Outdoors Calendar

December 27, 2009

BEST BET
Thursday and Friday Ring in the new year by joining the Freestate Happy Wanderers for 6K and 10K walks. Free. Sign in at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 9 a.m.-noon and finish by 4:30 p.m. Details: 410-437-2164 or wahasse@ix.netcom.com.

ARCHERY
Next Sunday Ephrata Bowmen 3D Shoot, 30 targets, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 899 N. Maple St., Ephrata, Pa. Information and directions: ephratabowmen.com or 717-733-7170 on day of shoot.

BIRDING
Jan. 6 and 13 Bird walks with a naturalist at Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, 8 a.m. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. The visitor center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. To register: 301-497-5887.

HIKING
Next Sunday Guided walk through the forest to learn to identify trees without their leaves, 1 p.m., at the Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Laurel. All ages. Camera, water and hat are recommended. The North Tract is on Route 198, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. Reservations: 301-497-5887.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
Jan. 12 Joint meeting of the Sport Fishing and Tidal Fishing advisory commissions, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis. Details: 410-260-8289.

Jan. 13 Fisheries Service hearing on new administrative penalty system to cover commercial fishing violations, 6 p.m., DNR Headquarters, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. Penalty system, authorized by the General Assembly, takes effect Feb. 22. Details: 410-260-8289.

SHOW
Jan. 14-17 Twenty-sixth annual Fishing Expo and Boat Show. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. Admission: $8, adults; $4, ages 10-14; free, under 10. Details: fishingexpo.com or 410-838-8687.

FYI
Items Calendar submissions may be mailed to Outdoors Editor, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278-0001, or e-mailed to candy.thomson@baltsun.com. Please include time, date and location, as well as a short description and a telephone number for more information. Please provide listings four weeks before the date of the event.

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