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Spring Whale Watch Week
Saturday-Friday, March 25-31: Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 whale-watch sites along the Oregon Coast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales migrating along the coast this time of year. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org. For more information, call 541-765-3304.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, March 25: 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, March 25: 10K Grants Pass Historic Walk. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of The Lodge at Riverside on Seventh Street in Grants Pass. For more information, call 541-582-6209 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Table Rocks guided hike
Saturday, March 25: Molly Allen, BLM environmental education specialist, will lead a general information hike to the top of Upper Table Rock that’s suitable for the whole family. The hike will start at 9 a.m. and will provide a good introduction to wildflower identification, ethnobotany, geology, wildlife, ecology and cultural history at the Upper Table Rock. The hike is free, but reservations are required. For information, call the Medford District BLM at 541-618-2200 or see http://TableRockHikes2017.eventbrite.com.
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26: Siskiyou Mountain Club is organizing a moderate backpacking trip on the East Fork Illinois River Trail. Spend a night under the first spring skies of 2017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Work Party: Hitt Road Trail
Saturday, March 25: Ashland Parks & Recreation is planning a work party on its newly acquired parks land, which includes the popular Hitt Road Trail, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Lithia Park Bandshell to caravan up to Hitt Road. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Tools, gloves and snacks provided. Email email@example.com if you plan to attend and for more information.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society meeting
Tuesday, March 28: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society's March chapter meeting will feature George and Sally Peterson, who will present a slide presentation of their May 2016 adventure trip to the Galapagos Islands, which included hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, Panga rides and wildlife. Chapter meetings are held at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St. Medford.
Build your own bird house
Saturday, April 1: Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will offer a birdhouse-making class at 11 a.m. Lee Webb, local wildlife biologist, will lead the class and have some fun facts about birds. This is a family-friendly project that includes hammering and drilling. Please bring a hammer to the class. A $5 donation to Siskiyou Audubon Society is encouraged. Register at the store or call 541-482-3241.
Bird walk to Ashland Pond
Sunday, April 2: Northwest Nature Shop will lead a trip to Ashland Pond, an Ashland birding hotspot. Waterfowl, raptors — and possible river otter and beaver sightings — will round out the morning. Expect about 2 miles of walking on gentle paths. Bring binoculars if you have them. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Call 541-482-3241 to reserve a space.
Ashland Community Bike Swap
Saturday, April 15: Bikes and related equipment will be for sale from noon to 2 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1. People interested in selling bikes can register and drop them off from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15. See RVTD.org/bikeswap.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.