Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.28.17 edition


In this edition: 1) ‘Tis the season for the first canoe and kayak race of the year in Houlton. 2) Walk or run to support Autism in Presque Isle, Multiple Sclerosis in Island Falls, and organ donation in Houlton. 3) Sign the kids up for outdoor adventures in Caribou. Plus lots more

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Saturday, April 29

Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race, Houlton. Approx. 8 miles; whitewater. Finish at third bridge in Downtown Houlton. 2017 Maine Downriver Championship Series Point Race. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Wellington’s on the Station Road in New Limerick. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Fee: $15/adult; $10/youth. T-shirt to first 60 registrants. Awards, door prizes, lunch provided! Contact Jane Torres (207-532-4216) or FMI


Saturday, April 29

Aroostook Autism Support Group Autism Challenge, Presque Isle. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Presque Isle Middle School. Kids’ Fun Run start: 9:30 a.m. 5k Run/Walk start: 10:00 a.m. Fully supported race with awards. Fee: $10/Kids’ Fun Run entries, $20/person; t-shirt to first 50 5k runners and first 25 Kids’ Fun Runners. Proceeds benefit Aroostook Autism Support Group. Visit FMI


Saturday, April 29

3rd Annual Team Berry Sisters Walk for MS, Island Falls. Join us to raise funds and awareness for MS. Support a great cause and enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Katahdin all the while walking with a close knit community; color run for those who want to participate.  Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Island Falls Municipal Building, 30 Library St. Walk start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Contact Susan Batchelder (207-949-6968) or FMI


Saturday, April 29

3rd Annual Donate Life America/Houlton Regional Hospital Hannah 5k Run/Walk, Houlton. Working together to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation in honor of Hannah Mooers. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Millar Civic Center. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $10; includes t-shirt (limited quantity; first come, first serve). Feel free to wear a Pink t-shirt in Hannah’s honor instead with a $5 registration fee. Contact Tammy Farwell (207-694-0521) FMI


Monday, May 1

C.R.X. Outdoor Adventure Program Open Registration, Caribou. Exciting outdoor activities for youth entering grades 5-11. June 16-18: Allagash Waterway. June 19-23: Kayaking I. June 26-29: Backpacking Baxter. July 10-14: Kayaking II. July 18-21: Mountain Biking. July 25-27; Baxter State Park I. August 1-3: Baxter II. Cost/age: varies by program. Open to all area youth. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Monday, May 1

Madawaska Adult & Community Education Fly Fishing Workshop, Madawaska. All-day workshop designed for the angler who desires to learn the sport of fly fishing or the beginner who wants to understand the techniques required to catch fish found in Maine waters. Fly rods available or bring your own Will start indoors and move over to a local outdoor stocked pond. Bring a bag lunch. Cost: $25/person. Visit FMI


Tuesday, May 2

Fort Fairfield Public Library May Astronomy Program: Check Out the Night Sky, Fort Fairfield. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Fort Fairfield Public Library, 339 Main St. Join Jim Stepp of  Aroostook County Astronomy Club as he shares tips, resources, tools for observing the night sky during the month of May. Program is open to the public and for all ages. Contact Fort Fairfield Public Library (207-472-3880) FMI


Tuesday, May 2

Caribou Rec/Healthy You Owl Prowl & Night Sounds Field Trip, Caribou. Listen for owls using audio enhancement tools while exploring a local forest. Meet at Caribou Wellness Center at 6:45 p.m. Open to all ages. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE! Includes transportation. Headlamps/flashlights strongly recommended; walking over relatively flat land that may have puddles, mud. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Saturday, May 6

4th Annual Community Voices High On Life 420 Run, Fort Kent. 5k run/walk for all ages, abilities. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at FK Community High School. Supervised children’s activities: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Walk start: 8:45 a.m. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $15/Individual, $25/Family (3 or more), $10/Group (business, team, organizations, etc.; price per participant). Proceeds support Community Voices substance abuse prevention programs. Visit FMI


Saturday, May 6

UMFK Jim Grandmaison Bike Tour, Fort Kent. Enjoy beautiful scenery from Fort Kent to Soldier Pond to Eagle Lake; 16-mile or 33-mile ride options. All riders should wear blue. Registration: 10:00 a.m. on the UMFK’s Blake Library. Tour start: 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration recommended. Cost: $10/high school student, $15/UMFK student, $35/non-student, $100/Family; includes post-ride gourmet sandwiches, salads. Contact Jeff Dubis (207-834-7453) or FMI


Sunday, May 7

6th Annual Knights of Columbus Polar Dip for Special Olympics, Sinclair. Registration: 11:00 a.m. at Long Lake Sporting Club. Polar Dip: 12:00 p.m. Open to all; must raise at least $1. T-shirt for $50 or more in pledges; highest total wins $100 Sporting Club gift cert. “Chicken Pool” available for those who do not wish to jump into the lake. Contact Duane Belanger (207-231-1932) or or visit FMI


