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Recreation and outdoors calendar

Bass fishing team

Tuesday, March 4: The Pro-Formance Fishing Team, a member of the Maryland Bass Nation, is seeking additional members and will hold a meeting for prospective new members at 6 p.m. at Italia's Corner Cafe in Ferndale. The club is primarily based in Glen Burnie and Annapolis but has membership throughout the region. The club is fishing 12 club tournaments this year and participates in MBN and other tournaments. It is seeking boaters but can accommodate a few riders, too. It welcomes new anglers who want to learn how to fish for bass competitively in a friendly environment. Information:,, Facebook at Pro-Formance Fishing Team.

Hunter safety course

Saturday, March 8: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will conduct registration from 9 a.m. to noon for a hunter safety course on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. The course will be Wednesdays and Thursdays, March 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with testing March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For information, call Butch Janeczek at 443-695-2565.

Sea kayaking

Saturday, March 15: The Chesapeake Paddlers Association will sponsor SK 101, "Introduction to Sea Kayaking," a one-day seminar on sea kayaking, at the West River Center in West River. Register by this Friday, March 7. Presentations will include how to choose the right kayaks and paddles, what equipment is needed to start paddling, the basics of safe paddling and interesting places to paddle. Kayaks, paddles, equipment, clothing, car racks and gear will be on display. Cost is $30/person. Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. Advanced registration is required. The event runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: or email Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pickerel tournament

Through March 15: Anglers have the chance to keep their fishing skills sharp during the winter months through the third annual Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Catch and Release Pickerel Tournament. The fly and light-tackle tournament covers any tidal tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Fishermen can will be required to take photos of their catch against any standard ruler and submit those photos to a judging panel. Prizes will be awarded each month and for the total tournament based on inches of pickerel caught, with the top prizes being fishing rods. Registration costs $30. For rules and registration procedures, go to

Annapolis hike

Sunday, March 16: "Memorials of Annapolis – Part II." Hike 5.5 miles with the D.C. Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Details: (click "Activity List") or 410-263-1844.

Endurance swim

May 10: TriColumbia will hold the inaugural Choptank Bridge Swim, a two-distance endurance open- water swim in the Choptank River, the largest river on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Cambridge event consists of a 1.6-mile swim and a 3.6-mile swim along the banks of the Choptank and between the Choptank River Bridge and the Choptank River Fishing Pier. Registration will be $60 until April 30, then $85 through May 9. Race-day registration, if still open, will be $85. For more information, go to or call 410-964-1246.

Paddleboard Fun Race

June 28: Paddle Second Chance will hold its second-annual Stand-Up Paddle day of fun racing and fundraising for Operation Second Chance, which serves wounded combat veterans and their families' recovery and transition back to active duty or into civilian life. The event will be at Holts Landing State Park in Millville, Del. For information, go to

Charles Street 12

Aug. 9: The point-to-point running race takes runners down Charles Street, now a National Scenic Byway, from the shops at Kenilworth in Towson to Power Plant Live in Baltimore. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. Register at

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