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  • Get Out: April 1, 2011

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  • Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
    Through April: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park lead free snowshoe hikes at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The hikes last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain in forests and meadows on the crater's rim. Hikers must be at least 8 years old and be in reasonably good physical condition. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Free snowshoes are available or hikers can bring their own. Advance reservations are recommended. For information or to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
    Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Saturday, April 2: Formal ski tour at Grouse Gap. Call Ron or Paula Gardner at 541-776-4581 for details.
    Wednesday ski tours: April 6, 13, 20, 27. Call Stefanie for details at 541-776-3987.
    Saturday intermediate ski lessons: April 9, 16, 23, 30. Call Michael for details at 541-482-2703.
    KS Wild hike to Rainie Falls
    Saturday, April 16: Moderate, four-mile hike to Rainie Falls on the Wild Rogue. Trail has a few fairly steep and narrow sections. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 10 a.m. and the Grave Creek boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. For details, call Lesley at 541-488-5789 or email lesley@kswild.org.
    Saturday, May 7: Easy hike along the Illinois River near Eight Dollar Mountain to enjoy the May flower bloom in this botanical paradise. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. sharp. Call George at 541-488-5789 to arrange a meeting in Selma if desired.
    Wildflower Walk to Table Rock
    Saturday, April 9: Susan MacKinnon, author of “Flowers of the Table Rocks,” will lead a wildflower walk to Table Rocks. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. The group will leave at 9:30 a.m. Bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes. Space is limited. Sign up in advance by calling 541-482-3241. Cost is $10 per person.
    Hills of Ashland Wildflower Walk
    Sunday, April 10: Northwest Nature Shop and Southern Oregon Land Conservancy are sponsoring a wildflower walk to Oredson Todd Woods and Siskiyou Mountain Park in the hills of Ashland from 1 to 3 p.m. Leader will be naturalist Kristi Mergenthaler. Information on plant species and plant identification techniques will be presented. Hikers should meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, to carpool. Free. Limited to 15 participants. Call 541-482-3241 to sign up.
    Spring Guided Mushroom Hikes
    Sunday, May 15 and Sunday, May 29: To learn more about local wild mushrooms, Northwest Nature Shop is sponsoring two hikes led by local mushroom expert John Teem. The emphasis will be on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Edible and poisonous varieties will be discussed. Meet at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 10:30 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $20 per person per walk. For more information call 541-482-3241.
    Pear Blossom Run
    Saturday, April 9: Registration is under way for the 35th annual Pear Blossom 10-miler. There's also a Heart & Sole 5K race. To register online, go to www.pearblossomrun.com. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, April 1. Entry forms also are available at various outlets around town, or you can get one in the mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped, legal-size envelope to Pear Blossom Run, P.O. Box 146, Medford, OR 97501.
    Tough As Nails
    Saturday, May 7: 10-mile and 5K runs up Roxy Ann start at 8:30 a.m. at Prescott Park off Hillcrest Road. Preregistration costs $15 (with tech shirt) and $8 without a shirt by April 24. Race-day entry costs $10, and a limited number of shirts will be available for $10. For more information, contact race director Clayton Gillette at 541-535-7212 or gillette@jeffnet.org.
    Group Bike Rides for Normal Humans
    Saturdays, May 14-June 11: If you've ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of group riding, but felt intimidated about jumping into a pace line with a bunch of lycra-clad hard bodies, Phil Gagnon has just the ticket. Starting May 14, Gagnon and the Siskiyou Velo Club will be organizing beginner-friendly group rides on the Bear Creek Greenway. The first ride will be six miles, the second will be 11 miles and the rest will be 14 miles at an easy pace, with a cuppa along the way. The goal will be to learn the basics of group riding and group etiquette, with a focus on relaxed socializing. The first ride starts at Ashland Bicycle Works on Ashland Street in Ashland, where you can get your bike checked out for free. For starting times and other details, call Gagnon at 541-488-4289; Steve Juul at 541-535-1435; or Sandra Wetzel at 541-482-2995.
