Monday, Dec. 9: This is the last day the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will accept public input on the proposed creation of 10 new wildlands and the expansion of 17 existing wildlands. Wildlands are state-owned natural areas preserved for their wilderness character or sensitive natural resources. Information: dnr.state.md.us.
Thursday, Dec. 12: 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 from 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, email@example.com.
Figure skating show
Next Sunday, Dec. 15: Join the figure skaters and coaches of the Piney Orchard Learn-to-Skate program for a holiday show that begins at 4:10 p.m. at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena, 8781 Piney Orchard Parkway. Free. Information: Linda Monney, 410-672-7013.
Winter solstice hike
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 22: Hike the Ridge Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all skill levels ages 7 and older. Enjoy views of the park that can only be seen in the winter. Meet in the Avalon parking lot near the ball field. Call 410-461-5006 for more information. Cost: $2.
First Day Hikes
Jan. 1: First Day Hikes are part of a national effort to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation in all 50 state park systems. For a list of 23 easy-to-moderate hikes across the state, go to dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/firstdayhikes.asp.
Baltimore Boat Show
Jan. 23-26: The 60th anniversary Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show will be at the Baltimore Convention Center. Compare hundreds of boats from luxury cruisers and fishing boats to family runabouts and pontoons. Show will include appearances by members of the History Channel's "Swamp People," seminars a boating simulator and a 50-foot-by-50-foot pond for hands-on fly fishing practice, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. There is also a kids zone. For hours and details, go to BaltimoreBoatShow.com or call 410-224-7633.
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