Get Out! Fun stuff to do outdoors, Nov. 6
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Pioneer Road Run
Saturday, Nov. 7: The 45th annual Pioneer Road Run features 5K and 9-mile runs. The 9-miler starts at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9. Start and finish is at Phoenix High School. For details and to register, see http://pioneerroadrun.com
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Nov. 7: A 10K walk in Gold Hill will start at at 9:45 a.m. Walkers will explore both the historic town and the path along the Rogue River. Meet in the parking of the U.S. Post Office on Second Avenue. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Saturday, Nov. 21: A 10K walk in Jacksonville starts at 9:45 a.m. The varied, interesting walk has a 5K option. Meet in the city parking lot on D Street across the bridge from the Jacksonville library. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, Nov. 7: Mammal Tracking; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; for ages 8 and older; Coyote Trails School of Nature, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. The ground beneath your feet is full of stories waiting to be discovered. Tracking is both a science and an art, and is fun for all ages. One of the oldest human practices, this activity will enrich any outdoor experience for the rest of your life. Early registration recommended. Cost is $15. For more information and to register, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Wednesday, Nov. 18: "Hunting & Gathering - Indigenous Foraging" - Ever wonder how indigenous peoples gathered their food? Explore several skills of gathering, hunting and processing food in a safe, fun environment. This family program will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For ages 4 and older. Activities include acorn gathering, nut processing and an introduction to tracking. For more information, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Mountain and lake bird trip
Sunday, Nov. 8: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society will lead a birding trip to Mount Ashland and Emigrant Lake. The group will search for high-elevation birds such as white-headed woodpeckers, Clark's nutcrackers and gray-crowned rosy finches, then move to Emigrant Lake to search for waterfowl and sapsuckers. The trip will last until about 2 p.m. Meet at 8 a.m. at the gravel parking lot at the Shop'n Kart in Ashland, Exit 14 off I-5. In Medford, meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Goodwill truck parking lot near Taco Bell and the north Fred Meyer. The trip leader is Russ Namitz. Bring layers and plan on possible inclement weather. Bring food and water. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Namitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Oregon Ski and Snowboard Swap
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15: The annual ski-equipment extravaganza to benefit the Medford Ski Education Foundation will be held at St. Marys School. An early-bird sale runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, the main sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and a closeout sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Friday admission costs $5. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday. For details, see www.southernoregonskiswap.com, email email@example.com or call 541-621-4699.
Friday Nov. 13: Northwest Rafters Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Sawyer Station, 404 Second Ave., in Gold Hill. This will be a social meeting. Meet other river boating enthusiasts. The group will talk about upcoming elections and schedule for next year. For information, see nwwhitewaterrafting.org or call Stefanie at 541-890-2979.
Saturday, Nov. 14: KS Wild will lead a hike along the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail near the Little Applegate River Saturday, Nov. 14. A carpool will leave at 9 a.m. from Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Hikers should bring water and lunch and wear comfortable walking shoes. Call 541-488-5789 or see www.kswild.org/hikes.
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Saturday, Nov. 14: The Siskiyou Upland Trail Association will hold a work party from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to make improvements to the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail. The hike to the work area is an easy, flat, 4 miles out and back. The group may split in two and hike in from two trailheads. Workers will meet at the Deming Trailhead off Sterling Creek Road. For detailed driving directions, see www.sutaoregon.org. If you have them, please bring loppers, a pruning saw or a tread tool such as a Pulaski, grubber or sturdy shovel. Bring water and whatever special snacks you like. SUTA will supply additional trail tools, mid-morning snacks and lunch. If you plan to come, please email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so organizers can plan the work party and food!
Stouts Creek fire guided trip
Wednesday, Nov. 18: The public is invited to a fieldtrip to view areas burned in the recent Stouts Creek fire on the Tiller Ranger District. Preregistration for the trip into the closed area is required by calling 541-825-3100. The trip will begin at the Ranger Station, 27812 Tiller Trail Highway, at 9:30 a.m., with an anticipated return of 3:30 p.m. Participants should expect to provide their own high-clearance transportation. Carpooling is necessary due to limited parking at stops. Rain gear, warm clothes, sturdy shoes, water, and a sack lunch are suggested. The Stouts Creek fire started July 30 near Milo and burned 26,452 acres. When contained, 54 percent of the burned acreage was within the Umpqua National Forest. The remaining 46 percent was on state-protected lands, which include Bureau of Land Management and private lands. Forest Service employees are concerned with mitigating potential effects of heavy rain on areas of completely burned forest where the soils can become a slurry material. Other concerns include potential danger along roads from burned trees and road drainage, impacts to endangered fish habitat, invasive species infestation and replanting severely burned plantation areas. For more information, call Tiller District Ranger Donna Owens at 541-825-3107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society
Thursday, Nov. 19: The program, "Using Native Plants in the Landscape," starts at 7 p.m. Jen Hardin-Tietjen will discuss the benefits of replacing high-maintenance garden plants with natives. Hardin-Tietjen is general manager of Forestfarm at Pacifica, a nonprofit plant nursery with a large selection of native plants. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m. Location is Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Dave at 541-535-5355.
Agate Lake bird walk
Wednesday, Dec. 2: 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 end 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 www.roguevalleyaudubon.org.
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 9:30 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 Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10 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 Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.