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THIS WEEK: DEC. 4 to 10, 2009

Moosic Mountain Hike, three steep miles in Dunmore. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Sunday at 9:15 a.m. $5. 343-5144.

Susquehanna Trailers Hike, five difficult miles at Buttermilk Falls and the Francis E. Walter Dam. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, off Kidder Street, Wilkes-Barre Township. Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. 825-7200.

Holiday Stress Buster Hike, an easy two-mile trek at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Sunday at 1 p.m. Free. Registration: 403-2006.

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Make a Treat for the Birds. Create bird-seed treats to take home and hang for our feathered friends. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. Free. 675-9900.

Christmas Naturally, a holiday open house to create ornaments and decorations from natural items such as pine cones and milkweed pods. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Dec. 12, drop in anytime from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. 403-2006.

Pocono Environmental Education Center Hike, nine moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. Dec. 13 at 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 457-0527.

Christmas Bird Count, the annual holiday get-away to take part in the National Audubon Society’s traditional bird count. Headed by birder Pete Wulfhurst. Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. Dec. 20, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration: 828-2319.

Frances Slocum State Park Hike, six moderate miles on the Deer and Mocanaqua trails. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Dec. 20 at 12:45 p.m. Wear boots. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 288-2733.

Susquehanna Trailers Hike, nine moderate miles on Broad Mountain at State Game Land 141. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 27 at 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. 825-7200.

New Year’s 5K Race through downtown Bloomsburg. Walkers welcome also. Bloomsburg Area YMCA, 30 E. Seventh St., Bloomsburg. Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. 387-0188.

Tusten Mountain Hike, three steep miles in Hawley to watch eagles and enjoy the traditional New Year’s Day hot-dog roast. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Jan. 1 at 9:15 a.m. $5. 343-5144.

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