Recreation and outdoors calendar

Fly-fishing lessons

April to June: Orvis will offer free fly-fishing lessons at the following stores: Orvis Company Store, Bethesda; Great Feathers, Sparks; Hunting Creek Outfitters, Frederick; and Wisp Resort, McHenry. For dates and more information, go to

Boater safety

April through August: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is offering two-evening boater safety courses 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 17-18, May 15-16, June 12-13, July 17-18 and Aug. 15-16. The cost is $25 per two-evening session. Space is limited. Pre-registration is needed. Information: Contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941.

Turkey shoot

Today, April 7: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host a turkey shoot from noon to 4 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road, Carney. Test your skill. Prizes include turkeys, ham and bacon. Information: Greg, 410-598-4970.

SPURs 5K Run/Walk

Today, April 7: The Hood College Athletics peer mentoring group SPURs (Students Providing Understanding and Resources) will host a the 5K run/walk Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on the campus in Frederick. Registration is $20. Information: For information, go to or email

Trophy rockfish tips

Tuesday, April 9: Captain Greg Buckner of Miss Susie Charters will speak at the 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. He will discuss maximizing opportunities during spring trophy rockfish season. The meeting will be at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall, 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Use the Beaumont Avenue entrance. Doors: 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors are welcome. Contact Mark DeHoff at for information.

Decoy buy-sell-swap meet

Friday, Saturday, April 12-13: The Decoy Collectors' Club will hold its 16th-annual buy-sell-swap meet at the St. Michaels Motor Inn (Best Western). This is an open-door, room-to-room event at which collectors sell or barter primarily regional antique decoys. Starts at 8 a.m. Public welcome. No admission. Free decoy identification and appraisals are offered. Information: Call Jim Trimble at 703-768-7264 or 302-539-4606, call John Clayton at 410-745-2955 or email

Decoy exhibit

Saturday, April 13, through Nov. 3: "Crisfield Carvings—Bird Hunting on Broad Waters" will be on display daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Waterfowling Building at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at Navy Point in St. Michaels. Free with museum admission: $13 adult, $10 senior, $6 children 6-17. CBMM Members, 5 and under free. Information: 410-745-2916 or

Yellowstone River

April 17: Maryland Trout Unlimited will sponsor a talk by Dusty Wissmath of the Dusty Wissmath Fly Fishing School and Guide Service in Mercersburg, Pa., about the Yellowstone River complex and fishing opportunities closer to home. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Towson Presbyterian Church. Public welcome.

Charity 3-D shoot

April 20: Vingt Neuf Bowmen will hold a 20 target 3-D shoot from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maryland State Game & Fish at 8735 Honeygo Blvd. Perry Hall. Cost: $10 for adults and $3 for students under 18. Refreshments available. Rain date; April 21. All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Schindler Triathlon

April 20: The 7th Annual Emily Schindler Memorial Triathlon, which has an 800-yard swim, 91/2-mile bike ride and 3-mile run, will be held at the Community Center in Severna Park. The cost is $50 for an individual, $90 for a two-person relay team and $135 for a three-person team. Participants also may sign up for the Flamingo Feat distance of a 1,600-yard swim, 18-mile bike ride and 6-mile run. Registration: or

Badminton tourney

April 20-21: The 9th Annual Baltimore Badminton Charity Open raises money for the American Red Cross. There are events for middle and high school players as well as adults and seniors. Play will be at the Northeast Regional Recreation Center (the former Perring Racquet Club) in Parkville and is open to the public. The men's event is closed but there are spots for women's, youth and senior events. Information:

Race for Excellence

April 27: Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Central Maryland 6th Annual Race For Excellence, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Benefits AFCEA's Central Maryland Scholarship Fund, which provides merit-based college scholarships to local high school students. Both races start at Science Applications International Corp.'s Cyber Innovation Center at 6841 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Columbia, MD. Details:

Thompson Run/Walk

April 28: The 2nd Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/5K Walk, 8 a.m., Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The race honors the memory of a first-year Harford CC student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Register at or on-site at Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gymnasium beginning at 7 a.m. Cost: $20. Information: 443-412-2428.

Mud run

May 5: Terrapin Adventures has partnered with Playworks Baltimore to host a 5K run through the woods of Savage to benefit the nonprofit Playworks Baltimore and its effort to bring safe, meaningful play to Baltimore schools. Registration is $30 before March 15 and $40 after that date. To participate, runners must also raise a minimum of $25 for Playworks Baltimore. For information and to pre-register, go to

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

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