Gun raffle, wild game meal planned
MILL HALL - The Lock Haven University baseball team will hold a gun raffle and wild game meal fundraiser at 1 p.m. today at Haywood's on the Green.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting Marchal Rote at email@example.com or 484-2002. Wild game meat donations also are welcome.
Discover how to apply for grants
SUNBURY - The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership will hold a grants workshop from 2:30 to 5 pm. Tuesday at the Degenstein Public Library.
Attendees can learn about grants that are available for greenways, parks, trails, river access and conservation.
For more information, visit www.susquehannagreenway.org.
Learn more about Native American artifacts
BERWICK - Are you interested in Native American artifacts? Come and learn more about them from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands.
The Riverlands once again welcomes the Pennsylvania Indian Artifact Collectors Association and its annual artifact exhibit. Local association members will display their collections of tools, weapons and trade items and discuss the history and original use of the pieces. There will be flint-knapping demonstrations throughout the day and an atlatl (spear-thrower) exhibition, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to bring along artifacts they have found for identification.
The free program will be held at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center. For more information, call association member Bill Vezendy at 570-759-1792. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, click on "Susquehanna Riverlands," then select "Contact Us and Directions."
Winter birding program to be held
TIOGA - A winter birding program will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ives Run Recreation Area's Visitor Information Center.
Learn how to attract birds to your yard or where you might see them survive in nature. Information on osprey and eagles also will be presented.
The program is part of the series of winter outings from the Step Outdoors Network. See more at www.stepoutdoors.org.
Friends of NRA group plans banquet
ULSTER - The Bradford County Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold its 13th annual banquet on March 2 at the Ulster Fire Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the meal will be served at 6.
Meal tickets are priced for adults and youth 16 and younger.
Only 300 tickets will be sold and the deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 26. Attendees do not need to belong to the NRA.
Adult tickets purchased before Feb. 12 will be entered into a drawing for a .270 Remington rifle. Each youth who attends will receive a prize and will be entered into a drawing for a .22 rifle.
Auctions and drawings for limited-edition art, exclusive NRA merchandise and commemorative firearms will be held. Silent auctions and games to win prizes also will be offered.
A variety of sponsor packages are available.
Proceeds benefit the NRA Foundation, with half of the funds staying within the state and the other half going to national programs, such as the Eddy Eagle Program, NRA Yes/Youth Educational Summit and the National Youth Hunter Education Challenge. Funds that stay within the state will benefit local youth programs, such as Youth Field Days, 4-H shooting programs, PA State Youth Hunter Education Challenge, Boy Scouts of America and Women in the Wild. Last year, more than $400,000 went to programs in the eastern half of the state.
The National Rifle Association is dedicated to preserving the lawful ownership and use of firearms.
For more information, or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, call Bill Angove at 297-2669, Jerry Frantz at 297-5485 or Charles Fox at 297-4642.
Speaker addresses 'the physics of flight'
Tom Reider, of Schuylkill Haven, a retired pilot, teacher and sculptor, will be the guest speaker at the Lycoming Audubon Society's Feb. 27 meeting.
Reider will emphasize adaptations that allow birds to specialize in quick, hovering or slow flight. His presentation will include slow motion scenes and special effects from the BBC video, "The Mastery of Flight," with David Attenborough.
The society's meeting begins at 6 p.m., and the free program follows at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room of the James V. Brown Library. Both are open to the public.
For more information, visit www.lycoming.org/audubon.
TU chapter announces fly-tying classes
LOCK HAVEN - The Lloyd Wilson Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual fly tying classes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 28 through March 28, on the second floor of Citizen Hose Fire Co.
A fee applies per class for youth and adults.
Fly patterns and instructors change weekly. Instructors are from the local chapter and Outcast Guide Service, of Lamar.
Baltimore Boat Show sails into Maryland
BALTIMORE, Md. - The 2013 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show cruises into the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., on Feb. 28 through March 3, making a splash with sales on the newest boats and accessories, plus new fun and educational activities for boaters of all ages and experience levels.
Boaters, sailors, fisherman and families can climb aboard and compare hundreds of boats for all budgets and lifestyles, from luxury cruisers and fishing boats to family runabouts and pontoons, plus shop deals on the latest marine gadgets and gear.
