The COASTAL STAR
Outdoor Calendar Note: Events are current as of 3/30 . Please check with organizers for any changes.
Saturday - 4/7 - West Palm Beach Fishing Club Marine Yard Sale at 201 5th St. Great bargains for anglers & boaters. 7 am-12 noon. Free. 832-6780; westpalmbeachfishingclub.org 4/7 - Sand Sifters Beach Clean Up at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge. Held again 5/5. 8-10:15 am. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org 4/7 - Boardwalk Tours at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Docent-guided tour of wetlands. All ages. Times vary, call for details. Free. 966-7000; pbcnature.com 4/7 - Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feedings at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Daily 12:30 pm. Free. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org 4/7 - Eco-Chat at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Short talks about South Florida’s unique animals/ecosystems. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Every Sat 1 pm. Free. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org 4/7 - Sea Turtle Talk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Daily 2 pm. Free. 5448605; gumbolimbo.org
Sunday - 4/8 - Audubon Everglades Bird Walk Wakodahatchee meets at 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach. Held again 4/20. 8-10 am. auduboneverglades.org Tuesday - 4/10-11 - Guided Nature Walk at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. 1/4-mile natural
reels, tackle, diving and boating gear, 7 a.m. to noon at the club, 201 Fifth St., West Palm Beach. Free. Call 832-6780 or go to www.westpalmbeachfishingclub. org. April 7: Basic boating safety class offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the headquarters building at Spanish River Park, 3939 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Fee $35 ($20 for ages 12-19). Register at the door. Bring lunch. Call 391-3600 or email fso-pe@ cgauxboca.org. April 20: Early-entry deadline for Lantana Fishing Derby. Fishing tournament for kingfish, dolphin and wahoo set for May 5 based at Old Key Lime House restaurant. Captain’s meeting May 3 at Lantana Recreation Center. Entry fee $200 per boat by April 20 or $250 thereafter. Call 585-8664 or go to www. lantanafishingderby.com. April 21: Boynton Beach Firefighters Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook-off, Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park, Boynton Beach. Target fish: kingfish, dolphin and wahoo. Captain’s meeting 5 to 7 p.m. April 19 at Bru’s Room Sports Grill, 1333 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach. Entry fee $250 per boat by April 14 or $300 thereafter. Call 252-0769 or go to www. boyntonbeachfirefighters.com. April 28: Basic boating safety class offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the classroom next to the boat ramps, Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park, 2010 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach. Fee $25. Register at the door. Call
trail winds through the butterfly garden, coastal hammock, mangroves, to a sandy beach. All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. T/W 11 am-noon. Free. 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org Wednesday - 4/11 - Lantana Beach Cleanup at 100 N Ocean Blvd. Gloves/bags provided. 2nd W 9-10 am. 585-8664; email@example.com Thursday - 4/12 - Eco-Hour at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Guest speakers present information about Florida’s wildlife/ecosystems. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-2 pm. Free. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org Saturday - 4/14 - Great American Cleanup Annual beach cleanup throughout Palm Beach County including: South Inlet Park (1100 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, 667-2166); Watergate Estates (meet at PBSO Substation, Boca Raton, 302-7297); Sandoway House Nature Center (142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, 243-7263); Cason Community Garden at Cason United Methodist Church (342 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, 374-2434); Ocean Inlet Park (6990 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge, 267-0397); Harvey Oyer/Boat Club Park (2210 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, 707-5660); Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, 301-5056); homes at Lawrence Neighborhood (meet at Glenwood Dr & Willow Springs N, Boynton Beach, 433-8638); San Castle Community (meet at 1101 Mentone Rd, Lantana, 424-6697); Kayak Lake Worth (Lake Worth Beach Club at Lake Worth Golf Course, 225-8250); Phipps Ocean Park (2185 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, 367-2944). Start times between 8-9 am, depending on location. All ages. Space is limited. Free. Registration, details, times, sites: 6866646; keepPBCbeautiful.org
704-7440. April 28: St. Clare Catholic School’s Big Fishing for Little Smiles tournament for kingfish, dolphin, wahoo and snapper. Captain’s meeting April 27 at Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores. Weigh-in 1-3 p.m. April 28 at Sailfish Marina. Entry fee $275 per boat by April 10 or $300 thereafter. Call 622-7171 or email tourney@ stclarecatholicschool.org.
