Learn skills to bike in traffic

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010, 12:01 A.M.

Gray whales can be seen breeching and spouting off the coast of Oregon and Washington. (Associated Press)
Gray whales can be seen breeching and spouting off the coast of Oregon and Washington. (Associated Press)

OUTPEDAL – Bicycle commuters can put skill and safety on their side by enrolling in one of the upcoming “Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101” courses, created by the League of American Bicyclists and taught by local experts.

The nine-hour course is for adults and youths 15 and older accompanied by an adult. The $30 course covers topics such as protective clothing, bike care, bike handling skills, and skills for pedaling in traffic.

The course will be taught three times this spring in Spokane, with a three-hour indoor class starting at 5 p.m. followed on a Saturday with a six-hour riding session as follows:

•April 13 and 17 at Shadle Library. Pre-register: Eileen Hyatt, e-mail SpokaneBikeBuddy @aol.com.

•April 28 and May 1 at Spokane Regional Health District. Pre-register: Erika Henry, e-mail cyclesafely@gmail.com.

•May 12 and 15 at Spokane Regional Health District. Pre-register: Cindy Green, e-mail cyclesafely@gmail.com.

It’s prime time for whale watching

OUTDO –The annual parade of more than 20,000 California gray whales off the Pacific Coast is underway as the giant mammals migrate to Alaska from their nurseries in the Gulf of Mexico.

Charter boats at Westport, Wash., schedule two-hour trips to give whale-watchers a close-up view.

The whales appear to be moving north earlier than usual this year, skippers say.

Info: (800) 345-6223.

Clinic gives youth shot at gobblers

OUTHUNT – A turkey hunting clinic for youngsters in cooperation with the Idaho Fish and Game Department is set for April 5, 6 p.m., at Cabela’s in Post Falls.

The clinic is free, but pre-registration is required because of limited space. Contact: IDFG, (208) 769-1414.

•Youth turkey seasons for hunters under the age of 16 open April 3-4 in Washington and April 8-14 in Idaho.

General spring turkey seasons open April 15 in both states.

Snake salmon conservation topic

OUTSPOKEN – “Endangered Salmon 101” is the topic of a public presentation Thursday, 7 p.m., at Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall.

Sam Mace of Save Our Wild Salmon will speak and present a film from the Freedom to Roam series produced by the Patagonia outdoor clothing company.

Afterward, a roundtable discussion featuring people affected by the endangered salmon issue will focus on wild salmon declines and how they affect local communities and the regional economy.

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