Outdoors calendar

AnchorageMay 13, 2014 

WEDNESDAY

Walk/Hike for Fun and Fitness, 6-7:30 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. This program is a combination of Nordic walking and striding combined with hiking and exploring on Anchorage Municipal trails. Wear running or hiking clothes bring a water bottle and classic ski poles. $5 per meeting or $25 per month. Register online or call 343-6992. For ages 10 and older. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Composting 101, 6 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. The how, what and why of composting in Alaska. Learn how to enrich your soil without breaking the bank utilizing items that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Vermiculture will also be presented, learn how to use red wiggler worms to eat your kitchen scraps $5. Register online or call 343-6992. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Alaska Dirt Divas Bear Aware Clinic, 6:30 p.m., Jack White Real Estate, 3801 Centerpoint Drive. Come find out how to be smart about bears while recreating in Alaska. Practice with a blank bear canister. Bring snacks and desserts to share. The Alaska Dirt Divas is a mountain biking group for women of all skill levels. (alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

THURSDAY

Early Morning Bird Walks, 6:30-8:30 a.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Develop and fine-tune your birding skills and witness the progression of songbird migration through the Campbell Tract this spring. Join BLM staff and Anchorage Audubon Society members for a series of early morning outdoor bird walks in May. Meet in the Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center afterward. Free. (267-1241, www.blm.gov/ak/sciencecenter)

Get Back On Your Bike., 6-7:30 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Bike to Work cycling instructors will help you rediscover the joy and health benefits of riding your bike. You will gain the skills to feel comfortable and confident on trails. Register online or call 343-6992. For ages 18 and older $5. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 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 non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Flow Projections for Alaska's Rivers This Summer and Yachting in South Central, 7-9 p.m., Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. Angela Coleman (Forest Service hydrologist), Daniel Fisher (Natural Resources Conservation Service's main hydrologist and data collection officer for snowpack for the Alaska), and Scott Lindsey in absentia (Alaska River Forecast Center) will talk about the snow pack results for this lean winter and how it will affect flow volume in various river drainages in Alaska. Then The William H Seward Yacht Club will give a presentation on sailing and sea kayaking in South Central Alaska. Free and open to the public. (www.kck.org)

SATURDAY

Alaska State 3D competition, 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. 40 targets per day at unmarked yardage. $25 for ASAA members, $40 for non-members, under 12 shoot free. Lunch will be available. (243-1027, 316-258-0297; alaskastatearchery.com, northwestarchers.com)

Out of the Darkness Community Walk, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Delaney Park Strip, N St. and W. 10th Ave. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Walk To Prevent Suicide. Registration at 8:30 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m. Register at www.afsp.org or morning of walk. (250-1890, www.afsp.org)

Family Golf Clinic, 9-11 a.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. Golf instructor, Frank Wilson offers a two hour clinic introducing families to the basic fundamentals of the game. Must be six years old or older. (428-0056, www.mooserungolfcourse.com)

Amblin for Alzheimer's, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17, Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Road. To register go to www.alzalaska.org. Join a team, set a goal, and begin raising money in support of the cause. You can also donate or search for other participants. $15-$25. (561-3313, www.alzalaska.org)

Anchorage Waterways Council's Creek Cleanup, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cuddy Family Midtown Park, 40th Ave and B Street Creek Cleanup runs through May 17. Sign your team up to remove trash from a favorite creek. Everyone's invited to the Cleanup Celebration on May 17 at Cuddy Park from 11-3, for prizes, a raffle, educational booths, entertainment, and more. Featured guest is Tony Knowles. Free. (272-7335, www.anchoragecreeks.org)

Anchorage Women's Golf Assn. Spring Luncheon and Season Kickoff, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. An afternoon of fun and good food. Also, you can pick up information on upcoming tournaments and other golf activities. Celebrate by wearing your most colorful or unique scarves. (229-6633, agagolf.org)

Take a Hike., noon to 4 p.m., Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers, 247 S. Alaska St. Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers Summer hike series -- Challenge to hike 10 trails this summer. Join scheduled hikes or hike on your own schedule. Hikes in May: Matanuska Lake SRA, Crevasse-Moraine and West Butte. Hikes in June: Talkeetna Lakes Park and Gold Mint. Hikes in July: Reeds Lakes and Craigie Creek. Hikes in Aug: Lazy Moose and April Bowl. Hike in Sept: Matanuska Peak. Party and prizes for all participants. Annual Membership $25/Individual $50/Family. (www.vmbah.org)

SUNDAY

International Migratory Bird Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Explore activity stations on the benefits of birds to humans and nature. Activities include learning about birds as pollinators, insectivores and seed dispersers, Jr. Duck Stamp artwork display, citizen science opportunities, and more. Education birds will be on display for up-close viewing by Bird Treatment and Learning Center. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/international-migratory-bird-day-zoo)

MONDAY

Handgun Skill Builder, 6-9:30 p.m., Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park, 20269 Birchwood Loop Spur Road. A skill builder class designed for those who have taken the Concealed Handgun Class, Women's Only Basic Handgun Class or equivalent. This class will review the basic skills you already have and teach essential skills that will keep you safe. This class comes with personal instruction on how to adjust your grip and stance to improve your accuracy, how to draw from a concealed holster, and how to think quickly. $99. (441-2415, gunstart.com)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 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)

TUESDAY

Get Golf Ready, 2:30-4 p.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. The five-week series is designed to teach individuals the basic skills they need to play golf in just five lessons. Each of the weekly classes will focus on the various golf skills individuals use while playing. This includes putting, chipping, half swing and full swing instruction, tips for playing with groups, a rule review, general golf lingo and even what to wear. Lessons provided by Frank Wilson. (428-0056, www.mooserungolfcourse.com)

Organic Food Gardening Course, 6 p.m., Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Do you want to have a productive, organic food garden, and learn best methods to ensure soil fertility and pest and weed control? Learn solid, practical hands-on techniques from veteran Alaskan horticulturist Julie Riley in this 26-hour intensive course. Classes run May 20-June 3 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. Space is very limited and registration is required. $125-$150 non-members.(770-3692, www.alaskabg.org)

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

Mountaineering Club of Alaska's monthly membership meeting, 6:30-8:45 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 Benson Blvd. This month Ross Nofsinger will share a video and information on the renovation of Hans' Hut located at 6,000 feet on the Whiteout Glacier, including an ascent of Hut Peak. (www.mtnclubak.org)

Flotilla 33, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., UAA Chugiak-Eagle River College Center. The meeting is in Room 238 and is open to the public. 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. (694-3570, wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=170-03-03)

Reforest the Park, 7 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Help plant trees in honor of the Lorax by potting up white spruce seedlings. Participants can adopt their trees for the summer and bring them in August to be planted. In partnership with the Alaska Division of Urban Forestry. Register online or call 343-6992. For all ages. Free. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

COMING UP MAY 31

FISH Charity Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. May 31, Settlers Bay Golf Course, Knik Goose Bay Road. It is a Scramble format/Best Ball tournament with shot gun start at 9 a.m. Teams and individuals, all ages welcome. $130 entrance fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, welcome snacks, lunch, thank you gifts and fun.On line registration going on now. FISH has been delivering emergency food supplies to hungry Anchorage families since 1967. (www.fishcharity.org)

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