Outdoor hotline

July 16, 2012 

Photo courtesy Cordova Arts Council A speed filleter makes quick work of a Copper River sockeye at a recent Taste of Cordova salmon cook-off during the annual Copper River WILD! Salmon Festival.

It's party time in Cordova, and you're invited

At the peak of the season's salmon migrations, Cordova invites you to gather for a jam-packed July weekend to celebrate its famous Copper River wild salmon. Thursday night kicks off the weekend with the Taste of Cordova at the Orca Lodge. For a chance to feast on Cordova's bounty, sample a wide variety of dishes in this Copper River salmon cook-off featuring the most creative home-made salmon cuisine Cordova has to offer. Enter your own dish for a chance to win. Salmon Jam music events will be held Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday's Alaska Salmon Runs road races include the King Salmon Marathon, Sockeye Half-Marathon, Coho 10-K, Humpy 5-K, and Smolt 1-mile fun run/walk. Kids and families can explore and learn about salmon together on Saturday afternoon at the Small Fry Arts and Education activities. Salmon Festival events are held at Mount Eyak Ski Hill. For more information go to www.cordovachamber.com or call 424-7260.

ONGOING

Denali Park Field Seminars registration: Multiday seminars led by expert instructors include topics in wildlife, botany, geology, painting and more. Courses based out of the Murie Science and Learning Center field camp located along the Teklanika River. $330-$440; lodging, meals and instruction included. For more information or to register, visit www.alaskageographic.org or call 907-683-1269.

TUESDAY

Potter Marsh Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Potter Marsh, E. 154th Ave. A guided leisurely bird walk on the Potter Marsh boardwalk sponsored by Audubon Alaska and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This family-friendly event is for beginning birders as well as those who are more experienced. Binoculars spotting scopes and guide books will be available. Free. (276-7034)

Parent and Me Walks, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Moms, dads and children are invited to learn the trail systems in the park and meet other families with similar interests. Strollers and backpacks welcome. For all ages. $5. (343-4217, 343-6397, www.muni.org/parks)

Moose and Musk Ox Calf Feeding, noon and 4 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Mile 79 Seward Highway. Staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have, but be warned, this event happens fast, these are hungry little guys! Regular admission applies. (783-2025, www.alaskawildlife.org)

Flattop Mountain Shuttle, 1- 4:30 p.m. daily, Downtown Bicycle Rental, 333 W. Fourth Ave. A 3.5 hour afternoon excursion for tourists without rental cars who want to hike Flattop or locals with bikes needing a one-way shuttle into the mountains. $22 round-trip. $15 one-way with bike on back of van. $35 Hike/Bike Combo with rental bike. (279-3334, www.hike-anchorage-alaska.com)

Dog Mushing 101, 2 p.m., Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Meet an Alaska husky, stand on the runners of a dog sled, meet a real musher and more. Join Erin McLarnon and her sled dog for this demonstration in the visitors center. Free. (644-3661, www.alaskacenters.gov/dog-mushing-101.cfm)

Archery Fun League, 6 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery and meet other shooters. $5, Children 12 and under free. (www.northwest archers.com)

Fish and Game Map and Compass Clinic, 6-9 p.m., Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. Learn basic map and compass skills. Pre-registration required. $20, materials included. (267-2534. 267-2187; www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntered.hitcalendar)

WEDNESDAY

Master's 5-K & 10-K, 6 p.m., Chuck Albrecht Ball Fields, 4781 Elmore Road. For runners 40 and older. Run takes place on paved trails. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. Free to Anchorage Running club members. (www.anchoragerunningclub.org)

Alaska Dirt Divas Weekly Women's Ride, 7 p.m., Jodhpur Trail Head,Kincaid park, 8000 Jodhpur St. Ride the dirt trails at Kincaid. Mostly single-track trails with a few wide trails included and little jumps. Ride level is intermediate to advanced with heavy cardio. Bring mountain bike, helmet and a teacup for post-ride refreshments. Free. (Alaskadirtdivas. blogspot.com)

