Midcoast Beacon sports news, Oct. 13

Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 10:36 p.m.

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Join the YMCA

ROCKPORT — Join the Penobscot Bay YMCA for $1 through Monday, Oct. 31. Membership includes:

• Free classes.

• Entire Y facility. Access to the main pool, therapy pool, gymnasium, children’s play gym, fitness center, walk-jog track, rock climbing center and outdoor playground during open use times.

• Family memberships include access to Family Prime Time, which offers free supervised care for children during select hours Monday through Friday.

• New programs.

• Bring a guest. Membership includes three guest passes for individuals or six guest passes for family or senior couple memberships annually.

For more information, call the Y at 236-3375 or visit http://www.penbayymca.org.

Chain saw safety course

JEFFERSON — The sounds of fall include chain saws working on wood piles in preparation for winter. Many who use chain saws have never learned how to do so safely. Here’s an opportunity to change that. Spend a day and a half at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, to learn about chain saw safety, personal protective equipment and its use, saw chain and saw-tooth filing, maintenance and what to look for when buying a chain saw.

During the second day of the workshop participants will move outside and get experience at bucking and boring stations. Felling tools, wedge use, reactive forces and safe felling techniques will be taught as students progress to dropping trees.

Personal protective equipment is required for the second class, including chaps, eye protection and steel-toed boots. An equipment dealer will be present on the first day of the session with items (chain saw, chaps and more) for sale at reduced prices. Some gear may be available to borrow. Bring a saw if you have one.

Experienced instructors at the event will be Pete Tracy, licensed forester and certified logging professional Instructor and Tish Carr, licensed forester and licensed arborist. The fee for the class is $110, $100 for HVNC supporters. The course is co-sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and some scholarships are available by contacting amarshall@mofga.org. No previous experience necessary for the workshop, and while technical, it will be low-stress and supportive.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.hvnc.org/ or contact Gary at 586-6752 or gary@hvnc.org.

Fall festival

BELFAST — Friends and family are invited to celebrate fall with the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and Coastal Mountains Land Trust Festival 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Festival activities include nature walks with Mike Shannon, cider pressing, hayrides, children’s games, feasting and a singalong. Bring a picnic dinner and something for the grill, as well as something to sit on, musical instruments, apples to press and containers for cider.

Enjoy the fall foliage, meet new people and celebrate the official opening of the Head of Tide Preserve on Doak Road. For more information, call Cloe at 338-1147 or Ellen at 236-7091.

Bowling

WALDOBORO — Allplay Family Entertainment Center, 402 Friendship St., will welcome friends of Spectrum Generations who want to rediscover the fun and camaraderie of bowling at 1 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the fall and winter months. Register in advance by calling Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center in Rockland at 563-1363.

Into the woods

JEFFERSON — Can you find your way in the woods or on the water without a GPS? Ed Thelander, retired Navy SEAL, will teach a navigation class assisted by Registered Maine Guide and HVNC Director Gary Hayward. The class will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Participants will begin with the basics of navigation, including compass parts, taking and following bearings, map features, etc. Students will progress to learning about back azimuth, offsetting and resectioning. After lunch, put the skills to the test by navigating through an orienteering course on-site.

The class will be held rain or shine and is limited to eight participants. The cost is $75, $65 center members. Registration in advance is required by contacting Hayward at 586-6752 or gary@hvnc.org, or visit http://www.hvnc.org.

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