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Mt. Ashland Opening Day
Friday, Dec. 7: Mt. Ashland Ski Area will spin all lifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To celebrate Day One, Mt. Ashland will celebrate with Day Onesie. All guests are encouraged to wear a one-piece suit and join in the parade of first-chair Onesies. The parade of Onesies will line up with ski area General Manager Hiram Towle outside the lodge at 8:30 a.m. and proceed with first chair honors. Those wearing one-piece suits on the first day can purchase a lift ticket for $25.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Help experts count birds that visit feeders at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, from 9 to 10 a.m. Results will be submitted to Cornell University’s FeederWatch program. Admission is free. Call 541-488-6606.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 28: Ranger-guided snowshoe hikes will be offered on weekends and holidays starting Saturday, Dec. 8, and every day from Dec. 15 through Jan. 6. They start at 1 p.m., last two hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour (apart from the winter entrance fee of $15 per vehicle). Participants should be at least 8 years old. Pets are not allowed. Advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call 541-594-3100. The visitor center is open daily except Dec. 25.
Introduction to trail work
Saturday, Dec. 8: Join the Siskiyou Mountain Club for an introduction to trail work. Everyone is welcome, first timers are encouraged. Hone your skills with the best in the business. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-708-2056 for details and to sign up.
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Saturday, Dec. 8: The Tunnel Ridge access trail is one of the most popular sections of the trail. Volunteers from the Siskiyou Uplands Trail Association will continue work it started last month and finish trimming the middle of the loop between Tunnel and Bear Gulch. They will also install drainage features so that parts of the trail don’t wash away this winter. Volunteers will walk about 4 miles round trip. Tunnel tours available for anyone wishing to go through the Tunnel. Meet at Buncom (corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road) at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead. SUTA provides lunch. If you plan to go, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food.
Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society holiday party
Thursday, Dec. 13: Photographer Kenneth DeCamp and botanist Julie Nelson, co-authors of “Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps,” will present photographs of native plants found in different areas of the Klamath Mountains and discuss revisiting the same areas throughout the blooming season and the surprising discoveries one might make. Potluck and the silent auction begin at 6 p.m. and the presentation starts around 7, at Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Bring a potluck dish, table service (plate, silverware, glass, cup), food donation for the Talent Food Project, and packets of seeds to contribute to the native plant seed exchange. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Alexis at email@example.com or 860-878-2049.
RV Club meeting
Friday, Dec. 14: The Rogue River Rooster Sams, a chapter of the Oregon Good Sam Club, will hold a luncheon at 1 p.m. at the Medford Black Bear Diner, 1150 E. Barnett Road. Anyone with a recreational vehicle is invited to join attend. For information, call Dick Geer at 541-476-2214 or Barry Corbett at 541-582-2330.
Hike along the lower Rogue River
Saturday, Dec. 15: KS Wild will lead a moderate-difficulty, 6-mile hike through old-growth forests, past creeks and waterfalls, and along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. For more details on carpool locations and what to bring, sign up at www.kswild.org.
Whale Watch Week
Thursday-Monday, Dec. 27-31: Trained volunteers will be on hand at spots along the Oregon Coast to help people see and learn about gray whales as they head south for the winter. Learn more at whalespoken.wordpress.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 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.