Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Friday: Patagonias Wild and Scenic Film Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashland Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd.
Among the films to be screened are Red Gold, a documentary about Alaskan native fishermens struggle to stop a massive gold mine above the largest sockeye salmon run on the planet, and Renewal, which highlights individual stories of communities drawing on their faith to find ways to be better stewards of the environment.
The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and the Ashland Congregational Church are the local hosts of this national film festival. For a full list of films to be screened visit www.kswild.org. For more information contact 541-488-5789 or e-mail email@example.com.
Over the Hill Classic
Saturday: A ski/snowboard event for adults age 50 and over at Mt. Shasta Board and Ski Park. The event features a fun, two-run giant slalom on Lower Black Fox-to-Horizon ski runs. Ribbons go to the first three finishers in several age categories, for both downhill skiers/telemarkers and snowboarders, both male and female. All participants will be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by local merchants. Additional tickets for the drawing will be available for sale the day of the event. Call 1-530-859-0049 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gene Landsman Super-slalom
Sunday: The Mt. Shasta Race Association is sponsoring this first-annual event in memory of friend and fellow master racer Gene Landsman, who passed away Feb. 26, 2008. This will be a fun slalom event for masters skiers only, 21 years and older. For more information and registration forms, visit www.mtshastaskiteam.com or call Mario Marchi at 1-530-859-0049.
Lightweight Backpacking Slideshow and Workshop
April 2: Carol Corbridge, author of The Boomers Guide to Lightweight Backpacking, will lead a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland.
Corbridge will highlight the new products and load-lightening techniques needed to make your next trail experience a great one. Anyone wanting to lighten their backpacking load, regardless of age, can benefit from this presentation. For more information, call 541-482-3241.
Yoga Class For Golfers
April 4: Medfords Rasa Yoga Center is offering a Yoga for Golfers workshop designed to help golfers enhance their skills and prevent injuries. The workshop examines the mechanics of the swing, offering techniques for achieving better posture, balance, flexibility, strength and overall performance. Participants will practice specific breathing methods to help improve rhythm and flow, while particular exercises will aid in increasing flexibility and strength, and eliminating jerky movements and tension. The class, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., costs $30 by April 1 and $35 after. For more information, visit www.rasayogacenter.com or call 541-245-2667.
Old-Growth Field Trip
May 23: Visit a stand of large trees with one of this regions expert ecologists, Dr. Thomas Atzet, to learn about mature forests. Atzet worked for 30 years as the Area Ecologist on the Rogue, Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forests. Participants will attend a short lecture and then proceed to a stand of large trees in the Cascades where participants get to decide for themselves whether the stand fits the definition for Old Growth forest. The field trip, sponsored by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and North Mountain Park Nature Center, will include carpooling. Bring a snack or lunch. Ages: 16 & up. Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $22. Place: North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Register at North Mountain Park by calling 541-488-6606 or you can also register online at http://activenet4.active.com/ashlandparks.
Sierra Club hikes
April 11: Strenuous 14-mile hike to the Squaw Lakes lookout. Call Peter Grant at 951-9139.
April 18: Moderate seven-mile hike in the Jacksonville Woodlands. Call Carol Walker at 488-8517 or Carol Ingelson at 245-6380.
April 25: Strenuous 13-mile hike from Applegate Lake to Stein Butte and Squaw Lakes. Call George Lescher at 482-4477.
Sierra Club Backpacking Trips
May 16: Sourdough Trail on Packsaddle Mountain. This trailhead is located up the Winchuck River about 90 minutes or 26 miles from Brookings.
June 26, 27, 28: Frog Pond Loop in the Red Buttes Wilderness.
July 24, 25, 26, 27: Sky High Valley in the Marble Mountains. The Lovers Camp trailhead is located about 35 miles east of Yreka, Calif.
For trip details visit www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/rogue/outings.asp
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Free, ranger-guided snowshoe hikes continue every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. through April. The hikes cover a mile of moderately difficult terrain through forests, meadows and along the craters rim, and last for about 90 minutes. Participants should be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on the tours is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 541-594-3100 for information or to sign up. School groups, outdoor clubs and other groups of 10 or more people can arrange for special tours by calling 541-594-3093. The park does not charge an entrance fee in the winter. The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Table Rock Hike
April 16: The top of Lower Table Rock is a mosaic of grassy mounds, stony flats and vernal pools featuring many unique species, including fairy shrimp. This 5.4-mile, roundtrip hike, sponsored by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, will be led by a naturalist. The hike, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is moderate, gaining 780 feet elevation. Bring a snack or lunch. To sign up, call 541-482-3069 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Space is limited to 35 people.
Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday: Third annual Brown Mountain Weenie Roast, novice-intermediate ski tour. Call Kellie Barry at 821-7147.
Pear Blossom 10-mile and 5K runs
April 11: Register online at www.pearblossomrun.com. Forms also are available at Medford Visitors Bureau, Medford Parks and Recreation, Rogue Valley Mall, sports stores, workout places or send a self-addressed, stamped-envelope to Pear Blossom Run, P.O. Box 146, Medford, OR 97501. For more information, telephone Zellah or Jerry Swartsley at 535-1205.
Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay
April 18: 32nd annual event features a 67-mile relay run by five-member teams. Team members run three legs of three to six miles each. The route follows the historic Coos Bay Military Wagon Road, which passes through remote areas of the Coast Range. Also includes a 23-mile ultra or relay walk. Sponsored by the South Coast Running Club and the Camp Millenium Committee. Proceeds benefit Camp Millenium, which provides summer recreation for children with cancer. For details and entry form, call 541-267-6329 or 541-269-0263, or visit www.southcoastrunningclub.com.
Bridge the Gap Run & Walk
April 25: 5K and 10K runs and 5K walk to benefit Mobility Unlimited of Medford. Event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Railroad Park in Medford. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Advanced entry fee is $15 per person and includes a long-sleeved event T-shirt (first 150 sign-ups). Cost is $20 after April 22. Trophies and ribbons will be presented. Prize drawings held immediately after the race. Go to www.bridgethegaprun.com for Web sign-up or pick up an entry blank at any PremierWest Bank or various sporting locations around the Rogue Valley and Grants Pass. Call 541-618-9468 for more information. Sponsored by Southern Oregon Runners, www.sorunners.org.
Siskiyou Outback Trail Runs, 50K and 15K
July 11: Registration is now open for the 11th annual Siskiyou Outback trail runs. The two races start at the Mt. Ashland Lodge and follow the Pacific Crest Trail west. Proceeds go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Visit www.siskiyououtback.com for information and registration. Register early as both events are expected to fill again in 2009.
Crater Lake Rim Runs
Aug 8: Registrations for this years marathon, half-marathon and 6.7-mile race are running about two weeks ahead of last years pace. Runners from 16 countries and Canada have already registered. To register, go to www.craterlakerinruns.com.
A group of Grants Pass cyclists who call themselves Almost Over The Hill meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, as well as at noon on Wednesday, to ride in the Grants Pass area. They leave from the Spin Cycle Shop parking lot between 6th and 7th just south of D Street. For more information, call Fred at 541-474-4447.
Mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly womens mountain bike ride that leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop in Grants Pass, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 541-476-4935, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Wednesday, Johns Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the Johns Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact Jana Jenson at 899-9190, or e-mail email@example.com. More information is available at the Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Associations Web site at www.somba.org.
Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves at 6 p.m. from its shop, 1448 Williams Hwy. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus at 476-4935, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sports crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time-pressed or gravity challenged. Single-track descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland at 541-476-4935, or e-mail email@example.com.
Every Thursday, Grants Pass: Dons Bike Center has a ride that starts at its shop at 5:30 p.m. Rides last about two hours and are tailored to intermediate to advanced riders. Dons is at 211 SW G St. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Dons Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding. Contact Don or Shawn at 541-471-3494.
Siskiyou Velo Club
Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader is Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes (call 857-0819), covers 20-plus miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.
Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader is Glen Gann: 779-6986.
Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Every Wednesday: A 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.
Saturday: This is the last chance to help count the birds that visit the feeders at Ashlands North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with the help of experienced Audubon Society birders. The information that is gathered will be submitted to Cornell Universitys Project FeederWatch database, a continent-wide, citizen-science effort. Free.
April 4: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Lower Table Rock. Leader is Frank Lospalluto. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Free. To register, call 541-482-3241.
April 11: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Agate Lake. Leader is Harry Fuller. Meet at 8 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Free. To register, call 541-770-1104.
May 2: Klamath Bird Observatory birdwalk at Jacksonville Woodlands. Leader is Harry Fuller. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Free. To register, 541-482-3241.