Outdoor calendar

February 18, 2014 

WEDNESDAY

Beginning Adult Classic Ski lessons, 6:30-8 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane or Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn to classic stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills, ski down hills and move over varied terrain with an instructor in a small group setting. Taught as 4-lesson series. $80. (343-6992, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Documents/2013FallGuide.pdf)

Alaska Nordic Racing Anchorage Masters XC Ski Program, 6:30-8 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Small group instruction and training for skiers of all abilities. Experienced coaching staff will help you learn to ski, improve your technique and enhance your performance -- in both skate and classic. Anchorage Masters meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Kincaid and Hillside Parks. Private lessons available upon request. (www.alaskanordicracing.org/masters.html, anrmasters@gmail.com)

THURSDAY

Anchorage Boat & Outdoor Rec. Show, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday, Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Parkway. The show will exhibit a variety of boat dealers, marine sporting goods, outdoor recreation equipment and information. Sign up to win great prizes. Free admission and parking. (345-5188)

Meet the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race Mushers, 2 p.m., Tozier Track, 3400 E. Tudor Road. The mushers will be racing through downtown Anchorage this weekend in the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race. Meet the mushers and some of the fastest dogs in the world and learn about sprint racing. (asdra.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Bicentennial Park: North Bivouac, Basher Drive. Join a challenging hike with other outdoor enthusiasts. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

FRIDAY

Beginning Adult Skate Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn how to glide, stop, climb hills, poling, v-skating and diagonal skating techniques. Waxing, equipment and appropriate clothing will also be covered. $25. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

SATURDAY

Bear Skinning and Hunting, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Denaina Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. In conjunction with the Safari Club International Alaska chapter annual banquet and fundraiser, the ADFG and SCI are conducting a bear skinning and hunting clinic. Learn how to properly skin a bear hide to remove the feet and skull and turn the lips, ears and nose. Basic hunting strategies will also discussed. Free. (267-2534)

Snowmachiners Module 1: Avalanche Basics, Rescue, and Human Factor at Hatcher Pass, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. Module 1: Avalanche Basics, Rescue, and Human Factor introduces riders to terrain, snow pack, and weather. It also teaches companion rescue. $155. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com/newpage/wordpress/overview/snow-machine-education)

Bob Toney Memorial Chugiak Chinook Skijor Races, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Beach Lake Ski Chalet, 17300 S. Birchwood Loop. The Anchorage Skijor Club invites you to join these annual races on the Beach Lake nordic ski trails. Distances are 10-K and 5-K, each with a 1-dog and 2-dog class. Registration opens at 11 a.m., 10-K starts at noon, the 5-K at 1:30 p.m. Non-racers are welcome to tour the course after the races. Fees are for ASC members. A 1-day membership is available for $5. Race: $20. Tour: $10. (440-2330, skijoring.org/Events/Chugiak/Chugiak.aspx)

Range Open, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Upper Susitna Shooters Association, Mile 95 The Upper Susitna. Open to all from 7 to 70. $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. (www.susitnashooters.org)

Snowshoe Hikes with Eric, Noon-2 p.m., Abbott Loop Community Park, 8101 Elmore Road. Join Anchorage Parks and Recreation instructor Eric Menck for a guided snowshoe tour at Campbell Creek Estuary. Learn a bit of the history of the park, experience the outdoors and wildlife in a group two-hour hike for ages 10 and up. Leave your pets at home, but remember to bring a fanny pack, sunglasses, water or other drinks, and dress in layers. Preregistration is required. $15. (343-4217, 343-6992; www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)

World Championship Dog Weight Pull, Noon-4 p.m., Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Parkway. Saint Bernard Club of Alaska, Inc. proudly presents the 46th annual World Championship Dog Weight Pull. Registration at 10:30 a.m. Handlers' meeting at 11:15 a.m. (357-5009, 333-9977)

Petting Zoo, 1-2 p.m., The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander St. Kids of all ages are welcome. Feed the animals snacks and slop the pigs. $10 per child, accompanying adult is free. Reserve a spot today. (229-0359, thelearningfarm.net)

Beginning Adult Skate Ski Lessons, 1:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road or Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to ski with Anchorage Parks and Recreation Instructors. Learn all the basic skills so you can head out on the trails with confidence. Preregister by calling Kincaid Outdoor Center at 343-6397. $25.

