Other items include Winter Weather Forecast Conference, Howloween at Oregon Zoo and Warren Miller film.

COURTESY PHOTO: JESSICA KOURKOUNIS - Terry Gross, host of Fresh Air with Terry Gross on National Public Radio, takes part in the VOICES Lectures series, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.VOICES Lectures

It should be interesting conversation when NPR "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross and VOICES Lectures founder Francine Read get together for the latest VOICES Lectures virtual event at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

While Read founded the women's empowerment lectures series in 1993, Gross has forged a long career with National Public Radio. She has been host of "Fresh Air" since 1975, a couple years after beginning her radio career, and has interviewed hundreds of notable people since then. It's produced by WHYY FM in Philadelphia, and it reaches 566 stations.

"Anyone who agrees to be interviewed must decide where to draw the line between what is public and what is private," she once said. "But, the line can shift, depending on who's asking the questions. What puts someone on guard isn't necessarily the fear of being 'found out.' It sometimes is just the fear of being misunderstood."

"Fresh Air" has won many awards, including the 1994 Peabody Award. Gross won the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Edward R. Murrow Award in 2003. She's also the author of "All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists."

VOICES Lectures subscriptions are $179 general admission, $215 reserved, $315 patron.

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The remaining lineup: Lisa See, bestselling author ("On Gold Mountain"), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 2022, live; M Jackson, geographer and glaciologist, 7:30 p.m. March 9, 2022, live; and Roxane Gay, author/cultural critic, 7:30 p.m. April 20, 2022, live.

Weather conference

Reminder: The 29th Annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference takes place virtually 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. It's hosted by the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society, and it can be viewed at AMS; it'll be recorded for viewing later. Regional meteorologists give their annual forecasts for the upcoming winter, and look back at the past year.

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COURTESY PHOTO: SHERVIN HESS/OREGON ZOO - Asian elephants at the Oregon Zoo smashed some giant pumpkins in a zoo tradition as part of Howloween.Howloween

The Oregon Zoo's Asian elephants have already smashed pumpkins in the 23rd annual Squishing of the Squash, an early part of the Howloween celebration.

"They got one 650-pound pumpkin and a couple more pretty big ones to play with," said Dimas Dominguez, senior keeper.

Kids can show off costumes and learn about wildlife during Howloween at Oregon Zoo, Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 28-31.

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Warren Miller

The late filmmaker Warren Miller thrilled ski and snowboard fans for years with movies, and the films have continued by Warren Miller Entertainment. The 72nd film will show in Oregon theaters this month.

"Winter Starts Now" serves as a "love letter" to the special place on the calendar — the winter season. It's a call to action for all viewers to get stoked and be prepared, because it's only weeks now until the season arrives. It features imagery from Alaska's Prince William Sound with Marcus Caston and Connery Lundin to parts beyond, including Maine.

The film shows Oct. 21-27 on different days in Medford, Eugene, Bend, Corvallis and Salem, and then screens at Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29; and Aladdin Theater, 4 and 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

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'Stars' tour

"Dancing With The Stars — Live Tour 2022" is coming to the area, and tickets have gone on sale. It stages March 20, 2022 at ilani, the casino resort in Ridgefield, Washington, and will feature fan-favorite professional dancers from the ABC show. For tickets, see

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