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Get Out: Nov. 12, 2009

Sierra Club hikes Moderate, 7-mile hike to Buck Rock with tunnels. Call Cathy Edwards at 541-210-0204.

Saturday:

Nov. 21: Tour and lunch at Lava Beds National Monument; five to six miles, easy to moderate. Participants will visit one cave and hike on undulating terrain on trails in the monument, which has fascinating geography and was the scene of some of the last skirmishes and battles between the Modocs and U.S. forces in the 1870s. The monument is located in northern California, two hours east of Ashland, via highways 66, 140 and 39. Contact Mel Ivey at 541-798-1000 or mel.ivey@gmail.com.

Nov. 28: Strenuous, seven-mile hike to Kerby Peak. Contact is Joel Peterson; joelpeterson@charter.net or 541-955-9224.

Dec. 5: Moderate, seven-mile hike in the Jacksonville Woodlands. Leaders are Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.

Dec. 12: Moderate, eight-mile hike (or snowshoe, depending on conditions) at Little Hyatt Lake. Leader is Cathy Edwards, 541-210-0204.

Dec. 19: Moderate five-mile hike along Strawberry Lane. Leaders: Carol Walker, 541-488-8517, and Carol Ingelson, 541-245-6380.

Jan. 9: To be announced. Leader is Joel Peterson, joelpeterson@charter.net or 541-955-9224.

Jan. 16: Moderate, eight-mile trek on the OC&E Woods Line State Trail; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snowshoe, cross-country ski and/or hike; choose your mode of transportation based on conditions and preferences. As a hike this would be rated easy, but snowshoes or XC skis might make this a moderate event. The trail snow is ungroomed. There are no steep ascents or descents on the trail, which stands atop the grade of the Oregon, California and Eastern Railroad bed, built roughly 100 years ago. Group will leave the Horse Glade trailhead and make their way to lunch at the Merritt Creek Trestle, which stretches 400 feet across a gorge 50 feet deep. The trail itself traverses forest, meadow and volcanic outcroppings in a show of diverse high-desert environments. Leader is Mel Ivey, 541-798-1000 or mel.ivey@gmail.com. More information about the OC&E Trail can be found at www.oregonstateparks.org/park_230.php and at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OC&E_Woods_Line_State_Trail.

Jan. 23: Moderate, eight-mile cross-country ski tour along East Side Hyatt Lake Road. Leader is Cathy Edwards, 541-210-0204.

Pioneer Road Run

Saturday: Beginning and ending at Phoenix High School, the 9-mile race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K follows at 9 a.m. Registration by Monday is $10 for Southern Oregon Runners members and $13 for non-members. Cost is $12 and $15 after Nov. 9. Race-day registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Registration form online at www.sorunners.org.

Grants Pass Half Marathon

Saturday: Sponsored by Competitive Athletics, 545B NE E St., Grants Pass, the event also includes a 5K and 10K run/walk. Race fee is $55 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K and 10K runs. Race begins at 9 a.m. at Reinhart Volunteer Park (All Sports Park). For information call 541-479-1001. Registration form online at www.sorunners.org.

Turkey Trot

Nov. 26: The 4th annual event features an 8-mile run and 2-mile run/walk to benefit Access Inc. The race begins at 8 a.m. Rogue Rock Gym, 3001 Samike Drive, Medford. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. It's an out-and-back course on the Bear Creek Greenway. Cost by Nov. 15 is $10 for Southern Oregon Runners members and $13 for non-members. Race-day fee is $15 for all. Please bring a can of food to donate. Race director is Chuck Whiteley 541-210-1117. Registration form online at www.sorunners.org.

Road biking

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.

Saturday: 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.

Saturday: Half-day trip to Emigrant Lake with the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the dirt parking lot next to Shop ‘N' Kart in Ashland. Leader is Harry Fuller, 488-8077.

Sunday: Monthly- third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway with the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Ashland Dog Park on the north end of Helman Street at 8 a.m. The walk is along a level, paved trail that follows Ashland Creek and Bear Creek. Leader is Harry Fuller, 488-8077.

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 to 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 National Wildlife Refuge. 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.

Dec. 2: Monthly, first-Wednesday birdwalk with Rogue Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the gated entrance to TouVelle Road and the Denman Wildlife Area on the west side of Agate Road at 8:30 a.m., or in the Apple Peddler Restaurant parking lot in White City (junction of Highways 140 and 62) at 8:20 a.m.

Dec. 19: Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip at Jefferson Nature Center. This is the first in a series of quarterly trips. Future dates are March 30, June 30, and Sept. 29. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Nature Center, behind Harry & David Field off Highway 99 in Medford.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Today: The Southern Oregon Nordic Club (cross-country skiing) will hold its first meeting of the year today at 7 p.m. at D&S Motorcycles, 3846 S. Pacific Hwy., Phoenix. The speaker will be Debbie Richter, of Southern Oregon Pilates Studio, who will talk about getting ready for ski season and preventing injuries. For information call Stefanie, 541-776-3987.

Ashland Relay for Life

Today: The 2010 American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a kick-off event at 7 p.m. in the gym at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The Ashland Relay For Life, tentatively scheduled for mid-May 2010, is the cumulative effort of teams assembled by those affected by cancer. Information on creating teams, fundraising, and personal messages from cancer survivors, including event Grand Marshal Frank Dalziel, will be shared at the event. For more details, contact Stephanie Elmore at 541-261-1664, or e-mail walk2save@gmail.com.

Introduction to Target Shooting

Saturday: An Introduction to Target Shooting Class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club's indoor range at 1253 Vilas Road, Medford. This free class is open to club members and the general public, and will cover many of the basics needed to start shooting NRA Conventional Pistol Competition, generally known as “Bullseye.” Jim Rose, a past member and teacher of the Army Marksmanship Unit will present topics such as stance, breath control, grip and sight alignment, as well as a discussion of equipment. Class participants are not required to bring any materials or firearms, but they are encouraged to bring their own Ear and Eye Protection devices. For details contact David McFadden at 541-858-4740.

Historic Vegetation of The Rogue Valley

Nov. 19: What was the historic vegetation like in the Rogue Valley during early European settlement? Using General Land Survey data (1854-1919), Gene Hickman, range ecologist, developed vegetation maps for Southwest Oregon. Hickman will discuss the nature of the survey work and describe the native vegetation from an earlier time. The free program begins at 7:30 following a brief meeting. Room 171, Science Building, Southern Oregon University, Ashland. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Non-members welcome. For more information contact Kristi Mergenthaler, 541-941-3744.

35th Annual SOU Ski Swap

Nov. 21-22: This popular annual event, put on by the Southern Oregon University Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program, is a great place to buy new and used ski equipment. The two-day event takes place in Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion, located on Whitman and Weber streets. SOU Outdoor Program receives 20 percent of all sales. Retailers include Mt. Ashland, Ashland Mountain Supply, Aedion, Jack's Board House and others. From Siskiyou Boulevard turn down Whitman Street and take the first right turn onto Weber Street. McNeal Hall is the main building above the football stadium and track. Admission is free. Used gear check-in is Nov. 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., $1 per item is charged. The Ski Swap is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Call 541-552-6470 for details.

Capturing birds with a camera

Nov. 24: Local wildlife photographer Dan Elster will offer his insights when he speaks at the next chapter meeting of the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Holly, in Medford. Enter from the parking lot side of the church.