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Marine electronics

 Monday, Nov. 25: Chris Gilbert will discuss marine electronics at the regular monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. The meeting at the Gunpowder VFW Post 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road, begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call Joe Zinner at 410-256-5641 for details.

Loch Raven hike

Saturday, Nov. 30: This 8-mile hike will be over by 11:30 a.m. Some rocky hills and one very steep climb. Only for fast, experienced hikers. Information: 410-299-8833.

Animal clues

Saturday, Nov. 30: Learn how wildlife prepares for winter and search for the clues animals leave behind in a program at the Willow Grove Nature Education Center at Cromwell Valley Park. Dress for the weather, including sturdy shoes and cold-weather gear. $2 members/$4 nonmembers. All ages. 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Owl prowl

Saturday, Nov. 30: After a brief introduction indoors at the Willow Grove Nature Education Center, hike some trails at Cromwell Valley Park to look and listen for these nighttime predators. $2 members/$4 non-members. Individuals/families ages 8 and older. 4 p.m. to 5:30.

NCRR hike

Sunday, Dec. 1: Second in a series of four hikes on the North Central Railroad/Heritage Rail Trail from Cockeysville to York, Pa. This is a 10-mile, four-hour one-way hike with a car plant in New Freedom, Pa. Terrain is flat, crushed gravel following an old train bed. Information: 443-536-6813. Carpool cost: $1.

Boating legislation

Monday, Dec. 2: The Maryland Boat Act Advisory Committee will meet to review proposed regulatory requests for 2014; accept recommendations from the nominating committee for the office of chairman, vice chairman, and officer at large; and be briefed on proposed legislation affecting boating in Maryland. The meeting will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kent Island Yacht Club, 117 Yacht Club Drive in Chester in Queen Anne's County. Information: Michael Grant, 410-260-8013, mgrant@dnr.state.md.us.

Winter solstice hike

Saturday, Dec. 21: Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a free hike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baldwin in Baltimore County. Meet in the Sweet Air parking lot, 2840 Dalton Bevard Road. Preregistration is required. Inclement weather will result in postponement. Information: Jen Cashell, 410-592-2897 or jcashell@dnr.state.md.us.

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