For kids and families

Murder on the Mountain — 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Catoctin Mountain Park, Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, Thurmont. On July 31, 1929, Clyde Hauver, a sheriff’s deputy, was shot during a raid on an illegal whiskey still. On October 31, 1933, Bessie Darling, who ran a bed & breakfast near Thurmont, was killed. Learn about these ghastly tales and more spooky elements of Catoctin’s history. 301-663-9388 or www.nps.gov/cato.

Eat Like a Black Bear! Winter is Coming! — 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. In the Manor Area Visitor Center. As cold weather approaches, join us for a program focusing on our wonderful and intelligent — but often misunderstood — forest neighbor, the black bear! Learn about the many adaptions and food resources these animals utilize to survive the winter! Free. 301-271-3676 or www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Birds and Butterflies

Bird Walk — 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Ages 16 and older, parent participation and registration required. Search for spring migrants in various refuge habitats on this guided hike; binoculars are highly recommended. 301-497-5887 or www.fws.gov/refuge/patuxent.

Hikes

Nature Walk — 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, Catoctin Mountain Park, Park Central Road, Thurmont. Ranger-led one-hour walk to discover the changing colors of autumn. Discuss why leaves change colors, what a tree does during winter and more. Meet at Thurmont Vista Parking Area. Free. 301-663-9388 or www.nps.gov/cato.

Nature Fit Geology Hike — 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, Falls Trailhead Parking, William Houck Area, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. Park Ranger Eric Creter leads a tour of the park’s coolest geological sites. BYO water. 301-271-3676.

Nature Walk — 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont. Ranger-led one-hour walk to discover the changing colors of autumn. Discuss why leaves change colors, what a tree does during winter and more. Meet at Chestnut Picnic Area. 301-663-9388 or www.nps.gov/cato.

”Blair Witch” Heritage Hike — 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. Join Ranger Lebetter to learn how this horror classic came to be filmed in part at this park. Advanced registration is required, space is limited. $2 per person. 301-924-2127 or scspnaturalist@gmail.com.

Guided Hike — 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. Hike will begin at the Ranger Station, located to the left of the main gate of the Filene Center. Parking is free and available in any lot in the park. Two-mile trail hike. 703-255-1800 or www.nps.gov/wotr.

Nature Walk — 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont. Ranger-led one-hour walk to discover the changing colors of autumn. Discuss why leaves change colors, what a tree does during winter and more. Meet at Owens Creek Picnic Area. Free. 301-663-9388 or www.nps.gov/cato.

Catoctin Mountain Park Hike — Sunday, Oct. 27, with the Mountain Club of Md. Hike in the western section of the park, approximately 8 miles in the Browns Farm/Owens Creek area. More information at 410-871-0066.

Hunter Education Classes

Register at www.dnr.state.md.us. Must attend all classes in a session to pass. Under age 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Free. For general information, call DNR at 410-643-8502. Online education classes also available. For more information on each class and to register, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Frederick County IWLA, 4719 Reels Mill Road, Frederick — 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8, 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9

Mount Airy IWLA, 6642 Woodville Road, Mount Airy — 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 15 and 18, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16

Other activities

Star Gazing — 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Cunningham Falls State Park, Houck South Beach Area, in the Dam Parking Lot. With the Westminster Astronomy Club. 301-271-3676 or www.dnr.maryland.gov.

Friends of Cunningham Falls 10k, 5K and Fun Run/Walk — 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. In the William Houck Area, with views of the lake and the mountains. Discount for early registration. $40 per person at the event for the 10K and 5K races; $10 per person for the fun run/walk. 301-271-3676 or www.cunninghamgambrill.org

Health Hazards and Benefits of Woodlands: New Approaches to Old Threats Information Workshop — 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 8, Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center, 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson. Topics include tick-borne illnesses prevention and treatment, latest on the Asian longhorned tick, take a hike and more Early registration $25 until Oct. 18, then $35. Space is limited. For forest landowners, outdoor enthusiasts, and others. Presented by the Frederick and Washington county forestry boards. 301-791-4733 or aaron.cook@maryland.gov.

Sportsman’s Bingo — 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, New Midway Volunteer Fire Co., 12019 Woodsboro Pike, New Midway. 20 games: 10 for cash, 10 for guns. $40 person, includes buffet dinner. Advance tickets only. Doors open at 5 p.m., buffet at 6:30 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. 240-285-8883, 301-271-4650 or 301-898-7985.

PVFF Beginners Fly Tying Class — 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month, Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 W. Patrick St., Room 109, Frederick. Bring your own equipment or borrow ours for the night. All materials will be provided. 301-943-7533 or www.potomacvalleyflyfishers.club

PVFF Fly Tying Roundtable — 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 W. Patrick St., Room 109, Frederick. All materials will be supplied. Equipment provided or bring your own fly-tying hardware. 301-943-7533 or www.potomacvalleyflyfishers.club.

Club meetings

Potomac Valley Fly Fishers Monthly Meeting — meets the second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. at Tuscarora High School, Room A170, 5312 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. Open to all. 301-943-7533 or www.potomacvalleyflyfishers.club.

Frederick MSSA Saltwater Meeting — 7 to 10 p.m. second Wednesday of the month, Frederick Moose Lodge, 828 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-252-0233 or www.mssafrederick.com.through dec. 2020

Scott Key Campers — meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, Sept. 3, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5 at South End Baptist Church, 506 Carrollton Ave., Frederick. Monthly camping trips. For novices and experienced campers, or anyone interested in the RV experience. 301-845-8696.

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