Outdoor briefs for April 11


South Sound groups land NMTA grants

Two South Sound organizations were among eight groups to receive grants from the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Grow Boating Grant Program.

The association awarded $17,300 to the eight boating programs as part of its mission to increase the number of boaters in the Northwest, and encourage boaters to boat more often.

The Olympia Yacht Club Foundation received a grant to purchase personal flotation devices and spray tops and pants for the foundation’s 11-week summer “Learn to Sail” program for youth.

The Tacoma Youth Marine Center will use the grant money to help fund its 2015 “Sails & Trails” Summer Camp which introduces youth ages 11-15 to boating and boating skills.

The other grants went to groups in Seattle, Bellingham and Post Falls, Idaho.

The program received so many applications, it increased the amount of available grant money from $9,000 to $17,300, said Brian Kaloper, harbormaster at Elliott Bay Marina and the Grow Boating committee chairman.

Organizations interested in applying for a grant for 2016 can find the application at nmta.net/grow-boating/2794.asp.


Pair to share tales of Desolation Sound trip

Kayaking Desolation Sound in British Columbia will be the topic of a presentation at Friday’s open house and speaker series held by the Tacoma Mountaineers.

In 2014, Julie Myer and Kevin Hornback, both Tacoma branch members, celebrated a 50th birthday by spending two weeks exploring Desolation Sound by kayak. The trip began in Lund, British Columbia, and led them to Okeover Inlet before returning to Lund.

Along the way, they played with a seal at the Copelands, were awakened in the middle of the night by the sounds of whales blowing off Martin Island, enjoyed the hospitality of neighbors sharing warm brownies on a rainy day, swam in 70-degree waters and ate seafood each day.

Before the program, Tacoma Mountaineers members will give an orientation on the programs offered by the local branch. This is a chance to visit with committee members in activities of interest to you.

The open house begins at 7 p.m., with the program at 7:45 p.m. The event will be at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center, 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma. Learn more at tacomamountaineers.org.


Banquet to support salmon, orca efforts

Long Live the Kings’ Spring Fling, the group’s annual benefit dinner and auction, will support its Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. That is the group’s effort to restore salmon and orcas to Northwest waters.

The evening will feature Ken Balcomb, director of the Center for Whale Research, and the presentation of sixth Lifetime Achievement Award in Salmon Conservation to Billy Frank Jr., who died last year.

There also will be a live auction, raffle and entertainment. In addition, the aquarium exhibits will open for viewing until 9 p.m.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, with dinner and presentations at 6:45 p.m.

The event will be at the Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, April 29.

Tickets are $175 per person or $1,500 per table that seats up to 10 people. You can order tickets at lltk.org.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com