Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Friday, Nov. 8: Rogue Riverkeeper and Southern Oregon University's Outdoor Adventure Leadership program are hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Fest in Ashland. The festival includes 15 films, and raffle prizes will be offered. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Films run from 6 to 9 p.m. at Meese Auditorium at SOU's Center for Visual Arts (next to the Schneider Museum of Art) at 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Cost is $10 per person or $25 for a one-year membership to Rogue Riverkeeper that includes free entry to the film festival. See more at http://rogueriverkeeper.org/film-fest.
Firewood-cutting work parties
Saturday, Nov. 9: Local snowmobile and cross-country ski clubs are organizing firewood-cutting work parties to cut, split and stack firewood for several shelters in the High Lakes area, including South Brown Mountain, Four Mile Lake and Summit (if skiers participate). If you would like to help, meet at the Great Meadow Sno-Park near Lake of the Woods at 8:30 a.m. George Gregory at Lake of the Woods, 541-949-8300, is the contact for snowmobilers. Stefanie Ferrara, 541-890-2979, is the contact for the Southern Oregon Nordic Club if skiers have questions. Snowshoers are also welcome to help. You will need gloves and good boots. If you have a splitting maul, please bring it. If you do not have a Forest Service/BLM chain saw certification, then do not bring your chain saw.
Ski and snowboard swap
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 15-17:The Medford Ski Education Foundation will host its annual event, featuring new and used winter-sports gear, clothing and accessories. Proceeds support local high-school ski programs. People who have used snowboards, skis, boots, helmets and clothing they'd like to sell can check in prior to the event during a merchant registration from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 13-14, at the Knights of Columbus Meeting Hall, 772 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Sales run from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Cost is $5 on Friday, $3 on Saturday and free on Sunday and for children 12 and younger every day. Call 541-621-4699 or email email@example.com.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 16: 10K walk in the Ashland Railroad District begins at 10 a.m. Meet at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. The walk includes a 5K option. Arrive at 9:45 a.m. to register. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Pioneer Road Run
Saturday, Nov. 9: Southern Oregon's oldest road run, founded 1971, includes a 9 miler and a 5-kilometer race. A free kids fun run starts at 8:15 a.m., the 9-miler starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K goes off at 8:45 a.m. The start and finish is at Phoenix High School, 745 N. Rose St. For details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Thursday, Nov. 28: An 8-mile run starts at 8 a.m., a 2-mile walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. and a 100-yard Turkey Dash goes off at 7:45 a.m. from Rogue Rock Gym, 3001 Samike Dr., Suite #104, Medford. No race-day registration. To register or for details, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Backcountry Navigation Class
Sunday, Nov. 17: John Fertig will teach a backcountry navigation class for members of the Southern Oregon Nordic Club and Crater Lake Ski Patrol. The class will be indoor only. The curriculum will include navigation aids, navigation clues, compasses (how to use them and their accuracy), topographic maps, contour lines, magnetic declination, dead-reckoning navigation, map-coordinate systems, map scales and a few other topics. Fertig will cover some GPS issues (but this is not a GPS class). The 4- to 5-hour class will be in Medford and start at 9 a.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend, and he will send directions. The class is limited to 12 people.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Saturday, Nov. 16: Half day of birding at Valley of the Rogue State Park. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the public parking area near the back of the park (past most of the camping loops). Bring food and drinks as desired. Total walking distance will be up to two miles and the birding will end about noon. Group will walk primarily on the river trail, which is mostly level. For information, contact Dennis at email@example.com or 541-469-4619.
Wednesday, Dec. 4: First-Wednesday bird walk to Denman Wildlife Area. The walk lasts about 3 hours and covers about three miles. Meet at the Agate Road entrance gate to the WMA by 8:25 a.m. This is an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator is Murray Orr, 541-857-9050, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.