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 Holyoke Range State Park — Free programs originating from the Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, South Amherst: July 27: 10:30 a.m., Beginning Birding; 1 p.m., Let’s Explore Nature: Tools and Tasks; 2 p.m., Geology Hike. July 28: 11 a.m., Wildlife Program: Owls; 2 p.m., Family Hike: Nature Bingo. July 29: 11 a.m., Kidleidoscope: Chipmunks; 2 p.m., Explorer’s Club (ages 10-12). July 30: 10:30 a.m., Nature Kids (ages 5-6);1 p.m., Senior Hike. Aug. 1: 11 a.m., Junior Ranger (ages 9-12); 2 p.m., Nature Walk: Our Changing Forests. For information call 253-2883.

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 information call 584-2052, or email info@alloutadventures.

e_STnS Chesterfield Gorge Exploration of the Westfield Watershed — Tamarack Hollow Nature Center sponsors hike July 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chesterfield Gorge, start of the East Branch Trail, Chesterfield. Fee: $5. Email aimee@gaiaroots.com to register.

 Biking for Buddies — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County hosts benefit bike and festivities on July 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill. 10, 25 and 50 mile routes. For information go to www.bikereg.com/19389 or call 772-0915.

e_STnS Adaptive Kayaking — Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Universal Access Program holds adaptive kayaking program for people with disabilities, their families and friends on July 29 and Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Aug. 7 and 14, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., DAR State Forest, Route 112, Goshen. Fee: $5. Preregistration required; call 259-0009 or 584-2052.

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

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

 Wild and Scenic Geology Walk Along the Westfield River — Walk with geologist Mike Young on Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to1 p.m., Keystone Arch Bridges Trail, Chester. Meet Chester Railway Station at 9 a.m. Contact Meredyth Babcock at 623-2070 to sign up.

 Bridge of Flowers 3K Walk and 10K Run — Community Resources for People with Autism sponsors 35th annual event on Aug. 10, Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls. For information email dockendj@theassn.org.

e_STnS 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 easthamptonyouthfootball.org.

 Dynamite, Whiskey & Wood: Logging Tales on Board the Quinnetukut II — 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. Fee: $12 adult; $11 senior; $6 child. Call to reserve, 800- 859-2960.

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

 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. $20 general, $10 seniors and low-income to benefit the Sexual Minorities Archives. sexualminorities.archives@yahoo.com or 584-7616.

 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.

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