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Things to Do Outdoors April 21, 2011


CALAIS — Washington County Community College Adventure Recreation and Tourism student Greg Hudzina will lead a day of rock climbing on Saturday, April 23.  This workshop is open to anyone age 10 and up who is interested in trying rock climbing outside on real rock.  Participants will learn basics of climbing and belaying.  Cost is $10 per person and includes transportation to and from the climbing site and instruction. Instructors are certified through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. Call 454-1060 for more information or to register.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Piscataquis Regional YMCA is holding an ATV Education Course 9 a.m.-3 p.m  Saturday, April 23. Participants will learn how to operate and maintain an ATV. The class will also cover laws, responsibilities and personal safety. Passage of a final exam is required for successful completion of the course. The cost is $5 per person and lunch will be available for purchase. To register, call Piscataquis Regional YMCA at 564-7111.

JEFFERSON — Earth Day celebration 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, with a tour of Hidden Valley Nature Center with a look at vernal pools and spring wildflowers. High rubber boots recommended to allow access to the pools. Hiking stick and binoculars are helpful; bring water and bug protection. All donations are tax deductible. For information, visit, call Gary at 586-6752 or email

NEWRY — Sunday River Ski Resort is celebrating the last day of ski season Sunday, April 24, by offering free skiing all day. Friends and family are invited to the Easter Sunrise service on the mountain top at 7 a.m. followed by an Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. The Barker Mountain Express chairlift will load out of the Barker base starting at 6:30 a.m. For guests interested in staying for the Easter weekend, ski and stay packages are available. Visit or call 800-543-2754 for more information.

ORONO – Three free bicycle seminars 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the University of Maine Memorial Union. At 9 a.m. the topic is  bicycle and pedestrian safety; at 12:30 p.m. the talk is aimed at folks who haven’t ridden their bikes for a while and includes safety and clothing recommended for riders; and at  2 p.m. the topic is diagnosing and fixing common problems. All attendees will be eligible to win prizes from Rose Bike in Orono. Call Laura Lommler at 581-1571 for more information.

OWLS HEAD — The Owls Head Transportation Museum will hold its annual Kites, Bikes & Trikes Family Festival on Saturday, April 23. Kids can bring their kites to fly and see kite-flying demonstrations by members of the Nor’easters Kite Club from Portland. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles for a free spring safety check-up offered by Maine Sport. Children can ride their bikes and trikes on the museum’s large, flat and car-free Runway 17 throughout the day and may participate in the bicycle parade at noon. Helmets are required. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.; most activities start at 10 a.m. Admission is free for children younger than 18 and $10 for adults. Call Park Morrison at 594-4418 or visit for more information

ROCKPORT — Join Mid-Coast Audubon Saturday, April 23, for a morning of birding and viewing of the midcoast area from historic Beech Hill in Rockport. Meet at Beech Hill Road parking lot at 8 a.m. For more information contact John Weinrich at 563-2930.

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