Outdoor hotline

September 17, 2012 

TUESDAY

Flattop Mountain Shuttle, 1-4:30 p.m. daily, Downtown Bicycle Rental, 333 W. Fourth Ave. A 31u20442-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 your bike on back of the van. $35 Hike-Bike Combo with rental bike. (279-3334, www.hike-anchorage-alaska.com)

Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Running Race Series, 5:30 p.m., Service High School, 5577 Abbott Road. Hosted by Anchorage Parks and Recreation;, locations change each week. Choose the Munchkin League for youths under 12 or those young at heart; Farm League for recreational runners; or the Lightning League for competitive runners. Register online at active.com by 12:30 p.m. race day. Fees increase the day of the event: $2 kids, $5 adults, $10 families, $30 adult season pass, $60 family season pass. (343-4217, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/tuesdaynightracec.aspx)

THURSDAY

The Urban Forest of Tomorrow,

7 a.m. Thursday and Friday, UAA, The Commons, 3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane. A conference where managers, landscape architects and planners will discuss reducing damage to trees and property from events such as windstorms, the role of sustainable development, how to protect trees from moose and more. Hosted by the Alaska Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and others. Breakfast is at 7 a.m. and the morning sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. $100 a day, $50 for students; discounted rates available to members of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association. (269-8466, forestry.alaska.gov/pdfs/community_news/urban_forest_of_tomorrow_lettersize.pdf)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, Prospect Heights Trailhead, Sidorof Lane. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Flotilla 3-2, U.S. 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)

FRIDAY

Banff Mountain Film Festival: Radical Reels Tour, 7 p.m., UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Providence Drive. The Radical Reels program is made up of short, action-packed films about climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding and other adrenaline sports. (786-1219, www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/radicalreels/)

SATURDAY

Kenai Backroads ACP 200KM Brevet, 7-9:30 p.m., Kenai Safeway, 10576 Spur Highway. Randonneuring is long-distance, noncompetitive, unsupported cycling, emphasizing camaraderie and the determination to get the ride done. Open to all types of riders, from those wanting to explore new roads at their own pace to athletes training for their next big event. (317-6030, www.alaskarandonneurs.org)

End of Days Fun Run Series ½ Marathon and 5K, 7:45 a.m., UAA Professional Studies Building, 3211 Providence Drive. Celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar. The marathon will start at sunrise and the 5Ks will start an hour later. Online registration and more info online. ½-$30, 5K-$25. (786-4914, AEclubUAA.com)

Autumnfest Walk, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Palmer Museum of History and Art, 723 S. Valley Way. The Anchorage Volkssports Club is sponsoring a 6K and 10K walk starting anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A guided 6K walk will be led by a club member starting at 10:30 a.m. Walks are along the city streets of Palmer. Routes are paved and level, with instructions that are heavily annotated with historical and visitor information. Free. (745-8878)

Junior Naturalist Bald Eagle Program, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Learn lots of fascinating facts about these magnificent birds and how they got their unusual name, then take a short hike on the Rodak Trail to see the Eagle River valley and learn why it's a great habitat for bald eagles. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Planting Garlic and Shallots, 2 p.m., Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Join Lacey and Julianne for a hands-on planting workshop with informative handouts, tips and more. Participants will receive a bulb of garlic and shallots for planting in their home gardens this fall. $20-$25. (770-3692, www.alaskabg.org)

SUNDAY

Ask the Naturalist, 2-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors by taking a ¾-mile round trip walk on the Rodak Trail. Chat with a naturalist stationed at the large viewing deck and learn about Alaska animals, plants, and more. Telescope and loaner binoculars available for viewing. Free; $5 parking for nonmembers. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking,

6:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 W. 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

Nature and Travel Writing Class,

7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week, Sierra Club office, 750 W. Second Ave., Suite 100. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. Taught by essayist/author Bill Sherwonit, the class will also read and discuss works by some of America's finest nature and travel writers, past and present. $240. (245-0283, akgriz@hotmail.com)

Wilderness First Aid, Sept. 28-30, Spring Creek Farm, North Lossing Road. Learn what to do in a backcountry emergency and get CPR certified. $200-225. Preregister online. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

Oktoberfest Run For Beans, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Snow Goose Restaurant and Pub, 717 W. Third Ave. A benefit for Bean's Cafe and the Brother Francis Shelter. It's a 5-K and 10-K out-and-back course on the Coastal Trail. There is a quarter-mile children's race. Runners in costume get a one-minute head start. Registration is online and bib pickup will be at Skinny Raven Sports on Sept. 25 and Sept. 27,

4:30-6:30 p.m. (www.anchoragerun

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