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Table Rocks hikes
For more information and to register for the hikes, see https://TableRockHikes2018.eventbrite.com or call 541-618-2200.
9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, Lower Table Rock: Botanist Barbara Mumblo will highlight the array of wildflowers found each spring on the Table Rocks.
9 a.m. Sunday, April 8, Upper Table Rock: Geologist Jad D’Allura and soils specialist Jonie Brazie will discuss the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features and soils.
8 a.m. Saturday, April 14, Lower Table Rock: Bird experts Bob Quaccia and Frank Lospalluto lead a spring birding trip. Binoculars and ID books are recommended. Limited to 15 people.
9 a.m. Sunday, April 15, Lower Table Rock: Scientist/artist Darlene Southworth will lead a hike on landscape art and journaling. Hikers should bring sketch pads and pencils or pens. Watercolors are optional. Limited to 15 people.
10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, Lower Table Rock Loop Trail: Members of the Storytelling Guild will lead a hike for kids and adults on the half-mile trail focusing on legends and tales about the Takelma Indians who once lived there.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Lower Table Rock: Astronomer Joe Stodola will lead a night hike to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower, which should be at its peak. Bring flashlights, binoculars and a roll-up pad to lie down.
9 a.m. Sunday, April 22, Upper Table Rock: Michael Karnosh from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will explore traditional and culturally important plants of the original Table Rocks residents. He will also discuss modern tribal management of conservation properties.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 7: 10K walk in east Medford. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Medford Center parking lot across the street from Hawthorne Park. A 5K walk option is available. For information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Ski & Snowboard Against Hunger
Sunday, April 8: The annual event at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lift tickets are free with donations of five nonperishable food items. All food will be donated to ACCESS and distributed to the hungry throughout Jackson County. ACCESS distributes food donations to 24 emergency pantries in Jackson County that provide approximately 3,000 food boxes a month, which equals about five days’ worth of food per box.
10 Bucket List Hikes in the State of Jefferson
Tuesday, April 10: Gabe Howe of the Siskiyou Mountain Club will give a talk about iconic hikes in the region, at 5:15 p.m. at Common Block Brewing Company, 315 E. 5th St., Medford.
Pear Blossom Run
Saturday, April 14: The 42nd annual Pear Blossom Run in downtown Medford includes a 10-mile race, a 10-mile handcycle or wheelchair race, a 5K race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs. Registration is $30, $23 or $8 for the 10-mile, 5K and fun runs, respectively. Registration is $40 for the 10-mile and $33 for the 5K after April 8. Proceeds benefit YMCA’s programs for low-income kids, teens, families and seniors. See pearblossomrun.com or call 541-324-8348.
Work Party: Whetstone Savanna Preserve
Saturday, April 14: The Nature Conservancy and SOLVE! are recruiting volunteers to help remove invasive weeds from vernal pools from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14, at Whetstone Savanna Preserve. The preserve shelters mounded prairie and vernal pool communities that include rare plants and fairy shrimp, and safeguards a key portion of oak savanna habitat on the Rogue Valley floor. Bring your family, enjoy spring wildflowers and learn about the diverse life in vernal pools while working to protect this unique habitat. Registration is required at nature.org/oregonworkparties. For more information, contact Molly at 541-708-4990 or email@example.com.
Native Plant Society
Thursday, April 19: Half of our prescription medications and 70 percent of cancer drugs arise from the natural world. But, one out of every five mammals, reptiles and plants are threatened with extinction, while one out of every three amphibians face oblivion. Humanity is on course to erase at least half of the species on Earth by the end of this century. Speaker Paul Torrence, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and was appointed Full Investigator at the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, will discuss whether we have the moral resources to arrest this annihilation and alter this course. The program will start at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-878-2049.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy spring hikes
To read more about each hike and to register, go to landconserve.org. If a hike is full, you can join a waiting list, as cancellations do happen.
Sunday, April 22: Birding Jacksonville Woodlands, 8 a.m. to noon. Naturalist Dennis Vroman will lead an exploration of the bird life in the Jacksonville Woodlands.
Saturday, April 28: Jacksonville Woodlands history tour, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour through the Woodlands in Jacksonville with Larry Smith. The three-hour hike will include the Chinese diggings and Panorama Point.
Sunday, April 29: Birding the Cascade Foothills, 8 a.m. to noon. East of Ashland in the Cascade foothills, the Imperatrice property is a large grassland and an excellent place to see raptors and songbirds such as western bluebird, western meadowlark, and the uncommon grasshopper sparrow. Guide is naturalist Frank Lospalluto.
Sunday, April 29: Herptile Bioblitz at Rogue River Preserve, 2 to 6 p.m. Help document reptiles and amphibians at Rogue River Preserve near Eagle Point. Local experts will help with species identification and will model best search practices for the safety of people and animals. The event is part of the greater City Nature Challenge in Southern Oregon, www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-southern-oregon. Children are welcome accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guides are naturalist Eugene Wier and SOU biologist Michael Parker.
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at email@example.com.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.