Holiday Hustle 5K
Saturday, Dec. 15: The new 5K event, sponsored by the Junior League of Jackson County, begins at 4 p.m. at Jacksonville Elementary School, 655 Hueners Lane. Cost is $20 for adults through Dec. 13 and $10 for children 12 and younger. See the race calendar at www.sorunners.org for details.
Recurring road rides
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo's, Velo Slo-Mo ride begins at various times from different locations. The pace averages 7-10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on fairly flat terrain. No one is left behind. A coffee stop for social time is part of every ride. For details, contact Austen Meek at 541-482-0930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo's VeloMello ride begins at various times from different locations. The pace averages 11-13 mph over 18 to 30 miles of rolling hills. No one is left behind. A coffee stop for social time is part of every ride. For details, contact Sandra Wetzel at 541-482-2995 or email@example.com.
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo's, VeloShip ride begins at various times from different locations. The pace averages 12 mph over 18 to 28 miles of occasional rolling hills. No one is left behind. A coffee stop for social time is part of every ride. For details, contact Jean O'Donnell at 541-488-6186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday: A 20-mile ride at race pace begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course varies. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.
Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., 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 see cycleanalysis.net.
Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville; 25 mostly flat miles, 14 to 17 mph pace. Contact David Chapman, 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: A 32- to 60-mile Siskiyou Velo Club coffee ride begins at 11 a.m. at The Roasting Co. in Ashland. Some hills. Contact Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.
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. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 21⁄2 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, 535 N. Fifth St., 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 see cycleanalysis.net.
Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, 1340 Biddle Road, 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
Saturday, Nov. 24: Help count the birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, with guidance from Rogue Valley Audubon Society members. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird-monitoring effort. The program runs from 9 to 10 a.m. every other weekend through February. For details, email Denny Niebuhr at email@example.com or call the nature center at 541-488-6606. For ages 10 and up. Free.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: Dick Ashford, board president of the Klamath Bird Observatory and a director of the American Birding Association, took a “trip of a lifetime” to Antarctica via the Explorer’s Route, which encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Ashford will give a presentation about his trip at the monthly meeting of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church meeting hall, 1801 E. Jackson St. in Medford.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Medford Christmas Bird Count. The area for the Medford Christmas Bird Count is a circle 15 miles in diameter, centered a mile or so west of the junction of Highway 140 and Highway 62 in White City. The circle has been carved up into 15 sections, and each section is entrusted to an experienced leader who makes the decisions as to times and routes. Some leaders welcome newcomers to their teams. Others may prefer to team up with experienced, hardy birders who can cope with difficult terrain and a fast pace. Hardcore birders will go from dawn to dark in all weather. If you are interested in participating, contact Bob Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-826-5569.
Thursday, Dec. 27: Ashland Christmas Bird Count. The co-leaders for this count are Harry Fuller, who will organize birding teams for the 10 areas of the count circle, and John Bullock, who will be the compiler for the count. If you would like to participate, a gala holiday compilation dinner will be held after the count, location to be announced, beginning at 6 p.m. Contact Fuller at 541-488-8077, email@example.com, or Bullock at 541-488-7962, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coyote School of Nature
Saturday, Dec. 8: How do you make a water container or spoon without tools? Would you like to take home a bowl or spoon or any self-made kitchenware having made them from only pieces of wood and a campfire? Learn the age-old skill of wood sculpting with fire. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $20. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Learn to knapp flint into arrowheads, knives, axes and more. Class will show how to read “rock percussions” so the rock will break just the way you want it to. The class is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $35. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.
Sunday, Dec. 9: Primitive food preservation. Learn how to dry and smoke meat, make pemmican, and store these treats longterm, away from hungry critters and the elements. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon at Coyote Trails' Jefferson Nature Center. Cost is $25. No experience needed. Preregistration required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Dec. 8: 10K walk through Medford neighborhoods. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Medford Center parking on Jackson Street across from Hawthorne Park. A shorter 5K option is available. For information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Dec. 22: “Name That Park” walk in Grants Pass covers 10 kilometers, with a 5K option. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Ray's Food Place on 7th Street at Savage. For information, call 541-245-9356.