Here is a sample of some of the main events this coming week in the Wayne/Pike county area, which are open to the public.

BIRDWATCHING - Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society (GPAS) is hosting a field trip to the Bashakill Wetlands north of Port Jervis to seek out bird species, Saturday, March 25. For more information or to register for the field trip, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-618-2491 between 7 and 8 p.m.

GREAT CHILI - Chili Cook-Off: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 26, American Legion Post 311, 215 Church St., Hawley. American Legion Post 311. See who might de-throne the reigning king/queen. Taste them all and get to vote for the winner. Come early, chili will disappear fast.

HAWLEY EARTHFEST - The Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) has announced that planning is underway in cooperation with the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership for the fourth annual Hawley Earth Fest, the weekend of April 21-23. For information www.HawleyEarthfest.com, and upcoming articles in The News Eagle.