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Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Feb. 4: Beginner and intermediate classic ski lessons begin at 11 a.m. each Saturday through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. A ski tour will follow at noon. Locations will vary depending on snow conditions, so confirm the time and meeting location with Michael Dawkins, 541-482-2703, prior to the outing. A schedule with other upcoming Southern Oregon Nordic Club outings and contact info is available on the onc.org/sonc website.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Feb. 4: 10K walk in Rogue River, with a 5K option. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at Palmerton Park on West Evans Creek Road in Rogue Rive. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Couple Shuffle 10K Relay & Love Stinks 5K
Saturday, Feb. 4: The annual event starts at 9 a.m. at Phoenix Elementary School. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Project FeederWatch is a citizen-science program run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, with individuals and groups making regular counts of birds that visit feeders in backyards, at nature centers and other locations throughout North America. Local counts take place every other Saturday at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland and every other Thursday and Friday at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. The free, one-hour watches are open to everyone, and there is shelter in case of inclement weather. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html
Avalanche awareness workshop at REI
Tuesday, Feb. 7: Instructor Robert Walters of the Know Before You Go program will lead a free class on avalanche awareness from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive. Avalanches kill an average of 42 people each year in North America. Hundreds more are injured. Avalanches don't just happen to extreme athletes, they can happen to those skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, driving, hunting, bike riding, and anyone who can get onto or underneath steep snow-covered slopes. The program was created to teach people what they need to know to have fun and stay safe in avalanche terrain. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Three backpacking trips for 2017
Thursday, Feb. 9: Siskiyou Mountain Club director Gabe Howe will outline three of his favorite backpacking trips for 2017, accompanied by a slideshow from his hikes. The free talk will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Homeless 2 Hopeful Benefit Run
Saturday, Feb. 11: The fourth annual event sponsored by Hearts With A Mission will begin at 10 a.m. at Harry & David Field in Medford. The event wil include 10K, 5K and 1-mile runs on the Bear Creek Greenway. For details, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, Feb. 16: Jeanine Moy will discuss rare plant species of the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains and examine a few of the 130 designated botanical areas created to protect special plants. Moy is the outreach director for the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and manages the Adopt-a-Botanical Area program. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Backpack Wild Rogue Loop
Friday-Monday, Feb. 17-20: The Siskiyou Mountain Club will lead a backpacking trip on the roughly 27-mile Wild Rogue Loop over President's Day weekend. The trip is moderate to difficult, with steep pitches up and down, but with an option to take it slow. It features everything the Wild Rogue Wilderness has to offer, including historic sites, primeval forests, dreamy savanna, and a majestic section of the Rogue River. A van will leave Ashland at 7 a.m. Friday, with rendezvous options in Medford, Grants Pass and Merlin. The group will return Monday evening. If the road to Marial is snowed in, the group will backpack the 40-mile Rogue River Trail instead. For details, email email@example.com or call 541-708-2056.
Rogue River Half Marathon/Alyssa Watson Memorial 5K
Saturday, Feb. 18: The annual runs begin at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park in Rogue River. The course goes out and back on the Rogue River Greenway bike path. The half-marathon continues on North River Road and back. The half-marathon time limit is 3 hours. For details and registration, see the race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
Walking the wild Applegate
Tuesday, Feb. 28: The Applegate Trails Association will show a film called "Walking the Wild Applegate," the story of two ATA members, Luke Ruediger and Josh Weber, who hiked the entire 80 miles, from downtown Ashland to Grants Pass, of the proposed Jack-Ash Trail. The free screening will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace-lining at high speeds. Pace: 18-plus mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph average over approximately 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph with periodic pace lines for approximately 35 miles with some hills. Call Gary Shaff at 541-482-4537.
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.