GOOSE, NO GOOSE: Maryland officials have decided against opening a limited, six-day hunting season for migratory Canada geese on the Eastern Shore this winter. The proposed six-day season with a one-bird limit per hunter would have required a lottery to disperse the 12,200 allotted permits. Neighboring Virginia opted to reopen migratory Canada goose season from Dec. 27 to Jan. 1, with a limit of one per day.

CRAB FEVER: The 33rd annual Maryland Seafood Festival runs Friday-Sunday at Sandy Point State Park at the western end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, admission is $6 for adults, $2 for kids 7-12. Call 410-268-7682.

EASY RIDERS: Potomac Pedalers invites all for an easy bicycle ride Saturday on trails (no roads) around Reston. Two-hour ride starts at 10 a.m. at southwest corner of Reston's Town Center Parking Lot and is suitable for families. Call 703-734-3328.

FIXER-UPPER: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club has a work trip scheduled Saturday on Cabin John Trail. Meet at Cabin John Tennis Courts parking lot off Democracy Boulevard at 9 a.m.; bring water and lunch. Call Liles Creighton, 410-573-0067.

DOWN RIVER: Canoe Cruisers Association offers an easy whitewater canoe trip on the Potomac from Old Anglers Inn to Lock 10 on Friday. Bring your own boat; trip is suitable for practiced novices; call Michael Martin, 301-263-0386.

OLD-TIMERS: Traditional sailboat races will be held on the Miles River on Saturday with historic vessels and replicas of traditional sailing boats competing. There will be a separate class for swift Chesapeake 20s. Organizer is Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; call 410-745-2916.

BUNKER: The Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission has released its "public information document" on the status of menhaden stocks. The oily baitfish, which are food for many top sportfishing species on the East Coast, are thought to be in sharp decline; ASMFC is considering changes in rules governing commercial exploitation. For a copy of the report, check the Web page at or call 202-289-6400 ext. 333.


WHAT: Bike ride

WHERE: Cumberland, Md., to District. WHEN: Next weekend.

INSIDE SCOOP: The 184-mile Tour de Canal starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in Cumberland and finishes Sunday afternoon in Georgetown. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Washington. Cost for two-day participants is $200 for the two days, or riders can join at White's Ferry at 12:30 p.m. Sunday for a 40-miler, or at 2:30 at Great Falls, Md., for a 12-miler. Cost for one day is $75. Everyone is welcome at the riders' celebration from 5-7 p.m. in Georgetown.

DETAILS: For information, call 301-652-8392.