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e_STnS BikeFest 2013 — Northampton Cycling Club sponsors bikefest Sept. 21, Look Park, North Main Street, Florence. 8-, 25-, 43-, 72-, 104-mile scenic rides; barbecue by Lone Wolf; music by the Art Steele Band; BMX stunt show; for more information go to nohobikeclub.org.

e_STnS Fall Warblers — The Hitchcock Center in Amherst sponsors field walk with Scott Surner on Sept. 21 from 7 a.m. to noon. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

 Saturday Morning Bird Walk — The walks will take place Sept. 21 and 28, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Fee: $5. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

e_STnS Introduction to Fly Fishing — The Westfield River Watershed Association offers a free drop-in clinic Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event takes place on Route 20 in Huntington, on the turnout on the Westfield River (across from health clinic). Rain or shine. For more information go to westfieldriver.org.

e_STnS Tamarack Hollow Boreal Forest Ghost Town Hike — A hike at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor takes place Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; donation accepted. Preregistration required; email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register.

e_STnS Broad Brook Coalition 25th Anniversary Hike — Grand promenade through the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area takes place Sept. 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. Meet at the North Farms Road entrance, Coles Meadow Road, Florence. The rain date is Sept. 22. For more ifnormation contact Norma at 586-4364 or by email at nroche@crocker.com.

e_STnS Hawk Day at Mount Tom — Ongoing hawk watch takes place Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mount Tom State Reservation, Route 5, Holyoke. Live owl and raptor presentations at 10:30, 12 noon, 1:30. Exhibits, family activities. Free; $2 park entrance fee. For more information call 534-1186 or email mount.tom@state.ma.us.

 Waterfall Wonders of Greylock — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors hike at Mount Greylock State Reservation on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee:$20. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

 Pelham Hollow Walk — Fairly strenuous hike through Pelham Hollow section of the Quabbin takes place Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. For information cotact Kathy Keyes at 253-2739.

e_STnS Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst:

Sept. 21: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Make a Birdfeeder.

Sept. 22: 10:30 a.m., Sunday Flora: Trees and Their Fall Changes; 2 p.m., Sunday Fauna: Reptiles.

Sept. 23: 10:30 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors; 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-15).

Sept. 24: 10 a.m., Nature Study for Homeschoolers; 1 p.m., Senior Hike. 253-2883.

e_STnS Wild Edibles: Weed ‘Em and Reap — Edible plant foraging with Blanche Derby takes place Sept. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free. Preregistration required; call 800-859-2960.

e_STnS Autumnal Equinox Bird Walk at Quabbin — The Hitchcock Center in Amherst sponsors a walk with naturalist John Green on Sept. 22, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Quabbin Visitors Center, off Route 9, Belchertown. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

e_STnS Trip to Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum in Hartford — Westhampton COA sponsors trip on Sept. 24. Depart Westhampton Town Hall at 9 a.m.; return 3 p.m. Fee: $30 residents, $35 nonresidents. For more information call 527-2958.

e_STnS Easthampton Basketball Association — In-person registration takes place Sept. 25-26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., White Brook Middle School; and Sept. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., at Nonotuck Park. Online registration at www.easthampton-basketball.com. For more information call 529-1440.

 Northampton Golf Tournament — Tournament to benefit Northampton Little League takes place Sept. 28, at the Pine Grove Golf Course, Northampton. Cash prizes. $70 person/$280 foursome includes 18 holes, snacks, full steak dinner. For more information go to www.nhampll.com.

e_STnS Hospice Meadows Run 5K Road Race and 2M Walk — Events to benefit end-of-life care programs at the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson will take place Sept. 28. Course starts at Three County Fairgrounds and runs thru the Northampton Meadows. Online registration: $25 individual; $75 family. For more information go to vnaandhospice.org/5k or call 582-5302.

e_STnS Wilderness Extravaganza: A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops — Earthwork Programs sponsors workshop in Conway on Sept. 28-29. Sat.: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Art of Navigation ($35/$45); 1 to 4 p.m., Wild Edibles ($40/$50); 6 to 9 p.m., Night Navigation and Storytelling ($35/$45). Sun.: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tracking ($35/$45); 1 to 4 p.m., Trapping ($35/$45). For more information call 340-1161 or go to earthworkprograms.com.

 Geology and Biology Hike on Mount Tom — Pioneer Valley Institute sponsors hike with geologist Richard Little and naturalist Nancy Goodman on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m., Mount Tom State Reservation, Route 5, Holyoke. Meet at the roadside parking along Route 141 south of the Log Cabin. Heavy rain cancels. Preregistration requested; contact Nancy Goodman, wildeyes@rcn.com.

 Pioneer Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2013 — Event takes place Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke. For more information go to www.alzwalkMANH.org.

 Brookwood Marsh Conservation Area Invasive Plants Cleanup Day — Cleanup of conservation area in Florence on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at entrance to marsh at end of Ellington Road in Florence. Gloves, pruners, handsaws provided; byo equipment if you can. For more information contact Keith Davis at 584-6763.

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