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The 2013 Wyoming Valley RiverFest will be held on Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23. Hosted by the Riverfront Parks Committee, the event features three guided sojourns on the Susquehanna River with canoes or kayaks, music, art, free family fishing at River Common, a festival in Nesbitt Park, a polka with Stanky and the Coal Miners and a 12-team Chinese dragon boat race on Sunday.

For more information, call the Penn State Extension at 825-1701 or 602-0600.

Nescopeck State Park will host the following events in July (to register or for more information call 403-2006):

Wednesday, July 17 - Kayaking, Level Three - Brady’s Lake Paddle; 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 21 - Just for Kids: Art i nthe park with artist Jan Lokuta; 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31 - Just for Kids: Kayaking, Level One; 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 31 - Kayaking, Level One; 11 a.m.

Wednesday, July 31 - Kayaking, Level Two; 1 p.m.

Join the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) as they conduct a Family Fishing Program at the Wilkes-Barre River Common’s Fishing Pier on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 26;

Wednesday, July 31; and

Wednesday, August 21

The programs will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. They are being offered in partnership with the Riverfront Parks Committee (www.riverfrontparks.org) and the Luzerne County Keystone Active Zone (KAZ) Passport program (www.kazpassport.org). They are free, open to the public and a fishing license will not be required.

“The program is designed for families with children ages eight and older with little or no fishing experience,” said Walt Dietz, PFBC Regional Outreach and Education Coordinator. “Families will learn about safety, fishing tackle, regulations and basic techniques like casting and knot tying. Participants will also be given the opportunity to fish together as a family.”

Equipment and bait will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair and drinking water. Meet at the River Common fishing pier located along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre. A map and directions are available at the Riverfront Parks Committee website at: www.riverfrontparks.org.

Registration is required and available online by visiting the Family Fishing Program schedule at: http://www.fishandboat.com/calendar.htm.

Promised Land State Park will hold its 2013 Nature Arts and Crafts in the Park on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at the Falls Pavilion on the main beach, rain or shine. Schedule follows (for more information call 676-0567):

June 26 - Welcome to “the Great Outdoors”

July 3 - Stars and Stripes Fun!

July 10 - Don’t Trash that Trash!

July 17 - I Saw It on “Conservation Island”

July 24 - Our State Symbols

July 31 - “Turtlemania”

August 7 - Crafting Native American Style

August 14 - Slithery Snakes & Spotted Salamanders

August 21 - Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

August 28 - Welcome Fall

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