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  • Get Out: Feb. 24, 2012

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  • Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 25-26: Ski weekend at Lake of the Woods. Bob Plummer will lead an outing for advanced skiers Saturday called the Volcano Express, which covers about seven miles near Burton Butte. On Sunday, Stefanie Ferrara will lead an intermediate outing called Icabob Quarry that will cover seven to eight miles. For details, call Plummer at 541-488-5003 or Ferrara at 541-890-2979.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    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.
    Saturday, March 10: A 10K walk with a 5K option in Grants Pass. Titled “Name that Park,” it begins at Rays Food Place on 7th Avenue at 10 a.m. Plan to arrive at 9:45 for introductions and registration. For information call 541-474-2291.
    Saturday, March 24: 10K Ashland “Town” walk with a 5K option begins at 10 a.m. The walkers will meet at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard at 9:45. For information, call 541-734-3719.
    Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
    Saturdays-Sundays through April 29: Ranger-led snowshoe hikes in Crater Lake National Park start at 1 p.m., last two hours and cover approximately one mile of moderately strenuous terrain. Snowshoes are provided free. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are recommended. For information and to sign up, call the park at 541-594-3100.
    Shamrock Run
    Saturday, March 17: The annual 5-mile run starts at 9 a.m. on the track at Crater High School in Central Point. Cost is $12 before March 1 and $15 after. For details, call Mike Barrett at 541-779-1214 or see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
    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.
    Project FeederWatch
    Saturday, Feb. 25: Help count birds that visit the feeders at Jefferson Nature Center in Medford while learning to identify species with expert help. The program runs every Saturday through March and rotates each week between and 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 NMP 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.
    Coyote Trails
    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.
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