Get Out: Friday, Oct. 27
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Monster Dash 10K
Saturday, Oct. 28: The ninth annual event begins in Lithia Park in Ashland. The 10K will start at 8:30 a.m, a 1-mile fun run/walk will begin at 10 a.m., and the 5K starts at 10:45 a.m. Both runners and non-runners are invited to the pre-event Monster Ball at the Historic Ashland Armory from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. For details, see www.ashlandmonsterdash.com.
Jack-Ash Trail work party
Saturday, Oct. 28: Siskiyou Upland Trails Association is organizing a work party on the new Jack-Ash Trail, which is destined to link Jacksonville to Ashland. The group will hike about three miles round trip from the new Anderson Ridge Trailhead. Meet at the end of the pavement on Anderson Butte Road at 8:30 a.m. Helpers will carpool/caravan to the Anderson Ridge trailhead three miles farther out Anderson Butte Road. Lunch will be provided by SUTA. If you plan to help, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food.
Grants Pass Half Marathon
Saturday, Oct. 28: The half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kid’s Costume run start at 8 a.m. at Reinhart Park in Grants Pass. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
KS Wild salmon hike
Sunday, Oct. 29: Learn about the annual salmon migration up the Illinois and Rogue rivers. Rogue Riverkeeper staff will lead a free hike at Illinois River Forks State Park then head over to the Little Falls trailhead along Eight Dollar Mountain Road to see salmon jumping the falls. Bring water, sturdy shoes and polarized sunglasses if you have them. Hikers will meet at Illinois River Forks State Park in Cave Junction at 1 p.m. Carpool options may be available from Ashland and Grants Pass. Inquire when signing up. See www.kswild.org for details and to sign up.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Nov. 1: 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/
William Sullivan: New hikes in Southern Oregon
Thursday, Nov. 2: Hiking author William Sullivan will talk about hidden lakes in the Trinity Alps, relocated trails at Crater Lake and wildflower meadows in the Siskiyous. Sullivan, author of 18 books about Oregon, also writes an outdoor column for the Eugene Register-Guard and the Salem Statesman Journal. For more information, see www.oregonhiking.com.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club meeting
Thursday, Nov. 2: The theme for the cross-country ski club's meeting is “Be Prepared!” Be ready for the first snowfall by checking out your gear now, seeing what you may need; be it wax, repair or updating your clothing or skis to help make this a great year to ski. Five vendors will be at the meeting: Northwest Outdoor Store, Tögnar Toolworks, Mountain Provisions, Ashland Outdoor Store and Get ‘n Gear. All will present some of the items they have to make your skiing safe and enjoyable. The club will have a barrel at the meeting to collect a new unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at D&S Harley-Davidson (up the stairs in back), 3846 South Pacific Highway, Medford.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Staff at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, will present a class on the basics of snowshoeing. They will focus on the appropriate gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. If you ever thought about getting into snowshoeing, this is a great introduction to the sport. For details and to register, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Friday, Nov. 10: The fifth annual film festival, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland, will kick off at 5 p.m. with a happy hour, live music, silent auction, food and beverages. The film program will begin at 6 p.m. with a keynote speaker and a short presentation from Rogue Riverkeeper staff. Films will run from about 6:30 to 9 p.m., with a 20-minute intermission. The event is a benefit for Rogue Riverkeeper. For details and to order tickets, see http://rogueriverkeeper.org/.
Pioneer Road Run
Saturday, Nov. 11: The 47th annual Pioneer Road Run, the oldest run in Southern Oregon, includes a 9-mile run at 8:45 a.m. and a 5K run at 9 a.m. The start and finish is at Phoenix High School. For details and to register, see http://pioneerroadrun.com/
Rogue River Watershed Council presentation
Monday, Nov. 13: Ecological restoration is one important tool for saving plant 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. The Bear Creek Working Group of the Rogue River Watershed Council will present introduction to the newly formed Rogue Native Plant Partnership to learn about what is being done in this region to provide native plants for local restoration projects and members of the public. The meeting is at 9:30 a.m. at Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy outing
Sunday, Nov. 19: Mushrooms at Rogue River Preserve, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mushroom identification; learn how to search for and identify edible and toxic mushrooms around the preserve. Leader is photographer and naturalist Mike Potts. Cost is $10. To register, see www.landconserve.org.
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.