* RAPID TRANSIT: Potomac River water levels have remained up this year, which is good news for paddlers. To that end, Mike High of the Canoe Cruisers Association has put together a series of trips on Wednesdays; they start at 6:30 p.m. and run through the month. The outings, which are suitable for whitewater novices, will include a handful of unthreatening rapids and are a perfect way to decompress after work. Those going will meet at the Lock 10 parking lot next to the Clara Barton Parkway and the decision to paddle down from Lock 7 or from the put-in across from Old Angler's Inn will be made then. Non-members are welcome, as are paddlers in recreational kayaks (which don't require sprayskirts.) For more information, contact Mike High at 703-317-1827 or mike.high@starpower.net. . . .

Matt Berres, the Potomac Conservancy's director of community action, will give a talk focusing on canoe camping on the Potomac Riverstarting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the REI store in Baileys Crossroads. He also will be looking for volunteers to take part in work trips at Sharpshin and Tenfoot islands on the river. For details about the talk, visit www.rei.com. Also, the Potomac Conservancy will host a Potomac River cleanup at Fletcher's Boathouse in the District on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed. To learn more, visit www.potomac.org.

* TAKING AIM: The Belvoir Bowhunters, with help from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, will host the Hunters for the Hungry Archery Tournament on Aug. 15 at club headquarters in Fort Belvoir. The event starts at 9 a.m. and includes a raffle. For directions to the club, visit http://www.geocities.com/bbhunters/. For more information on the tournament, call Joseph Cleboski at 703-781-4617. Non-members are welcome.

* BASS PLAYERS: The Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a clinic focusing on small-mouth bass on Aug. 21 at the Raymond R. "Andy" Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park, located off Route 340 south of Front Royal in Warren County. C. Boyd Pfeiffer will lead the event and will touch upon the proper equipment and techniques of spin fishing and fly-fishing for the popular game fish. Non-members are welcome. Cost is $20 for one, $30 for families. Contact Jay Lovering at 703-973-1024 or Jeff Rainey at 703-759-2350 to enroll. For details, visit www.nvatu.org.

-- John Mullen

mullenj@washpost.com