Beacon, sports news Oct. 20

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, at 3:21 p.m.

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Learn to curl

Learn to curl at Belfast Curling Club the first weekend in November. The schedule is:

• 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:3- p.m. Saturday, Nov 5.

• 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov 6.

The cost is $10 per person. Limited space is available. Register at http://www.belfastcurlingclub.org and click on “contact us” or call 215-2559, Steve McLaughlin.

The sport of curling has seen increased popularity in Waldo County in recent years and provides recreation for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, call Janet Weaver, 322-5606.

Rolling for a good cause

ROCKLAND — Approximately 20 women will skate for 12 hours to raise money for their local high school and roller derby league.

The Rock Coast Rollers Roll-a-thon will take place 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in two locations. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. they will roll on the Oceanside High School East outdoor basketball courts. From 4 to 8 p.m. they will head indoors to the Lincoln Street Center gym.

“This will be the perfect chance for people to come out and meet their local roller derby league, all while supporting a good cause,” said Chain Lynx, fundraising director for Rock Coast Rollers roller derby league, a nonprofit corporation. “Oceanside High School has been generous to let us use their basketball courts all summer. We just want to give back. Part of all the money raised by skaters will go to the school’s extracurricular programs, which we know have slimmer budgets now than ever before.”

In addition to constant roller skating for an entire day, the athletes will host a 50-50 raffle and a bake sale. The public is is invited to watch the skaters. Tryouts for new skaters will be held Saturday, Nov. 5. For more information, email rockcoastrollers@gmail.com.

Half-marathon trail run

JEFFERSON — Are you inspired by the tranquility of running on rustic trails deep in the Maine woods? Do you enjoy the challenge of highly varied terrain, where slippery roots or loose rocks demand your concentration and sharpen your focus?

Then consider registering for the Race thru the Woods at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Explore the beautiful mix of single- and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging race course. Enjoy hot food around the fire pit after the race.

Registration fee is $25, free to center members. Proceeds will support the maintenance of center trails and educational programs. Race is capped at just 50, so register early online at http://www.hvnc.org where more information is available, or contact Gary at 586-6752, gary@hvnc.org, or Chris at 586-5161.

Nature walk

PALERMO — Naturalist Lynne Flaccus will lead a guided walk around the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association’s Palermo Preserve at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The 74-acre wooded preserve located on Turner Ridge Road in Palermo, protects 4,000 feet of the upper reaches of the Sheepscot River. Trails wind through mixed forest and along the banks of the river. Interpretive stations along the trail and educational displays highlight salmon-related topics and other unique aspects of the property.

From the south, take Route 218 north to Somerville. You will cross Route 17 and then Route 105. Continue on Route 218 for three miles. The preserve entrance and parking lot are on the right just past the Palermo-Somerville town line but before Gore Road. From the north, take Route 3 into Palermo and take Turner Ridge Road south to just past Gore Road to the preserve parking on the left. For more information contact the SVCA office at 586-5616 or svca@sheepscot.org, or visit http:// www.sheepscot.org.

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