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  • Get Out: March 16, 2012

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  • Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Saturday, March 17: Intermediate, seven-mile ski tour to Burton Flat is planned. For details, call Kevin Wood at 541-261-3547.
    Sunday, March 18: Mini class and ski tour is planned. Location to be determined. For details, call Michael Dawkins at 541-482-2703.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    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.
    Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs
    Saturday, July 14: Registration is open for the 14th annual Siskiyou Outback trail runs. There will be three races this year, the traditional 50K and 15K, plus a new 50-mile distance. See www.siskiyououtback.com for information.
    Siskiyou Velo Club
    Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28: The Siskiyou Velo bicycle club is organizing a series of four group rides on Saturdays in April designed to get adults on a bicycle again.
    The rides, on sections of the Bear Creek Greenway, will begin with slow, easy outings of about six miles and progress to moderate rides of about 14 miles. Each ride will include a stop for coffee or tea and social time. The goal is to help people get some exercise and feel comfortable riding in a group. Organizers will teach techniques, skills and etiquette of group riding.
    Participants must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube and sign an insurance waiver to release the bicycle club from liability.
    The rides, which begin at 10 a.m., are:
    April 7: A six-mile ride begins in Ashland, where bikes can be checked for free by Tim Schurr, owner of Ashland Bicycle Works on Ashland Street. A short discussion on group riding techniques will precede the ride to the bike path for a short, get-acquainted ride and coffee stop.
    April 14: An 11-mile ride will start at Blue Heron Park in Phoenix and continue to Medford's Bad Ass Cafe.
    April 21: A 14-mile ride will begin at Jefferson Nature Center at US Cellular Park in Medford and proceed to Central Point, with coffee stop along the way.
    April 28: A 14-mile ride will start at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent and continue to Bear Creek Park in Medford for a coffee treat picnic provided by the Siskiyou Velo Club.
    For information, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289 or email star@mind.net.
    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 usually begins at 10 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, March 17: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland while learning to identify species with expert help. The program runs every Saturday through March and rotates each week between NMP and Jefferson Nature Center in Medford. 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.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, April 7: KBO volunteer Forrest English will lead a biking and birding outing to the Ashland Pond and along the Bear Creek Greenway to look for spring migrants such as common yellowthroat, orange-crowned warbler and yellow-breasted chat. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Bring your bike, helmet and binoculars. Limited to 10 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, April 14: Frank Lospalluto will lead a birdwalk on Lower Table Rock to look for spring migrants such as oak titmouse, blue-gray gnatcatcher, Lewis' woodpecker, American kestrel, Anna's bummingbird, Bewick's wren and savannah sparrow. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.
    Bugs R Us
    Wednesday, March 21: Children of all ages are invited to enjoy “Butterflies and Moths,” presented by John Jackson of Bugs R Us, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Gold Hill Branch Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Participants will receive butterfly stickers and handouts detailing differences between butterflies and moths. For information, call the Gold Hill Branch Library at 541-855-1994.
    Coyote Trails
    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.
    Mt. Ashland
    Sunday, March 25: Mt. Ashland Ski & Snowboard Resort will hold “Ski and Snowboard Against Hunger.” Those who bring five or more cans of nonperishable food will receive a free full-day lift ticket good from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can also make a secure financial donation to ACCESS online at www.accesshelps.org. Click the “Donate Now” button, and enter “Mt. Ashland” in the dedication field (“on behalf of”). For each dollar donated, ACCESS can provide five meals, or approximately five pounds of food, for local residents experiencing hunger.

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