Fish and the thermocline
Monday, April 21: Capt. Brian Mayer of Marauder Charters will speak at a seminar hosted by the Broadneck/Magothy River chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. He'll discuss how fish use the thermocline and salinity break as structure. Doors at the American Legion Post 175 at 832 Manhattan Beach Road in Severna Park open at 7 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7:30. For information, call Skip Zinck at 410 913-9043.
Spring Sailboat Show
April 25-27: The in-water Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show will feature new and previously owned sailboats, plus equipment, electronics, clothing and accessories at more than 100 on-land nautical exhibits and pro surf shops. There will be classes and demonstrations. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25-26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27. Information: usboat.com.
April 26: The National Aquarium and National Parks Conservation Association will hold a wetlands cleanup from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Volunteers are needed to remove trash and debris and plant wetland grasses. Call or email Ed Stierli at 202-454-3339 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. More information at freedomtofloat.org.
April 26: The Baltimore Metro Horseshoe Club will host a Fun Pitch event tournament at 9 a.m. at the Pottery Farm Park Courts at 801 Back River Neck Road in Essex. Fee is $10 per pitcher. Details: Email email@example.com.
Harford Hills Bike
April 26: The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, a nonprofit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities build better lives, will host the second-annual Harford Hills Bike Adventure from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will begin and end at Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace. There will be 6-, 15-, 30- and 54-mile routes. Information: http://www.arcncr.org.
April 28: Capt. Skip Zinck, the Wish-A-Fish Maryland coordinator, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association about catching striped bass. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Gunpowder VFW Post 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road. Visitors welcome. Details: Call Joe Zinner at 410-256-5641.
May 2-4: More than 1,000 sailors will compete on the Chesapeake Bay as the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta series stops at Annapolis Yacht Club. Top sailors from across the country will compete against local skippers for the overall prize of a trip to the British Virgin Islands to race in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2 and 3; 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 4. Private boats for spectators are allowed. There is no charge to view the races. Information: 410-263-9279 and sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.
May 3: The 3rd Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College at 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The race honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year HCC student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Proceeds will benefit The Adam Thompson Memorial Nursing Scholarship at HCC and The Adam Thompson Memorial Education Scholarship at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. Online registration is available in advance at harford.edu/adam. For more information, call 443-412-2449. Donations are accepted at harford.edu/adam.
May 4: SquashWise will host the Jack Laporte SquashWise Rally, an annual tournament fundraiser in memory of Jack Laporte, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Mill Athletic Club, 3600 Clipper Mill Road in Baltimore. Information: http://baltimoresquashwise.org/rally/2014.
May 6: The Pro-Formance Fishing Team, a member of Maryland Bass Nation, is seeking additional members and will hold an introductory meeting 6 p.m. at Chevy's Restaurant in the Arundel Mills Mall. The club is based primarily in Glen Burnie and Annapolis but has membership throughout the state. PFT fishes 12 club tournaments a year and participates in MBN and other tournaments. It is accepting both boaters and riders. PFT welcomes new and experienced anglers. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Pro-Formance Fishing Team on Facebook.
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 TriColumbia.org or call 410-964-1246.
May 13: Kelly Webb of the DNR Blue Crab Project will discussion regulation changes for the 2014 season at a 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. The meeting is at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall at 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome. Information: Contact Mark DeHoff at email@example.com.
Tour de Cure
May 17: The American Diabetes Association's Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure has added individual and team time trials this year. Cycling options include 10, 31, 62, and 100 miles along scenic country roads, through farmland and small towns, along prominent waterscapes and aboard the Oxford Bellevue Ferry. Event and registration information: diabetes.org/chesapeaketourdecure.
June 7: On National Trails Day, Parks & People will celebrate its 30th anniversary by cleaning and beautifying the Gwynns Falls Trail. Volunteers will clean the stream and improve riparian buffer with native plants in Winans Meadow (Trailhead 2 at 4500 Franklintown Road in Baltimore) from 9 a.m. until noon. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alex Krause at 410-448-5663.
Canoe N' Scoop
June 7: National Parks Conservation Association and Baltimore Parks & Recreation are hosting a Star-Spangled "Canoe N' Scoop" for National Trails Day from 9 a.m. until noon to help clean the shoreline at Middle Branch Park (3300 Waterview Ave. in Baltimore) along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. To reserve a spot, email or call Ed Stierli at email@example.com or 202-454-3339.
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 paddlesecondchance.com.
July 19-20: BattleFrog, a new obstacle-course race series founded and designed by Navy SEALs, will stop at Crumland Farms in Frederick. Participants can choose between 15K, 5K and 1K courses, each of which is inspired by BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Training, the six-month qualification course that all SEALs must undergo. Information: battlefrogseries.com.
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 charlesst12.com.
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