Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Upcoming Events

Disc Golf Tournament this Saturday
Submitted by Chris Tomazic, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

Please support the Environmental Learning Program by participating in the ELP Benefit Disc Golf Tournament this Saturday, May 5. The tournament will take place at the Hocking College disc golf course, which begins and ends between Shaw Hall and the Rec Center. Teams of two can play anytime between 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per person or $5 for children under 12 with an adult. Players must bring their own disc. (Discs can be purchased in Athens at the Import House or Wild Mercantile or at the Hocking College Rec Center.)

The ELP Disc Golf Tournament is a fund raiser for the annual summer day camps hosted by the ELP and local watershed groups. At the camps, children learn about the importance of water quality, the affects of acid mine drainage on streams and stream life.

The Hocking College course winds along a ridge behind the college and through the forest. Along the way, players will also participate in two mini-competitions, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive. Players are competing for prizes donated by local businesses including, Hocking College, the Import House, Donkey Coffee, Bali Karma, Don Wood Automotive, Athens Book Center and the Spinning Turtle.

"I'm exploring new avenues of fund raising with this tournament," says Adam Fitch organizer of the tournament. "Disc golf is an emerging popular sport - from college campuses to professional tournaments, even on an international level. The hope is that participants will learn about our work in the local area while supporting us and having a good time."

For more information on the tournament, call Adam Fitch at 740-767-4938 or visit the ELP Disc Golf Tournament weblog: www.elpdgt.blogspot.com.

Calendar of Events
(taken from the calendar on left)

05/03 - Outdoor workday at the RARE Center, 1 to 3 p.m., weeding and cleaning, contact Elise George at 740-742-4401 for more details.

05/03 - Plant Sale at the RARE Center, 3-6 p.m. Includes a limited supply of heirloom pear trees $20 each. Call if you can't make it and have interest in a particular plant at 740-742-4401.

05/04 - Huff Run Awareness Day, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a field day for local schools. Volunteers are needed to help lead learning stations in the following areas: fish shocking, macro-invertebrates, tour of the Lyons Project and water chemistry. Contact Michelle Shively at 330-859-1050 to volunteer.

05/04 - Hocking College class tour of Monday Creek, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

05/05 - Lowell Clean-up (by the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River), meet at Muskingum River Parkway (on East and West sides of the river). Trash bags and gloves will be provided and all participants get a free t-shirt!

05/05 - Mineral City Presents "Family Fun Day," noon to 4 p.m., Mineral City Library, Huff Run will have a children's craft table (making recycled CD fish). Contact Michelle Shively at 330-859-1050 for more info.

05/05 - Cinco de Mayo Celebration, potluck at 5:30 p.m., music (Mike Bryon of Portsmouth, OH) from 7 to 8 p.m., Federal Valley Resource Center (Stewart, OH), for more information, go to www.federalvalley.org.

05/05 – Garlic Mustard Pull, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., meet at Dow Lake Dam Parking Lot off US-50. Contact Tanner Filyaw at 740-767-2090 or tanner@ruralaction.org for more info.

05/05 - Disc Golf Tournament, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hocking College Disc Golf Course (register outside of Shaw Hall). Contact Adam Fitch at 740-767-4938 for more info, or visit the blog at http://elpdgt.blogspot.com.

05/05 - Monday Creek Canoe Float, meet at the Nelsonvile Library beginning at 9, and leave from the Library at 9:30. The float will be on the lower section of Monday Creek, beginning upstream and ending downstream of Buchtel. All manner of paddle-powered watercraft are welcome, but please note that this is a BYOB - bring your own boat - event. If you would like to come, but dont have a boat to use, please RSVP and we will try to arrange a seat in someone's boat for you. Contact Matt Miller at 740-767-2225 for more info.

05/08 - Volunteer Action, featuring Bob Eichenberg, Athens County Planner, WATH 970AM, 10:06am-10:36am.

05/10 - Huff Run Awareness Day, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a field day for local schools. Volunteers are needed to help lead learning stations in the following areas: fish shocking, macro-invertebrates, tour of the Lyons Project and water chemistry. Contact Maureen Wise to volunteer. Around 200 7th graders! Contact Michelle Shively at 330-859-1050 for more info.

05/10 - Land Trust Seminar, for attorneys, accountants, etc. Call the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River office at 740-374-4170 for more info.

05/12 - Environmental Explorers Club Scavengar Hunt & Girl Scouts "Macro Invertebrates Day," noon to 3 p.m., Contact Michelle Shively at 330-859-1050 for more details.

05/12 - Medicinal Herb Identification and RARE Center Tour, 10 a.m. to noon, pre-register by calling Elise George or Tom Redfern at 740-742-4401.

05/15 - Volunteer Action, Guest TBA, WATH 970AM, 10:06am-10:36am.

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