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Hunts for Healing will host its first Red, White and Blue Rally from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today at the American Legion Post 510 in Laceyville. The family event will feature a chicken barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, raffles, 50/50 drawing and a baked goods sale.

Hickory Run State Park naturalist Megan Taylor will host the ninth hike in the 2012 Hickory Run State Park Hiking Series today at 9 a.m. The 2.5 mile hike is classified as difficult. Meet at the Hawk Falls Trailhead on Route 534, east of the park office. This hike will feature some small but very steep and rocky sections on Hawk Falls and Orchard Trail Loop.

For more information, contact Taylor at hickoryrunenvedsp@pa.gov or 570-403-2006.

The Factoryville Sportsmen's Club will hold two archery events this year. The first scheduled shoot is on Saturday, Aug. 25, followed by Sunday, Sept. 23. The events are open to the public and offer a challenging array of targets. This is a "through the woods" course, and participants are encouraged to dress appropriately. An "egg shoot" is held at the end of the course, with prize money available.

Starting time is at 9 a.m. with member and non-member fee of $6 and $8 respectively, with 12 to 18 year old archer fee of $6. Under 12 is no charge.

For more information check the club website at www.fscweb.org or call Paul at 561-3748.

The North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will host a Family Fun Activity Day on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Factoryville Sportsmen's Club in Factoryville. The event will feature a 30-target 3D shoot, claybird shooting, horseshoe tournament and a chicken BBQ dinner. A gun raffle and 50/50 drawing will also be held. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and dinner is served between noon and 4 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Chris Denmon at 477-2238 or Linda Coolbaugh at 836-2765.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources volunteer David Kruel will host an early morning beginners bird walk at 8 a.m. on Aug. 25 at Nescopeck State Park to celebrate the Global Birding Initiatives "Pledge to Fledge" program. From Aug. 24-26, birders across six continents will be sharing their interest in birds by bringing friends and other non-birders out to truly see and enjoy birds for the first time. The goal of the program is to share enthusiasm toward bird watching to transform non-birders and casual birders into citizens concerned about bird conservation and the environment.

This program is free and will meet at the wood bridge near the education center at Nescopeck State Park. A limited number of binoculars will be available. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water along. Registration is required by calling 403-2006.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host a bus tour highlighting seven sites throughout Luzerne County that showcase a variety of management techniques such as riparian buffers, rain gardens, parking lot bio-infiltration, grass parking pads, green roofs, pollinator gardens, native grassland meadows, community gardens and more.

The tour, which was also organized by Penn State Cooperative Extension and PA Environmental Council, will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Sept. 20. Participants will begin at the Kirby Park Natural Area in Wilkes-Barre, where they will board a charter bus and travel to the Plains Animal Hospital, Lands at Hillside Farm, Butler Township Community Garden/Center for Landscape Stewardship and Design, Life Expression Wellness Center, and Nescopeck State Park.

The cost for the program is $30 which includes the bus tour, lunch, and a tour booklet highlighting our stops. Tour sponsorships are also available. For more information and to register please contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension at 825-1701.

Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

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