Discover Pa. landscapes in art
MILTON - "Pennsylvania Landscapes from the Samek Art Gallery Collection at Bucknell University" will be on display at the Milton Public Library at Rose Hill during normal library hours through July 18. Admission is free and open to the public.
The show brings together 17 works from the 19th and 20th centuries depicting Pennsylvania landscapes. Mostly composed by Pennsylvania artists, the landscapes depict not only the natural splendor of the Susquehanna River Valley and other picturesque corners of the state, but bridges, rock quarries and other alterations human hands have wrought upon that land.
See www.miltonpalibrary.org or galleries.blogs.bucknell.edu/2013/04/15/pennsylvania-landscapes for more information.
The library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Take a hike with regional club
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 & Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll 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, 259-0134.
Saturday - Reeds Gap Spur, Mifflin County, 11 miles, moderate to strenuous. Join us in celebrating National Trails Day by hiking a trail brought back from the brink of extinction by volunteer maintainers coordinated by the Keystone Trails Association's Trail Care Program. We will hike the trail from its southern terminus in Reeds Gap State Park. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Wengers on Route 45 west of Lewisburg. Leaders: Catherine McLaughlin and Ed Lawrence, 925-5285.
June 2 - R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, moderate to strenuous. We'll 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, 259-0134.
Annual cane pole derby set
The eighth annual free cane pole fishing derby will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Rose Valley Lake. It is sponsored by the Rose Valley/Mill Creek Watershed Association.
The catch-and-release derby, scheduled on a Fish-for-Free Day, is open to all ages but is geared toward anglers under age 16. The first 125 registrants will receive an embroidered patch. All registrants will receive a fishing package that contains a cane pole, fishing line, hooks, bobbers, bait and instructions.
All anglers must report to derby headquarters at the north access area at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded.
One rod per participant.
For more information, or to obtain a registration form, call Jerry Zeidler at 435-4506.
Fish commission team to discuss duties
FORKSVILLE - The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room at the visitors center at Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County.
Guest speakers Jeremy Yohe and Emmett Kyler, who are waterways conservation officers with the state Fish and Boat Commission, will explain their day-to-day activities and their responsibilities in helping to maintain waterways. They also will talk about issues that are specific to the Loyalsock watershed.
National Trails Day hike set at Riverlands
BERWICK - Celebrate America's trail systems with a hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands.
Since 1993, the first Saturday of every June is known as National Trails Day, inspiring the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out, discover, learn about and celebrate America's trail system. Meet "Hiking" Jane Frye at the Energy Information Center for a mostly flat hike on the beautiful trails at the Susquehanna Riverlands.
The free program will meet at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center. For more information, call 1-866-832-3312 or email email@example.com. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Susquehanna Riverlands" then click on "Contacts and Directions."
Annual carp tournament returns to area
LINDEN - Signups for Big Al's 15th annual carp tournament will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the boat ramp next to Haywood's.
Anglers may fish all day Saturday anywhere in Pennsylvania in two-person teams, as long as they follow all the rules of the state Fish and Boat Commission. There is a five-carp limit and fish must be kept on ice.
Weigh-in will be at 11 a.m. June 2 at the boat launch.
The fee is $40 per team and $10 per lunker.
For more information, call Big Al DiMassimo at 971-8016 or 971-6385.
Bicycle ride opens registration
Registration is open for the Tour de Bill, a 2-mile bicycle loop around Williamsport on June 1. Riders will use the River Walk and city side streets.
The route begins between 9 and 11 a.m. at Wegmans and also ends at that grocery store.
Funds raised benefit the Strong Kids Campaign at the YMCA.
To register, go to www.williamsportymca.org and look under "events" or register in person at the YMCA, 320 Elmira St. The first 100 registrants will receive an event T-shirt.
Animal rescue plans open house
SELINSGROVE - Ashburn's Animals on a Mission, a non-profit animal rescue organization at 291 Scrubby Hill Road, will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1.
The event features pony rides, a petting zoo, games, contests, prizes, a Chinese auction, food and refreshments and vendors.
For more information, call Janel Ashburn at 495-3142 or visit www.ashburnsanimals.com.
Jerry Haines in concert at Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Enjoy an afternoon of acoustic music, folk ballads, humorous songs and good old-time music from 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 2 at PPL's Montour Environmental Education Center.
Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Jerry Haines will provide a delightful musical program for all ages. The versatile performer returns to the preserve to mix vocals with guitar, harmonica and autoharp. If you enjoy good old down-home music, bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of toe-tappin' pleasure.
For directions to this free program, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Montour" and then click on "Contacts and Directions." For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hit the trails for hike week
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Keystone Trails Association will offer nearly 100 organized hikes and walks available throughout Pennsylvania during the nine-day Hiking Week through June 2.
All of the scheduled hikes have leaders. Most hikes are on the two weekends of the event, but several weekday and evening hikes are offered. Special hikes include night hikes, wildflower walks, hikes for people with disabilities, pet walks and geology walks.
Most hikes will take place in state parks and state forests, with some hikes scheduled on the Appalachian Trail, in Allegheny National Forest and in city and community parks.
For more information, contact the department at 717-772-9104 or the association at 717-238-7017.
