Out & About: Spokane Bicycle Club is the wheel deal

OUTPEDAL – Last Sunday’s Outdoors feature on regional bicycling events had a list of cycling groups.

Unfortunately, the venerable Spokane Bicycle Club ( spokanebicycleclub.org) was omitted at the top of the list.

“We’ve been an active biking club for over 35 years with a membership of around 200,” said Don Carlton, club president.  The group has adopted Mile 31 of the Centennial Trail and provides reliable support for all things related to bikes in the area.

“We offer seven rides a week in various skill levels. We host the bike corral for Bloomsday, bike-sitting for over 200 bikers, as well as the registration for SpokeFest.”

• See a full list of 16 top regional bicycling groups and more than 100 cycling events throughout the region at spokesman.com/outdoors. Click the 2013 cycling calendar tab.

Get Lit! author the rave on ravens

OUTCORVID – If you don’t think crows are cool, you haven’t read “In the Company of Crows and Ravens,” by John Marzluff, a University of Washington professor of wildlife science.

Catch up by bringing kids to catch his presentation, “Gifts of the Crow,” on Thursday, 7 p.m., at the Mobius Science Center in River Park Square. It’s one of many fun events set for EWU’s Get Lit! ( outreach.ewu.edu/getlit) literary festival.

Marzluff’s latest book, “Gift of the Crow,” combines biology, conservation and anthropology for an in-depth look at how humans and crows have mutually influenced each other. It reveals how crows share human behaviors such as delinquency, risk-taking, and even language.

Fly fishers updated on local waters

OUTANGLE – State fisheries biologists for the Spokane region and Idaho Panhandle will present fishing updates at the annual Spokane Fly Fishers Extravaganza Wednesday at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.

Hilary Hutcheson of Trout TV will join flytiers, fly shops, and other fishing groups with displays for the event starting at 5 p.m. The biologists will present their fishing reports at 7 p.m.

Ants, birds featured in Audubon programs

OUTLEARN – Local Audubon chapters are sponsoring 7 p.m. nature programs:

• Tuesday: Bluebird trails and NestWatch; by Coeur d’Alene Audubon Society, at Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey in Coeur d’Alene.

• Wednesday (April 10): “For Love of Ants,” by Laurel Hansen, EWU natural science professor, at Riverview Retirement auditorium, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., sponsored by Spokane Audubon Society.

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