUNITY CENTER. Refreshments served prior to presentation.

12/10/2017 - 5:00pm The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party

The Jefferson Center Winter Solstice Pot Luck Party will be during our usually scheduled Salon date on Sunday, December 10th at 5pm at the Community Center (please note NOT Pioneer Hall), 59 Winburn Way. Please bring a pot luck dish (pick either a main dish, a side vegetable dish, salad or dessert) which serves 6-8 that you wish to share with all. Also bring your own tableware (plate, cutlery, and beverage container, preferable non-disposable). Beverages (wine, water, or beer) will be provided by The Jefferson Center. Like last year we are planning a White Elephant gift exchange. For those of you who are not familiar with that concept please check out is external) (link is external). The gift should be suitable for either sex. Please bring the gift wrapped in a plain brown shopping style bag. You can decorate this bag if you like. We will also have a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest so dig into you or your family's vintage clothes and if you can find an old Christmas sweater. Don't have any...this is the time to be creative and make your own. We expect to see plenty of glitter and lights for those that try this option. This should be fun and there will be prizes!! This party, like our salons, are open to friends of the Jefferson Center as well. This is a good opportunity for friends of the Jefferson Center to get to know our members and for members to invite friends who might be interested in learning more about the Jefferson Center and possibly joining. Please invite someone and join us for an evening of fun and camaraderie. Please note starting time is 5pm.

12/09/2017 - 3:00pm Jefferson Center Program Planning Committee Meeting

There will be a Jefferson Center Program Planning Committee Meeting on Saturday, December 9th, 3pm at the home of Diana Spade (email for directions). This is open to all members.

11/12/2017 - 4:00pm FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

Come see "FIX It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point" 4pm at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way in Ashland. The film will be presented by Jefferson Center members and Healthcare for all Oregon (HCAO) representatives Sandra Coyner and Joseph Graf. This documentary explores the crisis in healthcare from the perspective of business owners and employees. It examines how a dysfunctional health system can damage the economy, suffocate businesses, and discourage physicians while negatively impacting our nation's health and remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens. Discussion will follow the film including discussion of HCAO, a promising solution to the crisis in Oregon.

10/08/2017 - 4:00pm Fake News: The Assault on Reality

Richard LeVitt will speak Sunday, October 8th, 4-6 PM at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, on the growing problem of fake news in American life. Things have gotten worse since the old days of spin and propaganda. Fake news, enabled by online media, trolls, activists, politicians, and foreign agents, is undermining our trust in what we hear and our sense of shared reality. Richard will outline how fake news plays on our cognitive biases and what we can do to minimize the damage.

09/10/2017 - 4:00pm Is the US a Christian Nation?

Len Eisenberg will explore the religious intent of the Nation’s Founders on Sunday, September 10 at 4pm at the Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Are the U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution Christian? How do these questions affect the use of public funds and the acceptance of minority beliefs in our country? This is a public talk, so all are welcome to join the discussion.

06/11/2017 - 3:00pm Summer Solstice Party

The Jefferson Center's Summer Solstice Party will take place on Sunday, June 11th, 3pm at one of Jackson County's most popular destinations - Emigrant Lake. We have acquired picnic shelter "A" which is close to the beach, has private parking, nicely covered and shaded private picnic tables, easily accessible bathrooms and an open lawn area. The lake is a great place for bicycling, boating, paddling, and fishing.
Bring your luscious pot luck dish (serving 6-8) to share. Also, bring your own meat or fish as the Jefferson Center will be heating up the bar-b-que and will grill for you as you relax and enjoy socializing. Wine, beer and water will be provided by the Jefferson Center. Please bring your own tableware and drinking cup, preferably non disposable, as there is a sink with running water to clean these items before returning home.
Eating will commence around 6:00 p.m. but please come as early as 3pm to enjoy the Lake. Bring badminton, wiffle ball, frisbees, any outdoor game as there is large lawn area available that is mostly shaded. If you prefer a more leisurely activity bring your favorite board game to play (we will have a few available).
Please invite those you feel might be interested in learning more about JC as well as extended family members.
Note that there is a $4 entrance fee per car to get into Emigrant Lake so might want to plan to carpool.
We had this event here 2 years ago and the attendance was low due to an extremely warm day which scared a lot of people. However those of us that came out were amazed to discover that despite the heat it was a cool spot and a good time was had by all. So please don't be scared away if the weather turns hot.
5505 Highway 66, Ashland, Oregon, I-5 to Exit 14 (Ashland) Highway 66. Take Highway 66 east about 3.5 miles to Emigrant Lake Park turnoff (left-hand side). Picnic area A will be on your right (easy to see)….or copy map below.,-122.616262,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x54cf0e8400c64ed3:0xbcf1a6627ccde819!8m2!3d42.1494677!4d-122.6162634 (link is external)

05/07/2017 - 4:00am Understanding ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Peter Buckley will speak Sunday, May 7th, 4-6 PM at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, on breakthroughs from the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study. Research on how brain development occurs and the impacts of trauma on health and social skills has led to innovative and highly effective “trauma-informed” approaches in education, human services, and workforce development. Peter will outline how these ideas are being applied in the Southern Oregon Success collaboration.

04/02/2017 - 4:00pm Salon "How are you coping in these unique political times"

Please join us on April 2nd (NOTE DATE CHANGE) at 4 PM, at the Jefferson Center for an interesting open discussion, "How are you coping in these unique political times in the USA", facilitated by long time Jefferson Center Member, Noreen Hulteen. Below is explanation in Noreen's words……

"This round robin discussion is open to all points of view. We are not there to change anyone's position. We will listen politely to how everyone sees the situation we are in and what they are doing about it. I will limit "talk-time" to 2 minutes, on-subject, from their point-of view, for each person attending. It would be wonderful if you could prepare what you want to share in advance of the meeting. Open discussion after everyone has shared will continue until the scheduled end-time. I will reserve the final 5 minutes to sum up the main points.
Because the subject is fraught with potholes, we will expect everyone to do their share of listening and speaking. I will provide everyone with a list of the activists that I know are working in our area, and we will add to the list any organizations, that you know about, that are missing from the list.
Our objective is to share and learn from each other."

Thank you
Noreen Hulteen