Try herbs and edibles today at preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Healthy and creative cooking starts with the flavorful use of herbs and spices. Join cooking instructor Robert Brown from 2-5 p.m. today in Montour Preserve's herb garden for an outdoor afternoon of tips on cooking with and cultivating herbs. Topics will include growing your own herbs, preserving and drying herbs, making herb-infused vinegars and oils, and summertime recipes.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour and then click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register today for bass tournament in Sunbury
SUNBURY - The Pennsylvania Bass Nation will hold an adult and youth Open Buddy Tournament on Aug. 24 at Shikellamy State Park. The deadline to register is Monday.
Check-in and boat checks begin at 4:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at 2:30 p.m.
A team will consist of an adult 18 years or older and a minor 17 years and younger. Launch order will go by the date that entries were postmarked.
Plaques and prizes will be given out to the first-, second- and third-lace teams. The team that catches the biggest bass will receive fishing-related prizes.
An entry fee will be charged per team.
All applications must be postmarked by Aug. 11.
For rules and information, contact Ernie Watkins, youth director, at 717-315-8951 or email@example.com.
View Perseid meteor shower at Rider Park
WARRENSVILLE - Dr. Richard Erickson, associate professor of astronomy and physics, will be the guest speaker on Monday, when Rider Park hosts a viewing of the Perseid meteor shower.
Space is limited, and interested attendees must register in advance. To register, visit the park's website, www.RiderPark.org.
If clear skies prevail, the event is planned for 9:30 p.m. to midnight.A
Guests should arrive between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. and should bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights.
For more information, call the event sponsor's, the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, at 570-321-1500.
Group plans canoe, kayak races
The local chapter of PACK (Pennsylvania Canoe and Kayak) will hold several canoe and kayak races in the area this summer. Events include:
Monday-next Sunday - United States Canoe and Kayak Nationals Race at Woodward Boat Launch, Lock Haven
Oct. 5 - PACK Fall Foliage in Castanea
Try to 'beat the band' in 5K
LEWISBURG - The Lewisburg Arts Council will hold the family friendly Beat the Band 5K Walk/Run at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hufnagle Park, in conjuction with the evening's Music in the Park concert with BeeGeeZ USA. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Music in the Park Endowment.
Participants will be challenged to beat the Bee GeeZ USA as they play 32 minutes of Bee Gees music as part of their outdoor tribute concert. All are invited, whether you plan to race the band and finish before 32 minutes or if you choose to dance your way through the course.
Participants will receive an event souvenir. Register prior to race day or beginning at 6 p.m. onsite. For information about registration fees and to register, visit www.afitevent.com/band. Silver shirts and feathered hair are encouraged but optional.
Take a flashlight tour at Lincoln Caverns
HUNTINGDON - See how people first discovered Lincoln Caverns during Wednesday's darkened tour of the natural artifact.
The walk begins with an Introduction to Speleology slide program.
Children must be at least age 10, and all participants must bring flashlights. Advance ticket purchase required.
For more information, call 814-643-0268.
Channel catfish tournament planned
LINDEN - Big Al's 16th annual Channel Cat Tournament will be held in August, and teams must sign up from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the boat ramp in Linden.
Fishing is permitted anywhere in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries but not in ponds.
Two-man teams may sign up for $50 per team. They are limited to five fish, which must be kept in live condition on ice. All rules of the state Fish and Boat Commission apply.
Weigh-in will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Linden boat ramp.
For more information, call Big Al DiMassimo at 570-971-0681.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday;
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triathalons planned for kids, adults
LEWISBURG - A triathlon for kids will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Entrants will do one lap in the Lewisburg Community Pool, one lap on foot through the Lewisburg Area Recreation Park and one on their bikes.
The ninth annual Lewisburg Sprit Triathlon will be held for adults from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The race includes 300 yards in the pool, a 15-mile bike ride and a 3.25-mile run.
Registration for both events may be made online at Fitforfunds.com. For more information, call 570-524-4774.
In conjunction with these events, Earl's Bicycle Store, 427 Fairground Road, will hold its annual Bicycle Swap-Meet. Bring in any cycling-related items (bikes, parts, accessories, etc.) that you no longer are using and the store will try to sell them for you. You also may rent space for a fee and sell your own bike parts.
FoxPro backs Renovo outdoors show in August
SOUTH RENOVO - FoxPro, a nationally known predator call maker based in Mifflin County, is sponsoring the South Renovo Outdoor Show, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Citizens Hose Fire Co., 415 Fourth St.
The event will feature more than 20 vendors with products such as turkey and predator calls, custom trail cameras, hunting lights, custom fly rods, fly-tying accessories, and trapping supplies.
FoxPro's field staff member and predator hunter Kirk McKendree will conduct a seminar from 2 to 4 p.m.
Master falconer Fran Gray, of Centre County, will present a seminar from 11 a.m. to noon.
Admission and seminars are free, with limited seating.
A number of prizes will be raffled off.
For more information, search for "2014 FoxPro Presents 2014 Citizens Hose Company of South Renovo Outdoor Show" on Facebook or call 570-295-0038.
Business offers guided kayak tour
Enjoy the companionship of other friendly paddlers and watch for riverside wildlife, improve your paddling skills and learn about local history during an 8 river mile-long paddle between Montoursville and Muncy, with an island rest stop mid-way. No time was announced for the Aug. 23 trip.
The entry fee is $55 per person, or $45 if you use your own gear.
Reservations are required.
A similar trip - Peace of the Susquehanna - will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 31. It involves 7 miles on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River between Montgomery and Watsontown. The cost is $45 per person or $35 if you use your own gear.
Volunteers needed for local cleanup
Clinton County CleanScapes will hold a tire removal project Sept. 6 in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at email@example.com or call her at 570-726-3511; or call Rich Best, of Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, at 570-398-1458.
4x4 club announces benefit ride
RANSHAW - Eagle Valley Off Roaders will hold its fourth annual Wheelin' 4 Wishes benefit ride from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, 4100 Route 125, Coal Township.
The event, open to all makes and models of 4x4s, is a guided trail ride on the east and west property of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area.
The ride was started three years ago by a high-school-age member of the Eagle Valley Off Roaders, a family-based, non-profit, four-wheel drive club, as part of a senior project. The proceeds benefit the Make-A- Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Rigs will break into guided groups at 9, with a driver's meeting at 9:15.
Participants should pack a lunch, must wear seat belts and must sign a waiver.
For more information, email the Eagle Valley Off Roaders at Evor4x4@gmail.com.
Outdoor events sought
Do you have a meeting or outdoor event you'd like to publicize in the Sun-Gazette?
Announcements must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the event, preferably earlier.
Information and news releases may be:
Mailed to Outdoor editor, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport PA 17701
Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dropped off at the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport
Submitted through the Outdoor section of the Virtual Newsroom on the paper's website, www.sungazette.com.
All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.
News releases submitted in all capital letters will not be accepted.
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.
The Outdoors section is published weekly on Sundays, but it goes to print early on Wednesday mornings.
Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
For more help, call 570-326-1551, ext. 3116.