Out & About: April 19, 2013

MEDFORD, Ore. — This weekend, you can support a local school, while enjoying some of the region’s top wine, beer, and food.

Tonight, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Rogue Valley Food and Wine Festival will have a “date night” theme with live music and tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a full day of family fun, including a “kids zone” sponsored by Kids Unlimited. Tickets for one day entrance cost $12 for adults and six dollars for kids. To attend both days, it costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The proceeds of this event will benefit Sacred Heart Catholic School.

This weekend, there will be a free concert at the Craterian in downtown Medford. Sunday at 7 p.m., head to the theater for the 12th annual Stars On Stage: Celebrating State Soloists event. The free community concert will feature 17 Jackson County winners of the District 8 High School vocal and instrumental music competitions, who are on their way to representing Southern Oregon at the state competition. This year’s student performers come from south Medford, North Medford, Phoenix, Ashland and St. Mary’s.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Southern Oregon Humane Society and see what’s new at the shelter. SoHumane is a non-profit charitable organization that accepts owner-surrendered cats and dogs and transfers from other shelters in the region. Healthy, adoptable animal are never euthanized. The anniversary celebration is tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. the shelter is located on Table Rock Road in Medford.

On Sunday morning, an event that’s been a weekly tradition will take on a bigger meaning. “Southern Oregon Running Enthusiasts” will dedicate their regular Sunday trail run to the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. They will be donating one dollar for each mile ran to a charity helping the school of the youngest person killed at the Boston Marathon. The run will take place this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Lost Creek Lake starting at Stewart State Park.