Outdoor calender

AnchorageJune 3, 2014 

WEDNESDAY

AM TAI CHI, 7-8 a.m., Delaney Park Strip, I Street and W. Ninth Avenue Come learn this easy Chinese internal martial art movement system practiced for health benefits. These movements provide a simple means for dealing with stress and tension. In this class you will learn a series of soft, relaxed slow movements that are used as a meditative exercises to help promote relaxation, health and self defense. For ages 15 and older. Free. (343-6992, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Golf 4 Juniors 5 days of lessons, 8 a.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. The primary objective is to create a fun, relaxed environment for beginning juniors to learn the game and get connected with golf. The schedule includes playing instruction, course etiquette and practice playing time. The program concludes with a golf outing, followed by a certificate presentation and social event. (428-0056, mooserungolfcourse.com/PACAFJUNIOR.html)

Guided Hikes to Marmot Meadows, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through June 28, Kenai Fjords National Park, 1304 Fourth Ave. Approximately a 3-4 hour activity. The hike departs from the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Come prepared with sturdy footwear, layered clothing, water, and food. No reservations are required. Included in admission.

Docent Tours, 1 p.m. daily and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Learn about the flowers in bloom, northern horticulture, gardening and more from Alaska Master Gardeners and experienced horticulturists. Free with Garden admission. (770-3692, www.alaskabg.org)

Off the Chain Volunteer Orientation, 7 p.m., Off The Chain Bicycle Collective, 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. The low cost, volunteer run bicycle collective is open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. 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)

AK Dirt Divas Wednesday Ride, 7 p.m., Abbott Loop Community Park Trail head, Far North Bicentennial Park/Hillside/Campbell Tract. Have fun with riding a variety of trails in the park, including some single track. Helmet required. (alaskadirtdivas.blotspot.com)

THURSDAY

Teen's beginner 2-day golf camp, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. Clinics for ages 13-17, they learn the basics of golf while having fun. Golf clubs and balls are provided. (602-3622, www.mooserun golfcourse.com)

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)

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 non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

FRIDAY

Kachemak Bay Water Trail Ribbon-Cutting, The official inauguration of the 125 mile Kachemak Bay Water Trail, with ribbon-cutting events and water trail dedication in Seldovia from noon-2 p.m. and in Homer from 5-8 p.m. Both events will host state and federal officials, which includes unveiling of safety and map panels, and official plaques and trail head markers at both sites. The Seldovia event takes place at the boat ramp on the northeast corner of the boat harbor. Lunch there features a taco feed. Homer's ribbon-cutting starts at the launch site/trail head behind Pier 1 Theatre on the Homer Spit. Local vendors will provide food and water, and local non-profits will lead the activities for children and paddling-related events. Sea chantey sing-alongs for both ribbon-cuttings will be provided by Lindianne and Bumppo, and Dave Seaman and the Bootleggers. Free and open to the public.

Senior Golf Clinics, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. Taught by LPGA Professional, Peggy Gustafson. Clinics are available to anyone 55 or older. A great way to improve your game at any skill level. $25. (www.anchoragegolfcourse.com/golf-instruction/clinics)

Beer and Burger Drive-Thru, 5-8 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. Enjoy great food and beverages out on the driving range. The staff of golf professionals will be available to explain, adjust and fit equipment to you. (www.anchorage golfcourse.com)

SATURDAY

Family Golf Clinic, 9-11 a.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. Learn the basics of golf while having fun. Golf instructor, Frank Wilson offers a two hour clinic introducing families to the basic fundamentals of the game. Must be six years or older. Parents must stay with child. Give advanced notice if you are bringing your child, so instructor can provide appropriate golf clubs. (602-3622, www.mooserungolfcourse.com)

National Trails Day at Matanuska River Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer, S. Alaska St. Volunteers are needed to help fix up the trails in the park. Trail crews will be dispersed across the park to work with the Mat-Su Borough Trail Crew and Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers Trail Crew to repair and re-route some hiking and biking trails. So, if you don't mind getting dirty and doing some manual labor come on out to the park. Picnic to follow. Free. (746-6010, www.vmbah.org)

Ranger-led Walks to Exit Glacier, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Kenai Fjords National Park, 1304 Fourth Ave. Walks are offered at daily through Sept. 5. The walks will follow the trail to the edge of the glacier, and usually lasts 1.5 hours. The first part of the program will follow the trail to the glacier view, and is wheel chair accessible. Meet the ranger or park volunteer just outside the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.

Archery, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Want to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow? Instructors from the Northwest Archers club will offer their expertise. All instructors are NASP certified. Northwest Archers will supply equipment for use. All skill levels welcome. Parents must accompany children. For ages 6 and older. Register online or call 343-6397. Free. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Potter Marsh Discovery Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Potter Marsh, E. 154th Ave. This family-friendly event brings you nature-related games and prizes, invertebrate sampling, birding stations along the boardwalk, captive birds from Bird TLC, educational animals from the Alaska Zoo, kid-friendly archery range, release of a rehabilitated wild bird, and more. Event sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and other partners. Free. (267-2168, tinyurl.com/pottermarsh)

Alley Cat Bike Scavenger Hunt, 1- 2:30 p.m., Palmer Public Library, 655 S. Valley Way. Bicycle riders are given clues to the whereabouts of checkpoints in and around Palmer. They have 90 minutes to find and document each place. Riders who wear costumes receive extra points. Check in from 12:30-1 p.m. at the tent on the green east of the library. Bring a bike, helmet and digital camera, or cellphone. $10. (746-6010, www.vmbah.org)

MONDAY

2014 Lefty Van Brunt Memorial Youth Baseball & Softball Camp, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Mulcahy Stadium, A Street and E. 16th Avenue. The Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Alaska Communications will host free baseball and softball camps June 9-13 for youth ages 8-14. Children will learn hitting, pitching, catching and fielding techniques, as well as sportsmanship, from Glacier Pilots players and coaches. All children are welcome to attend one or multiple camp days, and prior experience is not required. Free. (274-3627, www.glacierpilots.com/view/glacierpilots/youth-camp-2)

Monday Night Nine and Dine, 5:30 p.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. Every Monday night enjoy a light meal, meet new friends, and have a fun time playing 9-holes of golf. Prizes each week. Beginners welcome. Space is limited, so sign up early. (428-0056, mooserungolfcourse.com/golfshop.htm)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Walk/Hike for Fun & Fitness, 7 p.m., Abbott Loop Community Park, 8101 Elmore Road. 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 Selkregg Chalet at 343-6992. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

TUESDAY

Women's "Summer of Fun" Swing Clinics for , 5:30-6:45 p.m. for intermediate-advanced golfers; 7- 8:15 p.m. for beginner golfers, Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. Class A LPGA professional, Peggy Gustafson will systematically introduce and reinforce fundamental techniques and assist each individual to fine-tune a specific part of their golf game. Please pre-register. $15. (www.anchoragegolfcourse.com/golf-instruction/clinics)

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)

Tuesday Talks Glen Alps Chugach State Park, 6-6:45 p.m., Glen Alps Trail head, at the overlook above Glen Alps parking area of Chugach State Park. Rose Austin, the author of "Mountain Bike Anchorage" will discuss Biking in Chugach State Park. Kid friendly presentations are scheduled. Free. (www.facebook.com/pages/Chugach-State-Park/182283444190)

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