Childrens Cross-Country Ski Lessons, 2-3 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to classic stride, glide, turn, climb hills, stop, ski down hills, and move over varied terrain with an instructor in a small group setting. Take one class or several. $7.50 or $10 with equipment. For ages 9-12. Preregister now. (343-6992, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Documents/2013FallGuide.pdf)

Sheep Judging and Aging, 2:30-4 p.m., Denaina Convention Center, 600 West 7th Ave In conjunction with the Safari Club International Alaska Chapter annual banquet and fundraiser, learn how to judge and age sheep in the field giving you more confidence and ability to know just how big that ram really is before you pull the trigger. Free. (267-2534)

SUNDAY

Snowmachiners Module 2: Terrain and Observations at Hatcher Pass, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. Module 2: Terrain and Observations focuses on recognition of avalanche terrain and judging stability of the snowpack. $155. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com/newpage/wordpress/overview/snow-machine-education)

MONDAY

"For Love of Fish", 5-7 p.m., UAA Campus Bookstore, Spirit Drive. Topics include: "An introduction to the fish of Alaska" with Bill Hauser, author of "Fishes of the Last Frontier;" "Life with Fish: Learning from Alaska Native Traditions and Values" with Chantel Justice; "The Future of Fish: A Look at Changing Habitats and Ecologies in Alaska" with Daniel Rinella; and "Alaska Fish and the Global Food Supply" with Gunnar Knapp. Free. (786-4782 www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Point Woronzof, Northern Lights Blvd. and Point Woronzof Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Alaska Huts Association -- Hats for Huts, 7 p.m., Loussac Library, 2600 Denali St. Can you make a great hat? Help the Alaska Huts Association create an accessible backcountry hut-to-hut system for public use by donating your handmade hat for their hat sale and silent auction fundraising party on April 18. Contact Carol at 345-7533 if you are interested in donating your handmade hat. Prizes awarded. (345-7533, www.alaskahuts.org/manitoba/reservations.html)

tuesDAY

Archery 101, 6-8 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery for free. Youth/adult instruction with emphasis on safety first. Open to anyone who is interested in learning to shoot a bow. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come to the wax bunker near the chalet. All equipment is supplied by NWA. Free. (343-6397, 240-6533)

coming up

Alaska Geographic Field Courses registration: Multi-day courses in Denali National Park and Chugach National Forest led by expert instructors include topics in wildlife, botany, geology, painting, and more. Courses are based out of the Murie Science and Learning Center field camp located along the Teklanika River. $330-$920, includes lodging, meals and instruction. For more information or to register, visit www.alaskageographic.org or call 907-683-6432.

Snowmachiners Module 3: Decision Making; Traveling Through Terrain at Hatcher Pass, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1, Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. Module 3: Decision Making; Traveling through Terrain focuses on decision making tools and route finding in avalanche terrain. $155. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com/newpage/wordpress/overview/snow-machine-education)

Fur Rondy Volkswalk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Westmark Anchorage Hotel, 720 W. Fifth Ave. Choose a 5-K (3.1 miles) or 10-K (6.2 miles) untimed walk through downtown Anchorage. The route includes historical sites and Fur Rondy venues, including snow sculptures. Start between 10 a.m. and noon and finish by 2 p.m. Map and route instructions will be provided. Warming station at Ramada Inn. Free. (887-3200, www.ava.org)

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Celebrate at Denali Winterfest 2014

Denali National Park and Preserve and the Denali Borough communities invite all who love winter to come celebrate Alaska's longest season at Winterfest 2014, taking place Friday-Sunday. The event features something for all ages, interests and abilities. The schedule is posted at http://go.usa.gov/RXQ. Festivities kick off on Friday with a potluck dinner at the McKinley Park Community Center. After dinner outdoor adventurer Luc Mehl will speak about the creative routes that he and friends utilized to do human-powered traverses over the three tallest mountains in North America: Denali, Logan, and Orizaba. Afterward, there will be music and dancing at the 229 Parks Restaurant. Saturday's offerings include an ice-carving demonstration, short ranger talks, sled dog rides, a snowshoe walk and guided ski tours, indoor and outdoor children's activities, snow-sculpting contest, and a presentation on photographing the northern lights and more. On Sunday, February 23 the Tri-Valley Community Library (Mile 249 Parks Highway) will host a showing of the night sky indie film "The City Dark" at 6:30 p.m., followed by creative outdoor lighting ideas from the National Park Service night sky team. Meals, lodging and other services are available year-round in the communities of Healy and Cantwell. For a complete list of activities, go to http://go.usa.gov/RXQ or call 907-683-9532 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

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