Outdoor calendar

March 25, 2014 

Boats in the Homer small boat harbor. 040307

FRAN DURNER — ADN

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., Turnagain Arm Rainbow Trailhead, Seward Highway. 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)

Wilderness designation of Prince William Sound & Packrafting Brooks Range, 7-9 p.m., Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. Tim Lydon, Chugach National Forest Wilderness Manager, will discuss the Wilderness Study Area in PWS and the Forest Plan Revision for management of the area including likely recommendations to Congress on how much of the area to designate as wilderness. Then Roman Dial will show slides of his packrafting adventures from three angles: running class IV rapids in a packraft, the classic use of packrafts but on a bigger scale, and base camp packrafting including three trips in the Brooks Range. Free and open to the public. (www.kck.org)

SATURDAY

Kincaid Cardboard Sled Derby, 1 p.m., 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)

Earth Hour at the zoo, 8-10 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Join the Alaska Zoo & the hundreds of millions of people, businesses & governments around the world as they unite each year to support Earth Hour. Admission is free; donations to help fund Arctic animal conservation education and the new Polar Bear Project will be accepted. Enjoy a presentation on Earth Hour, a candlelit walk through the zoo and enrichment with the polar bears. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/earth-hour-alaska-zoo)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

coming up

Saturday, April 5

AK skimeister, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5, Alyeska Resort, 1000 Arlberg Ave. AK Skimeister is a continuous alpine, Nordic, and fat bike race benefiting Challenge Alaska Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School and Alyeska Ski Club. You can register individually or as team of 3 to compete for cat skiing seats and Alaska Airlines tickets. There will be a silent auction, food, and an after party. (783-2925, www.akskimeister.com)

Outdoor Gear Swap, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5, Alaska Pacific University Moseley Center, 4400 University Drive. There will be kayaks, pack rafts, bikes, skis, backpacks, climbing gear, and more. A gear drop-off will be 5-7 p.m. April 4 and 8:30-10 a.m. April 5. APU will take a 10 percent commission to benefit APU Outdoor Programs. (952-7592)

Indoor Miniature Golf Tournament, 5:30-11 p.m. April 5, Alaska SeaLife Center, 301 Railway Ave., Seward. Up to 24 teams of four, along with their caddies and guests, will play their way through a 12 hole course that stretches throughout the Center. The playing field is leveled throughout the night by enterprising caddies who can be persuaded to "adjust" golfer's scores in exchange for additional donations. Registration fees include beer, wine, soda and snacks served throughout the evening, making this an 21-and-older event. All proceeds benefit the Center's Wildlife Response Program. $250 per team. (888-378-2525, alaskasealife.ejoinme.org/minigolf2014)

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