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Outdoor Emergency Basics
Wednesday, Sept. 19: Every time you step into the wilderness, be prepared to help yourself and others. This free program has a wealth of valuable information to better prepare you for your adventures, from a day in the state park to an extended backpacking adventure into the wilderness. The class starts at 6:30 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
Ride the Rogue
Saturday, Sept. 22: The event, a fundraiser to help build the Rogue River Recreational Corridor and Greenway, features 99-mile ride, 62-mile ride, 40-mile ride and 19.6-mile route. The routes begin and end at Palmerton Park in Rogue River To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Ride the Rogue, organizers have added a mountain bike option featuring a 20-mile loop course through the paved bike path along the Rogue River through Valley of the Rogue State Park. For details, see http://ridetherogue.com/.
Talk: Hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail
Thursday, Sept. 27: What it’s like to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail? Join local resident Steve Cossin at 6:30 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, as he shares stories and humor from his 5-month experience from Mexico to Canada on foot, from deserts to whiteout blizzards, on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. For details, call 541-482-3241.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Oct. 3: 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/
Talent Harvest Festival runs
Saturday, Oct. 6: The annual 5K and 10K runs start at 8 a.m. at the Talent Skateboard Park (parking on Front Street by the tracks and Main Street above tracks). The 5K is an out-and-back with gradual inclines and declines, while the 10K begins like the 5K and continues on to a challenging, hilly course. For details, see https://thedriven.net/cs/southernoregonrunners/talent-harvest-festival
Bear Creek Salmon Festival
Saturday, Oct. 6: The 14th annual event features crafts, games, a Salmon Parade, live music and all sorts of outdoor activities, including spin-casting, the Salmon Story Tent, a demonstration of Native American traditional salmon cooking, and the Salmon Spiral Labyrinth. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland. To learn more, see bearcreeksalmonfestival.net or call 541-488-6606.
Ashland Mushroom Fair
Saturday, Oct. 13: The annual event at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, includes local mushroom experts, enthusiasts and connoisseurs, with craft booths, food, demos and local organizations in the Nature Shop alley between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For details, call 541-482-3241.
Lithia Park nature walks
Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Ashland Parks and Recreation offers free, guided nature walks in Lithia Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 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.