Recreation and outdoors calendar

The falls are only the second highest in the state, but that doesn't make them any less picturesque. Hike the 1.2-mile Falling Branch Trail in Harford County and just wait until you hit the end.
The falls are only the second highest in the state, but that doesn't make them any less picturesque. Hike the 1.2-mile Falling Branch Trail in Harford County and just wait until you hit the end. (Matt Button / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Reef monitoring

Monday, Feb. 22: Michael Malpezzi of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will speak about changes to the reef monitoring program in the Chesapeake Bay. His talk will be at the monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Gunpowder VFW Post 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road. Visitors welcome. Details: Call Joe Zinner at 410-256-5641.


Ducks Unlimited dinner

Thursday, Feb. 25: The Annapolis chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual dinner and auction. Details: Call Bunny Chew at 410-268-3036.


National Outdoor Show

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27: The National Outdoor Show, featuring custom game calls, log sawing, oyster racing, raccoon skinning and muskrat skinning, will be held in Golden Hill in Dorchester County. Details: nationaloutdoorshow.org.

Small-boat seminar

Saturday, Feb. 27: The Baltimore Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland will host a small-boat offshore seminar from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Annapolis Loews Hotel, 126 West St. Speakers include Capt. Jeremy Blunt, boat handling and simplifying your rigs; Capt. Mark Hoos, yellowfin tactics; Shawn Bohlen, white marlin tactics; Brandon Carter, lure fishing; Mike Hill, tuna jigging and popping; and Rich Dennison, rigging. Details: ccamd.org.


Saltwater Expo

Saturday, Feb. 27: Annapolis MSSA's Saltwater Expo will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Annapolis Elks Lodge. Details: saltwaterfishingexpo.com.

Bay fishing

March 2: Free State Fly Fishers present Captain Richie Gaines of Angler's Connection Guide Service speaking on "Light Tackle Bay Fishing" at 7:30 p.m. at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville. Details: Contact Dale Read at Daler@marketingarmgrp.com or 401-864-4257.

Chesapeake fishing

March 5: Lenny Rudow, author of "Guide to Fishing the Chesapeake," will discuss catching spring rockfish on light tackle at 4 p.m. at Annapolis Boat Sales, 1725 South Piney Road, Chester.

Fishing flea market

March 5: The Middle River Bass Club Anglers will hold a fishing flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Back River United Methodist Church at 544 Back River Neck Road in Essex/Middle River. Tables $20 (inside); boat space $10 (outside). Admission $3; under 12 free. Information: Call Scott at 443-909-9786 or 410-686-1920 or email nitro1707@verizon.net.

Light tackle tactics

March 5: Lenny Rudow will discuss "Spring Light Tackle Tactics" during the Annapolis Boat Sales Seminar Series at 4 p.m. at 1725 Piney Creek Road in Chester. RSVP to jack@annapolisboatsales.com.

Blue crabs

March 8: Kelly Webb of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will discuss the Blue Crab Project at a meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall, 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7:30. Admission is free; visitors are welcome. Details: Contact Mark DeHoff at mcdehoff@netzero.com.

Fishing seminars

March 12: Tri-State Marine will hold fishing seminars with Richie Gaines discussing light tackle fishing in the morning session and Captain Wayne Morgan talking about trolling for trophy stripers and live lining in the afternoon session. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 per person includes lunch. Details: Call Dawn at 410-867-2398.

Fishing, boating flea market

March 19-20: The Essex-Middle River chapter of the MSSA will hold a fishing and boating flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Commodore Hall, 1909 Old Eastern Ave., Essex. New and used rods, reels and fishing tackle will be for sale along with boats, trailers and boating equipment. Professional knife sharpening will be available. Details and directions: Contact Frank Holden at 410-686-2348 or flholden@msn.com.

Thompson 5K Run/Walk

April 24: The 5th Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The race honors the memory of Adam Thompson, an HCC student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Proceeds will benefit scholarships supporting students attending the school. Online registration: harford.edu/adam. More details: 443-412-2449.

Maryland Half Marathon

May 14: Registration is open for the eighth annual Maryland Half Marathon & 5K in Maple Lawn (Howard County). The event benefits the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The races will be in Maple Lawn in Howard County. There will be a kids fun run and kids zone, as well as music and a postrace festival. The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:30 and the kids race at 8:45. Registration for the half marathon is $75 until race day and $90 on race day. Registration for the 5K is $40. The kids fun run is $20, and the kids zone is free. Details and registration: mdhalfmarathon.com.

St. Michaels running

May 21: Registration is open for the fifth annual St. Michaels Running Festival. There will also be a 1K Kids Fun Run for children ages 12 and younger. Information: runstm.com.

Ocean Games

July 16: The fourth-annual Ocean Games will start at 10 a.m. just off the Boardwalk at Caroline Street. The games feature a WOWSA-sanctioned series of 1-, 3- and 9-mile swims, as well as 4- and 2-mile elite and open paddleboard races as part of the East Coast Sup Cup. And for the first time, an Ultimate disc tournament will be added. The games benefit Johns Hopkins' Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program, for which they have raised more than $55,000 since their debut in 2013. Details and registration: oceangamesusa.org.

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