Sierra Club hikes
Saturday: Hike to be announced. Contact hike leader Joel Peterson at joelpeterson@charter.net or 541-955-9224
Oct. 3: Moderate eight-mile hike to Soda Mountain. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.
Oct. 17: Moderate 10-mile hike on the Isherwood Loop. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards, 210-0204.
Oct. 24: Hike to be announced. Contact hike leader Joel Peterson at joelpeterson@charter.net or 541-955-9224.
Nov. 7: Moderate 10-mile hike to Pilot Rick. Contact hike leaders Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

Lithia Park Nature Walks
Naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department lead free walks through Lithia Park on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30. Topics such as trees, flowers, birds, climate, water and geology are discussed. Dress for weather and meet at 10 a.m. at the park's entrance. Call 541-552-2266 for details.

KS Wild Benefit Dinner
Sept. 26: KS Wild will hold its fifth annual dinner and auction at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The event will include dinner, auction and an update on KS Wild's activities.
Dinner tickets are $30 for vegetarian and $35 for dinners with meat, and include local micro-beer, wine bar and live music. Checks and meal preferences may be mailed to KS Wild, P.O. Box 102, Ashland, OR 97520.
Proceeds will support KS Wild's efforts to protect and restore the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northwest California and southwest Oregon.

Bear Creek Festival at North Mountain Park
Oct. 3: North Mountain Park Nature Center will host the inaugural Bear Creek Festival (formerly known as the Bear Creek Salmon Festival) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 620 North Mountain Ave. in Ashland. This free event will offer activities for people of all ages to get outside, explore and learn about Bear Creek and other streams in their backyards. Activities will include Native American traditional salmon cooking, drumming, story telling and crafts. Participants can also try their hand at spin and fly casting, explore the riffles of Bear Creek for aquatic insects, don costumes and enter the colorful Salmon Story Tent, engage in playful art activities, and learn about stream and watershed ecology. Those attending can also learn to become better stewards of local streams and rivers by conserving water and energy, planting native plants, supporting local organic farmers, cleaning up trash in and near streams, and reducing storm water pollution. For more information call 541-488-6606 or visit www.BearCreekFestival.net.

Oct. 3: Birding for beginners along the Bear Creek Greenway in Ashland. If you want a casual introduction to birding with an experienced guide from Klamath Bird Observatory, this is the walk for you. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Free. Due to limited class size, call 541-482-3241 to sign up.

Ashland Rotary 5K/10k Run/Walk
Oct. 3: The Ashland Rotary Club is hosting a run to raise funds and awareness about polio. With the help of a matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International hopes to raise more than $100 million. Former NFL runing back Mack Strong will host a special dinner for race sponsors on Friday evening and will be available on race day for autographs and photo ops. The run starts at 8 a.m. in Lithia Park. Cost to enter is $20 (no T-shirt) or $30 (with T-shirt). Register online at www.ashlandrotaryrun.com/4.html. For questions, contact race director Rob Skinner at Rob@AshlandRotaryRun.com.

Stagecoach Run 10K and 5K
Oct. 10: The 39th annual run starts at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Oregon and West D streets in Jacksonville, and follows a rolling, out-and-back course. Registration is $15 before Oct. 6 ($12 for Southern Oregon Runners members), $20 after. Race-day registration from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Contact race directors Steve Buxton, 541-772-8292, or Rich Stanfield, 541-535-1862, for details, or go to www.sorunners.org.

Birds of a Feather Run for Erik Skaggs
Oct. 24: Two-mile and 5-mile run/walk starts at 9 a.m. in Lithia Park in Ashland. There will be no set entry fee. Please donate what you can to help elite runner Erik Skaggs, of Ashland, who suffered kidney failure after setting a new course record at the Where's Waldo ultramarathon last month. Benefits will help cover Skaggs' medical costs. Regsister online at www.sorunners.org. For more information, contact race directors Hal Koerner or Ian Torrence 541-201-0017.

“Monster Dash” Halloween Fun Run
Oct. 31: The Kiwanis Club of Ashland and Ashland Schools Foundation are sponsoring a 5K run/1-mile fun run to raise awareness of ASF and raise money for the Ashland public schools. The run starts in Lithia Park at 2 p.m., immediately before the children's Halloween parade in downtown Ashland, and ends on the plaza. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Awards will be given for runners by age group, plus prizes for best costumes by individuals and groups. Sign up by Oct. 16 to order a Monster Dash T-shirt. For more information, or to register, go to www.AshlandKiwanisMonsterDash.com.
Proceeds will support ASF's Literacy and Libraries campaign for the 2009-10 school year. If you have questions, call either Jeanne Walcher at 488-4897 or Susan Bacon at 482-8197.

Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 541-488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 541-857-0819), covers 20-plus miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.
Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann: 541-779-6986.
Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Tuesday: A moderate, 25-mile ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Public Library in Jacksonville. Ride leader is Jack Buster: 541-664-2870
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

Every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail cyclea@internetcds.com. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association's Web site at www.somba.org.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport's crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time-pressed or gravity challenged. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail unoveloce@hotmail.com.

Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.