June 23, 2018
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BANGOR — Join amateur naturalist Ryan Robbins 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Bangor City Forest, Tripp Drive entrance, to learn about bears. Robbins has been documenting black bears in and around Rolland F. Perry City Forest and the Walden-Parke Preserve for the last six years. Robbins has recently identified bear signs in the city forest. The walk will end about sunset. Participants are asked to bring flashlights and leave their dogs at home.

ELLSWORTH — Downeast Folks on Spokes is sponsoring several walking and bicycle events Saturday, June 4, on the Down East Sunrise Trail to support  Downeast Health Services for children. For cyclists there is an 85-mile ride from Ayres Junction back to Ellsworth and a 20- or 50-mile loop beginning at Washington Junction. For walkers and runners there are 5K and 10K events. There is no registration fee. Instead, each participant is required to meet a fundraising minimum to participate.  Fundraising minimums are: Cycling (all options), $125 for adults, $60 for children; and walking (all options), $75 for adults, $50 for children. Visit http://downeasthealth.org/site/ for more information.

FREEPORT — The 30th annual L.L.Bean PaddleSports weekend is Saturday-Sunday, June4-5, at the Paddling Center and the flagship store. At the paddling center there is a free oceanside cookout, live music, boat testing (canoes and kayaks) and the chance to talk to industry vendors, GPS treasure hunts, craft making for kids, 90-minute kayak tours ($29 by reservation at the flagship store or by calling 888-552-3261). There also will be walk-on adventure tours for $10. More events at the main store include clinics on stand-up paddling, selecting the right paddle, paddling techniques, guests, vendors and more. Special promotions start Friday. For more information visit www.llbean.com/stores or call 877-755-2326.

GUILFORD — State-approved bowhunting course 6-9:30 p.m. June 6-7 and 6-9 p.m. June 8 at Piscataquis Community High School. Call Harold Currier at 277-3115.

GUILFORD — State-approved crossbow course 6-9 p.m. June 9 at Piscataquis Community High School. Call Marilyn Currier at 277-3115.

LUBEC — Downeast Coastal Conservancy invites you to a free bird walk at Mowry Beach at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Join birder Jennifer Multhopp for a walk along DCC’s Mowry Beach and the boardwalk trail to encounter warblers, sparrows and other songsters, and perhaps some shorebirds as well. Bring binoculars. Two spotting scopes available. Meet at the parking lot end of Pleasant Street (adjacent to the water treatment plant) in Lubec. For more information call 255-4500 or email heather@downeastcoastalconservancy.org.

SEBEC — The Annual Three Rivers Kiwanis Sebec River Canoe & Kayak Race is scheduled for June 18. Racing and recreational classes include single kayaks and single canoes for men or women, two-man and two-woman canoes, mixed doubles (man and woman) 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 is 9-9:45 a.m. near the start at the Sebec Dam in Sebec Village.  Registration is $15 per person. A shuttle service will be available after the race upon request. For more information and preregistration, call Bobby Ellison 943-2317 or 279-0481, or visit www.ThreeRiversKiwanis.org.

THOMASTON — The annual free Kiwanis Bicycle Safety Rodeo will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Thomaston Grammar School, 65 Watts Lane. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the child’s bike. Events include a bicycle raffle for two bikes, a safety rodeo, child safety programs and a car seat safety inspection station. New helmets will be available for $5.

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