Environment & Sports

Wed.:Meeting. Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m.

OC MARATHON, NEWPORT CENTER DR., FASHION ISLAND, NEWPORT BEACH, (949) 476-7076; WWW.OCMARATHON.COM.

Sun.: Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K. The marathon will wind through Newport Beach, Irvine and finish at the Irvine Spectrum. See website for registration info and start times. Marathon, $80; Half Marathon, $55; 5K, $30.

OCEAN INSTITUTE, 24200 DANA POINT HARBOR DR., DANA POINT, (949) 496-2274; WWW.OCEAN-INSTITUTE.ORG.

Every Thurs.-Fri.: Public Tour. Enjoy a 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the center, 3:30 p.m. $2.

PACE ACTIVE, YMCA, 2300 UNIVERSITY DR., NEWPORT BEACH, (714) 436-1623, EXT. 206.

Sat.: People With Arthritis Can Exercise. Developed for young adults with arthritis (ages 20 to 45), this invigorating exercise program helps participants improve their fitness level through strength, flexibility and cardiovascular exercises. The program has been adapted for people with arthritis and is designed to protect joints from stress and strain. Call for more information, 11 a.m.-noon.

Thurs., Jan. 12: Young Adult Network. Informal support group for young adults (ages 20 to 45) with arthritis and other related rheumatic diseases. Second Thursday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. UCI Medical Center, eighth floor, Manchester & Chapman, Orange. Free parking in building 200 lot.

REI HUNTINGTON BEACH, 7777 EDINGER AVE., HUNTINGTON BEACH, (714) 379-1938; WWW.REI.COM/STORES/HUNTINGTONBEACH.

Tues.: Basic Bike Class. Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance, including how to repair a flat tire, lube a chain and perform minor adjustments, 6:30 p.m.

Wed.: Snow Camping Essentials. An REI expert will share tips to make your next winter trip safe and enjoyable, 7 p.m.

REI SANTA ANA, 1411 VILLAGE WAY, SANTA ANA, (714) 543-4142; WWW.REI.COM/STORES/SANTAANA.

Sat.: Comprehensive Bike Maintenance. This five-hour class offers quality hands-on instruction. Tools and work stand provided. Bring your own bike. Space is limited. Call to register, noon. $60; non-members, $75.

Tues.: Basic Bike Class. Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance, including how to repair a flat tire, lube a chain and perform minor adjustments, 6:30 p.m.

Wed.: Snow Camping Essentials. An REI expert will share tips to make your next winter trip safe and enjoyable, 7 p.m.

SHIPLEY NATURE CENTER, CENTRAL PARK DR. (EAST OF INTERSECTION WITH EDWARDS), HUNTINGTON BEACH, (714) 842-4772; WWW.FSNC.ORG.

Sat.:Restoration as Recreation. Participate in planting, watering, trail maintenance, weeding and general restoration activities, 9 a.m.-noon; Nature Enjoyment Days. The center is open to visitors, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

SIERRA CLUB, VARIOUS LOCATIONS; ANGELES.SIERRACLUB.ORG.

Every Thurs. & Tues.:Conditioning Hikes on Signal Hill. Slow-, moderate- and tiger-paced hikes of three to five miles with 600 to 800 feet of elevation gain, 7 p.m. Hill St. & Redondo Ave., Long Beach, (562) 492-9401.

Sat.: Conditioning Hike on Signal Hill. Moderate-paced four-mile hike with 700 feet of elevation gain, 7 a.m. Hill St. & Redondo Ave., Long Beach, (562) 596-1566.

Mon.:Long Beach Conditioning Walk. Brisk four- to five-mile beach walk, 7 p.m. Belmont Pier parking lot (near Belmont Pool side), end of Termino St., Long Beach, (714) 842-2055.

Wed.: Mile Square Park Conditioning Walk. Moderate-paced four-mile walk on flat terrain. Fit beginners welcome. Bring water and money for optional post-walk snacks or dinner, 6 p.m. Brookhurst & Heil (parking lot behind basketball courts), Fountain Valley, (949) 768-3610.

SIERRA SINGLES, VARIOUS LOCATIONS; ANGELES.SIERRACLUB.ORG/OCSS.

Every Thurs.: Irvine Conditioning Hike. Slow-, moderate- and tiger-paced hikes of four to seven miles on trails, 6:30 p.m. Turtle Rock Community Park, Sunnyhill & Turtle Rock drs., Irvine, (714) 963-6345.

Sat.: Long Beach Nature Walk. Moderate-paced four-mile walk around the El Dorado Nature Center. Learn about native birds, flora and fauna. Rain cancels, 7:50 a.m. El Dorado Library parking lot, Studebaker Rd. & Spring St., Long Beach, (714) 505-2404; Peters Canyon Conditioning Hike. Fast-paced six-mile conditioning hike with 700 feet of elevation gain. Not for beginners, 8 a.m. Parking, $3. Peters Canyon parking lot, 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, (714) 761-8761; if park is closed, meet in the Taco Bell parking lot, corner of Chapman Ave. & Jamboree Rd.

Mon.: Monthly Meeting. Club members Greg Scarich and Louisa Bonnie present slides, videos and anecdotes from their two-month bicycle tour of Turkey's Lycian Peninsula. They also share personal stories from visits to the ancient Greek and Roman cities in Ionia and Istanbul. For optional potluck, bring utensils, plate, beverage and food dish to share, 6:30 p.m. $3. Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 963-6345.

Tues.:Irvine Conditioning Hike. See description and location info above, 6:30 p.m.

upcoming sports events

PARAMOUNT 10K, PROGRESS PARK, 15500 DOWNEY AVE., PARAMOUNT, (714) 841-5417; WWW.NEALAND.COM/FINISHLINE.

Jan. 14: 10K Run. Fast, flat, certified course. See website for additional details, 8 a.m. $21 by Jan. 7; $24 after.

THE GREAT AMERICAN ADVENTURE RUN, HUNTINGTON BEACH CENTRAL PARK, GOLDEN WEST & EDWARD STS., HUNTINGTON BEACH, (714) 841-5417; WWW.NEALAND.COM/FINISHLINE.

Feb. 11: 4.8-Mile Run & 2.8-Mile Run/Walk. Cross-country course on grass, dirt and asphalt paths. See website for additional details, 8 a.m. $18 by Feb. 4; $21 after.

ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, EL RANCHO CHARTER SCHOOL, 181 S. DEL GIORGIO RD., ANAHEIM, (714) 783-7036; (877) 303-4641; WWW.ANAHEIMHILLSBOOTCAMP.COM.

Feb. 20: GET FIT Boot Camp for Women. Women can jump start their day with a challenging and energizing workout. Boot campers will meet for one hour per day for four weeks. The program provides quick results for women of all fitness levels. Call or visit website for additional information, 5:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. $299.

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