Sunday, May 7

5th Annual Safe Homes Aroostook 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle. Registration: 12:00 p.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Race start: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $20. Participants encouraged to solicit pledges; individuals, teams raising most funds receive prizes. Only participants who register online are guaranteed to receive an event t-shirt. Proceeds go directly to Hope & Justice Project and Homeless Services of Aroostook. Visit FMI


Wednesday, May 10

Aroostook Birders/Caribou Rec Collins Pond Bird Watching Outing, Caribou. 7:00-8:00 a.m. rain or shine; please dress appropriately for weather. Meet at Collins Pond picnic area, lower Roberts St. Light walking; warbler exploration around perimeter of pond. Cost: FREE! Includes free bird call to all participants. Binoculars, bird books available on a first-come first-serve basis. Drawing for a free pair of binoculars. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Friday, May 12

PI Historical Society Guided Historic Fairmount Cemetery Tour, Presque Isle. 5:30 p.m. at Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, 3 Houlton Rd. 1.5-hour guided walking tour; many hills. Hear the history of the cemetery, its’ Victorian influences, stories of some of Presque Isle’s interesting historical figures interred within. Additional tours on June 9, July 7, August 11, September 8. Cost: $5; reservations required. Contact Kimberly Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


Saturday, May 13

Baskahegan Stream Canoe/Kayak Race, Danforth. 34 miles; flat water. Kossuth to Bancroft. Runs in conjunction with East Grand Adventure Race as a paddle-only option. Check-in: 7:00 a.m. at East Grand School. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20/pre-registration, $30/day-of-race. Contact Dave Conley (207-551-8729) or visit FMI


Saturday, May 13

12th Annual East Grand Adventure Race, Danforth. 20 miles; off-trail compass run, mountain bike, paddle. Challenges include river traverse, mud crawl, tomahawk throw, log roll, cross-cut saw; 9 divisions: High School, Adult, Family, Open. Check-in: 7:30 a.m. at East Grand School. Cost: $20/pre-registration, $30/day-of-race; includes trophies, t-shirts, lunch, $1,000+ in prizes. Contact Dave Conley (207-551-8729) or visit  FMI


Saturday, May 13

Aroostook Birders Perham Bog/Salmon Brook Lake Birding Hike, Perham. 7:00-11:00 a.m. Meet at Perham Town Office for a 3-mile round trip excursion along the railroad trail and boardwalk in this interesting ecological reserve. Birders should bring proper clothing, snacks and water for this rain or shine event. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


*Saturday, May 13

Northern Maine Medical Center Superhero 5K Fun Run/Walk, Madawaska. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Trail Association, 425 Spring Street. Prizes for best Super Hero costume as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd place event prizes. Local Boy Scouts will offer a concession stand during the event. Free t-shirt to first 100 participants. Proceeds support NMMC Operating Room renovation project. Contact NMMC (207-834-3155) FMI


*Saturday, May 13

Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Vernal Pool Walk, Limestone. 10:00 a.m.-Noon at ANWR Visitors Center, 97 Refuge Road. ANWR staff will lead a short hike to view salamanders, frogs and their egg masses, and discuss the importance of vernal pools in northern Maine. Waterproof boots recommended. Cost: FREE! Contact ANWR (207-328-4634) FMI


*Wednesday, May 17

Caribou Rec/Healthy You Bird Caribou Bog Watching Trip, Caribou. 7:00-8:00 a.m. at Aroostook Valley Rail Trail parking lot on Washburn Rd.; short walk to birding area. Open to all ages. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE! Includes free bird call. Limited binoculars, bird books available. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Wednesday, May 17

6th Annual Cary VA2K Walk and Roll, Caribou. 11:00 a.m. at Cary Medical Center Trails, 163 Van Buren Road. Come together for better health and to help benefit Homeless Veterans in Aroostook County. All monetary contributions or gift card contributions from local businesses are very much appreciated. Sign up for Door Prizes! All fitness levels welcome. Contact Tami Kilcollins (207-498-1158) FMI


*Friday, May 19

Caribou Rec. Aroostook River Kayak Trip, Caribou. For youth in grades 5-10. Depart from Caribou Wellness Center directly afterschool; return by 5:00 p.m. No equipment necessary. All participants required to wear appropriate clothing to get wet in and still stay dry; must be comfortable around water should they fall in. Cost: $10. Contact Caribou Recreation Department (207-493-4224) FMI


Friday, May 19

Casting For Recovery Maine Breast Cancer Retreat Application Deadline, Deboullie Twp. Often, the adventure of spending a weekend flyfishing deep in the Maine woods is one of the most exciting aspects to many of the participants. Retreat takes place July 28-30 at Red River Camps in Deboullie Township. Open only to women who live in Maine; only 14 applicants will be accepted. Visit FMI


*Saturday, May 20

Caribou Rec/Healthy You Kayaking Outing, Caribou. Paddle from the Snow Farm on Grimes Road to Fort Fairfield. Pre-registration required. Cost: $10/person. Includes transportation, incredibly stable Old Town Loon 138 kayaks, PFD’s, paddles. Depart from Caribou Wellness & Recreation Center at 9:00 a.m.; return by 3:00 p.m. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Saturday, May 20

