April to June: Orvis will offer free fly-fishing lessons at the following stores: Orvis Company Store, Bethesda; Great Feathers, Sparks; Hunting Creek Outfitters, Frederick; and Wisp Resort, McHenry. For dates and more information, go to orvis.com/flyfishing101.
April through August: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is offering two-evening boater safety courses 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 17-18, May 15-16, June 12-13, July 17-18 and Aug. 15-16. The cost is $25 per two-evening session. Space is limited. Pre-registration is needed. Information: Contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.
Today, April 7: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host a turkey shoot from noon to 4 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road, Carney. Test your skill. Prizes include turkeys, ham and bacon. Information: Greg, 410-598-4970.
SPURs 5K Run/Walk
Today, April 7: The Hood College Athletics peer mentoring group SPURs (Students Providing Understanding and Resources) will host a the 5K run/walk Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on the campus in Frederick. Registration is $20. Information: For information, go to hoodathletics.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trophy rockfish tips
Tuesday, April 9: Captain Greg Buckner of Miss Susie Charters will speak at the 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. He will discuss maximizing opportunities during spring trophy rockfish season. The meeting will be at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall, 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Use the Beaumont Avenue entrance. Doors: 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors are welcome. Contact Mark DeHoff at email@example.com for information.
Decoy buy-sell-swap meet
Friday, Saturday, April 12-13: The Decoy Collectors' Club will hold its 16th-annual buy-sell-swap meet at the St. Michaels Motor Inn (Best Western). This is an open-door, room-to-room event at which collectors sell or barter primarily regional antique decoys. Starts at 8 a.m. Public welcome. No admission. Free decoy identification and appraisals are offered. Information: Call Jim Trimble at 703-768-7264 or 302-539-4606, call John Clayton at 410-745-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 13, through Nov. 3: "Crisfield Carvings—Bird Hunting on Broad Waters" will be on display daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Waterfowling Building at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at Navy Point in St. Michaels. Free with museum admission: $13 adult, $10 senior, $6 children 6-17. CBMM Members, 5 and under free. Information: 410-745-2916 or cbmm.org.
April 17: Maryland Trout Unlimited will sponsor a talk by Dusty Wissmath of the Dusty Wissmath Fly Fishing School and Guide Service in Mercersburg, Pa., about the Yellowstone River complex and fishing opportunities closer to home. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Towson Presbyterian Church. Public welcome.
Charity 3-D shoot
April 20: Vingt Neuf Bowmen will hold a 20 target 3-D shoot from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maryland State Game & Fish at 8735 Honeygo Blvd. Perry Hall. Cost: $10 for adults and $3 for students under 18. Refreshments available. Rain date; April 21. All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
April 20: The 7th Annual Emily Schindler Memorial Triathlon, which has an 800-yard swim, 91/2-mile bike ride and 3-mile run, will be held at the Community Center in Severna Park. The cost is $50 for an individual, $90 for a two-person relay team and $135 for a three-person team. Participants also may sign up for the Flamingo Feat distance of a 1,600-yard swim, 18-mile bike ride and 6-mile run. Registration: spccaquatics.org or active.com.
April 20-21: The 9th Annual Baltimore Badminton Charity Open raises money for the American Red Cross. There are events for middle and high school players as well as adults and seniors. Play will be at the Northeast Regional Recreation Center (the former Perring Racquet Club) in Parkville and is open to the public. The men's event is closed but there are spots for women's, youth and senior events. Information: CharityOpen.org.
Race for Excellence
April 27: Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Central Maryland 6th Annual Race For Excellence, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Benefits AFCEA's Central Maryland Scholarship Fund, which provides merit-based college scholarships to local high school students. Both races start at Science Applications International Corp.'s Cyber Innovation Center at 6841 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Columbia, MD. Details: afceacmd.org.