Outdoors calendar

May 08, 2010

BEST BET

Sunday Hike 6.5 miles on the Jones Falls Trail in Baltimore with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Start at 9:30 a.m. at the Hollywood Diner at Saratoga and Holliday streets. Dine after at Cafe Hon. Details: www.amc-dc.org or 410-263-1844.

BIKING

Sunday Learn to balance, shift, brake and even fall off your bike effectively, 9 a.m., REI Timonium, 63 W. Aylesbury Road. Children must provide their own bicycles and helmets. Cost: $45, member; $65, nonmember. To register: 410-252-5920.

BOATING/PADDLING

Saturday Beginners' kayak lesson at Anita Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Also useful as a refresher course. Relaxed pace. For ages 8 and up. Cost: $10. Call 410-612-1688 to register.

CHILDREN

Thursdays in May and June, Family Fishing Fun, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. sponsored by the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, Patterson Park Boat Lake, Eastern Avenue at Milton Avenue. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own rod and reel; Bait provided. Details: 410-396-9392.

FISHING

Monday Rick Neumann will discuss surf fishing at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group, 7:30 p.m., Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, Magothy Bridge Road and Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Details: 410-439-3474 or heyfish@verizon.net.

Tuesday Bill Goldsborough, senior scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will speak at a meeting of the Northwest chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, 7:30 p.m., Shannon's Pub and Grill, 4401 Annapolis Road, Baltimore. Free. Details: 410-536-0450.

Wednesday Capt. Mike Benjamin, a licensed guide, will be the speaker at a meeting of the Upper Bay Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, 7 p.m., North East VFW, 815Turkey Point Road. Details: 302-293-5769.

HIKING

May 12 Out-and-back, six-mile hike on the Merryman Trail in the Loch Raven watershed in Baltimore County with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Details: 410-663-9797.

May 15 Moderate eight-mile hike at Sugarloaf Mountain with the Howard County Sierra Club. Bring lunch and water. Meet at 8:30a.m. at Long Gate Parkway commuter parking lot off Route 100, just east of U.S.29. Details: cybertrax1@netzero.net.

SHOWS, WORKSHOPS

Today Spring Sails Event, 10a.m.-5 p.m., open house by nine Annapolis-area boat dealers representing 20 sailboat lines, 75sailboat models and hundreds of previously owned yachts. Details: springsailsevent.com.

Saturday Open house at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647Contees Wharf Road Edgewater, 10a.m.-3 p.m. Family-friendly activities on land and water. Free. Details: serc.si.edu or call 301-238-2737.

FYI

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