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On Saturday, October 12, Southern Oregon Pride hosts its annual parade in Ashland, noon – 3 pm. It is the 50th year since Stonewall protests helped define the tenacity of LGBTQ rights. Since then, the community has had ups and downs, victories and setbacks; in the late 1970s and throughout

Big, bold graphics celebrating the Grants Pass region’s natural and cultural abundance will color the streets at the 17th annual Art Along the Rogue Street Painting and Music Festival October 4 – 6. This year’s theme, Bounty of the County, will have some of the best national and Oregon-based chalk

  Like a giant Mavericks wave rising out of the ocean, podcast popularity is cresting. With over 750,000 shows and programs offered and advertising revenue expected to hit the billion dollar mark by 2021, this budding medium is fast becoming one of the hottest on-demand, content-bingeing platforms available.  In 2003,

There is no turning back: Climate change is happening. And, along with the forest fires, it will hit southern Oregon in terms of, well, all aspects of agriculture; yes, including the burgeoning wine industry. But Oregon’s cultural heritage of perseverance, progressiveness and environmental awareness seem to be creating a storm

Legal cannabis in Southern Oregon has had four years to get its feet and shuffle for position in the green rush. I wanted to know what it’s like to run a cannabis farm right now as the dust settles a bit. To get my hands dirty with the issues, I talked

In its ninth year, both organizers, Chris Dennett and Nick Ellis have watched Medford Beer Week turn into a “metric week” (that is, 10 days) with more events than the year before and even a “bonus day.” Dennett explains their goal is to present the entire ecosystem of beers in

If anyone is thinking about getting out of town for Memorial Day, consider Boatnik instead––one of Southern Oregon’s most anticipated events of the year. Boatnik’s 61st year includes a live show by hard rock band Dokken, a golf shoot out, and, of course, boats. The event begins May 23 with

Banding together with a 75-year-old Smokey the Bear in balloon form, the Grants Pass Rotary Club are taking flight for kids in need at the annual Grants Pass Balloon and Kite Festival May 31 to June 2. Kicking off the summer season of celebrations, Smokey’s promotion of forest fire prevention

Like the blossoming of flowers in the spring and summer, it seems as if the fertile music scene in southern Oregon is constantly popping up new and fresh festivals—as well as keeping alive those tried and true. These are the Messenger’s five must-see summer festivals in southern Oregon! Mystic Rising

It’s May, the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health has long been, and still partially remains, a stigmatized part of human health. The days of old when mental health issues were either ignored or simply had their existence denied aren’t far in the past and remnants of them