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 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.
Aug. 4: 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.
Aug. 11: 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.
Aug. 18: R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, 10 miles, 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. Bring lunch and water. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.
Aug. 25: 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.
PA Sled Dog Club plans summer campout
MORRIS - The PA Sled Dog Club's summer campout will be held today at Twin Stream Campground, 2143 Route 287.
Events include free drag races with bikes, scooters and gigs pulled by sled dogs and followed by a public demonstration about equipment and dogs. For a fee, visitors can watch other demonstrations on topics such as dressing for the weather.
For more information, call Jessica Willoughby at 302-388-5503 or LuWanna Krause at 302-545-9692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nuclear energy seminar for teachers set
BERWICK - Identify the fundamentals of nuclear power from Monday to Friday at PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands.
The course will provide educators with objective, up-to-date information about nuclear power issues, emerging use of nuclear isotopes in the medical field, and the safe and secure operation of PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant.
The course is taught by Dr. David Simpson, professor at Bloomsburg University, using PPL on-site facilities at the Susquehanna plant as well as off-site field trips. Classes include lectures, discussions, hands-on learning activities, field trips and tours with specialized staff from PPL and other nuclear industry agencies.
The free program will be held 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."
Dig up fossils with a naturalist
LEWISBURG - Jon Beam, senior naturalist with PPL's Montour Preserve, will share fossils found in the area and explain how to discover them at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd.
For more information, call the library.
Explore PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands
BERWICK - Explore the Riverlands Week will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday. Participants will explore PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands for ancient artifacts, wildflowers, amphibians and anything else that comes along.
On Tuesday, look at a treasure map and learn about the people that lived here before us. Follow clues and tracks to discover the treasure left behind. Bring your imagination and your love for history and the outdoors.
On Thursday, join a hike in search of wildflowers, neo-tropical birds and anything else that comes along. Collect leaves and ferns along the way to bring back to the pavilion to create art using the power of the sun.
These free programs are offered to children ages 5 and up with an accompanying adult and will meet at the large pavilion. For more information, call 1-866-832-3312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Susquehanna Riverlands" then click on "Contacts and Directions."
Motorcycle club announces photo scavenger hunt
The Billtown Bikers Motorcycle Club will hold its second annual scavenger hunt through the end of July.
Motorcyclists who register will receive a list of locations or sites, all of which can be found somewhere in Pennsylvania. They'll take a photograph of the item, along with their motorcycle and their scavenger hunt registration number and submit it to contest organizers.
Each item or location will be ranked with a particular number of points, and prizes will be given to those who accrue the most points.
About 50 locations and/or items are on the list.
People may sign up at any time and have all month to locate the items on the list.
Proceeds from the hunt will benefit the Lycoming County Special Olympics.
To register, or for more information, email email@example.com or call Eirl Birt at 506-6102 or Curt Cohick at 419-0771.
In addition, the public is invited to learn more about the Billtown Bikers Motorcycle Club at its meetings on the last Tuesday of every month. The club meets for a meal at 6 p.m. at Perkins in Williamsport, and club business begins at 7.
Cook with herbs at PPL's preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Healthy and creative cooking starts with a flavorful use of herbs and spices. Join us from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 4 for an afternoon outdoors in the herb garden.
Cooking instructor Robert Brown will give attendees tips on cooking with and cultivating herbs. Participants will look at how to grow their own herbs, preserve and dry herbs, make herb-infused vinegars and oils and will get some summertime recipes.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, 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.
2nd annual Lumberjack Triathlon set
The second annual Lumberjack Triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at the West Branch Boat Club in DuBoistown.
Applications are available online at www.parunners.com. A fee applies, and proceeds benefit the Williamsport Area Swim Club and the Williamsport Area High School swimming pool repair fund.
Teams and individuals will swim, bike and run the course.
Collect and tag butterflies at park
MIFFLINBURG - Register by Aug. 15 to help tag and release monarch butterflies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at R.B. Winter State Park.
Learn about the incredible migration and life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The program is for older kids and adults who would like to rear, tag and release monarchs and possibly participate in the citizen science investigation called "Monarch Watch."
Call the park at 966-1455 to register.
Resort plans running in the dark event
SEVEN SPRINGS - Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's outdoor adventure headquarters, will hold Mud on the Mountain in the Dark on Aug. 17.
The popular adventure race series will present a whole new challenge to participants as they take on 6.42 miles of mountainous terrain, 20 obstacles of varying difficulty and 1,551-feet of elevation gain - in the dark.
Participants will start the event in 15-minute intervals beginning at 9 p.m. Registration is open to the first 1,500 athletes at $85 per competitor and includes an official Mud on the Mountain technical shirt and an LED headlamp. Registration materials and additional information can be found online at www.mudonthemountain.com. Overnight lodging packages are available, too.
A pre-race and post-race recovery party will be held at the Foggy Goggle where participants, their friends and family can celebrate their accomplishments and unwind by trading battle stories with comrades.
Kayak down the river with conservancy
The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and Canoe Susquehanna will hold a three- to four-hour kayak excursion in Aug. 18. Participants will set said at 1 p.m. and paddle from Montoursville to Muncy.
Canoe Susquehanna staff will provide equipment, instruction, on-water guidance and moral support.
The cost is $55 per person with equipment rental and $45 per person if you are providing your own kayak or canoe, paddle(s) and life jackets or personal floatation devices.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling Canoe Susquehanna at 800-524-7692.
Trout Run Park re-dedication planned
TROUT RUN - A re-dedication ceremony of Trout Run Park will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at the park grounds, on Route 14 in Lewis Township, a half-mile south of here.
Visitor can check out the new improvements - a playground, fishing ramp, nature trail and interpretative signs. Sean Farley and Friends will perform live music.
Other activities include casting demos, Pennsylvania Woodmobile tours, door prizes and food vendors. Festivities will end around 4.
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Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.
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Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
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