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Forest Park Run
Saturday, April 1: The 10K starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:30. Race-day registration starts at 8 a.m. To get there from Jacksonville, take Highway 238 toward Ruch and go about a half mile, then turn right on Reservoir Road. Follow signs to the main parking lot, about a quarte-mile past the Rail Trail kiosk. The starting line is at the main Forest Park parking lot, approximately 1½ miles up Reservoir Road. The 5K course is 90 percent singletrack and 10 percent gravel roads in a single loop with 2 singletrack climbs totaling less than 800 feet. The 10K uses the 5K course but adds a third climb on trail before descending to the finish.
Table Rocks guided hikes
The Nature Conservancy and BLM sponsor free hikes on weekends in April and May. The hikes are generally limited to 20 people who preregister for the treks. Hikers meet at the Upper or Lower Table Rock trailheads for a moderate-grade hike of up to 4.5 miles round-trip that takes 3 to 5 hours. To register, go online at http://TableRockHikes2017.eventbrite.com or call BLM at 541-618-2200.
Saturday, April 1: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. BLM botanist and public-affairs specialist Chamise Kramer will lead a wildflower hike. In a nod to April Fool's Day, Kramer will also explore how some plants have different tactics to fool those around them.
Sunday, April 2: 9 a.m., Upper Table Rock. Dave Harvey and members of the Rogue Valley Unit of the Oregon Poetry Association will share poems inspired by nature and the Table Rocks during their hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring and share original poems inspired by nature.
Saturday, April 8: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Botanist Barbara Mumblo will lead a hike to inspect wildflowers in bloom.
Sunday, April 9: 9 a.m., Lower Table Rock loop trail. A kid-friendly "Tell me a Story" hike will be led by members of the Storytelling Guild on the ½-mile loop. Suitable for all ages.
Saturday, April 15: 8 a.m., Lower Table Rock. Bob Quaccia of Rogue Valley Audubon Society and Frank Lospalluto of Klamath Bird Observatory will lead a hike to spot spring birds. Bring binoculars and bird-identification books. Limited to 15 hikers.
Build your own bird house
Saturday, April 1: Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, will offer a birdhouse-making class at 11 a.m. Lee Webb, local wildlife biologist, will lead the class and have some fun facts about birds. This is a family-friendly project that includes hammering and drilling. Please bring a hammer to the class. A $5 donation to Siskiyou Audubon Society is encouraged. Register at the store or call 541-482-3241.
Bird walk to Ashland Pond
Sunday, April 2: Northwest Nature Shop will lead a trip to Ashland Pond, an Ashland birding hotspot. Waterfowl, raptors — and possible river otter and beaver sightings — will round out the morning. Expect about 2 miles of walking on gentle paths. Bring binoculars if you have them. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the store, 154 Oak St., Ashland. Call 541-482-3241 to reserve a space.
First Wednesday bird walks
Wednesday, April 5: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds free bird walks at Agate Lake the first Wednesday of every month. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. Meet at the main parking area on the east side of the lake opposite the boat ramp. For details, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/First_Wednesday_Count.html
Pear Blossom Run
Saturday, April 8: The Rogue Valley's signature running event includes a 10-miler, 5K, 2-miler and 1-miler in downtown Medford. The 5K starts at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Oakdale and Eighth streets. The Mayor’s Cup 1 Mile starts at 7:50 next to the Justice Building on Eighth. Handcycle/wheelchair racers start the 10-miler at 8:10 at the intersection of Oakdale and Eighth, with the rest of the field following at 8:20. The Mayor’s Cup 2 Mile starts at 8:30. For details and to register, see www.pearblossomrun.com
Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, April 8: A 10K will explore the town of Gold Hill and follow a path along the Rogue River. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office on Second Avenue in Gold Hill. For more information, call 541-582-6209 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Ashland Community Bike Swap
Saturday, April 15: Bikes and related equipment will be for sale from noon to 2 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1. People interested in selling bikes can register and drop them off from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, and from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15. See RVTD.org/bikeswap.
Native Plant Society talk
Thursday, April 20: Applegate’s milkvetch, Astragalus applegatei, is a critically endangered species that is a narrow endemic of moist alkali meadows in southern Klamath County. Once thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1983 and is now known to exist at only four major sites and two minor sites in or near Klamath Falls. In this talk, Kerry Byrne, assistant professor at Oregon Tech, will discuss the challenges and successes of conservation efforts, with a focus on reproductive biology and demographic monitoring. Refreshments at 6:45 p.m., meeting and program at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University Science Building, Room 161. Free. For information, call Dave at 541-535-5355.
KS Wild spring hike
Sunday, April 30: Rainie Falls Trail hike, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Moderate, 4-mile round-trip hike will go along the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River, where the group may see eagles, osprey, heron or otters. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, warm layers and lunch. Sign up at kswild.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-488-5789.
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 Melo 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 email@example.com.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso.Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
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.