Outdoors calendar

May 08, 2010

BEST BET

May 16 Hike 6.5 miles on the Jones Falls Trail in Baltimore with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Step off at 9:30 a.m. from the Hollywood Diner across the Farmers Market, Saratoga and Holliday streets. Dine sumptuously post-hike at Cafe Hon. Details: http://www.amc-dc.org (click: "Activity List") or 410-263-1844.

BIKING

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

BOATING/PADDLING

Saturday Beginner's kayak lesson at Anita Leight Estuary Center, 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Also good for someone needing 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 City 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; limited number of rod and reels will be available. Bait provided. Details: 410-396-9392.

FISHING

Monday Just in time for ocean vacations, 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.; food for sale. 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, 815 Turkey Point Road. Details: 302-293-5769.

HIKING

May 12 Out-and-back, 6-mile hike on the Merryman Trail in the Loch Raven watershed in Baltimore County with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Good views of the water. Details: 410-663-9797.

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

May 16 Guided scenic hike along the Big Gunpowder River, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gunpowder Falls State Park, Hereford Area in Baltimore County. Look for wildflowers and wildlife. Some steep terrain; not suitable for young children. Shine-only event. Free. To register: 410-592-2897.

May 19 Join a volunteer ranger for a 2-mile hike with expansive views of the Patapsco River Valley, 6 p.m. Free. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Suitable for ages 7 and older. Meet in the Orange Grove Area of Patapsco Valley State Park, 5120 South St., Halethorpe. To register: 410-750-0674.

SHOWS, WORKSHOPS

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

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

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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