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National Trails System 50th anniversary
Tuesday, Oct. 2: On Oct. 2, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Trails system Act, paving the way for America’s National Trails System. With over 1,200 miles of local trails, our region is home to a bounty of diverse outdoor opportunities. Join us for this visual program to learn more about the history, future and challenges facing our local trail systems. Sign up for volunteer events and get more involved in helping keep our region’s trail routes alive. Enjoy beverages and snacks, mingle, sign up for events, and get plugged in to help preserve our trails, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html or call 541-732-1938.
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/
Fall day-hiking basics
Wednesday, Oct. 3: REI staff will talk about the basics of fall day-hiking from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. They will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, including trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, local resources and places to go. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html or call 541-732-1938.
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.
Bear Creek salmon walk
Friday, Oct. 12: Every autumn, migrating chinook salmon make their way up the Rogue River to spawning grounds in tributaries throughout the Rogue and Illinois valleys. KS Wild will lead an easy walk starting at Lynn Newbry Park in Talent from 10 a.m. to noon to see spawning salmon in Bear Creek and learn about their habitat and behavior. Space is limited. Sign up and get more details about where to meet up and what to bring at www.kswild.org.
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.
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.