Take a hike with regional group
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.
Hikes will be held:
Today - R.B. Winter State Park, Union County, 10 miles, moderate to strenuous. Meet at the park at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
June 17 - Mason-Dixon Trail, York County, 14.8 miles, very strenuous. Hike from Otter Creek Campground to historic Lock 12 through the River Hills on the west side of the Susquehanna River. This is a fast-paced preview hike offered to participants in the Susquehanna Super Hike on Sept. 8, but all are welcome. Meet at K-Mart parking lot on Route 15 in Shamokin Dam at 6:30 a.m. or Clarks Ferry Truck Stop along Route 322 in Duncannon at 7:15 a.m. Leader: Paul Shaw, 717-215-8339, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the Slate Run Ramble today
SLATE RUN - The spring Slate Run Ramble will be held today at 10 a.m. Hikers should meet at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Bureau of Forestry recreational parking lot.
The strenuous 8- to 12-mile hike will be led Bob Webber.
American Indian gathering open to public
ROSTRAVER - The Western Pennsylvania Native American Association concludes its Native American Gathering today at Cedar Creek Park in Westmoreland County.
It is free to the public and American Indian craft vendors are welcome. The gathering features American Indian drumming, dancing, storytelling, crafts and more. Visitors may bring chairs.
Catch a concert at PPL's Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Enjoy an afternoon of old-time music from Pennsylvania coal mines from 2-3:30 p.m. today at PPL's Montour Preserve.
Pennsylvania musician Jay Smar will bring his guitar, fiddle, harmonica and entertaining vocals that have delighted audiences for more than a decade. He will play a variety of genres, including folk, bluegrass, children's songs and original compositions.
The program will take place at the PPL Montour Preserve Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, click on "Montour" then select "Directions." For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or email@example.com.
Bike tour, festival planned
PECKVILLE - The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour and Festival is set for Saturday at Mellow Park in Lackawanna County.
The tour is a family-friendly, non-competitive event that helps to raise funds for the continuing development of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
For more information, visit www.HeritageExplorer.org.
Environmental film series offered
BLOSSBURG - The Countryside Film Series concludes at 7 p.m. June 20 with a showing of "Hope for Polluted Water" at the Victoria Theater, 222 Main St.
The series explores some aspect of the notion of "countryside" and will deliver a message of hope and respect for the country and those who live there. Before the feature film, a segment from one of the oral histories gathered by the Pine Creek Watershed Council will be shown to highlight the history and culture of this region.
A fee applies.
Outdoor discovery weekend set for women
AUSTIN - Ladies, are you tired of your typical weekend? Do you find yourself sitting in front of the television watching other people have fun? Well, here's the perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new.
Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a weekend filled with opportunities to learn new outdoor skills. Programs will include biking, archery, kayaking, bird-banding, GPS/geo-caching, fly-fishing, camp cooking, outdoor survival and many others. Participants may choose up to eight sessions over the three days of the event, and all meals are included.
Grab your mom, sister, best friend or co-worker and join us and other aspiring woods-women for a new adventure in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Call the park office at 814-647-8401 for information on registration, available lodging and fees.
Athletes prepare for adventure triathlon
LOCK HAVEN - The sixth annual Great Island Adventure Triathlon will be held June 23 at the Woodward Boat Launch, across the Jay Street Bridge.
Participants will paddle, pedal and run through a 23-mile course in the heart of the PA Wilds.
For more information, call 748-6727 or visit www.lockhavenymca.com.
Bass tourney registrations sought
BERWICK - The Columbia County Bassmasters is accepting registrations for the third annual Bassmasters Fishing Tournament, which will be held Jane 23-24 at the Berwick Test Track Park boat launch.
The boundaries on the Susquehanna River extend from the Danville/Riverside bridge to the Nanticoke bridge.
Teams of two anglers may register, but there is a limit of 100 boats. A fee per boat includes breakfast and a T-shirt. Registration forms are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Once the 100-boat limit is reached, all other applications will be returned.
Cash prizes totaling $12,500 will be awarded. The first-place team will receive $5,000. Each day, lunker prizes will be awarded for adults and junior anglers.
