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  • Get Out: Sept. 28, 2012

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  • Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Oct. 6: 10K walk in Grants Pass includes an opportunity to view an exhibit of sidewalk art from “Art Along the Rogue.” A shorter 5K option is available. Meet for registration at 9:45 at the Ray's Food Place parking lot on 7th Street at Savage Street. For information. call 541-245-9356.
    Saturday, Oct. 13: 10K Medford Bridge Walk explores crosses Barnett Road on the pedestrian bridge and follows the Bear Creek Greenway. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Bear Creek Park parking lot off Highland Avenue. For information, call 541-857-6046.
    Lithia Park nature walks
    Friday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 30: Today and Sunday are the last two days of the year to take part in the free Lithia Park nature walks offered each summer by Ashland Parks and Recreation Department. The walks, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., are easy, and topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and park history. Meet at the park entrance across from the Plaza. No pre-registration is necessary. Call 541-488-5340 for details.
    Enchanted Forest Wine Run
    Saturday, Sept. 29: The race, which includes a half marathon and a 5K, begins and ends at Wooldrige Creek Winery in the Applegate Valley. The run combines two of the hottest local trends: trail running and wine. The runs start at noon and will go through the vineyards and forested trails. Live music and catering by Fulcrum Dining will be available at the finish. Race director is Timothy Olson, winner of this year's Western States 100-mile Endurance Run. For details, see www.thewinerun.com.
    Harvest Festival Run
    Saturday, Oct. 6: The annual 5- and 10-kilometer runs start at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park at Front and Main streets. Register online (at http://tinyurl.com/dymj88z) or at 7 a.m. on race day. For details, call race director Felicia Hazel at 541-535-3406.
    Moon Tree Run
    Saturday, Oct. 6: The race, which was conducted annually from 1979 to 1999, has been revived. The 5K and 10K runs begin at 10 a.m. at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base, about 4.5 miles south of Cave Junction. At 9 a.m., breakfast will be for sale, registration and number pick-up will be available and pre-running stretches will be led. Also included is the Moon Sprout Relay for kids 12 and younger. To register, see www.ivcounselingandsupport.org. Print and mail the registration form and appropriate waiver, along with $15 registration fee, to Illinois Valley Counseling and Support, PO Box 1491, Cave Junction, OR 97523. For details, contact race director Lindsey B. Gillette at email.IVCS@gmail.com or 541-592-4888.
    Stagecoach Run
    Saturday, Oct. 13: The 41st annual event, with 5K and 10K runs in Jacksonville, features a rolling, out-and-back course beginning at the corner of Oregon and West D streets. For details and entry form, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
    Ashland Kiwanis Monster Dash
    Saturday, Oct. 27: Monsters, ghouls and goblins will race through Ashland's Lithia Park as part of the 4th annual Monster Dash Run for Education. The event will raise money for Ashland Schools Foundation's Impact Grants in the Ashland public schools. Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with a costume contest, followed by 1-mile, 5K and 10K runs. Costumes are encouraged. For information, see www.AshlandKiwanisMonsterDash.com or call 541-482-8197.
    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 begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030.
    Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting time and location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
    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 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville; 25 mostly flat miles, 14 to 17 mph pace. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
    Every Wednesday: A 25- to 60-mile Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 10 a.m. at The Roasting Co. in Ashland. Some hills. Contact Wil Thomson, 541-482-4201.
    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 or see 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.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Wednesday, Oct. 3: First Wednesday birdwalk at Denman Wildlife Area begins at 8 a.m. The walk lasts about three hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate in White City by 7:55. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in. Walk leader is Murray Orr, 541-857-9050, mworr2@charter.net.
    Tuesday, Oct. 23: The club's regular monthly meeting will feature Brandon Breen, vice president of the Turkey Vulture Society, speaking about the conservation and adaptations of vultures, one of the most important and most imperiled groups of birds in the world. Breen, who recently moved to Southern Oregon, is outreach and communications specialist for the Klamath Bird Observatory. Monthly chapter meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church meeting hall, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. For details, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.
    Klamath Bird Observatory
    Saturday, Oct. 6: Birdwalk to North Mountain Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Group will visit North Mountain Park and possibly some surrounding areas to search for migrating songbirds. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.
    Saturday, Nov. 3: Trip to Scott Valley to view raptors. Group will tour the back roads and agricultural fields of the valley that attract a large variety and quantity of hawks, falcons and eagles. Past trips have recorded ferruginous, rough-legged, red-shouldered, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks, bald and golden eagles, and prairie falcons, kestrels and merlins. Group should see black-billed magpies, bluebirds, Say's phoebes and Lewis's woodpeckers. This is a driving tour and will not require walking, but bring appropriate clothing for the season and snacks and lunches. Scott Valley is about an hour south of Ashland in Siskiyou County, Calif. Meet at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 8 a.m. Group will depart Scott Valley at 3 p.m. Adverse weather will cancel trip so call ahead (541-482-3241) for trip updates. Limited to 15 participants for carpool safety.
    Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
    Wednesday, Oct. 17: The land conservancy's attorney, Alex Liston-Dykema, will speak at a brown-bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m. about issues concerning conservation easements and global warming. Bring your own lunch and questions; dessert will be provided. The SOLC office is at 84 4th St. in Ashland in the Headwaters building on the corner of 4th and C streets. RSVP at 541-482-3069 or info@landconserve.org. Free.
    Wednesday, Oct. 17: “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” a documentary that showcases the life of conservationist, ecologist and wildlife biologist Aldo Leopold, will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Science building, Room 118, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The film traces Leopold's career and the development of his land ethic. The title of the movie refers to an essay in his 1949 book “The Sand County Almanac.” For information, call 541-482-3069 or email info@landconserve.org..

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