Recreation and outdoors calendar

January 13, 2013

Annual stream survey

Wednesday: Mark Staley of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Gunpowder riverkeeper Theaux Le Gardeur will discuss the results of the DNR's annual stream survey and report on the state of the Gunpowder River. The 7:30p.m. meeting is presented by Maryland Trout Unlimited at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson. Free and open to the public. Information: MDTU.COM.

Snow tracks

Saturday: Learn what animals might be telling us with their footprints. 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Patapsco Valley State Park, McKeldin area. All ages. Meet at the parking lot by the restrooms and basketball court. Call 410-461-5005 to sign up or for more information. Cost: $2 per person.

Saltwater Fishing Expo

Saturday: Saltwater Fishing Expo and Seminar, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Frederick County Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Building 9. Admission: $5. Email:

Scuba diving

Jan. 21: Scuba instructor John Kiser will explain how to become a certified diver and will discuss local dive sites. The 7:30 p.m. meeting, presented by Broadneck/Magothy River MSSA Chapter 10, will be at American Legion Post 175, 832 Manhattan Beach Road, Severna Park. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: 410 913-9043.

Polar Bear Plunge

Jan. 26: 17th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. Benefits Special Olympics Maryland. Information:

Saltwater Fishing Expo

Feb. 23: The Saltwater Fishing Expo, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Annapolis Elks Lodge. Speakers and topics are: 9 a.m., Capt. Charlie Sisson: "Chesapeake Bay Live Lining for Stripers"; 11 a.m., Capt. Keith Neal: "Offshore Trolling for Wahoo/Marlin/Tuna/Dolphin"; 1 p.m., Capt. Wayne Morgan: "Chesapeake Bay Spring Trolling for Trophy Stripers." Information:

Capital Angling Show

March 10: 38th Annual National Capital Angling and Conservation Show conducted by the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Hanley Field House, Georgetown Preparatory School, North Bethesda. Speakers and instructors include Lefty Kreh, "Digital Photography" and "Why We Fish: Around the World in 50 Minutes"; Tom Rosenbauer, " How to Read Streams: The Secrets of Finding More Fish," and "Trout Fishing in Small Streams"; Dave Rothrock, "Pennsylvania Fly Hatches and Life Cycle Imitations"; Mark Snyder, "Getting Started — Flyfishing 101"; Colby Trow, "Shenandoah Valley Spring Creeks"; Capt. C. D. Dollar, "Light Tackle Kayak Fishing on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries"; and Guy "Spilunker" Turenne, "Trouting in Northern Colorado." Information:

SPURs 5K Run/Walk

The Hood College Athletics peer mentoring group SPURs (Students Providing Understanding and Resources) will host the 5K Run/Walk on April 7 at 9 a.m. on campus in Frederick. Registration is $15 if postmarked by March 22 ($20 after). For information, go to or email

Md. Half Marathon

Registration is open for the fifth annual Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The race will be May 11 in the Maple Lawn community of Howard County. The cost of registration will be $75 until Jan. 31, $85 in February and $90 from March 1 to May 11. The cost of the Dozer's Kids Fun Run is $15. Register at

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