Upcoming outdoor events in Snohomish County and nearby

Ski to Sea: Registration is now open for the popular relay race that goes from Mount Baker Ski Area to the water’s edge in Fairhaven. The race is 93 miles and includes cross-country skiing, downhill skiing/snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross biking, and sea kayaking. Get information and register at www.SkitoSea.com.

Hikes: Rangers will lead free, 3-mile hikes through old-growth forest in Rockport State Park at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays through April 30. Hikes begin at the parking lot and end with warm drinks in the Discovery Center. The park features an ADA-accessible trail. For information, call Laura Busby at 360-853-8461 or email rockport@parks.wa.gov. A Discover Pass is required to park except for March 19 and 26, and April 22.

Blooms: The La Conner Daffodil Festival is under way, and the daffodils are blooming. For events and activities, go to www.lovelaconner.com. Keep track of daffodil and tulip blooms at www.tulips.com/bloommap or call the La Conner Visitor Center at 360-466-778 for updates.

Gear grab: The Everett branch of The Mountaineers will have a gear grab and potluck at 6:30 p.m. March 2 at Everett United Church of Christ, 2624 Rockefeller. You can buy, sell or trade gear. Setup for the sale starts at 6 p.m. Craig Romano will speak about his most recent book, “Day Hiking Mount St. Helens.” Contact Doris Hatton at hikerchick55@gmail.com for information.

Bikes: Sharing Wheels is offering bicycle mechanic classes to help anyone learn how to maintain and repair their bikes. Two classes are offered. Basic bike mechanics is at 6 p.m. on March 2, March 20, May 11 or June 15. Classes are 3 1/2 hours and cover basic bike care, including flat tire replacement, brakes and derailers. $35. Advanced bike mechanics is 6 to 9 p.m. April 6, 13, 20 or 27 or July 6, 13, 20 or 27. The class will teach more detailed bike care including cable sytems and bearings. $100.

For information and to register: 425-252-6952 or www.sharingwheels.org.

Walk: Take a guided walk from Cama Beach State Park to Camano Island State Park. Meet at 9:50 a.m. March 5 at Dry Lake Road and Ivy Way. The walk is about 3 miles, one way. Shuttle available for return trip. No dogs. Get details at www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org.

Hike: The Everett branch of The Mountaineers will offer information about safe hiking and local opportunities at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Drewel East Admininistration Building on the Snohomish County Campus, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett. The event will include information on what to wear, what to bring, where to go and how to sign up for group hikes with The Mountaineers. See www.mountaineers.org/everett for information.

Whales: Welcome the return of the gray whales on April 16 and 17 in Langley on Whidbey Island. The event includes educational displays, costume making, children’s activities and a parade on Saturday. A cruise to see the gray whales is on Sunday afternoon. Get details at www.orcanetwork.org.

Email events for the outdoor calendar to jloerch@heraldnet.com or call 425-339-3046.

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