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Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Dec. 2: The Rogue Valley Walkers will meet at 9:45 a.m. for a 10K walk in old Medford. Meet in the Food 4 Less parking lot near the Quality Inn on Biddle Road. A 5K route available. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Dec. 6: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds free bird walks at Agate Lake the first Wednesday of every month. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and ends before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. Meet at the main parking area on the east side of the lake opposite the boat ramp. For details, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Saturday, Dec. 9: Siskiyou Upland Trails Association is organizing a work party on the historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. The group will work from the end of the ditch trail back toward the Deming Trailhead, with a possible side hike up the Grub Gulch Connector Trail for the views. The roundtrip hike will be about four to five miles. Meet at the corner of Sterling Creek Road and Griffin Lane at 8:30 a.m. to carpool/caravan to a private parcel to access the trail. If you plan to help, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers can plan the work party and food.
Bear Creek Working Group of the Rogue River Watershed Council
Monday, Dec. 11: What kind of response do you get when large wood habitat is added back into a creek? What happens when you plant native trees and shrubs along the same creek? To learn about a stream restoration project The Freshwater Trust is working on with The Bureau of Reclamation in Bear Creek and its tributaries, meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.
Native Plant Society event
Thursday, Dec. 14: Storyteller and author Thomas Doty will share stories about "Plant People and Place" at the group's annual holiday potluck. Doty is a native storyteller. Since 1981, he has traveled the countryside performing and teaching traditional and original stories. Doty was born in Southern Oregon and is descended from Shasta and Takelma people, as well as from Irish and English settlers. He is the author of several books, including "Doty Meets Coyote." Feasting begins at 6 p.m., storytelling starts about 7, at 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, and packets of seeds to contribute to a native plant seed exchange. Free and open to the public. For information, email Alexis at email@example.com or call 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.