OUTFISH – April 20 is the deadline to sign up kids ages 5-14 for the May 5 Kid Fishing event at Clear Lake.
Up to 950 youths will be preassigned to 45-minute slots. The $10 fee includes a rod and reel they can keep, plus a T-shirt and a chance to catch up to three trout.
Details and registration forms are available online at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing
• FISHING 2012, a special section on fishing in the Inland Northwest, including a three-state map of the region’s angling waters, is coming Thursday in The Spokesman-Review.
Fly fishers present angling update night
OUTLOOK – Get the scoop on local angling opportunities geared to fly fishing on Wednesday at the annual Extravaganza sponsored by the Spokane Fly Fishers.
The free event opens at 5 p.m. at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy, with displays and fishing information. Area fish biologists will speak at 7 p.m.
Hot dogs and beverages will be available.
Info: Dan Ferguson, 325-8885.
Mountaineers lead hike at Iller Creek
OUTTRAILS – The Spokane Mountaineers are inviting the public Saturday on a hiking intro to the Iller Creek Conservation Area in Spokane Valley.
The area near Tower Mountain was secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures program.
Local groups regularly volunteer to improve the trails at wta.org.
The Mountaineers will meet at 3 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, off Dishman Mica Road at Schafer Road.
Preregister: Deborah Harris, 879-5275.
Rick Bass gives Get Lit a nature connection
OUTWRITE – Rick Bass of Montana’s Yaak Valley, who captured a national audience by writing on man’s relationship with nature, will blend his Montana perspective with an edgy Montana band in a special Get Lit! reading performance Saturday, 7 p.m., in the Blue Room of the Spokane Masonic Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. Cost: $15
A pass for the annual literary festival is $45 for the week-long event that kicks off today.
Tickets: TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com.
Little Pend Oreille biologist talks birds
OUTDO – Mike Muntz, wildlife biologist at the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, will discuss birds found at the northeastern Washington preserve in a free program sponsored by the Spokane Audubon Society, Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Riverview Community Building, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., off Upriver Drive.
‘Channeled Scablands’ featured at Auntie’s
OUTREAD – The sightseeing and recreational opportunities in the wake of the Ice Age Floods will be explored in a presentation Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Auntie’s Bookstore.
Author John Soennichsen of Cheney will discuss his new book, “Washington’s Channeled Scablands Guide” (Mountaineers-Books), which helps non-geologists understand how cataclysmic floods 15,000 years ago carved the Eastern Washington landscape.
The devastation evolved into countless recreational opportunities for anglers, hikers, wildlife watchers, boaters and more.
The book details sights and activities found along the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail designated by the National Park Service in 2009, but still largely undeveloped.
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