Another beautiful Alaska summer weekend has arrived. Here are some ideas on how to spend part of it.
Governor's Family Picnic
The honorable Sean Parnell and first lady Sandy invite you to the Delaney Park Strip for hot dogs from noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Look for them around I Street.
Salmon Daze And Summer Haze
Two street festivals take place in downtown Anchorage on Saturday. Salmon Daze will be held on G Street between Third Avenue and Fifth Avenue from noon-6 p.m. with art and craft vendors, a smoked salmon contest, fishing booth and live music from performers that include Alaska's John Damberg Jazz Quintet and the Ezza Rose Band from Portland, Ore. Summer Haze will feature The Hoons, formerly of Anchorage, now based in Oregon, and several local bands in front of the Avenue Bar on Fourth Avenue between C and D streets. It will include a skateboard demonstration, the Alaska Fire Circus and shaved ice. It starts at 1 p.m. and goes til 10 p.m. when everything moves into the bar for an after party.
2013 USA Track & Field Alaska Open & Masters Championships
Register at 9:30 a.m. for a track and field meet at the Alaska Dome open to all ages and abilities with awards for male and female winners in each event. The first events start at 10 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m.
National Junk Food Day
Actually, that takes place on Sunday. But on Saturday, Ginny Grupp, fitness author and owner of AlaskaFit, offers an option. Bring all your junk food to her "boot camp" and get a free workout. Grupp says any amount of junk food will count as "all." But, she adds, "My thinking is why stop with just one package of Oreos when you can get rid of the chips and brownies and whatever else you've got?" Bring your chips and do some dips at 6251 Tuttle Place, on the corner of 63rd Ave., just off Lake Otis and Dowling. Call 244-9514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Bring those corrugated paper boxes, duct tape and white glue to Goose Lake Park on Saturday and see how long you can stay afloat. Registration is $5 for youth, $10 for adults and $25 for a "family boat." Check in is at noon. Races start at 1 p.m. Find the rules and a registration form at www.muni.org/parks
Canine Frisbee Championship and Bark in the Park
It's a celebration of all things dog -- flyball exhibitions, obedience and protection demonstrations, long distance catches and more. Free to watch, $5 to enter your faithful friend in the competition (bring the license and rabies vaccine certificate). Register on site at 11 a.m. Sunday, Delaney Park Strip. Competition starts at 1 p.m.
A Short Drive Out Of Town
Verna Pratt, founder of the Alaska Native Plant Society, will take visitors on a one- to two-mile hike talking about the wildflowers you'll see this time of year. Pratt's excursion starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle River Nature Center. Walking is free, parking is $5.
A Longer Drive Out Of Town
Genuine Alaska folk music, roots music, gypsy country music and belly dancing take place at the Eighth Annual Trapper Creek Fireweed Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Trapper Creek Community Park, Mile 115.2 Parks Highway. They also have art and craft vendors and people offering tips on practical life skills like sewing and wilderness fire-making.
-- By Mike Dunham