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JOIN THE FREEHEEL FRENZY: The first turns ever made on any type of ski were of the telemark variety, and with the advances in skis and boots, this centuries-old technique has turned modern and is growing in popularity. A case in point is the River House Outdoor Program's "Telemark Festival 2002: The Return of Freeheel Frenzy," to be held Saturday at Willamette Pass Ski Area. A fun, exciting and hilarious day of clinics, races, equipment demos and raffles is planned. Half-day clinics will be offered for beginning through advanced telemark skiers. Races will include a "Silly Slalom" for all ability levels. The $5 registration fee includes entrance into all events and a discounted lift ticket. For more information, call Roger at 682-6323, Mel at 746-3168 or e-mail: mmann@efn.org.

SHOW FEATURES SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION: The "La Nina Sea Kayaking Expedition," a journey five women took along the length of the rugged coastline of British Columbia's "Outside Passage," will be the focus of a slide show to be presented in Eugene next week. Three members of the expedition will show slides and talk about their experiences Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Willamette Hall at the University of Oregon. Admission is $2 for the general public, free to UO students and members of the UO Outdoor Program Co-op.

OREGON'S WINTER GAMES BEGIN: Salt Lake City may have the Winter Olympics, but Mount Hood still has the Winter Games of Oregon. The 2002 edition of the state's "Olympic-style" winter sports festival, organized by the Oregon Amateur Sports Foundation, will be held on Mount Hood on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It features events designed for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels. Mount Hood Ski Bowl will host a new event, called "Speed Trap," as well as the "Super G" and "Extreme Competition." Timberline will host "Boarder X," " Skier X" and Giant Slalom. The events are open to all Oregon and southwest Washington residents, with age categories offered from 8 and under to 70 and over. For additional details, see the Web site: www.wintergamesoforegon.org.

VOLUNTEER NATURALISTS SOUGHT: Nearby Nature, a non-profit environmental education group based in Eugene, is looking for volunteers to lead nature walks for school children, make presentations in costume and work on wildlife habitat restoration. The school walks program involves leading small groups of children through hands-on activities, nature games and storytelling at Alton Baker Park on weekday mornings from late April through mid-June. No experience is necessary and training begins in mid-March. Nearby Nature also needs people who enjoy education with a dramatic touch to dress up as local wild animals in the "Kinder Critters" program for preschool through second-graders. And, of course, willing hands are always needed for the habitat restoration crew's periodic work parties at Alton Baker Park. These and other volunteer opportunities will be discussed in detail at a volunteer open house to be held Thursday, March 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at EWEB's community rooms, 500 E. Fourth Ave. Details: call 687-9699 or visit www.nearbynature.org.

HUNTERS URGED TO APPLY EARLY: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's computerized licensing system is up and running again, but agency officials are urging hunters to apply early for their controlled-entry big-game hunt tags in order to help avoid long lines and potential computer problems as the May 15 application deadline approaches. The wildlife management agency typically receives more than 400,000 applications each year for the random drawings used to distribute tags for hunts that are too popular to let everyone participate who would like to. Applications for controlled-entry deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags may be made through any of the ODFW's "Point of Sale" agents, or by mail or fax using the mail-order form published in the "2002 Oregon Big Game Regulations."
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Date:Feb 28, 2002
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