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Sweet­heart Lunch/ Ea­gle Watch Cruises An­nounced at Hobbs State Park

Do some­thing un­for­get­table with your loved one this Valen­tine’s Day week­end. Share the won­ders of na­ture on beau­ti­ful Beaver Lake look­ing for bald ea­gles plus en­joy a scrump­tious and a mu­si­cally fun lunch at Ven­tris Trails End Re­sort.

Lunch fea­tures ba­con wrapped pork loin with mush­rooms, onions, and salad with home­made bread rolls, choco­late sheet cake, tea, or cof­fee. Veg­e­tar­ian op­tion is a yummy porta­bella mush­room sand­wich. Al­co­holic bev­er­ages are avail­able at an ad­di­tional charge.

There are two Sweet­heart Cruises to choose from. One will run Satur­day, Feb. 10,and the other Sun­day, Feb. 11. Each cruise will leave Rocky Branch Ma­rina promptly at 11 a.m. and re­turn at 2 p.m.

Cost: $40+ tax per per­son: Reser­va­tions and pre­pay­ment nec­es­sary. Con­tact Hobbs State Park – Con­ser­va­tion Area for reser­va­tions.

Break­fast with the birds

Our feath­ered friends will be at cen­ter stage at Hobbs State Park – Con­ser­va­tion Area dur­ing our third an­nual pro­gram se­ries: Birds and Break­fast. Come en­joy a cup of cof­fee or juice and have break­fast with the birds. Have you ever seen all the feath­ers of a goldfinch, chick­adee, or other song­bird up close? Well, this is your chance. You will wit­ness this unique sci­en­tific process up-close, and then help us re­lease the birds back into the wild.

From 9-10:30 a.m., the Wildlife So­ci­ety of the Univer­sity of Arkansas will be catch­ing song birds, han­dling th­ese birds, and then re­leas­ing them back into the wild. Learn about how this type of re­search has taught us many things we now know about birds.

Where: Hobbs State Park – Con­ser­va­tion Area Vis­i­tor Cen­ter

When: 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 24, March 3 and April 14

Cost: Free; reg­is­tra­tion not re­quired

Sallyann Brown to Head Fly Fish­ing Work­shop

Those who wish to learn the basics of fly casting will want to at­tend the Fly Casting 101 work­shop to be held at the Hobbs State Park – Con­ser­va­tion Area vis­i­tor cen­ter from noon to 4 p.m. Sun­day, April 29, 2018. Two hours of in­struc­tion will be in the class­room, and two hours will be out­side. Par­tic­i­pants will learn four ba­sic casts, the six ba­sic types of flies, (lures) how to cast and “play”the flies in the wa­ter, how to read wa­ter, how to wade, how to pur­chase and as­sem­ble your equip­ment, how to store your equip­ment, as well as how to tie the four ba­sic knots used by fly fish­ers. All equip­ment will be pro­vided.

The work­shop will be taught by Sallyann Brown, past re­cip­i­ent of the “Woman of the Year”and the“Fed­er­a­tion of Fly Fish­ers Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year” awards from the Fed­er­a­tion of Fly Fish­ers, Inc.

When: noon - 4 p.m. Sun­day, April 29, 2018

Where: The work­shop will be held at the Hobbs State Park vis­i­tor cen­ter

Min­i­mum age is 12 yrs. Cost: $35 per per­son + tax. Reser­va­tions and pre­pay­ment re­quired. For ques­tions, and to reg­is­ter call: 479-789-5000

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