Girdwood Forest Fair
Starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Girdwood Community Park at Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway, approaching the ski resort. Vendors, entertainment and lots of music fill the woods for this long-running festival. Alaska singers with recent album releases include Melissa Mitchell (2:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday), Laura Oden (noon Sunday) and Michelle McAfee (2:40 p.m. Sunday). Show up at 10 a.m. on Saturday for the Forest Fair Parade. It's all free. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort Daylodge, with shuttle service provided. Save gas and carpool. Camping is prohibited in the town during the weekend, but is available in the Forest Fair Campgrounds for $25 per person per night. A camping permit is required and the organizers warn that law enforcement personnel will be on patrol looking for squatters.
Hatcher Pass marathon and relay
The third annual marathon to the top of Hatcher Pass starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The route begins at Shirley Towne Road (not on Googlemaps!) around Mile 43.25 Willow Fishhook Road, by the Willow Creek bridge. From there it follows Willow Fishhook Road, aka Hatcher Pass Road, on a 4,000-foot climb that ends near the old Independence Mine. Onlookers coming to catch the finish should consider driving up from the Palmer side since there will probably be more than 100 runners on the Willow side. Think you're tough? Sign up to run the route solo or do it in a three-person relay up at the start (get there around 7 a.m.) or check the website, willowraceseries.com
The hit musical movie with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta is back in a newly restored print -- and they're looking for a few good voices to join them on the tunes. The lyrics bounce along with the action on screen, in case you've forgotten some of the words in the past 35 years. Celebrate summer love at 2 p.m. Sunday at Century and Regal Tikhatnu cinemas -- repeating at 2 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Save the planet
Bring your burned-out (but unbroken) compact fluorescent light bulbs to the Spenard Farmers Market between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday for free recycling. It's "Sustainable and Recycle Day" at the market, located at Spenard Road and 26th Avenue. In addition to the usual fresh, local food and assorted craft and gift items, representatives from area electricity producers will be on hand with displays and information.
-- Mike Dunham