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Get Out: Sept. 17, 2009

Sierra Club hikes

Saturday: Moderate eight-mile hike on Soda Mountain. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards, 210-0204.

Sept. 26: Hike to be announced. Contact hike leader Joel Peterson at joelpeterson@charter.net or 541-955-9224

Oct. 3: Moderate eight-mile hike to Soda Mountain. Hike leaders are Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

Oct. 17: Moderate 10-mile hike on the Isherwood Loop. Hike leader is Cathy Edwards, 210-0204.

Oct. 24: Hike to be announced. Contact hike leader Joel Peterson at joelpeterson@charter.net or 541-955-9224.

Nov. 7: Moderate 10-mile hike to Pilot Rick. Contact hike leaders Carol Walker, 488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 245-6380.

Lithia Park Nature Walks

Naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department lead free walks through Lithia Park on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30. Topics such as trees, flowers, birds, climate, water and geology are discussed. Dress for weather and meet at 10 a.m. at the park's entrance. Call 541-552-2266 for details.

Rainie Falls to View Migrating Salmon

Saturday: Join Siskiyou Project ecologist Rich Nawa on a hike to one of the best salmon-viewing locations in the Rogue Valley: Rainie Falls. Nawa will explain the chinook salmon life cycle and their habitat needs. This moderate difficulty, four-mile round trip hike along the Wild & Scenic Rogue River is suitable for children ages 8 and over. Hikers should bring food and water, and be prepared for all weather. Carpools leave the Gooseberries Natural Foods parking lot at 1533 NE F St. in Grants Pass at 10 a.m, or hikers can meet at the Rainie Falls trailhead at 11 a.m. For more information, call 541-476-6648, or visit www.siskiyou.org and click on the “Events” link.

Ashland Rotary 5K/10k Run/Walk

Oct. 3: The Ashland Rotary Club is hosting a run to raise funds and awareness about polio. With the help of a matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International hopes to raise more than $100 million. Former NFL runing back Mack Strong will host a special dinner for race sponsors on Friday evening and will be available on race day for autographs and photo ops. The run starts at 8 a.m. in Lithia Park. Cost to enter is $20 (no T-shirt) or $30 (with T-shirt). Register online at www.ashlandrotaryrun.com/4.html. For questions, contact race director Rob Skinner at Rob@AshlandRotaryRun.com.

Stagecoach Run 10K and 5K

Oct. 10: The 39th annual run starts at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Oregon and West D streets in Jacksonville, and follows a rolling, out-and-back course. Registration is $15 before Oct. 6 ($12 for Southern Oregon Runners members), $20 after. Race-day registration from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Contact race directors Steve Buxton, 541-772-8292, or Rich Stanfield, 541-535-1862, for details, or go to www.sorunners.org.

Birds of a Feather Run for Erik Skaggs

Oct. 24: Two-mile and 5-mile run/walk starts at 9 a.m. in Lithia Park in Ashland. There will be no set entry fee. Please donate what you can to help elite runner Erik Skaggs, of Ashland, who suffered kidney failure after setting a new course record at the Where's Waldo ultramarathon last month. Benefits will help cover Skaggs' medical costs. Regsister online at www.sorunners.org. For more information, contact race directors Hal Koerner or Ian Torrence 541-201-0017.

“Monster Dash” Halloween Fun Run

Oct. 31: The Kiwanis Club of Ashland and Ashland Schools Foundation are sponsoring a 5K run/1-mile fun run to raise awareness of ASF and raise money for the Ashland public schools. The run starts in Lithia Park at 2 p.m., immediately before the children's Halloween parade in downtown Ashland, and ends on the plaza. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Awards will be given for runners by age group, plus prizes for best costumes by individuals and groups. Sign up by Oct. 16 to order a Monster Dash T-shirt. For more information, or to register, go to www.AshlandKiwanisMonsterDash.com.

Proceeds will support ASF's Literacy and Libraries campaign for the 2009-10 school year. If you have questions, call either Jeanne Walcher at 488-4897 or Susan Bacon at 482-8197.

Siskiyou Velo Club

Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 541-488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 541-857-0819), covers 20-plus miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.

Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann: 541-779-6986.

Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Tuesday: A moderate, 25-mile ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Public Library in Jacksonville. Ride leader is Jack Buster: 541-664-2870

Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

Every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail cyclea@internetcds.com. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association's Web site at www.somba.org.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport's crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time-pressed or gravity challenged. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail unoveloce@hotmail.com.

Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Don's Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Don's is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.

Saturday: Half-day Audubon Society field trip to Agate Lake. To carpool, meet at Food 4 Less in Medford at 7:45 a.m. (look for a dark green Subaru Forester with purple-pink designs on the sides) or go to the gate at the east side of the lake at about 8:05 a.m. Contact Edith, 773-7580, or Keiko, 664-3779, for details.

Tuesday: Well known local birder Otis D. Swisher will share his passion at the September meeting of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society; 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Holly in Medford. Park on the lot side of the church.

Oct. 3: Birding for beginners along the Bear Creek Greenway in Ashland. If you want a casual introduction to birding with an experienced guide from Klamath Bird Observatory, this is the walk for you. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Free. Due to limited class size, call 541-482-3241 to sign up.

Conifers Of Northwest California

Tonight: Northwest California fosters one of the most diverse temperate coniferous forests on earth. Join Michael Kauffman, a science teacher and fellow plant nerd, for a peek at the isolated microclimates that hide these conifers. Kauffman will share his range maps, and his new conifer poster will be available for purchase. The talk is in Room 171, Science Building, Southern Oregon University, Ashland. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.; meeting and presentation at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, Siskiyou Chapter. Everyone welcome. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler, 541-941-3744 for details.

Antique Fishing Tackle And Water Fowl Decoy Show

Friday-Saturday: This show at the Medford Armory will feature collectible items for hunters and fishermen. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Food available. Free parking. Admission is $5. Vendor space available. For details contact Bob Simmons at 541-592-6009 or Bobkat87@frontiernet.net.