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Get Out: Nov. 26, 2009

Sierra Club hikes

Saturday: 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, 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, 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; call 541-798-1000 or e-mail 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.

Turkey Trot

Today: The 4th annual event features an eight-mile run and two-mile run/walk to benefit ACCESS Inc. The race begins at 8 a.m. at 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. Race-day fee is $15 for all. Please bring a can of food to donate. Race director is Chuck Whiteley: 541-210-1117. Find a registration form online at www.sorunners.org.

Road biking

Every Saturday: A 20-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. Ride leader is Alex Hayes: 541-857-0819.

Every Saturday: A mellow, 20-mile Siskiyou Velo Club ride begins at 10 a.m. Starting location varies. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 541-488-4289.

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

Every Monday: Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile coffee ride begins at 10:30 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-and-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 at 772-9253.

Mountain bike rides

Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6 p.m. from Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., 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.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: BikeKraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 785 Rogue River Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or check out www.bikekraft.com.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Ride organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday evening ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday evening ride is usually longer (2 to 21⁄2 hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 for further information or check out the Web site at www.roguecycle.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, Medford: Ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, 1340 Biddle Road. The course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts 2 to 4 hours. Most rides include at least one 1- to 3-mile climb. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for further information and starting time, or check out the Web site at www.roguecycle.com.

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.

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. 5: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with expert help. This is a chance for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Children 10 and older are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult. The program continues alternate Saturdays through March. Time is 9 to 11 a.m. Preregistration is required for the workshop. Call 541-488-6606 for details.

Dec. 5: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk to Emigrant Lake. Spot waterfowl, raptors, waders and songbirds. Beginners welcome. Bring a spotting scope or pair of binoculars if you have one. Group will meet at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, at 8 a.m. and carpool from there. Call Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241 for information.

Dec. 19: Rogue Valley Audubon Society field trip at the 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.

Backyard Mushroom Cultivation

Dec. 10: Holiday celebration, potluck and a talk about backyard mushroom cultivation by John Teem, owner of Continuum Mushroom Farms. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass), packets of seeds to contribute for the native plant seed exchange, and your billfold in case you'd like to buy some mushroom starter from Teem. Alcohol is permitted. Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main in Talent (the old city hall) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler at 541-535-3659 for more information or to volunteer for set-up, decoration, clean-up. Sponsored by the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Non-members are welcome.

Crater Lake Volunteer Training

Dec. 12: The nonprofit Crater Lake National Park Trust is working with Crater Lake National Park and the Friends of Crater Lake National Park to recruit and train volunteers to help visitors to the park this winter.

“Crater Lake is particularly beautiful in the winter,” noted Trust Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Maria Clementi, “but the park has very limited staffing during winter months. Volunteers provide an important service to the park and its visitors.”

Volunteers are required to attend a training at Crater Lake National Park on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with lunch provided by the Friends of Crater Lake.

The training will teach volunteers about the natural and cultural history of the park, common visitor questions, and park safety and communication procedures.

Volunteers receive free lodging on the weekends they volunteer at the park — at a time when there are otherwise no public accommodations at the park.

Volunteers must register in advance. For more information, contact Clementi at 541-708-5125, via e-mail at maria@craterlaketrust.org or online at www.craterlaketrust.org/volunteers/winter-friends-desk-volunteer