Get Out: Feb. 10, 2012

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Feb. 11: Beginner ski lesson
at Buck Prairie. For details, call Marian Telerski at 541-535-5166.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Intermediate ski tour, Moon Prairie/Deadwood Junction, seven to eight miles. For details, call 541-488-5003.

Sunday, Feb. 12: Mini class and ski tour, Buck Prairie. For details, call Michael Dawkins at 541-482-2703.

Saturday, Feb. 18: Beginner ski tour, Summit Sno-Park, three hours in length. For details, call 541-582-3855 (evening only).

Saturday, Feb. 18: Intermediate ski tour on the Pacific Crest Trail on Mount Ashland; four miles. For details, call 541-482-0180.

Sunday, Feb. 19: 26th annual John Day Citizen's Cross Country Ski Race at Diamond Lake Resort. The race, open to all ages and abilities, begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes 20K freestyle (skating allowed), 10K classic (diagonal stride only), and new this year, a 10K freestyle event. The race also features Junior (18 and younger) 5K freestyle and 5K classic events, as well as a 5K Fun Ski. Entry forms can be downloaded from http://southernonc.tripod.com/id6.html. Day of race registration is available at Diamond Lake Resort Lodge between starting at 8 a.m. For details, call Reider Peterson at 541-488-8830.


WALKING

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 11:
10K walk explores Eagle Point. There is also a 5K option. Meet at Bob Moore Park on Main Street at 9:45 a.m. for greetings, orientation and registration. The walk begins at 10 a.m. For information, call 541-772-8311.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Medford “Bridge” Walk. Meet at the Bear Creek Greenway parking lot off of Highland Avenue in South Medford. After greetings, orientation and registration at 9:45 a.m., the walk begins at 10 a.m. The 10K route crosses over Barnett Road on the pedestrian bridge and continues along the greenway. For information, call 541-245-9356.


HIKING

Oregon Caves Snowshoe hike
Sunday, Feb. 19:
A moderately strenuous uphill trek to enjoy winter vistas of the Siskiyou Mountains will cover three miles round-trip. The hike will be led by Rich Nawa of KS Wild. Meet at 10 a.m. at Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction. Call 541-846-9273 for details.


RUNNING

Couple Truffle Shuffle
Saturday, Feb. 11:
Annual couples' 5K and 10K run starts at 9 a.m. at Griffin Creek School, 2430 Griffin Creek Road, Medford. For details, call race director Susan Holt at 541-857-8002 or see www.sorunners.org.

Rogue River Run
Saturday, Feb. 18:
A half marathon begins at 10 a.m. and a 5K starts at 10:10 a.m. at Fleming Park, adjacent to the Rogue River. Both races start under the Rogue River Bridge on the Rogue River Greenway bike path. For details, call race director Stan Goodell 541-660-7958 or see www.sorunners.org.


CYCLING

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. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.

Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 9 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon 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 Sunday: Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville hosts a 2- to 3-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or email cyclea@internetcds.com.

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 email cyclea@internetcds.com.

Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.


BIRDING

Project FeederWatch
Saturday, Feb. 11:
Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center in Medford while learning to identify species with expert help. This is a chance for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The program runs every Saturday through March and rotates each week between JNC and North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird-monitoring effort. Children 10 and older are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Binoculars and field guides are available for use. For details on the North Mountain Park sessions, email Denny Niebuhr at rogueden@ashlandhome.net or call the nature center at 541-488-6606. For information on the JNC counts, email Judd Hurley at chanotin@charter.net.


EVENTS

Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon
Thursday, Feb. 16:
Historian Jeff Lalande will talk about the use of intentional burning by American Indians to influence local vegetation and the impact it had across the three major forested/vegetation zones of southwestern Oregon. The free talk will be at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Oregon University, Science Building, room 118. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.


CLASSES

Coyote Trails
Saturday, Feb. 18:
An introduction into stalking and movement steps and awareness techniques that will reveal the subtle movements of the wild. Class is 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or morgan@coyotetrails.org.

Saturday, March 10: Learn to make arrowheads, knives, axes and other tools from stone by hand and in short practice. Flint-knapping class at Jefferson Nature Center is from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or morgan@coyotetrails.org.

Saturday, March 24: Learn to identify edible and medicinal wild foods and make use of basic medicinal preparations. Class is 1 to 3 p.m. at Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $15. For information, contact Morgan at 541-482-0513 or morgan@coyotetrails.org.


COUPON OF THE WEEK