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.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Dec. 15: Ski tour at Buck Prairie for intermediate and novice skiers, led by Pat Furman, 541-690-5575, and Kellie Barry, 541-821-7147.
Sunday, Dec. 16: Beginner ski tour at Buck Prairie led by Lew Nash, 541-552-9111.
Saturday, Dec. 22: Holiday party and ski tour at Lake of the Woods. For details, call Stephanie Ferrara at 541-776-3987.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas ski tour at Summit Sno Park and Lake of the Woods; seven-plus miles. For details, call Stephanie Ferrara at 541-776-3987.
Saturday, Dec. 29: Intermediate ski lesson, SONC XC Training Group. For information and directions, call Edgar Hee at 541-734-4872.
Saturday, Dec. 29: Advanced ski tour to Dutton Ridge;13 miles with 1,700-foot climb. For details, call John Fertig at 541-601-5687.
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.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the Siskiyou Velo club rides listed below are leisurely while others are intense. All rides provide rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction and support are available on all rides. No rider is left behind.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Austen Meek, 541-482-0930.
Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 18 to 30 miles of slightly hilly terrain. Contact: Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.
Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 28 to 40 miles with long climbs. Contact: Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
Every Saturday: Twenty-mile race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course varies. Contact: Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819.
Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various afternoon times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact: David Chapman, 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at The Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact: Bob MacCraken, 425-512-3829.
Every Friday: Moderate rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to the Applegate or TBD. Pace: 20-plus mph over 40-plus miles. Contact: Rees Jones, 541-482-0218.
Other recurring rides
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 Tuesday and Thursday: Mountain-bike 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: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., hosts a two-hour mountain-bike 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: 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, Dec. 8: Project FeederWatch. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the nature center at 541-488-6606. For ages 10 and up. Free.
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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bullock at 541-488-7962, email@example.com.
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.