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Get Out: Aug. 5, 2011

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, Aug. 6: 10-kilometer walk in Jacksonville will begin at 8 a.m. from the public parking lot on D Street. Meet at 7:45 a.m. For information, call 541-772-8311. The walk includes a 5K option.

Saturday, Aug. 20: 10-kilometer walk in Eagle Point begins at 8 a.m. The walk also has a 5K option. Meet at Bob Moore Park on Main Street. For information, call 541-772-8311.

Lithia Park nature walks

Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesday, Fridays: Through Sept. 30, trained naturalists from the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department lead 60- to 90-minute nature walks in Lithia Park. The walks start at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Free. No reservations needed. Topics include trees, flowers, birds, climate, geology and park history. Meet at the entrance to Lithia Park across from the Plaza in Ashland. For more information, call 541-552-2264.

Talent Harvest Festival Run

Saturday, Sept. 10: Annual 10K and 5K runs begin at 8 a.m. at the skateboard park on Main Street in Talent. Cost is $10 by Aug. 27, $8 for Southern Oregon Runners members. Race-day registration costs $15. For details, email race director Felicia Hazel at feliciahaz@msn.com or go to the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.

Pine to Palm 100K

Saturday, Sept. 17: Remote and rugged point-to-point course through the Siskiyou Mountains from Williams to Ashland. Course follows a mixture of single-track trail and dirt roads, with less than four miles of pavement. The course boasts more than 20,000 feet of climbing and descents with three major climbs to 7,000 feet. Online registration only, through UltraSignUp.com. Race limited to 200 runners. To learn more, see the Rogue Valley Runners website at www.roguevalleyrunners.com.

Rogue Run Half Marathon

Sunday, Sept. 25: A brand-new event this year, the half-marathon will begin at 8:10 a.m. (walkers will start at 7:10 a.m.) at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent and follow the Bear Creek Greenway to the Jackson County Fairgrounds, where it will end amid the celebration of the Jackson County Harvest Fair and Microbrew Festival. Cost is $40 before Sept. 9, and $50 after. The race organizers are Dr. Darren Ravassipour, Medford and Central Point orthodontist, and David Wright, president of CPM Real Estate Services. For more information, see www.theroguerun.com.

Recurring road rides

Every Saturday: A brisk, two- to four-hour ride begins at 10 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. Call David Gibb at 541-899-9030 for details.

Every Saturday: Slo-Mo ride begins at 10 a.m. and covers 14 to 18 miles. Starting location varies. For details, call Phil Gagnon 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 email cyclea@internetcds.com.

Every Saturday, Medford: This ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, and 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 (but usually two or three) 1- to 3-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.

Klamath Bird Observatory

Saturday, Aug. 6: Birdwalk to Howard Prairie and Hyatt lakes led by Frank Lospalluto. Group will start around Howard Prairie looking for sandhill crane, western meadowlark, western bluebird, and lark and vesper sparrow. Plan to bring a lunch to eat by the lake; return to Ashland in the early afternoon. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Aug. 13: Birdwalk to Agate Lake led by Karen Hussey and Jeff O'Connell for an exploration of this Medford lake that provides critical habitat for many Rogue Valley bird species. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Birdwalk to Emigrant Lake led by KBO member and Northwest Nature Shop employee Terence Philippe for an exploration of the trails on the backside of Emigrant Lake. Group will travel to the east end of the lake and follow spur roads to the lakeside trails. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Sept. 10: Trip to Upper Klamath Lake to visit one of KBO's long-term ecological monitoring and bird-banding stations. At the Seven Mile Guard Station on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, group will visit a KBO banding station and have the chance to view many fall migrant songbirds up-close. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $25 for nonmembers, $15 KBO members. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Siskiyou Field Institute

Sunday, Aug. 7: From Ground to Grape. Simply put, terroir (tare-wahr) is the relationship of wine to geology. The interplay of geology, climate, topography and hydrology affect the intricacies of wine and wine-making. Geologist Linda Tandy will teach about local soils, topography, climate and hydrology and the class will sample the terroir of several Southern Oregon wineries. Class begins at 9 a.m. at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma. Advanced registration required. Cost is $50, scholarships are available. To register or for information, call 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.

Friday, Aug. 12: Free evening program, Cave Folklore with John Roth, begins at 7 p.m., at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma.

Saturday, Aug. 13: Siskiyou Photography. Photographer and naturalist Lee Webb leads the class. Group will hike to Bigelow Lake and Mount Elijah for tips on how to photograph flowers, scenery and anything else that inspires — finishing with sunset atop Mt. Elijah. Class hours are 10 a.m. to midnight. Group will hike back after dark by flashlight and a full moon — on a good trail. Advanced registration required. Cost is $50, scholarships are available. For information, call Siskiyou Field Institute at 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.

Saturday, Aug. 13: Speleology at Oregon Caves National Monument explores cave biology, geology and paleontology. A classroom session on the science of caves will be complemented by an off-trail caving trip at Oregon Caves, where the group will have a chance to wriggle between boulders and stretch across crevices in the deepest parts of the cave. This off-trail experience is physically demanding and not for persons uncomfortable in small spaces. Caving equipment will be provided. Class begins at 9:30 a.m. Advanced registration required. Class costs $50, scholarships are available. To register, call Siskiyou Field Institute at 541-597-8530 or see www.thesfi.org.

Friday, Aug. 26: Free evening program, The Best of Nature Writing with Diana Coogle, begins at 7 p.m. at Deer Creek Center, 1241 Illinois River Road, Selma.