Kenduskeag Canoe Race accepting entries

Posted March 20, 2009, at 11:20 p.m.

The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the 43rd annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which will be held on April 18.

The race is a 16½-mile whitewater event with 26 divisions for paddlers of all ability levels. All canoes must meet ACA whitewater open canoe specifications.

Racers can register online at www.bangorparksandrec.com or can obtain registration forms at the parks and recreation office at 647 Main Street, Epic Sports, the Old Town Canoe store or the Ski Rack in Bangor.

Pre-registrations will be accepted until 1 p.m., April 17, for $18 per person. After that deadline, all registrations will be considered “race day” applicants and will be charged $35 per person. Registration at the starting line will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Participants must be at least 12 years old and entrants under 16 must have an adult in the boat with them.

For more info call 992-4490 or go to the Bangor Parks and Recreation Web site at www.bangorparksandrec.com.

Saltwater tying class scheduled

The Penobscot Fly Fishers are developing a reputation for offering learning opportunities with some of the region’s best fly tiers, and they’ll continue that trend on March 29.

The club will offer a one-day saltwater tying class with New Hampshire’s Joe Calcavecchia.

The class will cover clousers, deceivers, mackerel flies, striper dragons and squid flies.

The course will be held at the Brewer Auditorium and costs $35. That fee covers the cost of materials, epoxy and any special thread. Attendees are asked to bring their vise, tools, favorite 6/0 thread (black and white) and a light if needed.

For more information or to register, send e-mail to don@annikarodandfly.com or call 843-5634.

Friends of NRA set for banquet

The Friends of NRA annual banquet has been scheduled for April 25 at the Bangor Motor Inn.

Live and silent auctions are planned, along with raffles and a dinner. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a preview of auction items.

For more information, call Charlie Rumsey at 941-8575.

Columbia Falls smelt fry on tap

The Downeast Salmon Federation will hold its popular annual smelt fry on April 10 at the Columbia Falls Town Hall and Wild Salmon Resource Center.

The event will run 5-10 p.m., with the community dinner lasting from 5-6:30 p.m. The price is $5, $4 for those 12 and under, with a maximum family charge of $18.

In addition to smelts, there will be chili, hot dogs, chowder and side dishes. Community potluck items are welcome.

Tours of the Pleasant River Salmon Hatchery will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m.

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