Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.17.16 edition

#SpringArrives Sunday! Finally getting #snow. #Jogging yesterday. #Snowshoeing tomorrow #OhTheIrony

In this edition: 1) #FamilyFun on #skis (#downhill #snowboard #XCSki #Nordic) in #FortKent and #Ashland. 2) A youth #Alpine #ski #race in #MarsHill. 3) #Snowshoe #hikes in Fort Kent and #Caribou. Plus lots more! #offugo…


Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20

Lonesome Pine Trails Winter Carnival/Kids’ Day Weekend, Fort Kent. Snow sculptures, games, and fun all weekend long! It’s something new, it’s something exciting! Ski Patrol Midnight Ski on Saturday night! At Lonesome Pine Trails, Forest Avenue. Contact Lonesome Pine Trails (207-834-5202) or FMI


Saturday, March 19

Ashland Area XC Ski Club Family Fun Day, Ashland. 10:00 a.m. at Chase’s Ski Trails, 267 Garfield Rd. Self-guided family activities will include: ice cube hunt, snowshoeing, ski trails to explore. Hot dog roast, marshmallows, hot cocoa, other goodies. Skis available for use. Contact Amanda Barker (207-712-8552) FMI


Saturday, March 19

St. John Vianney Parish Mommy & Me Sledding Event, Fort Kent. 10:00 a.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Circle. Our next “The Way We Grow” event is a sledding party. We’d love to have a hill full of moms and kiddos! Please join us! Contact St. John Vianney Parish (207-834-5656) FMI


*Saturday, March 19

Francis Malcolm Science Center Sidewalk Astronomy, Caribou. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hannaford Supermarket, High St. Hosted by Planetarium Director Larry Berz, featuring the Goliath telescope and related accessories. The public is welcome. Contact Francis Malcolm Science Center (207-488-5451) FMI


Saturday, March 19

Four Seasons Trails Association Tiki Torch Night, Madawaska. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring Street. This is a fun night of skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding; we light up a few kilometers of trails with tiki torches! Refreshments will be served, such as hot dogs, hot chocolate, and other goodies. Bring headlamps or flashlights. Visit FMI


Sunday, March 20

Bigrock Invitational Youth Ski Race, Mars Hill. Registration: 8:00 a.m. Giant Slalom Race start: 10:00 a.m. Slalom Race start: 12:45 p.m. Awards: 2:30 p.m. Fee: $25/skier; includes lift ticket, $15/season pass holders. Contact Bigrock (207-425-6711) FMI


Sunday, March 20

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Snowshoe Hike, Fort Kent. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. Contact FKOC (207-834-6203) or visit FMI


Monday, March 21

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Snowshoe Adventure, Caribou. Join us for a snowshoe adventure at Caribou High School Ski Trails. Fee: $20; includes snowshoes, trekking poles, instruction, hot dog roast. Depart Caribou Rec. Center at 10:00 a.m.; return by 3:00 p.m. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


* Wednesday, March 23, Thursday, March 24, and Thursday, March 31

MSAD 27 Firearms Hunter Safety Course, Fort Kent. 6:00-9:00 p.m. each night at FKCHS Library. Maine DIF&W Hunter Education is more than gun safety; taught by trained, certified instructors, students receive course handbook, outdoor survival info, and more. Course includes lectures and demonstrations, field experiences, and written exam. Cost: $10. Contact MSAD 27 Continuing Education (207-834-3536) FMI


Wednesday, March 23 and Saturday, April 2

Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. Hunter Safety, Houlton. Meets at Houlton High School Cafeteria. Required for those 16 and up seeking first time hunting license. Course consists of classroom instruction taught by a trained, certified volunteer instructor according to statewide standards. Course topics: Proper Handling, Rifle and Shotgun, Survival/First Aid, Hunter Responsibility, Map and Compass, Landowner Relations. Cost: $5. Contact Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. (207-521-3100) FMI


Saturday, March 26

Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Invitational Race, Fort Kent. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Lonesome Pine Trails, Forest Avenue. Slalom and Giant Slalom downhill youth races. Contact Lonesome Pine Trails (207-834-5202) or or visit FMI


Monday, March 28

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult XC Ski Adventure, Caribou. The Caribou Ski Trails at Caribou County Club boast a wilderness experience right in our backyard; rabbits and song birds make these trails a unique Aroostook County experience. Trip includes a hot bowl of chowder and finger sandwiches on the trail. Depart Caribou Rec: 10:00 a.m. Return: 3:00 p.m. Fee: $20; includes equipment, transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Monday, March 28-Saturday, April 2

MWSC Parc de la Gaspesie Ski Tour, Caribou. Ski along a backcountry hut system that offers the chance for incredible touring and downhill excitement. While enjoying this impressive wilderness you will sharpen your skills for winter backcountry ski travel, and gain plenty of tips and tricks to enjoy the experience. Fee: $575; includes instruction, transportation, food, lodging, group camping equipment. Contact Mike Smith (207-227-0250) or FMI


