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Last chance to check out the outdoors in indoors comfort in this special Tunkhannock exhibit. This oil by Nancy Cole is among the depictions of barns in ‘Around the Barn – The Structures and Implements of Rural Life,’ at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts through Sunday.

THIS WEEK: OCT 26 to NOV. 1, 2007

Great Pumpkin Run and Fun Walk, a 5K run along the trails of the Riverlands to benefit the Berwick Area YMCA. Susquehanna Riverlands, Route 11, Berwick. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. $10. T-shirts to the first 100 entrants. Information and entry forms: 759-1300 or runfordiamonds.com.

Ladies Last Hurrah, a final kayaking adventure of the season with a leisurely paddle around the lake. All equipment provided. Meet at the Environmental Education Building at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday at 2 p.m. Registration: 696-9105.

The Truth about Spiders. Join naturalist John Serrao in a talk about the importance of these eight-legged creatures. Susquehanna Riverlands, Route 11, Berwick. Saturday, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 542-2306.

Kirby Park Birding with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. Sunday at 8 a.m. Registration: 542-5948.

Thunder Swamp Hike, eight miles from the main trailhead on Route 402 to Old Bushkill Road. First of three scheduled hikes to explore the Swamp Trail System in Pike County. Bring lunch, water and wear hiking boots. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Sierra Club. 388-2418.

Woodbourne Forest Hike, five easy miles. Meet near the Peking Chef Restaurant, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979.

Fall Trail Run, 20th annual event sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Striders. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Sunday at 1 p.m. 474-5363.

Geocaching Hike, an easy walk to learn how to geocache. Meet at the Cedars Trailhead at the Martins Creek Preserve, 6605 Foul Rift Road, Bangor. Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Registration: 343-5144.

Nature in Transition, a talk with naturalist John Serrao on the transformations that take place in the fall in the Pocono Mountains. Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Free. 828-2319 or peec.org.

Hiking with Llamas, a trek through the park trails with these gentle giants. Salt Springs State Park, off Route 29, Franklin. Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. $5. 967-7275.

Senior Walking Program, a walk around Public Square in Wilkes-Barre starting with a quarter mile and continuing at the walker’s discretion. Meet at the Charles T. Adams Senior Center, 5 East Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday at 10 a.m. Open to the public. 825-3484.

FUTURE

Natural Communities. Spend an afternoon with naturalist John Serrao visiting a flood plain, ravine, cliff edge and other natural habitats. Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. Nov. 3, noon to 4 p.m. Followed by lunch. 828-2319 or peec.org.

Geocaching Adventure. Join a 21st-century treasure hunt that combines hiking with GPS technology. Montour Preserve, off Route 54 near Washingtonville. Nov. 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. 437-3131.

State Game Lands #57 Hike, 10 easy miles. Meet at the Omega Bank, Routes 118 and 29 in Pikes Creek. Nov. 4 at 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 477-2210.

Sundays for Singles Hike. Need a hiking buddy? Enjoy the great outdoors with others and learn about the natural world. Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. $5. Over age 18. Bring a bag lunch. 828-2319 or peec.org.

Birding at Frances Slocum State Park. Join Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited on a leisurely stroll to seek out song birds. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center, Frances Slocum State Park, off Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. Free. 675-9900.

Master Gardener Program on “The Care and Maintenance of Fruit Trees” with Joe O’Hara of O’Hara Orchards. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Registration: 474-9313.

Cleanup at Frances Slocum State Park. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 477-2210.

Animals in Winter, a session with naturalist John Serrao along with a buffet dinner. Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. Nov. 10, 6 to 8 p.m. $15. 828-2319 or peec.org.

Autumn Star Gaze, an illustrated lecture by members of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society followed by outdoor star viewing and hot chocolate. Museum Barn, the Lands at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Nov. 10, 7 to 9 p.m. $7, $3 children. 696-2881.

Promised Land Hike, five moderate miles. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Nov. 11 at 9:15 a.m. $5. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.

Joe Gmiter Trail Hike, six difficult miles Meet at the Omega Bank, Route 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. Nov. 11 at 12:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.

Live Hawks! An introduction to a rough-legged hawk, red tail hawk and an American kestrel with naturalist Franklin Kock. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Free. 675-9900.

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