10th Annual Presque Isle, Washburn, Caribou Rotary Clubs Aroostook River Fun Run Canoe/Kayak Race, Run/Walk & Road Bike Ride, Washburn. 8 miles; flat water. Registration: 8:30 a.m.: at Washburn public boat landing; bikes at Caribou Rec; walkers, runners at PI Rec. Canoe Race mass start: 10:00 a.m. Routes end at PI Fish & Game Club. Cost: $10/adult, $7/18 and under; includes bbq lunch, t-shirts for pre-registrants by May 1. Visit FMI


*Saturday, May 20

Walk MS: Caribou 2017, Caribou. 9:00 a.m. at Cary Medical Center, 163 Van Buren Road. Raise awareness, funds to support cutting-edge research, life-changing programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis. Contact Sue Tidd (207-781-2088) or or visit FMI


Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21

SAD 1 Adult & Community Education Skydiving, Presque Isle. What better things can you do than grab a breath taking view from over 10,000 feet while safely skydiving attached to your tandem instructor? Complete video services available. Requirements: must be 18 years old (no exceptions), in relatively good physical condition, weigh under 230 lbs. Cost: $249/person. Contact SAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit FMI


*Saturday, May 20

Patten Lumbermen’s Museum Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Fest, Patten. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, 61 Shin Pond Road. Fiddlers will fiddle while fierce fiddlehead cooks compete in the Cast-iron Chef cook-off. Artisans, craftsmen, demonstrations, food vendors, tours, and much more! Giant slingshot, scavenger hunt, and games will keep the kids happy! Rain or shine; bring your own chair. Cost: donation. Visit FMI


Saturday, May 20

Life By Design Pathway to Recovery Walk, Caribou. 12:00 p.m. at Collins Pond Park. There are many paths that individuals in recovery, people seeking recovery, and families take to address substance use disorders. Taking the first step can lead to healthier individuals, families, communities. Please join us to celebrate those on the road to recovery and remember those who we have lost. Contact Life By Design (207-492-1653) or visit FMI


Sunday, May 21

37th Annual Madawaska River Run, Stockholm. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at the bridge on the Little Madawaska Lake Road in Westmanland. Race start: 11:00 a.m. Race ends at Stockholm American Legion. Cost: $15/watercraft; includes one t-shirt. $12/extra t-shirt. Visit FMI


*Tuesday, May 23

Caribou Rec/Healthy You Grimes Road Birding Trip, Caribou. Meet at Caribou Wellness Center at 6:30 a.m. Bird watching at the Caribou Waste Water treatment ponds with Bill Sheehan. Open to all ages. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE! Includes free bird call. Limited binoculars, bird books available. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Saturday, May 27

Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle. 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Guided two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, and covers over 30 historic sites and individuals. Reservations suggested. Fee: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


*Monday, May 29

Wilderness Walk For Warriors Honor Run Half Marathon, Monticello. 13.1 miles on dirt railbed to Houlton, runners will accept flag transfer from Maine Army National Guard members; course unsupported, not certified; wear patriotic attire. Race start: 9:00 a.m. at Blue Moose Restaurant, 180 US-Route 1. Cost: FREE; donations accepted. Visit FMI


*Monday, May 29

Wilderness Walk for Warriors Memorial Day 5k Run/Walk, Houlton. Proceeds to assist veterans, service members, families, as well as honor our fallen Maine heroes. Registration: 10:30 a.m. on Kelleran St. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run start: 12:00 p.m. 5k Run/Walk start: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $5/Kids’ Fun Run; $30/5k Run/Walk before May 22, $40 after May 21; plus online SignUp Fee; includes tech t-shirt, BBQ for participants, veterans, service members. Visit 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


Francis Malcolm Science Center Walk-in Tours, Easton. Weekdays; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Experience our planetarium’s new, full-dome, digital projection system, featuring a 30-minute activity; 15 minutes in the star theater, 15 minutes to visit the facility at large. Cost: $5/visitor; reservations requested. Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) 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


*Tuesday Track Workouts, Caribou. Tuesdays; 5:15 p.m. at CHS. Join runners of all abilities to do predetermined intervals, your own workout, or just run with others and forget the workout. Average distance: 5-9 miles; can be adapted per individual. Contact PJ Gorneault 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


Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Meeting, Presque Isle. Last Tuesday of each month; 5:30 p.m. at PIFG clubhouse, Parsons Road. Established in 1947 to help protect, conserve, maintain and restore our natural resources as well as to protect and promote our outdoor heritage. Meetings include a delicious supper, cash bar, short business meeting. Visit FMI


Four Seasons 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


Four Seasons Trail Association Walking Group, Madawaska. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Bring lunch. Contact Jacqueline Soucy (207-728-7047) FMI


Fort Fairfield Frontier Fish and Game Club, Fort Fairfield. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (fourth Wednesdays during summer); 6:00 p.m. at FFFFG clubhouse on Monson Pond, 550 Dorsey Rd. Founded in 1958 to help conserve, protect, maintain, and restore our natural resources and to promote our outdoor heritage. Visit FMI


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