July 3, 2011

Outdoors Calendar

Something for Everyone about Kayaking, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Maine Outdoor Adventure Club monthly program. Scott Shea, an outfitter and guide, will cover such topics as choosing a kayak and related gear, including paddles and safety equipment. Paddling techniques will be demonstrated and ideas will be shared on trip planning, navigation, safety and clothing. Free and open to the public. FMI: Visit www.moac.org. 

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Marnie Briggs of Bath assembles a mortise and tenon joint during a timber-framing class earlier this year. A four-day class will be offered July 16, 17, 23 and 24 at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson.

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Fishing from Kayaks, 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Center Pond in Phippsburg. Kids are invited to try a sport that gets anglers out where the big ones lurk. All equipment and instruction will be provided, and there will be a cookout at noon. Parents are invited, and there is no charge for the event. Center Pond is on Route 209, just north of the Phippsburg Town Hall. 

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day and the first two weekends in September. Guided and self-guided walks and canoe and kayak tours of the marsh and its wildlife, plus exhibits, a nature store, and canoe and kayak rentals. Full schedule of programs: www.maineaudubon.org/scarbmarsh. 

23rd annual Maine Bike Rally, Friday-July 10 at Brunswick High School. This event features road rides, mountain bike rides and an accredited time trial. Onsite camping, food, all rides, entertainment are all included in an affordable weekend price. The Maine Bike Rally is a combined effort of local enthusiasts, Casco Bay Bicycle Club, Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Go to www.mainebikerally.org for registration and details. 

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Parker Pond Headland family hike, 9 to 11 a.m. July 10, Kennebec Land Trust. Bring snacks, cameras and binoculars. Free. Co-sponsored by the Parker Pond Association. Call 377-2848 or email tkerchner@tklt.org. Go to www.tklt.org for a full schedule of events. 

Firefly Flirting, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 10, Great Works Regional Land Trust, Savage Wildlife Preserve in South Berwick. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. FMI: Visit www.gwrlt.org. To register call 646-3604. 

The Somerset Bowhunters will have their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the clubhouse on the Eaton Mountain Road. New members are always welcome. Also, the Central Maine 3D State Shoot will take place Aug. 8. 

Furry Friends in the Night Sky, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 14, Center for Wildlife and Mount Agamenticus conservation program. Meet big brown bat ambassadors from the Center for Wildlife and learn how bats keep ecosystems in delicate balance. $5 suggested donation, ages 5 and older recommended. Reservations required. Visit www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org/news.htm. 

Timber-framing class, July 16, 17, 23 and 24. Expert timber framer Bob Lear will give students the confidence and experience necessary to take on a building project themselves. The program, at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, costs $450, including breakfast and lunch and all materials. The class is co-sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, which offers some scholarships. No previous carpentry experience is necessary. FMI: Contact www.hvnc.org, 586-6752 or gary@hvnc.org. 

Hunter safety course, Fairfield VFW, July 19, 21 and 23 at the post home. For details and registration call Don Perrine at 660-6382. 

Learn about wildflowers, ferns and aquatic plants, 1-5 p.m. July 23, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cost for one session is $25 for HVNC members, $30 for all others. FMI: Visit www.hvnc.org, email gary@hnvc.org or call 586-6752. 

Maine Lobster Ride & Roll will return to Rockland on July 23. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the ride will start and end at Oceanside High School, with staggered start times beginning at 8 a.m. Participants may choose from four distance options: 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles. Pre-registration costs $85, with a $20 discount for coalition members. Children ages 12 to 17 pay $25, and those under 12 ride free. Participants will receive Maine Lobster Ride socks. For registration, a video about the ride and more information, visit www.BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511. 

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