Recreation news, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Berry Day in the Wildlands

ORLAND, Maine — Grab your berry baskets. Berry connoisseur Sarah LeVine will lead berry pickers to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands’ premium blackberry patches at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, meeting at the Wildlands’ South Gate on Route in East Orland, just south of the Route 176 intersection.

LeVine is a board member for Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. Rain date is Aug. 27. Bring your own berry receptacles. Participants are asked to preregister with LeVine at 667-1293 or sarahlevine5@gmail.com.

Wildlands work party

ORLAND, Maine — Join the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands Path Crew for a workday at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, meeting at South Gate on Route 1, just south of the Route 176 intersection.

The crew will work on the Red Pine Path. They will have extra tools, but bring favorite loppers or spade if you like, along with gloves, water, sunscreen and a snack. Call Scott for more info at 825-4709 or email scottcom36@roadrunner.com.

Soccer alumnae

BANGOR, Maine — The fifth Bangor High School girls soccer alumnae game will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. The game will have two 30-minute halves featuring the girls varsity squad and alumnae of the program.

Admission is free, but donations will benefit the Danielle Marie Thompson Scholarship Fund. Concessions and a silent auction will be held.

The alumnae soccer game was established in memory of Danielle Marie Thompson, a member of the Class of 2003 who died Jan. 3, 2007, after a brief illness while at the University of New Hampshire. Thompson was a four-year member and captain of the Bangor girls soccer squad.

For information, contact Pam Tweedie at 947-7245 or Tweedie321@aol.com.

Small boat launch

BANGOR, Maine — The city of Bangor has announced that a new small boat and paddle-craft launch dock is available for use.

“This is a great opportunity for small boating enthusiasts to have a more convenient access to the river,” said Tracy Willette, director of Parks and Recreation.

The new access is located at the southern end of the bulkhead, just downstream from the large vessel dock.

“Because of the tireless effort of previous City Engineer Jim Ring and current City Engineer Art Morgan, this access is finally a reality,” said Willette.

Morgan added, “Through continued conversation with DEP and other regulatory agencies, we were able to design a concept that would be acceptable and allowable.”

The city has been exploring the concept of a small-craft access for the past couple of years. At one time, there was discussion about locating a similar access farther downstream near the Pike Tank area. There also were several discussions by various committees as well as during a public boating forum.

The location near the end of the bulkhead was chosen given its proximity to parking and other amenities on the Waterfront.

For more information on the new small-boat launch, call Bangor Parks and Recreation at 992-4490.

Children’s triathlon

ORONO, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center, the University of Maine and Kohl’s Cares for Kids will present the third Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 25. The Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon is a competitive, yet friendly, event for ages 7 to 13.

The backdrop of the University of Maine offers athletes a scenic and fun course that winds through the campus, including the Wallace Swimming Pool, the Alfond Track and Field and the university’s bike paths.

The cost is $20 per child, and each participant must be accompanied by an adult. Parents or guardians stay on-site during the race. To register, visit www.active.com. For information, call 973-4600.

Preregistration is required. The triathlon starts at 1 p.m., but all participants are asked to attend a mandatory pre-race meeting at noon.

Special Olympics

BANGOR, Maine — A scrapbook fundraiser to benefit Momentum’s Special Olympics team will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 28 Gilman Plaza, Suite 5, off Stillwater Ave.

Admission is $25, including breakfast, lunch, snacks and door prizes. Call 907-4501 to reserve a spot and get more information.

Send money order (no checks) to Momentum, c/o Kate, 28 Gilman Plaza, Suite 5, Bangor, ME O4401; or pay cash at the door.

Momentum Inc. integrates people with intellectual disabilities into the world. For information, visit http://www.momentumme.com.

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