THURSDAY

Coastal Trail Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m., Westchester Lagoon Park, 1700 W. 15th Ave. Join Audubon Alaska's Aaron Bowman for a walk that will focus on the birds that make Anchorage Coastal Important Bird Area a special place. The walk will begin at the Westchester Lagoon boat ramp in front of the island and will follow the Coastal Trail to the Fish Creek mouth. Novices welcome. Binoculars available for free. Free. (276-7034)

Horse Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center, 3900 Abbott Road. Free. (350-3430)

Moms, Pops and Tots, 10 a.m.-noon, BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Spend time playing outside with your infant or toddler and network with other parents. Learn about outdoor gear and leave with useful handouts. Free. (267-1245, www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/sciencecenter.html)

Rowdy Rangers, 1:30-3 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Adventurous play dates offer an opportunity for kids to play and learn. Activities vary on weekly basis and include Dino Digs, Beach Day, Scavenger and Treasure Hunts. For ages 5-12. $10. (343-6397, 343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Flotilla 3-2, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Meeting, 7-9 p.m., Anchorage Public Transportation People Mover Office, 3600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Learn how you can contribute to recreational boating safety through public education, on-the-water safety patrols, boat examinations or a host of other volunteer opportunities. (248-1427, www.cgauxanchorage.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 7 p.m., Ray E. Storck Homestead Park, Clarks Road and Rabbit Creek Road. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

SATURDAY

Palmer Backroads 100-K, 7 a.m.-to 3 p.m., Vagabond Blues, 642 S. Alaska St. Randonneuring is long-distance, non-competitive, unsupported cycling, emphasizing camaraderie and the determination to get the ride done. Open to all type of riders from those wanting to explore new roads at their own pace. (317-6030, www.alaska randonneurs.org)

Alaska Men's Run, 10 a.m., Anchorage Football Stadium, E. 16th Ave. A 5- or 2-mile walk for prostate and testicular cancer. $35, $45 day of race. Registration and bib pick up 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Skinny Raven downtown or at the event until 9:30 a.m. Open to men, women and children. (622-9243, www.alaskamensrun.com)

Cardboard Boat Regatta, 1-4 p.m., Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive. Compete in an Alaska cardboard boat race where you're the designer, builder and crew. Boats must be made only of corrugated cardboard and held together with duct tape and/or white glue. Complete rules can be found online. Youth, $5 per boat; Adults, $10 per person; Families, $25 per boat, Corporate boats w/logo $100. (343-4130, www.muni.org/parks)

Search for Creek Critters, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Sixteen registered junior naturalists, accompanied by an adult, can explore the creek and look for macro-invertebrates that are indicators of clean waters. Rubber boots are optional. Call to register. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

SUNDAY

Search for Wildflowers, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Search for wildflowers with Verna Pratt, Alaska's most famous wildflower expert, who will show you what's blooming along the Albert Loop. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., The Bunker at Kincaid Park, 9041 Raspberry Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

ON DECK

Teeing Off for Tribal Health, 7 a.m. July 27, Eagleglen Golf Course, Elmendorf AFB. It's a Best Ball Tournament with a shotgun start. Team: $600. Individual: $175. Entry fee includes the green fees, two carts per team, snack cart items, raffle entry and a barbecue lunch. (729-5655, info@inspiring goodhealth.org; inspiringgood health.org/2012/03/golfclassic)

Let's G.O. Duathlon, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 2, Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. A fun and challenging duathlon, 2-K run and a 5-K bike, through Kincaid Park, ending with games and activities. For ages 6-15. $10 pre-register, $20 day of event. (343-4495, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/letsgo.aspx)

Grouse Ridge Ducks Unlimited Anniversary Shoot, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 4, Grouse Ridge Shotgun Shooting Grounds, 6967 E. Tex-Al Drive. Entry fee includes a Ducks Unlimited membership, 100 targets, 12-gauge ammo, lunch and chance to win guns. (250-4537, alaskaannie@hotmail.com; www.ducks.org/alaska/events/28450/camo-shoot)

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