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 Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: Aug. 10: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Butterflies; 2 p.m., Wildlife Program: Owls. Aug. 11: 11 a.m., History Hike: Daniel Shays and the Horse Caves; 2 p.m., Scavenger Hunt. Aug. 12: 11 a.m., Kidleidescope: Frogs (ages 3-6); 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club, ages 10-12. Aug. 13: 10:30 a.m., Trail Kids, ages 7-9; 1 p.m., Senior Hike. Aug. 15: 11 a.m., Junior Ranger, ages 9-12; 2 p.m., Nature Walk: Our Changing Forests. For more information call 253-2883.

e_STnS Bridge of Flowers 3K Walk and 10K Run — Community Resources for People with Autism sponsors 35th annual event on Aug. 10 at the Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls. For information go to www.bridgeofflowers10k.com.

e_STnS 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. For more information call 584-2052 or email info@alloutadventures.

 Grid Iron Grind 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run — Easthampton Youth Football sponsors events Aug. 10 at 9 a.m., White Brook Middle School, 200 Park St., Easthampton. For information go to easthampton-youthfootball.org.

e_STnS Carnivorous Plants & Wetland Plant/Tree ID Hike — Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center sponsors hike to Bog Pond in Savoy State Forest on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Free; donation accepted. For information call 684-0148 or email aimee@gaiaroots.com.

 Fitzgerald Lake Water Chestnut Removal — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors canoe and kayak removal of water chestnut plants on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. Meet at the North Farms Road parking lot. For information call Bruce Hart at 584-4176 or email bhart2000@aol.com.

 Dynamite, Whiskey & Wood: Logging Tales on Board the Quinnetukut II — A history cruise on the Connecticut River takes place Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Tickets: $12 adult; $11 senior; $6 child. To reserve a place, call 800-859-2960.

 Guided Mushroom Foray — The Mushroom Forager sponsors guided foray in North Leverett on Aug. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Fee: $25. Preregistration required; call 687-2184 or go to themushroom-forager.com.

e_STnS Granby Walkers Group — Thirty-minute walks departing from the Granby Library parking lot Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For more information contact Kate Mercier at kcmercier@comcast.net.

e_STnS 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. Registration starts at 5:45 p.m. Fee: $5 adults; under 18 free. For information call Don Grant, 584-7725.

e_STnS Adaptive Kayaking — The Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program will hold adaptive kayaking program for people with disabilities, their families and friends on Aug. 14, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the DAR State Forest, Route 112, Goshen. Fee: $5. Preregistration required; call 259-0009 or 584-2052.

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

e_STnS Berkshire Plateau “Drowned Lands” Watershed Backcountry Hike — Arcadia Wildlife Center sponsors hike at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor on Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregistration required; call 584-3009 or email arcadia@massaudubon.org.

 Journey Through Lesbian Mecca — Two-hour walking tour covering the history of Northampton’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community takes place Aug. 18 at 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.

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

 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., Sportsman’s Marina, at the Coolidge Bridge, Hadley. Bring own kayak or canoe, or rent for $25/$30. Preregistration required. Email office@kestreltrust.org or call 549-1097.

 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.

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

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

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