Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Thursday, Dec. 2: General meeting of the cross-country ski club at D&S Harley-Davidson, 3846 South Pacific Highway, Phoenix, at 7 p.m. Speaker will be Emily Dean, who will talk about exercises to prepare for Nordic skiing.
Saturday, Dec. 11: Intermediate ski of seven to eight miles at Moon Prairie. Contact either Bobbie Plummer, 541-488-5003, or Guy Nutter, 541-488-6900, for start time and other details.
Sunday, Dec. 19: Novice ski of five to six miles at Moon Prairie. Contact David Lewin at 541-512-0436 for details.
Sierra Club hike
Saturday, Nov. 20: Greensprings mountain loop, six to seven miles, moderate. Call Cathy Edwards for details at 541-210-0204.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 20: This walk in Grants Pass, which is called “Name That Park,” begins at Ray's Food Place on 7th Street Pass at 10 a.m. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Rogue Valley Relay
Saturday, Nov. 20: The 50K and 100K relays begin with staggered starts from 6 to 9 a.m. at Doc Griffin Park, 5th and Pine, in Jacksonville. The 100K features 20 legs of about 5K each, and The 50K has 10 legs of about 5K each. Cost is $100 per team on race day. For information, contact Clayton Gillette at 541-535-7212 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.sorunners.org.
Thursday, Nov. 25: Eight-mile run begins at 8 a.m. at Rogue Rock Gym, 3001 Samike Dr., in Medford. Two-miler begins at 8:30 a.m. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. For more information, contact race director Chuck Whiteley at 541-210-1117.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.
Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.
Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-and-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Recurring mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.
Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail email@example.com.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Sunday, Nov. 21: Monthly, third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at Ashland Dog Park, north end of Helman Street. Start is 8 a.m. End around 10 a.m., with an optional visit to Ashland Pond. Walk is along the level, paved trail that follows Ashland Creek and Bear Creek. Beginners welcome. For more information, call walk leader Jeff Tufts at 541-227-8465.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 4: Hawk class and field trip. Local hawk expert and KBO board member Dick Ashford leads an informative Thursday-evening class followed by a Saturday guided outing to the Lower Klamath Basin refuges and/or Butte Valley (near Dorris, Calif.) to view red-tailed hawks in a variety of color morphs, rough-legged hawks, ferruginous hawks, golden eagles, northern harriers and possibly prairie falcons, while learning about the natural history and behavior of these raptors. The Thursday class meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Nature Center. The Saturday field trip meets at 7:30 a.m. at Shop ‘N' Kart in Ashland to carpool. Return at 4:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $25 for members, $35 nonmembers. To register, call 541-201-0866. Note: Class and field trip must be taken together.
Explore the Patagonian Peaks
Tuesday, Nov. 30: Wilderness explorer, photographer and author Tom Reed will share tales of backcountry hiking in the southern Andes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. Reed will show his collection of black-and-white photographs featured in his new book, “The Granite Avatars of Patagonia.” He will also give tips on the nuts and bolts of hiking the region, including travel logistics, gear and route planning. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 541-774-6996 for more information.
Native Plant Society potluck
Thursday, Dec. 9: Elmer Ivan Applegate was an important early Oregon botanist best known for his monograph on trout lilies (erythronium). Another important Oregon botanist, Dr. Frank Lang, will tell his story. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass) and packets of seeds to contribute for a native plant seed exchange. Alcohol is permitted. Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St.. Talent. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler at 541-941-3744 for more information.