Monday Jan. 21: Scuba instructor John Kiser will explain how to become a certified diver and will discuss local dive sites. The 7:30 p.m. meeting, presented by Broadneck/Magothy River MSSA Chapter 10, will be at American Legion Post 175, 832 Manhattan Beach Road, Severna Park. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: 410 913-9043.
Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday Jan. 26: 17th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. Benefits Special Olympics Maryland. Information: plungemd.com.
Perry Hall MSSA
Jan. 28: Chris Pine from Beacon Light Marina will address, among other things, ethanol problems in marine engines and spring outfitting at the monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at Gunpowder VFW Post 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road, 21220. Visitors welcome. Call Lee Haile at 410-828-0575 for details.
Saltwater Fishing Expo
Feb. 23: The Saltwater Fishing Expo, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Annapolis Elks Lodge. Speakers and topics are: 9 a.m., Capt. Charlie Sisson: "Chesapeake Bay Live Lining for Stripers"; 11 a.m., Capt. Keith Neal: "Offshore Trolling for Wahoo/Marlin/Tuna/Dolphin"; 1 p.m., Capt. Wayne Morgan: "Chesapeake Bay Spring Trolling for Trophy Stripers." Information: mssaannapolis.com.
Lefty Kreh's Tiefest
March 9:Fly-tiers such as Bob Popovics, Steve Silverio and Blane Crockett will demonstrate patterns effective in the mid-Atlantic region and answer questions at Lefty Kreh's Tiefest, sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville. Casting instruction will be available for youngsters under 16 years from 11 a.m. to noon. Free for CCA members and youngsters under 16; $10 for others. Non-members may join CCA at the event for $25 and get in free.
Capital Angling Show
March 10: 38th Annual National Capital Angling and Conservation Show conducted by the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Hanley Field House, Georgetown Preparatory School, North Bethesda. Speakers and instructors include Lefty Kreh, "Digital Photography" and "Why We Fish: Around the World in 50 Minutes"; Tom Rosenbauer, " How to Read Streams: The Secrets of Finding More Fish," and "Trout Fishing in Small Streams"; Dave Rothrock, "Pennsylvania Fly Hatches and Life Cycle Imitations"; Mark Snyder, "Getting Started — Flyfishing 101"; Colby Trow, "Shenandoah Valley Spring Creeks"; Capt. C. D. Dollar, "Light Tackle Kayak Fishing on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries"; and Guy "Spilunker" Turenne, "Trouting in Northern Colorado." Information: ncc-tu.org.
SPURs 5K Run/Walk
April 7: The Hood College Athletics peer mentoring group SPURs (Students Providing Understanding and Resources) will host the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on campus in Frederick. Registration is $15 if postmarked by March 22 ($20 after). For information, go to hoodathletics.com or email email@example.com.
Md. Half Marathon
May 11: Registration is open for the fifth annual Maryland Half Marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The race will be in the Maple Lawn community of Howard County. The cost of registration will be $75 until Jan. 31, $85 in February and $90 from March 1 to May 11. The cost of the Dozer's Kids Fun Run is $15. Register at mdhalfmarathon.com.
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