Outdoor events

Otzinachson group, society plan hikes

The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region in the spring and summer.

They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike. Snacks are optional.

Hikes will be held:

• Today: Old Loggers Path in Lycoming County, 12 strenuous miles. Hike the southern section of OLP from Masten Ghost Town to Pleasant Stream Road. Meet 8:15 a.m. at the Steam Valley Restaurant on Route 14 just off Route 15, north of Williamsport. Leader Roy Fontaine may be reached at 570-220-4707.

• Nov. 6: Zindel Park in Clinton County. Beginners and children over 6 are welcome to try this easy 5-mile hike that begins at 9 a.m. in the park’s parking area off of the Woolrich exit on Route 220. Leader Michele Brague may be reached at 570-220-6474.

• Nov. 6: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest in Union County. Hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m.  Leader Joe Rebar may be reached at 570-259-0134.

• Nov. 12: Quehanna Wild Area linear hike in Cameron and Elk counties. This 12.5-mile strenuous hike will take about seven hours. Hikers will start at the Wykoff Run parking area and hike the Quehanna Trail cross connector to the parking lot just north of the Beaver Run shallow water impoundment  along the Quehanna Highway, then follow Red Run Road to Paige Run hollow and bushwack up to Lincoln Loop Trail. Paige Run Hollow has numerous waterfalls and water slides. Meet behind the Lewisburg Post Office at 7:30 a.m. or at 8:45 in the parking lot of Snow Shoe Restaurant, just off Exit 147 on Interstate 80. Leader Tony Robbins may be reached at tony.robbins@excellservices.com. After the hike, Robbins will be backpacking his way back to Wykoff Run parking area and invites anyone who cares to join him. He will take one day to get back to the Wykoff Run parking area via 16 miles of side trails.

• Nov. 13: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest in Union County. Hike a variety of trails to make a 10-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m.  Leader Joe Rebar may be reached at 570-259-0134.

Hunter-trapper education classes planned

Sanctioned by the state Game Commission, hunter-trapper education classes are planned at various locations throughout Pennsylvania. For details on how to register, search for a specific class at https://www.register-ed.com/programs/25.

Some of the classes scheduled in the region include:

• 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Trout Run Volunteer Fire Co., 241 Route 14, Trout Run.

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at Zerbe Rod and Gun Club, 1 Sportsmen Park Road, Trevorton.

If a class is held over two or more days, students must attend all days and pass a certification test at the end to get a hunter safety card.

Store plans make-and-take workshop

MIFFLINBURG — Country Farm and Home Gift and Garden Center, 7801 Old Turnpike Road, will hold a “Light Up the Fall Harvest Wreath” make-and-take workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A fee applies.

The project involves battery-operated LED sunflowers, feathers and permanent flowers on a grapevine wreath.

Registration is required by calling the store at 570-966-4030.

Learn how to create gifts from the garden

Lycoming County Master Gardener Sharon Miller will lead a free workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday to show attendees unique gift suggestions to make using garden or repurposed items.

Although not a make-and-take workshop, the class will share ideas and how to make them. Miller will provide examples, explain techniques and materials used, and how to personalize the gifts. Examples will include succulent-topped pumpkin, orange pomander, milkweed pod ornaments and glass garden flowers.  Other gift suggestion samples will be on hand to view. Handouts for making gifts will be provided.

The free workshop will be held in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex at 542 County Farm Road, Loyalsock Township.

Registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Thursday by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 570-433-3040 or going online to http://extension.psu.edu/lycoming/events and clicking on this event.

Learn about sinking seas

SELINSGROVE — A lecture titled “In Search of Sinking Water: Wintertime Fieldwork in the North Atlantic Ocean” will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art at Susquehanna University, 514 University Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Robert Pickart, a 1981 graduate of Susquehanna University, is a senior scientist in the Physical Oceanography Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He studies air-sea-ice interaction at high latitudes using a variety of observational techniques.

Pickart has led dozens of research expeditions over the years and has published more than 100 scientific papers. His talk will chronicle an expedition to the Labrador Sea to characterize its wintertime sinking, an occurrence found in only select locations around the world, but one that is critical for maintaining the Earthás climate.

For more information, send an email to webcontent@susqu.edu.

