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Outdoor 411 for May 1, 2011.

Trail volunteers

Normal police are looking for a few good men and women to serve in the NPD Safety Ambassador Program. Citizen volunteers are trained to patrol Constitution Trail at peak hours of use. Volunteers serve two-hour stints, often in pairs, to report hazardous conditions and suspicious activity via police radio. Volunteers must be McLean County residents, at least 21 years old, pass a background check, complete training and have a bike and helmet. Contact officer Amanda Street at astreet@normal.org or phone 309-433-3440.

Horseshoes anyone?

Here's a pitch to do some horsing around. Twin City Horseshoe Pitching Club kicks off its summer league May 10 at Maxwell Park in Normal. The league is a recreational handicap league. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome. Phone Vinton Knarr at 309-661-4601 for information.

Dooring stats to be kept

Gov. Pat Quinn last week promised the state will track "dooring" crashes, in which bicyclists are struck by opened doors from parked cars. The change will take effect immediately to help determine locations where road improvements and public outreach efforts may be necessary to protect bicyclists. Prior to the change, dooring collisions went unrecognized in the Illinois Department of Transportation's annual reporting of traffic statistics because a moving motor vehicle was not involved.

More morels

Last week's cover story was about the Midwest Morel Fest coming Saturday at Washington Park in Ottawa where the fun starts with a morel hunt at 8:45 a.m. and auction at 1 p.m. Also on Saturday, the Stark County Morel Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wyoming, 40 miles northwest of Peoria. The festival will feature food, crafts and family activities, including pony rides. A mushroom cooking class is at 11 a.m. The class costs $10 and pre-registration is recommended. Phone 309-286-6200. Visit www.starkco.illinois.gov/all_events.php.

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