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Frostbite Race 2017
Saturday, Jan. 7: 5K and 10K runs begin at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave. The 10K kicks off at 11 a.m. and the 5K starts at 11:30. For details, see the Southern Oregon Runners online race calendar at www.southernoregonrunners.com
REI Talk: Winter Hikes in Southwest Oregon
Thursday, Jan. 12: Gabe Howe from Siskiyou Mountain Club will give a free talk about three winter wilderness hikes, including tips and maps to help you discover winter hiking on your own. For details or to register, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html or call 541-732-1938.
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 14: 10K walk in east Medford. Meet at 9:45 a.m. across Jackson Street from Hawthorne Park. For more information, call 541-582-2607 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Siskiyou Mountain Club brush workshop
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 14-15: SMC field coordinator Aaron Babcock will lead a two-day workshop about how to properly brush a trail and bring it back to life. Participants will learn how to identify the trail prism and brush a trail to Siskiyou Mountain Club and US Forest Service standards on the Osgood Ditch Trail. With this workshop and current CPR-First Aid training, you would be ready to lead your own brushing parties on behalf of SMC. Participants have the option of staying at SMC club house in Selma. A van will leave there for the Osgood Ditch Trail at 9 a.m. Saturday, with a rendezvous option in Cave Junction. The group will head back out Sunday and be back to Selma by 2 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up.
Owl pellet dissection workshop
Sunday, Jan. 15: Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will host a study of owl pellets at 2 p.m. Owls swallow their prey whole, ingesting the entire skeleton. Owl pellets contain the nondigestible part of what they ingest, providing information about owl adaptations and habits. Participants get to dissect an owl pellet and identify the bones found in the pellet. For children 4 and older. Cost is $5 per participant. To register, call 541-482-3241.
Hiker Rendezvous at Ashland Outdoor Store
Thursday, Jan. 19: This is the first meeting of the Southern Oregon Hikers Rendezvous, a monthly event for hikers to meet up, learn more about hiking in our region, and meet other hikers. Hosted by Ashland Outdoor Store, 37 Third St., the event will happen from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Attendees will be eligible for raffle of free Siskiyou Mountain Club memberships and outdoor gear donated by Ashland Outdoor Store. Beer, wine and snacks will be available. The meeting will include a presentation, "Three New Backpacking Trips in SW Oregon." From one of the world's most pristine lakes in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, to a remote arm of the Siskiyou Crest, all the way to the Oregon Caves, these backpacking routes have something for everyone, and they're all connected by the Pacific Crest Trail.
Rimrock, Playas, Petroglyphs and Pronghorns
Thursday, Jan. 19: Dennis Albert will focus on botanical surveys of Playa Lakes of Hart Mountain and Sheldon Wildlife refuges. He is a research professor in the Horticulture Department at Oregon State University, where his research has focused on wetland restoration and native plant marketing. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at the Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
Project FeederWatch is a citizen-science program run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, with individuals and groups making regular counts of birds that visit feeders in backyards, at nature centers and other locations throughout North America. Local counts take place every other Saturday at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland and every other Thursday and Friday at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. The free, one-hour watches are open to everyone, and there is shelter in case of inclement weather. The next watch will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave. For the complete calendar, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/Project_Feeder_Watch.html
Rogue Valley Audubon Society meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 24: The meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, will feature "Antarctica: Unknown & Unforgiving" by Dave Baker. Dave will talk about visits to the penguin rookeries inhabited by the four primary Antarctic penguins: emperor, gentoo, adelie and chinstrap. Dave is a frequent speaker in Medford's elementary schools where his video, "Mostly Penguins," has given hundreds of first-graders a virtual journey to Antarctica. He has lectured in most of the Jackson County libraries and is also a lecturer at OLLI, in Ashland and Medford. The meeting will be held at Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. See www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/ for details
Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Rides include extensive pace-lining at high speeds. Pace: 18-plus mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph average over approximately 25 miles with periodic pace lines on flat terrain. Call Bob MacCracken at 425-512-3829.
Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 18-plus mph with periodic pace lines for approximately 35 miles with some hills. Call Gary Shaff at 541-482-4537.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.