Get Out: Friday, April 22
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Lost Creek Trail Run
Saturday, April 23: The event includes 50K, 30K and 5K routes in Joseph H. Stewart State Park. For details and to register, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com.
Talk: Hot Springs Trail
Sunday, April 24: Ashland author and long-distance hiker Aria Zoner will talk about an adventure he’s pioneered and written about, which he calls “the world's longest therapeutic trail." He'll share why he thinks the trail is important enough to be a National Scenic Trail. Zoner plans to walk its entire 2,370-mile length beginning May 1. A petition asking for the designation for this trail can be found at www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-the-hot-springs-national-scenic-trail. The free talk will run from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Gresham Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For details, see www.wholefoodhiker.com
Coyote Trails School of Nature
Sunday, April 24: The Amazing Cattail, 1 to 3 p.m., for ages 6 through adult, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Learn about this magnificent plant and its many uses. Eat them, weave them, powder them and make fire with them. Pre-registration required. Cost is $20. For details and to register, see www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-772-1390.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society meeting
Tuesday, April 26: Southern Oregon University biology professor and Mail Tribune bird columnist Stewart Janes will talk about his two-month journey through Argentina. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Lidgate Hall of Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. See www.roguevalleyaudubon.org for more information.
Table Rocks hikes
Saturday, April 23: Lower Table Rock, 8 a.m. Local bird experts Bob Quaccia of the Audubon Society and Frank Lospalluto of Klamath Bird Observatory will lead a hike to view spring birds of the Table Rocks. Learn identification tips and conservation information. Bring binoculars and I.D. books if you desire. Limited to 15 people. Register online at http://fortheearlybirds.eventbrite.com
Saturday, April 23: Lower Table Rock, 9 a.m. Jeff LaLande, retired archaeologist and historian for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the Table Rocks area during the Indian Wars of the 1850s. Register online at http://legacyofalandmark.eventbrite.com
Sunday, April 24: Upper Table Rock, "Camp White: The Alcatraz of Boot Camps,” 9 a.m. Travel back in time with George Kramer, local author and historian, to the WWII era, when Southern Oregon was a major training center for the U.S. military. Kramer will lead participants on a guided exploration of the remains of the Camp White artillery range, which includes pillboxes designed to practice infantry drills. Because there is no trail, wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Limited to 15 people. Register online at http://campwhite.eventbrite.com
Saturday, April 30: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lower Table Rock, "Nature on the Rocks." We will celebrate 30 years of successful community engagement and education on the Table Rocks. Public event, open to all. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling. Additional parking is available at Sams Valley Elementary School and a shuttle will be provided to and from the Lower Table Rock throughout the day. No registration required.
Sunday, May 1: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock, "Tribal History & Culture." Robert Kentta of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will discuss the history and culture of ancestral tribes who were moved from the Rogue Valley and other parts of Western Oregon to the Siletz Reservation. Register online at http://tribalcultureand history.eventbrite.com
Healthy Waters Walk & Happy Hour
Thursday, April 28: Rogue Riverkeeper staff will lead a walking tour of downtown Ashland at 5 p.m. followed by a social hour at Standing Stone Brewery. The tour will talk about how water moves through Ashland, how design can protect our streams, and what happens during extreme storm events. Meet at Lithia Water Fountain in the Plaza on North Main St. To RSVP or for info, email email@example.com or call 541-488-9831.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 30: 10K and 5K “Name that Park” walks are planned in Grants Pass. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot at the Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street. For information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevallelywalkers.com.
Soda Mountain Wilderness Council hike
Sunday, May 1: Ornithologist Pepper Trail will lead a hike to explore the canyons, oak parkland and gallery forests of lower Scotch and Slide creeks in the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area north of Iron Gate Reservoir and just south of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Soda Mountain Wilderness and Oregon/California border. The wildflowers should be very nice. Moderate hiking difficulty depending on the group — and some shallow stream crossings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, learn 8 a.m. meeting point in Ashland for carpool, and get more info.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes
These free hikes may fill quickly, but SOLC encourages people to get on the waiting list, because cancellations are common. A reminder will be emailed one week prior to the hike. To register, go to landconserve.org. For more information, call 541-482-3069.
Saturday, April 23: Rogue River Preserve ecology, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk the oak woodlands, vernal pools and an impressive riparian forest along the Rogue River near Eagle Point with one of the most popular hike guides in our region, Tom Atzet.
Thursday, April 28: Cascade foothills flowers, 4 to 6:30 p.m. The city of Ashland’s Imperatrice property, east of Ashland in the Cascade foothills, is an 825-acre parcel with grassland flowers, views of the southern Bear Creek Valley, and a rare breeding colony of grasshopper sparrows. Botanist and SOLC staffer Kristi Mergenthaler will lead a late-afternoon, moderately strenuous hike on a rough trail.
Sunday, May 8: This hike to the city of Ashland’s Imperatrice property, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be a longer and more strenuous hike than the April visit, and the group will visit the oak woodland on the ridge.
Saturday, May 14: Rogue River Preserve natural history, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Naturalist Dave Garcia will lead a hike on this property north of Eagle Point. This hike will visit the property's northern river access point.
Sunday, May 15: Oredson-Todd Woods ecology, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oredson-Todd Woods is a forested community gem above Ashland. Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead a hike in this conserved Ashland city park and share the ecology of the woods.
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 10:30 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 Bob MacCracken 425-512-3829.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 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 John Bullock at 541-488-7962.