Rock and mineral show wraps up today
SAYRE - The show that all rockhounds are looking forward to - the Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club's 44th annual Gem & Mineral Show - wraps up today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Athens Township Volunteer Fire Hall, 211 Herrick Ave.
Several club members will exhibit their personal mineral, fossil or lapidary collections and will be on hand to demonstrate lapidary skills.
The junior club, the Pebble Pups, will have a display of their own and will man the working "mini-mine." A working mine car will transport treasures out of the mine.
Outstanding exhibits will be presented by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Paleontological Research Institute.
Bob "UV Bob" McGuire will present his fluorescent program several times during the show, and dealers will sell minerals, fossils, jewelry, lapidary and gem stones.
Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students and free for those younger than 8.
The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of September through November and January through May at the Sayre High School cafeteria. Visitors are welcome to all meetings.
For more information, visit www.chehannarocks.com.
Tune your ride
BLOOMSBURG - A bike tuning clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Quest Office at Bloomsburg University.
Bring your bike and let the experts take a look at it to be sure it is ready for spring riding. It's also a great time to find a riding partner or learn more about mountain and road biking.
The event is free but registration is required by calling the Quest office or emailing Quest@bloomu.edu.
Water, gas drilling issues on tap at meeting
BARBOURS - The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Plunketts Creek Fire Hall.
Directors will discuss ongoing LCWA projects, then John Childe, an attorney for the PA Environmental Defense Foundation, will present his reasons for filing a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Gov. Tom Corbett to stop further leasing of state forest land for gas extraction development.
LCWA memberships will be available, but the meeting is open to the public.
Solar power focus of Audubon meeting
Solar power will be the topic of the Lycoming Audubon Society's public meeting on Wednesday.
Wayne Gebhart, assistant professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology and an electrician for 40 years, will discuss the theory, equipment, codes and permits associated with solar photovoltaics and will share information about solar thermal equipment.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Lowry Room of the James V. Brown Library and Gebhart's presentation follows at 6:30.
For more information and other events, see www.lycoming.org/audubon.
Cave, canal hike planned
WRIGHTSVILLE - A hike and cave exploration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday near the Shank's Mare, 2092 Long Level Road.
Did you know that the Lower Susquehanna is the site of a tectonic cave - a cavern formed by layers of shifting rock versus the typical limestone and water formation? Following a hike to the entrance, enter the cave and explore the twists and turns of the unique formation on the Conestoga Trail in Lancaster County. Hikers also will stop at Lock 12 Historic Area on the Susquehanna in York County to view the footprint of the canal and lock. Following the spelunking adventure, participants will enjoy a hearty hot lunch back at Shank's Mare.
A fee applies and includes a shuttle, guide and lunch. For more information, see www.shanksmare.com.
Free fishing classes offered
WATERVILLE - McConnell's Country Store & Fly Shop, 10853 N. Route 44, will hold a free fly casting tune-up class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. It is not for beginners.
For more information, call the store.
Enjoy California birdin' at Montour preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Do you have spring fever? Join us from 2-3 p.m. Saturday for some California dreaming as we explore highlights of birds, animals and natural history from the Klamath bioregion in northwestern California, the Monterey Bay region and the nearby Pajaro Valley of coastal central California. The photography is a compilation of images taken while attending bird festivals over the past two years.
The free program will take place at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com and click on "Montour." For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a hunter-trapper class
ANTES FORT - A hunter-trapper education class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. April 1 and 2 at the Northcentral Regional Office of the state Game Commission.
Students should register on the commission's website and must study as homework chapters 1, 4, 5 and 9 in the handbook found on the same website. These chapters will not be covered in class, but there will be questions on the final exam from the chapters.
For more information, call Max Farley at 337-8750.
Learn how to be a safe boater
PENNSDALE - The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Williamsport, Flotilla 15-01, will hold its final safe boating course of the year from 5 to 9 p.m. April 2 and 4 at Gander Mountain in the Lycoming Mall.
Participants will receive a USCGA boating certificate and will qualify for the Pennsylvania boating certificate upon successful completion of the course. Those who wish to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski) or those born after Jan. 1, 1982, who operate a boat with a 25-horsepower or larger motor are required by law to have completed a recognized boating course.
A fee will cover the cost of the book and advance registration is necessary.
For more information, or to enroll, call Joseph Kustanbauter at 435-2193 or email email@example.com.
PA Outdoor Life Expo coming to mall
PENNSDALE - The PA Outdoor Life Expo will be held from 10 a.m. April 4 to 9 p.m. April 6 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 at the Lycoming Mall.
Land conservation conference planned
STATE COLLEGE - The 11th annual state Land Conservation Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 6 at the Penn Stater Conference Center.
The Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference is hosted by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and is Pennsylvania's annual training, networking and inspirational event for those involved with private and public land conservation.
For information, visit the website at conserveland.org/conferences/13.
Kids can learn about minerals
BOALSBURG - A Minerals Junior Education Day will be held April 6 at the fire hall here for children in grades one through eight and their parents.
