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Get Out: Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Thursday, Dec. 2: General meeting of the cross-country ski club at D&S Harley-Davidson, 3846 South Pacific Highway, Phoenix, at 7 p.m. Speaker will be Emily Dean, who will talk about exercises to prepare for Nordic skiing.

Saturday, Dec. 11: Intermediate ski of seven to eight miles at Moon Prairie. Contact either Bobbie Plummer, 541-488-5003, or Guy Nutter, 541-488-6900, for start time and other details.

Sunday, Dec. 19: Novice ski of five to six miles at Moon Prairie. Contact David Lewin at 541-512-0436 for details.

KS Wild hikes

Saturday, Dec 11: Sterling Ditch Trail to Bear Gulch to Tunnel Ridge. This 3.5-mile hike will follow the Sterling Ditch Trail through diverse habitats, including pine-oak savannah, grasslands and mixed conifer forest, offering sweeping views of the Little Applegate Valley and Siskiyou Crest. Meet at Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 10 a.m. Bring water, lunch and appropriate clothes. Group will hike in light weather, but heavy rain cancels the outing. Return about 3 p.m. Call Laurel at 541-488-5789 for details.

Saturday, Jan. 29: Snowshoe hike up to the Rabbit Ears rock formation on the backside of Mount Ashland for an invigorating day in the snow. Weather permitting, this trek allows for expansive views of Mount Shasta, the Marble Mountains, the Siskiyou Crest and the Rogue Valley. This will be a moderately difficult trip covering approximately 4 to 5 miles. Meet at Evo's Cafe in Ashland at 10 a.m. Bring water, lunch, snowshoes and appropriate clothes. Mountain Supply outdoor store on the plaza in Ashland rents snowshoes for a reasonable rate and they offer a 10-percent discount to KS Wild members. Group will hike in light weather, but strong snow cancels. Call Laurel at 541-488-5789 for details.

Longest Night Mile

Thursday, Dec. 9: One-mile race happens on the Bowerman Field track at North Medford High School. Runners who expect to turn a slow mile (slower than 6:30 per mile) start at 6:30 p.m. and those who expect to run faster start at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners. Cost is $5 for SOR members; $10 nonmembers. Students just need to provide a can of food for their entry Contact race director Pieter Voskes for details at 541-944-5460.

Recurring road rides

Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course changes from week to week. Call ride leader Alex Hayes for details at 541-857-0819.

Every Saturday: Mellow 20-mile ride (10-12 mph) begins at 10 a.m. Location and route varies. Contact Phil Gagnon for details at 541-488-4289.

Every Sunday: A 20-mile training ride begins at 1 p.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace. No ride leader.

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-and-go ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Recurring mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ashland: Rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride, which usually lasts until dark. The Thursday ride is usually longer (2 to 2 1/2 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. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.

Every Wednesday, Jacksonville: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis hosts a two-hour ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190, or e-mail cyclea@internetcds.com.

Project Feeder Watch

Saturday, Nov. 27: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, while learning to identify species with the expert help. This is an opportunity 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. For ages 10 and up. Free. Rogue Valley Audubon Society volunteers will be on hand.

Klamath Bird Observatory

Thursday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 4: Hawk class and field trip. Local hawk expert and KBO board member Dick Ashford leads an informative Thursday-evening class followed by a Saturday guided outing to the Lower Klamath Basin refuges and/or Butte Valley (near Dorris, Calif.) to view red-tailed hawks in a variety of color morphs, rough-legged hawks, ferruginous hawks, golden eagles, northern harriers and possibly prairie falcons, while learning about the natural history and behavior of these raptors. The Thursday class meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Nature Center. The Saturday field trip meets at 7:30 a.m. at Shop ‘N' Kart in Ashland to carpool. Return at 4:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $25 for members, $35 nonmembers. To register, call 541-201-0866. Note: Class and field trip must be taken together.

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, Dec. 1: Monthly first-Wednesday birdwalk at Denman Wildlife Area. Contact Murray Orr at 541-857-9050 or mwoorr@msn.com for details.

Sunday, Dec. 19: Monthly third-Sunday birdwalk on the Ashland section of the Bear Creek Greenway. Beginners welcome. For more information call Jeff Tufts at 541-227-8465.

Saturday, Jan. 8: 12th annual Ashland Creek Dipper Walk. Meet Bob Quaccia at 9:30 a.m. at the Ashland Plaza. The walk will follow both sides of Ashland Creek in Lithia Park (about 1.5 miles) observing and counting American Dippers.

Christmas bird counts

Saturday, Dec. 18: Medford Circle Count, organized by Bob Hunter. For details, e-mail bobhunter@embarqmail.com or call 541-826-5569.

Wednesday, Dec. 29: Ashland Circle Count, organized by Harry Fuller (anzatowhee@yahoo.com) and John Bullock (jas@opendoor.com).

Explore the Patagonian PeaksAudubon Society potluck and raffle

Tuesday, Nov. 30: Wilderness explorer, photographer and author Tom Reed will share tales of backcountry hiking in the southern Andes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. Reed will show his collection of black-and-white photographs featured in his new book, “The Granite Avatars of Patagonia.” He will also give tips on the nuts and bolts of hiking the region, including travel logistics, gear and route planning. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Call 541-774-6996 for more information.

Native Plant Society potluck

Thursday, Dec. 9: Elmer Ivan Applegate was an important early Oregon botanist best known for his monograph on trout lilies (erythronium). Another important Oregon botanist, Dr. Frank Lang, will tell his story. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass) and packets of seeds to contribute for a native plant seed exchange. Alcohol is permitted. Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St.. Talent. Contact Kristi Mergenthaler at 541-941-3744 for more information.

Siskiyou Velo Club holiday party

Sunday, Dec. 12: The bicycle club's holiday bash is being held at 6 p.m. at the Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St., Ashland. All members can attend. Registration is for dinner, which includes choice of entree, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh spinach salad with pear vinaigrette, green beans with bacon and onions, and dessert, including berry crisp and chocolate brownie. A no-host bar will be open. The member charge for dinner is $10.50. If a nonmember guest will be joining a member, they'll be charged $12.50 for registration. To register, go to www.siskiyouvelo.org/eventRegistration.php?ID=3 and follow the format. For details, call Cheryl French at 541-482-8475 or e-mail cherylannfrench@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 14: A new fundraiser for Rogue Valley Audubon Society programs begins at 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. Bring a dish to share. Raffle proceeds will support RVAS operations and activities, including education and community outreach programs. Tickets will be sold and drawn throughout the evening with onsite commentary by Pepper Trail. You can also buy tickets at through the mail (PO Box 8597, Medford, OR 97501) or by contacting Lynn Kellogg at 541-855-9638.

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.