July 3, 2011

Outdoors Calendar

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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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Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Challenge, Aug. 13, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport. The sea kayak paddle will offer routes adaptable for all skill levels. Following the paddle, participants will enjoy a lobster and steamer bake and barbecue. All money raised will benefit Pine Tree Camp for Maine children and adults with disabilities. For the schedule and more information, visit www.pinetreesociety.org/paddle_challenge.asp. 

Basic pistol, rifle and shotgun muzzleloading shooting course, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14, at Pooh Corner Farm, Greenhouse & Florist in Bethel. $200. FMI: Visit www.wmepropertyprotection. com or call 739-9774. 

Borestone Mountain Meditation Retreat, Sept. 9-11, at the lodge operated by the Maine Audubon Society in Elliotville Plantation. The cost is $320 for the weekend. FMI: Visit www.yogainmaine.com.


Discovery Trek series, Portland Trails. Guided walks are free to Portland Trails members, $5 suggested donation for non-members. Please register for any trek by emailing info@trails.org or calling 775-2411. For more information or to check cancellations due to the weather go to www.trails.org. "Portland Trails' 10K: Trail to Ale Preview," 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday; "Yoga and Walking Meditation on the Fore River," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 22; "Explore the Eastern Cemetery," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5; "A Bit of History on the Eastern Promenade," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24; "Indian Trail in the Peaks Island Land Preserve," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2; "Bird Walk at the Quarry Run," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30. 

The Kennebec Land Trust Outing Club offers events for active adults age 21 and older. The club is a great way to explore the outdoors, get to know Kennebec Land Trust properties and socialize. Excursions are free to trust members or $5 for non-members. For a schedule, go to www.tklt.org. Call 377-2848 or email Theresa Kerchner at tkerchner@tklt.org to register for outings. 

Kayaking Series, every Saturday in July, led by Michelle Moody, an Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter leader. Preregistration is required. Call Michelle Moody at 319-7355 or go to www.amcmaine.org. This series is a joint effort with the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (www.btlt.org), Cathance River Education Alliance (www.creamaine.org), Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (www.fomb.org) and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (www. kennebecestuary.org).

Maine Guide training programs: Thursday-July 10 at the Penobscot County Conservation Association Clubhouse; July 28-31 at the Phippsburg Sportsman's Club. The course prepares students for taking the state's licensing exam for recreational, hunting and fishing guides. The cost is $475, and a $200 deposit is required upon registration. To register, contact Carroll Ware at Fins and Furs Adventures at 474-5430.

Weekly Bird Walk, 7 a.m. Thursdays at Gilsland Farm, off Route 1, Falmouth; $5 for Maine Audubon members, $8 for nonmembers. Bring binoculars and a field guide and meet in the visitor center parking lot. FMI: Call 781-2330, ext. 209.

Guided trail walks with local Kennebec Messalonskee Trails volunteers at various locations in the Waterville area, offered several days a week throughout the summer and fall. Free; all welcome. For walk locations and times, visit www.kmtrails.org.

Fundraiser Fridays rafting trips with Northern Outdoors. Every Friday, Northern Outdoors will contribute $20 per person in a rafting group to their designated charity. Groups must pre-register, and each member chooses a designated nonprofit. For more information on Northern Outdoors and Fundraiser Fridays, visit www.northernoutdoors.com/site/groups/fundraiser-fridays.html.


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