Park competitions on tap at China Peak
China Peak Ski Resort is hosting a pair of rail competitions on the final two weekends of January.
The first is the Tollhouse Rail Jam, scheduled for Jan. 24. The event is free and open to the public. Heats start at 11:30 a.m. and go until 2 p.m.
On Jan. 31, teenage activist Marissa Hushaw is bringing her Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam back to to China Peak for a fourth year. The event costs $5 with all proceeds benefitting Grind Out Hunger and the Community Food Bank. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the first heat scheduled for 11 a.m.
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River Parkway seeks volunteers
The San Joaquin River Parkway is holding its volunteer orientation on Jan. 24.
The orientation will run from 10 a.m. to noon and will provide information on upcoming volunteer opportunities and how to help the organization meet its goals for this year.
For more information, contact Finn Telles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• River stewards will be clearing overgrown bushes and plants at Sycamore Island on Jan. 24. Cleanup will begin at 8:30 a.m. Register at
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: REI Fresno, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.
REI is hosting a free class teaching new adventurers the basics of showshoeing. The 90-minute crash course will teach appropriate gear selection, what you need to get started and where to go to enjoy the sport of snowshoeing.
• At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the REI Outdoor School is hosting a class for individuals interested in running and what techniques are best to get into shape.
Fine Gold Creek Hike
When: 9 a.m. Jan. 24
Where: Fine Gold Creek Preserve
The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will lead a moderate hike along Fine Gold Creek just above Millerton Lake. The hike follows a newly cut trail that runs streamside and onto gradual slopes, steeper inclines and rocky areas. The hike takes about four hours, including a lunch stop and the walk back to the parking lot. Spots are limited.
• On Sunday, Jan. 25, the conservancy will also lead a 6-mile hike up the McKenzie Table Mountain Top. Space is limited. Sign up atwww.sierrafoothill.org