Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Dec. 7: 10K walk in Grants Pass starts at 10 a.m. Registration is at 9:45 at Ray's Food Place on 7th Avenue. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Dec. 21: 10K walk in Ashland starts at 10 a.m. Meet at 9:45 for registration at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. A 5K option is available. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Forest Park Trail Run
Saturday, Dec. 7: 5K and 10K runs start at 10 a.m. in Jacksonville's Forest Park on Reservoir Road. The 5K is 80 percent single track and 20 percent gravel roads in a single loop with two short climbs separated by flat single track and a downhill to the finish. The10K uses the 5K course but adds a third climb on a gravel road and some rolling single track before descending to the finish. For details and to register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Holiday Hustle 5K
Saturday, Dec. 14: The run/walk begins at 5 p.m. at Jacksonville Elementary School, 655 Hueners Lane. The second annual event, sponsored by the Junior League of Jackson County, is the main source of funding for a community program called the Rogue Power Pack program. The Rogue Power Packs provide weekend food packages to chronically hungry elementary-school students from low-income households who are at risk of hunger over the weekend when free school meals are unavailable. For details and to register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Longest Night Mile
Friday, Dec. 20: Annual event will be held at North Medford High School. A slower mile race (for runners who expect to run slower than a 7-minute mile) will start at 6:30 p.m. A faster mile race will start at 7 p.m. For details and to register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.
Medford Ugly Sweater 5K
Saturday, Dec. 21: The race will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Medford on East Eighth Street. Registration closes Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10:54 PM. For details, see www.MedfordUglySweater5K.com
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Dec.14: Ski lesson at Hyatt Lake at 11 a.m. will last about 1 to 1.5 hours. Call Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703, for details.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include 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 on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.
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 at 541-488-4289.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Crank-It-Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 25 to 50 miles on some hills. Contact Judy Kerr at 541-488-0758.
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 at 541-488-0152.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.
Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Dec. 7: KBO bird-walk leader Frank Lospalluto will lead an outing from 8 a.m. to noon to Touvelle State Park to look for winter residents, including a variety of sparrows, woodpeckers and possibly a bald eagle or two along the trail near the Rogue River. A day-use fee or seasonal parking permit is required (state parks pass or Jackson County Parks permit). Group will meet at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. The outing is limited to 15 participants and registration is required. To register, call 541-770-1104.
Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, Dec. 14: Medford Christmas Bird Count. Bob Hunter is the CBC coordinator this year. If you want to participate, contact him at 541-826-5569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ashland Christmas Bird Count will be Saturday, Jan. 4. John Bullock and Harry Fuller are co-coordinators. Contact either if you wish to participate: Harry Fuller, email@example.com, 541-488-8077; John Bullock, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-488-7962.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Count the birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, from noon to 1 p.m. Free. Project Feederwatch is a citizen science program run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. With help from Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers, visitors count birds that visit feeders from November through March, and the data is submitted to help scientists track movements of winter bird populations. The program alternates on Saturdays between North Mountain Park and Coyote Trails Nature Center in Medford.
SOU Ski Swap
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8: The annual event organized by the Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at SOU's Stevenson Union. If you would like to sell items you must register your gear from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 4-6. If you have more than 25 items to sell, contact the Outdoor Program at 541-552-6470 or email email@example.com to preregister. Twenty percent of the sale price of each item benefits the Outdoor Program. There is a $1 per item check-in fee. For details, see www.sou.edu/outdoorprogram/skiswap.html.
Holiday Ski Party
Saturday, Dec. 21: Southern Oregon Nordic Club, Klamath Basin Nordic Club and Grants Pass Nordic Club will team up for a holiday party at Lake of the Woods Marina at 10 a.m. There will be beginner and novice lessons, a novice ski tour, a snowshoe tour and an intermediate ski tour. After a morning of skiing, the group will meet at the marina at 1 p.m. The club will provide the pizzas from the Marina grill. Fresh-baked cookies from home would be welcome. There will be a ski-related, white-elephant gift exchange if you would like to participate. The event is hosted by Stefanie Ferrara. She can be reached at 541-890-2979.
Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society
Thursday, Dec. 12: Tom Landis, a local monarch and milkweed expert, will discuss monarch butterflies and the plants they need to survive, native milkweeds. He will describe how to propagate milkweeds to assist this declining butterfly. The talk begins around 7:30 p.m. Please bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup) and packets of seeds to contribute for the native plant seed exchange. The group will also have a natural history, botany and science-book exchange. The holiday poyluck will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., in Talent. Contact Kristi at 541-941-3744. Please bring a food donation for the Talent Food Project. Free to all.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, Dec. 7: Mammal tracking for all levels; ages 8 and older. Tracking is a science and an art, and is fun for all ages. One of the oldest human practices, this activity will enrich any outdoor experience The class, from 1 to 3 p.m., costs $20. Preregistration is requested. For details, call 541-772-1390, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.CoyoteTrails.org. Coyote Trails Nature Center is at 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.