CYCLINGMountain Bike Festival set Saturday: One of the Twin Cities’ premiere mountain biking venues will be open for a daylong festival this Saturday near Shakopee.

The Murphy-Hanrehan Mountain Bike Festival will feature test bikes, seminars on equipment and riding technique, door prizes and a 10K time trial on some of the best single track in the state.

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Most activities are free, although there is a $5 entry fee for the race, and parking fees apply.

LEGISLATIONBillions in recreation funding awaits vote: A key U.S. Senate committee last week passed the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000 or CARA, which would put almost $3 billion of federal offshore oil and gas fees into parks, hiking trails and playing fields around the country.

The measure has already passed key votes in the House and will be up for a final vote in September.

Opponents say the measure could restrict private property rights on land adjacent to conservation projects, and others want the money put to other uses. Supporters say it could lend a once-in-a-lifetime boost to recreation and conservation projects.

HIKINGMap and compass workshop to be offered: Dakota County Parks are offering a map and compass clinic at the Spring Lake Youth Camp in Rosemount from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The class offer hands-on experience in “staying found” using maps and compasses, and gives a mini-orienteering course at the site.

All equipment is provided. The fee is $7 per person and $15 per family.

Backpacking talks planned at REI: REI is offering two backpacking presentations this week: Exploring the Pecos Wilderness and Backpacking Big Bend National Park. The first talk will be at 7 tonight at REI in Roseville and will cover camping in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just north of Santa Fe, N.M. The other talk, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI in Bloomington, will cover camping in the high desert and river canyons of Big Bend National Park.

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