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Get Out: Friday, Dec. 8

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Bear Creek Working Group of the Rogue River Watershed Council

Monday, Dec. 11: What kind of response do you get when large wood habitat is added back into a creek? What happens when you plant native trees and shrubs along the same creek? To learn about a stream restoration project The Freshwater Trust is working on with The Bureau of Reclamation in Bear Creek and its tributaries, meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center auditorium, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point.

Avalanche Awareness class

Tuesday, Dec. 12: The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center will present a free class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This class introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basics signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid danger. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.

Longest Night Mile

Wednesday, Dec. 13: The annual event takes place at Phoenix High School, 745 N. Rose St., in Phoenix, with heats starting at 6:15 p.m. For details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org.

Native Plant Society event

Thursday, Dec. 14: Storyteller and author Thomas Doty will share stories about "Plant People and Place" at the group's annual holiday potluck. Doty is a native storyteller. Since 1981, he has traveled the countryside performing and teaching traditional and original stories. Doty was born in Southern Oregon and is descended from Shasta and Takelma people, as well as from Irish and English settlers. He is the author of several books, including "Doty Meets Coyote." Feasting begins at 6 p.m., storytelling starts about 7, at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), food donation for the Talent Food Project, and packets of seeds to contribute to a native plant seed exchange. Free and open to the public. For information, email Alexis at alexis.brickner@gmail.com or call 860-878-2049.

Snowshoeing Basics

Thursday, Dec. 14: Are you looking for a fun winter sport? REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will hold a free class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the basics of snowshoeing. It will focus on the appropriate selection of gear, as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Dec. 16: The Rogue Valley Walkers will enjoy Ashland’s Christmas Lights with evening walk. Meet in the parking lot of the Safeway store on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street at 5 p.m. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.

Whale Watch Week

Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 27-31: Trained volunteers will be on hand at spots along the Oregon Coast to help people see and learn about gray whales as they head south for the winter. Learn more at whalespoken.wordpress.com.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, Jan. 3: 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/

Snowshoeing Basics

Thursday, Jan. 4: Are you looking for a fun winter sport? REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will hold a free class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the basics of snowshoeing. It will focus on the appropriate selection of gear, as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.

Frostbite Run

Saturday, Jan. 6: The annual event, featuring 5K and 10K races, takes place at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. The 10K starts at 11 a.m. and the 5K goes off at 11:30 a.m. The 5K goes out and back on Foss Road. The 10K takes the same route as the 5K but heads left onto Adams Road to Colver Road, with a turnaround past Pioneer Road. For details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org

Siskiyou Velo

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 lisa4bikes@gmail.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.