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Get Out: Friday, Dec. 11

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Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party

Saturday, Dec. 12: Volunteers will work to maintain the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The job will involve a flat, 4- to 6-mile roundtrip hike, with a half-mile climb up/down the Armstrong access trail. The group will install a new mountain profile sign created by local metal artist Joe Ruskin. The sign identifies the mountains you see at a great vista about 1.5 miles south of the Armstrong Trailhead. Dress in layers and bring a warm hat and gloves — much of this trail section is shaded in the winter, and it can be quite cold. If you have them, 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 supplies additional trail tools, home-baked snacks and lunch. If you plan to come, please email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food. For detailed driving directions to the Armstrong Trailhead off Sterling Creek Road, see www.sutaoregon.org.

Holiday Hustle 5K

Saturday, Dec. 12: The annual 5K run/walk will begin at 5 p.m. at Twin Creeks Park, 555 Twin Creeks Crossing Loop, in Central Point. For details, see the race calendar at Southern Oregon Runners website, www.sorunners.org

Siskiyou Mountain Club hike

Sunday, Dec. 13: Hike into the wild side of Ashland's watershed. This 8-mile, in-and-out hike will take you into a narrow canyon lined with green moss and old-growth trees. The moderate hike includes one very steep section, as well as some bushwhacking. The hike will leave Granite Street Swimming Reservoir at 9 a.m., and return by 3 p.m. Email gabe@siskiyoumountainclub.org or call 541-708-2056 for details and to sign up.

Overnight trip: Pine Flat rendezvous

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 19-20: Pine Flat rendezvous. Siskiyou Mountain Club will lead a free, six-mile hike into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to Pine Flat, a huge meadow cradled between the Illinois River and the rugged slopes leading to Bald Mountain to celebrate the turning of seasons. Hear stories from the Kalmiopsis around a raging bonfire and enjoy a stew simmered on open flames. A shuttle will leave Ashland Saturday at 8 a.m., with rendezvous options in Medford, Grants Pass and Selma. Group will be back to Ashland by 8 p.m. Sunday. This overnight backpack is self-supported and participants need to be prepared for winter weather. Space is limited to 10. Email gabe@siskiyoumountainclub.org or call 541-708-2056 for more details and to sign up.

Nordic Club holiday party

Saturday, Dec. 19: The Southern Oregon, Klamath Basin and Grants Pass Nordic clubs will hold their annual joint club ski-season kick-off holiday party at Lake of the Woods Resort. Meet at Lake of the Woods Marina at 10 a.m. Snow or no snow, the group will still have a pizza party. RSVP to Stephanie Ferrara at simon0402@me.net or 541-890-2979. For information about the Southern Oregon Nordic Club, including a calendar of cross-country ski lessons and outings, see http://southernonc.tripod.com/

Medford Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Dec. 19: Local birders will be in the field from dawn to dusk as they take part in the biggest citizen-science effort in the Americas. The area for the Medford count is a circle 15 miles in diameter, centered approximately a mile west of the junction of Highway 140 and Highway 62 in White City. The circle is divided into 15 sections, with teams of birders, each with an experienced leader, counting birds in each section. All birders are welcome to participate, and newcomers will be assigned to a group by the Medford count coordinator. Those who live in the count circle and have bird feeders can do a feeder watch and add their sightings to the count. CBC feeder watch instructions and a tally sheet can be obtained by contacting Bob Hunter at 541-826-5569 or bobhunter@embarqmail.com. CBC teams will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bobbio's Pizza and Pasta, 2105 Roberts Road, Medford, for refreshments and to review the day's reports. All are welcome to attend, even if you did not count.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Dec. 19: This 10-kilometer Ashland Town Walk at 6 p.m. is an interesting way to exercise and enjoy Ashland’s Christmas lights. Meet at 5:45 in the parking lot of the former Haggens Grocery at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.