John Day Citizen's Cross Country Ski Race
Sunday, Feb. 16: Entry forms are available for the 28th annual race at Diamond Lake Resort. The course is flat to rolling. The event, open to all ages and abilities, includes 20K, 10K and 5K freestyle (skating allowed) events and 10K and 5K classic (diagonal stride only) events. Entry forms can be downloaded from http://southernonc.tripod.com/id6.html. Race-day registration at the resort lodge will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The mass-start race starts at 10:30 a.m. For details, contact Reider Peterson at 541-488-8830 or email@example.com.
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Wednesday, Feb. 19: The Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program will sponsor the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The festival features high adventure, high-adrenaline sports movies. For more details, see www.sou.edu/outdoorprogram/index.html or www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour
Native Plant Society of Oregon
Thursday, Feb. 20: Grasses of Southern Oregon: The Good, the Bad and the Gorgeous. Cindy Roche, one of the illustrators of the grass volumes for “Flora of North America” and team member for writing “A Field Guide to Grasses of Oregon and Washington,” will show how to identify grasses and describe some of the native and invasive grasses of our region. Southern Oregon University, Science Building, room 171. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7. Free. For details, call Kristi at 541-941-3744.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Tuesday, Feb. 25: The club's monthly meeting will feature Norm Barrett talking about “Dragonflies of Jackson County.” They are more than big/little. red/blue/green/brown. Discover what makes their identification so challenging. How many species can be found here? How long do they live? Where do they go? All will be revealed. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.
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.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 22: 10K walk in Ashland, with a 5K option. Meet in the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street at 9:45 to register. For details, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
Saturday, Feb. 15: SUTA holds trail work parties from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. This month, the group will meet at Buncom (intersection of Little Applegate Road and Sterling Creek Road) for carpool to the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead. The group will work on the section from the trailhead to the Little Applegate. This will involve a 6-mile hike, with some uphill to reach the ditch trail and on the portion that leaves the ditch to divert around private land. Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers. If you have them, bring gloves, loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber or sturdy shovel. Bring water and whatever snacks you like. SUTA will have some extra trail tools. If you plan to come, please email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers can plan the work party and food. For more, see http://sutaoregon.org.
Crater Lake guided snowshoe hikes
Through April 27: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Reservations are required. For details and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
Project Feeder Watch
Saturday, Feb. 15: Get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders while counting birds that visit the feeders in Ashland's North Mountain Park and Medford's Coyote Trails Nature Center. The program rotates between the two locations, occurring from noon to 1 p.m. every other Thursday-Friday at Coyote Trails, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, and 9 to 10 a.m. every other Saturday in Ashland at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave. The information collected is submitted to Cornell University's Feeder Watch project, a nationwide bird monitoring project. Free. For details, call North Mountain Park at 541-488-6606 or Coyote Trails at 541-772-1390.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, March 5: On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS conducts a bird walk at Agate Lake, about two miles east of the Highway 62/140 intersection. Birders should meet at the parking lot on the far side of the lake across from the boat dock. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end before noon. This will be an ongoing citizen-science project to record the numbers of the different species observed by the walk participants. You don't need to be an experienced birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one. Coordinator and leader of the walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050, firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact him if you are willing to help.
Rogue River Run
Saturday, Feb. 15: Half-marathon and 5K begin at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River. For details and to register, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.