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Black Friday hike
Friday, Nov. 25: Siskiyou Mountain Club will lead a moderate hike along the Illinois River. A van will leave Ashland at 8:30 a.m. and make stops in Medford, Grants Pass and Selma. From there the group will head out to the Horn Bend Trail and explore the banks of the mighty Illinois. The hike is about four miles roundtrip, but not without some steep pitches. Expect to be back to the trailhead by 2:30 p.m. Email Gabe Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
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.
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.
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.