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May 04. 2013 11:11PM

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Deaf Bass Anglers will host a pickerel tournament at Harveys Lake on Sunday, May 19. Registration will be at the public boat launch from 4:30-5:45 a.m., and the tournament will run from 6 a.m. with a weigh-in at 2 p.m. Fee is $50 per boat with a $10 lunker entry. For more information, email or call 991-6176.

The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society will hold its annual banquet May 15 at the Appletree Terrace. The event will feature a dinner buffet and a program, “Creatures of the Night” with live animals. Cost is $35 and doors open at 6 p.m. Deadline for reservations is May 7. Send names of those attending and a check to GWVAS, P.O. Box 535, Dallas, Pa., 18612.

Frances Slocum State Park will plant and launch two artificial floating wetland islands Monday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. The islands consist of recycled plastic structures that are planted with native wetland plants whose roots grow through the mat and aid in water filtration. Each island measures 15-by-15 feet and provide an attractive habitat for wildlife.

The installation of these islands is one of the continuing management practices to improve water quality in Frances Slocum Lake. Volunteers and spectators can meet at the park’s environmental education building at 10:30 a.m. To register, email Kathy Kelchner at

The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host an Introduction to Fly Fishing for Adults program Saturday, May 11, at the American Legion Post in Mountain Top (off of Church Road). The program is for men and women 18 and older and begins at 10 a.m. The hands-on course includes an introduction to fly fishing (rods, reels, lines and flies), fly casting, fly tying, knot tying and fly fishing in a stream and pond. Cost is $25 and includes all equipment needed, lunch and a one-year membership to the chapter. The event is free for SCTU members. For more information, call Jay Downs at 814-6998.

A bus tour highlighting seven sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques, such as native plants, riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, community gardens and more will be held May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tour is organized by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and PA Environmental Council. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area, where they will board a charter bus and travel to the Plains Animal Hospital, Lands at Hillside Farm, Butler Township Community Garden/Center for Landscape Stewardship and Design, Life Expression Wellness Center and Nescopeck State Park.

The cost for the program is $20, which includes the bus tour, lunch, raffle prizes and a tour booklet highlighting the stops. Tour sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 825-1701.

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