Friday, April 1

First Friday Art Walk, Presque Isle. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wintergreen Arts Center, 149 State St. Images by local photographers of the first three Color PI 5K races will be displayed. Public is invited to bring race photos to be judged for a chance to win free registration for the 2016 race, to be held Aug. 27. Early race registration will also open that night. Cost of race registration: $30; free t-shirt to first 250 registrants. Contact Wintergreen Arts Center (207-762-3576) FMI


*Monday, April 4

Sportsmen’s Inc. Fundraiser Dinner & April Monthly Meeting, Stockholm. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Inc. Clubhouse. Proceeds benefit the Christie family to help with medical expenses for son Andrew, recently diagnosed with a tumor. Following dinner, ME DIF&W Wildlife Biologist will speak about Northern Maine deer herd. Cost: $10, $5/age 12 and under. Public is welcome, encouraged to attend. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-492-1180) or FMI


Saturday, April 9

36th Annual UMPI Spring Runoff 5k Road Race, Presque Isle. Race #2 in the County Challenge Series. Fundraiser for UMPI Cross Country running programs. Run as an individual or 3-person relay team. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Wieden Gym. Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Pizza and Pepsi will be served after the race! Cost: $15/individual, $25/relay team. Contact Chris Smith (207-768-9472) or FMI


Saturday, April 9-Sunday, April 10

Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Sportsman’s Show, Presque Isle. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. each day at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond sponsored by L.L. Bean, Air Gun Shooting Range, Laser Shot Rifle/Pistol Range, Video Hunting Game, Moose Calling Contest, hourly kids’ door prizes! 75+ exhibitors from Maine, New Brunswick, Labrador, Quebec, New England. Fee: $5/person, FREE/kids 10 and under. Visit Presque Isle Fish and Game Club FMI


Tuesday, April 12

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Deer Yard/Greenhouse Tour, Caribou. Travel with Wildlife Biologist Rich Hoppe to learn what it takes to manage deer. Visit a greenhouse to learn about gardening; design and plant your own outdoor flower pot. Depart Caribou Rec: 8:30 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m. Fee: $30; includes lunch, flower pot, transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Ongoing Programs:


County Strides Running Group, Presque Isle. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at various locations. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Visit County Strides at FMI


Bootlegger Snowshoe Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC. Fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at the end of Path Brissette. Get to know the magical setting of the Bootlegger trails on this guided hike. Contact Jean Lebrun (418-893-1033) or FMI


Sportsmen’s, Inc. Meeting, Stockholm. First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Axle Siding Clubhouse (intersection of Lake Street/Rt. 161). Outdoors men and women promoting the traditions of the outdoors. If you’re interested in joining, you’re welcome to attend as a guest. Kids are welcome too! Visit FMI


Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Meeting, Limestone. Second Monday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at ANWR headquarters and Visitor’s Center, 97 Refuge Rd. Founded in 1998, Friends are involved in a number of volunteer projects on the ANWR in an effort to balance the enhancing of habitat with the public access privilege to enjoy wildlife in an unmolested environment. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or FMI


Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting, Presque Isle. First Tuesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. The club promotes healthy outdoor recreation, economic vitality in Central Aroostook County by providing first-class facilities and programs to area residents, athletes, visitors. Visit FMI


Madawaska Valley Adventure Club Meeting, Madawaska. Second Tuesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Contact Real Deschaine (207-728-4992) FMI


Four Seasons Trail Association Snowshoe Hike, Madawaska. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge. Group snowshoeing/walking on trails. Bring lunch. Contact FSTA (207-728-7047) FMI


Valley Outdoor Centre Wednesday Night Skiing, Centreville, NB. Wednesdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) at VOC, 133 Upton Rd. Come on out for a night ski with a group to keep you company. Bring headlamp, stay for snacks, drinks afterwards. Cost: $2/member, $5/non-member, $3/rentals. Visit Valley Outdoor Centre at FMI


Four Season Trail Association Meeting, Madawaska. First Wednesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of healthier lifestyles for this community; participation open to anyone interested. Visit FMI


Nordic Heritage Sport Club/TAMC Youth Ski Program, Presque Isle. Saturdays; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center. February 27-March 26. UMPI Ski Team coaches will combine instruction and technique training with obstacle courses and games on skis. For children 6- 14 years of age. Contact Joey Bard FMI


Mont Farlagne Outdoor Centre Ice Wall, Edmundston, NB. Saturdays; 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Sundays; 1:00-5:00 p.m. (All times Atlantic). Our ice wall is open for the season! First come, first served basis. Cost: $25/hour; $15/equipment rental; $65/2 hours (includes equipment). It will also be possible to buy ice wall climbing equipment at our pro shop in the upcoming weeks. See you on the wall! Visit FMI


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