Outdoor calendar

March 18, 2014 

THURSDAY

Boating Skills and Seamanship, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays through April 17, BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. 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 to register. (240-3370, 952-1240)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Stuckagain Heights, Basher Drive. 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. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

SATURDAY

Care and Rehabilitation of Oiled Sea Otters, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., The Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. FIfth Ave. Annual training for oiled sea otter rehabilitation responders, offered by International Wildlife Research and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. This free course is open to all interested persons over the age of 18. A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided. Required pre-registration and additional information available online. (www.wildliferesearch.com)

SUNDAY

Bird TLC's Feature Feather Presentation of "Legend of the Guardians," 2 p.m., Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo, 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Join Bird TLC to watch "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole." There will be live owl encounters and a fun craft before the movie. Popcorn for sale. Free. Donations welcome. (562-4852, www.birdtlc.net)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: Smoke Jumper Trailhead, BLM 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 for the award-winning hats. (345-7533, www.alaskahuts.org)

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 older, 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, 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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