Outdoor hotline 5/27/13

May 27, 2013 

TUESDAY

Captain Cook Walking Tour, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Join National Park Rangers as they tell the stories of early explorers who came Alaska. As you walk the streets of downtown Anchorage, you will learn about the lives of early Alaska Natives, discuss symbols used in totem poles, touch a sea otter pelt, and visit the Captain Cook statue at Resolution Park. This is an easy walk with several stops suitable for all visitors. The tour is given twice daily during the summer season, rain or shine. Umbrellas are provided. For more information, visit alaskacenters.gov. (644-3661)

wednesday

Alaska Dirt Divas weekly women's mountain bike ride, 6:30 p.m., Jodhpur Trailhead, Kincaid park, 8300 Jodhpur St. Skill level: moderate; mix of level, rolling terrain and some steep hills; mix of wider trails and singletrack; some obstacles on the trail; some technical sections. Bring a working mountain bike, helmet and a teacup for post ride treats. Free, $30 a year if you decide to join. (Alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Midnight Summer Science Series: Bear Aware for Families, 7-8:30 p.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Summer in Alaska is full of fun, kid-friendly outdoor activities. Come find out all about bears and ways to be safe in bear country. Learn about bear spray and practice using it. Free. (267-1241, www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/sciencecenter.html)

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Weekly Meeting, 7 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a low cost, volunteer run, 501(c)3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. Off the Chain is a 100% volunteer-run organization. (www.offthechainak.org)

Thursday

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

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Turnagain Arm Rainbow Trailhead, Seward Highway. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)

SATURDAY

Potter Marsh Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Potter Marsh, E. 154th Ave. Learn about the area's wildlife on a guided walk on the Potter Marsh boardwalk. This family-friendly event is for the beginning birder as well as those that know their way around a bird's wing. Binoculars, spotting scopes and guide books are available for loan. Meet at the boardwalk entrance kiosk . Sponsored by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and Audubon Alaska. Kids encouraged, wheelchair accessible. Free. (267-2281, www.refuges.adfg.alaska.gov)

FISH Charity Golf Tournament, 9 a.m., Settlers Bay Golf Course, Knik Goose Bay Road. FISH has been feeding hungry neighbors for 45 years in Anchorage and they need your support. Inexperienced players welcome in this scramble format tournament. Entry fee includes cart and lunch. Fun, games, prizes and golf. $125 before May 15. (229-8153, www.fishcharity.org)

Indian Valley Trail Clean-Up, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SAGA Indian Shop, 1180 Boretide Road. Join SAGA and Chugach State Parks on National Trails Day to remove invasive plants and brush from the Indian Valley Trail. Afterwards tour SAGA's Indian shop and learn more about their Conservation Corps program. Meet at the Indian Valley Trailhead parking lot, at the end of Boretide Road, at 9 a.m. Please bring your own work gloves, and all ages are welcome. For more information contact Mark at 653-1170, or email at bir@servealaska.org. Free. (653-1170)

Sea Kayaking Symposium, Eklutna Lake. A full day of on-water sea kayaking instruction and a lecture series. Lunch, an evening barbecue and all the boating equipment are included. Lecture Series: Wind, Weather and Waves, Cold Water Immersion, Trip Planning and Safety, and more. American Canoe Association Certification with wet exit practice-Only ten spots. You can secure your own campsite and stay for a Sunday morning paddle and the Eklutna Challenge the next day. No experience necessary. Families are welcome. $100 for adults, $50 for kids 16 and under. Space is limited so register now. (www.aksks.org)

Blue Donkey Run, 9 a.m.-noon, Westchester Lagoon, U St. and W. 15th Ave. A 5K family-friendly, handicap accessible run/walk. The race follows the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail west. Proceeds benefit the Anchorage Democrats. $10-$20. (830-3163, www.anchoragedemocrats.org)

Archery 101, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Free archery instruction for youth and adults. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All equipment is supplied. Free. (343-6397, 240-6533; www.northwestarchers.com)

sUNDAY

Great Strides Fundraising Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, noon, West End of the Delaney Park Strip, 9th Ave and P St. Fun-filled event where you can walk with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to support the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Register online or day of walk. Walk is approximately 3 miles with a picnic afterward. (800-647-7774, www.cff.org/greatstrides)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: Smoke Jumper Trailhead, BLM Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)

coming up

American Diabetes Association TourDeCure Anchorage, 7 a.m. June 9, Mountain View Lions Club Park, Peck Field, 408 N. Pine St. Riders of all levels can raise funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy. $150. (272-1424, main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/A2ALK-AlaskaArea?pg=entryandfr_id=866

MSSCA's Annual Golf Tournament, 7 a.m. June 14, Fishhook Golf Course, 2 N. Palmer-Fishhook Road. The fundraiser is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. Fees include greens fee, golf cart, goodie bag, door prizes, small bucket of balls, 9-hole golf pass and a barbecue after the tournament. $55 by June 6, $60 after. (352-1200 or email mssca@mssca.org, mssca.org)

The Color Run, 9 a.m.-noon June 15, Sullivan Arena, 1600 Gambell St. The Color Run paint race event is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of The Color Run course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life! (1-855-662-6567), thecolorrun.com/anchorage)

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National Trails Day and the Denali crew

Come join the Denali trail crew on Saturday and celebrate National Trails Day by helping with annual maintenance activities on the Mount Healy Overlook Trail. Volunteers will help the National Park Service trail crew with hauling brush, repairing drainage ditches and other trail rehabilitation. This is a great opportunity to get firsthand experience on how trails are built and maintained and to enjoy a beautiful area. Participants should expect to hike 2-4 miles roundtrip, with an approximate 300-foot elevation gain.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Denali Visitor Center automobile parking lot, located at Mile 1.4 on the Denali Park Road. Come prepared for a strenuous hike and getting your boots muddy. Bring a daypack with water, lunch, snacks, and rain gear. The National Park Service will provide tools and safety equipment. Participants should be back at the parking lot by 4 p.m. (go.nps.gov/DenaliTrailsDay)

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