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BANGOR — Bangor Alleycat Part Deux will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Meet at the Hannibal Hamlin Statue on the Kunduskaeg Promenade, between Central and State Streets. This is the highly anticipated sequel to Bangor’s courier-style bike race. There is no set route;  you pick your own path to hit 11 checkpoints as quickly as possible. Race with a friend or follow someone else — just remember only one comes in first on this 10-to-15-mile race. Any style bike is welcome. The race ends at The Charles Inn. Awards will be  presented for first, second and third places in women’s and men’s, out-of-towner and DFL.

Registration is $5 with all proceeds benefiting Maine adaptive cycling for the disabled.

BLUE HILL — Dr. Jeremy Jackson, one of the world’s preeminent marine ecologists, will give a talk titled “Brave New Ocean: The Future of the Ocean Past” as part of the MERI Ocean Environmental Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. At 6 p.m. there will be a reception for Jackson and marine biologist Dr. Nancy Knowlton, who will be signing her new National Geographic book “Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life.” Marine Environmental Research Institute is located at 55 Main St. For more information call 374-2135, email info@meriresearch.org or visit www.meriresearch.org

HUDSON — Spend Father’s Day on a guided paddle of Pushaw and Dead streams at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, June 19. The canoe tour offers basic canoe instruction. Participants will explore the plants and wildlife found in Pushaw Stream. Guides, canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. Meet at the parking lot at Gate 3 (35 Hudson Road). The refuge is located on Hudson Road (Route 43) Alton-Old Town. For more information call 944-9259. Reserve a canoe by calling Gudrun Keszocze at 944-9259 or Fred Bryant at  827-2230, or bring your own. For more information visit www.hirundomaine.org

NEWRY — The bike park  at Sunday River will open its 20 miles of  trails for the summer on Friday, June 24, with the debut of Rock Star, a newly constructed advanced-intermediate single track. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through the resort’s Fall Festival Weekend, Oct. 8-9, and holidays, guests can choose to access the bike park by riding to the Chondola to the park’s many trailheads on North Peak or by the power of their own pedals. For more information on Sunday River’s Mountain Bike Park, visit www.sundayriver.com.

PRESQUE ISLE —The third annual Aroostook State Park Birding Festival will be 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 18. The festival offers guided bird walks, birding activities including bird banding, calling and carving demonstrations, live bird displays, a bird house building station and boat rides. The fee is $2 per adult. For more information call the park at 768-8341 or visit www.parksandlands.com. Camping is available; to make reservations visit www.campwithme.com.

SEBEC — The annual Three Rivers Kiwanis Sebec River Canoe & Kayak Race is June 18. Racing and recreational classes include single kayaks and canoes (men or women), two-man and two-woman canoes, mixed doubles canoes and the Junior-Senior Challenge. Other MACKRO classes include Class I Racing Kayak, Class II Recreational Kayak, Class III Racing Canoe and Class IV Recreational Canoe. Registration ($15 per person) is 9-9:45 a.m. near the start at the Sebec Dam in Sebec Village.  A shuttle service is available upon request. For more information and pre-registration, call Bobby Ellison 943-2317 or 279-0481, or visit www.ThreeRiversKiwanis.org.

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