Out & About: Bike to Work Week starts May 12

OUTPEDAL – Spokane’s annual Bike to Work Week helps motivate commuters to get on two wheels for energy savings and fitness.

This year’s free pancake Kick-Off Breakfast starts May 12 at 7 a.m. near the Riverfront Park runner statues.

The week includes lunch-hour rides to familiarize cyclists with Spokane bike routes and Fairchild rides.

Some local businesses are providing “energizer stations” with treats for riders, and the Spokane Police will give a program on its bicycle patrol.

The Ride of Silence is set for 6 p.m. May 14 from the runner statues to honor cyclists killed or injured on the road.

The Bike to Work Wrap-Up Party is set for 5:30 p.m. May 16 at River City Brewery.

Sign up at spokanebikes.net.

An extensive list of 2014 Inland Northwest Bicycling Events is compiled under the Calendars link at spokesman.com/outdoors.

Birding class, festival set

OUTDO – Celebrate Migratory Bird Day in a three-session birding workshop offered this week by Gary Blevins, biology professor at Spokane Falls Community College, and Kim Thorburn of Spokane Audubon.

Sessions are 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Different bird species will be explored each evening with tips on identifying species, effective use of a bird book, migrations and biology.

• A field trip for the public is being offered by the instructors at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday. A $20 donation to Spokane Audubon Society is welcomed.

Preregister: 465-3025, or Gary.Blevins@spokanefalls.edu.

In Idaho, a Migratory Bird Day family celebration is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Blackwell Island, with bird walks, hummingbird and pine cone feeder projects, scavenger hunts, feather paint printing and other activities for families sponsored by Coeur d’Alene Audubon.

Info: Carrie Hugo (208) 769-5048.

Club treats disabled shooters

OUTBLAST – The Northwest Sportsman’s Club’s shooting event for people with disabilities is June 1.

The club treats guests to a day of small-bore and long-range target shooting, muzzleloader shooting and shotgun shooting with live birds at the Miller Ranch hunting preserve. The day features a barbecue lunch and door prizes plus two firearms that will be raffled to participants. 

Participation is limited; participants must preregister with an enrollment form available on the club’s website, northwestsportsmansclub.com.

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