    Recurring road rides
    Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 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 10:30 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 11 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 cyclea@internetcds.com.
    Build your own bird house
    Saturday, April 2: Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will offer a class on building your own birdhouse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lee Web, local wildlife biologist, will lead the class and have some fun facts about birds. This is a family-friendly project that includes hammering and drilling. Attendees should bring a hammer from home. Preregister by calling 541-482-3241. For more information visit www.northwestnatureshop.com.
    Wasps: The Unique Life of Mary Paetzel
    Thursday, April 7: Mary Paetzel roamed the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon for 25 years, tracking rare plants and insects. Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will host a free slideshow presentation at 6:30 p.m. of her life, history and work, showcasing many of her writings, findings and valuable contributions. The event will include excerpts and reading from three of her books, including “Butterflies and Plants of the Siskiyou Mountains,” “Spirit of the Siskiyous - Journals of a Mountain Naturalist.” and Solitary Wasps and Bees - Their Hidden Life in the Siskiyou Mountains.” For more information, call 541-482-3241.
    Ashland Bike Swap
    Saturday, April 16: The 21st annual event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Those interested in selling bikes or bike-related gear can drop off items Friday, April 15, starting at 5 p.m. and again on the day of the swap starting at 7 a.m. Sellers must agree to donate 15 percent of each sale, or a minimum of $5 per bike (whichever is more), to benefit bicycle-safety education programs in the Rogue Valley. For more information, call Ashland Parks and Recreation at 541-488-5340 or see www.rvtd.org/bikeswap.
    Rogue Yacht Club
    April 21, 28 and 30: The yacht club is offering free sailing classes that will include basic sailing theory, water safety, knot tying, intro to racing, intro to cruising and practice on the water in small boats. The first two classes are on Thursdays, April 21 and 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Hall in Ashland, 73 Winburn Way. The third class is on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Emigrant Lake boat launch area. For more information, call Jane Anderson at 541-899-8182.
    Spring Wild Mushroom Show
    Saturday, May 14: The free, annual fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display at the shop. Local experts will be available to answer questions and identify mushrooms brought in. Bring your own mushrooms and learn how to identify the poisonous ones. Cooked wild mushrooms will be available for tasting. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 541-482-3241.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, April 2: Birdwalk to Lily Glen, Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Lake. New KBO birdwalk leader Gretchen Oosterhout Hunter leads an early spring tour of the Howard Prairie/Hyatt Lakes area. Group will start around Lily Glen horse campground looking for sandhill cranes, raptors, songbirds and shorebirds. Weather will be unpredictable this time of year, so dress in layers and bring a lunch. Group will return to in the early afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, April 9: Birdwalk to Lower Table Rock to look for oak titmouse, blue-gray gnatcatcher, Anna's hummingbird, California towhee, American kestrel and a variety of woodpeckers. Group will cover about two miles along moderate trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Leader is Frank Lospalluto, KBO member and contract biologist. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
    Project FeederWatch
    Saturday, March 26: This is the last chance this year to help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, behind Harry & David Field. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird-monitoring effort. Free.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Wednesday, April 6: Monthly first-Wednesday birdwalk to Little Butte Creek. Meet at 8:30 a.m. on TouVelle Road in the northeast section of the Denman Wildlife Area. For details, call walk leader Murray Orr at 541-857-9050.
    Saturday, April 23: Birding trip to Whitehorse County Park in Grants Pass, led by Vince Zauskey, to look for resident birds, early migratory warblers and other species. Half-day trip. Meet at 8 a.m. for carpooling on the Taco Bell side of the north Fred Meyer parking area on Highway 62 in Medford. Bring a lunch and refreshments. For details, call Vince at 541-552-2317.
    Friday-Saturday, May 13-14: Field trip to the Central Coast with Ron Ketchum. Group will base out of Lincoln City and bird in both directions. For hotel options and details, contact Ketchum at rketchum@charter.net or 541-944-3072.

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