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  • Get Out: Sept. 20, 2013

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  • Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Sept. 21: 10K walk in Ashland. Meet at the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street at 8:45 a.m. A 5K option is available. For information, call 541-474-2291 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com/_ourclub.html.
    Saturday, Sept. 28: 10K walk at Casey State Park on Highway 62 about 9 miles from Shady Cove. Meet at 8:45 a.m. For information, call 541-474-2291 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com/_ourclub.html.
    Lithia Park nature walks
    Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Trained volunteer naturalists from Ashland Parks & Recreation lead free, easy, 1.5-hour nature walks through Lithia Park. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, water, geology and the history of the park. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Registration is not required.
    Rogue Run
    Sunday, Sept. 22: The half marathon begins in Talent at 8:10 a.m. and follows the Bear Creek Greenway to The Expo in Central Point, where the Harvest Fair and Microbrew Festival will be occurring. For details and to register, see www.theroguerun.com.
    Ride the Rogue
    Saturday, Sept. 21: Beginning at Palmerton Park in Rogue River, the annual event will offer rides of 100, 70, 40 and 25 miles, along with food, live music and other activities. The 100-miler starts at 7 a.m., the others follow at 8:30, 9 and 10 a.m. Register at www.ridetherogue.org or at Palmerton Park on Friday Sept. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. All proceeds will help build the Rogue River Recreational Corridor and Greenway.
    Bicycling traffic safety 101
    Saturday, Sept. 28: A bicycle education and training course for adults will run from 1 to 4 p.m. The class is limited to 12 students. The class will also be offered Saturday, Nov. 23. The Siskiyou Velo club is offering the course free of charge. It will be taught by League of American Bicyclist-certfied instructors and will include rules-of-the-road, bike checks and bike-handling practice, and a short ride in traffic. Students must have a properly sized and safe bike and a helmet. Students also must complete an online portion of the course prior to the day of the class (available at www.bikeed.org). Register at http://bit.ly/svbikeed
    Siskiyou Velo Club
    Some club rides listed below are leisurely; others are more intense. All rides are designed and led by a ride leader. Coffee stops to socialize are included on all rides. For more information, see siskiyouvelo.org.
    Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Phil Gagnon, 541-488-4289.
    Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 20 to 25 miles on slightly hilly terrain. Contact Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.
    Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 14 to 16 mph over 20-plus miles with long climbs. Contact Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.
    Every Saturday: Race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford and cover more than 20 miles. Contact Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819. See www.roguecycle.com.
    Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.
    Every Monday: Coffee ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and goes to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 25 flat miles. Contact Ray Forsyth, 541-245-0312.
    Every Wednesday: Coffee ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Pace: 16 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact John Grimbergen, 541-488-1735.
    Other recurring rides
    Every Sunday: Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., in Jacksonville hosts a two- to three-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cutoff 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 (two to two-and-a-half 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 Johns 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 http://cycleanalysis.net.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Tuesday, Sept. 24: It's the Rogue Valley Audubon Society's 42nd anniversary, and RVAS founder Otis Swisher will present a program on birding in the Rogue Valley over the past 40 years, what has changed and what remains the same. Vince Zauskey, leader of field trips for RVAS and Klamath Bird Observatory, will join Swisher. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. The public is invited to attend, admission is free and refreshments will be served.
    Fly-casting instruction
    Mondays through Sept. 30: Rogue Flyfishers will offer free casting instruction every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hedrick Middle School, 1502 E. Jackson St., Medford. All skill levels invited. Bring your rod or use theirs. Instructors are Otis Swisher and John MacDiarmid. For more information about the club, see RogueFlyfishers.org.
    Bear Creek Salmon Festival
    Saturday, Oct. 5: The festival features all-ages interactive workshops taught by local experts; exhibits that focus on local salmon habitat and watershed stewardship; and activities such as fly- and spin-casting and Native American drumming and storytelling. Montana Soul, Sonic Kaleidoscope and others will perform, and there will be concessions by Fulcrum Dining. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Free. 541-488-6606; www.bearcreeksalmonfestival.net.

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