OUTDOOR BRIEFS

48th annual rock, mineral show at new site

WYSOX — The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club concludes its 48th annual show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Co., 111 Lake Road. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for youth and free for those under age 8.

Club members and museums will have their exhibits on display; lapidary and geode-cutting demonstrations will be given; and door prizes will be awarded.

For children, a scavenger hunt and mini mine will be offered. A fluorescent show will be held.

Dealers will sell minerals, fossils, jewelry and lapidary.

For more details, see www.chehannarocks.com.

DCNR volunteer leading hikes

WELLSBORO — Daryl Warren, a volunteer with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, leads free public hikes on Mondays and Saturdays. Anyone who is interested can meet, usually at 9 a.m., in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts, 7 Main St., to carpool.

Most hikes are of moderate difficulty and almost always are on trails designed and maintained for hiking in Tioga, Lycoming, Potter or Bradford counties. Distances range from 3 to 12 miles.

All hikers must be in acceptable physical condition, wear hiking shoes and carry a small pack with lunch, water and snacks.

For more information, email Warren at rindercella@epix.net or call 570-724-7721.

Upcoming hikes, rated on a difficulty scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (strenuous), include:

• Monday — Mid State Trail, 8 miles, level 8 – no bridge stream crossings

• April 1 — April Fool Hike, trail to be determined the day of the hike, meet at 10 a.m., level 5

• April 29 — Black Forest Trail, Keystone Trail Assoc. Trail Care, meet at 7 a.m. for trail maintenance.

Susquehanna TU to offer fly-tying classes

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a six-week fly-tying course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 4 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, rear of 102 E. Third St.

The free course will include an instructive manual, tools and materials to be used during the sessions. Beginners and all skill levels are welcomed. Instructors will include notable local fly tiers.

To register, email a request to susquehannatu@gmail.com or reply from the link on the Susquehanna TU Facebook page.

‘Coal Collections’ events continue

LEWISBURG — The Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment will hold a variety of events related to anthracite coal. “Coal Collections: Local, National and International Stories” will include a series of free noon lectures in the Weis Center Atrium lobby, 1 Dent Drive. The series includes:

“Immigrant Experiences of the Anthracite Coal Region,” Tuesday, a panel of community members and faculty discuss the enduring legacy of the immigrant experience;

“Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Region: Present to Future,” Thursday, an interdisciplinary panel of faculty and community members discuss present and future prospects of the state’s anthracite coal region;

“The Creation of Anthracite Fields,” Friday, G.C. Waldrep, associate professor of English, will interview Julia Wolfe, composer of Anthracite Fields; Laurie McCants, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and adviser to the project; and Beth Willer, conductor for the Weis Center performance.

A “Coal Collections series” brochure is available for free. To request one, contact Lisa Leighton, Weis Center marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or email lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

Flood damage to be topic of meeting

BARBOURS — The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a meeting for members and the general public at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the fire hall in Barbours.

Loyalsock Forest District Manager Richard Glinski will show slides of the havoc created in the Loyalsock State Forest by the October 2016 flood. He will be joined by some of the association’s other partners who will share their plans for restoring roads, bridges, trails, habitat and recreational facilities. This will be a good opportunity to give input for future LCWA projects.

Attendees may join the association at the meeting.

Raptors subject of talk at library

Would you like to see 1,000 hawks fill the sky? How about dozens of migrating golden eagles in a single day?

These may sound like scenes from a nature documentary, but they can be experienced within minutes of downtown Williamsport. Join David Brown, vice president of the Lycoming Audubon Society, for a “Raptors of Lycoming County”presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

The program, which will cover the basics of observing and identifying the birds, will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.

Mineralogical society plans kids’ day

BELLEFONTE — The Nittany Mineralogical Society will hold its 22nd annual Minerals Junior Education Day on Saturday at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology, 540 N. Harrison Road.

The event is geared toward families with children in grades 1 through 8.

Registration is required and may be done by visiting the society’s website at www.nittanymineral.org, emailing nittanymineral.org@gmail.com or calling 814-234-4532. When registering, families may select their approximate entry time of 9:30, 9:45, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30 a.m., noon or 12:30 p.m.

Each child will receive an empty egg carton to take with them to a series of stations, each concerning an aspect of mineral properties, rocks, fossils, etc., and will receive a labeled specimen or educational item related to the topic.

Educational stations set for this year include gold panning, gemstone cutting and polishing, fossil bones, sphere grinding machine, fossil shells, crystal structure and formation, and ultraviolet fluorescence. A sales table will be set up with “kid-friendly prices.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event may contact coordinator Frank J. Kowalczyk at frank.j.kowalczyk@gmail.com or 814-238-8874.

Free field trip offered

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will offer a free local field trip on Saturday.

Those interested should meet at 7:30 a.m at the north side of the Weis Markets parking lot.

Everyone is welcome. For more details, visit www.SevenMountainsAudubon.Org.

