April 13, 2013

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SUNDAY

Hike in the Park

2 p.m. in Freeport

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs year-round every weekend. Sunday's program focuses on the osprey at Googins Island, across from the park. Meet at the benches at the end of the second parking lot. No reservations needed. Free with park admission, which is $1 for ages 5 to 11 and $3 for ages 12 to 64. Call for updates, 865-4465.

Owl Expert

6:30 p.m. in Wells

York County Audubon is hosting a talk about owls with naturalist Norman Smith, who has spent countless nights observing, capturing, and banding snowy owls at Boston's Logan International Airport. Most recently, satellite transmitters have been attached to owls. The program is free at the Mather Auditorium of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm at 342 Laudholm Farm Road. Visit www.yorkcountyaudubon.org.

SATURDAY

Appalachian Trail Gathering

8 a.m. in Farmington

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club holds its annual spring meeting this week and the public is welcome. A slide show and social hour begin at 8 a.m., the meeting follows at 9. A workshop full of hiking tips follows at 11 a.m., and lunch will be at 2 p.m. The meeting will be at the Lincoln Auditorium at the University of Maine-Farmington. No fee or registration. For more information, write to trailser@myfairpoint.net. The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

Legends of Skiing

8 p.m., Pinkham Notch, N.H.

Learn about the legends of skiing in New Hampshire at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The lecture and film fall on the 74th anniversary of the 1939 Inferno, the race down Tuckerman Ravine. The film depicts Toni Matt's legendary feat of schussing the Headwall to win the race by more than a minute. The 1939 Inferno can be looked back upon as the last big mountain downhill race in America, and certainly the last in the Northeast. Programs at the visitor center are free and open to the public. The AMC center is on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch. Call 603-466-2727, or go to www.outdoors.org.

- Compiled by Deirdre Fleming

 

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