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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Future Naturalists: Bring the children, ages 2-5, for an easy one-mile exploration and introduction to the environment around Las Vegas on Tuesday. Limited space (515-5367).

Red Rock Canyon, Rain Tree via Trail Canyon: Tuesday, a strenuous seven-mile, out and back, hike with a 2,300-foot gain (515-5367).

Red Rock Canyon, Moenkopi Loop: An easy to moderate two and one-half-mile morning hike Wednesday (515-5367).

Sierra Club: The Southern Nevada Group will have a moderate six-mile round-trip hike along the Bristlecone Loop Saturday. Contact Mike Sheffer at 353-0980.

Red Rock Canyon, Fletcher Canyon & Spring: Saturday, a moderate three-plus mile hike through lush forest trees (515-5367).

Around the Bend Friends: This group of people, 50 years and over, interested in hiking and related social activities will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe Casino, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, South Parking Garage, on the left of Level 3, for a moderate three-hour hike at Mount Charleston (642-2285).

Sierra Club: The Southern Nevada Group will hike at Mount Charleston on Saturday, followed by a picnic, open to all from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., at the Old Mill picnic area. Club will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments and picnic supplies. Attendees are asked to bring salads, side dishes, snacks and drinks to share. Parking is $7 per car and a $2 per person donation is requested. Contact Deborah Cameron at chefswell@aol.com or 656-2507 by Thursday.

U.S. Forest Service: Meet at the upper trailhead, near the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, for a three- to four-mile round-trip hike along the Upper Bristlecone Trail on Saturday. Bring water, sunscreen, binoculars and hiking boots. To register, call 515-5400.

Sierra Club: The Southern Nevada Group will have a strenuous 20-mile hike Aug. 12 to Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail. Contact Randy Czaplicki at 265-7990.

Red Rock Canyon, South Loop: A strenuous four-mile hike, with a 1,400-foot gain, through an avalanche area Aug. 12 (515-5367).

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, New Moon: Meet at the tour gate Aug. 12 at 7:45 p.m. for a two-hour hike with some bouldering at Sandstone Canyon. Arrive 15 minutes early, as the park gates close when the hike starts. No dogs or children under 12 years old allowed. For details, call 875-4141.

Red Rock Canyon, Griffith Peak via Harris Spring Road: A strenuous 10-mile hike, with a 2,656-foot gain, Aug. 12, to the third highest peak in the Spring Mountain Range (515-5367).

BIKES

Bagel Ride: Leave from Aspen Creek Cycling, 1550 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Wednesday at 7 a.m., for a 22-mile ride. For more information, visit www.greenvalleycyclists.org or e-mail topgolf@aol.com

Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club: A 6:15 a.m. moderate to fast 15-20 mile road ride is scheduled for Wednesday. Meet at the NuVision Cyclery on West Lake Mead Boulevard between Rampart Boulevard and Scholar Lane. (228-1333). There will be a 30-plus mile, moderate and hilly, ride on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 a.m., and a 30 to 50-plus mile long grade ride on Saturday at 7 a.m. Meet behind Starbucks on West Charleston Boulevard and Town Center Drive. An easy ride of 25 to 35 miles of flat land on Aug. 12 at 7 a.m. Meet at Einstein Brothers Bagels, 8400 Cheyenne Ave. (873-6256). Bring water for all rides.

Las Vegas Desert Riders Club of Nevada: A local chapter of the Honda Riders Club of America will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Carter Power Sports, 6725 S. Decatur Blvd. All types of motorcycles welcome. As ride destinations vary, call 795-2000 or e-mail wong@nevp.com for information.

Green Valley Cyclists: Meet at 7 a.m. Saturday and Aug. 12 in the Brooklyn Bagel parking lot, near the corner of Green Valley Parkway and Pebble Road in Henderson. For more information, visit www.green valleycyclists.org or call 501-9771.

Annual Ultra-Crit: Register to ride one, two, or more laps on this 200-mile Lake Loop event to start and end at All Mountain Cyclery in Boulder City beginning at 6 a.m. on Aug. 18. Call Scott Dakus at 497-8565 or contact nubscycling@earthlink.net.

OTHER PROGRAMS

Astronomical Society of Nevada-Las Vegas: Public star party Saturday at Cold Creek. Visit: vegas.astronomynv.org.

Las Vegas Astronomical Society: Belmont star party Friday through Saturday. Visit: www.lvastronomy.com, or e-mail: n2422v@aol.com

Hunter Education Class: Nevada Department of Wildlife is accepting applications for the Saturday and Aug. 18 classes, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the NDOW office, 4747 W. Vegas Drive and for the Aug. 13-14 classes from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson (486-5127, Ext. 3501).

Friends of Nevada Wilderness: Volunteer to monitor invasive weeds, campsites and illegal recreational use impacts at the Quinn Canyon Wilderness or for a restoration project at the Calico Wilderness Area on Saturday and Aug. 12. Contact www. nevadawilderness.org.

Get Outdoors Nevada: Register now to volunteer for Archery Range litter and debris cleanup at Mount Charleston on Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Minimum age is 8 years old with parental approval form. Contact: www,getoutdoorsnevada.org/events.htm or e-mail: desertvolunteer@fws.gov.

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