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Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 4: A 10K walk in Jacksonville will explore several neighborhoods. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the public parking lot on D Street across the bridge from the Jacksonville library. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Staff at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, will present a class on the basics of snowshoeing. They will focus on the appropriate gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. If you ever thought about getting into snowshoeing, this is a great introduction to the sport. For details and to register, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Friday, Nov. 10: The fifth annual film festival, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland, will kick off at 5 p.m. with a happy hour, live music, silent auction, food and beverages. The film program will begin at 6 p.m. with a keynote speaker and a short presentation from Rogue Riverkeeper staff. Films will run from about 6:30 to 9 p.m., with a 20-minute intermission. The event is a benefit for Rogue Riverkeeper. For details and to order tickets, see http://rogueriverkeeper.org/.
Pioneer Road Run
Saturday, Nov. 11: The 47th annual Pioneer Road Run, the oldest run in Southern Oregon, includes a 9-mile run at 8:45 a.m. and a 5K run at 9 a.m. The start and finish is at Phoenix High School. For details and to register, see http://pioneerroadrun.com/
Rogue River Watershed Council presentation
Monday, Nov. 13: Ecological restoration is one important tool for saving plant diversity on a global scale, yet the need for genetically appropriate native plants is often unmet. Regional native plant cooperatives are an emerging tool for meeting this demand. The Bear Creek Working Group of the Rogue River Watershed Council will present introduction to the newly formed Rogue Native Plant Partnership to learn about what is being done in this region to provide native plants for local restoration projects and members of the public. The meeting is at 9:30 a.m. at Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.
Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, Nov. 16: "Fish Need Plants." The Rogue Valley is known for its salmon and steelhead fisheries, and for its unique flora, but not everyone how related these natural occurrences are. Alexis Brickner of the Rogue River Watershed Council will talk about why fish need native plants and vice versa. She will explore the importance of vegetation around streams and lakes, how it relates to declining fish populations, and what is being done in the Rogue Basin to restore native ecosystems. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161, Ashland. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Brickner at email@example.com or 860-878-2049.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.