NWTF chapter plans annual banquet
The Susquehanna Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on June 2 at Haywood's on the Water, 610 Antlers Lane. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5.
A variety of ticket packages are available from single, to couple to sponsor memberships.
Auction and raffle items include 20 firearms, including the 2013 Gun of the Year, a Browning A-Bolt Medallion .30-06 caliber rifle with upgraded walnut stock and engraved receiver; a wine cabinet; double hammock; Thomas Kinkade print; a child's pedal truck; NWTF Wild Turkey Disc-It outdoor wok; NWTF teak bistro set; Ned Smith and Dan Christ prints; along with other prints, items and gift certificates donated by local businesses.
Proceeds from the banquet are used in the local area. Last year, the chapter received grants used for habitat projects, land acquisition, seed subsidy and surplus seed programs, and events for JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) and Women in the Outdoors.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Steve Berger at 322-0673.
Create something beautiful and floral
MIFFLINBURG - Country Farm and Home, 7801 Old Turnpike Road, has announced several Make and Take Classes, through June 26. A fee applies for each course.
June 5 - Living Wall, 7 p.m. - Graphically arrange a collection of plants in the Living Wall Planter System. We will frame your creations, so once you get it home, you mount it on a vertical surface, giving you a whole new world in which to express your creativity.
June 12 - Everlasting Butterfly Pitcher, 7 p.m. Fill a beautiful pitcher with everlasting summer flowers and butterflies.
June 26 - Gypsy Garden, 6 p.m. Create a unique fairy garden. This will be the final class and guests are asked to bring a salad to share. A meal will be held prior to the class.
Call 966-4030 to register or for more information.
View photos of gas drilling in Pa.
BLOOMSBURG - The Moose Exchange Stairwell Gallery will host an exhibition titled the "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" through June 8. The exhibition includes the work of six professional photographers who share in the telling of the complex story of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project photographers are Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial. The exhibition represents each photographer's aesthetic, each having chosen a different angle from which to view the subject. Together, they offer a compelling narrative that represents, they believe, an honest appraisal of how the arrival of Marcellus Shale drilling has affected communities.
For more information, visit mooseexchange.org/site/?p=4457.
Smith's Knob Scramble Trail race planned
The Mid Penn Trailblazers will hold an eight-mile trail race at 9 a.m. June 8 at Camp Conley, 15 miles north of Montoursville. The race follows portions of the Loyalsock Trail over the steep Smith's Knob.
Runners who register in advance will pay a $20 fee, while registration on race day is $25.
Awards will be given in 10-year age groups up to 60 and older. Race shirts will be given to all who register in advance, but quantities will be limited on race day.
Proceeds benefit Boy Scouts of America Troop 21 of Montoursville.
For more information and a race application, visit www.midpenntrailblazers.com/trail-race-events/smithknob.htm or email email@example.com.
Discover area's logging history via hike
WATERVILLE - The Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will sponsor a 5-mile moderate to strenuous hike at 10 a.m. June 8 on the Log Slide Trail.
The hike will start in the center with a short talk about the history of logging in the Pine Creek Valley. The hike begins and ends at the center, just north of Waterville on Route 44.
For more information contact Rich Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 753-5409, ext 132.
Get down and dirty at Clinton County mud run
MACKEYVILLE - The Clinton County Fair Association is sponsoring its first Kels Lomison Mud Run at the fairgrounds on June 15.
The 5K will be open to people of all ages who want to run, walk, crawl or climb the course.
The run will be non-competitive and will not be timed. Individuals or teams may register.
Three courses will be set up - one for adults ages 14 and up; the Mini Mudder for ages 9 to 13; and the Pee Wee Mudder for ages 4 to 8. Participants will receive a free Kels Lomison Mud Run T-shirt.
Proceeds benefit the new permanent Kels Lomison Memorial Stage being planned at the fairgrounds.
For more details, visit www.clintoncountyfairpa.com or call Ruth Eoute at 660-1231.
Learn about binoculars and bugs
WATERVILLE - A pair of programs on June 22 at the Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will introduce attendees to binoculars and insects. The center is just north of here on Route 44.
"Beginning Binoculars," an introduction to binoculars and bird watching, will be held at 1 p.m. Ten sets of binoculars and bird books will be available, but attendees also may bring their own.
At about 2:30 p.m., the program "What's Bugging You," an introduction to butterflies, moths and other insects, will be held. Butterfly nets, bug boxes and field guides will be available.
For more information, contact Rich Hill at 753-5409, ext. 132, or email@example.com.
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.
ATV safety class scheduled
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. July 13 at Wheels Of Williamsport Inc., 99 Grey Fox Drive, Montoursville.
Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Students - youths or adults - must provide their own ATVs.
State-certified safety instructors Bill and Nancy Stugart will teach the course.
Pennsylvania law requires that youths ages 8 through 15 take a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-approved safety training course and earn a safety training certificate from it before operating an ATV off their parents' or legal guardian's property.
To register for the course, call Bill or Nancy at 435-0923.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.
Announcements published in the "Outdoor Briefs" section will print in chronological order as space permits.
The Outdoors section is published weekly on Sundays, but it goes to print early on Wednesday mornings.
Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
For more help, call 326-1551, ext. 3116.