Portland Trails benefit night, 5:30  to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Flatbread Company on Portland’s waterfront. Flatbread donates $3 for each large pizza (phone orders count too). Portland Trails staff and board members will be on hand to answer questions about the trails, upcoming events and projects.

South Portland Land Trust annual meeting, for members and supporters, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at the South Portland Community Center. To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] or go online to www.splandtrust.com.

Winter Star Walk, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta, beginning in the visitor’s center. $3 for arboretum members, $5 for non-members. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and to dress for cold weather. For more information, www.vilesarboretum.org.

Full Moon Solstice Hike, 4 p.m. Saturday, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Orland. Meet at the South Gate on Route 1 (just south of the Route 176 intersection in East Orland). Two hours, 5 miles round-trip, or shorter if conditions warrant. Please bring good foot gear (snowshoes if needed), a head lamp or flashlight, snacks, water and warm clothes. Rain/snow date is 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 469-2045.

Looking ahead

Family Sled, Ride and Walk through Pondicherry Park in Bridgton, 10 a.m. Dec. 31, with the Lakes Environmental Association. Good physical shape and appropriate winter gear are requirements for this hour-long trek. To reserve your place, call 647-8580 or e-mail [email protected]

Hunter safety class, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4 and Jan. 6; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan. Sponsored by Skowhegan Parks and Recreation; instructors are from the Skowhegan Sportsman’s Club. To register, call Russ Corson at 474-5361. Bring lunch for Saturday.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5, Cabela’s, Scarborough. Sponsored by Western Maine Property Protection. Shooting will take place in indoor heated range. Cost is $125 per person, or $100 for a couple, which includes all course materials and the use of all firearms and ammunition. Lunch will be provided. This course meets concealed weapon permit requirements. Register by Jan. 29; call 739-9774 or e-mail westernmaineproperty [email protected]

Upland Game Banquet, Feb. 5, sponsored by the Covered Bridge chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, at Keeley the Caterer in Portland. The dinner will celebrate the Maine upland bird hunt and will include raffles and an auction. Proceeds will support habitat improvement projects. For information and tickets, call Robb at 926-5392.


Youth Archery League, sponsored by Sportsman’s BARR in Gardiner, for ages 7-14 years old, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 588-0888 or go to www.sportsmansbarr.com/

The Portland Water District invites preschoolers to join it for environmentally themed stories, activities and crafts. The sessions include: Forest Friends, Friday; the Wonders of Water, Jan. 21; Incredible Insects, Feb. 18; Plants and Their Parts, March 18; Fun with Frogs, April 15. Programs run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sebago Lake Ecology Center in Standish. To register, e-mail [email protected] or call 774-5961 ext. 3319 or 3320. Donation supports local loon preservation. Scholarships available and snacks provided.

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