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Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Dec. 3: A 10K walk in Central Point will start in the Albertsons parking at Exit 33, off Interstate 5. Meet at 9:45 a.m. A 5K option is available. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Saturday, Dec. 17: 10K Ashland Holiday Lights Walk will start in the old Safeway parking lot at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street in Ashland at 5 p.m. A 5K option is available. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

 

Native Plant Society holiday potluck and silent auction

Thursday, Dec. 8: Steve Niemela, conservation strategy implementation biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will discuss the newly revised Oregon Conservation Strategy and opportunities to get involved. The strategy is the state's plan for using proactive voluntary actions to conserve at-risk species and habitats. Feasting begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Location is the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), food donation for the Talent Food Project. Free and open to the public. For details, call Dave at 541-535-5355.

 

Outdoor Preschool open house

Saturday, Dec. 10: Registration is open for Coyote Pups — a new outdoor preschool for children ages 3 to 5 — at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. An open house will be held at the school from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, and parents may tour the school and meet instructors. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Wednesday. The term begins Jan. 9 and continues through May 31, 2017. Learn more at www.coyotetrails.org or 541-772-1390.

 

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Saturday, Dec. 17: The cross-country ski club will hold a holiday party and ski outings starting at 10 a.m. at Lake of the Woods Resort. There will be a 6-mile novice outing and a 6- to 12-mile ski tour. See the group's most current newsletter on the SONC website at http://new.onc.org/sonc/ for more information, including dates of upcoming outings.

 

Winter solstice at Pine Flat

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18: Spend the last days of winter on this remote section of the Illinois River with members of the Siskiyou Mountain Club. The group will backpack about six miles to Pine Flat, enjoy a hearty stew, a roaring fire and (allegedly) outstanding company. A van will leave Ashland at 8 a.m., with rendezvous options in Medford, Grants Pass and Selma. The group will return to the trailhead by 3 p.m. Sunday. Email Gabe Howe at gabe@siskiyoumountainclub.org for details and to sign up.

 

Rimrock, Playas, Petroglyphs and Pronghorns

Thursday, Jan. 19: Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges. He is a research professor in the Horticulture Department at Oregon State University, where his research has focused on wetland restoration and native plant marketing. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at the Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.

 

Project FeederWatch

Project FeederWatch is a citizen-science program run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, with individuals and groups making regular counts of birds that visit feeders in backyards, at nature centers and other locations throughout North America. Local counts take place every other Saturday at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland and every other Thursday and Friday at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. The free, one-hour watches are open to everyone, and there is shelter in case of inclement weather. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html

 

Siskiyou Velo Club

Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph. No one will be dropped. Call Ginny Jensen at 541-488-1398.

Every Saturday: Siskiyou 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. Call Ken Kelley at 541-857-6819.

Every Saturday: Siskiyou Crank It Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations; 20 to 30 miles. Pace 12 to 15 mph, varied terrain. No one will be dropped. Call Tom Ryan at 541-261-4757.

Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace lining at high speeds. Pace: 18+ mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph average over 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call Bob MacCracken 425-512-3829.

Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18+ mph with periodic pace lines over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Call John Bullock at 541-488-7962.