BANGOR — Harold “Hal” Borns, Ph.D., professor emeritus of geology at the University of Maine, will speak on “The Ice Age in Maine and the Down East Ice Age Trail” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Thursday, March 10, at Bangor Public Library, second floor. An overview of the glacial history of Down East Maine and slides of sites along the Down East Ice Age Trail, which he helped to create and map. If you ever have wondered about the unusual shapes of coastal mountains or the scratch marks you sometimes see on granite cliffs, here’s a chance to find out how they got that way.
BANGOR — The 11th annual Paddle Smart Safety Symposium will be part of the annual Bangor Boat Show during the weekend of March 19-20 at the Bangor Civic Center and Auditorium. In addition to static displays by the U.S. Coast Guard, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Epic Sports, Castine Kayak Adventures and others, throughout the two days there will be breakout talks on topics ranging from Lyme disease to selecting a paddle craft, proper paddling gear, river reading, kayak rescues and planning a safe kayaking trip. For more information, check www.castinekayak.com and click on the tab for Paddle Smart.
BANGOR — Bangor Land Trust late-winter snowshoe trek through Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve at 10 a.m. March 12. Grab snowshoes, cross-country skis or boots for a trek across the preserve to look for signs of spring and observe how the preserve looks at the end of winter. A copy of Bangor Land Trust’s new Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve Educational Trail Map will be given to all who come. Meet at the BLT kiosk on Kittredge Road. From Stillwater Avenue near the Bangor Mall, drive north on Kittredge Road about a mile to the end of the pavement. Look for the BLT kiosk on left.
RUMFORD — Black Mountain of Maine celebrates its 50th anniversary March 11-13 with Ski Free (and tubing) Friday Night, $10 lift rates Friday, reduced rates Saturday (free Nordic), $3 on Sunday. Music jam session 7-10 p.m. Friday in the Last Run Lounge. Cross-country classic-technique “Citizen” Race at 11 a.m. Saturday. Founders Night chicken pie dinner 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday in the lodge. Reservations encouraged. Dinner $10. Many other activities planned.
FREEPORT — Some of the biggest names in fishing will be at L.L. Bean on March 18-20 for L.L. Bean’s annual Spring Fishing Weekend. Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock, Emily Whitlock, Tim Rajeff, Dave Klausmeyer and others will be available at the store 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to visit with customers. Other highlights: free fly-casting lessons, kids’ activities, demonstrations, clinics and seminars, including presentations by the Maine Professional Guide Association, as well as several L.L. Bean experts. Visit www.llbean.com/freeport, or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.
JEFFERSON — Join Registered Maine Guide Gary Hayward, director of Hidden Valley Nature Center, for a guided full moon hike Friday, March 18. Meet at the gate at 6:30 p.m. and head out to the pond then later to the heated yurt for warm drinks and good cheer. Bring your snowshoes (or rent from HVNC), headlamp, hiking poles and favorite drink. We should be back at the parking lot by 9 p.m. Call for reservations. Suggested donation $5. Visit www.hvnc.org, call 586-6752, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reservations.
STETSON — Sebasticook Regional Land Trust workshop on wood ducks 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19, at Stetson Meeting House. Speakers will be Maine Forest Service District Forester Gordon Moore and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Keel Kemper. Participants who want to help install nesting boxes at SRLT’s Pleasant Lake Preserve will then carpool to the preserve. Program is free; donations accepted. To register or for information, contact the SRLT at 948-3766 or email@example.com.