June 9, 2013

Best Bets


Fire and Ice Show

11 a.m. in Gray

Come to the Maine Wildlife Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a science show focused on safe fun with fire and ice. The show will be educational and kid-appropriate. To learn more, call 657-4977.


River Ride

10 a.m., June 22, Warren

The Georges River Land Trust is leading a paddle outing on the middle section of the St. Georges River. Join land trust volunteer and devoted paddler Dick Matlack, who will lead canoeists and kayakers on this undeveloped section of the river south from Warren to the Middle Road bridge and back. Participants should bring a boat, paddles, life jackets, lunch and water. Registration is required. Call 594-5166.

Woodfire Fun

9 a.m., June 22, Augusta

The Viles Arboretum is the location of a wood-fire oven-building demonstration. Gain hands-on experience constructing an authentic clay wood oven. The cost is $35 per person. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the arboretum at 153 Hospital Street. Space is limited, so register at 626-7989.

Youth Field Day

all day on June 23, Phippsburg

The Phippsburg Sportsmen's Association is holding its annual youth field day. Young outdoors fans can come learn archery, fly casting, target shooting, animal tracking and kayaking. A geocaching activity will be offered for older youths. To register for the map and compass and geocaching events, call 443-9426. Free and open to all. Youths must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The sportsmen's club is on Route 209. To learn more, call 389-2749.

Island Hopping

5:45 p.m., June 26, Portland

Portland Trails is hosting an evening ferry trip. Brian Marcaurelle, program director of the Maine Island Trail Association, leads a ferry trip to explore the Casco Bay islands. The cost is $25. Bring your dinner or beverage, as drinks are allowed on Casco Bay Ferry Lines. See www.trails.org/events.

Discovery Treks

July through September, Portland

Portland Trails is offering its Discovery Trek program from July through September on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Learn about the city's history and trails. Most events will start between 5 and 5:30 p.m. and last up to two hours. Suggested donation is $7. See www.trails.org.

-- Compiled by Deirdre Fleming


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