Try yoga in the woods

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will offer hatha yoga, led by Annmarie Ciccarelli, through May. A fee applies per class.

Hatha yoga is a slow, meditative style of yoga, focused on breath awareness and proper alignment. The slow-flow class links breath with movement to help bring focus to the present moment and quiet the mind.

It is designed for all levels and beginners are welcome. Classes will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and may be held indoors during the winter but outside on beautiful days.

Classes are planned for Saturday and April 22; and May 6 and 20.

Ciccarelli received hatha yoga teaching certification from Shambhava Yoga Center in Rollinsville, Colorado and also is certified to teach yoga for wellness and meditation in the shambhava tradition. On some Saturdays, alternate teacher Matt Fox will lead a bikram-style yoga.

For more information, or to register, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

Volunteers needed to help clear trail

The Alpine Club of Williamsport is seeking volunteers to help clear the Loyalsock Trail on April 2, 23 and May 7.

Work will include clearing the footpath, trimming limbs that block views of blazes and checking blazes and mile markers for tight nails.

Volunteers should bring lunch, water, gloves, lopers, and bow or folding saws. Some equipment may be provided.

For more details, or to sign up, call 570-322-5878 or email alpineclubofwilliamsport@gmail.com.

Take a hike under the full moon

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will hold a series of full moon hikes this year at its grounds in Wyoming County.

The center’s naturalist will lead each 90-minute hike on trails in the area. All ages are welcome.

Hikes are planned to begin at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 8 p.m. May 10, 8:30 p.m. June 9, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Hikes will not be held in July or August.

For more information, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

Local artist to present program about mammals

Do black bears really hibernate? Are there any flying mammals in Pennsylvania? If you stumble upon a fisher out on your favorite trout stream, will it necessarily be wearing rubber waders?

Starting at 6 p.m. April 17, local artist and outdoorsman Ron Beach will share fascinating insights about the mammals that call Pennsylvania home during the program, “Mammals of Pennsylvania,” at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Beach has amassed a tremendous store of information about Penns’ Woods and the critters that call it home during his 20-year career with the state Game Commission. His fascination with the natural world continues to this day through research and volunteer work on behalf of the Lycoming Audubon Society and Rider and Indian parks. Beach “moonlights” as a well-known local artist, and his appreciation for birds, animals and their habitats shines through his remarkable paintings.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.

Public invited to bass meetings

The state Fish and Boat Commission has scheduled three public meetings to collect comments on a proposal to remove the closed season on smallmouth and largemouth bass in the middle and lower Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers.

The proposal — outlined at the January quarterly business meeting — would allow anglers to practice catch-and-release fishing for bass from May 1 through mid-June. However, tournaments would remain banned during the bass spawning period from mid-April to mid-June period, like all other waters of the commonwealth. Catch-and-release regulations for bass would remain in place throughout the rest of the year.

The meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on these dates and locations:

• April 17 — Commission headquarters, Susquehanna Room, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg

• April 18 — Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, Columbia River Park, 41 Walnut St., Columbia

• April 19 — Susquehanna University, Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 2-55, 14 University Ave., Selinsgrove.

Interested individuals may submit comments online through May 10.

If approved by the Board of Commissioners on final rulemaking, the proposed changes would take effect in 2018.

MAY 13

NRA group plans fundraising banquet

TROY — The Bradford County Area Friends of the NRA will hold its 20th annual fundraising banquet on May 13 at the Alparon Park exhibit hall on the Troy Fairgrounds. Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6.

Tickets are available for adults and youth 16 and younger and may be purchased by contacting Kay Miller at 570-954-4669) or dkmill@ptd.net. Tickets also may be purchased from committee members.

Those who purchase tickets before April 11 will be entered into a special early-bird drawing for a chance to win a Century Arms Canik 9mm handgun.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Proceeds benefit the NRA Foundation, with one-half of the funds going directly to programs in Pennsylvania, especially youth programs. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge; Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Youth Field Days; Troy, Sayre and Towanda gun clubs; and 4-H Shooting Sports Programs have received grants as a result.

For more details, contact Jerry Frantz at 570-297-5104 or jfrantz@epix.net.

MAY 20/27

Anglers club to stock trout

The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will stock trout on May 20, 27 and April 8 in Lycoming Creek. The public is invited to help.

On May 20, the group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at its nursey on Fox Run Road in Bodines, and on May 27 at 9 a.m. and the Trout Run Fire Hall.

On April 8, the club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Trout Run Fire Co. parking lot to stock trout that have been purchased from Cedar Springs Trout Hatchery.

JUNE 3

Youth fishing derby planned

The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will hold a children’s fishing derby on June 3 at the Sheshequin campgrounds, 7 miles north of Trout Run on Route 14 at the Marsh Hill bridge.

Children up to age 13 are eligible to participate. The derby will be held rain or shine, and the area is handicap accessible.

Ken Helm, owner of the campground, will have sites available to rent.

Four age groups will be allowed to fish at different times.

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