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Wednesday, July 4: The Irene Hollenbeck Memorial Wildflower Show features more than 300 species of native flowers from the Cascades, Siskiyous and the valleys between. The free show is held at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. For information, email Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-890-2091.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, July 7: 10K walk in Gold Hill will explore neighborhoods and part of the Rogue River Trail. Meet at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the post office on Second Street. For more information, see www.roguevalleywalkers.com or call 541-582-2607.
Backpacking the Wild Rogue River Trail
Tuesday, July 10: The Rogue River National Recreation Trail stretches 40 miles and offers views of some of southwest Oregon’s most amazing landscapes. An REI specialist will share important notes gathered from personal experiences to help you start backpacking on the Wild Rogue River Trail, at 6:30 p.m., at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. See www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Best Hiking Trails in Far Northern California
Wednesday, July 11: Ashland-based writer John Soares, author of two new books “Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions” and “100 Classic Hikes: Northern California,” (Mountaineers Books), will share his favorite hikes just south of the border at 6:30 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. See lots of gorgeous pictures and get details on the best places to hike in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, Marble Mountain Wilderness, Russian Wilderness, Mount Shasta area and more. Soares’ books will be for sale, and he’ll be happy to sign them and answer questions. Free. See www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
Native Plant Society outing
Saturday, July 14: Crater Lake National Park botanist Jenifer Hooke will lead a hike to Garfield Peak. Meet at Rim Village at 10 a.m. for a carpool to the trailhead. For more information or to sign up, email Katelyn Detweiler at Detweiler.email@example.com.
Dutch Oven Camp Cooking Basics
Wednesday, July 18: Dave Brennan will teach a free class about various Dutch oven cooking options, including how to choose your cookware, prepare your kitchen, cooking with the Dutch oven and coals, and preparing a variety of recipes, at 6:30 p.m. at the Medford REI store, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. See www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.