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March 17 outdoors calendar

AUGUSTA —This month’s full moon — a “super moon” so called because it is closer to Earth than it has been in nearly 20 years due to its elliptical orbit — is cause for a Super Moon Watch, which will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Reid State Park, Georgetown. Arrive by 7 p.m. to join park manager Samantha Wilkinson for a moonlight beach walk. Night activity will be limited to Griffith Head and Mile Beach only, and regular admission fees will apply. The park will close promptly at 9 p.m. For information and weather conditions, call Reid State Park directly at 371-2303.

BANGOR — Join Paddle Smart volunteers at the 11th annual Paddle Smart Symposium during the 26th annual Boating and Marine Show, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19-20, at the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center. Workshops will be presented throughout the two days on topics such as gearing up for a paddling outing, hypothermia, rescue plans and techniques, scenic tours and outings, racing techniques for Kenduskeag Stream race, island camping and more. A sea kayak will be raffled.

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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the store to visit with customers. Other highlights include free fly-casting lessons, kids’ activities, and a variety of demonstrations, clinics and seminars including presentations by the Maine Professional Guide Association, as well as several L.L. Bean experts. For information, visit or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.

JEFFERSON — Gary Hayward, Maine guide and director of Hidden Valley Nature Center, will lead a guided full moon hike on Friday, March 18. Participants will meet at the gate at 6:30 p.m. and head out to the pond, then to the heated yurt for warm drinks and good cheer. Bring snowshoes (or rent them from HVNC), headlamp, hiking poles and favorite drink. Group should be back at the parking lot by 9 p.m. Call for reservations. Suggested donation is $5. Visit, call 586-6752 or contact for more information and reservations.

CALAIS — The St. Croix Valley Film Society will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Holmestead, 527 Main St., to view part one of “Shackleton,” the 2002 award-winning British film that recounts the disastrous 1914-16 British expedition to the south pole that ended the age of Antarctic exploration. Part two of the film will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center director Matt Dubel will lead an exploration of the patterns and designs found in nature, from snowflakes to pine cones and streambeds to fiddleheads, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19, at the Fields Pond Audubon Center. Participants should gather in the Discovery Room. Suitable for the whole family. Cost: $8 for member family, $10 for nonmember family. Call 989-2591 for more information.

STETSON — Workshop on wood ducks to be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19, at Sebasticook Regional Land Trust. The session begins indoors with a talk about wood ducks and their habitat needs with Maine Forest Service District Forester Gordon Moore and Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife biologist Keel Kemper. Participants then head out to the Pleasant Lake Preserve to install wood duck nesting boxes. All ages are welcome, though children must be accompanied by an adult. Snowshoes are recommended. For more information, call Jennifer Irving at 948-3766 or visit

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