Outdoors calendar

April 8, 2014 

Alyeska Resort's Spring Carnival & Slush Cup

The 37th annual Spring Carnival and Slush Cup weekend at Alyeska Resort will run from Friday to Sunday. Festivities will kick off Friday at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill with the Slush Cup Costume Party from 6-9 p.m., where half of the 50 Taco Bell Slush Cup participant slots will be awarded based on quality of costume. Those with winning costumes will have the opportunity to prepay the $50 registration fee for a guaranteed Slush Cup spot. The remaining 25 openings will be designated on Saturday at the pond skim venue.

Registration for the remaining spots starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the main event tent near the base of the Bear Cub Quad. Selections will take place at 1:30 p.m. Guests can also register for Sunday's competitions at the same location. The Idiot Swim Across will take place at 3 p.m., where brave souls, young and old, voluntarily jump into the glacier-cold pond and swim across for the audience's entertainment. At 4 p.m. the first of the 50 Slush Cup competitors will attempt to make it across the 90-foot-long pool of freezing water. Competitors will be judged on air, trick and style with bonus points awarded for those lucky enough to make it all the way across the pond. This year's Taco Bell Slush Cup winner will take home a 2014/15 season pass from Alyeska Resort.

The festivities continue on Sunday with the Dummy Downhill, a mountain bike race and the Xtratuf Tug o' War competitions. The Dummy Downhill involves homemade works of art designed for optimal flight down a ski run. All participating dummies will be on display in the Bear Cub Quad chairlift base area. The competition will begin at noon. New this year, a mountain bike race will start at 1 p.m. There is no entry fee for this event, but all competitors must have a lower mountain lift ticket or season pass in order to ride the Bear Cub Quad chairlift to the start venue. The Tug o' War competition will start at 3 p.m. Teams of five, with a mandatory female participant per team, will compete head-to-head in single elimination rounds. There is a juniors division for those under the age of 18.

WEDNESDAY

Wildlife Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Stay scientifically enriched this winter on the second Wednesday of each month at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Lecture Hall. Lectures cover a different topic on wildlife research in Alaska and are aimed toward an older audience, adults with an interest in science. Series partners include U.S. FWS, ADFG, Alaska Geographic, USGS and the Alaska Zoo. Programs are free to the public and coffee and tea are available. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/wildlife-wednesdays)

THURSDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Prospect Heights Trailhead, Sidorof Lane. 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)

FRIDAY

Valley Bike Film Fest, 6-10 p.m., The Valley Cinema, 3331 E. Old Matanuska Road. Valley Mountain Bikers & Hikers presents a line-up of films that will entertain both adults and children. There will be food and beverage, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, for purchase, and a silent auction with everything from raft trips to dinners at local restaurants to bike accessories. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Backcountry Bike & Ski, or Active Soles Footwear in Palmer; Alaska Bicycle Center, Rock-On Climbing, or Backcountry Bikes in Wasilla. $20 adults, $10 ages 13 and younger). (746-6010, www.vmbah.org)

Can you make a great hat?, 7 p.m., Loussac Library, 2600 Denali St. 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)

SATURDAY

Alaska Sports Health & Safety Clinic, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, O'Malleys on the Green, 3651 O'Malley Road. Coaches, teachers, adult athletes, parents, nurses and other medical professionals are invited to come "learn to make a difference." Participants will gain knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and treat sports-related injuries and conditions. Professional credit available for teachers and nurses. Cost includes breakfast and lunch both days and chance to win door prizes. Speaker bios, agenda and registration at AlaskaCoachesClinic.com. $125. (250-6639)

Wilderness First Responder re-certification class, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Monday Seward Windsong Lodge, Exit Glacier, Herman Leirer Road. $275. (406-980-0762, www.kayakak.com)

Arctic Bicycle Club Bike Swap, 12:30-3 p.m., AT&T Sports Pavilion, 11051 O'Malley Centre Drive. Buy, sell or trade bikes and bicycle-related gear. All sales should be considered "as-is." Limit items for sale to primarily cycling and bike related gear. Absolutely no motorized bikes. Come early for the best selection. Bring your own tables, chairs, displays, and price tags. Plan for sales to be in cash. No fees and no commissions on sales. Free and open to all. Contact media@arcticbikeclub.org for more information. (www.arcticbike.org)

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

Valley Women's Running Team, 6 p.m., Colony High School, Colony School Drive. A running club for women only to focus on your personal fitness and health. The group meets every Tuesday at the Colony High running track. The fee is $140 for the season, April 1-August 12. (sites.google.com/site/valleywomensrunningteam)

Mountaineering Club of Alaska monthly meeting & presentation, 6:30-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Learn about the connections of our military with mountaineering. Free to the public. The membership meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. After a brief intermission, Matt Hickey will begin his presentation. (www.mtnclubak.org)

Flotilla 33, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., UAA Chugiak-Eagle River College Center, Room 238, Eagle River. Coast Guard Auxiliarists are volunteers who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions except law enforcement. The Auxiliary's more than 40,000 members can be found on the nation's waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education, donating millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions. Free and open to the public. (694-3570, wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=170-03-03)

coming up

45th Annual Walk & Roll for Hope, 8:30 a.m. May 3, Delaney Park Strip. Many people who grew up in Anchorage still remember the 31-mile course from one end of Anchorage to the other. The route may have changed, but the spirit of supporting friends and neighbors who experience a disability lives on. This event raises funds and awareness for Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a benefit for Hope Community Resources. (433-4914, www.hopealaska.org)

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