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Outdoors news and notes: Haunted nights at Honeymoon Island, volunteer opportunities, fisherman's ball

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Honeymoon island turns spooky again

Honeymoon Island State Park and the Friends of the Island Parks will host a safe alternative to trick or treating at Halloween in the Park XV, Oct. 26 and 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. A donation of $10 per carload will include 10 game tickets. Annual passes are not valid for this event, which includes a haunted house and scary trail. Wear your costume, good walking shoes and bring insect repellent and a small flashlight. Call (727) 469-5942 for information or go to floridastateparks.org/honeymoonisland.

Sports figures on hand for ball

The Tampa Bay Lightning's Vinny Lecavalier will present the Ted Williams Award to the Tampa Bay Rays' Wade Davis for the pitcher's contributions to the community and the outdoors at tonight's Fishermen's Ball dinner during this weekend's Yerrid Foundation Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament, which benefits the Pediatric Cancer Center. The dinner is at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg. For information go to fastercure.org.

Tales from outside at reading festival

Tampa Bay Times Outdoors/Fitness Editor Terry Tomalin will talk about his book Everyday Adventures: A Florida Outdoors Guide at the Festival of Reading at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Go to festivalofreading.com for a complete schedule.

Volunteers

Aquatic preserve planting on tap

Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve is one of the most pristine ecosystems in Tampa Bay. But Tampa Bay Watch plans to make it a little better by adding more than 10,000 salt marsh plants along its shoreline Saturday. The plants help stabilize low-lying coastal lands and provide protection and food for a variety of marine organisms. Salt marshes have declined more than 80 percent during the past 100 years, mostly as the result of dredging, construction and waste water discharges. The restoration project, held in conjunction with Hillsborough County Parks and Southwest Florida Water Management District, will have the support volunteers in Tampa for this weekend's Restore America's Estuaries Conference. But more helping hands are needed. Contact Rachel Arndt at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org or go to tampabay watch.org.

Send your news to Terry Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

10/19 9:40 3:30 10:10 3:55

10/20 10:45 4:35 11:15 5:00

10/21 11:45 5:35 0 6:00

10/22 12:10 6:40 12:50 7:05

10/23 1:20 7:20 1:30 7:45

10/24 2:00 8:05 2:15 8:30

10/25 2:45 8:45 2:55 9:05

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news and notes: Haunted nights at Honeymoon Island, volunteer opportunities, fisherman's ball 10/18/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:17pm]
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