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 Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: Aug. 17: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Kite-Flying; 2 p.m., Wildlife Program: Beavers; 8 p.m., Night Hike. Aug. 18: 11 a.m., Nature Hike: Fantastic Ferns. Aug. 19: 11 a.m., Kidleidescope: Food Chains (ages 3-6); 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-12). Aug. 20: 10:30 a.m., Trail Kids (ages 7-9); 1 p.m., Senior Hike. Aug. 22: 10:30 a.m., Lost Trails of the Holyoke Range; 2 p.m., History Hike: Trolley Trail. For more information call 253-2883.

e_STnS Wheels and Wine Biking Tour — Ride Noho sponsors wine, food and cycling event, Aug. 17-18. A-, B- and C-level cyclists. For more information call 596-6013, or email ridenoho.com/winetour.html.

 Cycling for Seniors — All Out Adventures and Mass. Dept of Conservation and Recreation offer program on the Norwottuck Rail Trail in Hadley for ages 60 and up on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Fee: $5. Call 584-2052 or email info@alloutadventures.

e_STnS Journey Through Lesbian Mecca — Two-hour walking tour covering the history of Northampton’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Aug. 18, 2 p.m. All welcome. Limited to 30 people. Fee: $20 general, $10 seniors and low-income to benefit the Sexual Minorities Archives. For information email sexualminorities.archives@yahoo.com or call 584-7616.

 Granby Walkers Group — Thirty-minute walks departing from the Granby Library parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. Contact Kate Mercier, kcmercier@comcast.net.

 Beaver Ecology on the Mill River — Canoe excursion on Aug. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Basic canoe experience and preregistration required. Fee: $22. Call 584-3009 or go to www.arcadia@massaudubon.org.

 Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K races starting and ending at Northampton Community Gardens, Burts Pit Road, Northampton take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., with registration starting 5:45 p.m. Fee: $5 adults; under 18 free. For information call Don Grant at 584-7725.

e_STnS Quabbin Late Afternoon Summer Stroll — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors natural history walk with John Green Jr., on Aug. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., Quabbin Visitors Center, off Route 9, Belchertown. Fee: $12. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

 Bus Trip to Lake Champlain — Arcana Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star sponsors bus trip and cruise Aug. 24. Pick up 7 a.m., Sheldon Field, Northampton and 215 Munson St., Greenfield. Return approx. 10 p.m. Fee: $96. For information contact Larry Kent, 624-5566.

 Catamount Hills Hike — Deerfield River Watershed Association sponsors hike in Colrain with Catamount historian Muriel Russell and rock expert Ed Gregory on Aug. 24. Meet at West Branch Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration required. Contact Muriel Russell at 624-3311.

 Invasive Plant Control at Arcadia — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors removal of purple loosetrife on Arcadia Lake on Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Preregistration not required. Free. For information call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

 Explore the Connecticut River — Kestrel Trust sponsors kayak/canoe with Wendy and John Sinton, authors of The Connecticut River Boating Guide, on Aug. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring own kayak or canoe or rent for $25/$30. Preregistration required; email office@kestreltrust.org or call 549-1097.

e_STnS Summer Wildflower Walk — Hitchcock Center sponsors walk through Poduck Swamp in Amherst with naturalist Nancy Goodman on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006.

e_STnS Sunset on the Mountain — Three-mile, end-of-summer hike on Aug. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Bring trail picnic, water, flashlight. Free. Preregistration required; call 800-859-2960.

 Tamarack Hollow Volunteer Trail Work Days — Trail blazing at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor on Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. For information call 684-0148 or email aimee@gaiaroots.com.

 Northampton Youth and Community Rowing — Competitive junior program open to area youth in grades 8-12 begins Sept. 3. For information go to hampcrew.com or call 230-9254.

 Ride Noho 10,000 Foot Century Weekend — Ride Noho sponsors 100-mile bike rides Sept. 7 and 8. A-paced group and B-paced group. For information go to ridenoho.com or call 586-6013.

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