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Things to Do Outdoors May 7-8, 2011

By Jeff Strout, BDN Staff

CALAIS — Anyone interested in kayaking is invited to enjoy the magic of historic St. Croix Island on a 3-hour sea kayak trip Sunday, May 8, led by Washington County Community College Adventure Recreation and Tourism student Aaron Moody. This trip includes all equipment, an introductory paddling lesson and an interpretive presentation of the history of St. Croix Island. Cost is $10 per person.  Call 454-1060 to register or for more information.

CAMBRIDGE — A state-approved ATV course 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May14 at Cambridge Town Hall. Call Sue Charette, 277-5926, or Woody Thompson, 876-3497.

FARMINGTON —The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center will hold a kayak and canoe fun run and race on the Sandy River on Mother’s Day, May 8. The 10-mile paddle will start at 1 p.m. in Strong at the American Legion and end in Fairbanks at the Little League ball field on Route 4. Registration $10, $5 for mothers and UMF students. Registration forms can be completed on site the day of the race from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For race rules, registration form or more information, http://frc.umf.maine.edu/, 778-7495.

FREEPORT —  L.L. Bean’s Bike Weekend, designed to get you ready for cycling this season, May 13-15. Events include: Demonstrations, clinics and seminars for all skills for road biking, mountain biking and commuting, including how to change a flat tire, bike maintenance, bike safety and bike testing; group rides, as well as the L.L.Bean Time Trial Bike Race, 7:30 a.m. May 15. Visit www.bikereg.com for more information.

HOLDEN — International Migratory Bird Day celebrated 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. This year’s activities will include bird walks, bird banding, live owls from Birdsacre, a children’s activity area, yoga and more for all ages. Call 989-2591 for more information.

MILLINOCKET — Staff and volunteers will gather for the annual Baxter State park roadside litter patrol 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14. Meet at Northern Timber Cruisers snowmobile Club, Route 157 at 9 a.m., bring a lunch and join other volunteers after the cleanup at the club, where a grill will be available for those wanting to cook hamburgers or hot dogs. Soup, rolls and cookies will be provided. Contact Laurie Rich at baxtervip@att.net to sign up by May 11.

ORLAND — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust will sponsor a series of four Friday morning warbler and wildflower walks around Orland and Bucksport, 7:30-9 a.m. starting May 13. Meet Naturalist and GPMCT Executive Director Cheri Domina for the first walk at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland. Bring binoculars and bug spray for this easy stroll. Call 469-2008 or e-mail info@greatpondtrust.org for more information on this or future walks.

THORNDIKE — Four-week basic survival skills course 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays beinning May 31 at Mount View High School. Adam Stone of Camp forest will teach the class for RSU 3 Adult Education. Class participants will learn basic wilderness survival skills, shelter building, friction fire, water purification, edible plants, tracking, basic navigation and more. The outdoor class will be held at the camp. Registration deadline  May 24, fee is $44.

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