Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hilltop Chalet at Hilltop Ski Area, 7014 Abbott Roadd. Hilltop is now offering an Alpine Race program. This is a competitive ski team that will be racing in the Youth Ski League against other youth ski teams from the Anchorage area. The program is for ages 7-13, who are intermediate to advanced skiers. Program includes: professional coaching by experienced racers, pre-season dryland training, running gates, video analysis of students skiing, and 3 hour practices twice a week. Races are held on Saturdays. Program includes a Hilltop season pass. (346-1446, hilltopskiarea.org)
Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Running Race Series, 5:30-8:15 p.m. Bartlett High School, 1101 Muldoon 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/tuesdaynightraces.aspx)
Mountaineering Club of Alaska Monthly Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Luc Mehl, local Alaskan and APU professor will present, "Fast and Light Self-Supported Traverses of Denali and Mt. Logan." Luc and friends have attempted long mountaineering traverses using techniques learned on the Alaska Mountain Wilderness [Ski] Classic races. Luc will discuss motivation, challenges, and strategies. Free. (www.mtnclubak.org)
Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., O'Malley Trailhead, Stroganof Drive. Join outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)
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, cgauxanchorage.org)
Archery 101, 10:30-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Learn to shoot target archery. All ages welcome. Certified instructors, all equipment supplied. Free classes by Northwest Archers Association. (240-6533, northwestarchers.com).
Knee-High Naturalists Program, 11 a.m.-noon, Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Pre-schoolers ages 3-5 and parents can join the Knee-High Naturalist Program, which offers guided nature exploration. Dress for the outdoors, and bring a snack/lunch. Crafts and toys are available for the half-hour before the program starts. Limited to 10 children. Not open to school-aged children. Call to register, no walk-ins allowed. $30 for 4 sessions. (694-2108, ERNC.org)
Dew Lake Hike, 1-5 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. A 6.75 mile round trip hike. Hikers should be in good shape, but may be beginners. Bring daypack with snacks, water, appropriate clothing. Free, but limited to the first 8 people, ages 18 and up, who register. $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, ERNC.org)
Revolutionary War Veterans Association Appleseed Event, Saturday and Sunday, Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Center. The event will include safe rifle handling techniques, six steps of firing the shot, natural point of aim, sling use, common 'field' positions, and more. Certified instructors will teach and guide each student in the fundamental techniques of Rifle Marksmanship. Pre-registration cost: $70 per weekend. One day events and other special events may differ. Women, under 21, active duty military, law enforcement officers, elected officials, and revolutionary war re-enactors are free. Range fees are not included Information, including directions, start times and what to bring can be found at appleseedinfo.org.
23rd Annual Harvest Shoot, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Carol Moench Archery Park, Chugiak. Twenty 3-D animal targets will be set in actual hunting conditions. Prizes awarded in all categories with 2 or more participants. All kids receive a trophy. Hot lunch included. $15-$25, kids 12 and under shoot free. ((907) 354-8589, cookinletarchers.com)
Meet A Sandhill Crane, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Merle Stewart, Director of Education at the Alaska WildBird Rehab Center, will bring a rescued education bird. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, ERNC.org)
Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Russian Jack Springs Park/Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)
Taking Children and Teens on Wilderness Outings, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24, LTR Training Systems, 5761 Silverado Way. This free program is designed for individuals or organizations who take young adults on adventure excursions, camping or day hikes. The emphasis of the program is to instruct adult leaders and parents in the necessary considerations to conduct a safe excursion and to enhance adult leadership with hands-on skill training. The program is instructed over a Wednesday evening and a following Saturday of hands on training. Free. (563-4463, survivaltraining.com)
Alaska Nordic Racing Masters Program, 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 5, Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Learn to improve your technique, increase your fitness, and/or race. Skiers of all abilities from beginners to advanced are welcome. Visit the website to register. $150. (alaskanordicracing.org)