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Get Out: Friday, Nov. 16

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Native Plant Society hike

Saturday, Nov. 17: Oregon Caves National Monument botanist John Roth will lead a free hike to Whiskey Creek in the Illinois Valley. The group will walk several hundred meters on and off trail along Whiskey Creek to look at endemic plants and investigate the local geology. The group will also see which plants are growing in a small fen nearby. A carpool will meet at the Shop Smart parking lot in Cave Junction at 9 a.m. The trailhead is 14 miles from Cave Junction. For more information or to sign up, email Katelyn Detweiler at

Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 22: The annual Thanksgiving event starts at the Expo in Central Point. Proceeds will go toward shoes for student runners, and event organizers will also be collecting cans of food at the race to help support Access Inc. food bank. The 8-mile race starts at 8 a.m., the 2-mile run/walk starts at 8:30 and the 100-yard Turkey Dash goes off at 7:45. For details and to register, see the race calendar at

Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Wednesday, Dec. 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

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

Siskiyou Velo

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

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.

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