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Herbert Stone Nursery Tour
Saturday, April 8: Tour the U.S. Forest Service nursery with BLM botanist and Native Plant Society member Sasha Joachims, and nursery horticulturalist Jason McNeil. A rare opportunity to see the stunning blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia grandiflora) in full bloom. The nursery is at 2606 Old Stage Road, Central Point. Meet at the Hanley Road nursery entrance gate at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Julie Spelletich at 541 951-1744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table Rocks guided hikes
The Nature Conservancy and BLM sponsor free hikes during weekends in April and May. The hikes are generally limited to 20 people who preregister for the treks. Hikers meet at the Upper or Lower Table Rock trailheads for a moderate-grade hike of up to 4.5 miles round-trip that takes 3 to 5 hours. To register, go online at http://TableRockHikes2017.eventbrite.com or call BLM at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, April 8: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Botanist Barbara Mumblo will lead a hike to inspect wildflowers in bloom.
Sunday, April 9: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock loop trail. A kid-friendly "Tell me a Story" hike will be led by members of the Storytelling Guild on the half-mile loop. Suitable for all ages.
Saturday, April 15: 8 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Bob Quaccia of Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Frank Lospalluto of Klamath Bird Observatory will lead a hike to spot spring birds. Bring binoculars and bird-identification books. Limited to 15 hikers.
Saturday, April 22: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Michael Karnosh, with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, will lead a hike delving into the traditional and culturally important plants of the tribes whose ancestors include the original residents of the Table Rocks area. Molly Morison, stewardship coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, he will discuss modern day Tribal management of conservation properties and various partnerships.
Domingo, 23 de Abril: 1 p.m., Lower Table Rock. Caminata Familiar en español: Evan Barrientos, empleado de The Nature Conservancy, guiará una caminata a través de Lower Table Rock en español. Mientras disfrutando del paisaje y la tranquilidad de este hermoso sitio, Ud. aprenderá sobre las plantas, animales, historia, y gestión de ello. ¡Descubra un lugar fantástico para explorar con sus hijos o hacer ejercicio! Para obtener más información, llame al 541-770-7933 x 3#.
Saturday, April 29: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Archeologist Jeff LaLande will discuss the role of the Table Rocks in the culture and legends of the Takelma Indians, as well as the history of the Table Rocks area during the “Indian Wars” of the 1850s.
Saturday, April 29: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Geologist Jad D'Allura and soils specialist Joni Brazier will discuss the formation of the Table Rocks and the unique geological features and soils along a hike to the top of this ancient lava flow.
Sunday, April 30: 10 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Sarah "Bee Girl" Red-Laird and botanist Sasha Joachims will explore how bee pollination is essential and discuss some pollinator-conservation projects on nearby public lands.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 8: A 10K will explore the town of Gold Hill and follow a path along the Rogue River. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office on Second Avenue in Gold Hill. For more information, call 541-582-6209 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Sterling Mine Trail work party
Saturday, April 8: The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association will be working from the Little Applegate trailhead up and over the bypass to Muddy Gulch. This stretch has some of the best wildflower displays thetrail has to offer, and keen eyes have often spotted morels growing near the trail. Plan on a 4- to 6-mile roundtrip hike. Volunteers will meet at Buncom, the corner of Little Applegate and Sterling Creek Roads, at 8:30 a.m. for a carpool to the trailhead. Detailed driving directions can be found at www.sutaoregon.org. If you plan to attend, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food.
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.
Author Talk: Hiking the PCT
Tuesday, April 18: Eli Boschetto, author of "Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon," will give a free talk at 6:30 p.m. at REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. The book breaks down the state's more than 450 miles of the PCT into manageable portions, detailing everything a section hiker needs to know, including access, camp-to-camp mileage, and best places to stake a tent. For details, see www.rei.com
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 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.