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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 10:00 pm

Fishing derbies

The 12th Annual Lodi Lake Youth Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday.

The derby is for children 15 and under. A fishing license is required for anglers 16 and under.

The check-in is 7 a.m. and the derby will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded for the three largest fish. A children's fish tank will be available for children 7 and under.

• The Lake Pardee annual Kids Tank Derby for toddlers to age 15 is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the cleaning station.

Rods and bait will be supplied. Food and soda will be available.

For more information, call 772-1472.

• Kokanee Power will sponsor a Kokanee and Trout Fishing Derby at Lake Pardee on July 19.

The Derby is open to bank anglers as well as three other divisions. For more information call (916) 985-4943 or go on line at www.kokaneepower.org for entry forms and additional info.

• White Pines Lake will host its 9th Annual Trout Fishing Derby on Sunday.

The derby is open to everyone. There are four age groups plus a two-person team event. Children 12 and under are free and there is a low $5 entry fee for all others.

Prizes are awarded to the top three in each age group as well as the team weight and several tagged fish that are good for prizes.

Weigh-ins will start at 8 a.m. and the final weigh-in is at 4 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call 795-1686.

Fishing lessons

Lodi's Parks and Recreation Department will be offering fly fishing lessons beginning June 21.

The class is open to sign-ups, with a maximum of six per session. The class will be instructed by George Cecchetti, owner of The Reel Fly Shop in Lodi.

Classes will be on selective Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. once a month June through October.

Festivals

• White Pines Lake near Arnold will host the 6th Annual Kayak and Canoe Festival this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $35 for adults and $17.50 for children under 13.

For more information, call 795-9310.

• The 33rd Annual Wildfowl Arts Festival will be held June 21-22 at DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento.

Cost is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, contact Jim Burcio at (925) 754-4978.

Butterfly count

The 11th Annual Butterfly Count at Cosumnes River Preserve will he held June 21.

Please RSVP for this event by calling (916) 684-2816. The team will be meeting at the Nature Conservancy Barn at 6500 Desmond Road at 8 a.m.

Butterfly nets will be provided.

Canoe/kayak outing

The next paddle outing on the Mokelumne River is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $10 per person, which includes boat rentals, paddles, a personal flotation device and a guided tour.

Feel free to bring a light snack and beverage.

Outings will depart from the Lodi Lake Boat House located behind the Discovery Center.

Tours are limited to 20 spaces per outing. For more information, call 333-6890.

Wildlife viewing

The Stone Lake Wildlife Refuge will be open June 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A docent-guided walk will begin at 10 a.m. from the entrance. All trail days are free. To reach the trailhead, take Interstate 5 to the Elk Grove Boulevard exit, turn west and park.

For more information, call (916) 775-4421.

Patriotic run

The Merced Track Club will host the Run For Independence on July 4 at Atwater.

There will be a 2-mile and 5-mile races.

For more information, call 358-2012.


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