Attendees will learn about minerals, crystals, gems and fossils. Each child will get an empty egg carton when they check in, then go to a series of stations, each concerning a different aspect of mineral properties, gemstones, rocks or fossils. They learn about the topic from a fun demonstration, activity or discussion and receive a properly labeled specimen related to the topic. Children can gather a whole collection in their egg carton.
Enjoy a canoe, kayak trip
LEWISBURG - Paddle Buffalo Creek with Canoe Susquehanna staff and members of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance from 1 to 5 p.m. April 14.
If creek conditions permit, participants will paddle from the Strawbridge Road Bridge Access to St. George Street.
For more information, see the website at www.paddlehappy.com/Buffalo-Creek.
Learn about eagles and wind power
CAMP HILL - To better understand the ecology and risk from wind power development to the small population of golden eagles in eastern North America, Mike Lanzone, CEO of Cellular Tracking Technologies in Somerset, and his wife Trish Miller trapped and fitted 42 golden eagles with telemetry devices.
From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18, Mike will explain their seven years of research and how the information they gathered can be used to recommend changes to turbine placement to reduce the risk of collision to low-flying eagles.
The event will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church, 421 Deerfield Road.
For more info, see www.appalachianaudubon.org.
Create something beautiful and floral
MIFFLINBURG - Country Farm and Home, 7801 Old Turnpike Road, has announced several Make and Take Classes, through June 26. A fee applies for each course.
April 24 - Floral Globe, 7 p.m. Create a spectacular flowering globe to hang on a shepherd's hook or on a branch of your favorite tree.
May 1 - Hypertufa Planter, 7 p.m. This is a two-night class. Make the planter May and plant it on May 15.
May 8 - Patio Planter, 7 p.m. Learn Keith's secrets for successful container gardening while planting a beautiful container full of the top performing thriller, filler and spiller annuals on the market.
May 22 - Butterfly Garden Planter, 7 p.m. Learn what is needed to entice butterflies to your garden while planting a butterfly garden, filled with host and nectar plants, in a beautiful planter.
June 5 - Living Wall, 7 p.m. - Graphically arrange a collection of plants in the Living Wall Planter System. We will frame your creations, so once you get it home, you mount it on a vertical surface, giving you a whole new world in which to express your creativity.
June 12 - Everlasting Butterfly Pitcher, 7 p.m. Fill a beautiful pitcher with everlasting summer flowers and butterflies.
Call 966-4030 to register or for more information.
Birding, flower walk set at park
WARRENSVILLE - A general birding and early wildflower walk will be held at 8 a.m. April 27 at Rider Park. It is sponsored by park officials and member of the Lycoming Audubon Society.
Participants will explore the beautiful upland forest and fields of Rider Park in hopes of seeing various resident and migrating birds and beautiful early spring wildflowers.
Meet Joe Yoder and Ron Beach at the Rider Park pavilion. For more information, call Yoder at 323-5716 or Beach at 368-2921.
Club plans fishing derby
PICTURE ROCKS - The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its annual Dick Harner Memorial Children's Fishing Derby on May 5 at Van Renselar Park.
For more details, call Art Fry at 368-1245.
Conference set for private forestland owners
ALTOONA - The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will co-sponsor a two-day conference for landowners focused on conserving and managing privately owned woodlands.
The "2013 Private Forest Landowner Conference: The Future of Penn's Woods," will be held May 10-11 at the Blair County Convention Center.
Registration is open and costs $75. Registration details and other information can be found at ecosystems.psu.edu/research/centers/private-forests/events/2013-private-forest-landowners.
Women in the Outdoors event planned
TIOGA - A Women in the Outdoors event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 at Ives Run Recreation Area at Hammond Lake. Women ages 14 and older may apply.
The event is designed to teach women new skills and activities and introduce them to new friends. No experience is necessary.
Paid registration includes four classes, a one-year membership to the Women in the Outdoors program, breakfast and lunch and use of equipment and materials. Raffles and a silent auction also will be held.
Classes include birding, outdoor photography, preparing wild game, archery, fishing, bobcats, Dutch oven cooking, shotgun and trap, geocaching and kayaking.
This Women in the Outdoors event is sponsored by the Arnie Hayden Memorial chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. More information about the program and other area events can be found at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.
Register now for greenway sojourn
The 2013 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Greenway Sojourn - a fully supported, five-day ride along the Great Allegheny Passage - will take place June 23-27, and participants now can reserve their seat.
The Greenway Sojourn is part bicycle ride, part trail-building program. It celebrates newly opened trails and promotes the completion of others to create regional trail systems.
The ride covers mostly off-road, multi-use trails between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md.
All ages and skill levels may register by going online to wilderness-voyageurs.com/rails-to-trails-greenway-sojourn.html.
Outdoor events sought
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All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.
Photographs by area residents of trophy fish or game animals or other interesting outdoor occurrences also will be considered. Digital photos may be sent by email.
Hard-copy glossy prints, negatives or slides may be dropped off or mailed. Polaroid prints typically cannot be reprinted in the newspaper.
Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.
Announcements published in the "Outdoor Briefs" section will print in chronological order as space permits.
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Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
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