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Saturday, Nov. 3: Join Wayne Rolle and the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon for a mushroom field trip. The focus will be on finding, identifying and appreciating local fungi in older forest environments. The group should be able to collect a few edible mushrooms, as well. This will be an all-day field trip with 60 to 90 minutes of driving in each direction. On the ground, we will move slowly and won’t cover many miles. However, participants should be comfortable traveling cross-country in forested habitat with many obstacles and insecure footing. Free and open to the public. Meet for carpooling at 9:30 a.m. at the BLM parking lot, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford. Call trip leader Wayne Rolle at 541-482-0093 for more information.
Illinois River salmon walk
Sunday, Nov. 4: KS Wild will lead an easy walk from 1 to 3 p.m. to learn about the salmon lifecycle and view wild salmon spawning in the Illinois River. Space is limited. To sign up and for more details about where to meet up and what to bring, see www.kswild.org.
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail work party
Saturday, Nov. 10: Siskiyou Upland Trails Association’s first work party of the 2018-19 season will focus on the section of the trail between the Bear Gulch Trailhead to the Tunnel Ridge Trailhead. The group will hike about 4 miles. Meet at Buncom (corner of Sterling Creek Road and Little Applegate Road) at 8:30 a.m. to carpool down Little Applegate Road to the Bear Gulch Trailhead. SUTA provides lunch. Will cancel only if heavy rain/snow is forecast. If you plan to go, email SUTAoregoncontact@gmail.com so they can plan the work party and food.
Saturday, Nov. 10: The annual event features 5K and 9-mile runs benefiting the Phoenix High School track team. The races start and finish at Phoenix High School. Early registration ends Friday, Nov. 11. Race-day registration costs $25. For information and to register, see https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=130786
Thursday, Nov. 15: Lichens are beautiful and curious organisms that provide many services to the greater community. Kristi Mergenthaler, botanist and stewardship director with Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, will share some lichen stories that could lead to your “enlichenment.” This talk, at the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will begin at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Refreshments at 6:45. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Alexis at email@example.com or 860-878-2049.
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 www.sorunners.org.
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.