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4/14 - Birds & Breakfast at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Coffee, refreshments, 1-hour walking tour w/naturalist. Age 9+. 9 am. $3. Reservations: 966-7000; pbcnature.com 4/14 - Seining the Lagoon at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Explore grasses and flats of the Intracoastal Waterway behind Gumbo Limbo. No flip-flops or sandals. Old sneakers or water shoes only. Age 10 to adult; children must be accompanied by an adult. Held again 10-11:30 am 4/28. 1:30-3 pm. $7/member; $10/non-member. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org
Tuesday - 4/17 - Eco-Watch Lecture Series at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Talks followed by light refreshments; opportunity to talk with the speaker. Age 14 & up; children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 7-8:30 pm. $5/suggested donation. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org Friday - 4/20 - Wetlands & Wildlife at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, 13026 Jog Rd, Delray Beach. ¾-mile guided boardwalk tour. Bring camera, binoculars. Age 7 to adult; children must be accompanied by an adult. 3-5 pm. Free. Reservations: 5448615; gumbolimbo.org Saturday - 4/21 - Great American Cleanup Annual beach cleanup throughout Palm Beach County including: Spanish River Park (1301 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, 544-8606); Lantana Beach (meet at Oceanfront Pavilion, 100 N Ocean Blvd, Lantana, 540-5754); Gulfstream Park (4489 N Ocean Blvd., Gulfstream, 704-5911). Start times between 8-9 am, depending on location. All ages. Space is limited. Free. Registration, details, times, sites: 686-6646; keepPBCbeautiful.org 4/21 - Intracoastal Adventures: Canoeing at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801
Outdoors/Calendar H11 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Age 6-adult; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 10-11:30 am. $15/member; $22/ non-member. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org
Sunday - 4/22 - Earth Day 4/22 - Intracoastal Adventures: Stand Up Paddleboarding at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Age 12-adult; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 9:3011:30 am. $20/member; $30/non-member. 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org Wednesday - 4/25 - Beach Treasures at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Learn about seashells, the animals that make them. Caravan to Red Reef Park, 1400 N State Rd A1A, to search for ocean treasures. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. 3-4:30 pm. Free. Reservations: 544-8615; gumbolimbo.org Thursday - 4/26 - The Night Stalkers at Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd, Boynton Beach. Naturalist led boardwalk tour looking at nature from the point of view of its nocturnal residents. Age 9+. 7 pm. $5/person. RSVP: 966-7000; pbcnature.com Saturday - 4/28 - Sea Angels Beach Cleanup at Ocean Inlet Park, 6990 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge. Last Sat 8-10:30 am. 369-5501; seaangels.org 4/28 - Naturalist Program: Butterfly
Garden at Daggerwing Nature Center, 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton. Learn the difference between an insect and a spider. Age 5+. 10:30 am. $3. Reservations: 629-8760; pbcnature.com
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Sunday - 4/29 - Intracoastal Adventures: Kayaking at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. Age 6-adult; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 10 am-noon. $20/member; $30/non-member. 544-8605; gumbolimbo.org Tuesday - 5/1 - Boynton Beach Fishing Club at Harvey E. Oyer, Jr. Park, 2010 N Federal Hwy. Join other fishermen to discuss hot topics, learn new tricks of the trade. 1st T 7-9 pm. Free. 703-5638; bifc.org Thursday - 5/3 - US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 36 Boca Raton meets at Spanish River Park Headquarters Building, 3939 N Ocean Blvd. 1st Th 7:30 pm. Free. cgaux.org Saturday - 5/5 -6 - 24th Annual Lantana Fishing Derby/Kid’s Fishing Derby hosted by Lantana Chamber of Commerce. Gentleman’s start; fish from any inlet. Sat 7 am official start/lines in; 3:30 pm weigh-in at Old Key Lime House, 300 E Ocean Ave, Lantana closes; Sun 11:30 am-4 pm awards party/barbecue at Lantana Recreation Center, 418 S Dixie Hwy. $200-$250/boat (up to 4 anglers). 585-8664; lantanafishingderby.com
Commission’s new FWC Reporter app for iPhone and Android applications. The free app allows users to report observations of fish kills and nonnative species as well as trapped or injured wildlife. To contribute a report, select a category, provide relevant information and submit photos if they’re available. Willie Howard is a freelance writer and licensed boat captain. Reach him at tiowillie@ bellsouth.net.
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