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BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic is offering the 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1. Learn how to manage medical emergencies in the backcountry, including CPR, anaphylaxis and automated external defibrillator certifications. Graduates receive WFA certification by the Maine-based Wilderness Medical Associates, valid for three years, as well as basic life support-level CPR and anaphylaxis certification. Cost is $190. Email Tonia Kittelson at tkittelson@coa.edu or call 801-5672 for more information.

BELFAST — Fans of lobster boat racing who might have the desire to be a judge in the races now have that chance. The winner of the 1st Maine Lobster Boat Racing Contest will win a spot at the finish line on the official Coast Guard vessel as a judge of the races in Searsport on July 9. They will receive: an official’s T-shirt and certificate from Maine Lobster Boat Racing, family admission to Penobscot Marine Museum, lodging at the Carriage Inn of Searsport and a dinner Ocean’s Edge Restaurant in Belfast. The event is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the seasonal opening of the Maine Coast Welcome Center, Route 1, Belfast.

CALAIS — Adventure recreation and tourism student Ben Collins will show how to plan a two-day backpacking trip on a trail during the weekend of April 30-May 1. Topics covered include what to bring, how to pack, basic campcraft, backcountry cooking and planning and travel techniques. Cost is $10 per person. Call 454-1060 to register or for more information.

CALAIS — Learn how to paddle in moving water in the Intro to River Canoeing Workshop with Washington County Community College adventure recreation and tourism student Jacob Sincyr on Saturday, April 30. This workshop covers basic paddling strokes and river hydrology with an emphasis on safety. Cost is $10 and all equipment is provided. Call Jake at 454-1060 to register or for more information.

NORTH ORLAND — Young children and their parents or grandparents are invited to join Nikki Fox and her daughters at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, for a spring stroll (strollers welcome!) in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Meet at the Wildlands North Gate on the Bald Mountain Road (0.2 miles west of Winkumpaugh Road) in North Orland. Walkers will look for signs of spring and enjoy some outdoor exercise. Call Nikki at 667-6703 or email nichelefox@gmail.com for more information.

FREEPORT — Feathers over Freeport: A Birdwatching Weekend will take place 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, at Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Park admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for children ages 5-11; all others free.

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center will present a Photo Journey through Alaska at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at 216 Fields Pond Road. The show is the work of photographers Deb and Doug Schmidt, who traveled to Alaska to search for brown bears. The cost is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers. Call 989-2591 or visit www.maineaudubon.org for more information.

NORTH ORLAND — The Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and the Penobscot Valley Star Gazers Club are hosting an evening of spring stargazing in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands Saturday, April 30. Come to the South Gate on Route 1 (just south of the Route 176 intersection) at 8 p.m. and drive in; leave anytime you wish. Bring a blanket or light chair and plenty of warm clothing; binoculars, star charts, telescopes, planispheres and other astronomical gear is welcome. Carpooling is recommended. Rain-cloud date is May 21 — email info@greatpondtrust.org or call 469-2008 for weather updates or more information.

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