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  • Get Out: Oct. 11, 2013

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  • KS Wild
    Saturday, Oct. 19: Bear Creek salmon-viewing hike. KS Wild staff ecologist Rich Nawa will lead a one-mile hike along Bear Creek to see spawning chinook salmon in Lynn Newbry Park in Talent from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring polarized sun glasses if you have them. Salmon biology will be explained and questions answered. Call Nawa at 541-218-7973 for more information.
    Rogue Valley Walkers
    Saturday, Oct. 19: 10K walk will explore old Medford. A 5K option is available. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Food 4 Less on Biddle Road. For information, call 541-471-0713 or see the website at www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
    Lithia Loop Marathon
    Saturday, Nov. 2: The race begins at 8 a.m. in Ashland's Lithia Park and circumnavigates the Ashland watershed, accumulating 9,200 feet of elevation change on dirt roads and trails, with about 2 miles of asphalt. Space is limited to 300 runners. To register, see www.roguevalleyrunners.com.
    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.
    Rogue Valley Audubon Society
    Saturday, Oct. 12: Romain Cooper will lead a trip to Del Norte County, Calif. Meet at the O'Brien Country Store eight miles south of Cave Junction on Highway 199 at 8:15 a.m. For information, email Romain at romain@frontiernet.net.
    Siskiyou Mountain Club
    Saturday, Oct. 19: The club is organizing a day of service in the Red Buttes Wilderness Area. The group will hike in a few miles to cut some old-growth trees from the trail. Volunteers will see some of the largest sugar-pine trees in the world and learn to use a crosscut saw. Carpools will leave Ashland at 8:30 a.m. Email howegabe@gmail.com or call 541-708-2056 for details and to sign up.
    Siskiyou Field Institute
    Friday, Oct. 11: October's Friday night free learning program highlights wild plants for tasty fall harvesting. Presenter Daniel Newberry will focus on acorns and how to process them; you're encouraged to join in. This interactive program will start at 6:30 p.m. at SFI's Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. For details, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
    Sunday, Oct. 27: Edible mushrooms of the Southern Cascades. Search the woods and learn how to safely identify and collect edible mushrooms of southern Oregon. Discover key characteristics for identifying many of the following: boletes, corals, oysters, chanterelles and matsutakes. Poisonous mushrooms known to occur in the area will also be reviewed. Use all your senses —and your hiking muscles —as you develop skills to recognize which mushrooms to harvest, and which to leave behind. Group will meet at Eagle Point Walmart on Highway 62. Instructor is John Teem. Cost is $50. For details, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
    Sunday, Nov. 3: Edible mushrooms of the Coast Range. Search the woods and learn how to safely identify and collect edible mushrooms of Southern Oregon. Discover key characteristics for identifying many of the following: boletes, corals, oysters, chanterelles and matsutakes. Poisonous mushrooms known to occur in the area will also be reviewed. Use all your senses — and your hiking muscles — as you develop skills to recognize which mushrooms to harvest, and which to leave behind. Instructor is John Teem. Cost is $50. Meet at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. For details, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.
    Coyote Trails School of Nature
    Saturday, Oct. 26: Basket weaving for ages 12 and older. Guest instructor Deborah Chinn will show how to weave a beautiful, useful basket for gathering food from your garden, harvesting wild edibles or for a table centerpiece. By the end of class, you will have your own basket to bring home. Class limited to 10 students. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $30. Pre-registration is requested. For details, call 541-772-1390, email katie@coyotetrails.org or see www.CoyoteTrails.org. Coyote Trails Nature Center is located at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.

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