Applications and rules may be downloaded from the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau's website -www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com/Bassmasters - or the Columbia County Bassmasters website - www.ColumbiaCountyBassmasters.com.
Applications also are available at Bo's Bait Barn, 1312 Raspberry Ave., Nescopeck; Smith's Outdoor Connection, 1901 Orange St., Berwick; Laubach's Sporting Goods, 547 E. Eighth St., Berwick; Halls Marine, 890 Lycoming Mall Drive, Muncy; and visitors bureau offices, 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg, and 316 Mill St., Danville.
For more information, call Mike "Chuck" Monico, tournament director, at 752-3223.
Board of Game Commissioners to meet
HARRISBURG - The board of the state Game Commission will meet June 25-26 in the auditorium of the agency's headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.
On June 25, the board will gather public comments and hear Game Commission staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. Registration for those interested in offering public testimony - limited to five minutes - also will begin at that time.
On June 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Game Commission will take up its prepared agenda, which will be posted on the agency's website prior to the meeting. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m.
For those unable to attend, the commission will webcast the meeting beginning with staff reports on Monday, immediately following the conclusion of public comments. The full board meeting on Tuesday will be webcast beginning at 8:30 a.m. An icon will be posted on the agency's website to access the webcasts.
Minutes from the board's April 24 meeting were posted on www.pgc.state.pa.us. To view them, click on the "Resources" section in the menu bar under the banner, then select "Reports/Minutes," followed by "Commission Board Meeting Minutes," and then choose "April 2012 Minutes."
Bass tournament benefits health society
SUNBURY - The Bass Classic, sponsored by Capital City Bassmaster, will be held July 14 at Shikellamy State Park. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The boundaries of the fishing tournament are: to the south, the Fiber Dam; to the north, Berwick; and to the west, Williamsport.
Cash and prizes will be awarded, including a first-place prize of $3,000.
For more information, or to register, download the pdf file at www.tiptopwebsite.com/custommusic2/fisherman.pdf or call Mike Brown at 717-448-0350 or Bob Herman at 717-938-8752.
Canoe, kayak races planned
HOWARD - The seventh annual Bricktown Challenge will be held July 14 at the Bald Eagle State Park beach, 149 Main Park Road.
The event offers canoe and kayak races for the serious paddler, youth and junior paddler races, and recreational races.
For more information, call 660-0382 or visit www.beechcreekwatershed.org.
Wildlife for Everyone 5-mile run scheduled
ALLENWOOD - The Wildlife for Everyone 5 Miler off-road run/walk will be held at 9 a.m. July 14 on State Game Lands 252.
The course encompasses dirt roads and grassy land. The roads will be closed to vehicles. Prizes and refreshments will be provided.
T-shirts will be given to all participants who register by June 25. A registration fee applies. Shirts will be limited on race day.
All proceeds will benefit the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation,
Sullivan County hunter-trapper education set
MUNCY VALLEY - A hunter-trapper education program for youth ages 11 and older will be held this summer. Participants must attend all three sessions of the class to complete course. Classes will be held:
July 19-21 (6-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday);
Aug. 17-19 (6-9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday)
Classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsman's Club on Shipman Hill Road in Sullivan County. Registration is limited to 45 per class. Upon successful course completion, an HTE card will be issued.
Get ready to 'Prowl the Sproul'
HYNER - The eighth annual "Prowl the Sproul" race will be held July 21 at the Western Clinton Sportsmen's Association.
At 10 a.m., participants will take a 10K run through the mountains of Sproul State Forest, including three miles of uphill to the top of McCloskey Mountain and then a blistering 3.7 miles down to the finish.
Registration will be held 8:30-9:45 a.m. A fee applies.
For more information, call 814-321-8281 or see www.hikerun.com/56912.html.
Local Audubon plans annual picnic
WARRENSVILLE - Lycoming Audubon's annual summer picnic will be held at 6 p.m. July 25 at Rider Park's pavilion.
Attendees should bring a covered dish to share and their own tableware. The chapter will provide soft drinks and cold water. A plastic tablecloth, lawn chairs, walking shoes and binoculars also are recommended.
Rider Park is just north of Warrensville at the eastern end of Caleb's Creek Road. Watch for balloons about 0.9 mile from downtown Warrensville.