Other attractions include the new Swampmaster Gator Show - in which visitors can take a photo holding a baby gator and watch as expert alligator handler Jeff Quattrocchi catches an 8-foot, 200-pound alligator.
Capt. Dave Marciano from National Geographic Channel's "Wicked Tuna" will be on hand March 1-3 to meet visitors and share his stories on the open seas. And, experienced and beginner boaters can put their boating skills to the test with the Power Boat Docking Challenge.
Boaters and fisherman hoping to add new tricks to their trade can head to the hands-on clinics, see demonstrations and get one-on-one advice at Fred's Shed DIY Interactive Learning Center and Fishing the Chesapeake seminar series. And, there's no shortage of fun for the kids with a chance to build their own boat at the Kids' Create-a-Boat.
The show is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 2; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3.
Tickets are $12 for adults and free for children 15 and under when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at www.baltimoreboatshow.com.
Free fishing classes offered
WATERVILLE - McConnell's Country Store & Fly Shop, 10853 North Route 44, will hold the following free fishing classes:
March 2 - Tips & techniques for fishing caddis and stone flies and their life cycles, 10 a.m. to noon
March 16 - Fly casting for beginners, 10 a.m. to noon
March 30 - Fly casting tune-up, not for beginners, 10 a.m. to noon
View wildlife posters at Ned Smith Center
MILLERSBURG - A display titled "Wild Places, Wild Life, Wild Art: Conserving America One Poster at a Time" will be on display through March 9 at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art Poster Exhibit.
It assembles for the first time some of the most dramatic and beautiful examples of conservation posters from across the United States and Canada - a breathtaking array whose subjects range from crayfish and butterflies to birds and wildflowers; fungi and minerals to mammals, snakes and entire ecosystems, and selected from hundreds of posters from across North America.
Starting in the 1960s, posters were embraced by conservation organizations and resource agencies anxious to bring their message of protection, appreciation and preservation to the public. By bringing together stunning photography, gorgeous artwork and a strong conservation theme, posters have for half a century or more inspired and educated the public about wildlife, natural landscapes and environmental themes.
For more information, visit www.nedsmithcenter.org.
Learn how to be a safe boater
PENNSDALE - The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Williamsport, Flotilla 15-01, will hold a safe boating course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 at Gander Mountain in the Lycoming Mall.
Participants will receive a USCGA boating certificate and will qualify for the Pennsylvania boating certificate upon successful completion of the course. Those who wish to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski) or those born after Jan. 1, 1982, who operate a boat with a 25-horsepower or larger motor are required by law to have completed a recognized boating course.
A fee will cover the cost of the book and advance registration is necessary.
For more information, or to enroll, call Joseph Kustanbauter at 435-2193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consolidated Sportsmen plans 53rd banquet
HUGHESVILLE - The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its 53rd annual banquet on March 23 at the Hughesville Firemen's Social Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6.
The evening will include a turkey dinner with homemade pies, a Chinese auction, a gun and rod raffle, a live auction, door prizes and a special program. Mike Kuriga will present a program on falconry, with live birds.
The Spring 2013 trout stocking schedule for the 12,000 trout raised by the club will be available at the banquet. So far, in the 2012-13 nursery season, the facilities have not been affected by flooding problems, which, in 2011, resulted in substantial trout losses.
The club also announced that the Dick Harner Memorial Children's Fishing Derby will be May 5 at Van Renselar Park in Picture Rocks.
Banquet tickets are limited and will not be available at the door. To order tickets, call Art Fry at 368-1245 or Rusty Bitler at 584-5780.
Club plans fishing derby
PICTURE ROCKS - The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its annual Dick Harner Memorial Children's Fishing Derby on May 5 at Van Renselar Park.
For more details, call Art Fry at 368-1245.
Register now for greenway sojourn
The 2013 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Greenway Sojourn - a fully supported, five-day ride along the Great Allegheny Passage - will take place June 23-27, and participants now can reserve their seat.
The Greenway Sojourn is part bicycle ride, part trail-building program. It celebrates newly opened trails and promotes the completion of others to create regional trail systems.
The ride covers mostly off-road, multi-use trails between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md.
All ages and skill levels may register by going online to wilderness-voyageurs.com/rails-to-trails-greenway-sojourn.html.
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