Recreation Notes

September 12, 2004

Nature center offers canoeing, camping, yoga

Bear Branch Nature Center at Hashawha Environmental Center offers informative programs for all ages.

An overnight canoe trip will be taken from 10 a.m. Oct. 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3. The group will canoe Saturday afternoon, then have time to fish, hike or relax. Supper will be cooked by the river. Tents will be provided for sleeping.

After breakfast Sunday, there will be more canoeing and a picnic lunch. Participants should take a lunch for Saturday.

Ages 8 to adult are welcome (children younger than age 15 with an adult). The cost is $70 for single paddlers, $120 for two paddlers and $35 for child passengers.

A pre-trip meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 must be attended.

Southern Maryland Campout from 8 a.m. Oct. 9 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 for ages 12 to 16. Teens will visit Southern Maryland and the Western Shore.

The group will camp at Point Lookout State Park and visit the Calvert Marine Museum and St. Mary's College of Maryland. Activities include hiking, camping, fossil hunting, beachcombing, seining (net fishing) and kayaking or canoeing.

Teens must attend a pre-trip meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

The cost is $55 for members and $70 for others.

Hatha Yoga for ages 14 to adult will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks. Instructor Karen Boger will integrate yoga styles that are easy and gentle and help reduce stress. The cost is $48. Call for dates.

Registration is required for programs.

The center is at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster.

Information: 410-848-2517.

Aviation expert to teach 2 courses

Master ground instructor Harry Kraemer, an experienced pilot, aviation educator and writer, will lead two aviation courses this fall at Carroll Community College.

Students who pass "Private Pilot Ground School" may take the Federal Aviation Administration private pilot written examination. Topics include aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation and FAA regulations.

The course will be held from 6:25 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15.

"History of Aviation" explores such events as the Wright brothers' first flight, space travel and experimental aircraft. Students also will learn about aircraft developed between the two world wars, the jet era, which began in 1942, famous men and women of aviation and flights that broke records or disappeared mysteriously.

The course will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays from Oct. 5 to Nov. 9.

Kraemer has more than 7,000 hours of flight time in 100 types of aircraft, including blimps, gliders, ultralights and jets.

Information: 410-386-8100.

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