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How to Lose Your Age on the Trail with Dami Roelse
Thursday, Aug. 30: Dami Roelse, a 71-year-strong long-distance hiker, will share research about walking and hiking as a means to dynamic aging, mixed with anecdotes and stories from the trail. She will share ways to build and maintain strength in everyday life, provide tips for being safe in the outdoors, and how to chose lightweight gear. Even though the talk is geared to women 50-plus, all women and men can benefit from Roelse’s experience. She will have her book, “Walking Gone Wild, How to Lose Your Age on the Trail,” for sale after the free presentation, scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html or call 541-732-1938.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Sept. 5: RVAS holds first-Wednesday bird walks at Denman Wildlife Area. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. Species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Participants will need to purchase an ODFW area parking permit. For more information and directions, see http://roguevalleyaudubon.org/
REI program: Camping Basics
Wednesday, Sept. 5: Have you wanted to try camping but don’t know how to get started? Join REI to learn what you need to take your first (or second or third) camping trip. We will cover the basics, including how to be warm, dry and comfortable, gear and equipment necessities, ideas for fun activities, and great local areas to give it a try. No experience necessary. The free talk is at 6:30 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html or call 541-732-1938.
Saturday, Sept. 8: The 10K race will start at 9:30 a.m. at Rellik Winery, 970 Old Stage Road, Jacksonville, and the 5K race will start at 10 a.m. For information, see https://thedriven.net/cs/southernoregonrunners/stagecoach-run
Rogue Fly Fishers
6 p.m. Mondays: Learn or hone fly casting skills through Sept. 10 at Hedrick Middle School’s athletic field, 1501 E. Jackson St., Medford. The group does not meet on holidays or rainy days. Lined fly rods are available or bring your own. The lead instructor is a Fly Fishers International certified casting instructor. See rogueflyfishers.org.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Ashland Parks and Recreation offers free, guided nature walks in Lithia Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May through September. Meet at the park entrance, across from the Plaza in Ashland. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call 541-488-5340.
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 Mello 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: Coffee Ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and covers 25-30 miles at a moderate to brisk pace; flat. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.