Recreation news

Posted June 07, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.
Last modified June 07, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.

Memorial golf tournament

ORONO — The first Ryan J. Thomas Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Penobscot Valley Country Club. Presentation of prizes and dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m.

The tournament will have a shotgun start and a scramble format.

The registration fee is $400 for a foursome, including greens fees, golf cart, barbecue and putting green.

Sponsorships are: tee, $500; course contest, $750; dinner, $1,000; and presenting, $3,000.

Ryan Thomas died on Jan. 2, 2009, after a lengthy battle with bone cancer. His strength and selflessness have inspired family and friends to start the Ryan J. Thomas Memorial Fund to help cancer patients with the hardships of treatments, raise money for cancer research and sponsor educational scholarships.

Send registration to Ryan J. Thomas Memorial Fund, 47 Colonial Road, Westbrook 04092, or register online at http://www.RyanJThomas.com.

Supporting Special Olympics

TD Bank will hold its annual donation drive for the “Be a fan” campaign, continuing its support of Special Olympics through employee and customer donations, through June 30 at banks from Maine to Florida.

“We are extremely excited to participate in the “Be a fan” campaign again this year,” said Fred Graziano, head of Regional Retail Banking for TD Bank. “Last year’s campaign was a great success, and we encourage all TD Bank employees and customers to give what they can to support and ‘be a fan’ of the Special Olympics.”

Donations may be made at any TD Bank store, with funds raised in each state going directly to local Special Olympics chapters. Customers and noncustomers can use the Penny Arcade to count and donate some or all of their loose change. When donating through the Penny Arcade, TD Bank will waive the fee for noncustomers.

TD Bank has wristbands featuring Special Olympics and TD Bank logos as well as “Be a fan” inscribed on them, for sale in each store for $5.

Sparrow tour

WINTERPORT — Need help improving sparrow identification skills? Sparrows are small and not very “flashy,” so they can be challenging to recognize.  

Join Fields Pond Audubon Center for a tour of Prospect and Frankfort with John Wyatte and visit the Mendall Marsh and nearby blueberry barrens 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 11. In addition to the more common sparrows, participants will look for vesper and Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrows.

The group will carpool from the public parking lot in downtown Winterport next to the antique store. The cost for the tour is $5 members, $6 others. Advance registration is necessary at 989-2591. The rain date is June 18.

 

Foraging for mushrooms

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center will hold a program on “Foraging for Edible, Medicinal Mushrooms” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the center.

The instructor will be mushroom expert Greg Marley, founder of Mushrooms for Health and author of “Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi” and “Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms.”

The class will combine lecture and outdoor experience to look at identification features, ecology and the seasonal occurrence of mushrooms. Participants will look at edible as well as common poisonous mushrooms and enjoy cooking and eating some of the mushrooms they find.

Bring a lunch and come prepared for a hike. The cost is $45 members, $50 others. Advance registration and payment are required. Call 989-2591.

 

Moonlight canoeing

HOLDEN — Float along the lakeshore as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles and bats may grace the trip. Heavy rain or thunder would cancel the trip, and payment would be refunded.

Moonlight canoeing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. The cost is $5 with your own canoe or kayak, or $10 per rental canoe with life jacket and paddles. Advance registration and payment are necessary. Call 989-2591.

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