‘Nature’ film to be shown at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will continue its Celebrity Artist Series titled “Mostly Mondays at the Movies” with a screening of the third film in its yearlong independent series, “Love Thy Nature,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

“Love Thy Nature” tackles the relationship between humans and nature through a cinematic journey of the natural world. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, the film immerses viewers through cinematic artistry on how the renewed connection with the environment is key to humansá wellbeing and to solving environmental crises. The film explores how nature nourishes humanity and how a new era of connectedness could bring about a biological revolution.

After the film, there will be a discussion with the director, Sylvie Rokab.

Tickets are $3.50 in advance and $4 at the door and are available at the Haas Center box office, by calling 570-389-4409 or online at www.cas.buzz.

Partnering with On Screen/In Person, a Mid-Atlantic States independent film festival, the Celebrity Artist Series is showing six independent films throughout the year followed by discussion with one professional involved in the film.

TU program explores fishing in southern Chile

The Nov. 9 annual meeting of the Susquehanna chapter of Trout Unlimited is open to the public and will feature Bill Kosmer, an experienced fly fishing guide and photographer, who will present an exciting program on fishing for the worldás southern-most trout.

Only accessible by helicopter, the relatively unexplored Navarino Island in southern Chileás Cape Horn Region contains some of the worldás purest waters and exceptional large trout. Kosmerás slideshow and video presentation of his latest adventure there will include information on logistics and trip planning to this last fishing frontier.

An Orvis Hydros SL II fly reel, donated by Slate Run Tackle Shop, will be given away as a door prize.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the rear of First Presbyterian Church, 102 E. Third St.

‘Pumpkin Pitch’ event to feature trebuchets

LEWISBURG — Ever want to see a trebuchet hurl a pumpkin? Ard’s Farm, 4803 Old Turnpike Road, will hold a Pumpkin Pitch competition at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 that will include machines designed and built by Bucknell University engineers and local Boy Scouts.

The competition is open to anyone who would like to enter. Ard’s Farm also will have some other games that include throwing, tossing and smashing pumpkins.

For more information, call 570-524-9820 or visit www.bvpumpkinpitch.com.

Scott Weidensaul to give free talk about owls

Pulitzer Prize-nominated nature author Scott Weidensaul will give a free public talk about owls at 7 p.m. Nov. 16  in Room G-11 of Lycoming College’s Heim Biology and Chemistry Building.

Weidensaul latest book, the “Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean,” will be available for purchase at the presentation.

The program is co-sponsored by the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College and the Lycoming Audubon Society.

Parking is available in the Academic Center lot or the Mulberry Street lot, where Little League Boulevard ends at Mulberry Street.

Snowmobile club’s safety course on a Sunday

HANEYVILLE — In an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts with the state Game Commission’s family-oriented black bear hunt, the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club has decided to move its 14th annual Pennsylvania snowmobile safety course to Sunday this year.

The free class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club lodge, which is  along Route 44, about 6 miles north of here in Clinton County.

Course instructors include Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club members Rich Ebersole, of Cornwall; Harrison Langley Jr., of Palmyra; and Keystone Snowmobiler co-editor Henry Hartman, of Hanover.

Parents must accompany their children to registration so the required forms may be completed.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The club will provide lunch.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students and registration is required in advance.

For more information or the register, contact Dan Casey at 570-875-3006 or dcasey@ptd.net.

Turkey Trot 5K planned in Mifflinburg

MIFFLINBURG — The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 at the community park on North Fifth Street. Participants will chase and attempt to beat the “celebrity turkey” to the finish line.

The race is organized by Fit for Funds LLC, a Lewisburg-based fitness event planning and promotion firm.

Race day check-in and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Runners also may register in advance by going to www.afitevent.com.

Outdoor events sought

Do you have a meeting or outdoor event you’d like to publicize in the Sun-Gazette?

Announcements must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the event, preferably earlier.

Information and news releases may be:

• Mailed to Outdoor editor, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport PA 17701

• Emailed to outdoors@sungazette.com

• Dropped off at the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport

• Submitted through the Outdoor section of the Virtual Newsroom on the paper’s website, www.sungazette.com.

All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.

Photographs by area residents of trophy fish or game animals or other interesting outdoor occurrences also will be considered. Digital photos may be sent by email.

Hard-copy glossy prints, negatives or slides may be dropped off or mailed. Polaroid prints typically cannot be reprinted in the newspaper.

For more help, call 570-326-1551, ext. 3116.