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Oregon Hunters Dinner Saturday

The Emerald Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association will hold its annual banquet and auction Saturday at the Eugene Hilton. In addition to dinner, an auction and raffle will feature a variety of outdoor gear, artwork, gifts and other items. Proceeds used to fund local wildlife habitat projects and youth education events. The local chapter’s annual banquet has funded wildlife habitat projects in the southern Willamette Valley and the Cascades, including the ongoing Pine Grass Habitat Restoration project on the Willamette National Forest in Lane County that is improving elk forage habitat. Ticket packages range from $42 to $385. Banquet tickets for youths are $20. One OHA membership is required per couple or group. For more info, or to purchase banquet tickets, call 541-461-6779.

Long Tom Council to review data

The latest scientific data and ways to improve urban watershed health will be at the top of the agenda when the Long Tom Watershed Council holds its meeting at 6 p. m., March 29, at the Hilyard Community Center, 2080 Hilyard St. The council will discuss results from pesticide data collected in Amazon Creek across a diversity of land use areas. Essex General Construction and Joe’s Garage also will talk about their experiences and incentives for doing an urban stormwater project to enhance their business landscape, improve local waterways and help wildlife through participating in the council’s “Trout Friendly Landscapes” program. For more information, call 541-338-7055 or visit www. longtom. org.

Boating classes Saturday in Veneta

Would-be boaters can obtain their mandatory boater education card by attending a class from 8:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m., Saturday, at Lane County Rural Fire Station 1, 88050 Territorial Highway, in Veneta. A boater education card is required for anyone operating any type of watercraft over 10 horsepower and for youths 12 to 15 operating any type of powerboat. Cost is $15 and space is limited. To register, contact Rick Parsons of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at 541-463-1797.

Fly Fishers explore Crooked River

John R. Anderson, professor of entomology and author of a recently published book titled “Fly Fishing Oregon’s Crooked River: Insect Drift and Seasonal Fish Diets as a Guide to Successful Fly Fishing,” will be the guest speaker during the 7 p. m. Thursday meeting of the Cascade Family Flyfishers at the Westminster Presbyterian Church on the corner of Harlow and Coburg roads. Doors will open at 6:15 p. m. with fly tying demonstrations.

Whale watchers on duty this week

Whale Watch volunteers are available to help visitors spot whales from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. this week through Saturday at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, three miles south of Yachats. Gray whales are making their way north to their summer feeding grounds near Alaska. This winter, more than 1,600 whales were sighted by Whale Watch volunteers along the Oregon Coast during the whales’ southern migration to waters off Mexico.

Author to address Obsidians group

Author and speaker Peter Baxter, who leads annual treks up Mount Kilimanjaro for hikers 50 and older, will be the guest speaker during the Obsidians’ 6:30 p. m. Friday potluck at the Obsidians’ Lodge. Baxter began his career in Africa as a back-country bush guide. The program begins at 7:30 p. m. For directions to the Obsidians, visit www. obsidians. org.

Free boat safety check available

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free boat safety checks from 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. Saturday at the Lane County Rural Fire Station 1, 88050 Territorial Highway in Veneta. No appointment is necessary.

— From ODFW and Register-Guard reports

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Bicycling

Wednesday

Eugene Adult Service: In-town ride of varying length for seniors, every Wednesday starting at Campbell Community Center, 155 High St., at 10:30 a. m. Helmets required. Info: 541-682-5318.

Sunday

Obsidians: Bridges extension, 21 miles, 500 feet of elevation gain.

Birding

Tuesday

Lane County Audubon: John Sullivan and Laura Johnson will share photos from their 2013 trip to Australia. Meeting starts at 7:30 p. m. at Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Sunday

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Join Chris Roth and Julia Siporin from 8 a. m. to 10:30 a. m.. Rain or shine, meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. $5 for non-members, members free.

Hiking

Tuesday

Obsidians: Sign up only online at obsidians. org for all Obsidians outings.

Obsidians: Mount Pisgah under the full moon, 3 miles, 1,000 elevation gain.

Wednesday

Obsidians: Amazon headweaters to Spencer Butte, 6.2 miles, 1,530 feet of elevation gain.

Friday

Obsidians: Ridgeline Trail, car shuttle, 6.2 miles, 900 feet of elevation gain.

Sunday

Obsidians: Castle Rock, 12 miles, 2,600 feet of elevation gain.

Trail Maintenance

Saturday

Obsidians: Spencer Butte, 2 miles, 500 feet of elevation gain.

Volunteer

Saturday

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Join for an invasive species work party to clear room for spring wildflowers. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor center. Rain or shine at 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. Please RSVP at site@mountpisgaharboretum. com.

Obsidians: Beach clean up with WOLVE, 4 miles, 20 feet of elevation gain.

Walking

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Steppers Walking Group: For those 50-plus, casual 30- to 60-minute walk through Island Park, leaves Willamalane Adult Center at 8:30 a. m. Info: 541-736-4444.

Tuesday & Thursday

Whippets Walking Group: For those 50-plus, a moderate to brisk pace for one hour, leaves at 8:30 a. m. from Willamalane Adult Center in Springfield.

Wednesday

Altair Sports Club: 5-6 miles around town, meet at 10 a. m. at Brail’s, 1689 Willamette St. Information: 541-746-6263.

Thursday

50-plus, self-led: Hourlong group walk around neighborhood surrounding Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Road. Meet at 9:30 a. m. For those 50 or older.

Friday

Campbell Community Center: Walk ‘n’ Talkers group is self-led for 3-5 miles every Friday from 9 a. m. to 11 a. m., leaving from 155 High St. Info: 541-682-5318.

Altair Sports Club: About 4 miles around town, meet at 10 a. m. at Allann Brothers Coffee Company, 2465 Hilyard St. Information: 541-746-6263.

Saturday

Altair Sports: 4-5 miles on river bike trails. Meet 10 a. m. at Café Aroma at Valley River Center. Information: 541-343-7893.

Mossback Volkssport Club: Moderate 5-kilometer (3.1-mile), 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) or 13-kilometer (8.1-mile) routes in Brownsville, walk through Pioneer Park and the charming streets where “Stand By Me” was filmed, then visit the Linn County Museum and the Moyer House, and there is a 3-kilometer option to the Pioneer cemetery. Meet at 8 a. m. at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St, in Springfield to carpool ($5 for car expenses), or meet the group at the Chevron Gas Station and Mini-Mart, 203 W Bishop Way, Brownsville at 8:45 a. m. For details visit www. mossbacks. org, email: mossbackclub@comcast. net or call 541-726-7169.