Outdoor calendar

March 4, 2014 

Kincaid Cardboard Sled Derby

Teams raced two at a time in their homemade cardboard and duct tape sleds during the Kincaid Cardboard Sled Derby on Friday, March 15, 2013. The Anchorage Parks and Recreation sponsored event awarded prizes for speed, distance and creativity in different age classes. 130315

BOB HALLINEN — Anchorage Daily News

WEDNESDAY

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)

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a low cost, volunteer run, 501(c)3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. Come by their volunteer meetings on the first Wednesday of the month to get involved. (www.offthechainak.org)

THURSDAY

Boating Skills and Seamanship, 6-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson. This course is designed to teach the basic skills needed to safely handle and operate a boat. Topics include Trailering, Navigation, Lines and Knots, Weather, Emergencies, Rules of the Road and Communications. It is presented by the Whittier Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. $50. Call 240-3370 or 952-1240 to register.

Off the Chain Volunteer Orientation, 6 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a 100 percent volunteer-run organization that depends on the generous efforts of volunteers. Your role as a volunteer will be defined by your specific skills and interest, and they regularly have volunteer tasks that require no mechanical experience. (258-6822, www.offthechainak.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Upper O'Malley Trailhead, Stroganof Drive. Join a challenging hike with other outdoor enthusiasts. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

FRIDAY

Filmed By Bike, 7:30 p.m., Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, 22249 S. D St., Talkeetna. Hangar Door Cinema is proud to present "Filmed By Bike," a rescreening of the annual Portland Bike Film festival. This festival includes the best bike-themed independent short movies from around the world and is playing just in time for the 2014 Fat Tire Trio in Talkeetna. $6 DAC member, $8 general. (www.denaliartscouncil.org)

SATURDAY

Snowshoe Hikes with Eric, noon-2 p.m., Ruth Arcand Park, 3900 Abbott Road. Looking for places to go snowshoeing around Anchorage, or perhaps a little uneasy about going out by yourself? Join Anchorage Parks and Recreation instructor Eric Menck for a guided snowshoe tour at Ruth Arcand Park. Learn about 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)

IditaZoo, noon-4 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Meet mushers and their dogs at the Alaska Zoo to celebrate dog mushing, the Alaska state sport. Learn the history of the Iditarod and facts about Iditarod checkpoints. You can "race" through zoo grounds playing the checkpoint game, learn about dog mushing, view Iditarod race standings, and get hands-on with equipment for winter dog sports. Regular Zoo admission. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/iditazoo)

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)

MONDAY

Russian Jack Spring Break Camp, 12:30 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Celebrate spring break at Russian Jack Springs Park. Play games; go sledding, try cross country skiing, learning about how animals survive the snow season, building habitats and more. Dress for outdoor time; bring a snack and water or juice in a plastic bottle. Drop off is from 12:30-1 p.m., pick up 4-4:30 p.m. For ages 6-14. $95. (343-6992, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Prospect Heights Trailhead, Sidorof Lane. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Alaska Outdoors hosts year-round outing events every Monday and Thursday throughout the Anchorage area. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Thursday outings are more challenging. Meeting location changes every week. Please check location often. $1.00 for non-members. ((907) 770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

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

Kincaid Cardboard Sled Derby, 1 p.m. March 29, Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Join family, friends and Anchorage Parks and Recreation at the Cardboard Sled Derby at Kincaid Park. Race down the sledding hill in your sled made from cardboard, duct tape and/or white glue. Age divisions are youth 6-12, 13-17, 18+, and family. Register in advance or on site as a team or individual. Rules are listed on the registration form. On site registration begins at noon. All sleds must check in at 1 p.m. and races begin at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for distance. $5. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training, The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is conducting a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC in Seward, Alaska, from April 1 to April 6. This is an intensive train-the-trainer course that prepares individuals to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment, and vessel safety drills. Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to teach AMSEA's U.S. Coast Guard approved Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training, pending authorization from the Coast Guard. Participants will co-teach a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training in Seward on April 7. The cost for the course is $875 for AMSEA members and $995 for non-members. For more information or to register call AMSEA at (907- 747-3287 or visit the AMSEA website at www.amsea.org.

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