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Get Out: Oct. 8, 2009

Stagecoach Run 10K and 5K

Saturday: 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.

See Our Salmon

Saturday: A day of fun and hands-on learning about Rogue River salmon. The 4th annual celebration is a family-oriented event that balances fun and educational activities for children and adults. View spawning salmon, collect and identify aquatic insects, play games, make fish prints, learn about salmon biology and how to use fire-resistant plants to help protect your home against wildfire. Children can attend a storytelling session inside a giant salmon-shaped tent. The event is cosponsored by the Seven Basins Watershed Council, Middle Rogue Watershed Council, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University Extension. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valley of the Rogue State Park (just off Interstate 5, exit 45). No charge. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 541-261-7796.

Fall Wild Mushroom Fair

Sunday: Ever find a mushroom and wonder what it is? Now is the time to find out. Bring your sample into Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. during the Fall Wild Mushroom Fair. Many locally collected mushrooms will be identified and on display at the shop. Local experts will be available to answer questions and identify mushrooms brought in. Come on by and have some fun learning more about your local fungi. No charge. For more information call 541-482-3241 or www.northwestnatureshop.com.

The Cape Flora of South Africa

Oct. 15: Native Plant Society program. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest and, for its size, the richest of the world's six floral kingdoms. Jan and Dave Dobak will describe their botanical adventures in South Africa. Meet at 7:15 p.m., Room 171, Science Building, Southern Oregon University, Ashland. Refreshments available. Free, everyone welcome. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler for details at 541-941-3744.

Sierra Club hikes

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.

Fall Mushroom Hike

Oct. 18: Local mushroom expert John Teem will offer his expertise and guide a walk in search of mushrooms. The emphasis will be on finding fungi and learning something about identification and the diversity of mushroom species. Edible and poisonous varieties will be discussed. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland at 10 a.m. to carpool. Cost is $15 per person. Space is limited so sign up early. For more information, call 541-482-3241 or go to www.northwestnatureshop.com.

Cascade Mushroom Hunt

Oct. 24: Wayne Rolle will lead this all-day excursion, sponsored by the Native Plant Society, into the Cascades to hunt for fall mushrooms. The exact location will be determined the day of the excursion. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Medford BLM/Forest Service Interagency Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, in the visitors lot. For more information call Rolle at 482-0093. Free. Non-members welcome. Bring a lunch.

Saturday: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Lower Table Rock. Look for oak titmice, blue-gray gnatcatcher and California towhee. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Steve Runnels, KBO volunteer and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Oct. 17: Klamath Bird Observatory birding bike ride along the Bear Creek Greenway. It's a great time to enjoy the fall colors, stopping along the way to search for migratory warblers, as well as clever resident species, well camouflaged in the yellow leaves. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Ashland Dog Park off West Nevada Street with your bicycle and a snack. Leader is David MacHamer. Suggested donation $5-$10. To register, call 541-201-0866.

Oct. 18: Rogue Valley Audubon Society birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway, 8 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Ashland dog park at the north end of Helman Street. This is a monthly, third-Sunday birdwalk. Upcoming walks are scheduled for Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. For more information contact Harry Fuller, 541-488-8077.

Nov. 4: Audubon Society; White City birdwalk. Meet at the bridge across Butte Creek on Agate Road at 8:30 a.m., or in the Apple Peddler Restaurant parking lot's south end at 8:20 a.m. The Apple Peddler is at the intersection of Highway 140 and Highway 62 in White City. This is a monthly, first-Wednesday birdwalk along Butte Creek in the east part of the TouVelle/Denman complex. Upcoming walks are scheduled for Dec. 2, and Jan. 6. It will be easy walking on dirt, about 2½ miles over three hours. A shortened version of 1½ miles and two hours is available. For more information contact Denny Niebuhr at 482-6589 or rogueden@ashlandhome.net.

Nov. 7: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Iron Gate Reservoir in Northern California. Dress for fall weather and bring a lunch. Group will depart by 8 a.m. from Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St. Ashland. Leader is Vince Zauskey, KBO volunteer and member. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Nov. 14: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Lynn-Newbry Park and the Talent Greenway. This riparian area is bustling with birds in the fall. Group will look and listen for fox sparrows, wrentits, ruby-crowned kinglets and ring-necked ducks in the ponds. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Leader is Frank Lospalluto, KBO contract biologist and member. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Nov. 19 and 21: Klamath Bird Observatory raptor class and field trip to Butte Valley and Lower Klamath Basin. Here's your chance to observe hawks and eagles with an expert, Dick Ashford. A Thursday class, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Nature Center, is followed by a Saturday guided outing to Butte Valley, near Dorris, Calif. In late November, Butte Valley usually has better raptor viewing than its more famous neighbor to the north, the Lower Klamath NWR. Past KBO hawk trips have seen red-tailed hawks in a variety of color morphs, rough-legged hawks, ferruginous hawks and golden eagles, northern harriers and merlin. Throughout the day, group will examine the natural history of hawks and their allies, including behavior, habitat and adaptations for survival. The Saturday field trip will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Shop ‘N' Kart in Ashland to carpool and return at 4:30 p.m. Advance registration required, limit 20. Cost is $35 KBO members, $55 nonmembers. To register call 541-201-0866.


Road biking

Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club fall colors ride, 44 miles, pace to be determined. Meet at 9 a.m. in Fort Klamath. Contact Don Parker for details at 488-1924.

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: Siskiyou Velo Club 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: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee 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 Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile Siskiyou Velo Club show-ang-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: Cruiser Ride begins at 6 p.m. in Hawthorne Park in Medford. Distance and pace vary. Contact Marty's Cycles, 772-9253.

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.