Outdoors and recreation calendar

December 14, 2013

Figure skating show

Today, Dec. 15: Join the figure skaters and coaches of the Piney Orchard Learn-to-Skate program for a holiday show that begins at 4:10 p.m. at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena, 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway. Free. For more Information, contact Linda Monney, 410-672-7013.

Winter solstice hike

Saturday, Dec. 21: Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a free hike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baldwin in Baltimore County. Meet in the Sweet Air parking lot, 2840 Dalton Bevard Road. Preregistration is required. Inclement weather will result in postponement. Information: Jen Cashell, 410-592-2897 or jcashell@dnr.state.md.us.

Patapsco hike

Next Sunday, Dec. 22: Hike the Ridge Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all skill levels ages 7 and older. Enjoy views of the park that can only be seen in the winter. Meet in the Avalon parking lot near the ball field. Call 410-461-5006 for more information. Cost: $2.

First Day Hikes

Jan. 1: First Day Hikes are part of a national effort to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation in all 50 state park systems. For a list of 23 easy-to-moderate hikes across the state, go to dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/firstdayhikes.asp.

Baltimore Boat Show

Jan. 23-26: The 60th anniversary Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show will be at the Baltimore Convention Center. Compare hundreds of boats from luxury cruisers and fishing boats to family runabouts and pontoons. Show will include appearances by members of the History Channel's "Swamp People," seminars a boating simulator and a 50-foot-by-50-foot pond for hands-on fly fishing practice, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. There is also a kids zone. For hours and details, go to BaltimoreBoatShow.com or call 410-224-7633.

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