Rogue Valley Walkers
Monday, Dec. 31: Finish the year with a 10K walk in Gold Hill. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the post office on 2nd Avenue. This walk has a shorter 5K option. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Jan. 12: 10K Medford Bridge Walk will explore south Medford and Bear Creek. Meets in the Bear Creek Park lot on Highland Avenue at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Saturday, Jan. 26: The Ashland Town Walk will cover 10K jaunt, with a shorter 5K option available. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
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.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 11-13: Weekend outing at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center will include Saturday lessons for beginners and intermediates, and an introduction to skate skiing, along with unorganized skiing and social activities. Rental skis (classic and skate) are available at the Nordic Center (see www.mtshastanordic.org/nordic_center3.htm for rental information). For details, call Edgar or Karen Hee at 541-734-4872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
First Day hikes
Tuesday, Jan. 1: Valley of the Rogue State Park will be one of 22 Oregon state parks offering special hikes and free parking on New Year's Day. From noon to 3 p.m., an easy hike of three miles along the Rogue River Greenway is planned. It will offer opportunities for birding, tree identification and ecological observation. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Hikers should bring water, snacks and binoculars. Most of the “First Day Hikes” will be led by a park ranger or volunteer. Valley of the Rogue is at exit 45B off Interstate 5. For information on parks participating across Oregon, see www.americasstateparks.org.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Sixth annual 5K and 10K event starts at 9:30 a.m. at Madrone Trail Public Charter School, 3070 Ross Lane, Central Point. The 5K course is out and back on Ross to Hanley. The 10K goes out and back on Ross to Hanley to Beall. Cost is $12 if registered by Jan. 15; $10 for SOR members. After Jan. 15, it's $15 all runners. Race-day registration runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. See the race calendar at sorunners.org for details and to register.
Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association New Year's Day ride
Tuesday, Jan. 1: RVMBA's free, annual New Year ride at Applegate Lake starts at 11 a.m. at the Seattle Bar day-use area, with hot coffee provided by Bad Ass Coffee and food provided by Ray's Food Place. Rides for all skill levels will be available. To learn about RVMBA, see http://rvmba.org.
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 second and fourth Wednesday: Ashland Bicycle Works hosts a two-hour MTB night ride the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The group pedals up Tolman Creek to access the Mount Ashland trails. The route is always changing and dependent on the group. You can expect great company and a moderate pace. All are welcome. The group has a few lights to loan out; if you're interested in borrowing a set, call 541-326-7231 or 541-482-3440 to reserve one before coming. For details, see rvmba.org.
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.
Winter Whale Watch Week
Through Sunday, Dec. 30: The annual event occurs at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites along the Oregon Coast. Roughly 18,000 whales cruise past Oregon on their annual southbound migration, and trained volunteers will be available at these sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits, and offer tips on how to spot the whales. More information about the program and a map of the official viewpoints are available online at www.whalespoken.org.