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THIS WEEK: June 21 to 27, 2013


RiverFest, the annual event along the Susquehanna River with river trips, live music, environmental displays, children’s activities and more. Begins tonight along the River Common in Wilkes-Barre with free family fishing, mural painting, food vendors and music by Classic Rock Express and Don Shappelle & the Pickups from 6 to 9. Continues Saturday with a festival at Nesbitt Park from noon to 5 p.m. with live mammals, nature programs, pony rides, nature hikes, kayaking demos and more. River trips include West Pittston to Harding 5 to 7 tonight; Harding to Wilkes-Barre 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and Wilkes-Barre to Hunlock Creek 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday along with Dragon Boat Racing 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Schedule at riverfrontparks.org.


Ladies of the Lake, a women-only paddle around the coves of the lake. Bring your own watercraft or borrow one from the park. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 5:30 to 7 tonight. Registration: 676-0567.


Summer Solstice Celebration, with family activities including tracking the sun using homemade sundials, stories of solstice traditions, children’s crafts, campfire, drumming and stargazing. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. 7:30 tonight. 967-7275.


Angel Fund 5K, the second annual run/walk with your pet to raise funds to help animals in need. McDade Park, Scranton. Saturday with registration at 8 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. Also: games, vendors, prizes, basket raffles and more. $30 includes free t-shirt. 587-7777 or vrecpa.com.


Eagle Viewing with the Naturalist, safely spy on the resident bald eagles and the two new eaglets who are getting ready to fledge. Wildlife Observation Station, Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 676-0567.


Introduction to Kayaking, a course for beginners. Bring your own watercraft or borrow one from the park ($5). Day Use Beach Area, Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 676-0567.


Lightning Bug Show, an introduction followed by a walk in the fields to observe these amazing insects at the peak of their display. Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary, Route 29, Dimock. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 278-3384.


Back Mountain Trail Bike Ride, a mostly downhill 10-mile ride to RiverFest in Wilkes-Barre. Meet at the Dallas High School, 2000 Conyngham Ave. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Helmets mandatory. 208-9622.


Turtles of the Poconos, an indoor session followed by an outdoor turtle search in the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


Silver Creek Trail Hike, a trek to identify wildflowers. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 967-7275.


Living with Black Bears, the do’s and don’ts of handling bear encounters. Lackawanna State Park Amphitheater, Dalton. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 945-7011.


Breakneck Ridge Hike, eight difficult miles with rock scrambles and vistas. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 7:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Tannersville Cranberry Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with novel plant and insect life. Meet at the Bog parking lot, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 11. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


Astronomy Observation Night. Watch the largest full moon of 2013 with the University of Scranton Astronomy Club. Rooftop Observatory of Loyola Science Center, Ridge Row, University of Scranton. 8:30 p.m. Sunday. 941-7401.


Nature Arts and Crafts in the Park, painting, recycling, exploring and other fun activities. Wear old clothes. Falls Pavilion, Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon through Aug. 28. 676-0567.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Reservations: 676-0567.


Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and outdoor events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and win prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 823-2191.


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Xterra Race, the fifth in a series of races through local parks. Gouldsboro State Park, Route 507, Tobyhanna. June 29 with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. 894-8336.


Know Your Wildflowers, indoor and outdoors sessions using “Newcomb’s Field Guide to Wildflowers.” Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon June 29. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


Small Mammals, an in-depth look at mice, moles, voles and shrews using live specimens and taxidermy mounts. Also: an evening study of bats and their echolocation calls. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 4 to 9 p.m. June 29. $30. 828-2319 or peec.org.


A Symphony of Cicadas, a program on the natural history of these loud little insects. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 p.m. June 29. 696-9105.


Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, the outdoor skills and ethics program that teaches how to use the outdoors responsibly. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 2 to 4 p.m. June 30. Free but registration required: 403-2006.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 3. Reservations: 676-0567.


Bernie’s Memorial Run and Walk, the 30th annual three-mile event beginning at West Market and South River streets, continuing through residential neighborhoods in South Wilkes-Barre and finishing at Public Square. In honor of the former YMCA executive director Bernie Hargadon. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. July 4 with registration 7 a.m. at the YMCA, walk and Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. and run at 9:10 a.m. $15 until June 27; $20 afterward. 208-9622.


Weather Tracking from Your Own Back Yard: Make a barometer and dew-point gauge. Materials provided. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. July 7. 967-7275.


Rooster Run, a 5K cross-country race and walk through the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm past ponds, pastures, apple orchards and historical buildings on varying surfaces. Followed by the 7th annual Music in the Valley with old-fashioned traditional music. 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. July 13 with race at 9 a.m. and music 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 992-6161.


Kayak the Susquehanna River, a three-hour paddle from Harding to West Pittston to learn about stream ecology and wildlife along the river. Meet at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. July 14 at 8:30 a.m. with trip beginning at 10 a.m. $50 single kayak; $65 tandem; $15 with no rental. 654-9847.


Organic Gardening Workshop, discussions on organic gardening, seed saving and other creative gardening methods. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. July 15. Registration: 654-9847.


Wiffle Ball and Horseshoe Tournament, sponsored by the Backyard Wiffle Ball League, 345 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. July 20 with registration deadline July 13. $10. Proceeds benefit Fallen Officers Remembered. 704-8344.


Brady’s Lake Paddle, a level-three kayaking adventure for experienced paddlers, ages 16 and older. Meet at Brady’s Lake parking area, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1:30 p.m. July 17. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 17. Reservations: 676-0567.


Tamarack Trail Hike, a trek through the woods to learn about coniferous trees. Meet at the Wheaton House, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. July 20. 967-7275.


Kayak: Level One, an introductory lesson to learn basic paddling skills. Ages 16 and older. Meet at Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 11 a.m. July 31. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Kayak: Level Two, a lesson focusing on self-rescue and boat-over-boat rescue. Ages 16 and older. Meet at Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. July 31. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 31. Reservations: 676-0567.


Hemlock Trail Hike, a walk through the old-growth forest to the deer exclosure fence. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. Aug. 3. 967-7275.


Perseids Meteor Shower, the annual light show of falling stars. Bring a blanket or chair, binoculars or telescopes. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11. 967-7275.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Reservations: 676-0567.


CCC Reunion and Festival, the annual celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps with music, geocaching, crafting, art, dancing, food, interpretive talks, the Blacksmith Shop, Masker Museum, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. 676-3428.


Cliff Trail Hike, a strenuous hike to learn about vernal pools. Bring a lunch. Meet at the Buckley Road parking lot, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Aug. 17. 967-7275.


Full Moon Bike and Bonfire, around the roads bordering the park. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 6 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 967-7275.


Mushrooms and Mycilia, a discussion, slide show and trail walk to learn about fungi. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Aug. 25. 967-7275.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Reservations: 676-0567.


Salt Springs Celebration, with activities for all ages, music, exhibits, live animals and more. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31. 967-7275.




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