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Rogue River Preserve Stewardship Day
Saturday, Feb. 10: The group will pull invasive Scotch broom along the Rogue River near Eagle Point to help protect the biodiversity of the Rogue River Preserve. The group may also remove an old barbed-wire fence. After the community work party, eat your lunch along the river with the group. For more event info and to register, see www.landconserve.org or call 541-482-3069.
Saturday, Feb. 10: The annual event features the "Love Stinks" 5K run and a 10K relay for couples. The action begins at 9 a.m. at Centennial Golf Course, 1900 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. This is the first race in Southern Oregon to be hosted by and held on a golf course. From the clubhouse runners will go along the side of the ninth hole and then enjoy the scenic views of the entire back 9, with rolling hills, some fun corners and fast straightaways. The race will finish back at the clubhouse, where there will be plenty of refreshments and fun. For details, see the race calendar at http://www.sorunners.org/
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 10: The Rogue Valley Walkers explore Gold Hill and part of the Rogue River Trail. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Post Office on Second Street. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Learn about skiing Crater Lake
Thursday, Feb. 15: This event caters to all skill levels and abilities. Whether you're a longtime ski enthusiast looking for a backcountry challenge, or a first-timer who wants to hit the snow for the first time, instructor Eric Peterson has you covered. He's been exploring Crater Lake National Park for 28 years and is excited to share his wisdom. Discover the routes, get the maps and make a plan. The free class starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive. For details, see the events calendar at www.rei.com.
Native Plant Society program
Thursday, Feb. 15: Introduction to the Rogue Native Plant Partnership. Ecological restoration is crucial for mitigating losses to plant and animal 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. Kathyrn Prive, coordinator for RNPP, will provide an introduction to the newly formed partnership and discuss what is being done in this region to provide native plants for local restoration projects and members of the public. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m., at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-878-2049.
Women's Backpacking Basics
Wednesday, Feb. 21: Want to take your day hikes overnight? Connect with other female hikers and REI to get an overview of backpacking planning, preparation and gear in this free women's class that runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For details, see the events calendar at www.rei.com.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Learn the basics of what you need to know to get started on your thru-hike, from the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail to the Appalachian Trail. This free, in-store class, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will give you a solid foundation on planning everything from a short hike to a long backpacking trip. For details, see the events calendar at www.rei.com.
Rogue River Half MarathonSaturday, Feb. 24: The annual half-marathon starts at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River, and a 5K starts at 10:30. For details, see the race calendar at http://www.sorunners.org/
Table Rocks hikes
Three guided hikes will be offered in February and March as a prelude to the annual spring hike series in April and May. All hikes are free, but reservations are required. Information and online reservations are available at https://TableRockHikes2018.eventbrite.com. For information, call the Medford District BLM at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, Feb. 24: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock - Learn about the role water plays on the Table Rocks with Michael Parker, SOU Biology Department chair and aquatic ecologist, Robert Coffan, hydrologist/hydrogeologist, and Molly Morison, The Nature Conservancy’s SW Oregon preserves manager. This hike will look at how water has shaped the Table Rocks and how it supports the unique seasonal and quick-changing nature of the vernal pools found on top of the rocks. Hikers will observe small invertebrates and plants in the vernal pools, as well as try to spot the tiny vernal pool fairy shrimp, a federally threatened species.
Saturday, March 3: 10 a.m., Lower Table Rock - Observe lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae with botanist John Villella and members of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Some lichen highlights include variant forms of Xanthoparmelia and Dermatocarpon, and local rarities such as Parmelina and Peltula. There’s also a chance to discover early-blooming wildflowers.
Saturday, March 24: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock - Molly Allen, BLM environmental education specialist will lead a general information hike to the top of the rock that’s suitable for the whole family. This hike is an introduction to wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology, and cultural history at the Upper Table Rock.
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 email@example.com.
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.